Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Grant Programs

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CourtNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Publication Date09 Feb 2021
Record Number2021-02652
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Section 405 grants cover the following:
Occupant Protection Grants; State Traffic Safety
Information System Improvements Grants; Impaired
Driving Countermeasures Grants (including
Alcohol-Ignition Interlock Grants and 24–7 Sobriety
Program Grants); Distracted Driving Grants;
Motorcyclist Safety Grants; State Graduated Driver
Licensing Incentive Grants; and Nonmotorized
Safety Grants. Section 1906 is a separate racial
profiling data collection grant.
the closing date indicated under the
DATES
section of the notice.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration
[Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0009]
Agency Information Collection
Activities; Notice and Request for
Comment; Uniform Procedures for
State Highway Safety Grant Programs
AGENCY
: National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA),
Department of Transportation (DOT).
ACTION
: Notice and request for
comments on an extension of a
currently-approved information
collection.
SUMMARY
: The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) invites
public comments about our intention to
request approval from the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for an
extension of a currently-approved
information collection. Before a Federal
agency can collect certain information
from the public, it must receive
approval from OMB. Under procedures
established by the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995, before seeking OMB
approval, Federal agencies must solicit
public comment on proposed
collections of information, including
extensions and reinstatement of
previously approved collections. This
document describes NHTSA’s collection
of information for its State Highway
Safety Grant Program.
DATES
: Comments must be submitted on
or before April 12, 2021.
ADDRESSES
: You may submit comments
identified by the Docket No. NHTSA–
2021–0009 through any of the following
methods:
Electronic submissions: Go to the
Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the online
instructions for submitting comments.
Fax: (202) 493–2251.
Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket
Management, U.S. Department of
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey
Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12–
140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through
Friday, except on Federal holidays.
Instructions: All submissions must
include the agency name and docket
number for this notice. Note that all
comments received will be posted
without change to http://
www.regulations.gov, including any
personal information provided. Please
see the Privacy Act heading below.
Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search
the electronic form of all comments
received into any of our dockets by the
name of the individual submitting the
comment (or signing the comment, if
submitted on behalf of an association,
business, labor union, etc.). You may
review DOT’s complete Privacy Act
Statement in the Federal Register
published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR
19477–78) or you may visit https://
www.transportation.gov/privacy.
Docket: For access to the docket to
read background documents or
comments received, go to http://
www.regulations.gov or the street
address listed above. Follow the online
instructions for accessing the dockets
via internet.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: For
programmatic issues, contact Barbara
Sauers, Regional Operations and
Program Delivery, NRO–011, National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC
20590; Telephone: 202–366–0144. For
legal issues and background
information, contact Roland (R.T.)
Baumann III, Office of the Chief
Counsel, NCC–300, National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, U.S.
Department of Transportation, 1200
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC
20590; Telephone: 202–366–1834.
Please identify the relevant collection of
information by referring to its OMB
Control Number.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: Under the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), before an agency
submits a proposed collection of
information to OMB for approval, it
must first publish a document in the
Federal Register providing a 60-day
comment period and otherwise consult
with members of the public and affected
agencies concerning each proposed
collection of information. The OMB has
promulgated regulations describing
what must be included in such a
document. Under OMB’s regulation (at
5 CFR 1320.8(d)), an agency must ask
for public comment on the following: (a)
Whether the proposed collection of
information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of the
agency, including whether the
information will have practical utility;
(b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate
of the burden of the proposed collection
of information, including the validity of
the methodology and assumptions used;
(c) how to enhance the quality, utility,
and clarity of the information to be
collected; and (d) how to minimize the
burden of the collection of information
on those who are to respond, including
the use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other
technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology,
e.g. permitting electronic submission of
responses. In compliance with these
requirements, NHTSA asks for public
comments on the following proposed
collection of information for which the
agency is seeking approval from OMB.
Title: Uniform Procedures for State
Highway Safety Grant Programs.
OMB Control Number: 2127–0730.
Form Number(s): None.
Type of Request: Extension.
Type of Review Requested: Regular.
Requested Expiration Date of
Approval: 3 years from date of approval.
Summary of the Collection of
Information
The Fixing America’s Surface
Transportation Act (FAST), Public Law
114–94, authorizes the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) to issue highway safety grants
to States under Chapter 4 of Title 23,
U.S.C. Specifically, these grant
programs include the Highway Safety
Program grants (23 U.S.C. 402 or Section
402), the National Priority Safety
Program grants (23 U.S.C. 405 or Section
405) and a separate grant on racial
profiling data collection contained in a
previous authorization that was revised
and restored under the FAST Act (Pub.
L. 109–59, Sec. 1906 or Section 1906, as
amended by Sec. 4011, Pub. L. 114–94).
For all of these grants, as directed in
statute, NHTSA uses a consolidated
application process that relies on the
Highway Safety Plan (HSP) States
submit under the Section 402 program
as a single application. The information
required to be submitted for these grants
includes the HSP consisting of
information on the highway safety
planning process, performance report,
performance plan, problem
identification, highway safety
countermeasure strategies, projects and
funding amounts, certifications and
assurances, and application materials
that cover Section 405 grants and the
reauthorized Section 1906 grant.
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States
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Under occupant protection grants, one criterion
that a State with a lower belt use rate may use to
receive a grant is to complete an assessment of its
occupant protection program once every three years
(23 U.S.C. 405(b)(3)(B)(ii)(VI)(aa)); and another
criterion is a comprehensive occupant protection
program that includes a program assessment
conducted every five years as one of its elements
(23 U.S.C. 405(b)(3)(B)(ii)(V)(aa); 23 CFR
1300.21(e)(5)(i)). Under traffic safety system
information system improvement grants, a State
must have an assessment of its highway safety data
and traffic records system once every 5 years in
order to receive a grant (23 U.S.C. 405(c)(3)(E)).
Under impaired driving countermeasure grants, a
State with high average impaired driving fatality
rates must have an assessment of its impaired
driving program once every 3 years in order to
receive a grant. (23 U.S.C. 405(d)(3)(C)(i)(I)).
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The Uniform Guidelines for State Highway
Safety Programs are available online at https://
one.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/whatsup/tea21/
tea21programs/index.htm.
4
The Traffic Records Program Assessment
Advisory is available online at https://
crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/
ViewPublication/812601.
also must submit an annual report
evaluating their progress in achieving
performance targets. In addition, as part
of the statutory criteria for Section 405
grants covering the areas of occupant
protection, traffic safety information
system improvement and impaired
driving countermeasures, States may be
required to receive assessments of their
State programs in order to receive a
grant.
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States must provide information
and respond to questions as part of the
assessment process.
Consistent with the statute, NHTSA
has implemented a final rule that
creates uniform procedures for States to
apply for grant funds (83 FR 3466,
January 25, 2018). These procedures
specify the information that is required
to be submitted to receive a grant and
the type of information required to
verify performance under the grants.
As indicated above, States may be
required to receive an assessment of
certain covered programs in order to be
eligible for some grants under Section
405. Separate from these requirements,
States also may request assessments in
these areas at their discretion. NHTSA
uses two different assessment
approaches based on the traffic safety
area covered. For occupant protection
and impaired driving, assessments are
based on NHTSA’s Uniform Guidelines
for State Highway Safety Programs,
which are required by Congress and
periodically updated through a process
that seeks public comment.
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State
programs are assessed against these
uniform guidelines by a team of subject
matter experts. The assessment team
produces a final report with
recommendations on how the State can
improve the effectiveness of its program.
As part of the process, States provide
written materials in response to requests
from the assessment team and
participate in a comprehensive
interview process. For traffic safety
information systems, States respond to
questions based on NHTSA’s Traffic
Records Program Assessment Advisory
(DOT HS 812 601), which describes an
ideal traffic records system. The
questions cover nine topical areas and
examine how well a State plans,
collects, manages, and integrates
information from several State traffic
records systems.
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Responses are
evaluated by subject matter experts, and
a final report is provided to the State
with recommendations for
improvement.
Description of the Need for the
Information and Proposed Use of the
Information
As noted above, the statute provides
that the HSP is the application for grants
each fiscal year. The information is
necessary to determine whether a State
satisfies the Federal criteria for grant
awards. The annual report tracks
progress in achieving the aims of the
grant program. The information is
necessary to verify performance under
the grants and to provide a basis for
improvement. As specified in statute,
States may be required to receive an
assessment of certain covered programs.
The information provided by a State
allows subject matter experts to provide
recommendations for the purpose of
improving the covered areas.
Affected Public
This collection impacts the fifty-seven
entities that are eligible to apply for
grants under the NHTSA Highway Grant
Program (the fifty States, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, American
Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian
Affairs on behalf of the Indian Country).
These respondents will hereafter be
referred to as ‘‘State respondents.’’
This collection also impacts the
subject matter experts and
administrative assistants who are
involved in assessments for the grant
program. These subject matter experts
are recruited by NHTSA by asking
NHTSA Regional Offices and the State
Highway Safety Offices to make
recommendations. All new occupant
protection and impaired driving
assessors complete an e-learning course,
Conducting Highway Safety Program
Assessments.The course is self-paced
and entirely on-line. Each impaired
driving and occupant protection
assessment team consists of five (5)
assessors and an administrative
assistant. For traffic records
assessments, NHTSA uses a contractor
to recruit and train the assessors for the
online traffic records assessment
conducted using NHTSA’s Traffic
Records Improvement Program
Reporting System (TRIPRS). All subject
matter experts are current or former
members of State Traffic Records
Coordinating Committees. There are
between 10 to 14 assessors for each
traffic records assessment.
Estimated Number of Respondents
There are 57 potential State
respondents (the fifty States, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American
Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian
Affairs on behalf of the Indian Country).
NHTSA estimates there will be
approximately 260 assessor respondents
per year. This estimate includes
assessors and administrative assistants.
Each occupant protection or impaired
driving assessment involves five (5)
subject matter experts and one (1)
administrative assistant. NHTSA
estimates that 13 occupant protection
and impaired driving assessments will
be completed each year, for a total of 78
respondents. Each traffic records
assessment involves approximately
thirteen (13) subject matter experts.
NHTSA estimates that 14 traffic records
assessments are completed each year,
for a total of 182 traffic records
assessors.
Frequency
Applications for grant funding and
annul reporting are submitted once a
year and assessments are conducted
once every three or five years.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours:
40,666
The estimated burden hours for the
grant application and annual report part
of the collection of information are
based on all eligible respondents each
year for each of the grants:
Section 402 grants: 57 (fifty States,
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam,
American Samoa, the Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands, and the
Bureau of Indian Affairs);
Section 405 Grants (except
Impaired Driving Countermeasures,
Motorcyclist Safety and Nonmotorized
Grants) and Section 1906 Grant: 56 (fifty
States, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam,
American Samoa, and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands); and
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Assessment average is based on the total number
of assessments conducted each year and divided by
the number of years since the inception of
assessment requirements for certain grants under
MAP–21, Public Law 112–141.
6
See May 2019 National Industry-Specific
Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates,
NAICS 336100—Motor Vehicle Manufacturing,
available at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/
naics4_999200.htm (accessed January 6, 2021).
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Section 405, Impaired Driving
Countermeasures, Motorcyclist Safety
and Nonmotorized Grants: 52 (fifty
States, the District of Columbia, and
Puerto Rico).
The estimated burden hours for the
assessment part of the collection of
information are based on the average
number of State assessments that are
carried out each year in each of the
covered grant areas:
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There are 9
assessments planned for the Section 405
Occupant Protection grants, 14
assessments for the Section 405 Traffic
safety information system improvement
grants and 4 assessments for the Section
405 Impaired driving grant.
Under the grant application and
annual report requirements, we estimate
that it will take each respondent
approximately 240 hours to collect,
review and submit the required
information to NHTSA for the Section
402 program (200 burden hours for grant
applications and 40 hours for annual
reports). We further estimate that it will
take each respondent approximately 180
hours to collect, review and submit the
required information to NHTSA for the
Section 405 program. For traffic safety
information system improvement grants,
we estimate that it takes 123 hours to
respond to questions under the
assessment. For occupant protection
and impaired driving countermeasures
grants, we estimate that it takes 80 hours
to provide the required information and
respond to questions under an
assessment. Based on the above
information, the estimated annual
burden hours for all State respondents
is 26,522 hours.
NHTSA estimates the labor cost
associated with respondents preparing
application materials using the
estimated average wage for
‘‘Management Analysts,’’ Occupation
Code 13–1111. The Bureau of Labor
Statistics estimates that the average
hourly wage for management analysts in
State and local government is $31.95.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates
that wages for State and local
government workers represent 61.8% of
total compensation costs.
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Therefore,
NHTSA estimates the hourly labor costs
to be $51.70 and estimates that hourly
labor cost associated with preparing
materials to be $24,056 per respondent.
If all eligible States applied for and
received grants for all programs (and
including the annual number of
assessment responses required from
States), the total labor costs on all
respondents would be $1,855,099.
These estimates are based on every
eligible respondent submitting the
required information for every available
grant. However, not all States apply for
and receive a grant each year under each
of these programs. In addition, under
Section 405 grants, some requirements
permit States to submit a single
application covering multiple years
allowing States to simply recertify in
subsequent years.
In addition to the burden hours for
State respondents, this information
collection also involves burden hours
for subject matter experts who assess the
States and burden hours for
administrative assistants. For occupant
protection and impaired driving
assessments it is estimated that
assessors spend approximately 80 hours
of work on each assessment, based on
the following assumptions: 46 hours for
the interviews and panel discussions
and 34 hours for pre- and post-
assessment activities, to include
reviewing: (1) Briefing book materials;
(2) resources on the State Highway
Safety Office’s website, and (3)
reviewing comments and/or suggestions
submitted from the State after their
review of the assessment final
report.The honorarium the State pays to
each team member is $2,700, which
translates to $33.75 per hour.
An administrative assistant works
approximately 46 hours for the
interviews and panel discussions and 18
hours for pre- and post-assessment
activities, to include coordinating
logistics, assisting team members and
editing the document. The honorarium
for this position is $2,100 (which
translates to $32.80 per hour).
The cost for traffic records
assessments is based on the honorarium
that NHTSA pays each assessor. NHTSA
pays each assessor $2,100 for their time
and NHTSA estimates that each assessor
spends approximately 16 hours for the
assessment, or $131.25 per hour.
Accordingly, NHTSA estimates the
total burden hours for this information
collection request is 44,826 hours and
the associated labor costs is estimated to
be $2,440,089.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Cost:
$422,500
In addition to the cost of states in
conjunction with the assessments, there
are other costs involved related to
conducting the event such as subject
matter expert stipend, travel and per
diem. These costs are approximately
$32,500 per occupant protection and
impaired driving assessment. For the
thirteen planned assessments, the cost is
estimated to be $422,500.
Public Comments Invited: You are
asked to comment on any aspects of this
information collection, including (a)
whether the proposed collection of
information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of the
Department, including whether the
information will have practical utility;
(b) the accuracy of the Department’s
estimate of the burden of the proposed
information collection; (c) ways to
enhance the quality, utility and clarity
of the information to be collected; and
(d) ways to minimize the burden of the
collection of information on
respondents, including the use of
automated collection techniques or
other forms of information technology.
Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1995; 44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended;
49 CFR 1.49; and DOT Order 1351.29.
Jamie Pfister,
Associate Administrator for Regional
Operations and Program Delivery.
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Department of the Treasury.
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SUMMARY
: This notice announces that
the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s
Federal Advisory Committee on
Insurance (‘‘FACI’’) will meet via
videoconference on Thursday, February
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