The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104-13, § 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to provide 60 days notice to the public for comment on information collection activities before seeking approval for reinstatement or renewal by OMB. 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.10(e)(1), 1320.12(a). Specifically, FRA invites interested respondents to comment on the following summary of proposed information collection activities regarding (i) Whether the information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly execute its functions, including whether the activities will have practical utility; (ii) the accuracy of FRA's estimates of the burden of the information collection activities, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates; (iii) ways for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (iv) ways for FRA to minimize the burden of information collection activities on the public by automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g.,permitting electronic submission of responses).See44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)(I)-(iv); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(I)-(iv). FRA believes that soliciting public comment will promote its efforts to reduce the administrative and paperwork burdens associated with the collection of information mandated by Federal regulations. In summary, FRA reasons that comments received will advance three objectives: (i) Reduce reporting burdens; (ii) ensure that it organizes information collection requirements in a “user friendly” format to improve the use of such information; and (iii) accurately assess the resources expended to retrieve and produce information requested.See44 U.S.C. 3501.
Below is a brief summary of the currently approved ICRs that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:
Title:State Safety Participation Regulations and Remedial Actions.
OMB Control Number:2130-0509.
Abstract:The collection of information is set forth under 49 CFRpart 212, and requires qualified state inspectors to provide various reports to FRA for monitoring and enforcement purposes concerning state investigative, inspection, and surveillance activities regarding railroad compliance with Federal railroad safety laws and regulations. Additionally, railroads are required to report to FRA actions taken to remedy certain alleged violations of law.
Form Number(s):FRA F 6180.33/61/67/96/96A/109/110/111/112.
Respondent Universe:States and Railroads.
Frequency of Submission:On occasion.
Average time per response
Total annual burden hours
Application For Participation
Training Funding Agreement
Inspector Training Reimbursement
Annual Work Plan
Inspection Form (Form FRA F 6180.96)
Violation Report—Motive, Power, and Equipment Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.109)
Violation Report—Operating Practices Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.67)
Violation Report—Hazardous Materials Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.110)
Violation Report—Hours of Service Law (F 6180.33)
Violation Report—Accident/Incident Reporting Rules (Form FRA F 6180.61)
Violation Report—Track Safety Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.111)
Violation Report—Signal and Train Control Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.112)
Remedial Actions Reports
Violation Report Challenge
Estimated Total Annual Burden:10,748 hours.
Type of Request:Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title:Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings.
OMB Control Number:2130-0560.
Abstract:Under Title 49 Part 222 of the Code of Federal Regulations, FRA seeks to collect information from railroads and public authorities in order to increase safety at highway-rail grade crossings nationwide by requiring that locomotive horns be sounded when trains approach and pass through these crossings or by ensuring that a safety level at least equivalent to that provided by blowing locomotive horns exists for corridors in which horns are silenced. FRA reviews applications by public authorities intending to establish new or, in some cases, continue pre-rule quiet zones to ensure the necessary level of safety is achieved.