Federal Register, Volume 78 Issue 72 (Monday, April 15, 2013)

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 72 (Monday, April 15, 2013)]
[Pages 22274-22275]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08718]



[Docket No. DHS-2013-0016]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Office of Biometric
Identity Management (OBIM) Biometric Data Collection at the Ports of

AGENCY: National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: 60-Day notice and request for comments;

Extension, without change, of a currently approved collection: 1600-

SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Protection
and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Office of Biometric Identity
Management (OBIM), formerly the United States Visitor and Immigrant
Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program, will submit the
following Information Collection Request to the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) for review and

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clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub.
L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 14,
2013. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.1.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and questions about this Information
Collection Request should be forwarded to Department of Homeland
Security (Attn: NPPD/OBIM 245 Murray Lane SW., Mail Stop 0675,
Arlington, VA 20598-0675. Emailed requests should go to Steven P.
Yonkers at Steve.Yonkers@dhs.gov. Written comments should reach the
contact person listed no later than June 14, 2013. Comments must be
identified by ``DHS-2013-0016'' and may be submitted by one of the
following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Email: Include the docket number in the subject line of
the message.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the words
``Department of Homeland Security'' and the docket number for this
action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

Program, to meet specific legislative mandates intended to strengthen
border security, address critical needs in terms of providing decision-
makers with critical information, and demonstrate progress toward
performance goals for national security, expediting of trade and
travel, and supporting immigration system improvements. OBIM collects
and disseminates biometric information (digital fingerprint images and
facial photos) from individuals during their entry into the United
States. This information is disseminated to specific DHS components;
other Federal agencies; Federal, state, and local law enforcement
agencies; and the Federal intelligence community to assist in the
decisions they make related to, and in support of, the homeland
security mission. Beginning on December 10, 2007, OBIM expanded the
collection of fingerprints from two prints to ten. The new collection
time of 35 seconds, an increase from the previous 15 seconds, is a
result of this change, and includes officer instructions. Additionally,
DHS published a final rule, entitled ``United States Visitor and
Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program (US-VISIT); Enrollment of
Additional Aliens in US-VISIT; Authority To Collect Biometric Data From
Additional Travelers and Expansion to the 50 Most Highly Trafficked
Land Border Ports of Entry,'' which became effective on January 18,
2009, and expanded the population of aliens subject to the requirement
of having to provide biometrics in connection with their admission to
the United States. See 73 FR 77473 (Dec. 19, 2008).
OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency,
including whether the information will have practical utility;
2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used;
3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to
be collected; and
4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic
submissions of responses.


Agency: Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and
Programs Directorate, Office of Biometric Identity Management.
Title: Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) Biometric
Data Collection at the Ports of Entry.
OMB Number: 1600-0006.
Frequency: One-time collection.
Affected Public: Foreign visitors and immigrants into the United
Number of Respondents: 156,732,422.
Estimated Time per Respondent: 35 seconds.
Total Burden Hours: 1,520,300 annual burden hours.
Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
Total Recordkeeping Burden: $63,853,000.
Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $63,853,000.

Michael Butcher,
Acting Chief Information Officer, National Protection and Programs
Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2013-08718 Filed 4-12-13; 8:45 am]