Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emergency Beacon Registrations, 71619-71620 [2021-27399]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 240 / Friday, December 17, 2021 / Notices jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Title: National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Information Collection System. OMB Control Number 0693–0003. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular, revision of a currently approved information collection. Number of Respondents: 650. Average Hours per Response: 3 hours. Burden Hours: 1,950. Needs and Uses: This information is collected from all testing and calibration laboratories that apply for National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) accreditation. It is used by NVLAP to assess laboratory conformance with applicable criteria as defined in 15 CFR part 285, Section 285.14. The information provides a service to customers in business and industry, including regulatory agencies and purchasing authorities that are seeking competent laboratories to perform testing and calibration services. An accredited laboratory’s contact information and scope of accreditation are provided on NVLAP’s website (https://www.nist.gov/nvlap). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; and Federal, State or local government. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view the Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice on the following website 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 and entering either the title of the collection or the OMB Control Number 0693–0003. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2021–27386 Filed 12–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Dec 16, 2021 Jkt 256001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emergency Beacon Registrations National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before February 15, 2022. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at Adrienne.thomas@noaa.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0648– 0295 in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or specific questions related to collection activities should be directed to: LT Marisa Gedney, SARSAT Operations Support Officer, NOAA/NESDIS/ SARSAT, NSOF. E/SPO53 4231 Suitland Rd, Suitland, MD 20746, (202) 709–3202, OPS.SARSAT@NOAA.GOV. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The United States, Canada, France, and Russia operate the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (COSPAS/SARSAT), a satellite system with equipment that can detect and locate ships, aircraft and individuals in distress if an emergency radio beacon is being carried. This system is used to detect digitally encoded signals in the 406.000–406.100 MHz range, coming from these emergency beacons. The 406.000–406.100 MHz beacons transmit a unique identifier, making possible the PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71619 ability to combine previously collected data associated with that beacon and transmit this vital data along with the beacon’s position to the appropriate rescue coordination center. Persons buying 406.000–406.100 MHz emergency radio beacons are required to register them with NOAA prior to installation. These requirements are contained in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations at 47 CFR 80.1061, 47 CFR 87.199 and 47 CFR 95.1402. The registration data is used to facilitate a rescue and to suppress the costly consequences of false alarms, which if unsuppressed would initiate the launch of a rescue mission and thereby deplete limited resources and possibly result in the loss of lives. This is accomplished through the use of the data provided to the rescue forces from the beacon registration database maintained by the NOAA’s United States Mission Control Center (USMCC) for Search and Rescue, to contact the distressed person(s) or alternate party via a phone call or radio broadcast. Other data provides rescuers with descriptive material of the element in distress. The registration information must be kept up-to-date. Four registration forms are used. The EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) form is used for nautical beacons. The ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) form is used for aircraft beacons. The PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is used to register portable beacons carried by individuals. Ship Security Alerting System (SSAS) beacons are carried aboard ships, are similar to EPIRBs and are used in the event of an emergency situation such as piracy or terrorism. These forms are being updated in response to the development of 406MHz second generation beacons (SGBs), which are in development and are projected to be available to the public in 2023. Changes to the forms are as follows: 23-Hex Beacon ID line: SGBs have 23character hexadecimal unique identifiers. NOAA’s 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database (RGDB) currently allows registrations for first generation beacons (FGBs) that contain 15character hexadecimal identifiers. Once SGBs are on the market, beacon owners will have the capability to register either FGBs or SGBs in the RGDB. Even though each registration will be for only one beacon ID, the hardcopy registration form must contain separate lines for FGBs and SGBs due to the differing number of characters and their presentation on manufacture labels and packaging—FGB IDs are presented in E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 71620 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 240 / Friday, December 17, 2021 / Notices groups of 5–5–5 and SGB IDs will be 6– 6–6–5. Old 23-Hex ID: This field was added to enable registration of a replacement SGB beacon. The RGDB will continue to capture data for both FGB and SBG replacements. Beacon Serial No.: This field was added to capture the beacon’s serial number, which appears on the manufacturer-supplied label and/or on the beacon or its packaging. The serial number provides additional verification of the beacon ID and can be used by RGDB staff to resolve cases of incorrect or duplicate beacon IDs. Other: An Automatic Identification System (AIS) Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number was added to the EPIRB form. The following fields were added to the PLB form to provide additional pertinent information to search and rescue (SAR) forces: Radio Call Sign (on EPIRB form), Vessel MMSI # (on EPIRB form), AIS MMSI # (just added to EPIRB form), and Aircraft Registration (Tail) No. (on ELT form). II. Method of Collection Respondents may either: (1) Obtain the forms electronically via the internet at https://beaconregistration.noaa.gov, download, complete, sign and mail or fax or (2) register directly on the website, in which case the signature requirement is waived. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. III. Data DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE OMB Control Number: 0648–0295. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission: Revision. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local, or Tribal government; Federal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 337,241. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 84,311. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $2,282,298.77. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations at 47 CFR 80.1061, 47 CFR 87.199 and 47 CFR 95.1402. IV. Request for Comments jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Dec 16, 2021 Jkt 256001 [FR Doc. 2021–27399 Filed 12–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–HR–P National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notice of Availability of a Draft Management Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Announcement of Public Meetings Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability and public meetings. AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has prepared a draft management plan (DMP) as part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS or sanctuary) management plan review. The DMP, which replaces a 2009 sanctuary management plan, addresses current and emerging threats in CINMS and reflects changes in new science and technologies, how people use the sanctuary, and community needs. The DMP supports continued protection of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sanctuary resources through enforcement of existing sanctuary regulations, education and outreach strategies that promote ocean stewardship, and community-inclusive involvement. Consistent with the information provided in the 2019 Notice of Intent, NOAA is not proposing modifications to the sanctuary regulations at this time, but may consider regulatory changes in the future. NOAA also prepared a draft environmental assessment (DEA), which evaluates the environmental impacts of implementing the DMP, ongoing field activities, and the existing sanctuary regulations. NOAA is soliciting public comments on the DMP and DEA at this time. DATES: Comments are due by February 24, 2022. NOAA will host virtual public scoping meetings at the following dates and times: • Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Pacific Time • Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. Pacific Time NOAA may end a meeting before the time noted above if all those participating have completed their oral comments. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the DMP and DEA by the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https:// www.regulations.gov and enter ‘‘NOAA– NOS–2019–0110’’ in the Search box. Click on the ‘‘Comment’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Written comments may also be mailed to NOAA/CINMS, UCSB Ocean Science Education, Building 514/ MC 6155, Santa Barbara, California 93106, Attn: Chris Mobley, Superintendent. • Public Scoping Meetings: Provide oral comments during virtual public scoping meetings, as described under DATES. Webinar registration details and additional information about how to participate in these public scoping meetings is available at https:// channelislands.noaa.gov/manage/plan/ revision.html. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 240 (Friday, December 17, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71619-71620]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-27399]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Emergency Beacon Registrations

AGENCY: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information 
collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information 
collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The 
purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment 
preceding submission of the collection to OMB.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed 
information collection must be received on or before February 15, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0295 in the subject line of your 
comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise 
sensitive or protected information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
specific questions related to collection activities should be directed 
to: LT Marisa Gedney, SARSAT Operations Support Officer, NOAA/NESDIS/
SARSAT, NSOF. E/SPO53 4231 Suitland Rd, Suitland, MD 20746, (202) 709-
3202, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The United States, Canada, France, and Russia operate the Search 
and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (COSPAS/SARSAT), a satellite system 
with equipment that can detect and locate ships, aircraft and 
individuals in distress if an emergency radio beacon is being carried. 
This system is used to detect digitally encoded signals in the 406.000-
406.100 MHz range, coming from these emergency beacons. The 406.000-
406.100 MHz beacons transmit a unique identifier, making possible the 
ability to combine previously collected data associated with that 
beacon and transmit this vital data along with the beacon's position to 
the appropriate rescue coordination center.
    Persons buying 406.000-406.100 MHz emergency radio beacons are 
required to register them with NOAA prior to installation. These 
requirements are contained in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
regulations at 47 CFR 80.1061, 47 CFR 87.199 and 47 CFR 95.1402.
    The registration data is used to facilitate a rescue and to 
suppress the costly consequences of false alarms, which if unsuppressed 
would initiate the launch of a rescue mission and thereby deplete 
limited resources and possibly result in the loss of lives. This is 
accomplished through the use of the data provided to the rescue forces 
from the beacon registration database maintained by the NOAA's United 
States Mission Control Center (USMCC) for Search and Rescue, to contact 
the distressed person(s) or alternate party via a phone call or radio 
broadcast. Other data provides rescuers with descriptive material of 
the element in distress. The registration information must be kept up-
to-date.
    Four registration forms are used. The EPIRB (Emergency Position 
Indicating Radio Beacon) form is used for nautical beacons. The ELT 
(Emergency Locator Transmitter) form is used for aircraft beacons. The 
PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is used to register portable beacons 
carried by individuals. Ship Security Alerting System (SSAS) beacons 
are carried aboard ships, are similar to EPIRBs and are used in the 
event of an emergency situation such as piracy or terrorism.
    These forms are being updated in response to the development of 
406MHz second generation beacons (SGBs), which are in development and 
are projected to be available to the public in 2023. Changes to the 
forms are as follows:
    23-Hex Beacon ID line: SGBs have 23-character hexadecimal unique 
identifiers. NOAA's 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database (RGDB) 
currently allows registrations for first generation beacons (FGBs) that 
contain 15-character hexadecimal identifiers. Once SGBs are on the 
market, beacon owners will have the capability to register either FGBs 
or SGBs in the RGDB. Even though each registration will be for only one 
beacon ID, the hardcopy registration form must contain separate lines 
for FGBs and SGBs due to the differing number of characters and their 
presentation on manufacture labels and packaging--FGB IDs are presented 
in

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groups of 5-5-5 and SGB IDs will be 6-6-6-5.
    Old 23-Hex ID: This field was added to enable registration of a 
replacement SGB beacon. The RGDB will continue to capture data for both 
FGB and SBG replacements.
    Beacon Serial No.: This field was added to capture the beacon's 
serial number, which appears on the manufacturer-supplied label and/or 
on the beacon or its packaging. The serial number provides additional 
verification of the beacon ID and can be used by RGDB staff to resolve 
cases of incorrect or duplicate beacon IDs.
    Other: An Automatic Identification System (AIS) Maritime Mobile 
Service Identity (MMSI) number was added to the EPIRB form. The 
following fields were added to the PLB form to provide additional 
pertinent information to search and rescue (SAR) forces: Radio Call 
Sign (on EPIRB form), Vessel MMSI # (on EPIRB form), AIS MMSI # (just 
added to EPIRB form), and Aircraft Registration (Tail) No. (on ELT 
form).

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents may either: (1) Obtain the forms electronically via the 
internet at https://beaconregistration.noaa.gov, download, complete, 
sign and mail or fax or (2) register directly on the website, in which 
case the signature requirement is waived.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0295.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission: Revision.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-
profit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local, or 
Tribal government; Federal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 337,241.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 84,311.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $2,282,298.77.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
regulations at 47 CFR 80.1061, 47 CFR 87.199 and 47 CFR 95.1402.

IV. Request for Comments

    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau 
to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is 
necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether 
the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy 
of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed 
collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden 
on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone 
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including 
your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2021-27399 Filed 12-16-21; 8:45 am]
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