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Proposed Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) Public Web Site

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Proposed Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) Public Web Site

Larry W. Minor
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
December 17, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 242 (Tuesday, December 17, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 76391-76392]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29958]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No FMCSA-2013-0392]


Proposed Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement 
System (SMS) Public Web Site

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA extends the comment period for its November 5, 2013, 
notice requesting public comments on proposed enhancements to the 
display of information on the Agency's Safety Measurement System (SMS) 
public Web site. On December 6, 2013, Advocates

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for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) formally requested that the 
Agency extend the comment period by 30 days. The Agency extends the 
deadline for comment from January 6 to January 21, 2014.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 21, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 
Management System Number FMCSA-2013-0392 by any of the following 
methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
online instructions for submitting comments.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, (M-30), U.S. Department of 
Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground 
Floor, Room 12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., e.t, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The 
telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, 
or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means.
    FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, 
an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so 
that FMCSA can contact you if there are questions regarding your 
submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
in the search box insert the docket number ``FMCSA-2013-0392'' and 
click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue 
``Comment Now!'' button on the right hand side of the page. On the new 
page, enter information required including the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or 
hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ 
by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit 
comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, 
please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    We will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period and may change the proposed enhancements based on your 
comments. FMCSA may issue final enhancements at any time after the 
close of the comment period.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this 
preamble, To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number 
``FMCSA-2013-0392'' and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket 
Folder'' and you will find all documents and comments related to the 
proposed rulemaking.
    Note that all comments received, including any personal information 
provided, will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov. 
Please see the ``Privacy Act'' heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to 
Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT Headquarters Building at 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    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 
Privacy Act System of Records Notice for the DOT Federal Docket 
Management System published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 
[73 FR 3316].
    Public Participation: The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is 
generally available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can get 
electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the 
``help'' section of the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Comments 
received after the comment closing date will be included in the docket, 
and will be considered to the extent practicable.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Courtney Stevenson, Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Administration, Compliance Division, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, Telephone 202-366-5241, Email: 
courtney.stevenson@dot.govmailto:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On November 5, 2013 (78 FR 66420), FMCSA published a notice in the 
Federal Register requesting comments on proposed enhancements to the 
display of information on the Agency's SMS public Web site. FMCSA first 
announced the implementation of the SMS in April 2010 and announced 
further improvements to the SMS in March 2012 and August 2012. 
Consistent with its prior announcements, the Agency announced proposed 
changes to the design of the SMS public Web site that are the direct 
result of feedback from stakeholders regarding the information 
displayed. The Agency provided a 60-day comment period for the notice 
with a deadline of January 6, 2014, for the submission of comments.
    On December 6, 2013, Advocates requested a 60-day extension of the 
comment period for the November 5, notice. Advocates stated that 
``review of the topic requires considerable experience with the use of 
the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) Web site and the SMS 
data in order to evaluate the display of information, assess the 
changes and formulate a clear understanding the changes may have on 
public access and comprehension of the [Web site] information.''
    The FMCSA has determined that a 15-day extension of the comment 
period is appropriate while a longer extension, as requested by 
Advocates, is unnecessary given the original 60-day comment period and 
the three educational webinars the Agency conducted on November 18, 21, 
and 22. The series of webinars were announced in the November 5, 2013, 
notice.
    In consideration of the above, FMCSA extends the deadline for 
submission of public comments from January 6 to January 21, 2014.

    Issued on: December 11, 2013.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2013-29958 Filed 12-16-13; 8:45 am]
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