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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

Terry T. Shelton
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
May 27, 2015

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 101 (Wednesday, May 27, 2015)]
[Pages 30323-30324]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-12679]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket Number NHTSA-2015-0049]

Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


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 will be forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR 
describes the nature of the information collections and their expected 

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 26, 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or access 
to background documents, contact Gary R. Toth, Office of Data 
Acquisition (NVS-410), Room W53-505, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Toth's telephone number is (202) 366-5378 and 
his email address is gary.toth@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Before a Federal agency can collect certain 
information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB). In compliance with these requirements, 
this notice announces that the following information collection request 
has been forwarded to OMB. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day 
comment period was published on Monday, September 29, 2014 (Volume 79, 
Number 188, pages 58402 and 58403). NHTSA did not receive any comments.
    Title: Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS).
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    OMB Control Number: None.
    Abstract: Under both the Highway Safety Act of 1966 and the 
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, the National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the responsibility to 
collect crash data that support the establishment and enforcement of 
motor vehicle regulations and highway safety programs. These 
regulations and programs are developed to reduce the severity of injury 
and the property damage associated with motor vehicle crashes. In the 
late 1970s, NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) 
devised a multidisciplinary approach to meet the data needs of our end 
users that utilizes an efficient combination of census, sample-based, 
and existing State files to provide nationally representative traffic 
crash data on a timely basis. NCSA operates data programs consisting of 
records-based systems that include the Fatality Analysis Reporting 
System (FARS) and the National Automotive Sampling System General 
Estimates System (NASS-GES); and detailed crash investigation-based 
systems which include the National Automotive Sampling System 
Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS) and the Special Crash 
Investigations (SCI) program. NASS-CDS focused on the crashworthiness 
of passenger cars, light trucks, and vans involved in crashes and 
damaged enough to be towed. NASS-GES, on the other hand, collected 
limited data on other highway crashes in order to produce general 
    Recognizing the importance as well as the limitations of the 
current National Automotive Sampling Systems, NHTSA is undertaking a 
modernization effort to upgrade our data systems by improving the 
information technology infrastructure, updating the data we collect and 
reexamining the sample sites. The goal of this overall modernization 
effort is to develop new crash data systems that meet current and 
future data needs. The new systems will be designed to collect record-
based information and investigation-based information. The redesigned 
records-based acquisition process will identify highway safety problem 
areas and provide general data trends and will be referred to as the 
Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS).
    CRSS will obtain data from a nationally representative probability 
sample selected from police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes. 
Specifically, crashes involving at least one motor vehicle in transport 
on a trafficway that result in property damage, injury or a fatality 
will be included in the CRSS sample. The crash reports sampled will be 
chosen from selected areas that reflect the geography, population, 
miles driven, and the number of crashes in the United States. No 
additional data beyond the selected crash reports will be collected. 
Once the crash reports are received they will be coded and the data 
will be entered into the CRSS database.
    CRSS will acquire national information on fatalities, injuries and 
property damage only directly from existing State police crash reports. 
CRSS data quality reviews will be conducted to determine whether the 
data acquired are responsive to the total user population needs. The 
user population includes Federal and State agencies, automobile 
manufacturers, insurance companies, and the private sector. Annual 
changes in the sample parameters are minor in terms of operation and 
method of data collection, and do not affect the reporting burden of 
the respondent (CRSS data coders will utilize existing State crash 
    Affected Public: Federal and State agencies and the private sector.

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    Estimated Annual Burden: 7,280 hours.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval: Three (3) years from the 
approval date. Please note that this period was incorrectly stated as 
five (5) years in the 60 day notice.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 840.
    Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, 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.

    Authority:  The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. chap. 
35; 49 U.S.C. 30181-83.

    Under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.95.
Terry T. Shelton,
Associate Administrator, National Center for Statistics and Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2015-12679 Filed 5-26-15; 8:45 am]

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