[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 94 (Tuesday, May 15, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28615-28616]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11677]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID: FEMA-2012-0020; OMB No. 1660-0009]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB 
review; Comment Request; The Declaration Process: Requests for Damage 
Assessment, Federal Disaster Assistance, Appeals, Cost Share Adjustment

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is submitting a 
request for review and approval of a collection of information under 
the emergency processing procedures in Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) regulation 5 CFR 1320.13. FEMA is requesting that this 
information collection be approved by June 1, 2012. The approval will 
authorize FEMA to use the collection through December 1, 2012. FEMA 
plans to follow this emergency request with a request for a 3-year 
approval. The request will be processed under OMB's normal clearance 
procedures in accordance with the provisions of OMB regulation 5 CFR 
1320.10. To help us with the timely processing of the emergency and 
normal clearance submissions to OMB, FEMA invites the general public to 
comment on the proposed collection of information.

DATES: Comments must be submitted to OMB on or before June 14, 2012. 
You may submit comments to FEMA on or before July 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the proposed information 
collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office 
of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the Desk 
Officer for the Department of Homeland

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Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, (Proposed New 
Information Collection--The Declaration Process: Requests for Damage 
Assessment, Federal Disaster Assistance, Appeals, Cost Share 
Adjustment) and sent via electronic mail to oira.submission@omb.eop.gov 
or faxed to (202) 395-5806. Comments may also be submitted to the 
following:
    (1) Online. Submit comments at www.regulations.gov under Docket ID 
FEMA-2012-0020. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    (2) Mail. Submit written comments to Regulatory Affairs Division, 
Office of Chief Counsel, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Room 835, 
Washington, DC 20472-3100.
    (3) Facsimile. Submit comments to (703) 483-2999.
    (4) Email. Submit comments to FEMA-POLICY@dhs.gov. Include Docket 
ID FEMA-2012-0020 in the subject line.
    All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket 
ID. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, 
all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any 
personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this 
information makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy Act 
notice that is available via the link in the footer of 
www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection should be made to Director, 
Records Management Division, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, Mission Support Bureau, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 
1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA 20598-3005, facsimile number (202) 
646-3347, or at email address FEMA-Information-Collections@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the Act), requires that 
all requests for a declaration by the President that a major disaster 
or emergency exists shall be made by the Governor of the affected 
State. Section 401 of the Act stipulates that such a request shall be 
based on a finding that the disaster is of such severity and magnitude 
that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and the 
affected local government, and that Federal assistance is necessary. 
Section 401 of the Act further stipulates that as a part of such 
request, and as a prerequisite to major disaster assistance under the 
Act, the Governor shall take appropriate response action under State 
law and direct the execution of the State's emergency plan and shall 
furnish specific information that must be included in a request for a 
major disaster declaration. Section 401 of the Act stipulates that the 
request must include specific information on the nature and amount of 
State and local resources which have been or will be committed to 
alleviate the results of the disaster. In the event that a Governor's 
request for supplemental Federal assistance is denied, the Governor may 
appeal this denial under the provisions set forth in 44 CFR 206.46.
    Collection of Information:
    Title: The Declaration Process: Requests for Damage Assessment, 
Federal Disaster Assistance, Appeals, Cost Share Adjustment.
    Type of Information Collection: Extension, without change, of a 
currently approved information collection.
    OMB Number: 1660-0009.
    Abstract: This collection includes a new FEMA Form 010-0-13, 
Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration Major Disaster or 
Emergency which asks for the same data that were stated and required in 
the previous narrative Governor's requests to the President requesting 
for supplemental Federal assistance. When a disaster occurs in a State, 
the Governor of the State or the Acting Governor in his/her absence, 
may request a major disaster declaration or an emergency declaration. 
The Governor should submit the request to the President through the 
appropriate Regional Administrator to ensure prompt acknowledgement and 
processing. The information obtained by joint Federal, State, and local 
preliminary damage assessments will be analyzed by FEMA regional senior 
level staff. The regional summary and the regional analysis and 
recommendation shall include a discussion of State and local resources 
and capabilities, and other assistance available to meet the disaster 
related needs. The Administrator of FEMA provides a recommendation to 
the President and also provides a copy of the Governor's request. In 
the event the information required by law is not contained in the 
request, the Governor's request cannot be processed and forwarded to 
the White House. In the event the Governor's request for a major 
disaster declaration or an emergency declaration is not granted, the 
Governor may appeal the decision.
    Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 56.
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 16.5 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,088.
    Estimated Cost: There are no recordkeeping, capital, start-up or 
maintenance costs associated with this information collection.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Comments: Written comments are solicited to (a) evaluate whether 
the proposed data collection is necessary for the proper performance of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity 
of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses. Submit comments to OMB within 30 
days of the date of this notice. To ensure that FEMA is fully aware of 
any comments or concerns that you share with OMB, please provide FEMA 
with a copy of your comments. FEMA will continue to accept comments 
from interested persons through July 16, 2012. Submit comments to the 
FEMA address listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT caption.

John G. Jenkins, Jr.,
Acting Director, Records Management Division, Office of the Chief 
Administrative Office, Mission Support Bureau, Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2012-11677 Filed 5-14-12; 8:45 am]
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