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Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection

Michael Howell
Federal Highway Administration
September 24, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 185 (Tuesday, September 24, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 58600]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23215]



[[Page 58600]]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2013-0028]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments 
for a New Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request 
the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a new 
information collection, which is summarized below under Supplementary 
Information. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day 
public comment period on this information collection on March 5, 2013. 
We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by October 24, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments within 30 days to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention DOT Desk Officer. 
You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, 
including: (1) whether the proposed collection is necessary for the 
FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways 
for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the 
collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized, 
including the use of electronic technology, without reducing the 
quality of the collected information. All comments should include the 
Docket number FHWA-2013-0028.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lafayette Melton, 202-366-2907, Office 
of Human Resources, Corporate Recruitment and Career Entry Division, 
Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9 a.m. 
to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: DOT-FHWA Summer Transportation Internship Program for 
diverse Groups (STIPDG).
    Background: 23 USC 140 (b) Section 5204--Training and Education/
Surface Transportation Workforce Development, Training, and Education 
states that subject to project approval by the Secretary, a State may 
obligate funds apportioned to the State for five primary core programs 
(STP, NHS, Bridge, IM, CMAQ), workforce development, training, and 
education, including student internships; university or community 
college support; and outreach to develop interest and promote 
participation in surface transportation careers. The Summer 
Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) is an 
important part of U.S. DOT's intermodal effort to promote the entry of 
women, persons with disabilities, and members of diverse groups into 
transportation careers where traditionally these groups have been 
under-represented. Accordingly, The Federal Highway Administrations' 
Office of Civil rights will continue to actively support the STIPDG by 
working closely with FHWA's Office of Human Resources, specifically the 
Student Outreach and Career Entry Group, which has responsibility for 
administering the program, to include participation and placement of 
college students, DOT-wide, and for all occupational disciplines, to 
include summer intern placement DOT-wide and nationwide.
    The STIPDG accepts approximately 500 applications each year and as 
a result, places as few and 60 and as many as 120 undergraduate, 
graduate, and law students in transportation-related, non-
administrative, technical, hands-on assignments with a Federal or State 
mentor providing on-the- job training. The STIPDG provides college 
students with an opportunity to work on current transportation-related 
topics and issues identified in, or directly pertaining to, the current 
DOT Strategic Plan. The STIPDG is open to all qualified applicants 
regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political 
affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, 
membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
    The STIPDG is open to all applicants based on the eligibility 
requirements that follow and based on the merit of the ``Required 
Documents'' listed in bulleted-format below
    1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in degree-granting 
programs of study at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education 
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    2. Undergraduate applicants must be juniors or seniors for the fall 
of 2013. Undergraduate applicants from Junior, Tribal, or Community 
Colleges must have completed their first year
    3. Law Applicants must be entering their second or third year of 
law school in the fall of 2013.
    4. Applicants who are scheduled to graduate during the coming 
spring or summer semesters are not eligible for consideration for the 
STIPDG unless: (1) they have been accepted for graduate school 
enrollment; (2) they have been accepted for enrollment at an 
institution of higher education; or (3) their acceptance is pending. In 
all instances, the applicant must submit with their completed 
application packages, documentation (with the school's logo) reflecting 
their status. (There will be no exceptions.)
    5. Former STIPDG interns may apply but will not receive 
preferential consideration.
    6. Applicants will be evaluated based on the ``completeness of the 
application and the Required Documents'' listed below. Priority will be 
given to those with GPA's of 3.0 or better (for the Major and/or 
cumulatively).
    7. Applicants must be available and able to participate in the 
entire 10-week program.
    Respondents: Approximately 500 applicants consisting of 
undergraduate, graduate and law students. All applicants must be U.S. 
Citizens.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: Approximately two hours to 
complete and submit the application.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Approximately 1000 hours 
annually.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic 
technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. 
The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request 
for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49CFR 1.48.

    Issued On: September 13, 2013.
Michael Howell,
Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-23215 Filed 9-23-13; 8:45 am]
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