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Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission, Comments Requested

SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the Federal Communications Commission invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the following information collection(s). Comments are requested concerning: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act that does not display a valid OMB control number.
DATES: Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before February 6, 2009. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible.
November 27, 2008.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments by e-mail Include in the e-mail the OMB control number of the collection or, if there is no OMB control number, the Title shown in theSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATIONsection below. If you are unable to submit your comments by e-mail, contact the person listed below to make alternative arrangements.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information about the information collection(s) or to obtain a copy of the collection, send an e-mail to:PRA@FCC.govand include the collection's OMB control number as shown in theSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATIONsection below (or the title of the collection if there is no OMBcontrol number), or call Leslie F. Smith at (202) 418-0217.

OMB Control Number:3060-0835.

Title:Ship Inspections.

Form Numbers:FCC 806, 824, 827, and 829.

Type of Review:Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

Respondents:Businesses or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions.

Number of Respondents and Responses:1,210 respondents.

Estimated Time per Response:5 minutes to 4 hours.

Frequency of Response:Recordkeeping; Annual and 5 year reporting requirements; Third Party Disclosure.

Obligation to Respond:Mandatory.See47 U.S.C. 361 and 362.

Total Annual Burden:5,245 hours.

Total Annual Cost:$0.00.

Privacy Impact Assessment:No impact(s).

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality:The Commission is not requesting that the respondents submit confidential information to the FCC. Respondents may, however, request confidential treatment for information they believe to be confidential under 47 CFR Section 0.459 of the Commission's rules.

Needs and Uses:The Communications Act requires the Commission to inspect the radio installation of large cargo ships and certain passenger ships at least once a year to ensure that the radio installation is in compliance with the requirements of the Communications Act. Additionally, the Communications Act requires the inspection of small passenger ships at least once every five years. The Safety Convention (to which the United States is a signatory) also requires an annual inspection. However, the Safety Convention permits an Administrator to entrust the inspections to either surveyors nominated for the purpose or to organizations recognized by it. Therefore, the United States can have other parties conduct the radio inspection of vessels for compliance with the Safety Convention. The Commission allows FCC-licensed technicians to conduct these inspections. FCC-licensed technicians certify that the ship passed an inspection and issue a safety certificate. These safety certificates (FCC Forms 806, 824, 827 and 829) indicate that the vessel complies with the Communications Act and the Safety Convention. These technicians are required to provide a summary of the results of the inspection in the ship's log. In addition, the vessel's owner, operator, or ship's master must certify in the ship's log that the inspection was satisfactory. Inspection certificates issued in accordance with the Safety Convention must be posted in a prominent and accessible place on the ship. The purpose of the information is to ensure that the inspection was successful so that passengers and crewmembers of certain United States ships have access to distress communications in an emergency.

Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary.