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  • News: DHS 60-Day Notice and request for comments on Collecting Social Media Information

    [Federal Register Volume 81, Number 121 (Thursday, June 23, 2016)]
    [Pages 40892-40893]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2016-14848]
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Agency Information Collection Activities: Arrival and Departure 
    Record (Forms I-94 and I-94W) and Electronic System for Travel 
    AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
    ACTION: 60-Day Notice and request for comments; revision of an existing 
    collection of information.
    SUMMARY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of 
    Homeland Security will be submitting the following information 
    collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
    review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: CBP 
    Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record), CBP Form I-94W (Nonimmigrant Visa 
    Waiver Arrival/Departure), and the Electronic System for Travel 
    Authorization (ESTA). This is a proposed extension and revision of an 
    information collection that was previously approved. CBP is proposing 
    that this information collection be extended with a revision to the 
    information collected. This document is published to obtain comments 
    from the public and affected agencies.
    DATES: Written comments should be received on or before August 22, 2016 
    to be assured of consideration.
    ADDRESSES: Written comments may be mailed to U.S. Customs and Border 
    Protection, Attn: Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Regulations and 
    Rulings, Office of Trade, 90 K Street NE., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
    should be directed to Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, U.S. Customs and 
    Border Protection, Regulations and Rulings, Office of Trade, 90 K 
    Street NE., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177, or by telephone at 
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CBP invites the general public and other 
    Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information 
    collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 
    104-13). The comments should address: (a) Whether the collection of 
    information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
    the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
    utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the burden of 
    the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
    utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to 
    minimize the burden including the use of automated collection 
    techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) 
    the annual cost burden to respondents or record keepers from the 
    collection of information (total capital/startup costs and operations 
    and maintenance costs). The comments that are submitted will be 
    summarized and included in the CBP request for OMB approval. All 
    comments will become a matter of public record. In this document, CBP 
    is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection:
        Title: Arrival and Departure Record, Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver 
    Arrival/Departure, and Electronic System for Travel Authorization 
        OMB Number: 1651-0111.
        Form Numbers: I-94 and I-94W.
        CBP Forms I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) and I-94W (Nonimmigrant 
    Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record) are used to document a traveler's 
    admission into the United States. These forms are filled out by aliens 
    and are used to collect information on citizenship, residency, 
    passport, and contact information. The data elements collected on these 
    forms enable the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to perform its 
    mission related to the screening of alien visitors for potential risks 
    to national security and the determination of admissibility to the 
    United States. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) 
    applies to aliens seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa 
    Waiver Program (VWP) and requires that VWP travelers provide 
    information electronically to CBP before embarking on travel to the
    [[Page 40893]]
    United States without a visa. Travelers who are entering the United 
    States under the VWP in the air or sea environment, and who have a 
    travel authorization obtained through ESTA, are not required to 
    complete the paper Form I-94W.
        Pursuant to an interim final rule published on March 27, 2013 in 
    the Federal Register (78 FR 18457) related to Form I-94, CBP has 
    partially automated the Form I-94 process. CBP now gathers data 
    previously collected on the paper Form I-94 from existing automated 
    sources in lieu of requiring passengers arriving by air or sea to 
    submit a paper I-94 upon arrival. Passengers can access and print their 
    electronic I-94 via the Web site at www.cbp.gov/I94.
        ESTA can be accessed at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Samples of CBP 
    Forms I-94 and I-94W can be viewed at: http://www.cbp.gov/document/forms/form-i-94-arrivaldeparture-record and http://www.cbp.gov/document/forms/form-i-94w-visa-waiver-arrivaldeparture-record.
    Recent Changes
        On December 18, 2015, the President signed into law the Visa Waiver 
    Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 as part 
    of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. To meet the 
    requirements of this new Act, DHS strengthened the security of the VWP 
    by enhancing the ESTA application and Form I-94W. In two recent 
    emergency submissions under the Paperwork Reduction Act, additional 
    questions were added to ESTA and to Form I-94W that request information 
    from applicants about countries to which they have traveled on or after 
    March 1, 2011; countries of which they are citizens/nationals; 
    countries for which they hold passports; and Global Entry Numbers.
    Proposed Changes
        DHS proposes to add the following question to ESTA and to Form I-
        ``Please enter information associated with your online presence--
    Provider/Platform--Social media identifier.'' It will be an optional 
    data field to request social media identifiers to be used for vetting 
    purposes, as well as applicant contact information. Collecting social 
    media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide 
    DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and 
    connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and 
    investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case.
        Current Actions: This submission is being made to extend the 
    expiration date with a change to the information collected as a result 
    of adding a question about social media to ESTA and to Form I-94W, as 
    described in the Abstract section of this document. There are no 
    changes to the burden hours or to the information collected on Form I-
    94, or the I-94 Web site.
        Type of Review: Revision.
        Affected Public: Individuals, Carriers, and the Travel and Tourism 
        Form I-94 (Arrival and Departure Record):
        Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,387,550.
        Estimated Time per Response: 8 minutes.
        Estimated Burden Hours: 583,544.
        Estimated Annual Cost to Public: $26,325,300.
        I-94 Web site:
        Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,858,782.
        Estimated Time per Response: 4 minutes.
        Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 254,679.
        Form I-94W (Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure):
        Estimated Number of Respondents: 941,291.
        Estimated Time per Response: 16 minutes.
        Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 251,325.
        Estimated Annual Cost to the Public: $5,647,746.
        Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA):
        Estimated Number of Respondents: 23,010,000.
        Estimated Time per Response: 23 minutes.
        Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 8,812,830.
        Estimated Annual Cost to the Public: $265,020,000.
        Dated: June 20, 2016,
    Tracey Denning,
    Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    [FR Doc. 2016-14848 Filed 6-22-16; 8:45 am]
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