Agency Information Collection Activities; Emergency Approval of a New Information Collection Request: Apprenticeship Pilot Program

CourtFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Citation87 FR 1001
Record Number2022-00063
Publication Date07 January 2022
Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 5 / Friday, January 7, 2022 / Notices
According to WNRR, this action is
categorically excluded from
environmental review under 49 CFR
1105.6(c) and from historic reporting
requirements under 49 CFR 1105.8(b).
Board decisions and notices are
available at
Decided: December 30, 2021.
By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting
Director, Office of Proceedings.
Kenyatta Clay,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2022–00069 Filed 1–6–22; 8:45 am]
Federal Aviation Administration
Membership in the National Parks
Overflights Advisory Group
: Federal Aviation
Administration, (FAA), DOT.
: Solicitation of applications.
: The Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) and the National
Park Service (NPS) invite interested
persons to apply to fill one current and
two upcoming vacancies on the
National Parks Overflights Advisory
Group (NPOAG). This notice invites
interested persons to apply for the
openings. The current opening is for a
representative of Native American
tribes. The upcoming openings are for
another representative of Native
American tribes and a representative of
general aviation concerns.
: Persons interested in these
membership openings will need to
apply by February 7, 2022.
Keith Lusk, Special Programs Staff,
Federal Aviation Administration,
Western-Pacific Region Headquarters,
777 S Aviation Boulevard, Suite 150, El
Segundo, CA 90245, telephone: (424)
405–7017, email:
The National Parks Air Tour
Management Act of 2000 (the Act) was
enacted on April 5, 2000, as Public Law
106–181, and subsequently amended in
the FAA Modernization and Reform Act
of 2012. The Act required the
establishment of the advisory group
within one year after its enactment. The
NPOAG was established in March 2001.
The advisory group is comprised of
representatives of general aviation,
commercial air tour operators,
environmental concerns, and Native
American tribes. The Administrator of
the FAA and the Director of NPS (or
their designees) serve as ex officio
members of the group. Representatives
of the Administrator and Director serve
alternating 1-year terms as chairman of
the advisory group.
In accordance with the Act, the
advisory group provides ‘‘advice,
information, and recommendations to
the Administrator and the Director—
(1) On the implementation of this title
[the Act] and the amendments made by
this title;
(2) On commonly accepted quiet
aircraft technology for use in
commercial air tour operations over a
national park or tribal lands, which will
receive preferential treatment in a given
air tour management plan;
(3) On other measures that might be
taken to accommodate the interests of
visitors to national parks; and
(4) At the request of the Administrator
and the Director, safety, environmental,
and other issues related to commercial
air tour operations over a national park
or tribal lands.’’
The current NPOAG is made up of
one member representing general
aviation, three members representing
the commercial air tour industry, four
members representing environmental
concerns, and two members
representing Native American tribes.
Members serve three year terms. Current
members of the NPOAG are as follows:
Melissa Rudinger representing general
aviation; Eric Lincoln, James Viola, and
John Becker representing commercial air
tour operators; Robert Randall, Dick
Hingson, Les Blomberg, and John
Eastman representing environmental
interests; and Carl Slater representing
Native American tribes, with one
current opening. The three-year term of
Mr. Slater expires on February 18, 2022
and the three-year term of Ms. Rudinger
expires on April 3, 2022.
In order to retain balance within the
NPOAG, the FAA and NPS are seeking
candidates interested in filling the one
current vacant seat and one upcoming
opening representing Native American
tribes and the one upcoming seat
representing general aviation concerns.
The FAA and NPS invite persons
interested in these openings on the
NPOAG to contact Mr. Keith Lusk
(contact information is written above in
Requests to serve on the NPOAG must
be made to Mr. Lusk in writing and
postmarked or emailed on or before
February 7, 2022. Any request to fill one
of these seats must describe the
requestor’s affiliation with general
aviation or federally-recognized Native
American tribes, as appropriate. The
request should also explain what
expertise the requestor would bring to
the NPOAG as related to issues and
concerns with aircraft flights over
national parks or tribal lands. The term
of service for NPOAG members is 3
years. Members may re-apply for
another term.
On August 13, 2014, the Office of
Management and Budget issued revised
guidance regarding the prohibition
against appointing or not reappointing
federally registered lobbyists to serve on
advisory committees (79 FR 47482).
Therefore, before appointing an
applicant to serve on the NPOAG, the
FAA and NPS will require the
prospective candidate to certify that
they are not a federally registered
Issued in El Segundo, CA, on January 4,
Keith Lusk,
Program Manager, Special Programs Staff,
Western-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 2022–00098 Filed 1–6–22; 8:45 am]
Federal Motor Carrier Safety
[Docket No. FMCSA–2022–0002]
Agency Information Collection
Activities; Emergency Approval of a
New Information Collection Request:
Apprenticeship Pilot Program
: Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA), Department
of Transportation (DOT).
: Notice of request for emergency
OMB approval.
: In compliance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of
1995, this notice announces that the
new Information Collection Request
(ICR) discussed below has been
forwarded to the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) for review and
emergency approval. FMCSA requests
that OMB approve this collection by
January 13, 2021.
: Comments must be submitted on
or before January 12, 2022.
: Written comments and
recommendations for the proposed
information collection should be sent
within by January 12, 2022 to
All comments received are part of the
public record. Comments will generally
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be posted without change. Upon
receiving the requested emergency
approval by OMB, FMCSA will follow
the normal PRA procedures to renew
the information collection at its
expiration date.
Nicole Michel, Mathematical
Statistician, Research Division,
Department of Transportation, FMCSA,
West Building, 6th Floor, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC
20590–0001; 202–366–4354;
Title: Apprenticeship Pilot Program.
OMB Control Number: N/A; this is a
new ICR.
Type of Request: Request for
emergency approval of a new
information collection.
Respondents: Motor carriers; drivers.
Estimated Total Respondents: 44,945
total (4,500 motor carriers and 40,445
commercial motor vehicle (CMV)
drivers); 16,482 annually (3,000 carriers
and 13,482 CMV drivers).
Estimated Total Responses:
Applications: 44,945 total, or 14,982
annually; Data collection for
participating carriers: 486,000 total, or
162,000 annually.
Estimated Burden Hours: 571,047
total, or 190,349 annually (Motor
carriers: 557,250 hours total, or 185,750
hours annually; Drivers: 13,797 hours
total, or 4,599 hours annually).
Estimated Burden per Response: 20
minutes per response for carrier,
apprentice, and experienced driver
application forms; 15 minutes per
response for safety benchmark
certifications; 60 minutes per month per
driver for monthly driving and safety
data; 90 minutes per month for
miscellaneous data submission.
Frequency: Once for carrier,
apprentice, and experienced driver
application forms; twice for safety
benchmark certifications; monthly per
number of participating drivers for
driving and safety data; and monthly for
miscellaneous monthly data.
Background: Current regulations on
driver qualifications (49 CFR part
391.11(b)(1)) state that a driver must be
21 years of age or older to operate a
CMV in interstate commerce. Currently,
drivers under the age of 21 may operate
CMVs only in intrastate commerce
subject to State laws and regulations.
Section 23022 of the Infrastructure
Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), requires
the Secretary of Transportation to
conduct a commercial driver
Apprenticeship Pilot Program. An
‘‘apprentice’’ is defined as a person
under the age of 21 who holds a
commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Under this program, these apprentices
will complete two probationary periods,
during which they may operate in
interstate commerce only under the
supervision of an experienced driver in
the passenger seat. An experienced
driver is defined in Section 23022 as a
driver who is not younger than 26 years
old, who has held a CDL and been
employed for at least the past 2 years,
and who has at least 5 years of interstate
CMV experience and meets the other
safety criteria defined in the IIJA.
The first probationary period must
include at least 120-hours of on duty
time, of which at least 80 hours are
driving time in a CMV. To complete this
probationary period, the employer must
determine competency in:
1. Interstate, city traffic, rural 2-lane, and
evening driving;
2. Safety awareness;
3. Speed and space management;
4. Lane control;
5. Mirror scanning;
6. Right and left turns; and
7. Logging and complying with rules
relating to hours of service.
The second probationary period must
include at least 280 hours of on-duty
time, including not less than 160 hours
driving time in a CMV. To complete this
probationary period, the employer must
determine competency in:
1. Backing and maneuvering in close
2. Pre-trip inspections;
3. Fueling procedures;
4. Weighing loads, weight distribution, and
sliding tandems;
5. Coupling and uncoupling procedures;
6. Trip planning, truck routes, map
reading, navigation, and permits.
After completion of the second
probationary period the apprentice may
begin operating CMVs in interstate
commerce unaccompanied by an
experienced driver.
In addition to data regarding
successful completion of the
probationary periods, the IIJA requires
data collection for data relating to any
incident in which a participating
apprentice is involved as well as other
data relating to the safety of apprentices.
Additional data will include crash data
(incident reports, police reports,
insurance reports), inspection data,
citation data, safety event data (as
recorded by all safety systems installed
on vehicles, to include advanced driver
assistance systems, automatic
emergency braking systems, onboard
monitoring systems, and forward-facing
and in-cab video systems) as well as
exposure data (record of duty status
logs, on-duty time, driving time, and
time spent away from home terminal).
This data will be submitted monthly
through participating motor carriers.
The data collected will be used to
report on the following items, as
required by section 23022:
1. The findings and conclusions on the
ability of technologies or training provided to
apprentices as part of the pilot program to
successfully improve safety;
2. An analysis of the safety record of
participating apprentices as compared to
other CMV drivers;
3. The number of drivers that discontinued
participation in the apprenticeship program
before completion;
4. A comparison of the safety records of
participating drivers before, during, and after
each probationary period; and
5. A comparison of each participating
driver’s average on-duty time, driving time,
and time spent away from home terminal
before, during, and after each probationary
FMCSA will monitor the monthly
data being reported by the motor
carriers and will identify drivers or
carriers that may pose a risk to public
safety. While removing unsafe drivers or
carriers may bias the dataset, it is a
necessary feature for FMCSA to comply
with 49 CFR 381.505, which requires
development of a monitoring plan to
ensure adequate safeguards to protect
the health and safety of pilot program
participants and the general public.
Knowing that a driver or carrier was
removed from the pilot program for
safety reasons will help FMCSA
minimize bias in the final data analysis.
FMCSA and the Department of
Labor’s Employment and Training
Agency (DOL/ETA) will be partnering in
the implementation of the Safe Driver
Apprenticeship Pilot Program. All
motor carriers who are approved for the
program by FMCSA will also be
required to become Registered
Apprenticeships (RAs) under 29 CFR
part 29 before they can submit
information on their experienced
drivers and apprentices. The
information collection burden for the
DOL/ETA RA Program can be found in
approved ICR 1205–0223.
The statutory mandate for this pilot
program is contained in Section 23022
of the Infrastructure Investment and
Jobs Act. FMCSA’s regulatory authority
for initiation of a pilot program is 49
CFR 381.400. The Apprentice Pilot
Program supports the USDOT strategic
goal of economic strength while
maintaining USDOT and FMCSA’s
commitment to safety.
Public Comments Invited: You are
asked to comment on any aspect of this
information collection, including: (1)
Whether the proposed collection is
necessary for FMCSA to perform its
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functions; (2) the accuracy of the
estimated burden; (3) ways for FMCSA
to enhance the quality, usefulness, and
clarity of the collected information; and
(4) ways that the burden could be
minimized without reducing the quality
of the collected information.
Issued under the authority delegated in 49
CFR 1.87.
Thomas P. Keane,
Associate Administrator, Office of Research
and Registration.
[FR Doc. 2022–00063 Filed 1–6–22; 8:45 am]
Federal Railroad Administration
[Docket No. FRA–2021–0006–N–18]
Proposed Agency Information
Collection Activities; Comment
: Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA), Department of
Transportation (DOT).
: Notice of information collection;
request for comment.
: 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 October 22, 2021,
FRA published a notice providing a 60-
day period for public comment on the
: Interested persons are invited to
submit comments on or before February
7, 2022.
: Written comments and
recommendations for the proposed ICR
should be sent within 30 days of
publication of this notice to
Find the particular ICR by selecting
‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open
for Public Comments’’ or by using the
search function.
: Ms.
Hodan Wells, Information Collection
Clearance Officer at email: or telephone:
(202) 493–0440.
: 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 October 22, 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 58721. FRA
received no comments in response to
this 60-day notice.
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
The summary below describes the ICR
that FRA will submit for OMB clearance
as the PRA requires:
Title: Railroad Signal System
OMB Control Number: 2130–0006.
Abstract: The information collected
under 49 CFR parts 233, 235, and 236
is used by FRA to monitor compliance
with FRA’s inspection and testing
requirements for signal systems, as well
as to review and approve requests to
discontinue or materially modify
existing signal systems. The information
collected is also used by FRA to monitor
signal failures (e.g., failure of a signal
appliance, device, method, or system to
function or indicate as required by 49
CFR part 236 that results in an incorrect
signal or other condition hazardous to
the movement of a train).
For instance:
§ 233.5 requires each railroad to
report to FRA within 24 hours after
learning of an accident or incident
arising from signal failure.
§ 233.7 requires each railroad to
report signal failures within 15 days in
accordance with the instructions
printed on Form FRA F 6180.14.
§ 235.5 requires railroads to apply
for FRA approval to discontinue or
materially modify railroad signal
§ 235.8 allows railroads to seek
relief from the requirements in 49 CFR
part 236.
§ 235.20 describes the protest
process, including essential information
that must be included in the protest, the
address for filing the protest, the time
limit for filing the protest, and the
requirement that a protestant requesting
a public hearing explain why written
statements cannot be used to explain his
or her position.
§ 236.110 requires that the results of
signal system tests required under
§§ 236.102 through 236.109; §§236.376
through 236.387; §§ 236.576 and
236.577; and §§ 236.586 through
236.589 be recorded on pre-printed
forms provided by the railroad or by
electronic means, subject to FRA
§ 236.590 requires railroads to clean
and inspect the automatic train stop,
train control, or cab signal pneumatic
apparatus on locomotives and then
record the results of the inspection as
required by § 229.29(a) of this chapter.
Type of Request: Extension without
change (with changes in estimates) of a
currently approved collection.
Affected Public: Businesses.
Form(s): FRA F 6180.14.
Respondent Universe: 754 railroads.
Frequency of Submission: On
Total Estimated Annual Responses:
Total Estimated Annual Burden:
222,747 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour
Dollar Cost Equivalent: $13,330,408.
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.
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