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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
December 15, 2014

[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 240 (Monday, December 15, 2014)]
[Pages 74173-74174]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-29300]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements Agency 
Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR 
describes the nature of the information collection and the expected 
burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was 
published on June 30, 2014 (79 FR 36865-36867).

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 14, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send comments, within 30 days, to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention NHTSA Desk Officer.

Contracting Officer's Representative, Occupant Protection Division 
(NTI-112), Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W44-
302, Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Lemaster-Sandbank's phone number is 202-
366-4292 and her email address is liza.lemaster@dot.gov.

    Title: Implementing a Leadership Framework for Traffic Safety.
    Type of Request: New information collection requirement.
    Abstract: In 2012, there were 21,667 occupants of passenger 
vehicles who died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of the occupants 
for whom restraint status was known, 52% were unrestrained at the time 
of the crash. Research shows that wearing a seatbelt or using a child 
safety seat can greatly reduce the chances of fatal or serious injury 
as a result of a motor vehicle collision. High visibility enforcement 
(i.e., highly visible enforcement accompanied by public information 
supporting the enforcement) has been demonstrated to increase seat belt 
use. A NHTSA-convened work group of law enforcement representatives 
from states with secondary seat belt laws, but

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exemplary work in support of occupant protection enforcement, 
identified strong leadership as the critical component in their 
successes. Strong leadership within any law enforcement agency can 
result in various practices and methodologies that spotlight a 
program's importance and help to make occupant protection, as well as 
other traffic safety issues, an integral part of the agencies' culture. 
Regardless of whether the occupant protection program is organized as a 
specialized unit or broadly integrated within the routine operations of 
the law enforcement agency, key management and enforcement roles must 
be clearly defined and assigned to specific individuals by the 
executive staff.
    NHTSA is undertaking a study to implement a leadership model 
framework within three law enforcement agencies selected by NHTSA, 
evaluate the process and determine if the traffic safety outcome of 
interest is realized, specifically the impact on increased seat belt 
use and reduction in unrestrained fatalities. To accomplish this, NHTSA 
will provide technical assistance to three law enforcement 
demonstration communities for the implementation of leadership 
frameworks in support of safety initiatives, specifically occupant 
protection. Evaluation measures will involve the independent 
identification, collection and evaluation of both qualitative and 
quantitative data that specifically document changes in enforcement 
activity and its effects on the surrounding communities' behaviors. 
Under this proposed effort, a total of 108 interviews of law 
enforcement personnel will be conducted over two time periods. Eighteen 
interviews will be conducted in each of the three demonstration sites, 
once during the demonstration implementation and once at the end of the 
demonstration project. Overall findings will be provided to other law 
enforcement agencies to use as a resource for improving occupant 
protection enforcement programs and efforts.
    Affected Public: Interviewees will represent law enforcement 
leadership as well as line officers. Law enforcement leadership 
participants will include the top management in the agency (colonel, 
chief, etc.). The interviewees will either be self-selected or selected 
by the demonstration agency. The demonstration agency will have the 
best insights into individuals who best represent these three types for 
inclusion into the study and will assist in announcements of interview 
participation opportunities as well as scheduling that is amenable to 
particular interviewees. NHTSA's contractor will work closely with the 
demonstration communities (well in advance of data collection) to 
provide them with the information they need to select interviewees who 
can provide the best data for the study. This will ensure that the 
right people are selected, have ample time to be provided information 
about the study, and are able to be replaced with another suitable 
participant if they choose not to participate. To get volunteers, the 
contractor will provide information to the demonstration sites about 
what types of volunteers they are seeking, but will ultimately rely on 
each site to disseminate that information to officers. If officers do 
not volunteer for interviews, the contractor will work with the site to 
explore additional ways of disseminating information about the 
interviews and/or encouraging participation; if necessary, the site 
will be asked to select additional participants for interviews.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 135 hours (108 interviews, averaging 
1.25 hours).
    Comments are invited on the following:
    (i) 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;
    (ii) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection;
    (iii) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) 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.

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

    Issued on: December 9, 2014.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2014-29300 Filed 12-12-14; 8:45 am]

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