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Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government Buses

Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

William Hyre
Federal Transit Administration
3 October 2016

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 191 (Monday, October 3, 2016)]
[Pages 68102-68103]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-23772]



Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. FTA-2016-0034]

Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of 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 Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The 
ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their 
expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment 
period soliciting comments on the following collections of information 
was published on May 9, 2016 (81 FR 28158).

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 2, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tia Swain, Office of Administration, 
Management Planning Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Mail Stop 
TAD-10, Washington, DC 20590 (202) 366-0354.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 
Public Law 104-13, Section 2,

[[Page 68103]]

109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), and 
its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies 
to issue two notices seeking public comment on information collection 
activities before OMB may approve paperwork packages. 44 U.S.C. 3506, 
3507; 5 CFR 1320.5, 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.12. On May 9, 2016, FTA 
published a 60-day notice (81 FR 28158) in the Federal Register 
soliciting comments on the ICR that the agency was seeking OMB 
approval. FTA received no comments after issuing this 60-day notice. 
Accordingly, DOT announces that these information collection activities 
have been re-evaluated and certified under 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 
forwarded to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12(c).
    Before OMB decides whether to approve these proposed collections of 
information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. 44 U.S.C. 
3507(b); 5 CFR 1320.12(d). Federal law requires OMB to approve or 
disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 60 days after the 30 day 
notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507 (b)-(c); 5 CFR 1320.12(d); see also 
60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB believes that the 30 day notice 
informs the regulated community to file relevant comments and affords 
the agency adequate time to digest public comments before it renders a 
decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. Therefore, respondents should 
submit their respective comments to OMB within 30 days of publication 
to best ensure having their full effect. 5 CFR 1320.12(c); see also 60 
FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995.
    The summaries below describe the nature of the information 
collection requirements (ICRs) and the expected burden. The 
requirements are being submitted for clearance by OMB as required by 
the PRA.
    Title: 49 U.S.C. Section 5339, Bus and Bus Facilities Program.
    OMB Control Number: 2132-0576.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information 
    Abstract: 49 U.S.C. Section 5339, the Bus and Bus Facilities 
Program, was originally authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in 
the 21st Century (MAP-21). The program was reauthorized under the 
Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Section 3017. This 
program authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to provide funding 
to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and 
to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or 
innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.
    Funding is provided through formula allocations and competitive 
grants. With the passing of the FAST Act, two competitive grant 
programs were added: 5339(b) for bus and bus facility projects and 
5339(c) for bus and bus facility projects that support low and zero-
emission vehicles. Eligible recipients include 5307 Direct Recipients, 
States and Federally Recognized Tribes. Eligible sub-recipients include 
those recipients that that receive a grant under the formula or 
discretionary programs and may allocate amounts from the grant to sub-
recipients that are public agencies or private nonprofit organizations 
engaged in public transportation. Recipients apply for grants 
electronically and FTA collects milestone and financial status reports 
from designated recipients and states on a quarterly basis. The 
information submitted ensures FTA's compliance with applicable federal 
    Annual Estimated Total Burden Hours: 60,650 hours.

ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that 
appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk Officer. 
Alternatively, comments may be sent via email to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and 
Budget, at the following address: oira_submissions@omb.eop.gov.
    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 best assured of having its 
full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register.

William Hyre,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-23772 Filed 9-30-16; 8:45 am]

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