[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 123 (Tuesday, June 26, 2012)]
[Page 38061]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15589]



Notice of Public Information Collection Approved by the Office of 
Management and Budget

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice of public information collection approved by the Office 
of Management and Budget.


SUMMARY: The Federal Communications Commission has received the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the following public 
information collection(s) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). An agency may not conduct or sponsor a 
collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB 
control number, and no person is required to respond to a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane C. Kelly, Jane.Kelly@fcc.gov, or 
by phone on (202) 418-2832.

    OMB Control Number: 3060-1003.
    OMB Approval Date: June 8, 2012.
    Expiration Date: June 30, 2015.
    Title: Communications Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).
    Form No.: Not applicable.
    Number of Respondents/Responses: 6,750 respondents; 6,750 
    Estimated Time per Response: 0.1-0.50 hours.
    Total Annual Burden: 4,725.
    Total Annual Cost: None.
    Obligation To Respond: Voluntary. The statutory authority for this 
collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 218, 303(r) of the 
Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: The Commission acknowledges 
and agrees that is consistent with the primary objective of the DIRS to 
treat filings as confidential. We will work with respondents to ensure 
that their concerns regarding the confidentiality of DIRS filings are 
resolved in a manner consistent with Commission rules.
    Needs and Uses: The Commission submitted this information 
collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a revision 
and received a three year approval from OMB for the collection.
    In response to the events of September 11, 2001, the Federal 
Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) created an Emergency 
Contact Information System to assist the Commission in ensuring rapid 
restoration of communications capabilities after disruption by a 
terrorist threat or attack, and to ensure that public safety, public 
health, and other emergency and defense personnel have effective 
communications services available to them in the immediate aftermath of 
any terrorist attack within the United States. The Commission 
submitted, and OMB approved, a collection through which key 
communications providers could voluntarily provide contact information.
    The Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) 
updated the Emergency Contact Information system with a Disaster 
Information Reporting System (DIRS) that uses electronic forms to 
collect Emergency Contact Information forms and through which 
participants may inform the Commission of damage to communications 
infrastructure and facilities and may request resources for 
restoration. The Commission updated the process by increasing the 
number of reporting entities to ensure inclusion of wireless, wireline, 
broadcast, cable and satellite communications providers.
    In recent years, communications have evolved from a circuit-
switched network infrastructure to broadband networks. The Commission 
is seeking to extend the Disaster Information Reporting System to 
include interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol and broadband 
Internet Service Providers. Increasing numbers of consumers, 
businesses, and government agencies rely on broadband and 
interconnected VoIP services for everyday and emergency communications 
needs, including vital 9-1-1 services. It is therefore imperative that 
the Disaster Information Reporting System be expanded to include these 
new technologies in order for the Commission the gain an accurate 
picture of communications landscape during disasters. Therefore, the 
Commission has revised its DIRS screen shots and is including a copy of 
the DIRS user manual for which the Commission has received OMB approval 
on June 8, 2012.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
[FR Doc. 2012-15589 Filed 6-25-12; 8:45 am]