Proposed Information Collection; Comments: Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program and the Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit, 16525-16527 [E5-1412]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 61 / Thursday, March 31, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Requested 60-day notice of information collection under review: Firearms Transaction Record, Part 1, Over-theCounter. ACTION: The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for ‘‘sixty days’’ until May 31, 2005. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. If you have comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Cherie Knoblock, Firearms Enforcement Branch, Room 7400, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: —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 agencies 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 submission of responses. VerDate jul<14>2003 15:30 Mar 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 Overview of this information collection: (1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Firearms Transaction Record, Part 1, Over-the-Counter. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form Number: ATF F 4473 (5300.9) Part 1. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. Other: Business or other for-profit. The form is used to determine the eligibility (under the Gun Control Act) of a person to receive a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee and to establish the identity of the buyer. It is also used in law enforcement investigations/inspections to trace firearms. The form has been revised to reflect recommended format and substantive changes requested by a variety of stake holders including licensees and Federal and state law enforcement agencies. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: It is estimated that 10,225,000 respondents will complete a 25 minute form. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: There are an estimated 4,260,417 annual total burden hours associated with this collection. If additional information is required contact: Brenda E. Dyer, Department Clearance Officer, Policy and Planning Staff, Justice Management Division, Department of Justice, Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street NW., Washington, DC 20530. Dated: March 25, 2005. Brenda E. Dyer, Department Clearance Officer, Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 05–6335 Filed 3–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–FY–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Foreign Claims Settlement Commission [F.C.S.C. Meeting Notice No. 2–05] Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, pursuant to its regulations (45 CFR part 504) and the Government PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16525 in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of Commission business and other matters specified, as follows: DATE AND TIME: Thursday, April 7, 2005, at 10 a.m. SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Issuance of Proposed Decisions in claims against Albania; (2) Consideration of petitions to reopen Final Decisions in claims against Albania; (3) Consideration of a petition to withdraw a claim previously filed against Albania. STATUS: Open. All meetings are held at the Foreign claims Settlement Commission, 600 E Street, NW., Washington, DC. Requests for information, or advance notices of intention to observe an open meeting, may be directed to: Administrative Officer, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 600 E Street, NW., Room 6002, Washington, DC 20579. Telephone: (202) 616–6988. Mauricio J. Tamargo, Chairman. [FR Doc. 05–6416 Filed 3–29–05; 9:31 am] BILLING CODE 4410–01–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comments: Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program and the Welfare-toWork Tax Credit ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 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 and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments on the proposed extension (without change) of the Work E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 16526 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 61 / Thursday, March 31, 2005 / Notices Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program and the Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit (WtWTC) electronic reporting forms ETA 9057–9059; administrative forms ETA 9061–9065; and the following program related documents: November 2002, Third Edition of ETA Handbook No. 408; Planning Guidance Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program and Welfare-toWork Tax Credit Allotments Fiscal Year (FY) 2005; and the Technical Assistance and Review Guide. This request covers the period from March 31, 2005 through June 30, 2006. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice. DATES: Submit comments on or before May 31, 2005. ADDRESSES: Send comments to: Anthony Dais, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Employment Services, Office of Workforce Investment, Room S–4231, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 (202–693– 2784—not a toll free number), fax: 202– 693–3015, and e-mail address: dais.anthony@dol.gov; or Send comments to: Dennis I. Lieberman, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Adults and Dislocated Workers, Office of Workforce Investment, Room S–4231, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 (202–693–3580—not a toll free number), fax: 202–693–3587, and email address: lieberman.dennis@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Employment Services, Office of Workforce Investment, Room S–4231, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 (202–693– 2786—not a toll free number), fax: 202– 693–3015, and e-mail address: ortiz.carmen@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Data on the WOTC and the WtWTC Tax Credits will be collected by the state workforce agencies (SWAs) and provided to the Division of Employment Services, Office of Workforce Investment, Washington, DC, through the appropriate Department of Labor (DOL) regional offices via quarterly management reports. The data obtained from the administrative or processing forms will be used for WOTC and WtWTC national office program performance management and outcome reporting. II. Desired Focus of Comments Currently, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension (without change) of the WOTC Program and the WtWTC electronic reporting forms ETA 9057–9059; administrative forms ETA 9061–9065; and the following program related documents: November 2002, Third Edition of ETA Handbook No. 408; Planning Guidance TEGL for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit Allotments for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004; and the Technical Assistance and Review Guide. 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 by including 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. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed above in the addressee section of this notice. III. Current Actions This is a request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Total respondents Requirement Form 9057 .................................................... Form 9058 .................................................... Form 9059 .................................................... VerDate jul<14>2003 15:30 Mar 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 52 52 52 Frm 00051 Frequency approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) to extend the collection of information and use of program materials for the WOTC and WtWTC. On October 4, 2004, the President signed into law the ‘‘Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004,’’ P.L. 108–311. This law reauthorized the WOTC and WtWTC, without changes, through December 31, 2005. The reauthorization is retroactive to the tax credits’ expiration date of December 31, 2003. OMB authorization for the WOTC and WtWTC administrative and electronic reporting forms will expire on March 31, 2005. Further, the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) of 1998 (Pub. L. 105–277) requires that, when feasible, Federal agencies design and implement the use of automated systems that facilitate the electronic signature and filing of forms (by participants) to conduct official business with the public by 2003. The Division of Employment Services, Office of Workforce Investment, complied with this requirement by successfully implementing an electronic reporting system for the tax credits’ program and the WOTC and WtWTC quarterly reports. The automated reporting system is known as ETA’s Enterprise Information Management System (EIMS) Tax Credit Reporting System (TCRS). The EIMS/TCRS is a Web-based system that allows states to meet the reporting responsibilities in a more efficient manner while reducing the reporting burden on the state, regional, and national levels. Through this system, states can manually enter or electronically upload the required quarterly data reports (ETA forms 9057, 9058 and 9059). This electronic reporting system reduced burden hours by 78 percent from 3,215,368 annual burden hours estimated for these forms in the 2002 ICR to 703,125 actual burden hours in 2004. The present ICR reflects the substantial decrease in response time for these forms. Type of Review: Extension (without change). Agency: employment and Training Administration. Title: Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit. OMB Number: 1205–0371. Burden Hours: (See Chart Below) Annual response Quarterly ............................... Quarterly ............................... Quarterly ............................... Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 208 208 208 31MRN1 Average response time 1:00 1:00 1:00 Annual burden hours 208 208 208 16527 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 61 / Thursday, March 31, 2005 / Notices Total respondents Requirement Frequency Average response time Annual response Annual burden hours Employer/Job-seeker Complete Form 9061 Form 9061 processed by SWAs .................. Form 9062 .................................................... Form 9063 .................................................... Form 9065 .................................................... Recordkeeping .............................................. Planning Guidance ....................................... Modification Planning Guidance ................... 770,000 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 On occasion .......................... On occasion .......................... On occasion .......................... On occasion .......................... Quarterly ............................... Annually ................................ One time ............................... One time ............................... 770,000 770,000 40 440,000 208 52 52 52 .33 .33 .33 .33 1:00 931 8:00 1:00 254,100 254,100 13 145,200 208 48,412 416 52 Total ....................................................... ........................ ............................................... 1,801,028 ........................ 703,125 Total Burden Hours: 703,125. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): 0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): 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, and they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: Signed at Washington, DC, this 25th day of March, 2005. Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training. [FR Doc. E5–1412 Filed 3–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD Proposed Collection; Comment Request Summary: In accordance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides opportunity for public comment on new or revised data collections, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will publish periodic summaries of proposed data collections. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the RRB’s estimate of the burden of the collection of the information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 1. Title and Purpose of Information Collection Employee Non-Covered Service Pension Questionnaire; OMB 3220– 0154. Section 215(a)(7) of the Social Security Act provides for a reduction in social security benefits based on employment not covered under the Social Security Act or the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA). This provision applies a different social security benefit formula to most workers who are first eligible after 1985 to both a pension based in whole or in part on noncovered employment and a social security retirement or disability benefit. There is a guarantee provision that limits the reduction in the social security benefit to one-half of the portion of the pension based on noncovered employment after 1956. Section 8011 of Public Law 100–647 changed the effective date of the onset from the first month of eligibility to the first month of concurrent entitlement to the non-covered service benefit and the RRA benefit. Section 3(a)(1) of the RRA provides that the Tier I benefit of an employee annuity will be equal to the amount (before any reduction for age or deduction for work) the employee would receive if he or she would have been entitled to a like benefit under the Social Security Act. The reduction for a non-covered service pension also applies to a Tier I portion of employees under the RRA where the annuity or non-covered service pension begins after 1985. Since the amount of a Tier I benefit of a spouse is one-half of the employee’s Tier I, the spouse annuity is also affected by the employee’s noncovered service pension reduction of his or her Tier I benefit. The RRB utilizes Form G–209, Employee Non-Covered Service Pension Questionnaire, to obtain needed information from railroad retirement employee applicants or annuitants about the receipt of a pension based on employment not covered under the Railroad Retirement Act or the Social Security Act. It is used as both a supplement to the employee annuity application, and as an independent questionnaire to be completed when an individual who is already receiving an employee annuity, becomes entitled to a pension. One response is requested of each respondent. Completion is required to obtain or retain benefits. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G– 209. Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden The estimated annual respondent burden is as follows: Annual responses Form #(s) G–209 (partial questionnaire) .................................................................................................................. G–209 (full questionnaire) ....................................................................................................................... 100 400 Total .................................................................................................................................................. 500 2. Title and Purpose of Information Collection Availability for Work; OMB 3220– 0164. Under section 1(k) of the Railroad VerDate jul<14>2003 17:24 Mar 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 Unemployment Insurance Act, unemployment benefits are not payable for any day for which the claimant is not available for work. Under Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) regulation 20 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Time (min) Burden (hrs) 1 8 2 53 55 CFR 327.5, ‘‘available for work’’ is defined as being willing and ready for work. This section further provides that a person is ‘‘willing’’ to work if that person is willing to accept and perform E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 61 (Thursday, March 31, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16525-16527]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comments: Work Opportunity Tax 
Credit Program and the Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 
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 and Training Administration (ETA) is 
soliciting comments on the proposed extension (without change) of the 
Work

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Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program and the Welfare-to-Work Tax 
Credit (WtWTC) electronic reporting forms ETA 9057-9059; administrative 
forms ETA 9061-9065; and the following program related documents: 
November 2002, Third Edition of ETA Handbook No. 408; Planning Guidance 
Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) for the Work Opportunity 
Tax Credit Program and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit Allotments Fiscal 
Year (FY) 2005; and the Technical Assistance and Review Guide. This 
request covers the period from March 31, 2005 through June 30, 2006. A 
copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be 
obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section 
of this notice.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 31, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to: Anthony Dais, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Employment and Training Administration, Division of Employment 
Services, Office of Workforce Investment, Room S-4231, 200 Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 (202-693-2784--not a toll free 
number), fax: 202-693-3015, and e-mail address: dais.anthony@dol.gov; 
or
    Send comments to: Dennis I. Lieberman, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Employment and Training Administration, Division of Adults and 
Dislocated Workers, Office of Workforce Investment, Room S-4231, 200 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 (202-693-3580--not a 
toll free number), fax: 202-693-3587, and e-mail address: 
lieberman.dennis@dol.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Department of 
Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Employment 
Services, Office of Workforce Investment, Room S-4231, 200 Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 (202-693-2786--not a toll free 
number), fax: 202-693-3015, and e-mail address: ortiz.carmen@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Data on the WOTC and the WtWTC Tax Credits will be collected by the 
state workforce agencies (SWAs) and provided to the Division of 
Employment Services, Office of Workforce Investment, Washington, DC, 
through the appropriate Department of Labor (DOL) regional offices via 
quarterly management reports. The data obtained from the administrative 
or processing forms will be used for WOTC and WtWTC national office 
program performance management and outcome reporting.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    Currently, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed 
extension (without change) of the WOTC Program and the WtWTC electronic 
reporting forms ETA 9057-9059; administrative forms ETA 9061-9065; and 
the following program related documents: November 2002, Third Edition 
of ETA Handbook No. 408; Planning Guidance TEGL for the Work 
Opportunity Tax Credit Program and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit 
Allotments for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004; and the Technical Assistance and 
Review Guide.
    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 by including 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.
    A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be 
obtained by contacting the office listed above in the addressee section 
of this notice.

III. Current Actions

    This is a request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)) to extend the collection of information and use of 
program materials for the WOTC and WtWTC. On October 4, 2004, the 
President signed into law the ``Working Families Tax Relief Act of 
2004,'' P.L. 108-311. This law reauthorized the WOTC and WtWTC, without 
changes, through December 31, 2005. The reauthorization is retroactive 
to the tax credits' expiration date of December 31, 2003. OMB 
authorization for the WOTC and WtWTC administrative and electronic 
reporting forms will expire on March 31, 2005. Further, the Government 
Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-277) requires 
that, when feasible, Federal agencies design and implement the use of 
automated systems that facilitate the electronic signature and filing 
of forms (by participants) to conduct official business with the public 
by 2003. The Division of Employment Services, Office of Workforce 
Investment, complied with this requirement by successfully implementing 
an electronic reporting system for the tax credits' program and the 
WOTC and WtWTC quarterly reports. The automated reporting system is 
known as ETA's Enterprise Information Management System (EIMS) Tax 
Credit Reporting System (TCRS). The EIMS/TCRS is a Web-based system 
that allows states to meet the reporting responsibilities in a more 
efficient manner while reducing the reporting burden on the state, 
regional, and national levels. Through this system, states can manually 
enter or electronically upload the required quarterly data reports (ETA 
forms 9057, 9058 and 9059). This electronic reporting system reduced 
burden hours by 78 percent from 3,215,368 annual burden hours estimated 
for these forms in the 2002 ICR to 703,125 actual burden hours in 2004. 
The present ICR reflects the substantial decrease in response time for 
these forms.
    Type of Review: Extension (without change).
    Agency: employment and Training Administration.
    Title: Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit.
    OMB Number: 1205-0371.
    Burden Hours: (See Chart Below)

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                                     Total                            Annual          Average     Annual  burden
          Requirement             respondents       Frequency        response     response  time       hours
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Form 9057.....................              52  Quarterly.......             208            1:00             208
Form 9058.....................              52  Quarterly.......             208            1:00             208
Form 9059.....................              52  Quarterly.......             208            1:00             208

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Employer/Job-seeker Complete           770,000  On occasion.....         770,000             .33         254,100
 Form 9061.
Form 9061 processed by SWAs...              52  On occasion.....         770,000             .33         254,100
Form 9062.....................              52  On occasion.....              40             .33              13
Form 9063.....................              52  On occasion.....         440,000             .33         145,200
Form 9065.....................              52  Quarterly.......             208            1:00             208
Recordkeeping.................              52  Annually........              52             931          48,412
Planning Guidance.............              52  One time........              52            8:00             416
Modification Planning Guidance              52  One time........              52            1:00              52
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    Total.....................  ..............  ................       1,801,028  ..............         703,125
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    Total Burden Hours: 703,125.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): 0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): 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, and they will also 
become a matter of public record.

    Dated: Signed at Washington, DC, this 25th day of March, 2005.
Emily Stover DeRocco,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training.
[FR Doc. E5-1412 Filed 3-30-05; 8:45 am]
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