[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 63 (Monday, April 2, 2012)]
[Pages 19664-19665]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7970]



Information Collection(s) Being Submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for Emergency Review and Approval

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burden 
and as required b y the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3502-3520), the Federal Communications Commission invites the 
general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to 
comment on the following information collection(s). Comments are 
requested concerning: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimates; (c) 
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on the respondents, including the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) 
ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small 
business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. The FCC may not conduct 
or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently 
valid OMB control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for 
failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the 
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) that does not display a valid OMB control 

DATES: Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be 
submitted on or before April 17, 2012. If you anticipate that you will 
be submitting PRA comments, but find it difficult to do so within the 
period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the FCC 
contact listed below as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Submit your PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB), via fax at 202-395-5167 or via Internet at 
[email protected] and to Judith B. Herman, Federal 
Communications Commission, via the Internet at [email protected]. 
To submit your PRA comments by email send them to: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith B. Herman, Office of Managing 
Director, FCC, at 202-418-0214.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission is requesting emergency OMB 
processing of the new information collection requirements contained in 
this notice. The Commission is requesting OMB approval by April 16, 
    OMB Control Number: 3060-XXXX.
    Title: Part 11--Emergency Alert System (EAS), Fifth Report and 
Order, FCC 12-7.
    Form No.: N/A.
    Type of Review: New collection.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit 
institutions, and state, local or tribal government.
    Number of Respondents: 10 respondents; 10 responses.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 20 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement and 
recordkeeping requirement.
    Obligation to Respond: Voluntary. Statutory authority for this 
information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. Sections 154(i) and 
606 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
    Total Annual Burden: 200 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: N/A.
    Privacy Act Impact Assessment: N/A.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for 
    Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this new information 
collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during this 15 
day comment period in order to obtain emergency approval from them. The 
Commission is requesting emergency OMB approval for this new 
information collection and assignment of an OMB control number. Part 11 
contains rules and regulations addressing the nation's Emergency Alert 
System (EAS). The EAS provides the President with the capability to 
provide immediate communications and information to the general public 
at the national, state and local area level during periods of national 
emergency. The EAS also provides state and local governments and the 
National Weather Service with the capability to provide immediate 
communications and information to the general public concerning 
emergency situations posting a threat to life and property. For this 
new collection, the Commission is requesting emergency OMB review and 
processing for the reporting and recordkeeping requirements in the 
Fifth Report and Order, FCC 12-7. The Commission amended its Part 11 
rules governing the EAS to more fully codify the existing obligation to 
process Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)-formatted alert messages adopted 
in the Second Report and Order.
    Certification procedures for meeting general certification 
requirements are under 47 CFR 11.34. Paragraphs 164-167, 107-171, and 
175-176 in the Fifth Report and Order, establish that integrated CAP-
capable EAS devices and intermediate devices that are used in tandem 
with legacy EAS equipment are subject to the Commission's existing 
device certification requirements set forth in the Commission's Part 2 
equipment authorization rules. These paragraphs also establish specific 
procedures by which EAS device manufacturers can update existing device 
certifications and obtain new certifications, which generally involve 
the submission of test data and other materials to the FCC.
    The information collected by the Commission is used to confirm that 
EAS devices comply with the technical and performance requirements set 
forth in the EAS rules and other applicable rules maintained by the 
Commission. These rules are designed to minimize electrical

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radiofrequency interference and to ensure that the EAS, including 
individual devices within the EAS, operate at intended.

    Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
[FR Doc. 2012-7970 Filed 3-30-12; 8:45 am]