[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 110 (Thursday, June 7, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 33661-33662]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13789]



47 CFR Part 11

[EB Docket No. 04-296; FCC 12-7]

Review of the Emergency Alert System

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Final rule; announcement of effective date.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of six months, 
the information collection associated with the Commission's Review of 
the Emergency Alert System, Fifth Report and Order (Order). This 
document is consistent with the Order, which stated that the Commission 
would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the 
effective date of amendments adopted therein that were subject to OMB 

DATES: The amendments to 47 CFR 11.21(a), 11.33(a)(4), 11.41(b), 11.42, 
11.54(b)(13), and 11.55 published at 77 FR 16688, March 22, 2012, are 
effective June 7, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Cooke, Policy Division, Public 
Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-2351, or email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that, on May 16, 
2012, OMB approved, for a period of six months, the information 
collection requirements contained in the Commission's Order, FCC 11-92, 
published at 77 FR 16688, March 22, 2012. The OMB Control Number is 
3060-1169. The Commission sought emergency OMB approval and will now 
conduct all the regular OMB processes to obtain the full three-year 
clearance from them. The Commission publishes this notice as an 
announcement of the effective date of the rules. If you have any 
comments on the burden estimates listed below, or how the Commission 
can improve the collections and reduce any burdens caused thereby, 
please contact Judith B. Herman, Federal Communications Commission, 
Room 1-C823, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. Please include 
the OMB Control Number, 3060-1169, in your correspondence. The 
Commission will also accept your comments via email at [email protected].
    To request materials in accessible formats for people with 
disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), 
send an email to

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[email protected] or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 
(202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).


    As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it received emergency OMB 
approval on May 16, 2012, for the information collection requirements 
contained in the modifications to the Commission's rules in 47 CFR part 
11. Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a 
collection of information unless it displays a current, valid OMB 
Control Number.
    No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply 
with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act 
that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB 
Control Number is 3060-1169.
    The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, Public Law 104-13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507.
    The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents 
are as follows:
    OMB Control Number: 3060-1169.
    OMB Approval Date: May 16, 2012.
    OMB Expiration Date: November 30, 2012.
    Title: Part 11--Emergency Alert System, Fifth Report and Order, FCC 
    Form Number: N/A.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities, not-for-profit 
institutions, and state, local or tribal government.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 20 respondents; 20 responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 20 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On-occasion reporting requirements and 
recordkeeping requirements.
    Obligation to Respond: Voluntary. The statutory authority for this 
information collection is found at sections 1, 2, 4(i), 201-205, and 
226(h)(1)(A) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act), 47 
U.S.C. 151, 152, 154(i), 201-205, and 226(h)(1)(A).
    Total Annual Burden: 400 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: N/A.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for 
    Needs and Uses: Part 11 contains rules and regulations providing 
for an emergency alert system (EAS). The EAS provides the President 
with the capabililty to provide immediate communications and 
information to the general public during periods of national emergency. 
The EAS also provides state and local governments and the National 
Weather Service with the capability to provide immediate communcations 
and information to the general public concerning emergency situations 
posing a threat to life and property. In the Order, the Federal 
Communications Commission (Commission) adopts amendments to its Part 11 
rules governing the EAS to more fully codify the existing obligation to 
process alert messages formatted in the Common Alerting Protocol and to 
streamline, and to streamline and clarify these rules eliminate 
superfluous and stale requirements and generally enhance their 
effectiveness. Some of these amendments modify or clarify existing 
information collection requirements. Accordingly, the Commission sought 
and obtained authorization to modify such various information 
collection requirements that already existed in the Part 11 rules.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
[FR Doc. 2012-13789 Filed 6-6-12; 8:45 am]