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Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

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Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

O. Kevin Vincent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
December 5, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 234 (Thursday, December 5, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 73237-73238]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29045]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2013-0088]


Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements Agency Information 
Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR 
describes the nature of the information collections and their expected 
burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was 
published on September 5, 2013 (78 FR 54722).

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 6, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be directed to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention NHTSA Desk Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Otto Matheke, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel (NCC-111), (202) 
366-5263, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Title: Confidential Business Information.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Form Number: This collection of information uses no standard forms.
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0025.
    Frequency: Submission of information pursuant to this regulation 
will depend on the frequency with which a given entity, such as a 
manufacturer of motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment, submits 
information and a request that the agency hold the information 
confidential, generally pursuant to Exemption 4 of the Freedom of 
Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4).
    Affected Public: This collection of information would apply to any 
person who seeks to have the agency treat as confidential information 
submitted to the agency either voluntarily or pursuant to a mandatory 
information request issued by the agency. Thus, the collection of 
information could apply to any of the entities over which the agency 
exercises regulatory authority. Recent trends lead the agency to 
estimate that NHTSA will receive approximately 460 requests for 
confidential treatment in 2014 and subsequent years. Large 
manufacturers make the vast majority of requests for confidential 
treatment.
    Abstract: NHTSA's Confidential Business Information (CBI) rule, 
coupled with case law, has governed the submission of requests for 
confidential treatment of information for over 20 years.
    Estimated Annual Burden: Using the above estimate of approximately 
460 requests for confidentiality per year, with an estimated eight 
hours of preparation to collect and provide the information, at an 
assumed rate of $24.15 per hour, the annual estimated cost of 
collecting and preparing the information necessary for 460 complete 
requests for confidential treatment is about $88,872 (8 hours of 
preparation x 460 requests x $24.15). Adding in a postage cost of 
$2,576 (460 requests at a cost of $5.60 for postage (priority flat rate 
envelope from USPS)), we estimate that it will cost $91,448 per year 
for persons to prepare and submit the information necessary to satisfy 
the confidential business information provisions of 49 CFR Part 512.
    Requesters are not required to keep copies of any records or 
reports

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submitted to us. As a result, the cost imposed to keep records would be 
zero hours and zero costs.
    Number of Respondents: We estimate that there will be approximately 
460 requests per year.
    Summary of the Collection of Information: Any entity seeking 
confidential treatment for information submitted to the agency will be 
required to request confidential treatment from the agency and to 
justify that request. To obtain confidential treatment of submitted 
information, the submitting entity must comply with the requirements in 
NHTSA's CBI regulation and satisfy the requirements for one of the 
exemptions provided under the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552(b).

ADDRESSES:  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 NHTSA Desk Officer.
    Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, 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.

    Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 
1.95.
O. Kevin Vincent,
Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2013-29045 Filed 12-4-13; 8:45 am]
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