[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 22 (Wednesday, February 3, 2016)]
[Pages 5748-5749]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01971]



[EPA-HQ-ORD-2016-0010; FRL-9941-88-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Recordkeeping for Institutional Dual Use 
Research of Concern (iDURC) Policy Compliance

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Recordkeeping for Institutional 
Dual Use Research of Concern (iDURC) Policy Compliance'' (EPA ICR No. 
2530.01, OMB Control No. 2080-NEW) to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for emergency processing in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a request for approval 
of a new collection, for which EPA requests approval by February 29, 
2016. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its 
estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or 
sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before March 4, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
ORD-2016-0010, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by email to [email protected], or by mail to: EPA 
Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to 
[email protected]. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for 
    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the 
public docket without change including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information 
claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brendan Doyle, Office of Research and 
Development, Mail Code: 8801R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-
4584; email address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail 
the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the 
public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at 
www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, 
Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone 
number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: To comply with the U.S. Government Policy for 
Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern 
(Policy) (http://www.phe.gov/s3/dualuse/Pages/default.aspx), EPA must 
ensure that the institutions that are subject to the Policy train their 
laboratory personnel and maintain records of that training. This 
training is specific to ``dual use research of concern,'' and should 
include information on how to properly identify DURC and appropriate 
methods for ensuring research that is determined to be DURC is 
conducted and communicated responsibly.
    EPA is requesting emergency clearance of this ICR under 5 CFR 
1320.13(a)(2)(i) because the iDURC policy's effective date has passed, 
but without PRA approval the recordkeeping provisions cannot yet be 
implemented. Standard processing of this ICR would further delay full 
implementation of the policy, which seeks to mitigate the risk of 
public harm from life sciences research being misapplied.
    EPA requests that OMB authorize this ICR by February 29, 2016, for 
the maximum of 180 days.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Private sector and the federal-
owned/contractor-operated labs.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (per EPA Order on 
Policy and Procedures for Managing Dual Use Research of Concern).
    Estimated number of respondents: Eighteen (total).
    Frequency of response: Only once and/or as necessary.
    Total estimated burden: 72 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 
CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $4,320 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.

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    Changes in the Estimates: There is no currently approved burden as 
this is a new information collection request.

Courtney Kerwin,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2016-01971 Filed 2-2-16; 8:45 am]