Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 70595-70598 [2021-26789]

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[FR Doc. 2021–26835 Filed 12–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–2021–0006–N–16] 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) and its implementing regulations, 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 23, 2021, 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 January 10, 2022. 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 the particular ICR by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Dec 09, 2021 Jkt 256001 Ms. Hodan Wells, Information Collection Clearance Officer, at email: Hodan.Wells@dot.gov or telephone: (202) 493–0440; or Mr. John Purnell, Information Collection Clearance Officer, at email: john.purnell@dot.gov or telephone: (202) 493–0500. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520, and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to issue 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 23, 2021, FRA published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment on the ICR for which it is now seeking OMB approval. See 86 FR 47195. FRA received one comment from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) in response to this 60-day notice. This comment letter is a follow up to a discussion that AAR had with FRA on October 14, 2021. A summary of the discussion is available in the above-referenced docket. In their joint comment letter, AAR and ASLRRA expressed their concerns with FRA’s proposed burden estimates. They asserted that these estimates were significantly reduced from the 2018 OMB control no. 2130–0004 ICR package, even though the scope of the requirements in 49 CFR part 229 have remained unchanged since that time. AAR and ASLRRA specifically cited to §§ 229.21 1 and 229.25(d), in which the paperwork burdens were reduced from 31–33 minutes to 3 minutes and 350 hours to 0 hours, respectively. They also noted that the only information publicly available to compare FRA’s significant reduction in estimated burdens is a chart appearing in the 60-day notice. In response to this feedback, FRA has reviewed its PRA estimates, which are reprinted below. However, except for noting a typographical error associated with § 229.317(g), FRA believes that it accurately captured the part 229 paperwork burdens in the 60-day notice. While preparing this revised ICR package, FRA performed a detailed review of part 229 and made several adjustments to its estimated paperwork burdens. FRA determined that many estimated paperwork burdens were either outdated or accounted for in other regulatory sections. Further, the associated burdens related to inspection FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 1 Although a subsection was not specified in the letter, FRA believes that AAR and ASLRRA are referring specifically to 49 CFR 229.21(a). PO 00000 Frm 00166 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70595 and testing, as well as employee training and job briefings, were appropriately addressed when FRA calculated the economic costs of the regulation. See Executive Order 12866; OMB Circular A–4. FRA is correcting any errors by removing burdens that were accounted for in the regulation’s economic analyses, which FRA previously erroneously also calculated as burdens under the PRA. With respect to AAR’s and ASLRRA’s specific feedback regarding § 229.21(a), FRA determined that the 31- or 33minute paperwork burden estimate included the railroads’ performance of daily inspections. While AAR and ASLRRA are correct that the regulatory requirement has not changed since 2002, FRA is correcting its previous overestimation errors. Up until 2011, the published average time per response was 1 or 3 minutes.2 Between 2012 and 2018, FRA incorrectly added the time associated with the performance of daily inspections (which are not burdens under the PRA) to the average time per response, so that it became 16 or 18 minutes in 2002 3 and then 31 or 33 minutes in 2018.4 The inclusion of inspection time resulted in a significant increase in the overall burden for this requirement from 155,350 to 1.9 million hours in 2012 and to 3.6 million hours in 2018. In the 60-day notice, FRA corrected the average time per response to 1 or 3 minutes, now closely matching the 2011 estimates. Similarly, FRA adjusted the average time per response under § 229.21(b) by removing the estimated paperwork burden associated with inspection that was incorrectly added in 2012. With respect to AAR’s and ASLRRA’s specific feedback regarding § 229.25(d), FRA maintains that its estimate in the 60-day notice is correct and the estimated paperwork burden had previously been doublecounted. Upon review of the requirements under § 229.25(d), FRA found that the burden associated with § 229.25(d)(3) is covered under § 229.25(d)(2). Thus, FRA removed the duplicative burden and included an explanatory note in the PRA table printed below. Going forward, in future 60-day notices, FRA proposes to highlight the regulatory sections in which estimates have been significantly adjusted to allow stakeholders to more easily determine significant estimate adjustments. As stated above, FRA has reprinted the PRA table in the 60-day 2 76 FR 34287. FR 21339. 4 83 FR 37607. 3 77 E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 70596 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 235 / Friday, December 10, 2021 / Notices notice and noted below the significant adjustments. 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 30day 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 CFR section 5 229.9—Movement of non-complying locomotives— Tagging to indicate ‘‘non-complying locomotive’’. 229.15(a)(11)—Remote control locomotives—Tagging to indicate in remote control. 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 summary below describes the ICR that FRA will submit for OMB clearance as the PRA requires: Title: Railroad Locomotive Safety Standards and Event Recorders. OMB Control Number: 2130–0004. Abstract: FRA’s locomotive safety standards (49 CFR part 229) require railroads to inspect, repair, and Respondent universe Total annual responses Average time per response 754 railroads ........ 1,307 tags ........................ 1 minute .......................... 21.79 $1,566.48 754 railroads ........ 349 tags ........................... 1 minute .......................... 5.82 418.40 —(b)(3) Inspection, testing, and repair—Repair record of defective operator control unit linked to remote control locomotive. Total annual burden hours Total cost equivalent 6 The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.21(a). 229.17—Accident reports—Reporting of accidents that results in serious injury or death of one or more persons. The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under OMB control number 2130– 0500. 229.20(c)—Operational requirements—Automatic notice to railroads each time locomotive is due for inspection or maintenance (Note: This requirement does not apply to daily inspections). 229.21(a)—Daily inspection—Except for multiple-unit (MU) operated locomotive 7. 754 railroads ........ 21,000 automatic notifications. 1 second .......................... 5.83 451.48 754 railroads ........ 7,443,020 (744,302 paper records + 6,698,718 electronic records). 1,300,000 written reports 3 minutes (paper records) + 1 minute (electronic records). 3 minutes ......................... 148,860.40 11,527,749.38 65,000.00 4,672,850.00 718 railroads ........ 28,627 other than passenger locomotives. 15 minutes ....................... 7,156.75 514,498.76 36 railroads .......... 4,500 passenger locomotives. 15 minutes ....................... 1,125.00 80,876.25 —(b) Written reports of MU locomotive inspections. 229.23(d)–(g)—Periodic Inspection—Locomotive Inspection & Repair Record—Form FRA F 6180.49A. 229.23(d)–(g)—Periodic Inspection—Locomotive Inspection & Repair Record—Form FRA F 6180.49A 8. 754 railroads ........ —(g) Secondary record of the information reported on Form FRA F 6180.49A. The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.21(a). —(h) List of defects and repairs during inspection provided to RR employees. —(i) Document from railroad to employees of all tests conducted since last periodic inspection. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 maintain locomotives, including their event recorders, to ensure they are safe and free of defects. The data gathered from locomotive event recorders is used by the railroad industry and by railroad employees (locomotive engineers, train crews, dispatchers) to improve train handling and promote the safe and efficient operation of trains throughout the country. Locomotive event recorders also provide FRA and State railroad safety inspectors with verified data elements for use in their oversight responsibilities that show how trains are operated from lead locomotives. Type of Request: Extension without change (with changes in estimates) of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses. Form(s): FRA F 6180.49A. Respondent Universe: 754 railroads. Frequency of Submission: On occasion. Reporting Burden: The associated burdens relating to the retention of defect and repair lists are covered under §§ 229.21 (for reports) and 229.23 (for records of repairs). The associated burdens relating to all tests conducted since last periodic inspection are covered under § 229.23 (under ‘‘Last Periodic Inspection’’ entry in Form FRA F 6180.49A). 229.25(d)(1)—Periodic inspection of event recorders: Written copy of instructions. FRA anticipates no new instructions during this 3-year ICR period or during the lifecycle of the event recorders. Thus, there will be no additional burdens. 229.25(d)(2) and (4)—Data verification readout of event recorder. 754 railroads ........ —(d)(3) Pre-maintenance test failures of event recorder. 229.27(c)—Annual tests of event recorders with self monitoring feature displaying a failure indication— Tests. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Dec 09, 2021 Jkt 256001 5,908 readout records and reports. 90 minutes ....................... 8,862.00 686,273.28 The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.25(d)(2). The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.23 (under ‘‘Annual Tests’’ entry in Form FRA F 6180.49A). PO 00000 Frm 00167 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 70597 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 235 / Friday, December 10, 2021 / Notices Respondent universe CFR section 5 229.29—Calibration of locomotive air flow meter— Tests. Average time per response Total annual burden hours Total cost equivalent 6 The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.23 (under ‘‘Air Brakes’’ entry in Form FRA F 6180.49A). 229.31—Main reservoir tests: Periodic inspections— Repairs & adjustments, & data on Form FRA F 6180.49A. The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.23 (under ‘‘Hammer and Hydro’’ in Form FRA F 6180.49A). 229.33—Out-of-use credit .......................................... The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.23 (under ‘‘Out-of-use Credit’’ in Form FRA F 6180.49A). 229.46—Tagging locomotive with inoperative or ineffective automatic/independent brake that can only be used in trailing position. 229.85—Marking of all doors, cover plates, or barriers having direct access to high voltage equipment with words ‘‘Danger High Voltage’’ or with word ‘‘Danger’’. 229.123(b)(2)—Locomotives equipped with a pilot, snowplow & plate with clearance above 6 inches—Marking/stenciling with words ‘‘9-inch Maximum End Plate Height, Yard or Trail Service Only’’. 754 railroads ........ 2,269 tags ........................ 1 minute .......................... 37.8 2,718.16 754 railroads ........ 1,080 decals or markings 1 minute .......................... 18.00 1,078.02 754 railroads ........ 22 markings/stencils ........ 4 minutes ......................... 1.44 104.96 —(b)(4) Notation in Remarks section of Form FRA F6180.49A of pilot, snowplow, or end plate clearance above 6 inches. The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.23 (under ‘‘Remarks’’ in Form FRA F 6180.49A). 229.135—Removal of event recorder from service— Tags. —(e) Preserving locomotive event recorder accident data—Reports. 229.303—Requests to FRA for on-track testing of products outside a facility. 229.307—Safety analysis for each product subject to this subpart—Document establishing minimum requirements. 229.309—Safety critical changes to product subject to this subpart—Notice to FRA. —(b) and (c) Report by product suppliers and private owners to railroads of any safety-critical changes to product. 229.311(a)—Notice to FRA by railroad before placing product in service. The estimated burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.23 (under ‘‘Event Recorder’’ in Form FRA F 6180.49a). The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under OMB control number 2130– 0500. 754 railroads ........ 5 written requests ............ 1 hour .............................. 5.00 387.20 754 railroads ........ 3 safety analysis documents. 240 hours ........................ 720.00 55,756.80 754 railroads ........ 5 notifications ................... 8 hours ............................ 40.00 3,097.60 3 manufacturers ... 15 reports ......................... 8 hours ............................ 120.00 9,292.80 754 railroads ........ 3 notifications ................... 2 hours ............................ 6.00 464.64 —(c) Railroad document provided to FRA upon request demonstrating product meets safety analysis requirements for life cycle of product. —(d) Railroad maintenance of data base of all safety relevant hazards encountered after product is placed in service. —(d)(1) Written report to FRA disclosing frequency of safety-relevant hazards for product exceeding threshold set forth in Safety Analysis. The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under § 229.307. 754 railroads ........ 3 databases ..................... 2 hours ............................ 6.00 464.64 754 railroads ........ 1 written report ................. 2 hours ............................ 2.00 154.88 —(d)(2)–(3) Final report to FRA on results of analyses and counter measures to reduce frequency of safety related hazards. The estimated paperwork burden associated with this requirement is covered under § 229.311(d)(1). 229.313—Product testing results and records .......... The estimated paperwork burden associated with this requirement is covered under § 229.311(d). 229.315(b)—Railroad maintenance of Operations and Maintenance Manual containing all documents related to installation, maintenance, repair, modification, & testing of a product subject to this part. —(c) Configuration management control plan ... —(d) and (e) Positive ID of safety-critical components. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Total annual responses 754 railroads ........ 3 filings of manuals .......... 1 minute .......................... .05 3.87 754 railroads ........ 3 filings of revised plans .. 1 minute .......................... .05 3.87 The paperwork burdens associated with these requirements are covered under §§ 229.307 and 229.311. 229.317(a)—Training and qualification program— Establishment and implementation of training qualification program for products subject to this subpart. —(b) Employees trained under RR program ..... 754 railroads ........ 90 filings of new or revised training programs. 1 minute .......................... 1.50 116.16 754 railroads ........ 1 minute .......................... 166.67 12,906.92 —(f) Periodic refresher training of employees ... 754 railroads ........ 10,000 trained employees’ records. 1,000 re-trained employees’ records. 1 minute .......................... 16.67 1,290.92 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Dec 09, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00168 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 70598 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 235 / Friday, December 10, 2021 / Notices CFR section 5 —(g) RR regular and periodic evaluation of effectiveness of its training program (Calculation error corrected.). —(h) RR record of individuals designated as qualified under this section. Respondent universe Total annual responses Average time per response 754 railroads ........ 90 evaluations .................. 2 hours ............................ 180.00 13,939.20 754 railroads ........ 10,000 electronic records 1 minute .......................... 166.67 12,906.92 Appendix F to Part 229—Guidance for verification and validation of products—Third party assessments. ........................................................... jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Total Estimated Annual Responses: 8,829,303. Total Estimated Annual Burden: 232,525 hours.10 Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent: $17,599,370. 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 that does not display a currently valid OMB control number. 5 The current inventory exhibits a total burden of 3,815,751 hours while the total burden of this notice is 232,348 hours. As part of its review of this ICR renewal, FRA determined many of the previous estimates were preliminary, outdated, or duplicative. Moreover, FRA removed improperly included locomotive safety requirements, which are outside the scope of burdens under the PRA, thus decreasing the total estimates accordingly in this notice. 6 The dollar equivalent cost is derived from the Surface Transportation Board’s 2020 Full Year Wage A&B data series using the appropriate employee group hourly wage rate that includes a 75-percent overhead charge. 7 As discussed above, the 2018 estimates for § 229.21(a) and (b) incorrectly included the time associated with the performance of daily inspections, which should not have been included in the estimated paperwork burden. The burdens associated with the performance of daily inspections were addressed when FRA calculated the economic costs of the regulatory requirements. Thus, FRA has adjusted the estimated paperwork burden in the PRA table above so that it does not include activities outside of the scope of the PRA. 8 FRA is proposing to create a new form for use by passenger railroads, Form F 6180–49AP (Passenger Locomotive Inspection and Repair Record), under OMB control number 2130–0035. Once the new form is approved, FRA will move this under the proposed 49 CFR 229.22 of OMB 2130– 0035. 9 Totals may not add due to rounding. 10 The current inventory exhibits a total burden of 3,815,751 hours while the total burden of this notice is 232,525 hours. As part of its review of this ICR renewal, FRA determined many of the previous estimates were preliminary, outdated, or duplicative. Moreover, FRA removed locomotive safety requirements outside the scope of the PRA, thus decreasing the total estimates accordingly in this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Dec 09, 2021 Jkt 256001 Total cost equivalent 6 FRA anticipates zero railroad submissions during this 3-year ICR period. —Final report of assessment ............................. Total 9 Total annual burden hours FRA anticipates zero railroad submissions during this 3-year ICR period. 754 railroads ........ 8,829,303 responses ....... N/A .................................. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520. Brett A. Jortland, Deputy Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2021–26789 Filed 12–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket Number MARAD–2021–0270] Request for Determination for Aquaculture Support Operations for the 2022 Calendar Year: COLBY PERCE, RONJA CARRIER, SADIE JANE, MISS MILDRED 1, KC COMMANDER Maritime Administration, DOT. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the Secretary of Transportation, the Maritime Administrator is authorized to issue a determination allowing documented vessels with only registry endorsements or foreign flag vessels to be used in operations that treat aquaculture fish or protect aquaculture fish from disease, parasitic infestation, or other threats to their health when suitable vessels of the United States are not available that could perform those services. A request for such a determination has been received by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). This notice is being published to solicit comments intended to assist MARAD in determining whether suitable vessels of the United States are available that could perform the required services. If no suitable U.S.-flag vessels are available, the Maritime Administrator may issue a determination necessary to comply with USCG Aquaculture Support regulations. A brief description of the proposed aquaculture support service is listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00169 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 232,525 17,599,370 Submit comments on or before January 10, 2022. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket Number MARAD–2021–0270 by any of the following methods: • On-line via the Federal Electronic Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search using ‘‘MARAD–2021–0270’’ and follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail/Hand-Delivery/Courier: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. Submit comments in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. Reference Materials and Docket Information: You may view the complete application, including the aquaculture support technical service requirements, and all public comments at the DOT Docket on-line via http:// www.regulations.gov. Search using ‘‘MARAD–2021–0270.’’ All comments received will be posted without change to the docket, including any personal information provided. The Docket Management Facility is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Meurer, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W23–461, Washington, DC 20590. Email: Jennifer.Meurer@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing the Docket, call Docket Operations, telephone: (800) 647–5527. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As a result of the enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, codified at 46 U.S.C. 12102, the Secretary of Transportation has the discretionary authority to issue determinations allowing documented vessels with registry endorsements or foreign flag vessels to be used in operations that treat aquaculture fish for or protect DATES: E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket No. FRA-2021-0006-N-16]


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) and its 
implementing regulations, 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 
23, 2021, 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 
January 10, 2022.

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 the particular ICR by selecting 
``Currently under 30-day Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using 
the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Hodan Wells, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, at email: [email protected] or 
telephone: (202) 493-0440; or Mr. John Purnell, Information Collection 
Clearance Officer, at email: [email protected] or telephone: (202) 
493-0500.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520, and its 
implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to 
issue 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 23, 2021, FRA 
published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment on 
the ICR for which it is now seeking OMB approval. See 86 FR 47195. FRA 
received one comment from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) 
and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) 
in response to this 60-day notice. This comment letter is a follow up 
to a discussion that AAR had with FRA on October 14, 2021. A summary of 
the discussion is available in the above-referenced docket.
    In their joint comment letter, AAR and ASLRRA expressed their 
concerns with FRA's proposed burden estimates. They asserted that these 
estimates were significantly reduced from the 2018 OMB control no. 
2130-0004 ICR package, even though the scope of the requirements in 49 
CFR part 229 have remained unchanged since that time. AAR and ASLRRA 
specifically cited to Sec. Sec.  229.21 \1\ and 229.25(d), in which the 
paperwork burdens were reduced from 31-33 minutes to 3 minutes and 350 
hours to 0 hours, respectively. They also noted that the only 
information publicly available to compare FRA's significant reduction 
in estimated burdens is a chart appearing in the 60-day notice.
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    \1\ Although a subsection was not specified in the letter, FRA 
believes that AAR and ASLRRA are referring specifically to 49 CFR 
229.21(a).
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    In response to this feedback, FRA has reviewed its PRA estimates, 
which are reprinted below. However, except for noting a typographical 
error associated with Sec.  229.317(g), FRA believes that it accurately 
captured the part 229 paperwork burdens in the 60-day notice. While 
preparing this revised ICR package, FRA performed a detailed review of 
part 229 and made several adjustments to its estimated paperwork 
burdens. FRA determined that many estimated paperwork burdens were 
either outdated or accounted for in other regulatory sections. Further, 
the associated burdens related to inspection and testing, as well as 
employee training and job briefings, were appropriately addressed when 
FRA calculated the economic costs of the regulation. See Executive 
Order 12866; OMB Circular A-4. FRA is correcting any errors by removing 
burdens that were accounted for in the regulation's economic analyses, 
which FRA previously erroneously also calculated as burdens under the 
PRA.
    With respect to AAR's and ASLRRA's specific feedback regarding 
Sec.  229.21(a), FRA determined that the 31- or 33-minute paperwork 
burden estimate included the railroads' performance of daily 
inspections. While AAR and ASLRRA are correct that the regulatory 
requirement has not changed since 2002, FRA is correcting its previous 
overestimation errors. Up until 2011, the published average time per 
response was 1 or 3 minutes.\2\ Between 2012 and 2018, FRA incorrectly 
added the time associated with the performance of daily inspections 
(which are not burdens under the PRA) to the average time per response, 
so that it became 16 or 18 minutes in 2002 \3\ and then 31 or 33 
minutes in 2018.\4\ The inclusion of inspection time resulted in a 
significant increase in the overall burden for this requirement from 
155,350 to 1.9 million hours in 2012 and to 3.6 million hours in 2018. 
In the 60-day notice, FRA corrected the average time per response to 1 
or 3 minutes, now closely matching the 2011 estimates. Similarly, FRA 
adjusted the average time per response under Sec.  229.21(b) by 
removing the estimated paperwork burden associated with inspection that 
was incorrectly added in 2012. With respect to AAR's and ASLRRA's 
specific feedback regarding Sec.  229.25(d), FRA maintains that its 
estimate in the 60-day notice is correct and the estimated paperwork 
burden had previously been double-counted. Upon review of the 
requirements under Sec.  229.25(d), FRA found that the burden 
associated with Sec.  229.25(d)(3) is covered under Sec.  229.25(d)(2). 
Thus, FRA removed the duplicative burden and included an explanatory 
note in the PRA table printed below.
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    \3\ 77 FR 21339.
    \4\ 83 FR 37607.
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    Going forward, in future 60-day notices, FRA proposes to highlight 
the regulatory sections in which estimates have been significantly 
adjusted to allow stakeholders to more easily determine significant 
estimate adjustments. As stated above, FRA has reprinted the PRA table 
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notice and noted below the significant adjustments.
    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 summary below describes the ICR that FRA will submit for OMB 
clearance as the PRA requires:
    Title: Railroad Locomotive Safety Standards and Event Recorders.
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0004.
    Abstract: FRA's locomotive safety standards (49 CFR part 229) 
require railroads to inspect, repair, and maintain locomotives, 
including their event recorders, to ensure they are safe and free of 
defects.
    The data gathered from locomotive event recorders is used by the 
railroad industry and by railroad employees (locomotive engineers, 
train crews, dispatchers) to improve train handling and promote the 
safe and efficient operation of trains throughout the country. 
Locomotive event recorders also provide FRA and State railroad safety 
inspectors with verified data elements for use in their oversight 
responsibilities that show how trains are operated from lead 
locomotives.
    Type of Request: Extension without change (with changes in 
estimates) of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Form(s): FRA F 6180.49A.
    Respondent Universe: 754 railroads.
    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.
     Reporting Burden:

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                                                                                                    Average time  per      Total annual     Total cost
           CFR section \5\                  Respondent  universe       Total annual responses           response           burden hours   equivalent \6\
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229.9--Movement of non-complying       754 railroads................  1,307 tags..............  1 minute................           21.79       $1,566.48
 locomotives--Tagging to indicate
 ``non-complying locomotive''.
229.15(a)(11)--Remote control          754 railroads................  349 tags................  1 minute................            5.82          418.40
 locomotives--Tagging to indicate in
 remote control.
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    --(b)(3) Inspection, testing, and          The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.21(a).
     repair--Repair record of
     defective operator control unit
     linked to remote control
     locomotive.
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229.17--Accident reports--Reporting      The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under OMB control number 2130-0500.
 of accidents that results in serious
 injury or death of one or more
 persons.
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229.20(c)--Operational requirements--  754 railroads................  21,000 automatic          1 second................            5.83          451.48
 Automatic notice to railroads each                                    notifications.
 time locomotive is due for
 inspection or maintenance (Note:
 This requirement does not apply to
 daily inspections).
229.21(a)--Daily inspection--Except    754 railroads................  7,443,020 (744,302 paper  3 minutes (paper              148,860.40   11,527,749.38
 for multiple-unit (MU) operated                                       records + 6,698,718       records) + 1 minute
 locomotive \7\.                                                       electronic records).      (electronic records).
    --(b) Written reports of MU        754 railroads................  1,300,000 written         3 minutes...............       65,000.00    4,672,850.00
     locomotive inspections.                                           reports.
229.23(d)-(g)--Periodic Inspection--   718 railroads................  28,627 other than         15 minutes..............        7,156.75      514,498.76
 Locomotive Inspection & Repair                                        passenger locomotives.
 Record--Form FRA F 6180.49A.
229.23(d)-(g)--Periodic Inspection--   36 railroads.................  4,500 passenger           15 minutes..............        1,125.00       80,876.25
 Locomotive Inspection & Repair                                        locomotives.
 Record--Form FRA F 6180.49A \8\.
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    --(g) Secondary record of the              The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.21(a).
     information reported on Form FRA
     F 6180.49A.
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    --(h) List of defects and repairs  The associated burdens relating to the retention of defect and repair lists are covered under Sec.  Sec.   229.21
     during inspection provided to RR                                  (for reports) and 229.23 (for records of repairs).
     employees.
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    --(i) Document from railroad to       The associated burdens relating to all tests conducted since last periodic inspection are covered under Sec.
     employees of all tests conducted                       229.23 (under ``Last Periodic Inspection'' entry in Form FRA F 6180.49A).
     since last periodic inspection.
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229.25(d)(1)--Periodic inspection of   FRA anticipates no new instructions during this 3-year ICR period or during the lifecycle of the event recorders.
 event recorders: Written copy of                                          Thus, there will be no additional burdens.
 instructions.
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229.25(d)(2) and (4)--Data             754 railroads................  5,908 readout records     90 minutes..............        8,862.00      686,273.28
 verification readout of event                                         and reports.
 recorder.
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    --(d)(3) Pre-maintenance test             The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.25(d)(2).
     failures of event recorder.
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229.27(c)--Annual tests of event         The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.23 (under ``Annual
 recorders with self monitoring                                              Tests'' entry in Form FRA F 6180.49A).
 feature displaying a failure
 indication--Tests.
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229.29--Calibration of locomotive air      The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.23 (under ``Air
 flow meter--Tests.                                                          Brakes'' entry in Form FRA F 6180.49A).
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229.31--Main reservoir tests:          The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.23 (under ``Hammer and
 Periodic inspections--Repairs &                                                Hydro'' in Form FRA F 6180.49A).
 adjustments, & data on Form FRA F
 6180.49A.
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229.33--Out-of-use credit............  The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.23 (under ``Out-of-use
                                                                                Credit'' in Form FRA F 6180.49A).
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229.46--Tagging locomotive with        754 railroads................  2,269 tags..............  1 minute................            37.8        2,718.16
 inoperative or ineffective automatic/
 independent brake that can only be
 used in trailing position.
229.85--Marking of all doors, cover    754 railroads................  1,080 decals or markings  1 minute................           18.00        1,078.02
 plates, or barriers having direct
 access to high voltage equipment
 with words ``Danger High Voltage''
 or with word ``Danger''.
229.123(b)(2)--Locomotives equipped    754 railroads................  22 markings/stencils....  4 minutes...............            1.44          104.96
 with a pilot, snowplow & plate with
 clearance above 6 inches--Marking/
 stenciling with words ``9-inch
 Maximum End Plate Height, Yard or
 Trail Service Only''.
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    --(b)(4) Notation in Remarks        The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.23 (under ``Remarks''
     section of Form FRA F6180.49A of                                               in Form FRA F 6180.49A).
     pilot, snowplow, or end plate
     clearance above 6 inches.
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229.135--Removal of event recorder      The estimated burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.23 (under ``Event Recorder'' in
 from service--Tags.                                                                  Form FRA F 6180.49a).
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    --(e) Preserving locomotive event    The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under OMB control number 2130-0500.
     recorder accident data--Reports.
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229.303--Requests to FRA for on-track  754 railroads................  5 written requests......  1 hour..................            5.00          387.20
 testing of products outside a
 facility.
229.307--Safety analysis for each      754 railroads................  3 safety analysis         240 hours...............          720.00       55,756.80
 product subject to this subpart--                                     documents.
 Document establishing minimum
 requirements.
229.309--Safety critical changes to    754 railroads................  5 notifications.........  8 hours.................           40.00        3,097.60
 product subject to this subpart--
 Notice to FRA.
    --(b) and (c) Report by product    3 manufacturers..............  15 reports..............  8 hours.................          120.00        9,292.80
     suppliers and private owners to
     railroads of any safety-critical
     changes to product.
229.311(a)--Notice to FRA by railroad  754 railroads................  3 notifications.........  2 hours.................            6.00          464.64
 before placing product in service.
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    --(c) Railroad document provided            The estimated paperwork burden for this regulatory requirement is covered under Sec.   229.307.
     to FRA upon request
     demonstrating product meets
     safety analysis requirements for
     life cycle of product.
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    --(d) Railroad maintenance of      754 railroads................  3 databases.............  2 hours.................            6.00          464.64
     data base of all safety relevant
     hazards encountered after
     product is placed in service.
    --(d)(1) Written report to FRA     754 railroads................  1 written report........  2 hours.................            2.00          154.88
     disclosing frequency of safety-
     relevant hazards for product
     exceeding threshold set forth in
     Safety Analysis.
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    --(d)(2)-(3) Final report to FRA         The estimated paperwork burden associated with this requirement is covered under Sec.   229.311(d)(1).
     on results of analyses and
     counter measures to reduce
     frequency of safety related
     hazards.
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229.313--Product testing results and          The estimated paperwork burden associated with this requirement is covered under Sec.   229.311(d).
 records.
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229.315(b)--Railroad maintenance of    754 railroads................  3 filings of manuals....  1 minute................             .05            3.87
 Operations and Maintenance Manual
 containing all documents related to
 installation, maintenance, repair,
 modification, & testing of a product
 subject to this part.
    --(c) Configuration management     754 railroads................  3 filings of revised      1 minute................             .05            3.87
     control plan.                                                     plans.
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    --(d) and (e) Positive ID of          The paperwork burdens associated with these requirements are covered under Sec.  Sec.   229.307 and 229.311.
     safety-critical components.
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229.317(a)--Training and               754 railroads................  90 filings of new or      1 minute................            1.50          116.16
 qualification program--Establishment                                  revised training
 and implementation of training                                        programs.
 qualification program for products
 subject to this subpart.
    --(b) Employees trained under RR   754 railroads................  10,000 trained            1 minute................          166.67       12,906.92
     program.                                                          employees' records.
    --(f) Periodic refresher training  754 railroads................  1,000 re-trained          1 minute................           16.67        1,290.92
     of employees.                                                     employees' records.

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    --(g) RR regular and periodic      754 railroads................  90 evaluations..........  2 hours.................          180.00       13,939.20
     evaluation of effectiveness of
     its training program
     (Calculation error corrected.).
    --(h) RR record of individuals     754 railroads................  10,000 electronic         1 minute................          166.67       12,906.92
     designated as qualified under                                     records.
     this section.
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Appendix F to Part 229--Guidance for                        FRA anticipates zero railroad submissions during this 3-year ICR period.
 verification and validation of
 products--Third party assessments.
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    --Final report of assessment.....                       FRA anticipates zero railroad submissions during this 3-year ICR period.
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        Total \9\....................  754 railroads................  8,829,303 responses.....  N/A.....................         232,525      17,599,370
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    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 8,829,303.
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    \5\ The current inventory exhibits a total burden of 3,815,751 
hours while the total burden of this notice is 232,348 hours. As 
part of its review of this ICR renewal, FRA determined many of the 
previous estimates were preliminary, outdated, or duplicative. 
Moreover, FRA removed improperly included locomotive safety 
requirements, which are outside the scope of burdens under the PRA, 
thus decreasing the total estimates accordingly in this notice.
    \6\ The dollar equivalent cost is derived from the Surface 
Transportation Board's 2020 Full Year Wage A&B data series using the 
appropriate employee group hourly wage rate that includes a 75-
percent overhead charge.
    \7\ As discussed above, the 2018 estimates for Sec.  229.21(a) 
and (b) incorrectly included the time associated with the 
performance of daily inspections, which should not have been 
included in the estimated paperwork burden. The burdens associated 
with the performance of daily inspections were addressed when FRA 
calculated the economic costs of the regulatory requirements. Thus, 
FRA has adjusted the estimated paperwork burden in the PRA table 
above so that it does not include activities outside of the scope of 
the PRA.
    \8\ FRA is proposing to create a new form for use by passenger 
railroads, Form F 6180-49AP (Passenger Locomotive Inspection and 
Repair Record), under OMB control number 2130-0035. Once the new 
form is approved, FRA will move this under the proposed 49 CFR 
229.22 of OMB 2130-0035.
    \9\ Totals may not add due to rounding.
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    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 232,525 hours.\10\
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    \10\ The current inventory exhibits a total burden of 3,815,751 
hours while the total burden of this notice is 232,525 hours. As 
part of its review of this ICR renewal, FRA determined many of the 
previous estimates were preliminary, outdated, or duplicative. 
Moreover, FRA removed locomotive safety requirements outside the 
scope of the PRA, thus decreasing the total estimates accordingly in 
this notice.
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    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent: 
$17,599,370.
    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 that does 
not display a currently valid OMB control number.
    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

Brett A. Jortland,
Deputy Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2021-26789 Filed 12-9-21; 8:45 am]
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