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Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment


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Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
June 11, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 112 (Wednesday, June 11, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33638-33639]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-13587]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of the OMB review of information collection and 
solicitation of public comment.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below will be submitted to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The ICR describes the 
nature of the information collection and its expected burden. A Federal 
Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting public comments 
on the following information collection was published on June 6, 2013 
(Federal Register/Vol. 78, No. 109/pp. 34152-34154).

DATES: Submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on 
or before July 11, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Block at the National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Behavioral Safety Research 
(NTI-131), W46-499, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Block's phone number is 202-366-
6401 and his email address is alan.block@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0645.
    Type of Request: Reinstatement with change.
    Title: Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey (MVOSS).
    Form No.: NHTSA Form 1020A and NHTSA Form 1020B.
    Type of Review: Regular.
    Respondents: NHTSA proposes to conduct the Motor Vehicle Occupant 
Safety Survey (MVOSS) among national probability samples of adults age 
16 and older. The survey is composed of two questionnaires, each of 
which will be administered to independently drawn samples of 
respondents. The survey will use Web as the primary response mode, with 
mail and telephone as alternative response modes. Prior to the survey, 
there will be usability tests of each of the three response modes to 
assess the interface between survey and respondent. The usability tests 
will be conducted with a convenience sample of adults. There also will 
be a pilot test of the survey. The pilot test will be conducted with a 
sample of randomly selected people age 16 and older. Full 
administration of the survey will be conducted with probability-based 
samples of people ages 16 and older drawn from an address-based 
sampling (ABS) frame.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: There will be 60 respondents 
participating in the usability tests. The pilot test will have a total 
drawn sample of 3,000. The response rate it will achieve is unknown, 
but for purposes of burden estimation this project will assume a 
response rate upper limit of 50%. The estimated total number of 
respondents is therefore 1,500. For the full administration of the 
survey, there will be two versions of the questionnaire, one focusing 
on seat belts and the other focusing on child restraint use. Sufficient 
sample will be drawn to complete 6,000 interviews per questionnaire, 
for a total of 12,000 completed interviews.
    Estimated Time per Response: Average duration per respondent for 
the usability tests will be two hours. Average duration per respondent 
for both the pilot test and the full administration of the survey will 
be 15 minutes.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: The total estimated annual 
burden for the usability tests is 60 subjects x 2 hours = 120 hours. 
The total estimated annual burden for the pilot test is 3,000 sample x 
50% response rate x 15 minutes = 375 hours. The total estimated annual 
burden for the full administration of the survey is 6,000 respondents x 
2 questionnaires x 15 minutes = 3,000 hours. The total estimated annual 
burden for all three information collections combined is 3,495 hours.
    Frequency of Collection: Respondents will participate a single time 
in the usability tests, pilot test, or survey. They will not 
participate in more than one of these forms of information collection. 
The usability tests, pilot test, and survey will be conducted a single 
time.
    Abstract: The Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey (MVOSS) is 
conducted on a periodic basis by the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration to obtain a status report on attitudes, knowledge, and 
behavior related to motor vehicle occupant protection. It was last 
conducted in 2007. The survey is composed of two questionnaires, each 
administered to a randomly selected sample of approximately 6,000 
persons age 16 and older. One questionnaire focuses on seat belt issues 
while the other focuses on child restraint use. Additional topics 
addressed by the survey include air bags, emergency medical services, 
wireless phone use in motor vehicles, and crash injury experience. The 
proposed survey is the seventh in the MVOSS series, which began in 
1994. The proposed MVOSS will collect data on topics included in the 
preceding surveys in order to monitor change over time in the use of 
occupant protection devices and in attitudes and knowledge related to 
motor vehicle occupant safety. The survey will also include new 
questions that address emergent issues.
    The proposed MVOSS will use a multi-mode approach that employs Web 
as the primary response mode, with the online technology serving to 
reduce length and minimize recording errors. Mail and telephone will 
serve as alternative response modes for respondents that choose not to 
participate on-line. The telephone interviewers will use computer-
assisted telephone interviewing (CATI). A Spanish language translation 
of the questionnaires, and bilingual interviewers to conduct the 
telephone interviews, will be used to minimize language barriers to 
participation.
    The multi-mode approach is a major change in methodology from 
previous administrations of the MVOSS, as will be the use of an 
address-based sampling (ABS) frame as opposed to the telephone sampling 
frames used during previous administrations of the MVOSS. Therefore, 
the full administration of the survey will be preceded by usability 
tests to assess the interface between survey and respondents, and a 
pilot test to assess the methods for each of the response modes used in 
the survey.

ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including 
suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk

[[Page 33639]]

Officer for Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, or by email at oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or 
fax: 202-395-5806.
    Comments Are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department of Transportation, including whether the information 
will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate 
of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is most 
effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this 
notice.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2014.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2014-13587 Filed 6-10-14; 8:45 am]
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