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Pipeline System Operator Security Information (TSA Notice) OMB Control Number: 1652-0055

Under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) (Pub. L. 107-71, 115 Stat. 597 (November 19, 2001) and delegated authority from the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration (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.” As the lead Federal agency for pipeline security, it is important for TSA to have contact information for company security managers and knowledge of security incidents and suspicious activity within the mode. And, to facilitate the exchange of security information in a timely fashion, contact data is necessary for pipeline operators’ security operations or control centers.

TSA has forwarded the Information Collection Request (ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652-0055, to OMB for review and approval of an extension of the currently approved collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. TSA published a Federal Register notice, with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments, of the collection of information on August 16, 2013, 78 FR 50077. The collection involves the submission of contact information for a pipeline company’s primary and alternate security manager and the telephone number of the security operations or control center, as well as data concerning pipeline security incidents. In preparation for OMB review and approval of the 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.

Submit written comments before January 22, 2014 on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security/TSA, via email.

For further information contact: Joanna Johnson, TSA PRA Officer, (571) 227-365. Or, for a copy of this TSA Notice, contact Jessica Roger.