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Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment

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Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment

Jeffrey Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
October 30, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 210 (Wednesday, October 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 65038]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25756]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment

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

ACTION: Notice of the OMB review of information collection and 
solicitation of public comment.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below will be submitted to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The ICR describes the 
nature of the information collection and its expected burden. A Federal 
Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting public comments 
on the following information collection was published on August 5, 2013 
(Federal Register/Vol. 78, No. 150/pp. 47488-47489).

DATES: Submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on 
or before November 29, 2013.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0667.
    Type of Request: Renewal.
    Title: Focus Groups for Traffic Safety Programs, Interventions and 
Countermeasures.
    Form No.: This collection of information uses no standard form.
    Type of Review: Regular.
    Respondents: Each year NHTSA anticipates conducting 140 focus 
groups annually, 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.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: There will be an average of 10 
participants per focus group, for an annual total of 1,400 respondents 
and a three year total of 4,200 respondents.
    Estimated Time per Response: Each respondent would participate in a 
single focus group that would average 80 minutes in duration. 
Participants will be recruited by intercept or telephone using a brief 
screening questionnaire estimated to take no more than another 10 
minutes, for a total of 90 minutes.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: The total estimated annual 
burden would be 140 groups x 10 participants x 90 minutes = 2,100 
hours. Total estimated burden under the three year period covered by 
the clearance would be 6,300 hours.
    Frequency of Collection: Focus groups will be conducted on an as-
needed (periodic) basis during each of the three years covered by the 
clearance.
    Abstract: 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. 
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. 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.

ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including 
suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for Department of 
Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or by 
email at oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or fax: 202-395-5806.
    Comments Are Invited on: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department of Transportation, including whether the information 
will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate 
of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is most 
effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this 
notice.

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

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2013.
Jeffrey Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2013-25756 Filed 10-29-13; 8:45 am]
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