Revision of Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) Program

CourtTransportation Security Administration
Citation86 FR 47653
Publication Date26 Aug 2021
Record Number2021-18358
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 163 (Thursday, August 26, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 163 (Thursday, August 26, 2021)]
                [Pages 47653-47654]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2021-18358]
                Transportation Security Administration
                Revision of Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB
                Review: Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) Program
                AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security
                ACTION: 30-Day notice.
                SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Transportation Security
                Administration (TSA) has forwarded the Information Collection Request
                (ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652-0062,
                abstracted below, to OMB for review and approval of a revision to the
                currently approved collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).
                The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its
                expected burden. The collection allows TSA to conduct transportation
                security-related assessments during site visits with surface
                transportation security and operating officials.
                DATES: Send your comments by September 27, 2021. A comment to OMB is
                most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.
                ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed
                information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of
                this notice to Find this particular
                information collection by selecting ``Currently under Review--Open for
                Public Comments'' and by using the find function.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina A. Walsh, TSA PRA Officer,
                Information Technology (IT), TSA-11, Transportation Security
                Administration, 6595 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield, VA 20598-
                6011; telephone (571) 227-2062; email [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TSA published a Federal Register notice,
                with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments, of the following
                collection of information on June 4, 2021, 86 FR 30065.
                [[Page 47654]]
                Comments Invited
                 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C.
                3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is
                not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it
                displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation will be
                available at upon its submission to OMB.
                Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and approval of the following
                information collection, TSA is soliciting comments to--
                 (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is
                necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency,
                including whether the information will have practical utility;
                 (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden;
                 (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to
                be collected; and
                 (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those
                who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic,
                mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms
                of information technology.
                Information Collection Requirement
                 Title: Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) Program.
                 Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
                 OMB Control Number: 1652-0062.
                 Form(s): BASE electronic checklist.
                 Affected Public: Highway transportation asset owners and operators;
                and, public transportation agencies, including mass transit bus, rail
                transit, and less common types of service (such as cable cars, inclined
                planes, funiculars, and automated guideway systems).
                 Abstract: TSA's BASE program works with existing (and new)
                transportation asset and system owner/operators by asking established
                questions to identify their current security posture, identify security
                gaps, and encourage implementation of countermeasures applicable to the
                specific surface mode of transportation. Data and results collected
                through the BASE program will inform TSA's policy and program
                initiatives and allow TSA to provide focused resources and tools to
                enhance the overall security posture within these sectors of the
                surface transportation community.
                 The Government Accountability Office, audit GAO-20-404, ``Passenger
                Rail Security: TSA Engages with Stakeholders but Could Better Identify
                and Share Standards and Key Practices (April 2020),'' recommended TSA
                update the BASE cybersecurity questions to ensure they reflect key
                practices.\1\ TSA concurred with this recommendation and is requesting
                to revise the collection to include questions that cover all five core
                functions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
                cybersecurity framework. All core functions and a majority of the
                subcategories are integrated with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
                Security Agency guidelines and established industry best practices in
                the newly-developed cybersecurity questions and cybersecurity annex
                questions, strengthening the cybersecurity health for the
                transportation sector.
                 \1\ Additional information regarding this audit and the GAO's
                recommendations are available on the GAO's website using the audit
                number (GAO-20-0404) or at the following link:
                 Number of Respondents: 182.
                 Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,698 hours annually.\2\
                 \2\ The annual burden has decreased since the publication of the
                60-day notice, which reported 1,708 annual hour burden (MT/PR BASE
                1,196 hours annually + HWY BASE 512 hours annually).
                 Dated: August 20, 2021.
                Christina A. Walsh,
                TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Information Technology.
                [FR Doc. 2021-18358 Filed 8-25-21; 8:45 am]
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