Federal Register: September 21, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 181)
DOCID: fr21se09-61 FR Doc E9-22588
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Docket ID: [Docket ID: FEMA-2009-0001]
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice; 60-day notice and request for comments; new information collection; OMB No. 1660NEW2; FEMA Form 0896, FRSGP Investment Justification.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 20, 2009.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed new information collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this Notice seeks comments concerning the Freight Rail Security Grant Program (FRSGP).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
The Freight Rail Security Grant Program
(FRSGP) is a component of the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) and
funds security training for railroad frontline employees, the
completion of vulnerability assessments, the development of security
plans and the acquisition of GPS tracking on railroad cars within the
freight rail industry. The FRSGP is one tool among a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the
Administration to help strengthen the Nation's critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.
The collection of information for FRSGP is mandated by section 1513, Title XV of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (6 U.S.C. 1163) which states that the Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration and other appropriate agencies or officials, is authorized to make grants to railroad carriers, the Alaska Railroad, securitysensitive materials (SSM) offerors who ship by railroad, owners of railroad cars used in the transportation of security sensitive materials, State and local governments (for railroad passenger facilities and infrastructure not owned by Amtrak), and Amtrak for intercity passenger railroad and freight railroad security improvements. Additionally, the Secretary shall determine the requirements for recipients of grants and may award grants based upon railroad carrier vulnerability assessments and security plans. Collection of Information
Title: FEMA FY 2009 Preparedness Grants: Freight Rail Security Grant Program (FRSGP).
Type of Information Collection: New information collection.
OMB Number: OMB No. 1660NEW2.
Form Titles and Numbers: FEMA Form 0896, FRSGP Investment Justification.
Abstract: The FRSGP Investment Justification is submitted with the
application which provides narrative details on proposed investments.
These Investment Justifications must demonstrate how proposed projects
address gaps and deficiencies in current programs and capabilities and the
ability to provide enhancements consistent with the purpose of the program and guidance provided by FEMA. The data from the Investment Justification (IJ) is collected to assist decisionmaking at all levels, although, it is primarily used by individual application reviewers. FRSGP application data, including the IJ, is evaluated to determine which applications are the highestscoring and address the program priorities stated in the grant guidance.
Affected Public: Business or other forprofit.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 9,600 hours.
Table A.12Estimated Annualized Burden Hours and Costs
Number of Avg. burden Total annual Total annual
Type of respondent Form name/form No. Number of responses per per response burden (in Avg. hourly respondent
respondents respondent (in hours) hours) wage rate* cost
Business or other forprofit...... FRSGP Investment 400 1 24 hrs. 9,600 $30.31 $290,976.00 Justification, FEMA
Total......................... .................... 400 .............. .............. 9,600 .............. 290,976.00
Estimated Cost: There is no annual reporting recordkeeping cost associated with this collection.
Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption
above. Comments are solicited to (a) Evaluate whether the proposed data
collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency,
including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b)
evaluate 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; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and
clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden
of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including
through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information
technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Larry Gray,
Director, Records Management Division, Office of Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. E922588 Filed 91809; 8:45 am]
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Contact Alexander Mrazik, Program Analyst, Grant Programs Directorate, 2027869732 for additional information. You may contact the Records Management Branch for copies of the proposed collection of information at facsimile number (202) 6463347 or email address: FEMAInformationCollections@dhs.gov.