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Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

Michael L. Brown
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Federal Register
February 11, 2011

[Federal Register: February 11, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 29)]
[Page 7897-7898]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2011-0018]

Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 


SUMMARY: Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from 
the public, it must receive approval from OMB. Under procedures 
established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB 
approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed 
collections of information, including extensions and reinstatements of 
previously approved collections.
    This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA 
intends to seek OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by DOT Docket No. NHTSA-
2011-0018] by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
     Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. Telephone: 1-800-647-5527.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and 
docket number for this proposed collection of information. Note that 
all comments received will be posted without change to http://
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. 
Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or you may visit http://
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov. or the street 
address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Laurie Flaherty, Program Analyst, 
National 9-1-1 Program, Office of Emergency Medical Services, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
NTI-140, Room W44-322, Washington, DC 20590. (202) 366-2705. 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60 day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulations (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment 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 collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including 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. In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA 
asks public comment on the following proposed collection of 
    Title: National 9-1-1 Profile Database.
    OMB Control Number: N/A.
    FORM Number: This collection of information uses no standard forms, 
but does utilize a Web-based, data reporting/collection tool (https://
    Abstract: The 911 Resource Center, funded by a cooperative 
agreement with NHTSA, is proposing to collect and aggregate information 
from State level reporting entities that can be used to measure the 
progress of 9-1-1 authorities across the country in enhancing their 
existing operations and migrating to--Internet-Protocol-enabled 
emergency networks. The data will be maintained in a ``National 9-1-1 
Profile Database.'' One of the objectives of the National 9-1-1 Program 
is to develop, collect, and disseminate information concerning 
practices, procedures, and technology used in the implementation of E-
911 services and to support 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points 
(PSAPs) and related State and local agencies for 9-1-1 deployment and 
operations. The national 9-1-1 profile database can be used to follow 
the progress of 9-1-1 authorities in enhancing their existing systems 
and implementing next-generation networks for more advanced systems.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
    The goal of the data collection process is to support a national 9-
1-1 profile that will be used to help accurately measure and depict the 
current status and planned capabilities of 9-1-1 systems across the 
United States. Evaluations, based upon the data collected, will help 
draw attention to key roadblocks and solutions in the deployment 
process and to target possible future activities and resources 
consistent with the goals of the program. The information in aggregated 
form will be available to State and local stakeholders in the public 
safety community.
    The information to be collected includes data useful to evaluating 
the status of 9-1-1 programs across the country, along with their 
progress of implementing advanced systems and capabilities. The data 
elements involved

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will fall within two major categories: baseline and progress 
     ``Baseline'' data elements reflect the current status and 
nature of 9-1-1 operations from State to State. These elements are 
largely descriptive in nature, are intended to provide a general view 
of existing 9-1-1 services across the country, and are grouped within 
three categories: administrative, system, and fiscal data.
     ``Progress benchmarks'' reflect the status of State 
efforts to implement advanced next generation 9-1-1 systems and 
capabilities. As titled, these data elements are largely implementation 
or deployment benchmarks against which progress can be measured. The 
elements involved are grouped in a logical order of planning, 
procurement, installation and testing, transition, and operations. 
Planning through testing elements reflects both State level and sub-
State level activity and efforts. Transitional and operational elements 
specifically represent the latter.
    In order to collect information needed to develop and implement 
effective strategies that meet the Program's goal of providing 
leadership, coordination, guidance and direction to the enhancement of 
the Nation's 9-1-1 services, NHTSA proposes to utilize a Web-based, 
data reporting and collection tool accessible through the Web site: 
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number, 
and Proposed Frequency of Response to the Collection of Information):
    Under this proposed effort, the 9-1-1 Resource Center would 
specifically request reporting entities to voluntarily collect and 
annually report the data described above utilizing the described Web-
based data collection tool. Reporting entities are State level 9-1-1 
program officials, and the data reported will reflect State-level 
aggregated data. The total number of respondents is identified at 
fifty-six (56), including the fifty States and the six U.S. Territories 
of Guam, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, 
U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
    The above reporting entities will be requested to annually update 
data relating to their State or territory using the described Web-based 
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden 
Resulting From the Collection of Information:
    NHTSA estimates that the time required to annually report the data 
described utilizing the Web-based tool will be three hours (2 hours of 
preparation, 1 hour of entry to Web site) per reporting entity, for a 
total of 168 hours for all entities. The respondents would not incur 
any reporting costs from the information collection beyond the time it 
takes to gather the information, prepare it for reporting and then 
populate the Web-based data collection tool. The respondents also would 
not incur any recordkeeping burden or recordkeeping costs from the 
information collection.

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A); 47 U.S.C. 942.

    Issued on: February 8, 2011.
Michael L. Brown,
Acting Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2011-3119 Filed 2-10-11; 8:45 am]

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