Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Handset Displays and False Alert Reporting

ICR 202203-3060-006

OMB: 3060-1302

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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Handset Displays and False Alert Reporting
New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number)   No
Regular 03/04/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved
167 0
22,815 0
0 0

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (NDAA21) ordered the Commission to make certain amendments to its part 10 Wireless Emergency Alert rules. The Commission's NDAA21 Alerting Order, FCC 21-77 (adopted June 17, 2021) adopted two new regulations triggering this request. First, Commission combined the current non-optional class of WEA “Presidential Alerts” with FEMA Administrator Alerts into a new renamed alert class named “National Alerts,” and required Participating CMS providers that have chosen to display the phrase “Presidential Alert” on their handsets to either discontinue the handset’s use of that phrase or otherwise change those displays to read “National Alert” by July 31, 2022. Network infrastructure that is technically incapable of meeting this requirement, such as legacy devices or networks that cannot be updated to support header display changes, are exempt from this requirement. Second, the Commission adopted a rule permitting the FEMA Administrator or a State, local, Tribal, or territorial government to voluntarily report WEA false alerts to the FCC Operations Center at [email protected], informing the Commission of the event and any relevant details.

US Code: 47 USC 303(r),303(v),307,309,335,403
   US Code: 47 USC 151,152,154(i),154(o),301
   US Code: 47 USC 544(g),606,613,1201,1203,1204
   US Code: 47 USC 1206

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 72598 12/22/2021
87 FR 12450 03/04/2022

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  Total Request 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 167 0 0 167 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 22,815 0 0 22,815 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changing Regulations
This is a new information collection. The Commission is reporting program changes/increases to the total number of respondents of +23,277, the total annual responses of +167 and total annual burden hours of 22,815, due to the adoption of FCC 21-77. These figures will be added to OMB’s Active Inventory.

Christopher Fedeli 202 418-1514 [email protected]


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    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
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