Proposed Data Collection(s) Available for Public Comment and Recommendations, 54643-54644 [E8-22076]

Download as PDF 54643 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Approximately 200 RI 20–80 forms are completed annually. The form takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 67 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606–2699, by FAX (202) 418–3251, or by e-mail to Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request. Comments on this proposal should be received within 60 calendar days of the date of this publication. DATES: Send or deliver comments to Ronald W. Melton, Deputy Assistant Director, Retirement Services Program, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Room 3305, Washington, DC 20415–3500. For Information Regarding Administrative Coordination Contact: Cyrus S. Benson, Team Leader, Publications Team, RIS Support Services/Support Group, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW.,—Room 4H28, Washington, DC 20415, (202) 606–0623. ADDRESSES: U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Howard Weizmann, Deputy Director. [FR Doc. E8–22112 Filed 9–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–38–P RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD Proposed Data Collection(s) Available for Public Comment and Recommendations 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. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information collections are 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. 1. Title and Purpose of Information Collection Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act Applications; OMB 3220–0039. Under Section 2 of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA), sickness benefits are payable to qualified railroad employees who are unable to work because of illness or injury. In addition, sickness benefits are payable to qualified female employees if they are unable to work, or if working would be injurious, because of pregnancy, miscarriage or childbirth. Under Section 1(k) of the RUIA, a statement of sickness with respect to days of sickness of an employee is to be filed with the RRB within a 10-day period from the first day claimed as a day of sickness. The RRB’s authority for requesting supplemental medical information is Section 12(i) and 12(n) of the RUIA. The procedures for claiming sickness benefits and for the RRB to obtain supplemental medical information needed to determine a claimant’s eligibility for such benefits are prescribed in 20 CFR Part 335. The forms currently used by the RRB to obtain information needed to determine eligibility for and the amount of sickness benefits due a claimant follows: Form SI–1a, Application for Sickness Benefits; Form SI–1b, Statement of Sickness; Form SI–3, Claim for Sickness Benefits; Form SI–7, Supplemental Doctor’s Statement; Form SI–8, Verification of Medical Information; Form ID–7h, NonEntitlement to Sickness Benefits and Information on Unemployment Benefits; Form ID–11a, Requesting Reason for Late Filing of Sickness Benefit and ID– 11b, Notice of Insufficient Medical and Late Filing. Completion is required to obtain or retain benefits. One response is requested of each respondent. Consistent with requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the RRB proposes revisions to Form SI–1b, SI–7, and SI–8 to replace the term ‘‘Tax Identification Number’’ with ‘‘National Provider Identifier’’. No other changes are proposed. The estimated annual respondent burden is as follows: ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Annual responses Time (min) SI–1a .............................................................................................................................................................. SI–1b (Doctor) ............................................................................................................................................... SI–3 ................................................................................................................................................................ SI–7 ................................................................................................................................................................ SI–8 ................................................................................................................................................................ ID–7H ............................................................................................................................................................. ID–11A ........................................................................................................................................................... ID–11B ........................................................................................................................................................... 22,200 22,200 145,000 22,600 50 50 800 1,000 10 8 5 8 5 5 4 4 3,700 2,960 12,083 3,013 4 4 53 67 Total ........................................................................................................................................................ 213,900 .................. 21,884 Form #(s) sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 2. Title and purpose of information collection Annual Earnings Questionnaire for Annuitants in Last Pre-Retirement NonRailroad Employment; OMB 3220–0179 Under section 2(e)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), an annuity is not VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 payable for any month in which a beneficiary works for a railroad. In addition, an annuity is reduced for any month in which the beneficiary works for an employer other than a railroad employer and earns more than a prescribed amount. Under the 1988 amendments to the RRA, the Tier II PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Burden (hrs) portion of the regular annuity and any supplemental annuity must be reduced by one dollar for each two dollars of Last Pre-Retirement Non-Railroad Employment (LPE) earnings for each month of such service. However, the reduction cannot exceed fifty percent of the Tier II and supplemental annuity E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 54644 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices amount for the month to which such deductions apply. LPE generally refers to an annuitant’s last employment with a non-railroad person, company, or institution prior to retirement which was performed whether at the same time of, or after an annuitant stopped railroad employment. The collection obtains earnings information needed by the RRB to determine if possible reductions in annuities because of Last Pre-Retirement Non-Railroad Employment Earnings (LPE) are in order. The RRB utilizes Form G–19L to obtain LPE earnings information from annuitants. Companion Form G–19L.1, which serves as an instruction sheet and contains the Paperwork Reduction/ Privacy Act Notice for the collection accompanies each Form G–19L sent to an annuitant. One response is requested of each respondent. Completion is required to retain a benefit. The RRB proposes the addition of a subitem requesting that an annuitant provide an Employer’s Identification Number (EIN). Non-burden impacting editorial and reformatting changes are also proposed. The estimated annual respondent burden is as follows: Annual responses Time (min) G–19L ............................................................................................................................................................ 300 15 75 Total ........................................................................................................................................................ 300 .................. 75 Form #(s) Additional Information or Comments: To request more information regarding either of the information collections listed above or to obtain copies of the information collection justifications, 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 collections should be addressed to Ronald J. Hodapp, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611–2092 or via an e-mail to Ronald.Hodapp@RRB.GOV. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice. Charles Mierzwa, Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E8–22076 Filed 9–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7905–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold a Closed Meeting on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 10 a.m. Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters also may be present. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), 9(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), 9(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the Closed Meeting. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 Commissioner Paredes, as duty officer, voted to consider the items listed for the Closed Meeting in closed session, and determined that no earlier notice was possible. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, 2008 will be: Formal orders of investigation; Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings of an enforcement nature; and Other matters relating to enforcement proceedings. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: September 17, 2008. Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–22081 Filed 9–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P Burden (hrs) U.S.C. 552b(c)(8) and (9) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(8) and (9), permit consideration of the scheduled matter at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Paredes as duty officer, voted to consider the item listed for the closed meeting in closed session, and determined that no earlier notice thereof was possible. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 17, 2008, will be: Matters related to the financial markets. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: September 17, 2008. Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–22133 Filed 9–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58555; File No. PCAOB– 2008–01] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold a Closed Meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. Commissioners and certain staff members who have an interest in the matter will attend the Closed Meeting. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; Order Approving Proposed Rule on Auditing Standard No. 6, Evaluating Consistency of Financial Statements, and Conforming Amendments September 16, 2008. I. Introduction On February 1, 2008, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (the ‘‘Board’’ or the ‘‘PCAOB’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) Proposed Auditing Standard No. 6, Evaluating Consistency of Financial Statements, (‘‘Auditing Standard No. E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 184 (Monday, September 22, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54643-54644]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-22076]


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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD


Proposed Data Collection(s) Available for Public Comment and 
Recommendations

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.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information 
collections are 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.

1. Title and Purpose of Information Collection

    Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act Applications; OMB 3220-0039.
    Under Section 2 of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA), 
sickness benefits are payable to qualified railroad employees who are 
unable to work because of illness or injury. In addition, sickness 
benefits are payable to qualified female employees if they are unable 
to work, or if working would be injurious, because of pregnancy, 
miscarriage or childbirth. Under Section 1(k) of the RUIA, a statement 
of sickness with respect to days of sickness of an employee is to be 
filed with the RRB within a 10-day period from the first day claimed as 
a day of sickness. The RRB's authority for requesting supplemental 
medical information is Section 12(i) and 12(n) of the RUIA. The 
procedures for claiming sickness benefits and for the RRB to obtain 
supplemental medical information needed to determine a claimant's 
eligibility for such benefits are prescribed in 20 CFR Part 335. The 
forms currently used by the RRB to obtain information needed to 
determine eligibility for and the amount of sickness benefits due a 
claimant follows: Form SI-1a, Application for Sickness Benefits; Form 
SI-1b, Statement of Sickness; Form SI-3, Claim for Sickness Benefits; 
Form SI-7, Supplemental Doctor's Statement; Form SI-8, Verification of 
Medical Information; Form ID-7h, Non-Entitlement to Sickness Benefits 
and Information on Unemployment Benefits; Form ID-11a, Requesting 
Reason for Late Filing of Sickness Benefit and ID-11b, Notice of 
Insufficient Medical and Late Filing. Completion is required to obtain 
or retain benefits. One response is requested of each respondent.
    Consistent with requirements of the Health Insurance Portability 
and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the RRB proposes revisions to Form SI-
1b, SI-7, and SI-8 to replace the term ``Tax Identification Number'' 
with ``National Provider Identifier''. No other changes are proposed.
    The estimated annual respondent burden is as follows:

                  Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden
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                                        Annual                  Burden
          Form (s)            responses  Time (min)     (hrs)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
SI-1a...............................      22,200          10       3,700
SI-1b (Doctor)......................      22,200           8       2,960
SI-3................................     145,000           5      12,083
SI-7................................      22,600           8       3,013
SI-8................................          50           5           4
ID-7H...............................          50           5           4
ID-11A..............................         800           4          53
ID-11B..............................       1,000           4          67
                                     -----------------------------------
    Total...........................     213,900  ..........      21,884
------------------------------------------------------------------------

2. Title and purpose of information collection

Annual Earnings Questionnaire for Annuitants in Last Pre-Retirement 
Non-Railroad Employment; OMB 3220-0179

    Under section 2(e)(3) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), an 
annuity is not payable for any month in which a beneficiary works for a 
railroad. In addition, an annuity is reduced for any month in which the 
beneficiary works for an employer other than a railroad employer and 
earns more than a prescribed amount. Under the 1988 amendments to the 
RRA, the Tier II portion of the regular annuity and any supplemental 
annuity must be reduced by one dollar for each two dollars of Last Pre-
Retirement Non-Railroad Employment (LPE) earnings for each month of 
such service. However, the reduction cannot exceed fifty percent of the 
Tier II and supplemental annuity

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amount for the month to which such deductions apply. LPE generally 
refers to an annuitant's last employment with a non-railroad person, 
company, or institution prior to retirement which was performed whether 
at the same time of, or after an annuitant stopped railroad employment. 
The collection obtains earnings information needed by the RRB to 
determine if possible reductions in annuities because of Last Pre-
Retirement Non-Railroad Employment Earnings (LPE) are in order. The RRB 
utilizes Form G-19L to obtain LPE earnings information from annuitants. 
Companion Form G-19L.1, which serves as an instruction sheet and 
contains the Paperwork Reduction/Privacy Act Notice for the collection 
accompanies each Form G-19L sent to an annuitant. One response is 
requested of each respondent. Completion is required to retain a 
benefit. The RRB proposes the addition of a subitem requesting that an 
annuitant provide an Employer's Identification Number (EIN). Non-burden 
impacting editorial and reformatting changes are also proposed.
    The estimated annual respondent burden is as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                        Annual                  Burden
          Form (s)            responses  Time (min)     (hrs)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
G-19L...............................         300          15          75
                                     -----------------------------------
    Total...........................         300  ..........          75
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Additional Information or Comments: To request more information 
regarding either of the information collections listed above or to 
obtain copies of the information collection justifications, 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 collections should be addressed to Ronald J. 
Hodapp, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, 
Illinois 60611-2092 or via an e-mail to Ronald.Hodapp@RRB.GOV. Written 
comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Charles Mierzwa,
Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. E8-22076 Filed 9-19-08; 8:45 am]
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