[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 65 (Wednesday, April 7, 2021)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Maritime Administration

[Docket No. MARAD-2018-0088]


Request for Comments on the Renewal of a Previously Approved 
Information Collection--Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime 
Workforce Training and Education (CoE) Annual Application for 
Designation

AGENCY: Maritime Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides interested parties with the opportunity 
to comment on the Maritime Administration's (MARAD's) intention to 
request approval, for three years, of a previously approved information 
collection related to designating Centers of Excellence for Domestic 
Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). Interested covered 
training institutions can voluntarily apply to MARAD with sufficient 
information to demonstrate they meet the designation criteria. 
Designated CoEs may voluntarily submit renewal applications prior to 
expiry of their CoE designation.

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before June 7, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket No. MARAD-
2018-0088 through one of the following methods:
     Website/Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. 
Search using the above DOT docket number and follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Room PL-401, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Room PL-401 of the Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and 
docket number for this rulemaking.
    Note: All comments received will be posted without change to 
www.regulations.gov including any personal information provided.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the Department's performance; (b) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for the Department to 
enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; 
and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the 
quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or 
include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this 
information collection.

Electronic Access and Filing

    A copy of the notice may be viewed online at www.regulations.gov 
using the docket number listed above. A copy of this notice will be 
placed in the docket. Electronic retrieval help and guidelines are 
available on the website. It is available 24 hours each day, 365 days 
each year. An electronic copy of this document may also be downloaded 
from the Office of the Federal Register's website at 
www.FederalRegister.gov and the Government Publishing Office's website 
at www.GovInfo.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gerard Wall, Maritime Administration, 
at [email protected] or at 202-366-1250. You may send mail to Gerard 
Wall, Centers of Excellence Program Manager, Room W23-470, Maritime 
Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce 
Training and Education Annual Applications for Designation.
    OMB Control Number: 2133-0549.
    Type of Request: Renewal of a previously approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: To implement Section 3507 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act of 2018, Public Law 115-91 (the ``Act''), codified at 
46 U.S.C. 51705 (previously designated as 46 U.S.C. 54102), MARAD 
developed a procedure to recommend to the Secretary the designation of 
eligible institutions as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime 
Workforce Training and Education (CoE). Pursuant to the Act, the 
Secretary of Transportation may designate certain eligible and 
qualified training entities as CoEs and may subsequently execute 
Cooperative Agreements with CoE designees. Authority to administer the 
CoE program is delegated to MARAD in 49 CFR 1.93(a). The previously 
approved policy for collecting information is required to administer 
the Center of Excellence program which supports the DOT strategic goal 
of Economic Competitiveness, and the MARAD strategic goal to Maintain 
and Modernize the Maritime workforce.
    Respondents: ``Community Colleges or Technical Colleges'' and 
``Maritime Training Centers'' in certain eligible locations are 
eligible to apply for CoE designation. Additionally, only ``Maritime 
Training Centers'' with a maritime training program in operation on 12 
December 2017 are eligible under the statute.
    Affected Public: Community Colleges, Technical Colleges and 
Maritime Training Centers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 200.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 100.
    Estimated Hours per Response: 48.
    Annual Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,800.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.93.
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    By Order of the Acting Maritime Administrator.
T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr.,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 2021-07142 Filed 4-6-21; 8:45 am]
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