Internal Personnel Rules and Practices of the NTSB; Corrections
This document corrects the wording reflected in various sections in part 801 as a result of the amendatory language in the interim final rule (IFR) published in the Federal Register (FR) on October 4, 2021. The IFR amended part 801, in pertinent part, by revising all references to ``public reading room'' to read ``electronic reading room''. Consequently, that revision resulted in needless repetition of ``electronic reading room'' in several part 801 regulations. This correction amends the affected regulations to reflect the agency's original intent.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers the public and Federal agencies the opportunity to comment regarding the NTSB's intent to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) for an extension of a currently-approved information collection (IC) for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control No. 3147-0028. The OMB number, which is currently assigned to the NTSB's Request for a Medical Exception to the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement form, was obtained through emergency clearance in November 2021 and will expire on May 31, 2022. This 60-Day Notice informs the public and Federal agencies that they may submit comments directly to the NTSB regarding this IC.
Office of the Managing Director: Strategic Management Program, Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Strategic Plan
This notice is in accordance with OMB Circular A-11, section 210.3 (b), Consultation and Outreach, which requires the NTSB to solicit comments on the proposed strategic plan to be published by February 2022. All interested parties are invited to submit comments regarding this proposed strategic plan. As background, the NTSB's 2020- 2024 strategic plan was published in December 2019. This proposed document updates that plan, incorporating revised and expanded goals and objectives for the continuation of the 2020-2024 plan. We continued evaluating baseline performance metrics for the three goals. Some goals have been adjusted to reflect results from the previous plan's activities. These expanded strategic objectives help measure the agency's overall success. You can view a copy of the draft strategic plan on the NTSB website at: Strategic Plans & Reports (ntsb.gov) https://www.ntsb.gov/about/reports/Documents/Draft-FY-22-26-S trategic- Plan-FedReg.pdf.
Commercial Space Investigations
For transparency of the agency's commercial space safety investigative authority, the NTSB is proposing adding Subpart F for Commercial Space Investigations to supplement its Investigation Procedures. By codifying its investigative role in commercial space transportation, the NTSB anticipates that Subpart F will enhance transportation safety by enabling the agency to carry out its statutory mission of conducting safety investigations, identifying necessary corrective actions, and preventing future space transportation accidents and incidents.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposes adding a new system of records to its inventory of system of records: Religious Accommodation Request Records. Subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, the agency proposes this new system for reasonable accommodations from prospective, current, and former NTSB employees who request or receive accommodations for sincerely held religious beliefs, practices, or observances.
SES Performance Review Board
Notice is hereby given of the appointment of members of the National Transportation Safety Board, Performance Review Board (PRB).
Internal Personnel Rules and Practices of the NTSB
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is amending its Internal Personnel Rules and Practices to reflect that the agency is closing its ``public reference room'' and will now make qualifying records electronically available. Moreover, the agency will remove an outdated paragraph describing a particular category of exempted records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): internal matters of a relatively trivial nature that have no significant public interest, and predominately internal matters that the release would risk circumvention of a statute or agency regulation. The revisions to the NTSB FOIA regulation are being issued as an interim final rule to ensure that an updated regulations is in place as soon as practicable to implement the Supreme Court decision.
Amendment to the Definition of Unmanned Aircraft Accident
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposes amending the definition of ``Unmanned aircraft accident'' by removing the weight-based requirement and replacing it with an airworthiness certificate or airworthiness approval requirement. The weight threshold is no longer an appropriate criterion because unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) under 300 lbs. are operating in high-risk environments, such as beyond line-of-sight and over populated areas. The proposed definition will allow the NTSB to be notified of and quickly respond to UAS events with safety significance.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; [OMB Control No. 3147-0001]
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers the public and Federal agencies the opportunity to comment regarding the NTSB's intent to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) seeking reinstatement, with change, of a previously-approved information collection (IC) for which approval for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control No. 3147-0001 has expired. This 60-Day Notice informs the public and Federal agencies that they may submit comments directly to the NTSB regarding this IC.
Civil Monetary Penalty Annual Inflation Adjustment
Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, this final rule provides the 2021 adjustment to the civil penalties that the agency may assess against a person for violating certain NTSB statutes and regulations.