[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 79 (Tuesday, April 24, 2012)]
[Pages 24506-24507]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9806]



[Transportation Security Administration
[Docket No. TSA-2004-19515]

Extension of Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB 
Review: Air Cargo Security Requirements

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

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 1652-0040, 
abstracted below to OMB for review and approval of an extension of the 
currently approved collection 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 February 24, 2012, 77 FR 11145. TSA has not received any 
comments. The collection of information that make up this ICR involve 
five broad categories affecting airports, passenger aircraft operators, 
foreign air carriers, indirect air carriers and all-cargo carriers 
operating under a TSA-approved security program. These five categories 
are: Security programs, security threat assessments (STAs), known 
shipper data via the Known Shipper Management System (KSMS), cargo 
screening reporting, and evidence of compliance recordkeeping.

DATES: Send your comments by May 24, 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 
[email protected] or faxed to (202) 395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Perkins, TSA Paperwork Reduction 
Act (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 
[email protected].


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: Air Cargo Security Requirements.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1652-0040.
    Forms(s): Aviation Security Known Shipper Verification Form, 
Aircraft Operator or Air Carrier Reporting Template, Security Threat 
Assessment Application, Aviation Security Known Shipper Verification 
    Affected Public: The collection of information that make up this 
ICR involve regulated entities including airports, passenger aircraft 
operators, foreign air carriers, indirect air carriers and all-cargo 
carriers operating under a TSA-approved security program.
    Abstract: TSA is seeking renewal of an expiring collection of 
information. Congress set forth in the Aviation and Transportation 
Security Act (ATSA), Pub. L. 107-71, two specific requirements for TSA 
in the area of air cargo security: (1) To provide for screening of all 
property, including U.S. mail, cargo, carry-on and checked baggage, and 
other articles, that will be carried aboard a passenger aircraft; and 
(2) to establish a system to screen, inspect, report, or otherwise 
ensure the security of all cargo that is to be transported in all-cargo 
aircraft as soon as practicable. In the Implementing Recommendations of 
the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Public Law

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110-53, Congress requires that 50 percent of cargo transported on 
passenger aircraft is screened not later than February 2009, and 100 
percent of such cargo is screened not later than August 2010.
    TSA must proceed with this ICR for this program in order to 
continue to meet the Congressional mandates and current regulations (49 
CFR 1542.209, 1544.205, 1546.205, and part 1548) that enable them to 
accept, screen, and transport air cargo. The uninterrupted collection 
of this information will allow TSA to continue to ensure implementation 
of these vital security measures for the protection of the traveling 
    This information collection requires the ``regulated entities,'' 
who may include passenger and all-cargo aircraft operators, foreign air 
carriers, and indirect air carriers (IACs), to implement a standard 
security program or to submit modifications to TSA for approval, and 
update such programs as necessary. The regulated entities must also 
collect personal information and submit such information to TSA so that 
TSA may conduct security threat assessments (STAs) for individuals with 
unescorted access to cargo, and any individual who has responsibility 
for screening cargo under 49 CFR parts 1544, 1546, or 1548. Aircraft 
operators and foreign air carriers must report the volume of accepted 
and screened cargo transported on passenger aircraft. Further, TSA will 
collect identifying information for both companies and individuals whom 
aircraft operators, foreign air carriers, and IACs have qualified to 
ship cargo on passenger aircraft. This information is primarily 
collected electronically via the Known Shipper Management System 
(KSMS). Whenever the information cannot be entered into KSMS, the 
regulated entity must conduct a physical visit of the shipper using the 
Aviation Security Known Shipper Verification Form and subsequently 
enter that information into KSMS. These regulated entities must also 
maintain records pertaining to security programs, training, and 
compliance. The forms used in this collection of information include 
the Aviation Security Known Shipper Verification Form, Cargo Reporting 
Template, and the Security Threat Assessment Application.
    Number of Respondents: 4,890.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 73,567 hours.

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on April 19, 2012.
Susan Perkins,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2012-9806 Filed 4-23-12; 8:45 am]