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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Transportation Security Administration

New Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Highway Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) Program

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.
ACTION: 30-day Notice.
SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has forwarded the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. TSA published aFederal Registernotice, with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments, of the following collection of information on May 29, 2012 77 FR 31632. TSA received four comments in response to this notice. Two comments were unrelated to the ICR. The remaining two comments were requests for program information. This voluntary information collection allows TSA to conduct transportation security-related assessments during site visits with security and operating officials of surface transportation entities.
DATES: Send your comments by December 31, 2012. A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.
ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB. Comments should be addressed to Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security/TSA, and sent via electronic mail tooira_submission@omb.eop.govor faxed to (202) 395-6974.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan L. Perkins, TSA PRA Officer, Office of Information Technology (OIT), TSA-11, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6011; telephone (571) 227-3398; emailTSAPRA@dhs.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501et 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 is available athttp://www.reginfo.gov.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

Title:Highway Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) Program.

Type of Request:New collection.

OMB Control Number:Not yet assigned.

Form(s):Highway Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE).

Affected Public:Highway transportation asset owners and operators.

Abstract:TSA's Highway BASE program seeks to establish the current state of security gaps and implemented countermeasures throughout the highway mode of transportation by posing questions to major transportation asset owners and operators. Data and results collected through the Highway BASE program will inform TSA's policy and program initiatives and allow TSA to provide focused resources and tools to enhance the overall security posture within the surface transportation community.

Number of Respondents:750.

Estimated Annual Burden Hours:An estimated 3,000 hours annually.

Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on November 21, 2012. . Susan L. Perkins, TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.