16 May 2006


[Federal Register: May 16, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 94)]
[Page 28306-28307]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



National Institute of Standards and Technology

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Fastener 
Quality Act Requirements

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (DOC), as part of its continuing 
effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general 
public and other Federal agencies to comment on the continuing and 
proposed information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 17, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instruments and instructions 
should be directed to Wayne Stiefel, International Legal Metrology 
Group, 301-975-4011, or stiefel@nist.gov.


I. Abstract

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a 
component of the Technology Administration reporting to the Under 
Secretary for Technology, under the Fastener Quality Act (the Act) 
(Pub. L. 101-592 amended by Pub. L. 104-113, Pub. L. 105-234 and Pub. 
L. 106-34) is required to accept an affirmation from laboratory 
accreditation bodies and quality system registrar accreditation bodies. 
They are required to meet International Organization for 
Standardization/International Electro-Technical Commission (ISO/IEC) 
Guide 17011 (replaced ISO/IEC Guides 58 and 61). An organization having 
made such an affirmation to NIST may accredit either fastener testing 
laboratories or quality system registrars for fastener manufacturers in 
accordance with the applicable provisions of the Fastener Quality Act. 
NIST will solicit information declarations from U.S. and foreign 
private accreditation bodies. The information collected will enable 
NIST to compile a list of accreditation bodies able to provide 
accreditations meeting all the requirements of the Act and of the 
procedures, 15 CFR part 280.
    Section 10 of the Act requires NIST to accept petitions from 
persons publishing a document setting forth guidance or requirements 
providing equal or greater rigor and reliability compared to ISO/IEC 
Guide 17025 (replaced ISO/IEC Guide 25), ISO/IEC 17011 or ISO/IEC Guide 
62. The petitions to consider a document as an alternative to one of 
the ISO/IEC documents may be accepted by the Director of NIST for use 
provided the document provides equal or greater rigor and reliability 
as compared to the ISO/IEC document.

II. Method of collection

    Applicants submit required information in paper form.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0693-0015.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business and other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour and 30 minutes per 
accreditation, and 20 hours per petition.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 22.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $442.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be

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collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents, e.g., the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: May 11, 2006.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
 [FR Doc. E6-7427 Filed 5-15-06; 8:45 am]