Proposed Collection, Comment Request, 7608-7609 [E8-2338]

Download as PDF 7608 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2008 / Notices solicitation is hereby amended with the following: 1. This amendment is to clarify the type of Workforce Investment Board that is an Eligible Applicant for this Solicitation. Where an individual Workforce Investment Board is cited in the Solicitation it will be defined as a State or Local Workforce Investment Board. 2. On page 2533, Part I.C. Use of Funds/Allowable Activities, remove the following text: Activities funded under this Solicitation must be focused on developing skills and competencies related to fields identified in the Attachment. Replace with the following text: Activities funded under this Solicitation must be focused on developing skills and competencies related to the H–1B industries and occupations identified in the Attachment and further limited by the list of NSF-defined STEM fields on page 2531, center column. 3. On page 2542, the Attachment: H– 1B Industry Sectors and Occupations, add the following text under the header: For the purposes of this Solicitation, this list is further limited by the NSFdefined STEM fields on page 2531. 4. A virtual Prospective Applicant Conference was held via webinar for this grant competition on January 25, 2008. A recorded version can be viewed at: https://www.workforce3one.org/ view.cfm?id=4776&info=1 Signed at Washington, DC, this 4th day of February 2008. Eric Luetkenhaus, Grant Officer, Employment & Training Administration. [FR Doc. E8–2336 Filed 2–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Bureau of Labor Statistics Proposed Collection, Comment Request pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:11 Feb 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 ‘‘Report on Current Employment Statistics.’’ 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 April 8, 2008. 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 Current Employment Statistics (CES) program provides current monthly statistics on employment, hours, and earnings, by industry and geography. CES estimates are among the most visible and widely-used Principal Federal Economic Indicators (PFEIs). CES data also are among the timeliest of the PFEIs, with their release each month by the BLS in the Employment Situation, typically on the first Friday of each month. The statistics are fundamental inputs in economic decision processes at all levels of government, private enterprise, and organized labor. The CES monthly estimates of employment, hours, and earnings are based on a sample of U.S. nonagricultural establishments. Information is derived from approximately 260,000 reports (representing about 150,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) accounts and 390,000 individual worksites), as of January 2008. Each month, firms report their employment, payroll, and hours on forms identified as the BLS–790. The sample is collected under a probability based design. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands collect an additional 4,800 reports using a quota sample. A list of all form types currently used is listed below in the Desired Focus of Comments section of this notice. Respondents receive variations of the basic collection forms, depending on PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 their industry. The BLS is requesting approval through February 29, 2011. The CES program is a voluntary program under Federal statute (29 U.S.C. 2). Reporting to the State agencies is voluntary in all but four States (Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina), Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. To our knowledge, the States that do have mandatory reporting rarely exercise their authority. The collection form’s confidentiality statement cites the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 and mentions the State mandatory reporting authority. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the Report on Current Employment Statistics. Automated data collection methods are now used for most of the CES sample. Approximately 115,000 reports are received through Electronic Data Interchange and 56,100 reports are collected using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing, as of January 2008. Touchtone Data Entry is the third largest mode, accounting for 37,100 reports. In comparison, only 4,300 reports are collected by mail. Fax also is a significant collection mode, as 16,200 reports are collected via this method. Web collection is rapidly increasing in importance as approximately 14,200 reports were collected as of January 2008. The balance of the sample is collected through other automated methods, including submission of tapes, diskettes, and e-mail. The BLS has decided to significantly increase the use of Web for CES data collection. Web when compared to Touchtone Data Entry has higher response rates. The BLS also has decided to stop research on fax optical character recognition collection due to cost and technical considerations. Instead, firms are offered the opportunity to submit an Excel file in a standard format through the BLS Web site. 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, E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 7609 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 27 / Friday, February 8, 2008 / Notices 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, without change, of a currently approved collection. Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Form Title: Report on Current Employment Statistics. OMB Number: 1220–0011. Affected Public: State or local governments; businesses or other forprofit; non-profit institutions; small businesses or organizations. Minutes per report Reports Frequency of response Annual responses Annual burden hours A—Natural Resources and Mining .......................................................... B—Construction ....................................................................................... C—Manufacturing .................................................................................... E—Service Providing Industries .............................................................. G—Public Administration ......................................................................... S—Education ........................................................................................... Private Fax form ...................................................................................... Public Administration Fax Form ............................................................... Education Fax Form ................................................................................ 1,400 11,900 12,600 169,600 43,300 9,100 16,100 300 400 11 11 11 11 6 6 11 6 6 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 16,800 142,800 151,200 2,035,200 519,600 109,200 193,200 3,600 4,800 3,080 26,180 27,720 373,120 51,960 10,920 35,420 360 480 Total .................................................................................................. 264,700 .................... .................... 3,176,400 529,240 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 4th day of February 2008. Cathy Kazanowski, Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. E8–2338 Filed 2–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed records schedules; request for comments. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publishes notice at least once monthly of certain Federal agency requests for records disposition authority (records schedules). Once approved by NARA, records schedules provide mandatory instructions on what happens to records when no longer needed for current Government business. They authorize the preservation of records of continuing value in the National Archives of the United States and the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:11 Feb 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 destruction, after a specified period, of records lacking administrative, legal, research, or other value. Notice is published for records schedules in which agencies propose to destroy records not previously authorized for disposal or reduce the retention period of records already authorized for disposal. NARA invites public comments on such records schedules, as required by 44 U.S.C. 3303a(a). DATES: Requests for copies must be received in writing on or before March 10, 2008. Once the appraisal of the records is completed, NARA will send a copy of the schedule. NARA staff usually prepare appraisal memorandums that contain additional information concerning the records covered by a proposed schedule. These, too, may be requested and will be provided once the appraisal is completed. Requesters will be given 30 days to submit comments. ADDRESSES: You may request a copy of any records schedule identified in this notice by contacting the Life Cycle Management Division (NWML) using one of the following means: Mail: NARA (NWML), 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740–6001. E-mail: requestschedule@nara.gov. Fax: 301–837–3698. Requesters must cite the control number, which appears in parentheses after the name of the agency which submitted the schedule, and must provide a mailing address. Those who desire appraisal reports should so indicate in their request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurence Brewer, Director, Life Cycle Management Division (NWML), National Archives and Records PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740–6001. Telephone: 301–837–1539. E-mail: records.mgt@nara.gov. Each year Federal agencies create billions of records on paper, film, magnetic tape, and other media. To control this accumulation, agency records managers prepare schedules proposing retention periods for records and submit these schedules for NARA’s approval, using the Standard Form (SF) 115, Request for Records Disposition Authority. These schedules provide for the timely transfer into the National Archives of historically valuable records and authorize the disposal of all other records after the agency no longer needs them to conduct its business. Some schedules are comprehensive and cover all the records of an agency or one of its major subdivisions. Most schedules, however, cover records of only one office or program or a few series of records. Many of these update previously approved schedules, and some include records proposed as permanent. No Federal records are authorized for destruction without the approval of the Archivist of the United States. This approval is granted only after a thorough consideration of their administrative use by the agency of origin, the rights of the Government and of private persons directly affected by the Government’s activities, and whether or not they have historical or other value. Besides identifying the Federal agencies and any subdivisions requesting disposition authority, this SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 27 (Friday, February 8, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7608-7609]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-2338]


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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 ``Report on Current Employment Statistics.'' 
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 April 8, 2008.

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 Current Employment Statistics (CES) program provides current 
monthly statistics on employment, hours, and earnings, by industry and 
geography. CES estimates are among the most visible and widely-used 
Principal Federal Economic Indicators (PFEIs). CES data also are among 
the timeliest of the PFEIs, with their release each month by the BLS in 
the Employment Situation, typically on the first Friday of each month. 
The statistics are fundamental inputs in economic decision processes at 
all levels of government, private enterprise, and organized labor.
    The CES monthly estimates of employment, hours, and earnings are 
based on a sample of U.S. nonagricultural establishments. Information 
is derived from approximately 260,000 reports (representing about 
150,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) accounts and 390,000 individual 
worksites), as of January 2008. Each month, firms report their 
employment, payroll, and hours on forms identified as the BLS-790. The 
sample is collected under a probability based design. Puerto Rico and 
the Virgin Islands collect an additional 4,800 reports using a quota 
sample.
    A list of all form types currently used is listed below in the 
Desired Focus of Comments section of this notice. Respondents receive 
variations of the basic collection forms, depending on their industry. 
The BLS is requesting approval through February 29, 2011.
    The CES program is a voluntary program under Federal statute (29 
U.S.C. 2). Reporting to the State agencies is voluntary in all but four 
States (Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina), Puerto 
Rico, and the Virgin Islands. To our knowledge, the States that do have 
mandatory reporting rarely exercise their authority. The collection 
form's confidentiality statement cites the Confidential Information 
Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 and mentions the 
State mandatory reporting authority.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the 
Report on Current Employment Statistics.
    Automated data collection methods are now used for most of the CES 
sample. Approximately 115,000 reports are received through Electronic 
Data Interchange and 56,100 reports are collected using Computer 
Assisted Telephone Interviewing, as of January 2008. Touchtone Data 
Entry is the third largest mode, accounting for 37,100 reports. In 
comparison, only 4,300 reports are collected by mail. Fax also is a 
significant collection mode, as 16,200 reports are collected via this 
method.
    Web collection is rapidly increasing in importance as approximately 
14,200 reports were collected as of January 2008. The balance of the 
sample is collected through other automated methods, including 
submission of tapes, diskettes, and e-mail.
    The BLS has decided to significantly increase the use of Web for 
CES data collection. Web when compared to Touchtone Data Entry has 
higher response rates. The BLS also has decided to stop research on fax 
optical character recognition collection due to cost and technical 
considerations. Instead, firms are offered the opportunity to submit an 
Excel file in a standard format through the BLS Web site.

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,

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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, without change, of a currently approved 
collection.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Title: Report on Current Employment Statistics.
    OMB Number: 1220-0011.
    Affected Public: State or local governments; businesses or other 
for-profit; non-profit institutions; small businesses or organizations.

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                                                                                                        Annual
                      Form                         Reports    Minutes per   Frequency      Annual       burden
                                                                 report    of response   responses      hours
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A--Natural Resources and Mining................        1,400           11           12       16,800        3,080
B--Construction................................       11,900           11           12      142,800       26,180
C--Manufacturing...............................       12,600           11           12      151,200       27,720
E--Service Providing Industries................      169,600           11           12    2,035,200      373,120
G--Public Administration.......................       43,300            6           12      519,600       51,960
S--Education...................................        9,100            6           12      109,200       10,920
Private Fax form...............................       16,100           11           12      193,200       35,420
Public Administration Fax Form.................          300            6           12        3,600          360
Education Fax Form.............................          400            6           12        4,800          480
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    Total......................................      264,700  ...........  ...........    3,176,400      529,240
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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 4th day of February 2008.
Cathy Kazanowski,
Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 [FR Doc. E8-2338 Filed 2-7-08; 8:45 am]
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