[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 18, 2009)]
[Page 7619]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-3443]



Transportation Security Administration

Extension of Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB 
Review: Department of Homeland Security--Vulnerability Identification 
Self-Assessment Tool--Transportation (DHS-VISAT-T)

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: 30 day Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA) has forwarded the Information Collection Request 
(ICR), OMB control number 1652-0037, abstracted below to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval of an extension of 
the currently approved collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act. 
The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its 
expected burden. TSA published a Federal Register notice, with a 60-day 
comment period soliciting comments, of the following collection of 
information on December 24, 2008, 73 FR 79148. The collection allows 
TSA to collect data from transportation asset owners or operators on 
security measures deployed and their effectiveness.

DATES: Send your comments by March 20, 2009. A comment to OMB is most 
effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be 
addressed to Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security/TSA, and 
sent via electronic mail to [email protected] or faxed to 
(202) 395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ginger LeMay, Office of Information 
Technology, TSA-11, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 
12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6011; telephone (571) 227-3616; e-mail 
[email protected].


Comments Invited

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is 
not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it 
displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation is available 
at http://www.reginfo.gov. Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and 
approval of the following information collection, TSA is soliciting 
comments to--
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

Information Collection Requirement

    Title: Department of Homeland Security--Vulnerability 
Identification Self-Assessment Tool--Transportation (DHS-VISAT-T).
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1652-0037.
    Forms(s): NA.
    Affected Public: Transportation Sectors.
    Abstract: The DHS-VISAT-T (formerly the TSA Self-Assessment Risk 
Module (TSARM)) was developed to assist all modes of transportation 
asset owners/operators in developing a security plan and in performing 
a vulnerability assessment of their asset(s). The tool is designed to 
be user-friendly, web-based, and is provided at no cost to 
transportation owner and operators. The tool captures a snapshot of the 
asset's baseline security posture and assists the stakeholder in 
conducting a vulnerability assessment and completing a comprehensive 
security plan. TSA designed this tool to be flexible to support the 
unique characteristics of each transportation mode, while still 
providing a common framework from which analysis and trends can be 
identified. Thus far, TSA has developed modules of the tool for 
maritime, mass transit, highway bridges, and rail passenger stations, 
with more in development.
    Users have the option to submit the completed assessment to TSA. If 
submitted, TSA reviews the assessment for consistency and provides 
feedback to the users. Submitted assessments are then used to conduct 
analysis of the industry standard and to provide cross sector analysis 
of multiple modes.
    Number of Respondents: 1,000.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 8,000 hours annually.

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on February 12, 2009.
Ginger LeMay,
Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Business Improvements and 
Communications, Office of Information Technology.
 [FR Doc. E9-3443 Filed 2-17-09; 8:45 am]