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

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American Government

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

Michael Howell
Federal Highway Administration
December 20, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 245 (Friday, December 20, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 77198]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30379]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2013-0062]


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: The 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 are required to publish this notice in the Federal 
Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by February 18, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
2013-0062 by any of the following methods:
    Web site: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Bloise, 225-757-7603, Federal 
Highway Administration, 5304 Flanders Drive, Suite A, Baton Rouge, 
Louisiana 70808. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Utilization of the Private Sector for Surveying and Mapping 
Services.
    Background: Section 1517 of MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress 
in the 21st Century Act (Pub. L. 112-141), requires the Secretary of 
Transportation to conduct a survey of all States to determine the 
percentage of projects carried out under title 23, United States Code, 
in each State that utilize private sector sources for surveying and 
mapping services. Additionally, Section 306 of Title 23, United States 
Code, requires the Secretary of Transportation to issue guidance to 
encourage States to utilize, to the maximum extent practicable, private 
sector sources for surveying and mapping services for projects under 
title 23 of the United States Code; and, to develop a process for the 
oversight and regular monitoring of each State's use of the private 
sector to provide these services.
    The FHWA, via a survey, will be requesting information from the 
State Transportation Agencies to determine the percent of projects in 
each state for which private sector sources were utilized for surveying 
and mapping services. Included in the survey will be the request for 
information from the State transportation agencies, on the extent to 
which they use the private sector for surveying and mapping activities. 
Information obtained from the survey will be used to issue revised 
guidance recommending appropriate roles for government and private 
sector surveying activities and in continuing to encourage States to 
use private sector sources to provide these services. The survey 
results will also be used to develop a process for the oversight and 
regular monitoring of each State's use of the private sector to provide 
these services.
    Respondents: State Transportation Agencies (52, including the 
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) in the first year, with follow-up 
surveys every two years after the initial survey.
    Frequency: Every two years after the initial survey.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 24 hours per participant 
State and 1.5 hours in the follow-up years.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Approximately 1,248 hours in 
the first year and 78 hours in the follow-up years.
    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 49 CFR 1.48.

     Issued On: December 17, 2013.
Michael Howell,
Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-30379 Filed 12-19-13; 8:45 am]
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