[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 20 (Friday, January 30, 1998)]
[Page 4685]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-2301]



Office of the Secretary

Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements; Agency Information 
Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35), this notice announces that the Information Collection 
Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to reinstate the information collection 
entitled Highway Safety and Improvement Program and Priorities. The ICR 
describes the nature of the information collection and its expected 
burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period 
soliciting comments on the following collection of information was 
published in 62 FR 58767, October 30, 1997.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before March 2, 1998.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: All signed, written comments should 
refer to the docket number that appears below in this document and must 
be submitted to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, 400 
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. All comments received 
will be available for examination at the above address from 10:00 a.m. 
to 5:00 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Highway Safety, (202) 366-2157, 400 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 
20590. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Those desiring notification of receipt of comments must include a 
self-addressed, stamped postcard/envelope.


Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

[FHWA Docket No. 2983]

    Type of Request: Reinstatement, without change, of a previously 
approved collection for which approval has expired.
    Affected Public: The overall annual reporting burden is shared by 
the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
    Title: Highway Safety and Improvement Program and Priorities.
    OMB No: 2125-0025.
    Abstract: Each year all States and Territories are required to 
report to the Secretary of Transportation on the progress being made in 
implementing the Highway Safety Improvement Programs (Rail-Highway 
Crossings and Hazard Elimination) and the effectiveness of these 
programs. The Secretary is required to report annually to the Congress 
on the progress of the safety programs based upon the information 
reported by the States. The FHWA receives the program information from 
the States. Numerical data are processed and stored in the computerized 
Highway Safety Evaluation System. A report is then prepared for 
Congress providing the required information on the effectiveness of 
highway safety improvement projects. Congress uses the contents of this 
report when determining the level of funding for the Highway Safety 
Improvement Programs and when modifying these programs.
    The information collected by the States in the survey of all public 
roads includes motor vehicle accident data, traffic volume data, and 
highway inventory data. This information is used by the States to 
identify hazards and to determine what safety improvements would be 
cost-effective when mitigating those hazards. Without this process 
fewer lives would be saved and fewer injuries averted by the Highway 
Safety Improvement Programs administered by the FHWA.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: The annual reporting burden is 
estimated to be 11,220 hours.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503, Attention FHWA Desk Officer.
    Your comments to OMB are best assured of having its full impact if 
OMB receives them within 30 days of publication. This does not affect 
the deadline for the public to comment on DOT proposed regulations.
    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.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 6, 1998.
Phillip A. Leach,
Clearance Officer, United States Department of Transportation.
[FR Doc. 98-2301 Filed 1-29-98; 8:45 am]