AGENCY: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, DOT.
SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension of currently approved collections. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on June 10, 1999 (64 FR 31345).
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 26, 1999.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernie Stankus, (202) 366-4387.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)
Title: Submission of Audit Reports, Part 248.
Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved Collection.
OMB Control Number: 2138-0004.
Affected Public: Certificated Air Carriers.
Abstract: BTS collects independent audited financial reports from U.S. certificated air carriers. Carriers not having an annual audit must file a statement that no such audit has been performed. In lieu of the audit report, the Department will accept the annual report submitted to the stockholders. The audited reports are needed by DOT as (a) a means to monitor an air carrier's continuing fitness to operate, (b) reference material used by analysts in examining foreign route cases, (c) reference material used by analysts in examining proposed acquisitions, mergers, and consolidations, (d) a means whereby the Department sends a copy of the report to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in fulfillment of a U.S. treaty obligation, and (e) corroboration of carriers' Form 41 filings.
Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 21 hours.
ADDRESSES: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention BTS Desk Officer.
Comments are Invited on: whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Issued in Washington, DC, on October 21, 1999.
Timothy E. Carmody,
Director, Office of Airline Information.
[FR Doc. 99-28005 Filed 10-26-99; 8:45 am]
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