[Federal Register: March 2, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 40)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Office of the Secretary
Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements; Agency Information
Collection Activity Under OMB Review
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.
SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR
describes the nature of the information collection and its expected
burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period
soliciting comments on the following collection of information was
published on August 28, 1997 (62 FR 45694-45695).
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 1, 1998.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James D. McCauley, Department of
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street,
SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15
p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Title: Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP).
OMB Number: 2125-0536.
Type of Request: Reinstatement, with change, of a previously
approved collection for which approval has expired.
Affected Public: State MCSAP lead agencies.
Abstract: Sections 401-404 of the Surface Transportation Assistance
Act of 1982 (STAA) established a program of financial assistance to the
States' implementation of programs for the enforcement of (a) Federal
rules, regulations, standards, and orders applicable to commercial
safety and (b) compatible State rules, regulations, standards, and
orders. This grant-in-aid program is known as the Motor Carrier Safety
Assistance Program (MCSAP). The Intermodal Surface Transportation
Safety Act of 1991 (ISTEA) added programs, such as drug interdiction,
traffic enforcement, and size and weight activities to the core program
established by the STAA. Pursuant to the STAA, in order to qualify for
a grant, participating States must submit a plan which is adequate to
promote the objectives of Section 402 and meet a number of specified
requirements. Section 402(c) of the STAA requires that the Secretary,
on the basis of reports submitted by the State agency and the
Secretary's own inspections make a continuing evaluation of the manner
in which each State is carrying out its approved plan. This provision
is implemented in 49 CFR 350.19 and Appendix B, paragraph G. In order
for the Secretary (i.e. Federal Highway Administration) to make this
evaluation, it is necessary for the State to provide and/or maintain
information concerning past, present, and future enforcement activity.
The application by a State for a grant must contain the information
required by 49 CFR 350.9 or 350.11, 250.13 and 250.15. This information
is necessary to enable the FHWA to determine whether a State meets the
statutory and administrative criteria to be eligible for a grant. It is
necessary that a State's work activities and accomplishments be
reported so that FHWA may monitor and evaluate a State's progress under
its approved plan and make the determinations and decisions required of
49 CFR 350.19, 350.23, and 350.25.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 14,498 hours.
Addresses: Send comments to the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street,
NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention FHWA Desk Officer. Comments are
invited on: 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; the
accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the proposed
information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and
clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the
burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the
use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information
Issued in Washington, DC, on February 20, 1998.
Vanester M. Williams,
Clearance Officer, United States Department of Transportation.
[FR Doc. 98-5279 Filed 2-27-98; 8:45 am]
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