[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 9 (Friday, January 12, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 1565-1566]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-00463]



47 CFR Part 10

[PS Docket No. 15-91; PS Docket No. 15- 94, FCC 16-127]

Wireless Emergency Alerts; Emergency Alert System

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Final rule; announcement of effective date.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a three-year period, the 
information collection associated with the Commission's Wireless 
Emergency Alerts (WEA) Report and Order, FCC 16-127 (WEA Report and 
Order). In the WEA Report and Order, the Commission stated that it 
would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the 
effective date of the rule.

DATES: 47 CFR 10.320(g) published at 81 FR 75710, November 1, 2016, is 
effective January 12, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen McCarthy, Policy and Licensing 
Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at (202) 418-0011 
or Maureen.McCarthy@fcc.gov. For additional information concerning the 
Paperwork Reduction Act information collection requirements, contact 
Nicole Ongele at (202) 418-2991.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  A summary of the WEA Report and Order was 
published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2016, 81 FR 75710. The 
WEA Report and Order promotes the utility of WEA as a life-saving tool. 
The summary stated that it would publish a document in the Federal 
Register announcing the effective date of the rules requiring OMB 
approval. The information collection requirements in Sec.  
[thinsp]10.320(g) were approved by OMB under OMB Control No. 3060-1126. 
With publication of the instant document in the Federal Register, the 
rule changes to 47 CFR 10.320(g) adopted in the WEA Report and Order 
are now effective.
    If you have any comments on the burden estimates listed below, or 
how the Commission can improve the collections and reduce any burdens 
caused thereby, please contact Nicole Ongele, Federal Communications 
Commission, Room 1-A620, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. 
Please include the OMB Control Number, 3060-1126, in your 
correspondence. The Commission will also accept your comments via email 
at PRA@fcc.gov.
    To request materials in accessible formats for people with 
disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), 
send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).


    As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it received final OMB 
approval on March

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13, 2017, for the information collection requirements contained in the 
modifications to 47 CFR 10.320(g).
    Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a 
collection of information unless it displays a current, 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 
that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB 
Control Number is 3060-1126.
    The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, Public Law 104-13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507.
    The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents 
are as follows:

    OMB Control Number: 3060-1126.
    OMB Approval Date: March 13, 2017.
    OMB Expiration Date: March 31, 2020.
    Title: Testing and Logging Requirements for Wireless Emergency 
Alerts (WEA).
    Form Number: N/A.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities, and state, 
local, or tribal government.
    Number of Respondents and Responses: 80 respondents; 451,600 
    Estimated Time per Response: 0.0000694 hours (2.5 seconds)-2 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Monthly and on occasion reporting 
requirements and recordkeeping requirement.
    Obligation To Respond: Statutory authority for these collection is 
contained in sections 1, 2, 4(i), 4(o), 301, 303(r), 303(v), 307, 309, 
335, 403, 624(g), 706, and 715 of the Communications Act of 1934, as 
amended, 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 154(i), 154(o), 301, 301(r), 303(v), 307, 
309, 335, 403, 544(g), 606, and 615, as well as by sections 602(a), 
(b), (c), (f), 603, 604 and 606 of the WARN Act, 47 U.S.C. 1202(a), 
(b), (c), (f), 1203, 1204 and 1206, unless otherwise noted.
    Total Annual Burden: 125,390 hours.
    Total Annual Cost: No Cost.
    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Confidentiality protection at 
least equal to that provided by the federal Freedom of Information Act 
upon request, but only insofar as those logs pertain to Alert Messages 
initiated by that emergency management agency.
    Privacy Act: No impact(s).
    Needs and Uses: Section 10.320 describes the provider alert gateway 
requirements, specifically with respect to logging. The CMS provider 
must log the CMAC attributes of all Alert Messages received at the CMS 
Provider Alert Gateway, including time stamps that verify when the 
message is received, and when it is retransmitted or rejected by the 
Participating CMS Provider Alert Gateway. If an Alert Message is 
rejected, a Participating CMS Provider is required to log the specific 
error code generated by the rejection. The CMS provider must also 
maintain a log of all active and cancelled Alert Messages for at least 
12 months after receipt of such alert or cancellation and make their 
alert logs available to the Commission and FEMA upon request. 
Participating CMS Providers are also required to make alert logs 
available to emergency management agencies that offer confidentiality 
protection at least equal to that provided by the federal Freedom of 
Information Act upon request, but only insofar as those logs pertain to 
Alert Messages initiated by that emergency management agency.
    This information will inform emergency managers whether their 
alerts are delivered, and if not, why not. We anticipate that the alert 
log maintenance requirements will serve to ensure that alert logs are 
available when needed, both to the Commission and to emergency 
management agencies. These logs have potential to increase their 
confidence that WEA will work as intended when needed. Alert logs are 
also necessary to establish a baseline for system integrity against 
which future iterations of WEA can be evaluated. Without records that 
can be used to describe the quality of system integrity, and the most 
common causes of message transmission failure, it will be difficult to 
evaluate how any changes to WEA could affect system integrity.

Federal Communications Commission.
Katura Jackson,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, Office of the Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-00463 Filed 1-11-18; 8:45 am]