[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 108 (Friday, June 5, 1998)]
[Page 30802]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-14888]



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 of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below has been forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICRs 
describes the nature of the information collection and their expected 
burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period 
soliciting comments on the following collection of information was 
published on March 23, 1998 [63 FR, 13903-13904].

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before July 6, 1998.

Office of Information Management, telephone (202) 267-2326.


United States Coast Guard (USCG)

    (1) Title: Alternate Compliance--International/Inland Navigation 
    OMB Control Number: 2115-0073.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Vessel owners, operators, builders and agents.
    Abstract: The information collected provides an opportunity for 
those with unique vessels to present their reasons why the vessel 
cannot comply with existing regulations and how alternate compliance 
can be achieved.
    Need: Certain vessels cannot comply with the International 
Regulations (33 U.S.C. 1601) and Inland Navigation Rules (33 U.S.C. 
2001). the Coast Guard thus provides an opportunity for alternate 
compliance. However, it is not possible to determine whether alternate 
compliance is appropriate or what kind of alternative procedures might 
be necessary without this collection.
    Burden Estimate: The estimated burden is 135 hours annually.
    (2) Title: Inflatable Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for 
Recreational Vessels.
    OMB Control Number: 2115-0619.
    Affected Public: PFD manufacturers.
    Abstract: The information collected concerns the labeling and 
preparation of manuals for inflatable PFDs. In keeping with this 
requirement the Coast Guard has established a system for approval of 
PFDs for use on such vessels? To facilitate the approval and inspection 
process, the Coast Guard requires that manufacturers label their 
devices and publish users manuals to help the end user.
    Need: Title 46 U.S.C. 4302(a) prescribes regulations to: (a) 
establish minimum safety standards for recreational vessels, (b) 
require the installation and carrying or use of associated equipment 
and require or permit the display of seals, labels, plates, insignia or 
other devices for certifying or evidencing compliance with safety 
regulations. The labels are important for a number of reasons. First, 
they are essential to the user; they indicate the chest size of the PFD 
and also display printed and pictographic instructions for proper use 
and care of the PFD. Secondly, because they include a specific product 
number and the manufacturer's name they are central to the Coast 
Guard's mission of identifying faulty equipment and then notifying the 
responsible producer. The manuals also serve a dual purpose. On the one 
hand they give the user information they will need to properly use and 
maintain the device, and on the other they keep the Coast Guard 
informed as to the specifications and design of new PFDs.
    Burden Estimate: The estimated burden is 503.33 hours annually.
    Addressee: Send comments to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street, 
NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention USCG Desk Officer.
    Comments are invited on: the need for the proposed collection of 
information for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; 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; 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 those who are to respond, including the 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques.
    A comment to OMB is best assured of having its full effect if OMB 
receives the comment within 30 days of publication.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 29, 1998.
Phillip A. Leach,
Clearance Officer, United States, Department of Transportation.
[FR Doc. 98-14888 Filed 6-4-98; 8:45 am]