Today the Transportation Security Administration published in the Federal Register (76 FR 36560) the 30-day notice of their intent to renew the current information collection request (ICR, 1652-0027) allowing them to collect biographical and biometric information necessary to process applications for the Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) for the Commercial Driver’s License issued by the States and the District of Columbia.
As I noted in my earlier blog on the publication of the 60-day notice back in August of last year TSA is making some minor changes to the information that they are collecting under this ICR. The additional information is being requested during the application process to reduce the information requests that have to be made during the adjudication process.
Not mentioned in either notice is the fact that TSA is reducing by about a third the number of annual submissions that it is expecting to receive under this ICR; from 407,000 listed in the 2008 ICR submission to 300,000 listed in today’s notice. While the number of submissions decreases significantly, the annual burden hours more than doubles from 411,800 hours to 978,000 hours. The ‘minor additions’ of information to be included in the application will, apparently, change the time it takes to complete an application from about 1 hour to almost 3.3 hour. I would hate to see what constitutes a significant or major increase in information to be collected.
Public comments on this ICR are being solicited. Comments should be sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB by July 22, 2011. Comments may be sent by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and should be addressed to the Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security/TSA.