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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

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American Government

Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
August 5, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 150 (Monday, August 5, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47488-47489]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-18870]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2013-0085]


Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 
information.

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SUMMARY: Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from 
the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit 
public comment on proposed collections of information, including 
extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections.
    This document describes the collection of information for which 
NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 4, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
NHTSA-2013-0085 using any of the following methods:
    Electronic submissions: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov including any 
personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading 
below.
Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR

[[Page 47489]]

19477-78) or you may visit http://Docketslnfo.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Alan Block, Office of Behavioral 
Safety Research (NTI-131), National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W46-499, Washington, DC 
20590. Mr. Block's phone number is 202-366-6401 and his email address 
is alan.block@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulations (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) how to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) how to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks public comment on 
the following proposed collection of information:

Focus Groups for Traffic Safety Programs, Interventions and 
Countermeasures

    Type of Request--Renewal.
    OMB Clearance Number--2127-0667.
    Form Number--This collection of information uses no standard form.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval--3 years from date of 
approval.
    Summary of the Collection of Information--The National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes to renew its generic 
clearance to conduct focus groups. NHTSA anticipates the need to 
periodically conduct focus group sessions to refine its efforts to 
reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. Session participation would be 
voluntary and the focus group participants would receive remuneration 
for their involvement. Focus group topics will include: strategic 
messaging (e.g., slogans or advertisement concepts concerning seat belt 
use, impaired driving, driver distraction, tire pressure monitoring), 
problem identification (e.g., discussions with high-risk groups on 
beliefs, attitudes, driving behaviors, or reactions to interventions 
and countermeasures), and resource development (e.g., testing materials 
designed to communicate essential information about traffic safety 
issues such as vehicle or equipment performance rating systems). For 
each focus group project, NHTSA will submit an individual Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
detailing the specific nature and methodology of planned focus group 
sessions prior to any collection activity covered under this generic 
clearance.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information--NHTSA was established by the Highway Safety Act of l970 
(23 U.S. C. 101) to carry out a Congressional mandate to reduce the 
mounting number of deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from 
motor vehicle crashes on the Nation's highways. In support of this 
mission, NHTSA anticipates the occasional need to conduct focus group 
sessions in order to develop and refine effective interventions and 
countermeasures. NHTSA will use the findings from focus group sessions 
to help focus current programs, interventions and countermeasures in 
order to achieve the greatest benefit in decreasing crashes and 
resulting injuries and fatalities, and provide informational support to 
States, localities, and law enforcement agencies that will aid them in 
their efforts to reduce traffic crashes.
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number, 
and Proposed Frequency of Response to the Collection of Information)--
Each year NHTSA anticipates conducting 140 focus groups, or 420 over 
the three year period under a renewed clearance. Likely respondents are 
licensed drivers 18 years of age and older who have not participated in 
a previous focus group session. In some cases, stakeholders such as law 
enforcement and health officials may participate in the focus groups. 
Each respondent would participate in one focus group.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Record Keeping Burden 
Resulting from the Collection of Information--NHTSA estimates that the 
number of focus group participants will average 10 per group, and that 
average duration per focus group will be 80 minutes. Participants will 
be recruited by intercept or telephone using a brief screening 
questionnaire estimated to take no more than another 10 minutes. 
Therefore, over a three year period, NHTSA estimates that the total 
burden will be 6300 hours (420 focus groups x 10 participants x 90 
minutes). Total annual burden will be 2100 hours (140 focus groups x 10 
participants x 90 minutes).
    The respondents would not incur any reporting cost from the 
information collection. The respondents also would not incur any record 
keeping burden or record keeping cost from the information collection.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Issued on: July 31, 2013.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2013-18870 Filed 8-2-13; 8:45 am]
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