[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 119 (Wednesday, June 20, 2012)]
[Pages 37041-37042]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14946]



Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal 
Communications Commission for Extension Under Delegated Authority, 
Comments Requested

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burden 
and as required by 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: 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; the 
accuracy of the Commission's burden estimates; ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; 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 ways to further reduce the 
information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer 
than 25 employees.

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    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 number.

DATES: Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be 
submitted on or before August 20, 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, via fax at 202-395-5167 or via Internet at 
[email protected] [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.

    OMB Control Number: 3060-1169.
    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; 20 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. 154(i) and 606 of the 
Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
    Total Annual Burden: 400 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 expiring 
information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
after this comment period in order to obtain approval from them for the 
full three year clearance period.
    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 
radiofrequency interference and to ensure that the EAS, including 
individual devices within the EAS, operate at intended.

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Office of Managing Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-14946 Filed 6-19-12; 8:45 am]