[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 131 (Monday, July 9, 2012)]
[Pages 40371-40372]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16662]



[Docket No. DHS-2012-0028]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for Review; 
Information Collection Extension Request for the DHS S&T First 
Responders Community of Practice Program

AGENCY: Science and Technology Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: 30-day Notice and request for comment.


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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites the general 
public to comment on the data collection form for the DHS Science & 
Technology (S&T) First Responders Community of Practice (FRCoP): User 
Registration Page (DHS Form 10059 (9/09)). The FRCoP web based tool 
collects profile information from first responders and select 
authorized non-first responder users to facilitate networking and 
formation of online communities. All users are required to authenticate 
prior to entering the site. In addition, the tool provides members the 
capability to create wikis, discussion threads, blogs, documents, etc., 
allowing them to enter and upload content in accordance with the site's 
Rules of Behavior. Members are able to participate in threaded 
discussions and comment on other member's content. The DHS S&T FRCoP 
program is responsible for providing a collaborative environment for 
the first responder community to share information, best practices, and 
lessons learned. Section 313 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (PL 
107-296) established this requirement. This notice and request for 
comments is required by 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 August 8, 

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments, 
identified by docket number DHS-2012-0028, by one of the following 
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Please follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: Kathy.Higgins@hq.dhs.gov. Please include docket 
number DHS-2012-0028 in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 254-6171. (Not a toll-free number).
     Mail: Science and Technology Directorate, ATTN: Chief 
Information Officer--Rick Stevens, 1120 Vermont Ave, Mail Stop 0202, 
Washington, DC 20005.

254-2293 (Not a toll free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DHS S&T currently has approval to collect 
information utilizing the User Registration Form until September 30, 
2012 with OMB approval number 1640-0016. The User Registration Form 
will be available on the First Responders Community of Practice Web 
site found at [https://communities.firstresponder.gov/]. The user will 
complete the form online and submit it through the Web site.
    The Department is committed to improving its information collection 
and urges all interested parties to suggest how these materials can 
further reduce burden while seeking necessary information under the 
    DHS 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) Suggest ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and
    (4) Suggest ways to 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.

Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection: Renewal of Information 
Collection .
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: First Responders Community of 
Practice: User Registration Form.
    (3) Agency Form Number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: DHS Science 
& Technology Directorate, R-Tech (RTD), DHS Form 10059 (09/09).
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Individuals; the data will be gathered from 
individual first responders who wish to participate in the First 
Responders Community of Practice.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond:
    a. Estimate of the total number of respondents: 2,000.
    b. An estimate of the time for an average respondent to respond: 
0.5 burden hours.
    c. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: 1,000 burden hours.

    Dated: June 29, 2012.
Rick Stevens,
Chief Information Officer for Science and Technology.
[FR Doc. 2012-16662 Filed 7-6-12; 8:45 am]