[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 121 (Friday, June 22, 2012)]
[Pages 37734-37735]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15357]



Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2012-0049]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments 
for a New Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a new 
information collection, which is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal 
Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by August 21, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID 2012-
0049 by any of the following methods:
    Web site: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marlys Osterhues, 202-366-2052, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of 
Project Development and Environmental Review, E76-312, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FHWA Environmental Excellence Awards.
    Background: In 1995 FHWA established the biennial Environmental 
Excellence Awards to recognize partners, projects and processes that 
use FHWA funding sources to go beyond environmental compliance and 
achieve environmental excellence. Awardees must make an outstanding 
contribution that goes beyond traditional transportation projects and 
that encourages environmental stewardship and partnerships to achieve a 
truly multi-faceted, environmentally sensitive transportation solution.
    Award: Anyone can nominate a project, process, person or group that 
has used Federal Highway Administration funding sources to make an 
outstanding contribution to transportation and the environment. The 
nominator is responsible for submitting an application via the FHWA 
Environmental Excellence Awards Web site that gives a summary of the 
outstanding accomplishments of the entry. The collected information 
will be used by FHWA to evaluate, showcase and enhance the public's 
knowledge on incorporating environmental stewardship into the planning 
and project development process. Nominations will be reviewed by an 
independent panel of judges from

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varying backgrounds. It is anticipated that awards will be given every 
two years. The winners are presented plaques at an awards ceremony.
    Respondents: Anyone who has used Federal Highway funding sources in 
the fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
    Frequency: The information will be collected biennially.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 8 hours per respondent per 
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: It is expected that the 
respondents will complete approximately 150 applications for an 
estimated total of 1200 annual burden hours.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic 
technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. 
The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request 
for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued On: June 19, 2012.
Steven Smith,
Chief, Information Technology Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-15357 Filed 6-21-12; 8:45 am]