[Federal Register: May 16, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 95)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
ACTION: Request OMB Emergency Approval; Application for NEXUS Dedicated
Commuter Lane Program; Form I-823N.
The Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS) has submitted an emergency information collection request (ICR)
utilizing emergency review procedures, to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with section
1320.13(a)(1)(ii) and (a)(2)(iii) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995. The INS has determined that it cannot reasonably comply with the
normal clearance procedures under this part because normal clearance
procedures are reasonably likely to prevent or disrupt the collection
of information. INS is requesting emergency review from OMB of this
information collection to ensure compliance with the United States/
Canada ``Shared Border Accord,'' signed in 1999 and the Ridge/Manley
Agreement, the thirty-point northern border agreement signed in
The application will be used by the Immigration and Naturalization
Serve and the United States Customs officials to determine eligibility
for admission into the NEXUS program. NEXUS is an automated dedicated
commuter lane (DCL) program for low-risk travelers who frequently cross
the land border between the United States and Canada. This high profile
program arose from the U.S./Canada Shared Border Accord and was
incorporated into the Ridge/Manley Agreement. The Administration has
directed that the NEXUS lanes at two ports-of-entry between the state
of Washington and British Columbia, Canada must open in June 2002,
which requires that the enrollment process begin by Late May 2002 in
order to permit sufficient time for background checks and pre-screening
For the aforementioned reasons, the INS is requesting emergency OMB
review and approval of this information collection request by May 15,
2002. If granted, the emergency approval is only valid for 180 days.
ALL comments and/or questions pertaining to this pending request for
emergency approval MUST be directed to OMB, Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer,
725--17th Street, N.W., Suite 10102, Washington, DC 20503. Comments
regarding the emergency submission of this information collection may
also be submitted via facsimile to 202-395-6974.
During the first 60 days of this same period, a regular review of
this information collection is also being undertaken. During the
regular review period, the INS requests written comments and
suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning this
information collection. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted
until July 15, 2002. During the 60-day regular review, ALL comments and
suggestions, or questions regarding additional information, to include
obtaining a copy of the information collection instrument with
instructions, should be directed to Mr. Richard A. Sloan, 202-514-3291,
Director, Regulations and Forms Services Division, Immigration and
Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Room 4034, 425 I
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20536. Written comments and suggestions
from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed
collection of information should address one or more of the following
(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 agencies 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
submission of responses.
Overview of this information collection:
(1) Type of Information Collection: New Collection.
(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application for NEXUS Dedicated
Commuter Lane Program.
(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the
Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form I-823N.
Inspections Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service.
(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. The
information collected will be used by the INS and U.S. Customs
officials to determine eligibility for admission into the NEXUS program
under U.S. law. Canadian immigration and customs officials will use the
information on the application to determine the individual's
eligibility under Canadian law.
(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 100,000
responses at 1.166 minutes per response.
(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated
with the collection: 116,600 annual burden hours.
If additional information is required contact: Mr. Robert B.
Briggs, Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice,
Information Management and Security Staff, Justice Management Division,
Patrick Henry Building, 601 D Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20530.
Dated: May 10, 2002.
Richard A. Sloan,
Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice,
Immigration and Naturalization Service.
[FR Doc. 02-12247 Filed 5-15-02; 8:45 am]
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