[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 231 (Friday, November 30, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 71431]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28997]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Transportation Security Administration


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

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: 30-day Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA) has forwarded the new Information Collection 
Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). 
The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its 
expected burden. TSA published a Federal Register notice, with a 60-day 
comment period soliciting comments, of the following collection of 
information on May 29, 2012 77 FR 31632. TSA received four comments in 
response to this notice. Two comments were unrelated to the ICR. The 
remaining two comments were requests for program information. This 
voluntary information collection allows TSA to conduct transportation 
security-related assessments during site visits with security and 
operating officials of surface transportation entities.

DATES: Send your comments by December 31, 2012. A comment to OMB is 
most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, OMB. Comments should be addressed to Desk Officer, 
Department of Homeland Security/TSA, and sent via electronic mail to 
oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan L. Perkins, TSA PRA Officer, 
Office of Information Technology (OIT), TSA-11, Transportation Security 
Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6011; 
telephone (571) 227-3398; email TSAPRA@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 is available 
at http://www.reginfo.gov. 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: Highway Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) 
Program.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    OMB Control Number: Not yet assigned.
    Form(s): Highway Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement 
(BASE).
    Affected Public: Highway transportation asset owners and operators.
    Abstract: TSA's Highway BASE program seeks to establish the current 
state of security gaps and implemented countermeasures throughout the 
highway mode of transportation by posing questions to major 
transportation asset owners and operators. Data and results collected 
through the Highway 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 the surface transportation 
community.
    Number of Respondents: 750.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 3,000 hours annually.

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on November 21, 2012. .
Susan L. Perkins,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2012-28997 Filed 11-29-12; 8:45 am]
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