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Notice and Request for Comments

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Notice and Request for Comments

Terry T. Shelton
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
20 March 2018

[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 54 (Tuesday, March 20, 2018)]
[Pages 12237-12238]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-05591]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. DOT-NHTSA-2017-0104]

Notice and Request for Comments

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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. A Federal Register Notice with a 
60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information 
collection was published on December 28, 2017. Comments received from 
the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Inc.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 19, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including 
suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Management and 
Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Office of the Secretary of 
Transportation, 725 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20503.

Acquisitions (NSA-0100), (202) 366-5378, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, Room W53-505, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590. Please identify the relevant collection of 
information by referring to its OMB Control Number.

    Title: Crash Investigation Sampling System (CISS).
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0706.
    Type of Request: Collection of motor vehicle crash data.
    Abstract: The collection of crash data that support the 
establishment and enforcement of motor vehicle regulations that reduce 
the severity of injury and property damage caused by motor vehicle 
crashes is authorized under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle 
Safety Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89-563, Title 1, Sec. 106, 108, and 112). 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been 
investigating high severity crashes and collecting crash data through 
its National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) Crashworthiness Data 
System (NASS-CDS) and Special Crash Investigation (SCI) programs. The 
NASS was designed in the 1970's to collect data. Due to population 
shifts and vehicle transformation, among many other changes since NASS 
was established, the crash population has changed in the country. At 
the same time, the data needs of the transportation community have 
significantly increased over the last three decades. The scope of 
traffic safety studies has also been expanding. For example, the 
primary focus of the original NASS design was to enhance 
crashworthiness by providing detailed information about crush damage, 
restraint system performance and injury mechanisms. In recent years, 
however, the transportation community has been increasingly more 
interested in adding data elements related to what happens before a 
crash and related crash avoidance safety countermeasures.
    Recognizing the importance as well as the limitations of the past 
NASS system, NHTSA has undertaken a modernization effort to upgrade our 
data systems by improving the information technology infrastructure, 
updating the data we collect and reexamining the sample sites. The goal 
of this overall modernization effort was to develop a new crash data 
system that meets current and future data needs. The newly redesigned 
investigation-based acquisition system is a nationally-representative 
sample of passenger vehicle crashes. This newly-designed system, the 
Crash Investigation Sampling System (CISS), will focus on detailed 
investigation of passenger vehicle crashes. CISS was implemented in 
2015 with a goal of thirty-two (32) sites fully operational by July of 
    For the investigation-based acquisition process, once a crash has 
been selected for investigation, crash technicians locate, visit, 
measure, and photograph the crash scene; locate, inspect, and 
photograph vehicles; conduct a telephone or personal interview with the 
involved individuals or surrogate; and obtain and record injury 
information received from various medical data sources. These data are 
used to describe and analyze circumstances, mechanisms, and 
consequences of serious motor vehicle

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crashes in the United States. The collection of interview data aids in 
this effort.
    NHTSA published a notice in the Federal Register with a 60-day 
public comment period to announce this proposed information collection 
on December 28, 2017, Volume 82, Number 248.
    Affected Public: Passenger Motor Vehicle Operators.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 9,450.
    Frequency: Annual.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,605 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Cost: $140,125.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspects of 
this information collection, including (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the Department's estimate 
of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (d) 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 1:48.

Terry T. Shelton,
Associate Administrator, National Center for Statistics and Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2018-05591 Filed 3-19-18; 8:45 am]

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