[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 124 (Tuesday, June 30, 2009)]
[Pages 31286-31287]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-15365]



Policy Directorate/Office of Strategic Plans; Quadrennial 
Homeland Security Report

AGENCY: Policy Directorate/Office of Strategic Plans, Department of 
Homeland Security.

ACTION: 30-Day Notice and request for comments; Emergency Submission to 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).


SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, Policy Directorate/Office 
of Strategic Plans, submits the following information collection 
request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review 
and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Policy Directorate/Office of 
Strategic Plans is soliciting comments concerning the Quadrennial 
Homeland Security Report. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 
days for public comments.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until July 30, 
2009. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

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 OMB Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Office 
of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and sent via electronic mail to 
[email protected] or faxed to (202) 395-5806.
    The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in 
comments which:
    1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information 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 of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    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 through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If additional information is required 
contact: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Policy Directorate/
Office of Strategic Plans, Michael Galang, (202) 282-9118.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A stakeholder online collaboration platform 
will be created and hosted to engage homeland security stakeholders 
around the compelling questions produced by the QHSR study groups. The 
dialogue platform is based on the principle of radical scalability: The 
more feedback that is received, the more clearly sorted participants' 
preferences and priorities become. In the platform, users can submit 
their best ideas, refine them in open discussion, and use simple rating 
and tagging features to identify the most popular ideas and important 
overarching themes.
    The platform can host multiple simultaneous dialogues, and 
dynamically pose new questions, so that DHS can repeatedly ``pulse'' 
participants over a three-month timeframe. All homeland security 
stakeholders are eligible and are invited to do so. The Web site will 
be public facing with self-identify and opt-in user information 
    Participation by the public is completely voluntary. Content will 
be posted on the online collaboration Web site for up to five days for 
each collaboration event. At the conclusion of each event, comments and 
input will be reviewed by the study groups and incorporated as 
appropriate into their products. The time required by the public to 
provide input on content posted on the collaboration site is estimated 
at between one and two hours per collaboration event for a maximum of 
six hours over the course of the QHSR. Three online collaboration 
events are currently proposed (July 16-20, August 13-17, and September 
17-21). The public will be notified of content postings via the DHS 
QHSR public Web site, http://www.dhs.gov/qhsr. Other notification 
options may include FedBiz notices about the scheduled online 
collaboration events, the DHS Public Affairs news feed, and

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various GSA-approved social networking media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook). 
Homeland security-related associations will also be asked to invite 
their members to participate in the online collaborations.
    Participants will be asked to review developed content for those 
homeland security topics they are interested in. Examples of requested 
participant input include:
     Comment and rate phase I solicited input, thereby 
prioritizing those concepts and suggestions they deem critical and 
which should be considered by the study groups during their respective 
     Comment on and rate proposed strategic objectives and key 
strategic outcome statements for the homeland security mission areas 
under review.
     Vote on proposed mission objectives and outcome statements 
as to whether they agree or disagree with the proposed content.
    In addition to viewing the input received via public participation 
in the collaboration tool during and after the dialog period, the input 
will be sorted and disseminated to the study groups who will then 
incorporate the input into their deliberations and subsequent content 
generation as appropriate. Study group content will be posted via two 
collaboration events, in July and August, with final draft conclusions 
posted via the collaboration event in September, prior to the study 
groups' final reports.
    Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Policy Directorate/Office 
of Strategic Plans.
    Title: Quadrennial Homeland Security Report.
    OMB Number: 1601-NEW.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Affected Public: State, Local, Tribal, and Non-Government 
    Number of Respondents: 50,000 respondents.
    Estimated Time Per Respondent: 6 hours per respondent.
    Total Burden Hours: 300,000 annual burden hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): 600,000.

Margaret Graves,
Acting Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E9-15365 Filed 6-29-09; 8:45 am]