[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 66 (Thursday, April 8, 2021)]
[Pages 18291-18292]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-07191]



Transportation Security Administration

Intent To Request Revision From OMB of One Current Public 
Collection of Information: Critical Facility Information of the Top 100 
Most Critical Pipelines

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: 60-Day notice.


SUMMARY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites 
public comment on one currently approved Information Collection Request 
(ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652-0050, 
abstracted below that we will submit to OMB for a revision in 
compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes 
the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. In 
accordance with the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission 
Act of 2007 (9/11 Act), which required TSA to develop and implement a 
plan to inspect critical pipeline systems, TSA is seeking to continue 
its collection of critical facility security information.

DATES: Send your comments by June 7, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to 
the TSA PRA Officer, Information Technology (IT), TSA-11, 
Transportation Security Administration, 6595 Springfield Center Drive, 
Springfield, VA 20598-6011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina A. Walsh at the above 
address, or by telephone (571) 227-2062.


Comments Invited

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is 
not required to respond to, a collection of information

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unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation 
will be available at http://www.reginfo.gov upon its submission to OMB. 
Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and approval of the following 
information collection, TSA is soliciting comments to--
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

Information Collection Requirement

    OMB Control Number 1652-0050; Critical Facility Information of the 
Top 100 Most Critical Pipelines: The 9/11 Act specifically tasked TSA 
to develop and implement a plan for reviewing the pipeline security 
plans and inspecting the critical facilities of the 100 most critical 
pipeline systems.\1\ Pipeline operators have determined which 
facilities qualify as critical facilities based on guidance and 
criteria set forth in the TSA Pipeline Security Guidelines published in 
April 2011 and revised in April 2018. To execute the 9/11 Act mandate, 
TSA visits critical pipeline facilities and collects site-specific 
information from pipeline operators on facility security policies, 
procedures, and physical security measures.

    \1\ See sec. 1557 of the 9/11 Act (Pub. L. 110-53, 121 Stat. 
266, 475, Aug. 3, 2007), codified at 6 U.S.C. 1207.

    TSA is seeking OMB approval to continue to collect facility 
security information during the site visits using a Critical Facility 
Security Review (CFSR) form. The CFSR will look at individual pipeline 
facility security measures and procedures.\2\ This collection is 
voluntary. Information collected from the reviews will be analyzed and 
used to determine strengths and weaknesses at the nation's critical 
pipeline facilities, areas to target for risk reduction strategies, 
pipeline industry implementation of the voluntary guidelines, and the 
potential need for regulations in accordance with the 9/11 Act 
provision previously cited.

    \2\ The CFSR differs from a Corporate Security Review (CSR) 
conducted by TSA in another pipeline information collection that 
looks at corporate or company-wide security management plans and 
practices. See OMB Control No. 1652-0056 at https://www.reginfo.gov 
for the PRA approval of information collection for pipeline CSRs.

    TSA is also seeking OMB approval to continue its follow up 
procedure with pipeline operators on their implementation of security 
improvements and recommendations made during facility visits. During 
critical facility visits, TSA documents and provides recommendations to 
improve the security posture of the facility. TSA intends to continue 
to follow up with pipeline operators via email on their status toward 
implementation of the recommendations made during the critical facility 
visits. The follow up will be conducted at intervals of 6, 12, and 18 
months after the facility visit.
    TSA is revising the information collection to align the CFSR 
question set with the revised Pipeline Security Guidelines, and to 
capture additional criticality criteria. As a result, the question set 
has been edited by removing, adding and rewriting several questions, to 
meet the Pipeline Security Guidelines and criticality needs. Further, 
TSA is moving the collection instrument from a PDF format to an Excel 
Workbook format.
    The information provided by operators for each information 
collection is Sensitive Security Information (SSI), and it will be 
protected in accordance with procedures meeting the transmission, 
handling, and storage requirements of SSI set forth in 49 CFR parts 15 
and 1520.
    The annual burden for the approval of the information collection 
related to the CFSR form is estimated to be 320 hours. TSA will conduct 
a maximum of 80 facility reviews each year, with each review taking 
approximately 4 hours (80 x 4).
    The annual burden for the approval of the information collection 
related to the follow up on the recommendations made to facility 
operators is estimated to be 480 hours. TSA estimates each operator 
will spend approximately 2 hours to submit a response to TSA regarding 
its voluntary implementation of security recommendations made during 
each critical facility visit. If a maximum of 80 critical facilities 
are reviewed each year, and TSA follows up with each facility operator 
every 6, 12, and 18 months following the visit, the total annual burden 
is 4800 (80 x 2 x 3) hours.
    The estimated number of respondents will be 80. The total estimated 
burden is 800 hours annually, 320 hours for the CFSR form, plus 480 
hours for the recommendations follow-up procedure.

    Dated: April 2, 2021.
Christina A. Walsh,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2021-07191 Filed 4-7-21; 8:45 am]