[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 66 (Thursday, April 8, 2021)]
[Pages 18292-18293]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-07192]



Transportation Security Administration

Intent To Request Extension From OMB of One Current Public 
Collection of Information: Law Enforcement Officer Flying Armed 

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 1652-0034, 
abstracted below that we will submit to OMB for an extension in 
compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes 
the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The 
collection involves the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) maintenance 
of a database of all Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies 
that have received the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Flying Armed 
Training course.

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 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 

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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 1652-0034; Law Enforcement Officer Flying Armed 
Training. TSA is requesting approval for the extension of the 
collection of this information to comply with 49 CFR 1544.219, which 
requires Federal LEOs; full-time territorial, tribal, municipal, 
county, or state LEOs who are direct employees of government agencies; 
and authorized railroad police officers to complete the LEO Flying 
Armed Training course in order to fly armed. The course is a non-
tactical overview of the conditions under which an officer may fly 
armed and the required conduct and duties of the LEO while flying 
armed. This information collection permits TSA to collect identifying 
information from law enforcement agencies requesting the LEO Flying 
Armed Training course materials.
    The process begins when a representative from a law enforcement 
agency electronically requests the LEO Flying Armed Training course 
material via the TSA Flying While Armed website (https://www.tsa.gov/travel/law-enforcement). The fillable form, which is submitted to TSA 
electronically, must contain: Full name of the officer, title, phone 
number, email address, employing department, work address, supervisor's 
name, supervisor's title, supervisor's contact information, the 
agency's originating agency identifier, an affirmation that the officer 
meets the requirements set forth in 49 CFR 1544.219, and a brief 
narrative detailing the agency's operational need for its officers to 
fly armed. Once the fillable form is completed, TSA, receives a 
notification via email. TSA vets the request to ensure that all of the 
required information has been submitted and that the agency has a 
current operational need for its officers to fly armed. If TSA 
determines that the requesting agency's officer meets the standard set 
forth in 49 CFR 1544.219, TSA will electronically send a non-disclosure 
agreement (NDA) to the requesting agency for the agency's LEOFA 
instructor to sign. Once TSA receives the signed NDA, TSA will 
electronically send the LEO Flying Armed Training course materials to 
the requesting agency. TSA keeps an electronic record of each agency 
that has received LEO Flying Armed Training course material, including 
a point of contact for that agency. If an issue arises during the 
screening and verification process regarding the authenticity of an 
agency that requests training materials, training materials will not be 
supplied until that issue has either been confirmed or resolved, and a 
record of such determination regarding authenticity is maintained.
    Upon completion of the training, the LEO who has been authorized by 
his or her agency to fly armed presents his or her credentials and 
other required documentation at the airport in order to fly armed. A 
Transportation Security Officer verifies all pertinent information 
onsite. Based on current data, TSA estimates there are approximately 
2,000 respondents on an annual basis. Each agency spends approximately 
5 minutes to provide the information TSA needs to confirm the law 
enforcement agency is eligible to receive the training. This amounts to 
2000 agencies multiplied by 5 minutes, which equals 166.6 hours (2000 
agencies x 5 min = 10,000 min [166.6 hrs.]), for a total annual hour 
burden of 167 hours.

    Dated: April 2, 2021.
Christina A. Walsh,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2021-07192 Filed 4-7-21; 8:45 am]