Federal Register: December 16, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 241)
DOCID: fr16de10-48 FR Doc 2010-31564
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Docket ID: [Docket No. IC10-542-001, FERC-542]
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Commission Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Submitted for OMB Review
DATES: Further comments on this collection of information are due by January 18, 2011.
In compliance with the requirements of section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and extension of this information collection requirement. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission received no comments in response to an earlier Federal Register notice of August 2010 (75 FR 45609) and has notified OMB of this in its submission.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
is estimated as:
Number of Average burden FERC data collection Annual number responses per hours per Total annual burden of respondents respondent response hours (1) (2) (3) (1) x (2) x (3) FERC542............................ 95 3.5 40 13,300
The FERC's estimated cost burden to respondents is $881,598 (13,300
hours/2080 hours \1\ times $137,874 \2\). The cost per respondent is $9,280.
\1\ Number of hours an employee works each year.
\2\ Average annual salary per employee.
The reporting burden includes the total time, effort, or financial resources expended to generate, maintain, retain, disclose, or provide the information including: (1) Reviewing instructions; (2) developing, acquiring, installing, and utilizing technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, verifying, processing, maintaining, disclosing and providing information; (3) adjusting the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements; (4) training personnel to respond to a collection of information; (5) searching data sources; (6) completing and reviewing the collection of information; and (7) transmitting, or otherwise disclosing the information. The estimate of cost for respondents is based upon salaries for professional and clerical support, as well as direct and indirect overhead costs. Direct costs include all costs directly attributable to providing this information, such as administrative costs and the cost for information technology. Indirect or overhead costs are costs incurred by an organization in support of its mission. These costs apply to activities which benefit the whole organization rather than any one particular function or activity.
Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of
the Commission, including whether the information will have practical
utility; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality,
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways 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 submission of responses.
Kimberly D. Bose,
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DOCUMENT BODY 2:
December 9, 2010.
The information collected under the requirements of FERC542 ``Gas Pipeline Rates: Rate Tracking'' (OMB No. 19020070) is used by the Commission to implement the statutory provisions of Title IV of the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA), 15 U.S.C. 33013432, and Sections 4, 5 and 16 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (P.L. 75688) (15 U.S.C. 717717w). These statutes empower the Commission to collect natural gas transmission cost information from interstate natural gas transporters for the purpose of verifying that these costs, which are passed on to pipeline customers, are just and reasonable.
Interstate natural gas pipeline companies are required by the Commission to track their transportationassociated costs to allow for the Commission's review and, where appropriate, approve the pass through of these costs to pipeline customers. These FERC542 tracking filings are accountings of the cost of (1) Research, development, and deployment expenditures; (2) annual charge adjustments; and (3) periodic rate adjustments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Ellen Brown may be reached by e-mail at DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 5028663, and by fax at (202) 2730873.