[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 134 (Friday, July 12, 2019)]
[Pages 33314-33315]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-14785]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. DOT-NHTSA-2019-0066]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for 
Comment; Crash Report Sampling System

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments 
about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) approval to extend an existing information collection. Before a 
Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must 
receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under 
procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before 
seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on 
proposed collections of information, including extensions and 
reinstatement of previously approved collections.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 10, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. DOT-NHTSA-
2019-0066] through one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonae Anderson, State Data Reporting 
Systems Division (NSA-120), Room W53-470, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590. Mrs. Anderson can also be reached via email at 
[email protected] or via telephone at 202-366-1028. Please 
identify the relevant collection of information by referring to its OMB 
Control Number.

    Title: Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS) Information Collection.
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0714.
    Type of Request: Modification of a currently approved collection of 
    Type of Review: Regular.
    Abstract: Under both the Highway Safety Act of 1966 and the 
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89-563, 
Title 1, Sec. 106, 108, and 112) the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration (NHTSA) has the responsibility to collect crash data 
that support the establishment and enforcement of motor vehicle 
regulations and highway safety programs. These regulations and programs 
are developed to reduce fatalities and the property damage associated 
with motor vehicle crashes. NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and 
Analysis (NCSA) maintains a multidisciplinary approach to meet our 
users' data needs utilizing an efficient combination of census, sample-
based, investigation, and existing State files to provide timely 
information on traffic crashes. The Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS) 
provides sample-based data on fatal, serious injury, and property-
damage-only (PDO) crashes that helps users understand highway safety 
problem areas, develop countermeasures, and identify general data 
    CRSS obtains data from a nationally representative probability 
sample selected from police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes. 
Specifically, the CRSS data set includes crashes involving at least one 
motor vehicle in transport on a trafficway that result in property 
damage, injury, or a fatality. The crash reports sampled are chosen 
from selected areas that reflect the geography, population, miles 
driven, and the number of crashes in the United States. No additional 
data beyond the selected crash reports is collected. Additionally, the 
CRSS program neither collects nor publishes any personally identifiable 
information. Once the crash reports are received they are coded and the 
data is entered into the CRSS database.
    CRSS acquires national information on fatalities, injuries, and 
property damage directly from existing State police crash reports. The 
user population includes Federal and State agencies, automobile 
manufacturers, insurance companies, and the private sector.
    Affected Public: Local Police Jurisdictions and State Crash 
Database Owners.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 320 Respondents.
    Respondents include a combination of State agencies that maintain 
crash data report databases and local police jurisdictions that 
investigate crashes and complete the crash reports.
    Frequency: Ongoing.

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    The data is collected on an ongoing basis. For some respondents, 
the data is automatically transferred to NHTSA through the new 
electronic data transfer (EDT) program and transfers are as frequent as 
daily. Other respondents send the data to NHTSA monthly.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 35,680 hours.
    Per the below table, burden hours are calculated differently based 
on the data collection method. The revised burden estimates in the 
below table describe the burden for each data collection methods. These 
estimates are based upon observation and review of the individual 
Primary Sampling Units (PSU's) area documentation, which describes the 
data collection protocols in detail.

                                                                     Hours per     Jurisdiction
                          Access method                            jurisdiction     (PJ/state)      Total hours
EDT (Implementation)............................................             200               3             600
EDT (Maintenance)...............................................               5               8              40
State Website...................................................              10              14             140
Web Service.....................................................              60               2             120
Manual..........................................................             470              74          34,780
    Grand Total.................................................  ..............  ..............          35,680

    The total burden hour estimate of 35,680 hours represents an 
increase of 28,400 hours over the previously estimated burden of 7,280 
hours. The change in burden hours represents a recalculation designed 
to more accurately estimate the time required to comply with the 
collection. The previous calculation didn't account for the variety of 
collection methods and the need maintaining cooperation with police 
jurisdictions and State agencies to access crash report data. 
Additionally, while establishing CRSS, respondents also realized the 
need for additional administrative processes and formalized 
arrangements to protect personal identifiable information. The prior 
estimate of the burden associated with this collection was estimated 
prior to CRSS's implementation and some of the factors affecting the 
burden were unknown at the time of the prior submission.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs: $1,129,867.
    NHTSA estimated the total annual cost using the Bureau of Labor 
Statistics' mean wage estimate for Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 
(Standard Occupational Classification #43-4031 from May 2018) of 
$19.76.\1\ Therefore, NHTSA estimates the hourly wage associated with 
the estimated 35,680 burden hours to be $705,036.80 (35,680 hours x 
$19.76 per hour = $705,036.80). The Bureau of Labor Statistics 
estimates that for State and local government workers, wages represent 
62.4% of total compensation.\2\ Therefore, the total cost associated 
with this collection is estimated to be $1,129,867. This is an increase 
of $1,129,867 over the last estimate of the cost of this information 
collection because the previous estimate did not include the costs 
associated with the burden hours.

    \1\ Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor 
Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2018, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes434031.htm, last accessed June 28, 2019.
    \2\ Employer Costs for Employee Compensation-March 2019, Bureau 
of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ecec.pdf, last accessed July 1, 2019.

    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including (i) whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the Department's 
performance; (ii) if the information will have practical utility; (iii) 
the accuracy of the estimated burden of the proposed information 
collection; (iv) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (v) ways to minimize the burden of 
the collection of information on respondents including the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in 
the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1:48.

Cem Hatipoglu,
Acting Associate Administrator, National Center for Statistics and 
[FR Doc. 2019-14785 Filed 7-11-19; 8:45 am]