2020-23073. Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request  

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    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 July 22, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.


    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 18, 2020.


    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed ICR should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/​public/​do/​PRAMain. Find the particular ICR by selecting “Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments” or by using the search function.

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    Ms. Hodan Wells, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Railroad Safety, Regulatory Analysis Division, Federal Railroad Administration, telephone (202) 493-0440, email: Hodan.wells@dot.gov.

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    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 July 22, 2020, FRA published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment on the ICR for which it is now seeking OMB approval. See 85 FR 44357. FRA received no comments in response to this 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 1320.12(d); 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 summaries below describe the ICR that FRA will submit for OMB clearance as the PRA requires:

    Title: Reflectorization of Freight Rolling Stock.

    OMB Control Number: 2130-0566.

    Abstract: FRA issued this regulation to mandate the reflectorization of freight rolling stock (using retroreflective material on freight cars and locomotives) to enhance the visibility of trains to reduce the number and severity of accidents at highway-rail grade crossings in which visibility is a contributing factor.[1] FRA uses the information collected to verify that the person responsible for the car reporting mark is notified after the required visual inspection when the freight equipment has less than 80 percent of the required retroreflective sheeting present, undamaged, or unobscured. Further, FRA uses the information collected to verify that the required locomotive records of retroreflective sheeting defects found after inspection are kept in the locomotive cab or in a railroad accessible electronic database FRA can access upon request. Finally, FRA uses the information collected to confirm that railroads/car owners meet the prescribed standards for the inspection and maintenance of the required retroreflective material.

    Type of Request: Extension with change (revised estimates) of a currently approved collection.

    Affected Public: Businesses.

    Form(s): N/A.

    Respondent Universe: 746 railroads/car owners.

    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 36,001.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 3,159 hours.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent: $180,102.

    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.

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    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

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    Brett A. Jortland,

    Deputy Chief Counsel.

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    1.  See 70 FR 144, Jan. 3, 2005.

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    [FR Doc. 2020-23073 Filed 10-16-20; 8:45 am]

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Transportation Department
Federal Railroad Administration
Notice of information collection; request for comment.
Document Number:
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 18, 2020.
66406-66406 (1 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. FRA-2020-0027-N-27
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