[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 37 (Friday, February 24, 2012)]
[Pages 11146-11147]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-4272]



Transportation Security Administration

[Docket No. TSA-2009-0018]

Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public 
Collection of Information: Certified Cargo Screening 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 Request 
(ICR), OMB control number 1652-0053, abstracted below that we will 
submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal in 
compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The ICR describes the 
nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The 
collections include: (1) Applications from entities that wish to become 
Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF); (2) personal information 
to allow TSA to conduct security threat assessments on key individuals 
employed by the CCSFs; (3) acceptance of a standard security program or 
submission of a proposed modified security program; (4) information on 
the amount of cargo screened; and (5) recordkeeping requirements for 
CCSFs. TSA is seeking the renewal of the ICR for the continuation of 
the program in order to secure passenger aircraft carrying cargo.

DATES: Send your comments by April 24, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be emailed 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: 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 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 1652-0053, Certified Cargo Screening Program, 49 
CFR parts 1515, 1520, 1540, 1544, 1546, 1548, and 1549. TSA is seeking 
renewal of an expiring collection of information. Section 1602 of the 
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Pub. 
L. 110-53, 121 Stat. 266, 278, August 3, 2007) required the development 
of a system to screen 50 percent of the cargo transported on a 
passenger aircraft by February 2009, and to screen 100 percent of such 
cargo by August 2010. In September 2009, TSA issued an interim final 
rule (IFR) amending 49 CFR to implement this statutory requirement. See 
74 FR 47672 (September 16, 2009). In August 2011, TSA issued the Air 
Cargo Screening Final Rule (Final Rule) to finalize the statutory 
requirement for 100 percent screening of air cargo. See 76 FR 51848 
(August 18, 2011). The Final Rule removed all provisions regarding 
validation firms and validators, as TSA has determined that it has the 

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to continue to conduct assessments of facilities applying for 
certification under the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP). The 
Final Rule deleted the requirement that aircraft operators would have 
to become certified in order to screen cargo off airport. Aircraft 
operators are already screening cargo on airport, under a TSA-approved 
security program, and additional certification of aircraft operators is 
not necessary. TSA received approval from OMB for the collections of 
information contained in the IFR and now seeks to extend this approval 
from OMB on this Final Rule. Accordingly, TSA must proceed with this 
ICR for this program in order to continue to meet the Congressional 
mandate. The ICR allows TSA to collect several categories of 
information as explained below.

Data Collection

    TSA certifies qualified facilities as CCSFs. Companies seeking to 
become CCSFs are required to submit an application for a security 
program and for certification to TSA at least 90 days before the 
intended date of operation. All CCSF applicants submit applications and 
related information either electronically through email, through the 
online Air Cargo Document Management System, or by postal mail.
    TSA requires CCSF applicants to ensure that individuals performing 
screening and related functions under the Final Rule have successfully 
completed a security threat assessment (STA) conducted by TSA. In 
addition, Security Coordinators and their alternates for CCSFs must 
undergo STAs. CCSFs must submit personally identifiable information on 
these individuals to TSA so that TSA can conduct an STA. TSA also 
requires CCSFs to accept and implement a standard security program 
provided by TSA or to submit a proposed modified security program to 
the designated TSA official for approval. The CCSF must also submit to 
an assessment of its facility by TSA. Once TSA approves the security 
program and determines that the applicant is qualified to be a CCSF, 
TSA will send the applicant a written notice of approval and 
certification to operate as a CCSF.
    Once certified, CCSFs must provide information on the amount of 
cargo screened and other cargo screening metrics at an approved 
facility. CCSFs must also maintain screening, training, and other 
security-related records of compliance with the Final Rule and make 
them available for TSA Inspectors.
    The forms used for this collection of information include the CCSF 
Facility Profile Application (TSA Form 419B), CCSF Principal 
Attestation (TSA Form 419D), Security Profile (TSA Form 419E), Security 
Threat Assessment Application (TSA Form 419F), Aviation Security Known 
Shipper Verification (TSA Form 419H), and the Cargo Reporting Template.

Estimated Burden Hours

    As noted above, TSA has identified several separate information 
collections for the Final Rule under this ICR. These collections will 
affect an estimated total of 2,309 unique respondents, over the three 
years of the PRA analysis. Collectively, these five information 
collections represent an estimated average of 127,050 responses 
annually, for an average annual hour burden of 143,768 hours.
    1. CCSF Application. TSA estimated that it will receive 2,902 
applications in 3 years, for an average of 967 applications annually 
(this includes submissions from new applicants and CCSFs applying to 
renew their certification). TSA further estimated that these 
applications will require an average of 2 hours each to complete, 
resulting in an annual burden of approximately 1,934 hours (967 x 2).
    2. STA Applications. All CCSP participants subject to 49 CFR parts 
1544, 1546, 1548, and 1549 will be required to have certain employees 
undergo security threat assessments (STAs). TSA estimated it will 
receive a total of 153,516 applications in 3 years, for an average of 
51,172 applications annually. TSA further estimated that STA 
applications will require approximately 15 minutes each to complete, 
resulting in an annual burden of approximately 12,793 hours (51,172 x 
    3. Security Programs. TSA estimated that a total of 1,778 CCSFs 
will be required to maintain and update their security programs in 3 
years, for an average of 593 CCSFs annually. Each firm will devote 
approximately 42 hours to create their initial security program, 
resulting in an estimated annual burden of 24,906 hours (593 x 42). TSA 
estimated 3,701 security program updates in the first three years for 
an average of 1,234 updates per year. TSA further estimated that 
security program updates will require approximately 4 hours each to 
complete, resulting in an annual burden of approximately 4,936 hours 
(1,234 x 4).
    4. Recordkeeping Requirements. All CCSFs will be required to 
maintain records of compliance with the FR. TSA estimated a time burden 
of approximately five minutes (0.083 hours) annually per employee who 
is required to have an STA for each CCSF to file the training records 
and other records of compliance. TSA estimated an annual burden of 
approximately 4,247 hours (51,172 x 0.083).
    5. Cargo Reporting. TSA estimated that all CCSFs will complete 
monthly cargo volume reports at an estimated time of one hour each per 
week. The average annual responses, based on one response per firm per 
month, are 21,912 (1,826 x 12). The estimated annual burden is 94,952 
hours (1,826 x 52).

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on February 17, 2012.
Joanna Johnson,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2012-4272 Filed 2-23-12; 8:45 am]