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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

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Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

Terry T. Shelton
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
September 6, 2013

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 173 (Friday, September 6, 2013)]
[Pages 54954-54955]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-21676]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket Number NHTSA-2013-0089]

Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 


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 reinstatement of previously approved collections. This 
document describes one collection of information for which NHTSA 
intends to seek OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 5, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number at the 
heading of this notice by any of the following methods:
     Web site: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments on the electronic docket site by 
clicking on ``Help and Information'' or ``Help/Info.''
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and 
docket number. 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 discussion below. We 
will consider all comments received before the close of business on the 
comment closing date indicated above. To the extent possible, we will 
also consider comments filed after the closing date.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read comments received, go to 
http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
Holidays. Telephone: (202) 366-9826.
    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 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78) or you may visit 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or access 
to background documents, contact James Bean, Office of Data 
Acquisitions (NVS-410), Room W53-489, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Bean's telephone number is (202) 366-2837.

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 
submissions of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks public comment on 
the following proposed collection of information:
    Title: National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) Law Enforcement 
    Type of Request: New information collection
    OMB Control Number: Not assigned
    Affected Public: Law Enforcement Agencies
    Abstract: This collection of information is part of NHTSA's efforts 
to upgrade its crash data systems. NHTSA's National Automotive Sampling 
System (NASS) collects crash data on a nationally representative sample 
of police-reported traffic crashes and related injuries. NASS data are 
used by government, industry, and academia in the U.S. and around the 
world to make informed highway safety decisions.
    Recognizing the importance as well as the limitations of the 
current NASS system, NHTSA is undertaking a modernization effort to 
upgrade its data

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systems by improving the information technology (IT) infrastructure, 
updating the data collected, and reexamining the NASS sample sites and 
sample size.
    The current data system samples crashes through a clustered sample 
of law enforcement agencies that were selected decades ago. Using 
updated population and other auxiliary information, NHTSA has 
identified a new set of probabilistically selected geographic locations 
around the country that are expected to provide a more accurate traffic 
safety picture, more precise estimates, and greater insight into new 
and emerging data needs.
    This collection of information will assist NHTSA with the next step 
in updating the NASS sample design, which is to select a fresh sample 
of law enforcement agencies within these primary sampling units (PSUs). 
This requires compiling basic crash count data from every law 
enforcement agency that responds to motor vehicle crashes in the PSUs. 
This data would be used to construct a measure of size in order to make 
informed and efficient choices in the probabilistic selection of the 
second stage sample units, the law enforcement agencies.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 2,900 hours (2 hours per respondent).
    Number of Respondents: 1,450

    Issued in Washington, DC on: August 30, 2013.
Terry T. Shelton,
Associate Administrator, National Center for Statistics and Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2013-21676 Filed 9-5-13; 8:45 am]

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