Research and Innovative Technology Administration 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

University Transportation Centers Program
Document Number: 2013-27421
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-18
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
The United States Department of Transportation is publishing this notice to give eligible nonprofit institutions of higher education located in Federal Regions 3 and 10 advance notice that they will have an opportunity to submit applications for a grant as a Regional Center in the University Transportation Centers (UTCs) program. Funds for this grant program are authorized beginning on October 1, 2012. In the near future, the Department, via the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), will release a grant solicitation through Grants.gov and on the UTC Program's Web site, http://utc.dot.gov, describing the competition and deadlines for applications. Proposals will be evaluated through a competitive process on the basis of demonstrated ability, research, technology and education resources, leadership, multi-modal research capability, and commitment to transportation workforce development programs, technology transfer capability, the use of peer review, and effective partnerships to advance diversity.
Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-26126
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-04
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
ITS Joint Program Office; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-21990
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-10
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Confidential Close Call Reporting System
Document Number: 2013-17684
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-24
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval for renewal of information collection supporting a multi-year research study that aims at improving rail safety by analyzing information on close calls and other unsafe occurrences in the rail industry. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 10, 2013 (78 FR 27479) and the comment period ended on July 10, 2013. The 60-day notice produced no comments.
Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Passenger Origin-Destination Survey Report
Document Number: 2013-17503
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-22
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension of currently approved collections. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 16, 2013 (78 FR 28943). No comments were received.
Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-17358
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-19
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Request for Clearance of a new Information Collection: National Census of Ferry Operators
Document Number: 2013-16429
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-09
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the BTS to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) approval to make changes to an existing information collection related to the Nation's ferry operations (National Census of Ferry Operators, OMB Control Number2139-0009). The data collected for the national census of ferry operators (NCFO) have historically been used to produce a descriptive database of existing ferry operations. Recently enacted MAP-21 legislation (Pub. L. 112-141, section 1121(b)), requires that the NCFO data be used by The Federal Highway Administration for funding allocations based on a specific set of formulae. As a result, BTS is proposing the elimination of census questions that do not support the MAP-21 requirements; while adding items needed to support the FHWA's funding algorithms. As with all previous NCFO initiatives, business sensitive information provided by ferry operators will not be made public. The Information provided will however, be shared with FHWA in order to support their funding allocations as dictated in MAP-21. For copies of the old and new NCFO questionnaires with edits, please contact the project director.
Notice of Request for Approval To Continue To Collect New Information: Confidential Close Call Reporting System
Document Number: 2013-11190
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-10
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) intends to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) renew the information collection request for the Close Calls project. This data collection effort is in support of a five-year research study aiming at improving rail safety by analyzing information on close calls and other unsafe occurrences in the rail industry. The ongoing research study is conducted by the Office of Human Factors in the Federal Railroad Administration and is designed to identify safety issues and propose corrective actions based on voluntary reports of close calls submitted to BTS. This collection is necessary because data on close calls are not normally reported to the railroad carriers or the Federal Railroad Administration. Continuous data collection for this research project is necessary to develop trends about rail safety and to improve railroad safety on an ongoing basis.
Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-10507
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-03
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Request for Clearance of a New Information Collection: National Census of Ferry Operators
Document Number: 2013-10416
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-02
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the BTS to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) approval for an information collection related to the Nation's ferry operations. The information collected will be used to produce a descriptive database of existing ferry operations. A summary report of survey findings will be published by BTS on the BTS Web page.
Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS)
Document Number: 2013-08844
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
The Coast Guard and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration are analyzing the current and future user needs and requirements of the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS). The NDGPS was designed to broadcast signals to improve the accuracy and integrity of the Global Positioning System (GPS) derived positions for surface transportation, as well as other civil, commercial, scientific, and homeland security applications. This analysis will be used to support future NDGPS investment decisions by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation beyond fiscal year 2016. This notice seeks comments from Federal, state, and local agencies, as well as other interested members of the public regarding current and future usage of the NDGPS, the need to retain the NDGPS, the impact if NDGPS signals were not available, alternatives to the NDGPS, and alternative uses for the existing NDGPS infrastructure.
Invitation for Public Comment on Draft DOT Research, Development and Technology Strategic Plan (2013-2018)
Document Number: 2013-07024
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-27
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is providing notice of request for public comment on its draft strategic plan, U.S. Department of Transportation, Research, Development and Technology Strategic Plan FY 2013-2018. The new five-year strategic plan will guide the Department's research, development, and technology activities as required by Section 52013 of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141; July 6, 2012. The new plan places its focus on the U.S. DOT Strategic Goals: Safety; State of Good Repair; Economic Competitiveness; Livable Communities and Environmental Sustainability, along with MAP-21 RD&T critical issues: Promoting safety; reducing congestion and improving mobility; preserving the environment; preserving existing transportation systems; improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure; and improving goods movement. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration's (RITA's) Office of Research, Development and Technology (RD&T), has coordinated this effort in collaboration with partner modal administrations and offices across the U.S. DOT. As recommended by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the National Research Council (NRC), RITA and its partners are seeking public stakeholder comment to ensure RD&T resources are invested wisely to achieve measurable improvements in our Nation's transportation system.
Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Meeting
Document Number: 2013-04898
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-04
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Part 249 Preservation of Records
Document Number: 2013-03949
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-21
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics invites the general public, industry and other governmental parties to comment on the continuing need for and usefulness of BTS requiring certificated air carriers to preserve accounting records, consumer complaint letters, reservation reports and records, system reports of aircraft movements, etc. Also, public charter operators and overseas military personnel charter operators are required to retain certain contracts, invoices, receipts, bank records and reservation records.
Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Meeting
Document Number: 2013-03615
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
Agency Information Collection Activity; Notice of Request for Public Comment and Submission to OMB for Information Collection: Confidential Close Call Reporting for Transit Rail System
Document Number: 2013-03694
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, BTS announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. On November 5, 2012, BTS published a Federal Register notice (77 FR 66502), allowing for a 60-day comment period on the ICR. The comment period closed on January 4, 2013. The agency received one comment, from the National Safety Council (NSC), Docket Comment RITA-2008-0002-0037, in response to the notice which supported the need for the information collection. The NSC comment stated they agreed with BTS that '' there is a need for proper data collection and analysis on close calls and other unsafe occurrences in the WMATA rail system.'' The purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to OMB on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations.