Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Labor Certification for the Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrant Aliens in Agriculture in the United States; Administrative Measures To Improve Program Performance, 48780-48781 [E5-4537]

Download as PDF 48780 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 160 / Friday, August 19, 2005 / Notices manufacturers holding registrations for the bulk manufacture of the substance an opportunity for a hearing. Therefore, in accordance with 21 CFR 1301.34(a), this is notice that on April 8, 2005, Research Triangle Institute, Kenneth H. Davis Jr., Hermann Building East Institute Drive, P.O. Box 12194, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, made application by renewal to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be registered as an importer of the basic class of controlled substance listed in Schedule II: Drug Schedule Cocaine (9041) ............................. II The company plans to import small quantities of the listed controlled substance for the National Institute of Drug Abuse and other clients. Any manufacturer who is presently, or is applying to be, registered with DEA to manufacture such basic classes of controlled substances may file comments or objections to the issuance of the proposed registration and may, at the same time, file a written request for a hearing on such application pursuant to 21 CFR 1301.43 and in such form as prescribed by 21 CFR 1316.47. Any such written comments or objections being sent via regular mail may be addressed, in quintuplicate, to the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC 20537, Attention: DEA Federal Register Representative, Liaison and Policy Section (ODL); or any being sent via express mail should be sent to DEA Headquarters, Attention: DEA Federal Register Representative/ODL, 2401 Jefferson-Davis Highway, Alexandria, Virginia 22301; and must be filed no later than September 19, 2005. This procedure is to be conducted simultaneously with and independent of the procedures described in 21 CFR 1301.34(b), (c), (d), (e) and (f). As noted in a previous notice published in the Federal Register on September 23, 1975, (40 FR 43745–46), all applicants for registration to import a basic class of any controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II are, and will continue to be required to demonstrate to the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, that the requirements for such registration pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 958(a), 21 U.S.C. 823(a), and 21 CFR 1301.34(b), (c),(d),(e) and (f) are satisfied. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:47 Aug 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: August 11, 2005. William J. Walker, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration. [FR Doc. 05–16467 Filed 8–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–09–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration Manufacturer of Controlled Substances; Notice of Application Pursuant to Section 1301.33(a) of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this is notice that on January 26, 2005, Sigma Aldrich Research, Biochemicals, Inc., 1–3 Strathmore Road, Natick, Massachusetts 01760, made application by letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for registration as a bulk manufacturer of NBenzylpiperazine (7493), a basic class of controlled substance listed in Schedule I. The company plans to manufacture the listed controlled substance in bulk for distribution to its customers. Any other such applicant and any person who is presently registered with DEA to manufacture such a substance may file comments or objections to the issuance of the proposed registration pursuant to 21 CFR 1301.33(a). Any such written comments or objections being sent via regular mail may be addressed, in quintuplicate, to the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC 20537, Attention: DEA Federal Register Representative, Liaison and Policy Section (ODL); or any being sent via express mail should be sent to DEA Headquarters, Attention: DEA Federal Register Representative/ODL, 2401 Jefferson-Davis Highway, Alexandria, Virginia 22301; and must be filed no later than October 18, 2005. Dated: August 12, 2005. William J. Walker, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration. [FR Doc. 05–16465 Filed 8–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–09–P PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Labor Certification for the Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrant Aliens in Agriculture in the United States; Administrative Measures To Improve Program Performance 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)(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, Office of National Programs, is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the collection for the Labor Certification for the Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrant Aliens in Agriculture in the Unites States; Administrative Measures to Improve Program Performance. 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: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee’s section below on or before October 18, 2005. ADDRESSES: John R. Beverly, Administrator, Office of National Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Room C–4312, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, phone: (202) 693–3010 (this is not a toll-free number); Fax: (202) 693–2768; e-mail: ETAperforms@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Wilson, Program Analyst, Division of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, Room C– 4312, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 160 / Friday, August 19, 2005 / Notices Room C–4312, Washington, DC 20210; phone (202) 693–3010 (this is not a tollfree number); Fax: (202) 693–2768; email: ETAperforms@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background At 64 FR 34958 (June 29, 1999), the Department amended its regulations to improve program performance related to the certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant agricultural (H–2A workers) in the United States. One improvement was to modify the requirement that an employer notify the State Workforce Agency (SWA), in writing, of the exact date on which the H–2A workers depart for the employer’s place of business. The rule states that the departure date is now deemed to be the third day before the employer’s first date of need for the foreign workers. Only if the workers do not depart by the date of need is the employer required to notify the SWA as soon as the employer knows that the workers will not depart by the first date of need, but no later than such date of need. The employer also must notify the SWA of the workers’ expected departure date en route to the employment, if known. The departure date is used as the starting date of the contract period for the purposes of the ‘‘50 percent rule’’ under 20 CFR 655.103(e). That regulation provides that the employer must continue to provide employment to any qualified and eligible U.S. worker who applies to the employer until 50 percent of the work contract period under which the foreign worker in the job has elapsed. The employer’s obligation to engage in positive recruitment ends on the day the foreign workers depart for the employer’s place of business. The employer, however, must keep an active job order on file until the ‘‘50 percent rule’’ has been met. The amendment to the regulations regarding the departure date notification substantially reduced the reporting burden on employers yet continued to allow the SWA to properly administer the ‘‘50 percent rule.’’ II. Review Focus The Department is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection 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; VerDate jul<14>2003 16:47 Aug 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 • 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 collections techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions DOL and the SWAs continue to use the dates listed on the employer’s application to calculate the employer’s responsibilities under the ‘‘50-percent rule.’’ The departure date (the third date before the date of need) is deemed the start date of the contract period in administration of the ‘‘50-percent rule’’ under 20 CR 655.103(e). The collection of information requirement is being extended to reflect annual reporting hour burdens changes based on an increase in the number of respondents. Type Of Review: Extension without change. Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Labor. Title: Labor Certification for the Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrant Aliens in Agriculture in the Unites States; Administrative Measures to Improve Program Performance. OMB Number: 1205–0404. Affected Public: Farms and other business or for-profit entities. Total Respondents: 335. Frequency Of Response: On occasion. Total Responses: 335. Average Burden Hours Per Response: 15 minutes. Estimate Total Annual Burden Hours: 335 respondents × .25 hours = 84 hours. 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; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: August 15, 2005. John R. Beverly, Administrator, Office of National Programs. [FR Doc. E5–4537 Filed 8–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48781 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 prevailing by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act. The prevailing rates and fringe benefits determined in these decisions shall, in accordance with the provisions of the foregoing statutes, constitute the minimum wages payable on Federal and federally assisted construction projects to laborers and mechanics of the specified classes engaged on contract work of the character and in the localities described therein. Good cause is hereby found for not utilizing notice and public comment procedure thereon prior to the issuance of these determinations as prescribed in 5 U.S.C. 553 and not providing for delay in the effective date as prescribed in that section, because the necessity to issue current construction industry wage determinations frequently and in large volume causes procedures to be impractical and contrary to the public interest. General wage determination decisions, and modifications and supersedes decisions thereto, contain no expiration dates and are effective from the date of notice in the Federal Register, or on the date written notice is received by the agency, whichever is earlier. These decisions are to be used E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; Labor Certification for the Temporary 
Employment of Nonimmigrant Aliens in Agriculture in the United States; 
Administrative Measures To Improve Program Performance

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 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)(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, Office of 
National Programs, is soliciting comments concerning the proposed 
extension of the collection for the Labor Certification for the 
Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrant Aliens in Agriculture in the 
Unites States; Administrative Measures to Improve Program Performance. 
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: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addressee's section below on or before October 18, 2005.

ADDRESSES: John R. Beverly, Administrator, Office of National Programs, 
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Room 
C-4312, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, phone: 
(202) 693-3010 (this is not a toll-free number); Fax: (202) 693-2768; 
e-mail: ETAperforms@dol.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Wilson, Program Analyst, 
Division of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Employment & Training Administration, Room C-4312, 200 Constitution 
Avenue, NW.,

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Room C-4312, Washington, DC 20210; phone (202) 693-3010 (this is not a 
toll-free number); Fax: (202) 693-2768; e-mail: ETAperforms@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    At 64 FR 34958 (June 29, 1999), the Department amended its 
regulations to improve program performance related to the certification 
of temporary employment of nonimmigrant agricultural (H-2A workers) in 
the United States. One improvement was to modify the requirement that 
an employer notify the State Workforce Agency (SWA), in writing, of the 
exact date on which the H-2A workers depart for the employer's place of 
business. The rule states that the departure date is now deemed to be 
the third day before the employer's first date of need for the foreign 
workers. Only if the workers do not depart by the date of need is the 
employer required to notify the SWA as soon as the employer knows that 
the workers will not depart by the first date of need, but no later 
than such date of need. The employer also must notify the SWA of the 
workers' expected departure date en route to the employment, if known. 
The departure date is used as the starting date of the contract period 
for the purposes of the ``50 percent rule'' under 20 CFR 655.103(e). 
That regulation provides that the employer must continue to provide 
employment to any qualified and eligible U.S. worker who applies to the 
employer until 50 percent of the work contract period under which the 
foreign worker in the job has elapsed. The employer's obligation to 
engage in positive recruitment ends on the day the foreign workers 
depart for the employer's place of business. The employer, however, 
must keep an active job order on file until the ``50 percent rule'' has 
been met. The amendment to the regulations regarding the departure date 
notification substantially reduced the reporting burden on employers 
yet continued to allow the SWA to properly administer the ``50 percent 
rule.''

II. Review Focus

    The Department is particularly interested in comments which:
     Evaluate whether the proposed information collection 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 collections 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submissions of responses.

III. Current Actions

    DOL and the SWAs continue to use the dates listed on the employer's 
application to calculate the employer's responsibilities under the 
``50-percent rule.'' The departure date (the third date before the date 
of need) is deemed the start date of the contract period in 
administration of the ``50-percent rule'' under 20 CR 655.103(e).
    The collection of information requirement is being extended to 
reflect annual reporting hour burdens changes based on an increase in 
the number of respondents.
    Type Of Review: Extension without change.
    Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.
    Title: Labor Certification for the Temporary Employment of 
Nonimmigrant Aliens in Agriculture in the Unites States; Administrative 
Measures to Improve Program Performance.
    OMB Number: 1205-0404.
    Affected Public: Farms and other business or for-profit entities.
    Total Respondents: 335.
    Frequency Of Response: On occasion.
    Total Responses: 335.
    Average Burden Hours Per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimate Total Annual Burden Hours: 335 respondents x .25 hours = 
84 hours.
    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; they will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated: August 15, 2005.
John R. Beverly,
Administrator, Office of National Programs.
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