Thursday, December 9, 2010

OMB Approves FRA Public Safety Violation Report

Yesterday the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) information collection request (ICR) for their proposed Alleged Violation Reporting Form. As I reported back in June when the final ICR notice was published in the Federal Register this web-based form was required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA, PL 110-432).

With the OMB’s approval now in hand the FRA can now put this information collection tool on their web site, allowing members of the public to report “alleged or perceived violations of Federal safety and hazardous materials laws and regulations”. I’m not sure what has taken the FRA so long to get to this point in meeting this legislative mandate. It will be interesting to see how long it takes to get the actual form on their internet home page as required by RSIA.

To explain my doubts about how fast this will happen, I would like to note that FRA filed their 30-day ICR notice on June 18, 2010 (75 FR 34802) and yet did not submit the ICR to OMB (which is kind of supposed to happen at about the same time) until September 21, 2010. I hope that no one actually submitted comments to OMB between those two dates (as required in the 30-day notice), they might have gotten misplaced since OMB didn’t actually have the ICR.

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