Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TSA Publishes 30-day SSI Check ICR

Today the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a 30-day ICR notice in the Federal Register (79 FR 2679-2680) for their program to vet personnel seeking access to Sensitive Security Information Information (SSI; 49 CFR Part 1520) during court proceedings. Section 525 of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 (Public Law 109-295) required DHS to establish procedures for the use of SSI during Federal civil court proceedings, including {§525(d)} the conduct of a threat assessment of court personnel (including lawyers and expert witnesses) who might need to have access to the SSI information.

Change in Burden Estimate

TSA has made a rather substantial change to the burden information in this notice from the 60-day ICR notice published last summer. The earlier notice projected 120 requests for vetting with a burden estimate of 120 hours. This notice projects 127 requests with a burden estimate of 343 hours. The summary of this notice notes that:

“A correction has been made in this notice to the number of burden hours per respondent from 1 to 2.7 hours. The increase in burden hours is based on historical data collected over the past three years.” 

Actually the burden estimate is probably excessive. The currently approved form (download link) would only take a couple of minutes to complete unless an applicant had some adverse information that would have to be explained ‘on a separate sheet of paper’.

Public Comment

TSA is soliciting public comments on this ICR. Comments should be submitted directly to the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs ( Comments should be submitted by February 14th, 2014.

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