[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 242 (Monday, December 17, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 74678-74685]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-30313]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

[Docket No. DHS-2012-0058]


Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT)

AGENCY: National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: 60-Day notice and request for comments; Revision of Information 
Collection Request: 1670-0007.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Protection 
and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Office of Infrastructure Protection 
(IP), Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD), will submit 
the following Information Collection Request to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub.L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 
35).

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until February 15, 
2013 This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.8.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and questions about this Information 
Collection Request should be forwarded to DHS/NPPD/IP/ISCD Chemical 
Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Manager, 245 Murray Lane SW., 
Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610. Written comments should reach 
the contact person listed no later than February 15, 2013. Comments 
must be identified by ``DHS-2012-0057''and may be submitted by one of 
the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and the docket number for this 
action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
    Special Instructions: Comments that include trade secrets, 
confidential commercial or financial information, Chemical-terrorism 
Vulnerability Information (CVI), Sensitive Security Information (SSI), 
or Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) should not be 
submitted to the public regulatory docket. Please submit such comments 
separately from other comments in response to this notice. Comments 
containing trade secrets, confidential commercial or financial 
information, CVI, SSI, or PCII should be appropriately marked and 
submitted by mail to the DHS/NPPD/IP/ISCD Chemical Facility Anti-
Terrorism Standards Program Manager at the Department of Homeland 
Security, 245 Murray Lane SW., Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-
0610. Comments must be identified by docket number DHS-2012-0058.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 550 of the Homeland Security 
Appropriations Act of 2007, Public Law 109-295 (2006), provides DHS 
with the authority to regulate the security of high-risk chemical 
facilities. On April 9, 2007, the Department issued an Interim Final 
Rule (IFR), implementing this statutory mandate at 72 FR 17688. Section 
550 of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 requires a 
risk-based approach to security.
    The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) are the 
Department's regulations under Section 550 governing security at high-
risk chemical facilities. See 6 CFR part 27. CFATS represents a 
national-level effort to minimize terrorism risk to such facilities. 
Its design and implementation balance maintaining economic vitality 
with securing facilities and their surrounding

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communities. The regulations were designed, in collaboration with the 
private sector and other stakeholders, to take advantage of protective 
measures already in place and to allow facilities to employ a wide 
range of tailored measures to satisfy the regulations' Risk-Based 
Performance Standards (RBPS).
    The Department collects the core regulatory data through the 
portions of the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) covered under 
this collection. For more information about CFATS and CSAT, you may 
access www.dhs.gov/chemicalsecurity. The current information collection 
for these portions of CSAT will expire on March 31, 2013.

The Department's Methodology in Estimating the Burden for the Top-
Screen

Number of Respondents

    The current information collection estimated that 4,167 respondents 
would submit a Top-Screen annually. That estimate, which is taken from 
the 2007 CFATS Regulatory Assessment,\1\ was derived by averaging the 
estimated number of respondents that would complete a Top-Screen in 
Calendar Year (CY) 2008-2010. In the 2007 CFATS Regulatory Assessment, 
the Department estimated that during CY 2013-2015, 2,500 respondents 
would submit Top-Screens annually. In actuality, between January 2009 
and December 2011, 6,781 Top-Screens were submitted by 6,041 facilities 
(i.e., respondents). This resulted in the Department receiving, on 
average, 2,260 respondent submissions annually during CY 2009-2011. 
This information is displayed in Table 1 below:
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    \1\ See Section 3 and Table 6 of the 2007 CFATS Regulatory 
Assessment, http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DHS-2006-
0073-0116.

                                     Table 1--Top-Screen Submission Averages
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                                                                                                      Average
                                      Year 1          Year 2          Year 3           Total          annual
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Estimated number of Top-Screen             7,500           2,500           2,500          12,500           4,167
 respondents in the information
 collection that expires on 03/
 31/13..........................
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    Total Number of Actual Top-            2,704           2,445           1,632           6,781           2,260
     Screens....................
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    As the historical annual average of 2,260 submissions is close to 
the average annual number of respondents estimated in the 2007 CFATS 
Regulatory Evaluation for CY 2013-2015 (i.e., 2,500), the Department 
will use the 2007 CFATS Regulatory Evaluation to estimate the number of 
respondents for the purposes of this notice.

Estimated Time per Respondent

    In the current information collection, the estimated time per 
respondent to prepare and submit a Top-Screen is 30.3 hours. This 
estimate assumed that the majority of the burden associated with the 
Top-Screen was outside of DHS's ability to quantitatively measure. 
However, by using the data collected between January 2009 and December 
2011, the Department was able to measure the duration a user, on behalf 
of a facility, was logged into the Top-Screen application. The 
Department determined that 98 percent of users who submitted Top-
Screens were logged into the Top-Screen application for no more than 
2.25 hours. While facilities likely spent additional time preparing for 
the completion of the Top-Screen when not logged into the Top-Screen 
application, based upon the Department's experience and routine 
interactions with regulated chemical facilities, the Department does 
not believe that a facility spent 15 hours prepping to submit a Top-
Screen for every hour spent actually using the Top-Screen application. 
Thus, the Department no longer believes that 30.3 hours of effort is a 
reasonable burden estimate.
    Rather, based upon the Department's interactions with regulated 
chemical facilities, the Department believes that for every hour a 
facility is logged into CSAT, it spends an average of two hours in 
preparation. Therefore, for the purposes of this notice, the 
Department's estimated time per respondent to submit a Top-Screen is 
6.75 hours. To account for the anticipated resubmission by facilities, 
the Department further estimates that 50 percent of the respondents 
will submit two Top-Screens.
    The Department also collects supporting documentation from 
approximately half of the respondents. Based upon the Department's day-
to-day informal discussions with regulated chemical facilities, the 
Department believes that a reasonable burden for the gathering and 
provision of supporting documentation is 0.25 hours.

Annual Burden Hours

    The annual burden hours for the Top-Screen is [6.75 hours x 2,500 
respondents x 1.5 responses per respondent], which equals 25,312.50 
hours. The annual burden hours to submit supporting documentation is 
312 hours [0.25 hours x 1,250 respondents x one response per 
respondent].
    Therefore, the Department estimates that the total annual burden 
hours for the Top-Screen is 25,624.5 hours [25,312.5 hours + 312 
hours]. The rounded estimate is 25,600 hours.

Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup)

    The Department provides access to CSAT free of charge, and the 
Department assumes that each respondent already has access to the 
Internet for basic business needs. Therefore, for the purposes of this 
notice, the Department estimates that there are no capital/startup 
costs.

Total Recordkeeping Burden

    A chemical facility that has submitted a Top-Screen may or may not 
be determined by the Department to present a high level of security 
risk. Only covered facilities that present a high level of security 
risk are required to keep records mandated by CFATS.
    For chemical facilities that ultimately are determined not to 
present a high level of security risk, the Department estimates any 
CFATS recordkeeping burden to be de minimis.
    For chemical facilities that are determined to present a high level 
of security risk, the Top-Screen recordkeeping burden is accounted for 
within the recordkeeping burden estimate for the ``Site Security Plan 
(SSP) and Alternative Security Program (ASP) submitted in lieu of the 
Site Security Plan,'' discussed later in this notice. The recordkeeping 
burden estimate for the ``Site Security Plan (SSP) and Alternative 
Security Program (ASP) submitted in lieu of the Site Security Plan'' 
accounts for all records high-risk chemical facilities are required to 
maintain under CFATS because the

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Department assumes that high-risk chemical facilities maintain their 
Top-Screen records and any other required records in the same manners, 
formats, and locations as they maintain their SSP/ASP records.

Total Annual Burden Cost (Operating/Maintaining)

    The 2007 CFATS Regulatory Evaluation assumes that Site Security 
Officers are responsible for submitting Top-Screens. For the purpose of 
this notice, the Department maintains this assumption.
    Therefore, to estimate the total annual burden, the Department 
multiplied the annual burden of 25,624.5 hours by the wage rate of Site 
Security Officers and adjusted for the actual and estimated Employment 
Cost Index (ECI) published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For 
the purpose of this notice, the Department adjusted wage rate of Site 
Security Officers from $80.00 per hour to $86.00 per hour. Therefore, 
the total annual burden cost for the Top-Screen is $2,203,707 [25,624.5 
total annual burden hours x $86 per hour]. The rounded estimate is 
$2,203,700.

The Department's Methodology in Estimating the Burden for the Security 
Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) & Alternative Security Program (ASP) 
Submitted in Lieu of the Security Vulnerability Assessment

Number of Respondents

    The current information collection estimated that 825 respondents 
would complete an SVA/ASP annually in CY 2008-2010. The number of 
respondents was derived by a two-step process. The first step estimated 
the expected number of SVAs/ASPs by multiplying the estimated number of 
Top-Screens in each CY by the percentage of Top-Screens that resulted 
in a determination by the Department that an SVA or ASP in lieu of an 
SVA must be submitted by a facility. When the current information 
collection was approved in March of 2010, that rate was 19.8 percent. 
The estimated number of SVAs or ASPs in lieu of SVAs must be submitted 
by facilities was then averaged. See the table below for estimated 
totals.

                      Table 2--SVA/ASP Submission Estimates Based on Top-Screen Submissions
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                                                                                                      Average
                                      Year 1          Year 2          Year 3           Total          annual
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Estimated number of Top-Screen             7,500           2,500           2,500          12,500           4,167
 Respondents in information
 collection that expires on 03/
 31/13..........................
Estimated number of SVA/ASP                1,485             495             495           2,475             825
 Respondents in information
 collection that expires on 03/
 31/13..........................
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    In actuality, 2,834 respondents submitted ASV/ASPs to the 
Department for the first time between January 2009 and December 2011.

                      Table 3--SVA/ASP Submission Totals, Including New SVA/ASP Submissions
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                                                      Year 1          Year 2          Year 3           Total
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Estimated number of SVA/ASP Respondents for                1,485             495             495           2,475
 information collection that expires on 03/31/13
Actual Number of New SVAs Submitted.............           2,287             315             232           2,834
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    Based upon a comparison of the actual results and the Department's 
estimates, the Department is satisfied that the methodology to estimate 
the number of respondents is reasonable. Therefore, for the purpose of 
this notice, the Department duplicated that analysis.
    Historical data from the Department in CY 2009-2011 revealed that 
the percentage of Top-Screens that subsequently resulted in a 
determination that an SVA or ASP in lieu of an SVA must be submitted by 
a facility was 29.6 percent. The estimated number of SVAs or ASPs in 
lieu of SVAs that must be submitted by facilities was determined by CY 
and then averaged. Therefore, for the purposes of this notice, the 
number of SVA/ASP respondents is 740 [2500 Top-Screen Respondents x 
0.296. See table below.

                              Table 4--Top-Screen and SVA/ASP Respondent Estimates
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                                      Year 1          Year 2          Year 3           Total      Average annual
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Estimated number of Top-Screen             2,500           2,500           2,500           7,500           2,500
 Respondents in this notice.....
Current Estimated number of SVA/             740             740             740           2,220             740
 ASP Respondents in this notice.
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Estimated Time per Respondent

    The current information collection estimated the time per 
respondent for preparing and submitting an SVA/ASP to be 250 hours. 
Previously, when making that estimate, the Department assumed that the 
majority of the burden associated with the SVAs/ASPs is outside the 
ability of the Department to quantitatively measure. However, in CY 
2009-2011, the Department was able to measure the duration a user, on 
behalf of a facility, was logged into the SVA/ASP application. Based 
upon actual historical data, the Department

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determined that 98 percent of users who submitted SVAs were logged into 
the SVA/ASP application for no more than 13 hours.
    While facilities likely spent additional time preparing to complete 
the SVA/ASP while not logged into the SVA/ASP application, based upon 
the Department's experience and routine interactions with regulated 
chemical facilities, the Department does not believe that a facility 
spent 20 hours prepping to submit an SVA/ASP for every hour spent 
actually using the SVA/ASP application. Thus, the Department no longer 
believes that 250 hours of effort is a reasonable burden estimate.
    Rather, based upon the Department's interactions with regulated 
chemical facilities, we believe that for every hour a facility is 
logged into CSAT, it spends an average of two hours in preparation. 
Therefore, for the purpose of this notice, the Department's estimated 
time per respondent to submit an SVA/ASP is 39 hours. The rounded 
estimate is 40 hours.
    To account for the anticipated resubmission by facilities, DHS 
estimates that 50 percent of the respondents will submit an additional 
SVA/ASP.
    The Department also collects supporting documentation from 
approximately half of the respondents. Based upon the Department's day-
to-day informal discussions with regulated chemical facilities, the 
Department believes that a reasonable burden for gathering and 
provision of supporting documentation is 0.25 hours per facility.

Annual Burden Hours

    The annual burden hours for an SVA/ASP is 43,290 hours [740 
respondents x 39 hours x 1.5 response per respondent].
    The annual burden estimate to obtain supporting documentation is 
92.5 hours [0.25 hours x 370 respondents x 1 response per respondent].
    Therefore, the Department estimates that the total annual burden in 
hours for the SVA/ASP is 43,382.5 hours [43,290 hours + 92.5 hours]. 
The rounded estimate is 43,400 hours.

Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup)

    The Department provides access to CSAT free of charge, and the 
Department assumes that each respondent already has access to the 
Internet for basic business needs. Therefore, for the purposes of this 
notice, the Department estimates that there are no capital/startup 
costs.

Total Recordkeeping Burden

    A chemical facility that has submitted an SVA/ASP may or may not be 
determined by the Department to present a high level of security risk. 
Only covered facilities that present a high level of security risk have 
a recordkeeping requirement.
    For chemical facilities that ultimately are determined not to 
present a high level of security risk, the Department estimates any 
CFATS recordkeeping burden to be de minimis.
    For chemical facilities that are determined to present a high level 
of security risk, the SVA recordkeeping burden is accounted for within 
the recordkeeping burden estimate for the ``Site Security Plan (SSP) 
and Alternative Security Program (ASP) submitted in lieu of the Site 
Security Plan,'' discussed later in this notice. The recordkeeping 
burden estimate for the ``Site Security Plan (SSP) and Alternative 
Security Program (ASP) submitted in lieu of the Site Security Plan'' 
accounts for all records high-risk chemical facilities are required to 
maintain under CFATS because the Department assumes that high-risk 
chemical facilities maintain their Top-Screen records and any other 
required records in the same manners, formats, and locations as they 
maintain their SSP/ASP records.

Total Annual Burden Cost (Operating/Maintaining)

    The 2007 CFATS Regulatory Evaluation assumes that Site Security 
Officers will be responsible for submitting Top-Screens. For the 
purpose of this notice, the Department maintains this assumption.
    The total annual burden cost for the SVA/ASP is $3,730,852 [43,382 
total annual burden hours x $86 (average hourly wage rate for Site 
Security Officers)]. The rounded estimate is $3,730,900.

The Department's Methodology in Estimating the Burden for Site Security 
Plan (SSP) and Alternative Security Program (ASP) Submitted in Lieu of 
the Site Security Plan

Number of Respondents

    The current information collection estimated that 825 respondents 
would complete an SSP/ASP annually in CY 2008-2010. At the time the 
current information collection was approved in March of 2010, the 
Department did not have adequate actual data from which to estimate the 
number of respondents. Thus, for simplicity, the Department opted to 
use the same estimated number of respondents for the SVA/ASP as the 
estimated number used for the SSP/ASP.
    Between January 2009 and December 2011, 4,199 respondents submitted 
an SSP/ASP.

                    Table 5--SSP/ASP Submission Estimates, Including New SSP/ASP Submissions
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                                                      Year 1          Year 2          Year 3           Total
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Estimated number of SSP/ASP Respondents in the             1,485             495             495           2,475
 information collection that expires on 03/31/13
Actual Number of New SSPs/ASPs Submitted........             907           3,056             236           4,199
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    In CY 2009-2011, 2,321 facilities were required to complete an SSP/
ASP from the 3,528 facilities that submitted an SVA/ASP. Therefore, the 
percentage of SVA/ASPs that resulted in a determination by the 
Department that an SSP or ASP in lieu of an SSP must be submitted by a 
facility was 65.7 percent. Therefore, for the purposes of this notice, 
the number of SSP/ASP respondents is 486 [740 SVA/ASP respondents x 
0.657]. See table below.

                          Table 6--SVA/ASP Respondent and SSP/ASP Respondent Estimates
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                                                                                                      Average
                                      Year 1          Year 2          Year 3           Total          annual
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Estimated number of SVA/ASP                  740             740             740           2,220             740
 Respondents in this notice.....
Estimated number of SSP/ASP                  486             486             486           1,458             486
 Respondents in this notice.....
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Estimated Time per Respondent

    The current information collection estimated the estimated time per 
respondent for preparing and submitting a SSP/ASP to be 200 hours. 
Previously, when making that estimate, the Department assumed that the 
majority of the burden associated with the SSPs/ASPs is outside of 
CSAT's ability to quantitatively measure. However, in CY 2009-2011, the 
Department was able to measure the duration a user was logged into the 
SVA/ASP application on behalf of a facility. The Department determined 
that 98 percent of users who submitted the evaluated SSPs were logged 
into the system for no more than 45 hours.
    Facilities likely spent additional time preparing to complete the 
SSP/ASP while not logged into the SSP/ASP application, based upon the 
Department's experience and routine interactions with regulated 
chemical facilities, the Department believes that 200 hours of effort 
is a reasonable burden estimate (i.e., that the facility spends 4.5 
hours outside of CSAT for every hour it spends logged into CSAT). 
Therefore, for the purpose of this notice, the Department will maintain 
the estimated time per respondent estimate of 200 hours. To account for 
the anticipated resubmission by facilities, DHS estimates that 50 
percent of the respondents will submit an additional SSP/ASP.
    The Department also collects supporting documentation from 
approximately half of the respondents. Based upon the Department's day-
to-day informal discussions with regulated chemical facilities, the 
Department believes that a reasonable burden for the gathering and 
provision of supporting documentation is 0.25 hours per facility.

Annual Burden Hours

    The annual burden hours for SSP/ASP submission is 145,800 hours 
[200 hours x 486 SSP/ASP respondents x 1.5 response per respondent].
    The annual burden hours for obtaining supporting documentation is 
60.75 hours [0.25 hours x (0.5 x 486 SSP/ASP respondents) x (one 
response per respondent)].
    Therefore, the Department estimates that the total annual burden 
hours for SSP/ASP submission is 145,860.75 hours [145,800 hours + 60.75 
hours]. The rounded estimate is 145,900 hours.

Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup)

    The Department provides access to CSAT free of charge, and the 
Department assumes each respondent already has access to the Internet 
for basic business needs. Therefore, for the purposes of this notice, 
the Department estimates that there are no capital/startup costs.

Total Recordkeeping Burden

    The recordkeeping burden estimate for the ``Site Security Plan 
(SSP) and Alternative Security Program (ASP) submitted in lieu of the 
Site Security Plan'' accounts for the recordkeeping burden high-risk 
chemical facilities are required to maintain under CFATS, including SSP 
and ASP records because the Department assumes that high-risk chemical 
facilities maintain their records and any other required records in the 
same manners, formats, and locations as they maintain their SSP/ASP 
records. Therefore, the Department believes it is reasonable to 
estimate the recordkeeping burden for all CFATS covered facilities 
under the recordkeeping burden for the ``Site Security Plan (SSP) and 
Alternative Security Program (ASP) submitted in lieu of the Site 
Security Plan.''
    Records maintained under CFATS, including SSP/ASP records and other 
records listed at 6 CFR 27.255, may be kept in electronic or paper 
formats as long as they are reasonably protected. For the purpose of 
this notice, the Department assumes that all covered facilities will 
purchase a locked filing cabinet to maintain records at a cost of $350 
each. In addition, covered facilities that use paper records will also 
incur the cost of additional paper and printer ink/toner. The 
Department assumes an additional box of paper ($50) and additional 
printer ink/toner supplies ($200). Thus, the physical cost related to 
record keeping for each SSP/ASP respondent is $600 (i.e., $350 for the 
filing cabinet plus $250 for paper and toner) for the first year and 
$250 per year for the second and third year. Thus, the annual average 
cost for physical cost related to paper-based recordkeeping is $336 per 
SSP/ASP.

                                                    Table 7--SSP/ASP Paper-Based Recordkeeping Costs
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                                                     Locked filing    Paper and ink/                                                      Average annual
                                                      cabinet cost      toner cost      Year 1 cost      Year 2 cost      Year 3 cost          cost
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SSP/ASP...........................................            $350             $250             $600             $250             $250             $336
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    The Department assumes that clerical staff will spend 48 hours per 
year (four hours per month) maintaining records, such as filing, 
binding, etc. The 2007 CFATS Regulatory Evaluation estimated the wage 
rate of clerical staff by leveraging the ECI published by the BLS. 
Specifically, for the purpose of this notice the Department adjusted 
the wage rate of clerical staff from $40 per hour to $43 per hour. 
Thus, the Department estimates the labor related to paper-based 
recordkeeping burden is $2,064 per SSP/ASP [48 hours x $43].
    Alternatively, although it is not required, businesses may keep 
their records electronically. Under this scenario, DHS assumes that a 
small number of respondents (i.e., 5 percent) will purchase a computer 
loaded with basic spreadsheet software. For the purpose of this notice, 
the Department assumes that 5 percent of covered facilities will 
purchase a computer and printer to maintain records at a total cost of 
$1,000. Thus, the annual average cost for physical costs related to 
electronic-based recordkeeping is $333 per SSP/ASP.
    The Department assumes that there will be a larger time commitment 
for updating records and inputting data into a spreadsheet. Hence, DHS 
estimates six hours per month to maintain electronic records. Thus, the 
Department estimates the labor related to electronic-based 
recordkeeping burden is $3,096 [72 hours x $43 (average hourly wage 
rate for clerical staff)].
    Therefore, for the purposes of this notice, the Department 
estimates that the annual recordkeeping burden is $1,205,256 [($366 + 
$2,064) x (0.95 x 486 SSP/ASP respondents) + [($333 + $3,096) x (0.05 x 
486 SSP/ASP respondents)]. The rounded estimate is $1,205,300.

Total Annual Burden Cost (Operating/Maintaining)

    The total annual burden cost for the SSP/ASP is $9,674,171 
[98,475.75 hours multiplied by $86 (average hourly wage rate for Site 
Security Officers) + $1,205,256 (total annual recordkeeping burden)]. 
The rounded estimate is $9,675,200.

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The Department's Methodology in Estimating the Burden for the Helpdesk

Number of Respondents

    The Department evaluated the historical data to determine if the 
current information collection estimate of 25,000 respondents continued 
to be an appropriate estimate for Helpdesk. In CY 2009-2011, the 
Helpdesk accepted 27,135 calls and 10,858 emails.

                                       Table 8--Helpdesk Respondent Totals
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                                                                                                      Average
                                      Year 1          Year 2          Year 3           Total          annual
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Estimated number of Respondents           25,000          25,000          25,000          75,000          25,000
 in the IC that expires on 03/31/
 13.............................
Actual number of Respondents              14,167          15,002           8,814          37,983          12,661
 (phone calls and emails).......
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    The average annual number of respondents for this time period was 
12,661 respondents (calls and emails). Therefore, for the purpose of 
this notice, the Department has reduced the estimated number of 
respondents from 25,000 to 15,000, based on actual historical data.

Estimated Time per Respondent

    The Department evaluated the historical data to determine if the 
estimated time per respondent of 0.25 hours (15 minutes) continued to 
be an appropriate estimate. In CY 2009-2011, the actual average 
Helpdesk call averaged less than nine minutes.

                                      Table 9--Helpdesk Call Time Averages
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                                                                   CY 2009          CY 2010          CY 2011
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Actual Average Call Time (minutes)...........................            8:18             8:47             8:29
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    The Department does not have any information about the average 
amount of time it took respondents to type and send the 10,858 emails 
between January 2009 and December 2011.
    Therefore, for the purpose of this notice, the Department has 
reduced the estimated time per respondent from 0.25 hours (i.e., 15 
minutes) to 0.17 hours (i.e., 10 minutes).

Annual Burden Hours

    The annual burden hours for the Helpdesk will be 2,550 hours [0.17 
hours x 15,000 respondents].

Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup)

    Contacting the CFATS Helpdesk is free, and the Department assumes 
that each respondent already has a phone and/or access to the Internet 
for basic business needs. Therefore, for the purposes of this notice, 
the Department estimates that there are no capital/startup costs.

Total Recordkeeping Burden

    There is no recordkeeping burden when contacting the CSAT Helpdesk.

Total Annual Burden Cost (Operating/Maintaining)

    The total burden for the Helpdesk is $219,300 [2,550 annual burden 
hours x $86 (average hourly rate for Site Security Officers)].

The Department's Methodology in Estimating the Burden for the User 
Registration

Number of Respondents

    The current information collection estimated 4,167 respondents 
would complete the user registration process annually. That estimate 
assumed there would be at least one respondent for each Top-Screen 
submission. In actuality, between January 2009 and December 2011, 1,866 
individuals (i.e. respondents) completed the online User Registration 
application.\2\ This represents an average annual number of 622 
respondents.
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    \2\ 1,866 respondents created CSAT facility profiles for 2,243 
facilities and created 3,274 CSAT user roles. A single user may 
register more than one user and more than one chemical facility at a 
time.
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    Therefore, based upon actual historical data the Department will 
revise its assumption and assume that the number of respondents for 
User Registration will be one-fourth of the number of respondents for 
the Top-Screen. Hence, for the purpose of this notice, the Department 
estimates that the number of respondents is 625.

Estimated Time per Respondent

    In the current information collection, the estimated time per 
respondent is one hour. Previously, the Department assumed that one 
hour was an adequate amount of time for the respondent to (1) complete 
the online CSAT User Registration process, and subsequently (2) collect 
and submit the necessary signatures on the user access agreement. In CY 
2009-2011, the Department was able to measure the duration a user, on 
behalf of a facility, was logged into the CSAT User Registration 
application. The Department determined that 98 percent of all 
individuals completed the online CSAT User Registration application 
within 52 minutes.
    Each CSAT user role for each facility required a user access 
agreement, and a signature was collected for each user role for each 
facility (e.g., a single person who will be a submitter for two 
facilities will sign two agreements twice, or a single person who 
fulfills more than one role for a facility such as an Authorizer and 
Submitter will sign one agreement twice). This resulted in 19,810 
signatures. The Department estimates that collection and submission for 
each signature averaged five minutes, resulting in an actual burden to 
collect signatures of 53 minutes [(19.810 signatures x 5 minutes)/1,866 
(Number of Actual Respondents)].
    Therefore, based on actual historical data, the Department has 
adjusted the estimated time per respondent from one hour to two hours.

Annual Burden Hours

    The annual burden estimate for User Registration is 1,250 hours [2 
hours x 625 respondents].

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Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup)

    The Department assumes that each respondent already has a fax 
capability and access to the Internet for basic business needs. 
Therefore, for the purposes of this notice, the Department estimates 
that there no capital/startup costs.

Total Recordkeeping Burden

    There is no recordkeeping burden for submitting a User Registration 
application.

Total Annual Burden Cost (Operating/Maintaining)

    The total burden for User Registration is $107,500 [1,250 annual 
burden hours x $86 (average hourly rate for Site Security Officers)].

The Department's Methodology in Estimating the Burden for the Request 
for Information To Improve Program

    This is a new instrument in this collection. This instrument will 
allow the Department to request input on an occasional basis about 
specific documents (e.g., CSAT User Manuals) that will improve the 
program or its operations.

Number of Respondents

    Based on historical data available in CSAT, the Department 
estimates that the number of respondents will be equal to 25 percent of 
the number of SSP/ASP. Therefore, the number of respondents is 122 
[0.25 x 486 (SSP/ASP respondents)].

Estimated Time per Respondent

    The Department estimates that the average time to review and 
provide comments on a specific document is one hour.

Annual Burden Hours

    The annual burden estimate is 122 hours [one hour x 122 respondents 
x one response per respondent].

Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup)

    The Department assumes that each respondent already has an email 
capability and access to the Internet for basic business needs. 
Therefore, for the purposes of this notice, the Department estimates 
that there are no capital/startup costs.

Total Recordkeeping Burden

    There is no recordkeeping burden when responding to a request for 
information to improve the CFATS program.

Total Annual Burden Cost (Operating/Maintaining)

    The total annual burden cost is $10,492 [122 total annual burden 
hours x $86 (average hourly wage rate for Site Security Officers)]. The 
rounded estimate is $10,500. OMB is particularly interested in comments 
that:
    1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information 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 of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    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 through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses).

Analysis

    Agency: Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and 
Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, 
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division.
    Title: Chemical Security Assessment Tool.
    OMB Number: 1670-0007.

    Instrument: CSAT Top-Screen.
    Frequency: ``On occasion'' and ``Other''.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 2,500 respondents (estimate).
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 6.75 hours.
    Total Burden Hours: 25,600 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Recordkeeping Burden: $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $2,203,700.

    Instrument: Security Vulnerability Assessment and Alternative 
Security Program submitted in lieu of the Security Vulnerability 
Assessment.
    Frequency: ``On occasion'' and ``Other''.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 740 respondents (estimate).
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 40 hours.
    Total Burden Hours: 43,400 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Recordkeeping Burden: $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $3,730,900.

    Instrument: Site Security Plan and Alternative Security Program 
submitted in lieu of the Site Security Plan.
    Frequency: ``On occasion'' and ``Other''.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 486 respondents (estimate).
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 200 hours.
    Total Burden Hours: 145,900 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Recordkeeping Burden: $1,205,300.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $9,675,200.

    Instrument: CFATS Helpdesk.
    Frequency: ``On occasion'' and ``Other''.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 15,000 respondents (estimate).
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 0.17 hours.
    Total Burden Hours: 2,250 annual burden hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Recordkeeping Burden: $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $219,300.

    Instrument: CSAT User Registration.
    Frequency: ``On occasion'' and ``Other''.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 625 respondents (estimate).
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 2 hours.
    Total Burden Hours: 1,250 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Recordkeeping Burden: $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $107,500.

    Instrument: Request for Information to Improve Program.
    Frequency: ``On occasion'' and ``Other''.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 329 respondents (estimate).
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 1 hour.
    Total Burden Hours: 122 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Recordkeeping Burden: $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $10,500.


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    Dated: December 11, 2012.
Scott Libby,
Acting Chief Information Officer, National Protection and Programs 
Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2012-30313 Filed 12-14-12; 8:45 am]
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