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

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

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

Michael Howell
Federal Highway Administration
September 3, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 170 (Wednesday, September 3, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Page 52407]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-20909]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2014-0034]


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 November 3, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
2014-0034 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: Jim Sinnette, Office of Innovative 
Program Delivery, 202-366-1561, james.sinnette@dot.gov, Federal Highway 
Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: FHWA Major Project Financial Plans and Project Management 
Plans.
    Background: Major projects are defined in section 106(h) of title 
23, United States Code (U.S.C.), as projects receiving Federal 
financial assistance with an estimated total cost of $500,000,000, or 
other projects as may be identified by the Secretary. Major projects 
are typically large, complex projects designed to address major highway 
needs and require the investment of significant financial resources. 
Project sponsors of major projects are required to submit a project 
management plan and an annual financial plan to FHWA.
    The preparation of the project management plan, as required by 23 
U.S.C. 106(h)(2), ensures that clearly defined roles, responsibilities, 
procedures and processes are in effect to provide timely information to 
the project decisionmakers to effectively manage the scope, costs, 
schedules, quality of, and the Federal requirements applicable to, the 
project. The project management plan serves as a guide for implementing 
the major project and documents assumptions and decisions regarding 
communication, management processes, execution and overall project 
control.
    The preparation of the annual financial plan, as required by 23 
U.S.C. 106(h)(3), ensures that the necessary financial resources are 
identified, available, and monitored throughout the life of the 
project. An annual financial plan is a comprehensive document that 
reflects the project's scope, schedule, cost estimate, and funding 
structure to provide reasonable assurance that there will be sufficient 
funding available to implement and complete the entire project, or a 
fundable phase of the project, as planned.
    Respondents: Approximately 100 project sponsors per year.
    Frequency: The financial plan is submitted annually. The first 
financial plan is submitted prior to the authorization of Federal funds 
for construction and updates are submitted each year until construction 
completion.
    The project management plan is first submitted prior to the start 
of construction and then updated as significant changes to the project 
occur during construction.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: Approximately 40 hours for 
the initial submittal of each plan and 20 hours for each update.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Approximately 20 initial plans 
and 80 plan updates are submitted each year. For a total of 
approximately, 2,400 hours each year.
    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 August 28, 2014.
Michael Howell,
Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-20909 Filed 9-2-14; 8:45 am]
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