[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 26 (Thursday, February 7, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Page 2564]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-01377]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

[Docket No. DHS-2018-0052]


Assessing the Risk-Mitigation Value of TWIC[supreg] at Maritime 
Facilities

AGENCY: Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS).

ACTION: 60-Day Notice of Information Collection; New request for 
comment.

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SUMMARY: By law, the Secretary of Homeland Security is required to 
commission an assessment of how effective the transportation security 
card program is at enhancing security and reducing security risks for 
regulated maritime facilities and vessels. Through the transportation 
security card program, the Department issues the Transportation Worker 
Identification Credential (TWIC[supreg]). Legislation passed August 2, 
2018 restricts the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from implementing any rule 
requiring the use of biometric readers for TWIC[supreg] until after 
submission to Congress of the results of this effectiveness assessment.
    The Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), a 
federally funded research and development center operated by the RAND 
Corporation, will collect information from those involved in maritime 
security on behalf of the DHS S&T Research and Development Partnerships 
(RDP) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Program 
Management Office. HSOAC will visit regulated maritime facilities and 
terminals and conduct interviews using a semi-structured interview 
method to collect information. HSOAC will analyze this information and 
use it to produce a public report with its research findings.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and accepted until April 8, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number DHS-
2018-0052, at:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Please follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail and hand delivery or commercial delivery: Science and 
Technology Directorate, ATTN: Chief Information Office--Mary Cantey, 
245 Murray Drive, Mail Stop 0202, Washington, DC 20528.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number DHS-2018-0052. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided. Please note that comments submitted by fax or 
email and those submitted after the comment period will not be 
accepted.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DHS/S&T/RDP/FFRDC Program Manager: 
Scott Randels, Scott.Randels@hq.dhs.gov or 202-254-6053 (Not a toll 
free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Homeland Security, 
according to Public Law 114-278, is required to commission an 
assessment of how effective the transportation security card program is 
at enhancing security and reducing security risks for regulated 
maritime facilities and vessels. Through the transportation security 
card program, the Department issues the Transportation Worker 
Identification Credential (TWIC[supreg]). In addition, Public Law 115-
230 restricts the USCG from implementing any rule requiring the use of 
biometric readers for TWIC[supreg] until submitting the results of this 
assessment to Congress.
    DHS, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq., provides the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. DHS is soliciting comments on the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) that is described below. DHS is 
especially interested in public comment addressing the following 
issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the 
Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely 
manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the 
Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden 
of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of 
information technology? Please note that written comments received in 
response to this notice will be considered public records.
    Title of Collection: Assessing the Risk-Mitigation Value of 
TWIC[supreg] at Maritime Facilities.
    Type of Review: New.
    Affected Public: Port security subject matter experts such as Port 
Authority Security Managers, Facility Security Managers, Industry 
Security Managers, and local law enforcement; Labor, Other Industry 
Operation and Technology Managers.
    Frequency of Collection: Once, Annually.
    Average Burden per Response: 60 minutes.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 400.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 400.

    Dated: November 26, 2018.
Rick Stevens,
Chief Information Officer, Science and Technology Directorate.
[FR Doc. 2019-01377 Filed 2-6-19; 8:45 am]
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