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Request for Comments on a New Information Collection

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American Government

Request for Comments on a New Information Collection

Terry T. Shelton
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
December 27, 2013

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 249 (Friday, December 27, 2013)]
[Pages 79073-79074]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30987]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. DOT-NHTSA-2013-0089]

Request for Comments on a New Information Collection

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


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 is being forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 27, 2014.

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

[[Page 79074]]

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or access 
to background documents, contact James Bean, Office of Data 
Acquisitions (NVS-410), Room W53-489, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Bean's telephone number is (202) 366-2837.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Before a Federal agency can collect certain 
information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB). In compliance with these requirements, 
this notice announces that the following information collection request 
has been forwarded to OMB. A Federal Register Notice soliciting 
comments on the following information collection was published on 
September 6, 2013 (Volume 78, Number 173; Pages 54954-55). The agency 
received no comments in response to the Federal Register Notice.
    Title: National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) Law Enforcement 
    OMB Control Number: Not assigned.
    Type of Request: New Information Collection.
    Abstract: This collection of information is part of NHTSA's efforts 
to upgrade its crash data systems. NHTSA's National Automotive Sampling 
System (NASS) collects crash data on a nationally representative sample 
of police-reported traffic crashes and related injuries. NASS data are 
used by government, industry, and academia in the U.S. and around the 
world to make informed highway safety decisions.
    Recognizing the importance as well as the limitations of the 
current NASS system, NHTSA is undertaking a modernization effort to 
upgrade its data systems by improving the information technology (IT) 
infrastructure, updating the data collected, and reexamining the NASS 
sample sites and sample size.
    The current data system samples crashes through a clustered sample 
of law enforcement agencies that were selected decades ago. Using 
updated population and other auxiliary information, NHTSA has 
identified a new set of probabilistically selected geographic locations 
around the country that are expected to provide a more accurate traffic 
safety picture, more precise estimates, and greater insight into new 
and emerging data needs.
    This collection of information will assist NHTSA with the next step 
in updating the NASS sample design, which is to select a fresh sample 
of law enforcement agencies within these primary sampling units (PSUs). 
This requires compiling basic crash count data from every law 
enforcement agency that responds to motor vehicle crashes in the PSUs. 
This data would be used to construct a measure of size in order to make 
informed and efficient choices in the probabilistic selection of the 
second stage sample units, the law enforcement agencies.
    Affected Public: Law Enforcement Agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,450 Law Enforcement Agencies.
    Estimated Number of Responses: We estimate that 90 percent of the 
Law Enforcement Agencies will respond so approximately 1,305 responses.
    Annual Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The annual burden is 
estimated to be 2,900 hours.
    Frequency of Collection: This is a one-time collection.
    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.

    Authority:  The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.95.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 23, 2013.
Terry T. Shelton,
Associate Administrator, National Center for Statistics and Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2013-30987 Filed 12-26-13; 8:45 am]

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