Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Renewal of a Previously Approved Information Collection, 80886-80887 [2020-27409]

Download as PDF 80886 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 240 / Monday, December 14, 2020 / Notices Suite 826, Austin, Texas, 78701. Office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued On: December 9, 2020. Michael Howell, Information Collection Officer. Title: Preparation and Execution of the Project Agreement and Modifications OMB Control Number: 2125–0529 Background: Formal agreements between State Transportation Departments and the FHWA are required for Federal-aid highway projects. These agreements, referred to as ‘‘project agreements’’ are written contracts between the State and the Federal government that define the extent of work to be undertaken and commitments made concerning a highway project. Section 1305 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA–21, Public Law 105–178) amended 23 U.S.C. 106(a) and combined authorization of work and execution of the project agreement for a Federal-aid project into a single action. States continue to have the flexibility to use whatever format is suitable to provide the statutory information required, and burden estimates for this information collection are not changed. Respondents: There are 56 respondents, including 50 State Transportation Departments, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa. Frequency: On an on-going basis as project agreements are written. Estimated Average Annual Burden per Response: There is an average of 400 annual agreements per respondent. Each agreement requires 1 hour to complete. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 22,400 hours. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FHWA’s performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. BILLING CODE 4910–22–P jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. VerDate Sep<11>2014 02:51 Dec 12, 2020 Jkt 253001 [FR Doc. 2020–27408 Filed 12–11–20; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA–2020–0032] Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Renewal of a Previously Approved Information Collection Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval for a new information collection, which is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day public comment period on this information collection on September 18, 2020. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Please submit comments by January 13, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID 2020–0032 by any of the following methods: Website: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine Thorkildsen, 518–487–1186, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Title: Federal-Aid Highway Construction Equal Employment Opportunity. Background: Title 23, Part 140(a), requires the FHWA to ensure equal opportunity regarding contractors’ employment practices on Federal-aid highway projects. To carry out this requirement, the contractors must submit employment workforce data to the State Transportation Agencies (STAs) on all work being performed on Federal-aid contracts during all or any part of the last payroll period preceding the end of July. This report provides the employment workforce data on these contracts and includes the number of minorities, women, and non-minorities in specific highway construction job categories. This information is reported on Form PR–1391, Federal-Aid Highway Construction Contractors Summary of Employment Data. The statute also requires the STAs to submit a report to the FHWA summarizing the data entered on the PR–1391 forms. This summary data is provided on Form PR– 1392, Federal-Aid Highway Construction Contractors Summary of Employment Data. The STAs and FHWA use this data to identify patterns and trends of employment in the highway construction industry, and to determine the adequacy and impact of the STA’s and FHWA’s contract compliance and on-the-job (OJT) training programs. The STAs use this information to monitor the contractorsemployment and training of minorities and women in the traditional highway construction crafts. Additionally, the data is used by FHWA to provide summarization, trend analyses to Congress, DOT, and FHWA officials as well as others who request information relating to the Federal-aid highway construction EEO program. The information is also used in making decisions regarding resource allocation; program emphasis; marketing and promotion activities; training; and compliance efforts. Respondents: 11,077 annual respondents for form PR–1391, and 53 STAs and Territory annual respondents for Form PR–1392 that, total of 11,130. Frequency: Annually. Estimated Average Burden per Response: FHWA estimates it takes 30 minutes for Federal-aid contractors to complete and submit Form PR–1391 and 8 hours for STAs to complete and submit Form PR–1392. Estimated Total Amount Burden Hours: Form PR–1391— 5,539 hours per year; Form PR—1392- 416 hours per year, total of 5,955 hours annually. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 240 / Monday, December 14, 2020 / Notices information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FHWA’s performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. Issued on: December 9, 2020. Michael Howell, Information Collections Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–27409 Filed 12–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0117] Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of Reinstated Renewal for Information Request: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Skills Testing Delays Annual Survey Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its renewal. DATES: Please send your comments by January 13, 2021. OMB must receive your comments by this date in order to act quickly on the ICR. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Britton, Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology/Research Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 02:51 Dec 12, 2020 Jkt 253001 6th Floor, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. Telephone: 202–366–9980; Email Address: dan.britton@dot.gov. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Skills Testing Delays Annual Survey. OMB Control Number: 2126–0065. Type of Request: Reinstatement of a renewal that was discontinued at the Agency’s request. Respondents: State CDL Coordinators (one from each of the 50 States, and one from Washington, DC) Estimated Number of Respondents: 51 Estimated Time per Response: 2.3 hours (137.5 minutes). Expiration Date: To be determined. Frequency of Response: Annually. Estimated Total Annual Burden: The annual burden is estimated to be no more than 2.3 hours (137.5 minutes) per respondent, which equates to 116.9 hours over the universe of 51 respondents. This estimate contains a maximum of 2 hours to gather information from State information systems, and an estimated maximum of 17.5 minutes to respond to the survey. While States that already track and report similar information may need much less than 2 hours to gather information, discussions with subject matter experts led to an agreement that 2 hours was a reasonable maximum time limit to use to estimate the maximum annual burden expected. The estimated time for survey completion was calculated using Versta Research’s methodology for calculating an estimate of survey length, where each question is given a number of points based on the estimated burden required to respond to the question (for example, simple multiple choice questions are 1 point, whereas short answer questions are 3 points per expected short phrase). The total number of points for all questions is then divided by eight (the number of simple questions a user can respond to online in 1 minute) to determine the estimate required length for finishing the survey. Background Section 5506 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (‘‘FAST Act’’). requires FMCSA to produce a study on CDL skills test delays on an annual basis. The requirements of the study are to submit an annual report describing: ‘‘(A) the average wait time from the date an applicant requests to take a skills test to the date the applicant has the opportunity to complete such test; PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 80887 (B) the average wait time from the date an applicant, upon failure of a skills test, requests a retest to the date the applicant has the opportunity to complete such retest; (C) the actual number of qualified commercial driver’s license examiners available to test applicants; and (D) the number of testing sites available through the State department of motor vehicles and whether this number has increased or decreased from the previous year.’’ The annual report is also required to describe ‘‘specific steps the Administrator is taking to address skills testing delays in States that have average skills test or retest wait times of more than 7 days.’’ If this information collection does not occur, FMCSA will not be able to continue to conduct the study on CDL skills test delays. This data collection aims to continue to create longitudinal data where currently there is none. If the information collection occurs on a less-than-annual basis, FMCSA will not be able to make observations on yearly trends or analyze differences between States. For the initial 2017 survey FMCSA met with several stakeholders, including the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, and State Driver Licensing Agencies to ensure the information being collected was not already collected elsewhere and was not available to FMCSA. FMCSA conducted extensive background research to ensure the study was not duplicative. A previous study, done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2015, asked for similar information but did not produce specific enough data to be used in this study. The survey will continue to be sent out via email, with the option for online completion using SurveyMonkey® or Qualtrics. Each State can continue to respond via email or the online survey tool depending on which method is more convenient for the respondent. The welcome letter will continue to indicate that FMCSA prefers responses via the online survey tool. The information collected will continue to be published annually in a report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives. Prior Publication FMCSA published a notice in the Federal Register (85 FR 35496) with a 60-day public comment period to E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2020-0032]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on 
the Renewal of a Previously Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a new 
information collection, which is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day 
public comment period on this information collection on September 18, 
2020. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by January 13, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID 2020-
0032 by any of the following methods:
    Website: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine Thorkildsen, 518-487-1186, 
Office of Civil Rights, Federal Highway Administration, Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. 
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Federal-Aid Highway Construction 
Equal Employment Opportunity.
    Background: Title 23, Part 140(a), requires the FHWA to ensure 
equal opportunity regarding contractors' employment practices on 
Federal-aid highway projects. To carry out this requirement, the 
contractors must submit employment workforce data to the State 
Transportation Agencies (STAs) on all work being performed on Federal-
aid contracts during all or any part of the last payroll period 
preceding the end of July. This report provides the employment 
workforce data on these contracts and includes the number of 
minorities, women, and non-minorities in specific highway construction 
job categories. This information is reported on Form PR-1391, Federal-
Aid Highway Construction Contractors Summary of Employment Data. The 
statute also requires the STAs to submit a report to the FHWA 
summarizing the data entered on the PR-1391 forms. This summary data is 
provided on Form PR-1392, Federal-Aid Highway Construction Contractors 
Summary of Employment Data. The STAs and FHWA use this data to identify 
patterns and trends of employment in the highway construction industry, 
and to determine the adequacy and impact of the STA's and FHWA's 
contract compliance and on-the-job (OJT) training programs. The STAs 
use this information to monitor the contractors-employment and training 
of minorities and women in the traditional highway construction crafts. 
Additionally, the data is used by FHWA to provide summarization, trend 
analyses to Congress, DOT, and FHWA officials as well as others who 
request information relating to the Federal-aid highway construction 
EEO program. The information is also used in making decisions regarding 
resource allocation; program emphasis; marketing and promotion 
activities; training; and compliance efforts.
    Respondents: 11,077 annual respondents for form PR-1391, and 53 
STAs and Territory annual respondents for Form PR-1392 that, total of 
11,130.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: FHWA estimates it takes 30 
minutes for Federal-aid contractors to complete and submit Form PR-1391 
and 8 hours for STAs to complete and submit Form PR-1392.
    Estimated Total Amount Burden Hours: Form PR-1391-- 5,539 hours per 
year; Form PR--1392- 416 hours per year, total of 5,955 hours annually.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
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information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection 
is necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of the 
estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic 
technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. 
The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request 
for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

     Issued on: December 9, 2020.
Michael Howell,
Information Collections Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-27409 Filed 12-11-20; 8:45 am]
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