Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 68956-68957 [E7-23703]

Download as PDF 68956 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 234 / Thursday, December 6, 2007 / Notices Abstract: 49 U.S.C. 3011, 30112, and 30117 (Appendix 1) of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1996, authorizes the issuance of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The Secretary is authorized to issue, amend, and revoke such rules and regulations as she/he deems necessary. Using this authority, the agency issued FMVSS no.125, ‘‘Warning Devices’’ (Appendix 2), which applies to devices, without self contained energy sources, that are designed to be carried mandatory in buses and trucks that have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds and voluntarily in other vehicles. These devices are used to warn approaching traffic of the presence of a stopped vehicle, except for devices designed to be permanently affixed to the vehicles. Estimated Annual Burden: 1. Number of Respondents: 3. Comments are invited on: whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Issued on November 30, 2007. Stephen R. Kratzke, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. E7–23690 Filed 12–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Publication of the Tier 2 Tax Rates Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Publication of the tier 2 tax rates for calendar year 2008 as required by section 3241(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. section 3241). Tier 2 taxes on railroad employees, employers, and employee representatives are one source of funding for benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act. DATES: The tier 2 tax rates for calendar year 2008 apply to compensation paid in calendar year 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David G. Mills, CC:TEGE:EOEG:ET1, VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:57 Dec 05, 2007 Jkt 214001 Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224, Telephone Number (202) 622–0047 (not a toll-free number). Tier 2 Tax Rates: The tier 2 tax rate for 2008 under section 3201(b) on employees is 3.9 percent of compensation. The tier 2 tax rate for 2008 under section 3221(b) on employers is 12.1 percent of compensation. The tier 2 tax rate for 2008 under section 3211(b) on employee representatives is 12.1 percent of compensation. Dated: November 3, 2007. Nancy Marks, Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities). [FR Doc. 07–5955 Filed 12–3–07; 2:29 pm] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0422] Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of Management, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Management (OM), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to administer contracts. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before February 4, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through https://www.Regulations.gov; or to Arita Tillman, Acquisition Policy Division (049P1), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420; or e-mail: arita.tillman@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0422’’ in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at https:// www.Regulations.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arita Tillman at (202) 461–6859, FAX 202–273–6229. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3501–21), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. This request for comment is being made pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA. With respect to the following collection of information, (OM) invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of (OM)’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of (OM)’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology. Titles: a. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clause 852.236–72, Performance of Work by the Contractor. b. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Alternate I to Clause 852.236–80, Subcontracts and Work Coordination. c. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clause 852.236–82, Payments Under FixedPrice Construction Contracts (without NAS), including Alternate 1. d. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clause 852.236–83, Payments Under FixedPrice Construction Contracts (with NAS), including Alternate 1. e. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clause 852.236–84, Schedule of Work Progress. f. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clause 852.236–88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 52.243–4, Changes. OMB Control Number: 2900–0422. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: The information contained Department of Veterans Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clauses 852.236–72, Alternate I to 852.236–80, 852.236–82, 852.236–83, 852.236–84, and 852.236– 88 is necessary for VA to administer construction contracts, and to carry out its responsibility to construct, maintain E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 234 / Thursday, December 6, 2007 / Notices and repair real property for the Department. a. VAAR Clause 852.236–72, Performance of Work by the Contractor, requires contractors awarded a construction contract containing Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.236–1, to submit a statement designating the branch or branches of contract work to be performed by the contractor’s own forces. The VAAR clause implements the FAR clause by requiring the contractor to provide information to the contracting officer on how the contractor intends to fulfill this contractual obligation. The contracting officer uses this information to ensure that the contractor complies with the contract requirements. b. Alternate I to Clause 852.236–80, Work Coordination, requires construction contractors, on contracts involving complex mechanicalelectrical work, to furnish coordination drawings showing the manner in which utility lines will fit into available spaces and relate to each other and to the existing building elements. The information is used by the contracting officer and VA engineer assigned to the project to resolve any problems relating to the installation of utilities on construction contract. c. VAAR Clause 852.236–82, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts (without NAS), requires construction contractors to submit a schedule of costs for work to be performed under the contract. If the contract includes guarantee period services, Alternate I requires contractor to submit information on the total and itemized costs of the guarantee period services and to submit a performance plan/program. The information is needed to allow the contracting officer to determine the correct amount to pay the contractor as work progresses and to properly proportion the amount paid for guarantee period services. d. VAAR Clause 852.236–83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts (with NAS), requires construction contractors to submit a schedule of costs for work to be performed under the contract. If the contract includes guarantee period services, Alternate I requires contractor to submit information on the total and itemized costs of the guarantee period services and to submit a performance plan/program. The information is needed to allow the contracting officer to determine the correct amount to pay the contractor as work progresses and to properly proportion the amount paid for guarantee period services. The difference between this clause and the one above 852.236–82 is that this clause VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:57 Dec 05, 2007 Jkt 214001 requires the contractor to use a computerized Network Analysis System (NAS) to prepare the cost estimate. e. VAAR Clause 852.236–84, Schedule of Work Progress, requires construction contractors, on contracts that do not require the use of a NAS, to submit a progress schedule. The information is used by the contracting officer to track the contractor’s progress under the contract and to determine whether or not the contractor is making satisfactory progress. f. VAAR Clause 852.236–88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 52.243–4, Changes. FAR Clause 52.243– 4 authorizes the contracting officer to order changes to a construction contract but does not specifically require the contractor to submit cost proposals for those changes. VAAR Clause 852.236– 88 requires contractors to submit cost proposal for changes ordered by the contracting officer or for changes proposed by the contractor. This information is needed to allow the contracting officer and the contractor to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on how much to pay the contractor for the proposed changes to the contract. It is also used by the contracting officer to determine whether or not to authorize the proposed changes or whether or not additional or alternate cost proposals for changes are needed. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; Individuals and households; and Not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Annual Burden: a. VAAR Clause 852.236–72, Performance of Work by the Contractor—36 hours. b. VAAR Alternate I to Clause 852.236–80, Subcontracts and Work Coordination—1,190 hours. c. VAAR Clause 852.236–82, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts (without NAS), including Alternate 1—1,397. d. VAAR Clause 852.236–83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts (with NAS), including Alternate 1—59 hours. e. VAAR Clause 852.236–84, Schedule of Work Progress—2,095 hours. f. VAAR Clause 852.236–88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 52.243–4, Changes—807 hours. Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: a. VAAR Clause 852.236–72, Performance of Work by the Contractor—1 hour. b. VAAR Alternate I to Clause 852.236–80, Subcontracts and Work Coordination—10 hours. c. VAAR Clause 852.236–82, Payments Under Fixed-Price PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68957 Construction Contracts (without NAS), including Alternate 1—1 hour. d. VAAR Clause 852.236–83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts (with NAS), including Alternate 1—30 minutes. e. VAAR Clause 852.236–84, Schedule of Work Progress—1 hour. f. VAAR Clause 852.236–88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 52.243–4, Changes—3 hours. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Number of Respondents: a. VAAR Clause 852.236–72, Performance of Work by the Contractor—36. b. VAAR Alternate I to Clause 852.236–80, Subcontracts and Work Coordination—119. c. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clause 852.236–82, Payments Under FixedPrice Construction Contracts (without NAS), including Alternate 1—1,397. d. VAAR Clause 852.236–83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts (with NAS), including Alternate 1—119. e. VAAR Clause 852.236–84, Schedule of Work Progress—1,397. f. VAAR Clause 852.236–88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 52.243–4, Changes—269. Dated: November 29, 2007. By direction of the Secretary. Denise McLamb, Program Analyst, Records Management Service. [FR Doc. E7–23703 Filed 12–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0623] Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of Management, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Management (OM), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

[OMB Control No. 2900-0422]


Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Office of Management, Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Management (OM), Department of Veterans Affairs 
(VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed 
collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish 
notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of 
information, including each extension of a currently approved 
collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the 
notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to 
administer contracts.

DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection 
of information should be received on or before February 4, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information 
through https://www.Regulations.gov; or to Arita Tillman, Acquisition 
Policy Division (049P1), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420; or e-mail: arita.tillman@va.gov. 
Please refer to ``OMB Control No. 2900-0422'' in any correspondence. 
During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the 
Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at https://www.Regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arita Tillman at (202) 461-6859, FAX 
202-273-6229.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 
U.S.C. 3501-21), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they 
conduct or sponsor. This request for comment is being made pursuant to 
Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA.
    With respect to the following collection of information, (OM) 
invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information 
is necessary for the proper performance of (OM)'s functions, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy 
of (OM)'s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of 
the collection of information on respondents, including through the use 
of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of 
information technology.
    Titles:
    a. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) 
Clause 852.236-72, Performance of Work by the Contractor.
    b. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) 
Alternate I to Clause 852.236-80, Subcontracts and Work Coordination.
    c. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) 
Clause 852.236-82, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts 
(without NAS), including Alternate 1.
    d. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) 
Clause 852.236-83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts 
(with NAS), including Alternate 1.
    e. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) 
Clause 852.236-84, Schedule of Work Progress.
    f. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) 
Clause 852.236-88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 52.243-4, 
Changes.
    OMB Control Number: 2900-0422.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: The information contained Department of Veterans 
Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clauses 852.236-72, Alternate I to 
852.236-80, 852.236-82, 852.236-83, 852.236-84, and 852.236-88 is 
necessary for VA to administer construction contracts, and to carry out 
its responsibility to construct, maintain

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and repair real property for the Department.
    a. VAAR Clause 852.236-72, Performance of Work by the Contractor, 
requires contractors awarded a construction contract containing Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.236-1, to submit a statement 
designating the branch or branches of contract work to be performed by 
the contractor's own forces. The VAAR clause implements the FAR clause 
by requiring the contractor to provide information to the contracting 
officer on how the contractor intends to fulfill this contractual 
obligation. The contracting officer uses this information to ensure 
that the contractor complies with the contract requirements.
    b. Alternate I to Clause 852.236-80, Work Coordination, requires 
construction contractors, on contracts involving complex mechanical-
electrical work, to furnish coordination drawings showing the manner in 
which utility lines will fit into available spaces and relate to each 
other and to the existing building elements. The information is used by 
the contracting officer and VA engineer assigned to the project to 
resolve any problems relating to the installation of utilities on 
construction contract.
    c. VAAR Clause 852.236-82, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction 
Contracts (without NAS), requires construction contractors to submit a 
schedule of costs for work to be performed under the contract. If the 
contract includes guarantee period services, Alternate I requires 
contractor to submit information on the total and itemized costs of the 
guarantee period services and to submit a performance plan/program. The 
information is needed to allow the contracting officer to determine the 
correct amount to pay the contractor as work progresses and to properly 
proportion the amount paid for guarantee period services.
    d. VAAR Clause 852.236-83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction 
Contracts (with NAS), requires construction contractors to submit a 
schedule of costs for work to be performed under the contract. If the 
contract includes guarantee period services, Alternate I requires 
contractor to submit information on the total and itemized costs of the 
guarantee period services and to submit a performance plan/program. The 
information is needed to allow the contracting officer to determine the 
correct amount to pay the contractor as work progresses and to properly 
proportion the amount paid for guarantee period services. The 
difference between this clause and the one above 852.236-82 is that 
this clause requires the contractor to use a computerized Network 
Analysis System (NAS) to prepare the cost estimate.
    e. VAAR Clause 852.236-84, Schedule of Work Progress, requires 
construction contractors, on contracts that do not require the use of a 
NAS, to submit a progress schedule. The information is used by the 
contracting officer to track the contractor's progress under the 
contract and to determine whether or not the contractor is making 
satisfactory progress.
    f. VAAR Clause 852.236-88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 
52.243-4, Changes. FAR Clause 52.243-4 authorizes the contracting 
officer to order changes to a construction contract but does not 
specifically require the contractor to submit cost proposals for those 
changes. VAAR Clause 852.236-88 requires contractors to submit cost 
proposal for changes ordered by the contracting officer or for changes 
proposed by the contractor. This information is needed to allow the 
contracting officer and the contractor to reach a mutually acceptable 
agreement on how much to pay the contractor for the proposed changes to 
the contract. It is also used by the contracting officer to determine 
whether or not to authorize the proposed changes or whether or not 
additional or alternate cost proposals for changes are needed.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Individuals and 
households; and Not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Annual Burden:
    a. VAAR Clause 852.236-72, Performance of Work by the Contractor--
36 hours.
    b. VAAR Alternate I to Clause 852.236-80, Subcontracts and Work 
Coordination--1,190 hours.
    c. VAAR Clause 852.236-82, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction 
Contracts (without NAS), including Alternate 1--1,397.
    d. VAAR Clause 852.236-83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction 
Contracts (with NAS), including Alternate 1--59 hours.
    e. VAAR Clause 852.236-84, Schedule of Work Progress--2,095 hours.
    f. VAAR Clause 852.236-88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 
52.243-4, Changes--807 hours.
    Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent:
    a. VAAR Clause 852.236-72, Performance of Work by the Contractor--1 
hour.
    b. VAAR Alternate I to Clause 852.236-80, Subcontracts and Work 
Coordination--10 hours.
    c. VAAR Clause 852.236-82, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction 
Contracts (without NAS), including Alternate 1--1 hour.
    d. VAAR Clause 852.236-83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction 
Contracts (with NAS), including Alternate 1--30 minutes.
    e. VAAR Clause 852.236-84, Schedule of Work Progress--1 hour.
    f. VAAR Clause 852.236-88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 
52.243-4, Changes--3 hours.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Respondents:
    a. VAAR Clause 852.236-72, Performance of Work by the Contractor--
36.
    b. VAAR Alternate I to Clause 852.236-80, Subcontracts and Work 
Coordination--119.
    c. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) 
Clause 852.236-82, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction Contracts 
(without NAS), including Alternate 1--1,397.
    d. VAAR Clause 852.236-83, Payments Under Fixed-Price Construction 
Contracts (with NAS), including Alternate 1--119.
    e. VAAR Clause 852.236-84, Schedule of Work Progress--1,397.
    f. VAAR Clause 852.236-88, Contract Changes, Supplements FAR Clause 
52.243-4, Changes--269.

    Dated: November 29, 2007.

    By direction of the Secretary.
Denise McLamb,
Program Analyst, Records Management Service.
[FR Doc. E7-23703 Filed 12-5-07; 8:45 am]
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