Federal Register: December 5, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 233)
DOCID: FR Doc E6-20550
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Transportation Security Administration
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of emergency clearance request.
New Emergency Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAM) Mental Health Certification
DATES: Send your comments by January 4, 2007. A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.
This Notice announces that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will forward the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency processing and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The ICR describes the nature of information collection and its expected burden.
Agency information collection activities; proposals, submissions, and approvals,
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C.
3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is
not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it
displays a valid OMB control number. Therefore, in preparation for OMB
review and approval of the following information collection, TSA is soliciting comments to
(1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Information Collection Requirement
Title: Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service Mental Health Certification.
Type of Request: Emergency processing request of new collection.
OMB Control Number: Not yet assigned.
Forms(s): Mental Health Certification.
Affected Public: Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service applicants.
Abstract: Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 44901, 44903, and 44917, TSA has
authority to prescribe regulations to protect passengers and property
on an aircraft operating in air transportation or intrastate air
transportation against an act of criminal violence or aircraft piracy,
provide for deployment of Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) on passenger
flights, and provide for appropriate training, supervision, and
equipment of FAMs. In furtherance of this authority, TSA policy
requires that applicants for Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air
Marshal positions meet certain medical standards, including Federal
Aviation Administration secondclass airman standards as outlined in 14
CFR part 67. The TSA modifications to these standards include a
psychological evaluation to determine that the individual does not have
an established medical history or clinical diagnosis of psychosis,
neurosis, or any other personality or mental disorder that clearly
demonstrates a potential hazard to the performance of FAM duties or the
safety of self or others. As part of the psychological evaluation,
applicants will be required to complete a certification regarding their
mental health history and provide an explanation for anything they
cannot certify. Applicants will be asked whether they can certify
various statements including that they have never been removed from
work for medical or psychological reasons. Applicants will be
instructed to submit this form directly to the FAMS Medical Programs
for initial screening via fax, mail, or in person. Any explanations
received will generally require further review and followup by a
contract psychologist or psychiatrist. This certification is carefully
geared to capitalize on other elements of the assessment process, such
as personal interviews, physical task assessment, background
investigation, as well as the other components of the medical examination and assessment.
Number of Respondents: 10,000.
Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 10,000 hours annually.
Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on November 30, 2006. Lisa Dean,
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Katrina Kletzly, Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Chief Counsel, TSA2, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 222024220; telephone (571) 2271995; facsimile (571) 2271381.