Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 42887-42888 [E6-12073]

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General information concerning USTR may be obtained by accessing its Internet Web site (http://www.ustr.gov). Carmen Suro-Bredie, Chairman, Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. E6–12133 Filed 7–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3110–W6–P PEACE CORPS Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities: Career Information Consultants Waiver Form (PC–DP–969.1.2) Peace Corps. ACTION: Notice of Reinstatement of OMB Control Number 0420–0531, with changes, of a previously approved collection for which approval has expired. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:47 Jul 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 SUMMARY: The Peace Corps has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, a request for approval of Reinstatement of OMB Control Number 0420–0531, the Career Information Consultants Waiver Form (PC–DP– 969.1.2). The purpose of this information collection is to gather and update contact information for individuals who volunteer to share information about their career field, their past or current employer(s), and their career and educational paths with current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The purpose of this notice is to allow for public comment on whether the proosed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Peace Corps, including whether the information will have practical use; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; ways to enhance the quality, utility and the clarity of the information to be collected; and, ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology. This is a Request for Reinstatement of expired OMB Control Number 0420–0531. Five (5) comments were received in response to the Peace Corps’ Federal Register Notice that was published January 12, 2006, Volume 71, No. 8, 60 days. These comments were evaluated. Comments regarding the number of available options for career field(s) suggested that the original number of options was too high and made the form difficult to read. The form was revised to include a fewer number of options and the font size was increased. Comments regarding the number of entries from a single respondent suggested that respondents were listed too many times. The form was revised to limit the number of entries allowed from each respondent. Comments regarding the title of career field options suggested that there was repetition in the titles and that some titles were confusing. The form was revised to include standard occupational titles. Comments regarding the number of pages in the print publication suggested that the book was too large and difficult to manage. The directory will now only be available in electronic form. A copy of the information collection may be obtained from Ms. Tamara Webb, Peace Corps, Office of Domestic Programs, Returned Volunteer Services, 1111 20th Street, NW., Room 2132, Washington, DC 20526. Ms. Webb can PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42887 be contacted by telephone at 202–692– 1435 or 800–424–8580 ext 1435. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 28, 2006. Need for and Use of This Information: The Career Information Consultants Waiver Form is used to gather contact information from individuals who have volunteered to serve as career resources for current Peace Corps Volunteers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The form is distributed and collected by the Peace Corps Office of Domestic Programs, Returned Volunteer Services Division. The Returned Volunteer Services Division provides transition assistance to returning and recentlyreturned Volunteers through the Career Information Consultants project and other career, educational, and readjustment activities. The purpose of this information collection is to gather and update contact information for the Career Information Consultants database and publication. There is no other means of obtaining the required data. The Career Information Consultants project supports the need to assist returned volunteers and enhance the agency’s capability to serve this population as required by Congressional legislation. Respondent’s Obligation to Reply: Voluntary Burden on the Public: a. Annual reporting burden: 167 hours. b. Annual recordkeeping burden: 0 hours. c. Estimated average burden per response: 5 minutes. d. Frequency of response: Once, every three years. e. Estimated number of likely respondents: 2000. f. Estimated cost to respondents: $0. At this time, responses will be returned by mail. This notice is issued in Washington, DC on July 19, 2006. Wilbert Bryant, Associate Director for Management. [FR Doc. 06–6520 Filed 7–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6051–01–M 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. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 42888 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 145 / Friday, July 28, 2006 / Notices 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. Title and purpose of information collection: Application for Employee Annuity Under the Railroad Retirement Act; OMB 3220–0002. Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) provides for payments of age and service, disability, and supplemental annuities to qualified employees. An annuity cannot be paid until the employee stops working for a railroad employer. In addition, the age and service employee must relinquish any rights held to such jobs. A disabled employee does not need to relinquish employee rights until attaining Full Retirement Age, or if earlier, their spouse files for a spouse annuity. Benefits become payable after the employee meets certain other requirements, which depend on the type of annuity payable. The requirements for obtaining the annuities are prescribed in 20 CFR 216, and 220. The RRB currently uses the electronic AA–1cert, Application Summary and Certification process and the following forms to collect the information needed for determining entitlement to and the amount of, an employee retirement annuity: Form AA–1, Application for Employee Annuity Under the Railroad Retirement Act, Form AA–1d, Application for Determination of Employee Disability, and Form G–204, Verification of Workers Compensation/ Public Disability Benefit Information. The AA–1cert process obtains information from an applicant for either an age and service, or disability annuity by means of an interview with an RRB field-office representative. It obtains information about an applicant’s marital history, work history, military service, benefits from other governmental agencies and railroad pensions. During the interview, the field-office representative enters the information obtained into an on-line information system. Upon completion of the interview, the applicant receives Form AA–1cert, Application Summary and Certification, which summarizes the information that was provided by/or verified by the applicant, for review and signature. The RRB also uses a manual version, RRB Form AA–1, in instances where the RRB representative is unable to contact the applicant in-person or by telephone, i.e., the applicant lives in another country. Form AA–1d, Application for Determination of Employee Disability, is completed by an employee who is filing for a disability annuity under the RRA, or a disability freeze under the Social Security Act for early Medicare based on a disability. Form G–204, Verification of Workers Compensation/ Public Disability Benefit Information, is used to obtain and verify information concerning worker’s compensation or public disability benefits that are or will be paid by a public agency to a disabled railroad employee. The RRB estimates the burden for the collection as follows: ESTIMATED BURDEN Estimated annual responses Form No. Estimated completion time (per response) Estimated annual burden (hours) 13,000 65 5 5,000 40 30 62 60 35 15 6,500 67 5 2,916 10 Total .............................................................................................................. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AA–1cert (interview) ............................................................................................ AA–1 manual (without assistance) ...................................................................... AA–1d (manual without assistance) .................................................................... AA–1d (manual) (interview) ................................................................................. G–204 .................................................................................................................. 18,110 ................................ 9,498 The RRB proposes changes to the certification statements of Form(s) AA– 1 and AA–1(cert) that are intended to provide additional specificity regarding post-application events that require an applicant to contact the RRB. Other nonburden impacting editorial and formatting changes to Form AA–1cert and Form AA–1 are also proposed. The RRB proposes the addition of an item to Form AA–1d to ask a disability applicant if any additional medical procedures are scheduled after the filing of the form, and if so, what those procedures are, as well as minor nonburden impacting, editorial and formatting changes. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G–204. Completion of the forms is required to obtain a benefit. One response is requested of each respondent. Additional Information or Comments: To request more information or to obtain a copy of the information VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:12 Jul 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 collection justification, forms, and/or supporting material, please call the RRB Clearance Officer at (312) 751–3363 or send an e-mail request to Charles.Mierzwa@RRB.gov. Comments regarding the information collection should be addressed to Ronald J. Hodapp, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 N. Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611– 2092 or send an e-mail to Ronald.Hodapp@RRB.gov. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice. Charles Mierzwa, RRB Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E6–12073 Filed 7–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7905–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 145 (Friday, July 28, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 42887-42888]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-12073]


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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.

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    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.
    Title and purpose of information collection: Application for 
Employee Annuity Under the Railroad Retirement Act; OMB 3220-0002.
    Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) provides for 
payments of age and service, disability, and supplemental annuities to 
qualified employees. An annuity cannot be paid until the employee stops 
working for a railroad employer. In addition, the age and service 
employee must relinquish any rights held to such jobs. A disabled 
employee does not need to relinquish employee rights until attaining 
Full Retirement Age, or if earlier, their spouse files for a spouse 
annuity. Benefits become payable after the employee meets certain other 
requirements, which depend on the type of annuity payable. The 
requirements for obtaining the annuities are prescribed in 20 CFR 216, 
and 220.
    The RRB currently uses the electronic AA-1cert, Application Summary 
and Certification process and the following forms to collect the 
information needed for determining entitlement to and the amount of, an 
employee retirement annuity: Form AA-1, Application for Employee 
Annuity Under the Railroad Retirement Act, Form AA-1d, Application for 
Determination of Employee Disability, and Form G-204, Verification of 
Workers Compensation/Public Disability Benefit Information.
    The AA-1cert process obtains information from an applicant for 
either an age and service, or disability annuity by means of an 
interview with an RRB field-office representative. It obtains 
information about an applicant's marital history, work history, 
military service, benefits from other governmental agencies and 
railroad pensions. During the interview, the field-office 
representative enters the information obtained into an on-line 
information system. Upon completion of the interview, the applicant 
receives Form AA-1cert, Application Summary and Certification, which 
summarizes the information that was provided by/or verified by the 
applicant, for review and signature. The RRB also uses a manual 
version, RRB Form AA-1, in instances where the RRB representative is 
unable to contact the applicant in-person or by telephone, i.e., the 
applicant lives in another country.
    Form AA-1d, Application for Determination of Employee Disability, 
is completed by an employee who is filing for a disability annuity 
under the RRA, or a disability freeze under the Social Security Act for 
early Medicare based on a disability. Form G-204, Verification of 
Workers Compensation/Public Disability Benefit Information, is used to 
obtain and verify information concerning worker's compensation or 
public disability benefits that are or will be paid by a public agency 
to a disabled railroad employee.
    The RRB estimates the burden for the collection as follows:

                                                Estimated Burden
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                                                                               Estimated
                      Form No.                         Estimated annual     completion time    Estimated annual
                                                           responses        (per response)      burden (hours)
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AA-1cert (interview)................................              13,000                  30               6,500
AA-1 manual (without assistance)....................                  65                  62                  67
AA-1d (manual without assistance)...................                   5                  60                   5
AA-1d (manual) (interview)..........................               5,000                  35               2,916
G-204...............................................                  40                  15                  10
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    Total...........................................              18,110  ..................               9,498
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    The RRB proposes changes to the certification statements of Form(s) 
AA-1 and AA-1(cert) that are intended to provide additional specificity 
regarding post-application events that require an applicant to contact 
the RRB. Other non-burden impacting editorial and formatting changes to 
Form AA-1cert and Form AA-1 are also proposed.
    The RRB proposes the addition of an item to Form AA-1d to ask a 
disability applicant if any additional medical procedures are scheduled 
after the filing of the form, and if so, what those procedures are, as 
well as minor non-burden impacting, editorial and formatting changes. 
The RRB proposes no changes to Form G-204.
    Completion of the forms is required to obtain a benefit. One 
response is requested of each respondent.
    Additional Information or Comments: To request more information or 
to obtain a copy of the information collection justification, forms, 
and/or supporting material, please call the RRB Clearance Officer at 
(312) 751-3363 or send an e-mail request to Charles.Mierzwa@RRB.gov. 
Comments regarding the information collection should be addressed to 
Ronald J. Hodapp, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 N. Rush Street, 
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092 or send an e-mail to 
Ronald.Hodapp@RRB.gov. Written comments should be received within 60 
days of this notice.

Charles Mierzwa,
RRB Clearance Officer.
 [FR Doc. E6-12073 Filed 7-27-06; 8:45 am]
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