[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 102 (Thursday, May 26, 2016)]
[Page 33530]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-12488]



[EPA-HQ-ORD-2016-0010; FRL-9946-92-ORD]

Proposed Information Collection Request; 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 (EPA) is planning to 
submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Recordkeeping for 
Institutional Dual Use Research of Concern (iDURC) Policy Compliance'' 
(EPA ICR No. 2530.02, OMB Control No. 2080-0082) to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before 
doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the 
proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed 
extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through September 30, 
2016. 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: Comments must be submitted on or before July 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-
2016-0010, 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.
    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.
    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA is soliciting 
comments and information to enable it to: (i) 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; (ii) 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; (iii) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (iv) 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 submission of responses. EPA 
will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. 
The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and 
approval. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice 
to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to 
submit additional comments to OMB.
    Abstract: To comply with the U.S. Government Policy for 
Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern 
(DURC Policy) (www.phe.gov/s3/dualuse/Pages/default.aspx), EPA must 
ensure that the institutions that are subject to the DURC Policy 
appropriately train their laboratory personnel and maintain records of 
their 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.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Private sector and the federal-
owned/contractor-operated labs.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (per EPA Order 
1000.19: Policy and Procedures for Managing Dual Use Research of 
    Estimated number of respondents: Eighteen (total).
    Frequency of response: Only once and/or as necessary.
    Total estimated burden: 72 hours (per year) over three years. 
Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b)
    Total estimated cost: $4320 (per year over three years), includes 
$0 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is no increase nor decrease of hours in 
the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. The burden is expected to stay the same due to the 
same number of estimated respondents and research projects.

    Dated: May 17, 2016.
Gregory D. Sayles,
Acting Director, National Homeland Security Research Center.
[FR Doc. 2016-12488 Filed 5-25-16; 8:45 am]