[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 38 (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)]
[Pages 13075-13076]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04426]



Transportation Security Administration

Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public 
Collection of Information: Pipeline Corporate Security Review 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), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652-0056, 
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. The collection will 
assess the current security practices in the pipeline industry by way 
of TSA's Pipeline Corporate Security Review (CSR) program, which 
encompasses site visits and interviews, and is part of the larger 
domain awareness, prevention, and protection program supporting TSA's 
and the Department of Homeland Security's missions.

DATES: Send your comments by April 29, 2013.

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 CONTACT: Susan L. Perkins at the above address, 
or by telephone (571) 227-3398.


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

    The TSA Pipeline Security Branch is responsible for conducting 
Pipeline Corporate Security Reviews (PCSRs). Focusing on the security 
of pipelines and the hazardous materials moving through the system 
infrastructure, the PCSR program:
     Meets with senior corporate officers and security 
     Develops knowledge of security planning at critical 
pipeline infrastructure sites;
     Establishes and maintains a working relationship with key 
security staff that operate critical pipeline infrastructure;

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     Identifies industry smart practices and lessons learned; 
     Maintains a dynamic modal network through effective 
communications with the pipeline industry and government stakeholders.

Under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) \1\ and 
delegated authority from the Secretary of Homeland Security, TSA has 
broad responsibility and authority for ``security in all modes of 
transportation * * * including security responsibilities * * * over 
modes of transportation that are exercised by the Department of 
Transportation.'' \2\ TSA is specifically empowered to develop 
policies, strategies, and plans for dealing with threats to 
transportation,\3\ oversee the implementation and adequacy of security 
measures at transportation facilities,\4\ and carry out other 
appropriate duties relating to transportation security.\5\

    \1\ Public Law 107-71, 115 Stat. 597 (November 19, 2001), 
codified at 49 U.S.C. 114.
    \2\ See 49 U.S.C. 114(d). The TSA Administrator's current 
authorities under ATSA have been delegated to him by the Secretary 
of Homeland Security. Section 403(2) of the Homeland Security Act 
(HSA) of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 116 Stat. 2315 (2002), 
transferred all functions of TSA, including those of the Secretary 
of Transportation and the Under Secretary of Transportation of 
Security related to TSA, to the Secretary of Homeland Security. 
Pursuant to DHS Delegation Number 7060.2, the Secretary delegated to 
the Administrator of TSA, subject to the Secretary's guidance and 
control, the authority vested in the Secretary with respect to TSA, 
including that in section 403(2) of the HSA.
    \3\ 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(3).
    \4\ 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(11).
    \5\ 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(15).

Purpose and Description of Data Collection

    The purpose of the PCSR program is to develop first-hand knowledge 
of a pipeline operator's corporate security policies and procedures, 
establish and maintain working relationships with key pipeline security 
personnel, and identify and share smart security practices observed at 
individual facilities to help enhance and improve the security of the 
pipeline industry.
    To this end, the PCSR Program provides TSA with a method to discuss 
security-related matters with pipeline operators. The PCSR encompasses 
site visits and interviews and is one piece of a much larger domain 
awareness, prevention, and protection program in support of TSA's and 
the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) missions.
    In carrying out PCSRs, subject matter experts from TSA's Pipeline 
Security Branch visit pipeline operators throughout the nation that 
elected to adopt security plans. These are voluntary face-to-face 
visits, usually at the headquarters facility of the pipeline owners/
operator. Typically, TSA sends one to three employees to conduct a 
three-to-four hour interview with representatives from the owner/
operator. The TSA representatives analyze the owner's/operator's 
security plan and determine if the mitigation measures included in the 
plan are being properly implemented. TSA then visits one or two of the 
owners/operators assets to further assess the implementation of the 
owner's/operator's security plan.
    TSA conducts this collection of information on security measures to 
identify security gaps. The discussions also provide TSA with a method 
to encourage the pipeline owners/operators to be diligent in 
implementing and maintaining security-related improvements.
    TSA has developed a question set to aid in the conducting of PCSRs. 
The PCSR Question Set drives the TSA-operator discussion and is the 
central data source for all security information collected. The PCSR 
Question Set was developed based on government and industry guidance to 
obtain information from a pipeline operator about its security plan and 
processes. The questions are designed to examine the company's current 
state of security as well as to address measures that are applied if 
there is a change in the National Terrorism Advisory System.
    In application, topics such as security program management, 
vulnerability assessments, components of the security plan, security 
training, and emergency communications enable the PCSR Teams to assess 
the operator's security plan by evaluating a broad range of security 
issues such as physical security, cyber security, communication, and 
training. The PCSR Question Set also includes sections for facility 
site visits and operator contact information. The questions and 
subsequent answers help provide TSA with a snapshot of a company's 
security posture and is instrumental in developing smart practices and 
security measures.

Use of Results

    This PCSR collection provides TSA with real-time information on 
current security practices within the pipeline mode of the surface 
transportation sector. This information allows TSA to adapt programs to 
the changing security threat, while incorporating an understanding of 
the improvements owners/operators make in their security measures. 
Without this information, the ability of TSA to perform its security 
mission would be severely hindered.
    Additionally, the relationships these face-to-face contacts foster 
are critical to the Federal government's ability to reach out to the 
pipeline stakeholders affected by the PCSRs. TSA assures respondents 
that the portion of their responses that is deemed Sensitive Security 
Information (SSI) will be protected in accordance with procedures 
meeting the transmission, handling, and storage requirements of SSI set 
forth in 49 CFR parts 15 and 1520.
    The annual hour burden for this information collection is estimated 
to be 120 hours. While TSA estimates there to be a total universe of 
2200 potential respondents, the estimate is based on TSA conducting 15 
PCSR visits per year, each visit lasting a total of 8 hours. There is 
no cost burden to respondents.

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on February 20, 2013.
Susan L. Perkins,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2013-04426 Filed 2-25-13; 8:45 am]