[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 97 (Monday, May 20, 2013)]
[Pages 29375-29376]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-11866]



[Docket No. DHS-2012-0046]

Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Office Self-
Assessment Questionnaire

AGENCY: National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: 30-day notice and request for comments;

New Information Collection Request: 1670-NEW.

SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Protection 
and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Office of Infrastructure Protection 
(IP), Infrastructure Information Collection Division (IICD), Protected 
Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program will submit the 
following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 
35). NPPD is soliciting comments concerning New Information Collection 
Request, PCII Officer Questionnaire. DHS previously published this ICR 
in the Federal Register on November 26, 2012, for a 60-day public 
comment period. DHS received no comments. The purpose of this notice is 
to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until 30 days after 
date of publication in the Federal Register. This process is conducted 
in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

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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 OMB Desk 
Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Civil Rights and 
Civil Liberties. Comments must be identified by DHS-2012-0046 and may 
be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Email: [email protected]. Include the docket 
number in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 395-5806.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and the docket number for this 
action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. OMB 
is particularly interested in comments that:
    1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information 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 of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    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 through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.

[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The PCII Program was created by Congress 
under the Critical Infrastructure Information Act of 2002, (Sections 
211-215, Title II, Subtitle B of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 
Pub. L. 107-296) (CII Act) to encourage voluntary information sharing 
by owners and operators of critical infrastructure and protected 
systems. The PCII Program is implemented by 6 CFR Part 29, Procedures 
for Handling Critical Infrastructure Information; Final Rule (the 
Regulation), which was issued in 2006. PCII refers to validated and 
marked critical infrastructure information not customarily in the 
public domain and related to the security of critical infrastructure or 
protected systems, which is voluntarily submitted to DHS for homeland 
security purposes. The PCII Program offers several protections for 
information validated as PCII. The PCII Program is administered by DHS/
NPPD/IP/IICD. The PCII Program is responsible for ensuring compliance 
with the Regulation's uniform procedures for the handling, use, 
dissemination, and safeguarding of PCII. In this capacity, the PCII 
Program oversees a community of stakeholders, including submitters of 
critical infrastructure information, authorized users of PCII and 
accredited Federal, state and local entities with homeland security 
duties. The PCII Program is required by its authorizing regulation to 
assist the Officers in overseeing their own accredited PCII programs at 
the state and local level. See 6 CFR 29.4(d). This questionnaire is 
designed to gather information from PCII Officers that can be used to 
assess their programs, their compliance with PCII rules and 
requirements, and the specific needs of their accredited programs. This 
will help the DHS PCII Program to ensure that PCII is being properly 
protected and avoid any improper disclosures, which would severely harm 
the Program, given PCII's voluntary nature.


    Agency: Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and 
Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, 
Infrastructure Information Collection Division, Protected Critical 
Infrastructure Information Program.
    Title: Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Office 
Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
    OMB Number: 1670-NEW.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: PCII Officers.
    Number of Respondents: 80 (estimate).
    Estimated Time per Respondent: One hour.
    Total Burden Hours: 80 annual burden hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Recordkeeping Burden: $0 (This assessment will reside on 
existing PCII information storage systems).
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $8,316.

    Dated: May 13, 2013.
Scott Libby,
Deputy Chief Information Officer, National Protection and Programs 
Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.
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