Proposed Collection, Comment Request, 64743-64744 [E6-18556]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 213 / Friday, November 3, 2006 / Notices which may come before the Committee between the time of this publication and the scheduled date of the ACA meeting. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mr. Anthony Swoope, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–5311, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693–2796 (this is not a toll-free number). Proposed Collection, Comment Request FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matters To Be Considered The agenda will focus on the following topics: • Departmental strategies to continue expanding the National Apprenticeship System in the 21st century workforce. • Status of the ACA’s Recommendations to the Secretary. • ACA Accomplishments 2005–2007. • Future Expansion of Apprenticeship in High Growth Occupations. • Past, Present, and Future of Apprenticeship. • Apprenticeship Integration with Workforce Investment Act (WIA) System. Status mstockstill on PROD1PC68 with NOTICES Members of the public are invited to attend the proceedings. Individuals with disabilities should contact Ms. Kenya Huckaby at (202) 693–3795 no later than Monday, November 20, 2006, if special accommodations are needed. Any member of the public who wishes to file written data or comments pertaining to the agenda may do so by sending the data or comments to Mr. Anthony Swoope, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–5311, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Such submissions should be sent by Monday, November 20, 2006, to be included in the record for the meeting. Any member of the public who wishes to speak at the meeting should indicate the nature of the intended presentation and the amount of time needed by furnishing a written statement to the Designated Federal Official, Mr. Anthony Swoope, by Monday, November 20, 2006. The Chairperson will announce at the beginning of the meeting the extent to which time will permit the granting of such requests. Signed at Washington, DC, this 31st day of October 2006. Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. E6–18642 Filed 11–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Nov 02, 2006 Jkt 211001 Bureau of Labor Statistics 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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the ‘‘Multiple Worksite Report and the Report of Federal Employment and Wages.’’ A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before January 2, 2007. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20212, 202–691–7628. (This is not a toll free number.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, 202–691–7628. (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, also better known as the ES–202 Program, is a Federal/State cooperative effort which compiles monthly employment data, quarterly wages data, and business identification information from employers subject to State Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws. These data are collected from State Quarterly Contribution Reports (QCRs) submitted to State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The States send micro-level employment and wages data, supplemented with the names, PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64743 addresses, and business identification information of these employers, to the BLS. The State data are used to create the BLS sampling frame, known as the longitudinal QCEW data. This file represents the best source of detailed industrial and geographical data on employers and is used as the sampling frame for most BLS surveys. The longitudinal QCEW data includes the individual employers’ employment and wages data along with associated business identification information that is maintained by each State to administer the UI program as well as the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program. The QCEW Report, produced for each calendar quarter, is a summary of these employer (micro-level) data by industry at the county level. Similar data for Federal Government employees covered by the UCFE Program also are included in each State’s report. These data are submitted by all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to the BLS which then summarizes these macro-level data to produce totals for the States and the Nation. The QCEW Report provides a virtual census of nonagricultural employees and their wages, with about 51 percent of the workers in agriculture covered as well. For employers having only a single physical location (worksite) in the State and, thus, operating under a single assigned industrial and geographical code, the data from the States’ UI accounting files are sufficient for statistical purposes. Such data, however, are not sufficient for statistical purposes for those employers having multiple establishments and/or engaged in different industrial activities within the State. In such cases, the employer’s QCR reflects only statewide employment and wages and is not disaggregated by establishment or worksite. Although data at this level are sufficient for many purposes of the UI Program, more detailed information is required to create a sampling frame and to meet the needs of several ongoing Federal/State statistical programs. The Multiple Worksite Report (MWR) is designed to supplement the QCR when more detailed information is needed. As a result of the MWR, improved establishment business identification data elements have been incorporated into and maintained on the longitudinal QCEW data file. The MWR collects a physical location address, secondary name (trade name, division, subsidiary, etc.), and reporting unit description (store number, plant name or number, etc.) for each worksite of multiestablishment employers. E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 64744 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 213 / Friday, November 3, 2006 / Notices Employers with more than one establishment reporting under the same UI account number within a State are requested to complete the MWR if the sum of the employment in all of their secondary establishments is 10 or greater. The primary worksite is defined as the establishment with the greatest number of employees. Upon receipt of the first MWR form, each employer is requested to supply business location identification information. Thereafter, this reported information is computer printed on the MWR form each quarter. The employer is requested to verify the accuracy of this business location identification information and to provide only the employment and wages for each worksite for that quarter. By using a standardized form, the reporting burden on many large employers, especially those engaged in multiple economic activities at various locations across numerous States, has been reduced. Comparable to the MWR, the function of the Report of Federal Employment and Wages (RFEW) is to collect employment and wages data for each installation of Federal agencies. The RFEW aids in the development and maintenance of business identification information by installation. The RFEW was modeled after the MWR and is used only to collect data from Federal agencies covered by the UCFE program. No other standardized report is available to collect current establishment-level monthly employment and wages data by SWAs for statistical purposes each quarter from the private sector nor State and Form No. The BLS has taken steps to help reduce employer reporting burden by developing a standardized format for employers to use to send these data to the States in an electronic medium. The BLS also established an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Collection Center to improve and expedite the MWR collection process. Employers who complete the MWR for multi-location businesses can now submit employment and wages information on any electronic medium (tape, cartridge, diskette, electronic, or computer-to-computer) directly to the data collection center, rather than to each State agency, separately. The data collection center then distributes the appropriate data to the respective States. The BLS also has been working very closely with firms providing payroll and tax filing services for employers as well as the developers of payroll and tax filing software to include this electronic reporting as either a service for their clients or a new feature of their system. In addition, the BLS is developing a Web-based system to collect these data from small to medium size businesses. This system was begun as a pilot project in four States in early 2006. Plans are to Total responses Respondent expand this option to all States and employers in 2007. III. Desired Focus of Comments The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in comments that: • 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. • 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. Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection. Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Title: Multiple Worksite Report (MWR) and the Report of Federal Employment and Wages (RFEW). OMB Number: 1220–0134. Frequency: Quarterly. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit institutions, not-for-profit institutions, Federal Government, and State, local or tribal government. Average time per response Total burden (hours) 123,212 5,199 Non-Federal ........................... Federal .................................. 492,848 20,796 22.2 minutes .......................... 22.2 minutes .......................... 182,354 7,695 128,411 Totals mstockstill on PROD1PC68 with NOTICES II. Current Action Total respondents BLS 3020 (MWR) ................ BLS 3021 (RFEW) .............. ................................................ 513,644 ................................................ 190,049 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 also will become a matter of public record. VerDate Aug<31>2005 local governments. Also, no other standardized report currently is available to collect installation-level Federal monthly employment and wages data each quarter by SWAs for statistical purposes. Completion of the MWR is required by state law in 27 States and territories. 15:24 Nov 02, 2006 Jkt 211001 Signed at Washington, DC, this 27th day of October, 2006. Kimberley Hill, Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. E6–18556 Filed 11–2–06; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF LABOR BILLING CODE 4510–24–P October 30, 2006. PO 00000 Office of the Secretary Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35). A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 213 (Friday, November 3, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64743-64744]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-18556]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Proposed Collection, Comment Request

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. The 
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the 
proposed extension of the ``Multiple Worksite Report and the Report of 
Federal Employment and Wages.'' A copy of the proposed information 
collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual 
listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before January 2, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, 
Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20212, 202-691-7628. (This 
is not a toll free number.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, 
202-691-7628. (See ADDRESSES section.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, also 
better known as the ES-202 Program, is a Federal/State cooperative 
effort which compiles monthly employment data, quarterly wages data, 
and business identification information from employers subject to State 
Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws. These data are collected from State 
Quarterly Contribution Reports (QCRs) submitted to State Workforce 
Agencies (SWAs). The States send micro-level employment and wages data, 
supplemented with the names, addresses, and business identification 
information of these employers, to the BLS. The State data are used to 
create the BLS sampling frame, known as the longitudinal QCEW data. 
This file represents the best source of detailed industrial and 
geographical data on employers and is used as the sampling frame for 
most BLS surveys. The longitudinal QCEW data includes the individual 
employers' employment and wages data along with associated business 
identification information that is maintained by each State to 
administer the UI program as well as the Unemployment Compensation for 
Federal Employees (UCFE) program.
    The QCEW Report, produced for each calendar quarter, is a summary 
of these employer (micro-level) data by industry at the county level. 
Similar data for Federal Government employees covered by the UCFE 
Program also are included in each State's report. These data are 
submitted by all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 
the Virgin Islands to the BLS which then summarizes these macro-level 
data to produce totals for the States and the Nation. The QCEW Report 
provides a virtual census of nonagricultural employees and their wages, 
with about 51 percent of the workers in agriculture covered as well.
    For employers having only a single physical location (worksite) in 
the State and, thus, operating under a single assigned industrial and 
geographical code, the data from the States' UI accounting files are 
sufficient for statistical purposes. Such data, however, are not 
sufficient for statistical purposes for those employers having multiple 
establishments and/or engaged in different industrial activities within 
the State. In such cases, the employer's QCR reflects only statewide 
employment and wages and is not disaggregated by establishment or 
worksite. Although data at this level are sufficient for many purposes 
of the UI Program, more detailed information is required to create a 
sampling frame and to meet the needs of several ongoing Federal/State 
statistical programs. The Multiple Worksite Report (MWR) is designed to 
supplement the QCR when more detailed information is needed.
    As a result of the MWR, improved establishment business 
identification data elements have been incorporated into and maintained 
on the longitudinal QCEW data file. The MWR collects a physical 
location address, secondary name (trade name, division, subsidiary, 
etc.), and reporting unit description (store number, plant name or 
number, etc.) for each worksite of multi-establishment employers.

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    Employers with more than one establishment reporting under the same 
UI account number within a State are requested to complete the MWR if 
the sum of the employment in all of their secondary establishments is 
10 or greater. The primary worksite is defined as the establishment 
with the greatest number of employees. Upon receipt of the first MWR 
form, each employer is requested to supply business location 
identification information. Thereafter, this reported information is 
computer printed on the MWR form each quarter. The employer is 
requested to verify the accuracy of this business location 
identification information and to provide only the employment and wages 
for each worksite for that quarter. By using a standardized form, the 
reporting burden on many large employers, especially those engaged in 
multiple economic activities at various locations across numerous 
States, has been reduced.
    Comparable to the MWR, the function of the Report of Federal 
Employment and Wages (RFEW) is to collect employment and wages data for 
each installation of Federal agencies. The RFEW aids in the development 
and maintenance of business identification information by installation. 
The RFEW was modeled after the MWR and is used only to collect data 
from Federal agencies covered by the UCFE program.
    No other standardized report is available to collect current 
establishment-level monthly employment and wages data by SWAs for 
statistical purposes each quarter from the private sector nor State and 
local governments. Also, no other standardized report currently is 
available to collect installation-level Federal monthly employment and 
wages data each quarter by SWAs for statistical purposes. Completion of 
the MWR is required by state law in 27 States and territories.

II. Current Action

    The BLS has taken steps to help reduce employer reporting burden by 
developing a standardized format for employers to use to send these 
data to the States in an electronic medium. The BLS also established an 
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Collection Center to improve and 
expedite the MWR collection process.
    Employers who complete the MWR for multi-location businesses can 
now submit employment and wages information on any electronic medium 
(tape, cartridge, diskette, electronic, or computer-to-computer) 
directly to the data collection center, rather than to each State 
agency, separately. The data collection center then distributes the 
appropriate data to the respective States. The BLS also has been 
working very closely with firms providing payroll and tax filing 
services for employers as well as the developers of payroll and tax 
filing software to include this electronic reporting as either a 
service for their clients or a new feature of their system. In 
addition, the BLS is developing a Web-based system to collect these 
data from small to medium size businesses. This system was begun as a 
pilot project in four States in early 2006. Plans are to expand this 
option to all States and employers in 2007.

III. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in 
comments that:
     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.
     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.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Title: Multiple Worksite Report (MWR) and the Report of Federal 
Employment and Wages (RFEW).
    OMB Number: 1220-0134.
    Frequency: Quarterly.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit institutions, not-
for-profit institutions, Federal Government, and State, local or tribal 
government.

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                                    Total                             Total        Average time    Total burden
           Form No.              respondents      Respondent        responses      per response       (hours)
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BLS 3020 (MWR)...............         123,212  Non-Federal.....         492,848  22.2 minutes...         182,354
BLS 3021 (RFEW)..............           5,199  Federal.........          20,796  22.2 minutes...           7,695
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    Totals                            128,411  ................         513,644  ...............         190,049
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    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 also will become a 
matter of public record.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 27th day of October, 2006.
Kimberley Hill,
Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor 
Statistics.
 [FR Doc. E6-18556 Filed 11-2-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-24-P