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Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Highway Corporate Security Review

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Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Highway Corporate Security Review

Joanna Johnson (Federal Register)
April 26, 2011

[Federal Register: April 26, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 80)]
[Page 23327-23328]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Transportation Security Administration

Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public 
Collection of Information: Highway Corporate Security Review

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: 60-day Notice.


SUMMARY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites 
public comment on one currently approved information collection 
requirement (ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 
1652-0036, abstracted below that we will submit to OMB for renewal in 
compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes 
the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The 
ICR will assess the current security practices in the highway and motor 
carrier industry by way of its Highway Corporate Security Review (CSR) 
Program, which encompasesses site visits and interviews, and is part of 
the larger domain awareness, prevention, and protection program 
supporting TSA's and the Department of Homeland Security's missions.

DATES: Send your comments by June 27, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be e-mailed to TSAPRA@dhs.gov or delivered to 
the TSA PRA Officer, Office of Information Technology (OIT), TSA-11, 
Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joanna Johnson at the above address, 
or by telephone (571) 227-3651.


Comments Invited

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is 
not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it 
displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation is available 
at http://www.reginfo.gov. Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and 
approval of the following information collection, TSA is soliciting 
comments to--
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

Information Collection Requirement

    OMB Control Number 1652-0036; Corporate Security Review. Under the 
Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) \1\ and delegated 
authority from the Secretary of Homeland Security, TSA has broad 
responsibility and authority for ``security in all modes of 
transportation * * * including security responsibilities * * * over 
modes of transportation that are exercised by the Department of 
Transportation.'' \2\ TSA has additional authorities as well. TSA is 
specifically empowered to develop policies, strategies, and plans for 
dealing with threats to transportation,\3\ ensure the adequacy of 
security measures for the transportation of cargo,\4\ oversee the 
implementation and ensure the adequacy of security measures at 
transportation facilities,\5\ and carry out other appropriate duties 
relating to transportation security.\6\

    \1\ Public Law 107-71, 115 Stat. 597 (November 19, 2001).
    \2\ See 49 U.S.C. 114(d). The TSA Assistant Secretary's current 
authorities under ATSA have been delegated to him by the Secretary 
of Homeland Security. Section 403(2) of the Homeland Security Act 
(HSA) of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 116 Stat. 2315 (2002), 
transferred all functions of TSA, including those of the Secretary 
of Transportation and the Under Secretary of Transportation of 
Security related to TSA, to the Secretary of Homeland Security. 
Pursuant to DHS Delegation Number 7060.2, the Secretary delegated to 
the Assistant Secretary (then referred to as the Administrator of 
TSA), subject to the Secretary's guidance and control, the authority 
vested in the Secretary with respect to TSA, including that in sec. 
403(2) of the HSA.
    \3\ 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(3).
    \4\ 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(10).
    \5\ 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(11).
    \6\ 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(15).

    One way TSA carries out its surface transportation responsibilities 
is by assessing the current security practices in the trucking, school 
bus, and motor coach industries, as well as at State Departments of 
Transportation (DOTs), by way of its Corporate Security Review (CSR) 
program. The CSR program encompasses site visits and interviews, and is 
one piece of a much larger domain awareness, prevention, and protection 
program in support of TSA's and the Department of Homeland Security's 
missions. TSA is seeking to renew its OMB approval for this information 
collection so that TSA can continue to ascertain minimum security 
standards and identify coverage gaps, activities critical to carrying 
out its transportation security mission.
    The CSR is an ``instructive'' review that provides TSA with an 
understanding of certain surface transportation owner/operators' 
security programs, if they have adopted such programs. In carrying out 
CSRs, Transportation Security Specialists (TSS) from TSA's Highway and 
Motor Carrier Division (HMC) and Transportation Security Inspectors-
Surface (TSI-S) conduct site visits of trucking (excluding hazardous 
materials shippers and carriers), school bus, motor coach companies and 
State DOTs throughout the nation. The TSA representatives analyze the 
owner's/operator's security plan, if the owner/operator has adopted 
one, and determines if the mitigation measures included in the plan are 
being properly implemented. In addition to examining the security plan 
document, TSA reviews one or more assets of the owner/operator or State 
    During the site visits, TSA completes a CSR form, which contains 
questions concerning ten topics: Management and oversight of the 
security plan, threat assessment, criticality assessment, vulnerability 
assessment, personnel security, training, physical security 
countermeasures, en route security, information technology security, 
and security exercises and drills. TSA conducts this collection through 
voluntary face-to-face visits at the headquarters of the surface 
transportation owners/operators. Typically, TSA sends one employee to 
conduct a two to three hour discussion/interview with representatives 
from the

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owner/operator. TSA plans to collect information from businesses of all 
sizes in the course of conducting these surface mode CSRs.
    TSA conducts these interviews to ascertain information on security 
measures and to identify security gaps. The interviews also provide the 
TSA with a method to encourage the surface transportation owners/
operators affected by the CSRs to be diligent in effecting and 
maintaining security-related improvements. This program provides TSA 
with real-time information on current security practices within the 
trucking, school bus, and motor coach modes of the surface 
transportation sector. This information allows TSA to adapt programs to 
the changing threat dynamically, while incorporating an understanding 
of the improvements owners/operators make in their security posture. 
Without this information, the ability of the TSA to perform its 
security mission would be severely hindered.
    Additionally, the relationships these face-to-face contacts foster 
are critical to the TSA's ability to reach out to the surface 
transportation stakeholders affected by the CSRs. The relationships 
foster a sense of trust and a willingness to share information with the 
Federal Government. TSA assures respondents the portion of their 
responses deemed Sensitive Security Information (SSI) will be handled 
consistent with 49 CFR parts 15 and 1520.
    The annual hour burden for this information collection is estimated 
to be 1,500 hours. While TSA estimates a total of 500 potential 
respondents, this estimate is based on TSA conducting 500 visits per 
year, each visit lasting two to three hours. TSA estimates no annual 
cost burden to respondents.

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on April 20, 2011.
Joanna Johnson,
Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
[FR Doc. 2011-9983 Filed 4-25-11; 8:45 am]

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