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Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

Jeffrey M. Giuseppe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
11 April 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 70 (Wednesday, April 11, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15675-15676]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-07420]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket Number NHTSA 2018-0001]


Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: DOT invites public comments about our intention to request the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to reinstate a currently 
approved information collection. Before a Federal agency can collect 
certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the 
OMB. Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public 
comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions 
and reinstatement of previously approved collections.

DATES: Send comments on or before June 11, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by [Docket No. NHTSA-
2018-0001] 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 or Hand Delivery: Docket Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LeErnest Wells, Program Support 
Division, Office of Defect Investigation (NEF-110), (202) 366-9717, 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, W43-481, Washington, DC 
20590. Please identify the relevant collection of information by 
referring to its OMB Control Number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulation at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (i) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) how to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    (iv) how to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public 
comments on the following proposed collections of information:
    Title of Collection: Record Retention.
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0042.
    Type of Request: Reinstatement of a currently approved information 
collection \1\
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    \1\ The approval for this collection expires on April 30, 2018. 
Because NHTSA will not be able to submit a request for renewal of 
this collection to OMB by that date, we are requesting that OMB 
reinstate this collection.
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    Abstract: Under 49 U.S.C. Section 30166(e), NHTSA ``reasonably may 
require a manufacturer of a motor

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vehicle or motor vehicle equipment to keep records, and a manufacturer, 
distributor or dealer to make reports, to enable NHTSA to decide 
whether the manufacturer, distributor, or dealer has complied or is 
complying with this chapter or a regulation prescribed under this 
chapter.'' To ensure that NHTSA will have access to this type of 
information, the agency exercised the authority granted in 49 U.S.C. 
Section 30166(e) and promulgated 49 CFR part 576 Record Retention, 
initially published on August 20, 1974 and most recently amended on 
July 10, 2002 (67 FR 45873), requiring manufacturers to retain one copy 
of all records that contain information concerning malfunctions that 
may be related to motor vehicle safety for a period of five calendar 
years after the record is generated or acquired by the manufacturer. 
Manufacturers are also required to retain for ten years (five years for 
manufacturers of child seats and tires) the underlying records related 
to early warning reporting (EWR) information submitted under 49 CFR 
part 579. The information collected supports the Department's Strategic 
goal of safety.
    Affected Public: Manufacturers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1020.
    Frequency: As needed.
    Number of Responses: 1000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 40,020.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Cost: $804,000.
    Comments are invited on: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the Department's 
performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for the 
Department to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the 
information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized 
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.

Jeffrey M. Giuseppe,
Associate Administrator for Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 2018-07420 Filed 4-10-18; 8:45 am]
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