Friday, August 20, 2021

OMB Approves Another Emergency TSA Pipeline Security ICR – 8-19-21

Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had approved an emergency change to an information collection request (ICR) from the TSA for their “Pipeline Corporate Security Review” (1652-0056). This approval was based upon the OIRA determination that there was: “No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection.”

This is essentially the same emergency approval that the OMB approved last month. The expiration date did not change, nor did the requirement to submit a 60-day ICR notice.

Looking at the justification document [.DOCX download link] for this latest revision, there is only one significant change from the last justification submitted to OIRA. In the old version, the last sentence in Section 3 of the document reads: “Such statements can be made by e-mail or other means without required use of a specific form.” In the current ICR justification that has been changed to read:

“For convenience, TSA will also provide an optional form (TSA Security Directive Pipeline 2021-02 Statement of Completion) for each submission deadline that Owner/Operators can complete and submit via email.   This form is Sensitive Security Information and will only be shared with the Owner/Operators and others with the need to know.”

OIRA’s “Paperwork Reduction Act Change Worksheet” [.PDF download link] confirms that this is the only change approved in the collection.

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