Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

CourtFederal Railroad Administration
Citation86 FR 47716
Publication Date26 Aug 2021
Record Number2021-18398
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 163 (Thursday, August 26, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 163 (Thursday, August 26, 2021)]
                [Pages 47716-47717]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2021-18398]
                Federal Railroad Administration
                [Docket No. FRA-2021-0006-N-11]
                Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment
                AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of
                Transportation (DOT).
                ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.
                SUMMARY: 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 May
                17, 2021, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public
                comment on the ICR.
                DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
                September 27, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: 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.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Hodan Wells, Information
                Collection Clearance Officer at email: [email protected] or
                telephone: (202) 493-0440.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 May 17, 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 26770. 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 technology.
                 The summary below describes the ICR that FRA will submit for OMB
                clearance as the PRA requires:
                 Title: Inspection and Maintenance of Steam Locomotives.\1\
                 \1\ Previously titled ``Inspection and Maintenance of Steam
                Locomotives (Formerly Steam Locomotive Inspection).''
                 OMB Control Number: 2130-0505.
                 Abstract: The Boiler Inspection Act of 1911 required each railroad
                carrier subject to the Act to file copies of its rules and instructions
                for the inspection of locomotives. The original Act was expanded to
                cover all steam locomotives and tenders, and all their parts and
                appurtenances. As amended, this Act requires carriers to make
                inspections and to repair defects to ensure the safe operation of steam
                locomotives. Currently, the collection of information is used primarily
                by tourist or historic railroads and by locomotive owners/operators to
                provide a record for each day a steam locomotive is placed in service,
                as well as a record that the required steam locomotive inspections are
                completed. The collection of information is also used by FRA and State
                rail safety inspectors to verify that necessary safety inspections and
                tests have been completed and to ensure that steam locomotives are
                indeed ``safe and suitable'' for service and are properly operated and
                 Type of Request: Extension without change (with changes in
                estimates) of a currently approved collection.
                 Affected Public: Businesses.
                 Form(s): FRA-1, FRA-2, FRA-3, FRA-4, FRA-5, and FRA-19.
                 Respondent Universe: 82 steam locomotive owners/operators.
                 Frequency of Submission: On occasion; annually.
                 Total Estimated Annual Responses: 9,362.
                 Total Estimated Annual Burden: 1,357 hours.
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                 Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent:
                 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,
                Acting Chief Counsel.
                [FR Doc. 2021-18398 Filed 8-25-21; 8:45 am]
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