[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 135 (Thursday, July 14, 2011)]
[Page 41510]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17757]



Transportation Security Administration

[Docket No. TSA-2006-24191]

Extension of Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB 
Review; Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Program

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), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652-0047, 
abstracted below to OMB for review and approval of an extension of the 
currently approved collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). 
The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its 
expected burden. TSA published a Federal Register notice, with a 60-day 
period soliciting comments, of the following collection of information 
on April 26, 2011, 76 FR 23326. The collection involves the submission 
of required information necessary to conduct a security threat 
assessment on individuals applying for a TWIC and a voluntary customer 
satisfaction survey.

DATES: Send your comments by August 15, 2011. 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, OMB. 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.

Office of Information Technology (OIT), 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. 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: Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) 
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1652-0047.
    Forms(s): TWIC Disclosure and Certification form (OMB 1652-0047) .
    Affected Public: Individuals requiring unescorted access to 
facilities and vessels regulated by the Maritime Transportation 
Security Act (MTSA) and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued 
credentials or qualification documents.
    Abstract: The data collected will be used for processing TWIC 
enrollment and conducting the security threat assessment. At the 
enrollment center, applicants verify their biographic information and 
provide identity documentation, biometric information, and proof of 
immigration status (if required). This information allows TSA to 
complete a comprehensive security threat assessment. If TSA determines 
that the applicant is qualified to receive a TWIC, TSA notifies the 
applicant that their TWIC is ready for activation. Once activated, this 
credential will be used for identification verification and access 
control. TSA also conducts a survey to capture worker overall 
satisfaction with the enrollment process; this optional survey is 
provided during the activation period.
    TSA acknowledges that an error in the 60-day notice was identified 
by a commenter which related to the length of the previous collection 
process. Additionally, the commenter questioned total burden hours 
estimated for 2011 and its associated cost, because it varied 
significantly from the previous filing in 2008. TSA will directly 
respond to the individual submitting this feedback.
    Number of Respondents: The annualized number of total respondents 
is 401,330.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: TSA provided incorrect hours in the 
60-day filing and has corrected its estimates. The correct estimated 
annualized reporting burden is 919,110 hours, and the estimated 
annualized cost burden is $53,866,023.

Joanna Johnson,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2011-17757 Filed 7-13-11; 8:45 am]