Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-550); Comment Request; Extension

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 236 (Monday, December 9, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 236 (Monday, December 9, 2019)]
[Pages 67264-67265]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-26461]
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
[Docket No. IC19-29-000]
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-550); Comment
Request; Extension
AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission
or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved
information collection FERC-550 (Oil Pipeline Rates-Tariff Filings) and
submitting the information collection to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for review. Any interested person may file comments
directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the
Commission as explained below.
DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due January 8,
ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by OMB Control No. 1902-
0089, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs: [email protected] Attention: Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission Desk Officer.
 A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in
Docket No. IC19-29-000, by either of the following methods:
 eFiling at Commission's Website:
[[Page 67265]]
 Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE,
Washington, DC 20426.
 Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in
accordance with submission guidelines at For user assistance, contact FERC Online Support
by email at [email protected], or by phone at (866) 208-3676
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
 Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of
activity in this docket or viewing/downloading comments and issuances
in this docket may do so at
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at
[email protected], telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202)
 Title: FERC-550, Oil Pipeline Rates--Tariff Filings.
 OMB Control No.: 1902-0089.
 Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-550 information
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting
 Abstract: On July 30, 2019 (84 FR 36915), the Commission published
a Notice in the Federal Register in Docket No. IC19-29-000 requesting
public comments. The Commission received no public comments and is
indicating that in the related submittal to OMB.
 FERC-550 is required to implement sections of the Interstate
Commerce Act (ICA) (49 U.S.C. 1, et seq., 49 App. U.S.C. 1-85). The
Commission's regulatory jurisdiction over oil pipeline includes:
 Regulation of rates and practices of oil pipeline
companies engaged in interstate transportation;
 establishment of equal service conditions to provide
shippers with equal access to pipeline transportation;
 establishment of reasonable rates for transporting
petroleum and petroleum products by pipeline.
 The FERC-550 filing requirements for oil pipeline tariffs and rates
\1\ provide the Commission with the information it needs to analyze
proposed tariffs, rates, fares, and charges of oil pipeline and other
carriers in connection with the transportation of crude oil and
petroleum products. The Commission uses this information to determine
whether the proposed tariffs and rates are just and reasonable.
 \1\ 18 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 341-348.
 Type of Respondent: Oil Pipeline.
 Estimate of Annual Burden: \2\ The Commission estimates the annual
public reporting burden and cost \3\ for the FERC-550 information
collection as follows:
 \2\ ``Burden'' is the total time, effort, or financial resources
expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or
provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further
explanation of what is included in the information collection
burden, refer to 5 CFR 1320.3.
 \3\ The Commission staff thinks that the hourly cost (for wages
and benefits) for industry staff completing the FERC-550 is similar
to the cost of FERC employees. The cost figure is the FY2019 FERC
average annual salary plus benefits ($167,091/year or $80/hour).
 FERC-550: Oil Pipeline Rates--Tariff Filings
 Total annual
 Annual number Total number Average burden burden hours & Cost per
 Number of respondents of responses of responses 4 hrs. & cost ($) total annual respondent ($)
 per respondent per response cost ($)
(1) (2) (1) * (2) = (4)............. (3) * (4) = (5) (5) / (1)
219.......................... 3.24 710 7 hrs.; $560.... 4,970 hrs.; $1,815.52
 Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of
the Commission, including whether the information will have practical
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden and
cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality,
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are
to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or
other forms of information technology.
 \4\ This figure is rounded.
 Dated: December 3, 2019.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2019-26461 Filed 12-6-19; 8:45 am]