Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NPPD Publishes 60-day ICR Notice for TRIPwire Program

The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of DHS published a 60-day information collection request notice in today’s Federal Register (78 FR 13366-13367). This new ICR would support the existing user registration for the Technical Resource for Incident
Prevention (TRIPwire) program operated out of the Office of Bombing Prevention. According to this notice TRIPwire “is OBP's online, collaborative, information-sharing network for bomb squad, law enforcement, and other emergency services personnel to learn about current terrorist improvised explosive device (IED) tactics, techniques, and procedures”.

This is one of those long-standing (since at least 2009 that I know of) programs that has collected voluntary registration information without an OMB ICR program number. Agencies collecting information from State and local governments and the private sector are required to get OMB approval of those information collections to ensure that there is a legitimate governmental need for the information and that the collected information is appropriately used and protected. The Obama Administration has been very proactive in bringing these voluntary programs into coverage of the ICR program, so it is somewhat surprising that this particular program is just now receiving this attention.

The OBP expects that there will be an annual participation in this registration collection by about 3,500 participants and that the average time spent in providing the information will be 10 minutes. This annual time burden of 583 estimated hours will have a total cost burden $11,803 on the information providers.

Public comments on this ICR may be provided via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (; Docket # DHS-2012-0022). Comments need to be submitted by April, 29th, 2013.

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