Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 75108-75109 [2020-25916]

Download as PDF 75108 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / Notices I. Public Participation A. Viewing Documents and Comments To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket number, FMCSA–2013–0444, FMCSA–2014–0212, FMCSA–2015– 0321, FMCSA–2018–0051, FMCSA– 2018–0052, or FMCSA–2018–0053, in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click the ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button and choose the document to review. If you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by visiting Dockets Operations in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 366–9317 or (202) 366–9826 before visiting Dockets Operations. B. Privacy Act In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.transportation.gov/privacy. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES II. Background On August 17, 2020, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for nine individuals from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (85 FR 50064). The public comment period ended on September 16, 2020, and no comments were received. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that renewing these exemptions would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by complying with § 391.41(b)(8). The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding epilepsy found in § 391.41(b)(8) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 23, 2020 Jkt 253001 In addition to the regulations, FMCSA has published advisory criteria 1 to assist medical examiners in determining whether drivers with certain medical conditions are qualified to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. III. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received no comments in this proceeding. IV. Conclusion Based on its evaluation of the nine renewal exemption applications, FMCSA announces its decision to exempt the following drivers from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in § 391.41(b)(8). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of August and are discussed below. As of August 1, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following eight individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (85 FR 50064): Brian Checkley (NJ) Steven Ford (WI) Paul Gomez (CA) Thomas Ork (NY) Milton Tatham (NV) Phillip Moore (CT) Joshua Thomas (MN) Troy Nichols (TX) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2013–0444, FMCSA– 2015–0321, FMCSA–2018–0051, FMCSA–2018–0052, and FMCSA–2018– 0053. Their exemptions were applicable as of August 1, 2020, and will expire on August 1, 2022. As of August 28, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following individual has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (85 FR 50064): Terry Hamby (NC) This driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2014–0212. The exemption was applicable as of August 28, 2020, and will expire on August 28, 2022. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid 1 These criteria may be found in APPENDIX A TO PART 391—MEDICAL ADVISORY CRITERIA, section H. Epilepsy: § 391.41(b)(8), paragraphs 3, 4, and 5, which is available on the internet at https:// www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2015-title49-vol5/pdf/ CFR-2015-title49-vol5-part391-appA.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for 2 years from the effective date unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b). Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–25886 Filed 11–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–2020–0027–N–29] Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On August 26, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60day period for public comment on the ICR. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 24, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed ICR should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular ICR by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Qiana Swayne, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493–0414) or Qiana.Swayne@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520, and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to issue SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / Notices two notices seeking public comment on information collection activities before OMB may approve paperwork packages. See 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 CFR 1320.8 through 1320.12. On August 26, 2020, FRA published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment on the ICR for which it is now seeking OMB approval. See 85 FR 52657. FRA received no comments in response to this 60-day notice. Before OMB decides whether to approve the proposed collection of information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. Federal law requires OMB to approve or disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 60 days after the 30-day notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b)–(c); 5 CFR 1320.10(b); see also 60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB believes the 30-day notice informs the regulated community to file relevant comments and affords the agency adequate time to digest public comments before it renders a decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. Therefore, respondents should submit their respective comments to OMB within 30 days of publication to best ensure having their full effect. Comments are invited on the following ICR regarding: (1) Whether the information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly execute its functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FRA’s estimates of the burden of the information collection activities, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates; (3) ways for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of information collection activities on the public, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The summaries below describe the ICR that FRA will submit for OMB clearance as the PRA requires: Title: Workforce Development Survey. OMB Control Number: 2130–0621. Abstract: FRA has statutory responsibility to ensure the safety of railroad operations under 49 U.S.C. 20103. To conduct safe railroad operations, the workforce must have the requisite knowledge and skills to operate equipment and utilize technologies. FRA therefore seeks to promote workforce development policy and standards to ensure the workforce has the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct safe railroad operations. Due to an increasingly dynamic and maturing workforce, combined with continual changes in knowledge and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 23, 2020 Jkt 253001 skills required to use new technologies, there is an increasing risk of not having the necessary talent pools to fill critical railroad operational positions. Since 2011, FRA has routinely performed a comprehensive overview of the railroad industry workforce. The Railroad Industry Modal Profile was a response to the DOT National Transportation Workforce Development Initiative that required each DOT Operating Administration to produce an analysis of its industry workforce. The most recent published update in April 2016, Railroad Industry Modal Profile: An Outline of the Railroad Industry Workforce Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities, highlighted numerous workforce challenges including age, diversity, knowledge management and succession planning, work-life balance, recruitment, and the impact of evolving technology. The prevailing workforce concerns during the early stages of the DOT National Transportation Workforce Development Initiative were the large number of retirement-eligible employees in transportation-related fields and the national shortage of science, technology, engineering, and math graduates. Because the railroad industry had done very little hiring in the late 1980s and throughout most of the 1990s, the retirement-eligible population became quite large, even beyond that of most other industries and transportation modes (each of which was also grappling with similar retirement population concerns). These workforce challenges persist. Although the industry has recognized the need to focus on recruitment and retention strategies, it continues to face risks in maintaining a viable workforce and building a pipeline of diverse talent. To take effective and efficient action to minimize these risks, FRA requires reliable information on current workforce development challenges, strategies, and outcomes. Initial data collected for the Railroad Industry Modal Profile established a baseline understanding of the risks and status. However, to confirm and further develop the understanding of the risks, potential solutions, and best practices that have been implemented by railroad stakeholders, this revised survey is proposed. With this submission, FRA is requesting permission to gather the needed information about the railroad industry workforce. Type of Request: Extension without Change. Affected Public: Class I freight and passenger railroads, short line and regional railroads, labor unions, major PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75109 associations, academia, and specialty experts. Form(s): FRA F 240. Respondent Universe: 847. Frequency of Submission: One-time. Total Estimated Annual Responses: 213. Total Estimated Annual Burden: 88.75 hours. Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent: $3,637.86. Under 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b) and 1320.8(b)(3)(vi), FRA informs all interested parties that a respondent is not required to respond to, conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520. Brett A. Jortland, Deputy Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2020–25916 Filed 11–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Prevention of Alcohol Misuse and Prohibited Drug Use in Transit Operations Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of calendar year 2021 random drug and alcohol testing rates. AGENCY: This notice announces the calendar year 2021 drug and alcohol random testing rates for employers subject to 49 CFR part 655. The minimum random drug testing rate will remain at 50 percent, and the random alcohol testing rate will remain at 10 percent. SUMMARY: DATES: Applicable Date: January 1, 2021. Iyon Rosario, Drug and Alcohol Program Manager in the Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202–366–2010 or email: Iyon.Rosario@ dot.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: On January 1, 1995, FTA required large transit employers to begin drug and alcohol testing of employees performing safety-sensitive functions, and to submit annual reports by March 15 of each year beginning in 1996, pursuant to drug and alcohol regulations adopted by FTA at 49 CFR parts 653 and 654 in February 1994. The annual report includes the number of employees who had a verified positive test for the use of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\24NON1.SGM 24NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 227 (Tuesday, November 24, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket No. FRA-2020-0027-N-29]


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice 
announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request 
(ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and 
its expected burden. On August 26, 2020, FRA published a notice 
providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
December 24, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed ICR 
should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to 
www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular ICR by 
selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--Open for Public Comments'' 
or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Qiana Swayne, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-0414) or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520, and its 
implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to 
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two notices seeking public comment on information collection activities 
before OMB may approve paperwork packages. See 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 
CFR 1320.8 through 1320.12. On August 26, 2020, FRA published a 60-day 
notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment on the ICR for which 
it is now seeking OMB approval. See 85 FR 52657. FRA received no 
comments in response to this 60-day notice.
    Before OMB decides whether to approve the proposed collection of 
information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. Federal law 
requires OMB to approve or disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 
60 days after the 30-day notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b)-(c); 5 
CFR 1320.10(b); see also 60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB 
believes the 30-day notice informs the regulated community to file 
relevant comments and affords the agency adequate time to digest public 
comments before it renders a decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. 
Therefore, respondents should submit their respective comments to OMB 
within 30 days of publication to best ensure having their full effect.
    Comments are invited on the following ICR regarding: (1) Whether 
the information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly 
execute its functions, including whether the information will have 
practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FRA's estimates of the burden of 
the information collection activities, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates; (3) ways 
for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
being collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of information 
collection activities on the public, including the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    The summaries below describe the ICR that FRA will submit for OMB 
clearance as the PRA requires:
    Title: Workforce Development Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0621.
    Abstract: FRA has statutory responsibility to ensure the safety of 
railroad operations under 49 U.S.C. 20103. To conduct safe railroad 
operations, the workforce must have the requisite knowledge and skills 
to operate equipment and utilize technologies. FRA therefore seeks to 
promote workforce development policy and standards to ensure the 
workforce has the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct safe 
railroad operations. Due to an increasingly dynamic and maturing 
workforce, combined with continual changes in knowledge and skills 
required to use new technologies, there is an increasing risk of not 
having the necessary talent pools to fill critical railroad operational 
positions.
    Since 2011, FRA has routinely performed a comprehensive overview of 
the railroad industry workforce. The Railroad Industry Modal Profile 
was a response to the DOT National Transportation Workforce Development 
Initiative that required each DOT Operating Administration to produce 
an analysis of its industry workforce. The most recent published update 
in April 2016, Railroad Industry Modal Profile: An Outline of the 
Railroad Industry Workforce Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities, 
highlighted numerous workforce challenges including age, diversity, 
knowledge management and succession planning, work-life balance, 
recruitment, and the impact of evolving technology.
    The prevailing workforce concerns during the early stages of the 
DOT National Transportation Workforce Development Initiative were the 
large number of retirement-eligible employees in transportation-related 
fields and the national shortage of science, technology, engineering, 
and math graduates. Because the railroad industry had done very little 
hiring in the late 1980s and throughout most of the 1990s, the 
retirement-eligible population became quite large, even beyond that of 
most other industries and transportation modes (each of which was also 
grappling with similar retirement population concerns).
    These workforce challenges persist. Although the industry has 
recognized the need to focus on recruitment and retention strategies, 
it continues to face risks in maintaining a viable workforce and 
building a pipeline of diverse talent. To take effective and efficient 
action to minimize these risks, FRA requires reliable information on 
current workforce development challenges, strategies, and outcomes. 
Initial data collected for the Railroad Industry Modal Profile 
established a baseline understanding of the risks and status. However, 
to confirm and further develop the understanding of the risks, 
potential solutions, and best practices that have been implemented by 
railroad stakeholders, this revised survey is proposed. With this 
submission, FRA is requesting permission to gather the needed 
information about the railroad industry workforce.
    Type of Request: Extension without Change.
    Affected Public: Class I freight and passenger railroads, short 
line and regional railroads, labor unions, major associations, 
academia, and specialty experts.
    Form(s): FRA F 240.
    Respondent Universe: 847.
    Frequency of Submission: One-time.
    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 213.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 88.75 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent: 
$3,637.86.
    Under 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b) and 1320.8(b)(3)(vi), 
FRA informs all interested parties that a respondent is not required to 
respond to, conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

Brett A. Jortland,
Deputy Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2020-25916 Filed 11-23-20; 8:45 am]
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