Section 68.5, Waivers (Application for Waiver of Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements)

ICR 201902-3060-005

OMB: 3060-0422

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3060-0422 201902-3060-005
Active 201603-3060-002
Section 68.5, Waivers (Application for Waiver of Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements)
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Approved without change 04/15/2019
Retrieve Notice of Action (NOA) 02/07/2019
  Inventory as of this Action Requested Previously Approved
04/30/2022 36 Months From Approved 04/30/2019
2 0 2
6 0 6
0 0 0

Section 710(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), requires that almost all telephones manufactured in, or imported into, this country must be hearing aid compatible. Congress recognized, however, that there may be technological or economic reasons why some new telephones may not meet the hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirement. Therefore, Congress provided a waiver request procedure. Section 68.5 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR § 68.5, provides the criteria to be used to assess waiver requests. The Commission submits this revised information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to modify the existing information collection requirements under OMB Control Number 3060-0422 relating to the Commission’s hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements. In this supporting statement, the Commission adds wireline advanced communications services (ACS) telephonic customer premises equipment (CPE) that are subject to the waiver provisions of section 68.5 of the Commission’s rules to existing burdens for wireline telephones connected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) that were included in the February 2016 Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) submission, OMB Control Number 3060-0422.

US Code: 47 USC 610 Name of Law: Communications Act of 1934, as amended

3060-AK48 Final or interim final rulemaking 83 FR 23378 05/21/2018

  83 FR 56843 11/14/2018
84 FR 2499 02/07/2019

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Section 68.5, Waivers (Application for Waiver of Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements)

  Total Approved Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 2 2 0 0 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 6 6 0 0 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0

Eliot Greenwald 202 418-2235


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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