Proposed Information Collection; Request for Public Comment Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey, 71190-71191 [E6-20912]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 71190 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 236 / Friday, December 8, 2006 / Notices procedures. One key component of the plan is outreach to the requester community and solicitation of input concerning ways the Department could improve the quality and efficiency of its FOIA efforts. At this time, the Department is soliciting input on ways to improve its FOIA efforts and, in particular, its written communication with individual requesters. The Department is convening this forum to begin the public input process. The first part of the program will consist of presentations by Departmental officials involved in the FOIA process. The second part of the program will be set aside to allow members of the requester community and the public to make suggestions or ask questions about the Department’s FOIA Improvement Plan or its FOIA processes generally. DATES: Forum. The public forum will take place at the DOL Auditorium, Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington DC 20210. The forum is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., December 18, 2006. Written comments. The Department invites oral and written comments in connection with the forum. Comments may be submitted by mail, facsimile or electronically. Notice of intention to speak at the forum. In order to accommodate maximum participation at the forum, the Department asks that individuals wishing to speak submit a written intention to speak at the forum by December 14, 2006. Notices may be submitted by mail, facsimile or electronically. If possible, please include an e-mail address or fax number in your notice, so we may contact you about scheduling. The Department requests that presentations be limited to no more than 10 minutes. The amount of time allotted will depend on the number of speakers who wish to speak. ADDRESSES: Written comments and notices of intention to speak at the forum may be submitted by mail, facsimile, or electronic means: Written comments: The Department encourages written comments (including electronic or facsimile form) relating to the subject of the forum on an ongoing basis. They may be submitted to the address below. Mail: Submit three copies of written comments to: Mr. Brad Mantel, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room N–2700, Washington DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–4964. Facsimile: If your comments are 10 pages or fewer, you may fax them to Mr. Mantel at (202) 693–5774. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Dec 07, 2006 Jkt 211001 Electronic: You may submit comments electronically to Mr. Mantel at mantel.brad@dol.gov. Notice of intention to speak at the forum: Mail: You may submit a notice of intention to speak to Mr. Brad Mantel, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room N–2700, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–4964. Facsimile: You may fax your notice of intention to speak to Mr. Mantel at (202) 693–5774. Electronic: You may also electronically submit your intention to speak to Mr. Mantel at mantel.brad@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Mantel, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of the Solicitor, telephone (202) 693– 4964. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The forum will include agency presentations from Departmental officials on the FOIA Improvement Plan and agency FOIA processes, including the Department’s Chief FOIA Officer and the FOIA Public Liaison. The forum is also designed to obtain input from the requester community through an openmicrophone session in which participants can address suggestions or questions to the Departmental FOIA agency staff. The Department is particularly interested in hearing from the requester community and the public on the following issues, but encourages input on a broad range of issues and ideas relating its FOIA process: Question 1: What additional information can the Department provide on its Web site to assist members of the public in making FOIA requests? Question 2: What additional methods can the Department utilize to improve communication with the requester community? Question 3: What is the best way of providing requesters information on the status of their FOIA requests? Question 4: What information should be included in all FOIA acknowledgement letters? Question 5: Would a continuing dialogue with the requester community about the Department’s FOIA process be useful? If so, what is the optimal format? Should DOL establish an ‘‘electronic’’ suggestion box for FOIA matters? Individuals with disabilities wishing to attend the forum who need special accommodation should contact Mr. Mantel at (202) 693–4964, or at mantel.brad@dol.gov. Authority: This notice was prepared under the direction of Robert A. Shapiro, Associate PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Solicitor for Legal Counsel and Chief FOIA Officer. Signed at Washington, DC, this 5th day of December, 2006. Robert A. Shapiro, Associate Solicitor for Legal Counsel and Chief FOIA Officer. [FR Doc. E6–20922 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–23–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposed Information Collection; Request for Public Comment Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey ACTION: Notice SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This program helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is soliciting comments on a proposed new information collection entitled the Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained without charge by contacting the office listed below in the Addresses section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 6, 2007. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Susan G. Lahne, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N–5716, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693–8410; Fax: (202) 219–4745. These are not toll-free numbers. Comments may also be submitted electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: ebsa.opr@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background In 1999, the Department conducted a pilot project under which approximately 200 group health plans were investigated for compliance with E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 236 / Friday, December 8, 2006 / Notices Part 7 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). In 2001, the Department initiated the Health Disclosure and Claims Issues: Fiscal Year 2001 Compliance Project (HDCI), which sought to increase compliance through investigations and improve the Department’s ability to provide effective compliance assistance by assessing more comprehensively the extent and nature of compliance with Part 7 of ERISA among group health plans. As a result of that project, the Department broadened its compliance assistance efforts through a combination of publications, outreach, self-audit materials, and other compliance tools. As a follow-up to the Fiscal Year 2001 Compliance Project, the Department proposes to conduct a second project, HDCI 2, which is intended to measure changes in compliance with Part 7 of ERISA and to improve the effectiveness of future compliance assistance efforts. As part of HDCI 2, the Department proposes to conduct a narrow scope telephone survey for the sole purpose of identifying an appropriate sample of ERISA-covered single-employer group health plans in two categories: (1) Plans sponsored by firms with 3–99 employees, and (2) plans sponsored by firms with 100 or more employees. The survey is necessary because the Department has no available information from which to identify an appropriate sample of ERISA-covered single-employer group health plans. Group health plans that are identified through the telephone survey will be subject to investigation for compliance with the requirements of the health coverage provisions of Part 7 of ERISA. The investigations will be conducted under the investigative authority of the Department and are not part of the Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey. The Department has determined that conducting a telephone survey is the simplest, least burdensome method of obtaining the information necessary to identify ERISA-covered single-employer plans for this purpose. The telephone survey will be limited in scope and designed to elicit only enough information to determine whether the firm that has been contacted sponsors or is part of a controlled group of firms that sponsors a group health plan subject to the provisions of Part 7. Respondents will be asked by telephone if they provide health benefits to their employees and, if so, the number of employees they have (to determine whether the plan is subject to Part 7 of ERISA or if a small plan exemption applies), and questions to determine whether the firm is a VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Dec 07, 2006 Jkt 211001 subsidiary that is part of a controlled group of employers and, therefore, whether the plan is sponsored by a parent that will need to be contacted. A respondent’s participation in the call will be voluntary. The Department estimates that it will need to contact up to 5,000 firms in order to derive an adequate sample of ERISA-covered single-employer group health plans in each of the two categories described above. The goals of HDCI 2 are to identify and correct violations of Part 7 of ERISA, calculate compliance rates, provide compliance assistance regarding these provisions, and shape the Department’s future compliance assistance and investigative resources strategies more efficiently and effectively. II. Current Actions This notice requests public comment pertaining to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collection contained in the telephone survey described above, which is necessary for purposes of the Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey. The Department intends, following the receipt of comments pursuant to this notice, to submit an ICR to OMB requesting its approval of this information collection. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. A summary of the ICR and the current burden estimates follows: Type of Review: New collection. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration. Title: Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey. OMB Number: 1210–NEW. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; not-for-profit organizations. Total Respondents: 5000. Total Responses: 5000. Frequency: Once. Average Time per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 417 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost Burden: $0. III. Desired Focus of Comments The Department 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 PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71191 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 respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., by permitting electronic submission of responses. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the ICR submitted for OMB approval. They will also become a matter of public record. Joseph A. Piacentini, Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. E6–20912 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA–W–60,456] American Wood Dryers Incorporated, Clackamas, OR; Notice of Termination of Investigation Pursuant to Section 221 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, an investigation was initiated on November 17, 2006 in response to a petition filed by a company official on behalf of workers of American Wood Dryers Incorporated, Clackamas, Oregon. The petition regarding the investigation has been deemed invalid. The petitioner was not a company official, but was one dislocated worker. A petition filed by workers requires three (3) signatures. Consequently, the investigation has been terminated. Signed at Washington, DC, this 30th day of November, 2006. Linda G. Poole, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E6–20839 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 236 (Friday, December 8, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71190-71191]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-20912]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Request for Public Comment 
Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey

ACTION: Notice

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), 
provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to 
comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This 
program helps the Department assess the impact of its information 
collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public 
and helps the public understand the Department's information collection 
requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. 
Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is soliciting 
comments on a proposed new information collection entitled the Health 
Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey. A copy of the information 
collection request (ICR) can be obtained without charge by contacting 
the office listed below in the Addresses section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 6, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Susan G. Lahne, Office of 
Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-5716, 
Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693-8410; Fax: (202) 219-4745. 
These are not toll-free numbers. Comments may also be submitted 
electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: 
ebsa.opr@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    In 1999, the Department conducted a pilot project under which 
approximately 200 group health plans were investigated for compliance 
with

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Part 7 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). 
In 2001, the Department initiated the Health Disclosure and Claims 
Issues: Fiscal Year 2001 Compliance Project (HDCI), which sought to 
increase compliance through investigations and improve the Department's 
ability to provide effective compliance assistance by assessing more 
comprehensively the extent and nature of compliance with Part 7 of 
ERISA among group health plans. As a result of that project, the 
Department broadened its compliance assistance efforts through a 
combination of publications, outreach, self-audit materials, and other 
compliance tools. As a follow-up to the Fiscal Year 2001 Compliance 
Project, the Department proposes to conduct a second project, HDCI 2, 
which is intended to measure changes in compliance with Part 7 of ERISA 
and to improve the effectiveness of future compliance assistance 
efforts. As part of HDCI 2, the Department proposes to conduct a narrow 
scope telephone survey for the sole purpose of identifying an 
appropriate sample of ERISA-covered single-employer group health plans 
in two categories: (1) Plans sponsored by firms with 3-99 employees, 
and (2) plans sponsored by firms with 100 or more employees. The survey 
is necessary because the Department has no available information from 
which to identify an appropriate sample of ERISA-covered single-
employer group health plans. Group health plans that are identified 
through the telephone survey will be subject to investigation for 
compliance with the requirements of the health coverage provisions of 
Part 7 of ERISA. The investigations will be conducted under the 
investigative authority of the Department and are not part of the 
Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey. The Department has 
determined that conducting a telephone survey is the simplest, least 
burdensome method of obtaining the information necessary to identify 
ERISA-covered single-employer plans for this purpose.
    The telephone survey will be limited in scope and designed to 
elicit only enough information to determine whether the firm that has 
been contacted sponsors or is part of a controlled group of firms that 
sponsors a group health plan subject to the provisions of Part 7. 
Respondents will be asked by telephone if they provide health benefits 
to their employees and, if so, the number of employees they have (to 
determine whether the plan is subject to Part 7 of ERISA or if a small 
plan exemption applies), and questions to determine whether the firm is 
a subsidiary that is part of a controlled group of employers and, 
therefore, whether the plan is sponsored by a parent that will need to 
be contacted. A respondent's participation in the call will be 
voluntary. The Department estimates that it will need to contact up to 
5,000 firms in order to derive an adequate sample of ERISA-covered 
single-employer group health plans in each of the two categories 
described above. The goals of HDCI 2 are to identify and correct 
violations of Part 7 of ERISA, calculate compliance rates, provide 
compliance assistance regarding these provisions, and shape the 
Department's future compliance assistance and investigative resources 
strategies more efficiently and effectively.

II. Current Actions

    This notice requests public comment pertaining to Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collection 
contained in the telephone survey described above, which is necessary 
for purposes of the Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey. 
The Department intends, following the receipt of comments pursuant to 
this notice, to submit an ICR to OMB requesting its approval of this 
information collection. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a 
person is not required to respond to, an information collection unless 
it displays a valid OMB control number. A summary of the ICR and the 
current burden estimates follows:
    Type of Review: New collection.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration.
    Title: Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey.
    OMB Number: 1210-NEW.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; not-for-profit 
organizations.
    Total Respondents: 5000.
    Total Responses: 5000.
    Frequency: Once.
    Average Time per Response: 5 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 417 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost Burden: $0.

III. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Department 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; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., by permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the ICR submitted for OMB approval. They will also 
become a matter of public record.

Joseph A. Piacentini,
Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration.
[FR Doc. E6-20912 Filed 12-7-06; 8:45 am]
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