[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 13 (Monday, January 22, 2007)]
[Pages 2724-2725]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-831]



Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2007-26825]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments 
for New Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The FHWA has forwarded the information collection request 
described in this notice to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for approval of a new information collection. We published a Federal 
Register Notice with a 60-day public comment period on this information 
collection on November 3rd, 2006. We are required to publish this 
notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by February 21, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments within 30 days to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention DOT Desk Officer. 
You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, 
including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the 
FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways 
for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the 
collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized, 
including the use of electronic technology, without reducing the 
quality of the collected information. All comments should include the 
Docket number FHWA-2006-26825.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth Petty, 202-366-6654, or Jody 
McCullough, 202-366-2825, Office of Planning, Federal Highway 
Administration, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., 
Washington, DC, 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Title: Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program 
Grant Application. Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Nomination 
    Background: Transportation, Community, and System Preservation 
Program Grant Application: Section 1117 of the Safe, Accountable, 
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users 
(SAFETEA-LU) provides funding for the Transportation, Community, and 
System Preservation (TCSP) Program. The TCSP Program is a comprehensive 
initiative of research and grants to investigate the relationships 
between transportation, community, and system preservation plans and 
practices and identify sector-based initiatives to improve such 
relationships. States, metropolitan planning organizations, local 
governments, and tribal governments are eligible for discretionary 
grants to carry out eligible projects to integrate

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transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices 
     Improve the efficiency of the transportation system of the 
United States.
     Reduce environmental impacts of transportation.
     Reduce the need for costly future public infrastructure 
     Ensure efficient access to jobs, services, and centers of 
     Examine community development patterns and identify 
strategies to encourage private sector development patterns and 
investments that support these goals.
    The 2-page TCSP grant application is the tool used to collect the 
necessary information needed to successfully submit eligible TCSP 
Program projects to the Secretary of Transportation for approval and 
for the distribution of the funds to the States. The TCSP grant 
application includes three parts: A) Project Information--General 
contact and funding information, B) Project Abstract--Overview of the 
purpose and intent of project, and C) Project Narrative--Description of 
the project and the expected results.
    The TCSP Program is a discretionary program. However, beginning in 
FY 2000, the projects awarded TCSP Program funding have been designated 
by Congress. In order to comply with Congressional-designation, the 
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Division offices will continue to 
be asked to identify the intended recipient of the TCSP designated 
grant. The specified grant recipient would then be asked to complete 
the grant application each fiscal year that they receive TCSP funding. 
The participants will have a choice of providing their information by 
means of the Internet or a printed application.
    Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Nomination Form: The 
Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) program is a biennial 
awards program developed by the FHWA and the Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) to recognize outstanding initiatives across the 
country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation 
planning practices. The program is co-sponsored by the American 
Planning Association.
    The on-line TPEA nomination form is the tool for submitters to 
nominate a process, group, or individual involved in a project or 
process that has used the FHWA and/or the FTA funding sources to make 
an outstanding contribution to the field of transportation planning. 
The information about the process, group, or individual provided by the 
submitter may be shared and published if that submission is selected 
for an award.
    The TPEA is a biennial awards program and individuals will be asked 
to submit nominations via the online form every two years. The 
participants will provide their information by means of the Internet.
    Respondents: For the TCSP Program, States, metropolitan planning 
organizations, local governments, and tribal governments may apply in 
which approximately 100 participants have responded annually. For the 
TPEA, 150 participants are expected to apply in the first and third 
year, because it is a biennial program.
    Frequency: For the TCSP Program, grant applications are solicited 
on an annual basis. For the TPEA, nominations are solicited biennially.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: For the TCSP Program, 90 
minutes. For the TPEA Program, approximately 60 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: For the TCSP Program, 150 
hours annually. For the TPEA, 150 hours in the first year and 150 hours 
in the third year.
    Electronic Access: Internet users may access all comments received 
by the U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, by using the universal resource 
locator: http://dms.dot.gov, 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. 
Please follow the instructions online for more information and help.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued on: January 16, 2007.
James R. Kabel,
Chief, Management Programs and Analysis, Division.
[FR Doc. E7-831 Filed 1-19-07; 8:45 am]