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

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

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

Michael Howell
Federal Highway Administration
November 21, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 225 (Friday, November 21, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Page 69549]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-27599]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2014-0037]


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

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA has forwarded the information collection request 
described in this notice to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for approval of a new information collection. We published a Federal 
Register Notice with a 60-day public comment period on this information 
collection on September 3, 2014. We are required to publish this notice 
in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by December 22, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may 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 DOT Desk Officer. 
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 burden; (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. All comments should include the 
Docket number FHWA-2014-0037.

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.
    OMB Control #: 2125-XXXX.
    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 decision makers 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.
Section 106(i) of title 23 requires project sponsors of other projects 
with an estimated total cost of $100,000,000 or more that is not 
covered by subsection (h) to prepare annual financial plans that are to 
be made available to the Secretary for review upon the request of the 
Secretary.
    Respondents: Approximately 200 project sponsors per year.
    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: Approximately 40 initial plans and 
160 plan updates are submitted each year. For a total of approximately, 
4,800 hours each year.
    Electronic Access: For access to the docket to read background 
documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets.

     Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued on: November 17, 2014.
Michael Howell,
Information Collections Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-27599 Filed 11-20-14; 8:45 am]
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