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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

Information Collection Activities

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3519 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collections required under 49 U.S.C. 11301 and 49 CFR part 117 (rail or water carrier equipment liens (recordations)); under 49 U.S.C. 10747 and 49 CFR part 1313 (rail agricultural contract summaries); and under 49 U.S.C. 13702(b) and 49 CFR part 1312 (water carrier tariffs). The relevant information collections are described in more detail below.

For each collection, comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) 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, when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.

DATES: Comments on this information collection should be submitted by December 18, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to Marilyn Levitt, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001, or tolevittm@stb.dot.gov.When submitting comments, please refer to the title of the pertinent collection.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Subjects:In this notice the Board is requesting comments on the following information collections:
Collection Number 1

Title:Recordations (Rail and Water Carrier Liens).

OMB Control Number:2140-00XX.

STB Form Number:None.

Type of Review:Existing collection in use without an OMB control number.

Respondents:parties holding liens on rail equipment or water carrier vessels, carriers filing proof that a lien has been removed.

Number of Respondents:An annual average of 2125 recordations were filed during the last three years by 50 respondents.

Frequency:On occasion.

Total Burden Hours(annually including all respondents): 1,240 hours (estimated 35 minutes per response x 2125 responses).

Total "Non-hour Burden" Cost(such as start-up and mailing costs): There are no non-hourly burden costs for this collection. The collection may be filed electronically.

Needs and Uses:Under the Interstate Commerce Act, Public Law 104-88, 109 Stat. 803 (1995), liens on rail equipment must be filed with the STB in order to perfect a security interest in the equipment. Subsequent assignments of rights or release of obligations under such instruments must also be filed with the agency. This information is maintained by the Board for public inspection. Recordation at the STB obviates the need for recording such a lien in individual States.

Retention Period:Recordations of liens are destroyed 60 years after the last filing.

Collection Number 2

Title:Water Carrier Tariffs

OMB Control Number:2140-00XX.

STB Form Number:None.

Type of Review:Existing collection in use without an OMB control number.

Respondents:water carriers that provide freight transportation in noncontiguous domestic trade.

Number of Respondents:approximately 25.

Frequency:On occasion, for an annual total of 1917 tariffs filed.

Total Burden Hours(annually including all respondents): 1,438 (1,437,75) hours (1917 filings x .75 hour (estimated time per filing))

Total "Non-hour Burden" Cost(such as start-up costs and mailing costs): There are no non-hourly burden costs for this collection. The collection may be filed electronically.

Needs and Uses:While rail carriers are no longer required to file rate tariffs at the STB, a statutory requirement exists for water carriers that provide freight transportation in noncontiguous domestic trade (i.e., domestic (as opposed to international) shipments moving to or from Alaska, Hawaii, or the U.S. territories or possessions (Puerto Rico, Gram, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands)). A tariff provides a list of prices and fees that the carrier charges to the shipping public.

Retention Period:After cancellation, tariffs are placed in a "CancelledTariffs" file. They are destroyed five years after the end of the year in which they were cancelled.

Collection Number 3

Title:Agricultural Contract Summaries.

OMB Control Number:2140-00XX.

STB Form Number:None.

Type of Review:Existing collection in use without an OMB control number.

Number of Respondents:Approximately 10.

Frequency:On occasion, for a total from all respondents of 141 submissions per year. (Must be submitted as soon as possible, but not longer than seven days after effective date of contract or amendment.)

Total Burden Hours(annually including all respondents): 106 hours (141 submissions x .75 hours (45 minutes) estimated per submission).

Total Annual "Non-hour Burden" Cost(such as start-up and mailing costs): There are no non-hourly burden costs for this collection. The collection is filed electronically.

Needs and Uses:While the terms of a rail transportation contract are treated as confidential, railroads are required by statute to file a summary of the nonconfidential terms of any contract for the transportation of agricultural products.

Retention Period:Paper copies of this collection are destroyed six months after the expiration of the referenced contract.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the PRA, a Federal agency conducting or sponsoring a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Under ยง 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, Federal agencies are required to provide, prior to an agency's submitting a collection to OMB for approval, a 60-day notice and comment period through publication in theFederal Registerconcerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information.

Dated: October 16, 2012. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk.