Information Regarding the Relocation of Foreign Labor Certification Staff in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices to the Atlanta and Chicago National Processing Centers, 1473-1474 [05-332]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 5 / Friday, January 7, 2005 / Notices number of snowmobiles from historic highs (720 compared to 1,650 per peak day), requires the use of best available technology, which will reduce emissions (by 90%) and noise, and require all travel groups to be accompanied by guide to reduce wildlife conflicts. Status: The NPS believes the most recent decision addresses winter use-related issues and the park’s goals of protecting park resources, protecting employee and visitor health and safety, and improving the quality of the visitor experience. The NPS also believes the final rule for a Temporary Winter Use Plan honors the rulings of both Federal judges and is hopeful that legal challenges will not disrupt the implementation of the interim plan. A provision in the recently signed appropriations law guarantees that the interim plan will be in effect for at least the 2004–05 winter season. 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If you wish us to withhold your VerDate jul<14>2003 20:44 Jan 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Dated: January 3, 2005. Paul Hoffman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Fish and Wildlife and Parks. [FR Doc. 05–351 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P Chicago Regional Offices. Employers in the Atlanta and Chicago regions requesting either permanent or H–2B workers should continue, until ETA publishes future guidance on this issue, to file permanent and H–2B applications with the appropriate SWA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Carlson, Chief, Division of Foreign Labor Certification, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room C–4312, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: (202) 693–3010 (this is not a toll-free number). The two National Processing Centers opened as of December 13, 2004, and assumed, on an interim basis, responsibility for processing Applications for Alien Employment Certification (ETA Form 750) for permanent employment, and H–2A, and H–2B applications previously processed by ETA’s Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices. The two new National Processing Centers will handle permanent labor certification cases to be filed under the soon-to-be effective regulation implementing the new permanent labor certification program. As recently announced, ETA has issued a new form to be used when filing applications under the H–1B and H–1B1 programs. Please see 69 FR 69412 published on November 29, 2004, for additional details. The mailing address and fax number for H–1B and H–1B1 case processing operations remain the same. The H–1B and H–1B1 address and fax number are: ETA Application Processing Center, P.O. Box 13640, Philadelphia, PA 19101, Fax: (800) 397–0478. ADDRESSES: The following new addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers should be used by employers and by SWAs for either inquiries or for the forwarding of application materials, as appropriate. Please note: for all application materials, inquiries, and other correspondence sent to either the Atlanta or Chicago National processing Center, envelopes should be clearly marked according to the appropriate program type, i.e., permanent, H–2A, or H–2B. Atlanta Processing Center Address: U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, Foreign Labor Certification National Processing Center, Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, Suite 410, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, Phone: (404) 893–0101, Fax: (404) 893–4642. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Information Regarding the Relocation of Foreign Labor Certification Staff in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices to the Atlanta and Chicago National Processing Centers Employment and Training Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this Notice to announce that DOL has moved its foreign labor certification field staff in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices to the new Atlanta and Chicago National Processing Centers. This Notice provides the public in the Atlanta and Chicago regions with contact information regarding these two new processing centers. All foreign labor certification processing activities previously conducted in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices will now be assumed by the corresponding Atlanta or Chicago National Processing Centers. The regulation to implement the reengineered permanent labor certification program was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2004. The National Processing Centers will continue current functions on an interim basis and ETA will provide additional guidance as to the handling of cases which will be filed under the new rule as well as backlogged permanent labor certification cases. Employers in the Atlanta and Chicago regions requesting H–2A workers should simultaneously submit H–2A applications to their appropriate State Workforce Agency (SWA) and respective National Processing Center. These H–2A applications should no longer be submitted to ETA’s Atlanta or PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1473 E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1 1474 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 5 / Friday, January 7, 2005 / Notices Chicago Processing Center Address: U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, Foreign Labor Certification National Processing Center, 844 North Rush Street, 12th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60611, Phone: (312) 886–8000, Fax: (312) 886–1688. Signed in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of January, 2005. Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 05–332 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–M DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment Standards Administration Proposed Collection; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Housing Occupancy Certificate—Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (WH–520). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice. Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before March 8, 2005. DATES: Ms. Hazel M. Bell, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0418, fax (202) 693–1451, E-mail bell.hazel@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or E-mail). ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION VerDate jul<14>2003 20:44 Jan 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 I. Background Section 203(b)(1) of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), 29 U.S.C. 1801, et seq., and Regulation 29 CFR 500.135(b) provide that any person who owns or controls a facility or real property to be used for housing migrant agricultural workers shall not permit such housing to be occupied by any worker unless a copy of the certificate of occupancy from the state, local, or federal agency that conducted the housing safety and health inspection is posted at the site of the facility or real property. Form WH–520 is both an information gathering form and the certificate of occupancy that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Employment Standards Administration (ESA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issues when it is the federal agency conducting the safety and health inspection. This information collection is currently approved for use through June 30, 2005. II. Review Focus The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which: • 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; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and • 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 submissions of responses. III. Current Actions The Wage and Hour Division seeks the approval of the extension of this information collection in order to inspect and certify a migrant housing facility as meeting applicable safety and health standards under the law. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Employment Standards Administration. Title: Housing Occupancy Certificate—Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. OMB Number: 1215–0158. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Agency Number: WH–520. Affected Public: Farms; Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit. Total Respondents: 300. Total Annual Responses: 300. Estimated Time per Response: 3 minutes. Reporting: 1 minute (Recordkeeping burden for posting and filing). Estimated Total Burden Hours: 20. Frequency: On occasion. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $0. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: January 3, 2005. Bruce Bohanon, Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration and Planning, Employment Standards Administration. [FR Doc. 05–331 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment Standards Administration; Wage and Hour Division Minimum Wages for Federal and Federally Assisted Construction; General Wage Determination Decisions General wage determination decisions of the Secretary of Labor are issued in accordance with applicable law and are based on the information obtained by the Department of Labor from its study of local wage conditions and data made available from other sources. They specify the basic hourly wage rates and fringe benefits which are determined to be prevailing for the described classes of laborers and mechanics employed on construction projects of a similar character and in the localities specified therein. The determinations in these decisions of prevailing rates and fringe benefits have been made in accordance with 29 CFR part 1, by authority of the Secretary of Labor pursuant to the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act of March 3, 1931, as amended (46 Stat. 1494, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 276a) and of other Federal statutes referred to in 29 CFR part 1, Appendix, as well as such additional statutes as may from time to time be enacted containing provisions for the payment of wages determined to be E:\FR\FM\07JAN1.SGM 07JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 5 (Friday, January 7, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1473-1474]
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[FR Doc No: 05-332]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Information Regarding the Relocation of Foreign Labor 
Certification Staff in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices to the 
Atlanta and Chicago National Processing Centers

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

ACTION:  Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the 
Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this Notice to 
announce that DOL has moved its foreign labor certification field staff 
in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices to the new Atlanta and 
Chicago National Processing Centers. This Notice provides the public in 
the Atlanta and Chicago regions with contact information regarding 
these two new processing centers. All foreign labor certification 
processing activities previously conducted in the Atlanta and Chicago 
Regional Offices will now be assumed by the corresponding Atlanta or 
Chicago National Processing Centers.
    The regulation to implement the re-engineered permanent labor 
certification program was published in the Federal Register on December 
27, 2004. The National Processing Centers will continue current 
functions on an interim basis and ETA will provide additional guidance 
as to the handling of cases which will be filed under the new rule as 
well as backlogged permanent labor certification cases.
    Employers in the Atlanta and Chicago regions requesting H-2A 
workers should simultaneously submit H-2A applications to their 
appropriate State Workforce Agency (SWA) and respective National 
Processing Center. These H-2A applications should no longer be 
submitted to ETA's Atlanta or Chicago Regional Offices. Employers in 
the Atlanta and Chicago regions requesting either permanent or H-2B 
workers should continue, until ETA publishes future guidance on this 
issue, to file permanent and H-2B applications with the appropriate 
SWA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Carlson, Chief, Division of 
Foreign Labor Certification, Employment and Training Administration, 
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room C-4312, Washington, DC 20210; 
Telephone: (202) 693-3010 (this is not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The two National Processing Centers opened 
as of December 13, 2004, and assumed, on an interim basis, 
responsibility for processing Applications for Alien Employment 
Certification (ETA Form 750) for permanent employment, and H-2A, and H-
2B applications previously processed by ETA's Atlanta and Chicago 
Regional Offices. The two new National Processing Centers will handle 
permanent labor certification cases to be filed under the soon-to-be 
effective regulation implementing the new permanent labor certification 
program.
    As recently announced, ETA has issued a new form to be used when 
filing applications under the H-1B and H-1B1 programs. Please see 69 FR 
69412 published on November 29, 2004, for additional details. The 
mailing address and fax number for H-1B and H-1B1 case processing 
operations remain the same. The H-1B and H-1B1 address and fax number 
are: ETA Application Processing Center, P.O. Box 13640, Philadelphia, 
PA 19101, Fax: (800) 397-0478.
ADDRESSES: The following new addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers 
should be used by employers and by SWAs for either inquiries or for the 
forwarding of application materials, as appropriate. Please note: for 
all application materials, inquiries, and other correspondence sent to 
either the Atlanta or Chicago National processing Center, envelopes 
should be clearly marked according to the appropriate program type, 
i.e., permanent, H-2A, or H-2B.
    Atlanta Processing Center Address: U.S. Department of Labor 
Employment and Training Administration, Foreign Labor Certification 
National Processing Center, Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, Suite 
410, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, Phone: (404) 893-0101, Fax: (404) 893-
4642.

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    Chicago Processing Center Address: U.S. Department of Labor 
Employment and Training Administration, Foreign Labor Certification 
National Processing Center, 844 North Rush Street, 12th Floor, Chicago, 
Illinois 60611, Phone: (312) 886-8000, Fax: (312) 886-1688.

    Signed in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of January, 2005.
Emily Stover DeRocco,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 05-332 Filed 1-6-05; 8:45 am]
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