[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 80 (Tuesday, April 26, 2011)]
[Pages 23326-23327]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-9982]



Transportation Security Administration

[Docket No. TSA-2006-24191]

Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public 
Collection of Information: Transportation Worker Identification 
Credential (TWIC) Program

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: 60 Day Notice.


SUMMARY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites 
public comment on one currently approved information collection 
requirement, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652-
0047, abstracted below that we will submit to OMB for renewal in 
compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes 
the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. OMB 
approved the collection of information for six months and TSA now seeks 
the maximum three-year approval. The collection involves the submission 
of identifying and other information by individuals applying for a TWIC 
and a customer satisfaction survey.

DATES: Send your comments by June 27, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be e-mailed to [email protected] or delivered to 
the TSA PRA Officer, Office of Information Technology (OIT), TSA-11, 
Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joanna Johnson at the above address, 
or by telephone (571) 227-3651.


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

    OMB Control Number 1652-0047; Transportation Worker Identification 
Credential (TWIC) Program. TSA developed the Transportation Worker 
Identification Credential (TWIC) program to mitigate threats and 
vulnerabilities in the national transportation system. TWIC is a common 
credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure 
areas of facilities and vessels regulated under the Maritime 
Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and all mariners holding U. S. Coast 
Guard credentials. Before issuing an individual a TWIC, TSA performs a 
security threat assessment, which requires TSA to collect certain 
personal information such as name, address, and date of birth. 
Applicants are also required to provide fingerprints and undergo a 
criminal history records check.
    The program implements authorities set forth in the Aviation and 
Transportation Security Act (ATSA) (Pub. L. 107-71; Nov. 19, 2002; sec. 
106), the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) (Pub. L. 
107-295; Nov. 25, 2002; sec. 102), and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Equity Act--A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) 
(Pub. L. 109-59; Aug. 10, 2005; sec. 7105), codified at 49 U.S.C. 
5103a(g). TSA and the U. S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) issued a joint 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on May 22, 2006, 71 FR 29396. 
After consideration of public comments on the NPRM, TSA issued a joint 
final rule with the Coast Guard on January 25, 2007 (72 FR 3492), 
applicable to the maritime transportation sector that would require 
this information collection.
    TSA collects data from applicants during an optional pre-enrollment 
step or during the enrollment session at an enrollment center. TSA will 
use the information collected to conduct a security threat assessment, 
which includes: (1) A criminal history records check; (2) a check of 
intelligence databases; and (3) an immigration status check. TSA 
invites all TWIC applicants to complete an optional survey to gather 
information on the applicants' overall customer satisfaction with the

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enrollment process. This optional survey is administered by a Trusted 
Agent (representative of the TWIC enrollment contractor, who performs 
enrollment functions) during the process to activate the TWIC. These 
surveys are collected at each enrollment center and compiled to produce 
reports that are reviewed by the contractor and TSA. The current 
estimated annualized reporting burden is 2,630,719 hours and the 
estimated annualized cost burden is $57,002,236.

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on April 20, 2011.
Joanna Johnson,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2011-9982 Filed 4-25-11; 8:45 am]