[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 157 (Monday, August 16, 2010)]
[Pages 49943-49944]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-20160]



Transportation Security Administration

New Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: 
Pipeline System Operator Security Information

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: 30-day notice.


SUMMARY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has forwarded 
the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval 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 July 29, 2009, 74 FR 37723. 
The collection involves the submission of contact information for the 
company's primary and alternate security manager and the telephone 
number of the security operations or control center, as well as data 
concerning pipeline security incidents.
    In response to July 29, 2009 notice, TSA received four comments 
from industry stakeholders. Letters addressing their respective 
comments have been sent to each stakeholder. No comments were submitted 
regarding the submission of contact information for a pipeline 
company's primary and alternate security manager and the telephone 
number of the security operations or control center.
    The primary focus of the comments received pertained to the 
reporting of security incidents and suspicious activity to the 
Transportation Security Operations Center (TSOC). Recommendations were 
made for TSA to clarify the intent of the incident reporting criteria 
and examples. As a result, TSA modified the Pipeline Security 
Guidelines to reflect TSA's desire to be notified of all incidents 
which are indicative of a deliberate attempt to disrupt pipeline 
operations or activities that could be precursors to such an attempt. 
Such information is necessary for TSA to fulfill its responsibilities 
as the lead Federal agency for pipeline security.
    Several comments discussed the potential for duplicative reporting 
of security incidents to both the TSOC and the National Response Center 
(NRC). 49 CFR parts 191 and 195 mandate that pipeline operators report 
incidents involving the release of natural gas or hazardous liquids to 
the NRC. There is no requirement under these regulations to report 
suspicious activity. Additionally, based on 33 CFR part 101 facilities 
operating under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) are 
required to report incidents and suspicious activity to the NRC. TSOC 
has coordinated with the NRC to obtain pipeline incident/suspicious 
activity reports that may be of concern to TSA in the event that a 
pipeline operator submits a report only to the NRC. However, the vast 
majority of events that TSA requests operators report would not fall 
into these categories. This is supported by the actual pipeline 
operator incident/suspicious activity reporting that TSA has observed 
over the past five years. Consequently, TSA believes that duplicative 
reporting, if it occurs, would be minimal.

DATES: Send your comments by September 15, 2010. 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: Joanna Johnson, Office of Information 
Technology, TSA-11, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 
12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6011; telephone (571) 227-3651; 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.

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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: Pipeline System Operator Security Information.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    OMB Control Number: Not yet assigned.
    Form(s): NA.
    Affected Public: Pipeline system operators.
    Abstract: Under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) 
(Pub. L. 107-71, 115 Stat. 597 (November 19, 2001) and delegated 
authority from the Secretary of Homeland Security, pipeline 
transportation is a mode of transportation over which TSA has 
jurisdiction for security matters. As discussed in the draft Pipeline 
Security Guidelines, in order to execute its pipeline transportation 
security responsibilities, TSA requests that operators provide, on a 
voluntary basis, security manager and operations center contact 
information. Additionally, TSA seeks to be notified of all incidents 
that are indicative of a deliberate attempt to disrupt pipeline 
operations or activities that could be precursors to such an attempt.
    Number of Respondents: 3,140.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 145 hours annually.

     Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on August 10, 2010.
Joanna Johnson,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2010-20160 Filed 8-13-10; 8:45 am]