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DOT/NHTSA RIN: 2127-AL62 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Confidential Business Information 

49 CFR 512 contains the procedures and standards by which NHTSA will consider claims that information submitted to the agency is entitled confidential treatment under 5 U.S.C. 552(b). The current regulation provides that NHTSA will respond to all requests for confidential treatment within a reasonable time. The growth of the number of entities regulated by NHTSA, the expansion of the Agency's regulatory responsibilities and the tremendous growth in the amount of data encompassed by requests because of the advent of electronic data have combined to make processing these requests unduly burdensome. To preserve agency resources, this rulemaking would establish that NHTSA would only process requests for confidential treatment when it receives a FOIA request for the data, when a review and response are needed to ensure that requests are properly submitted or when a review and response are in the public interest. The rule also would modify the existing procedures for submitting requests for confidential treatment by providing a means by which submitters can provide their requests to NHTSA by either following the existing requirements for hardcopy submissions or by making their requests electronically. This rulemaking would increase efficiency and save the submitted costs for delivery of the material to NHTSA.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 512   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30166    49 U.S.C. 30167    49 U.S.C. 322    49 U.S.C. 32307    49 U.S.C. 32505    49 U.S.C. 32708    49 U.S.C. 32910    49 U.S.C. 33116    5 U.S.C. 552    delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.95 and 49 CFR 501.8   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/04/2016  81 FR 47   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/04/2016 
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Otto Matheke
Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel
Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-5253