Proposed Extension Without Change of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) Data Collection; Comment Request, 14579-14580 [E9-7120]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 31, 2009 / Notices responses will be considered by the Commission if received not later than 20 days after the date of service by the Commission of the complaint and the notice of investigation. Extensions of time for submitting responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation will not be granted unless good cause therefor is shown. Failure of a respondent to file a timely response to each allegation in the complaint and in this notice may be deemed to constitute a waiver of the right to appear and contest the allegations of the complaint and this notice, and to authorize the administrative law judge and the Commission, without further notice to the respondent, to find the facts to be as alleged in the complaint and this notice and to enter an initial determination and a final determination containing such findings, and may result in the issuance of an exclusion order or a cease and desist order or both directed against the respondent. Issued: March 25, 2009. By order of the Commission. Marilyn R. Abbott, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. E9–7074 Filed 3–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Information Collection Request for the ETA 191, Statement of Expenditures and Financial Adjustments of Federal Funds for Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees and Ex-Servicemembers Report: Extension Without Change, Comment Request AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration. ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collection 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 tjames on PRODPC61 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:35 Mar 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/ OMBCN/OMBControlNumber.cfm. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before June 1, 2009. ADDRESSES: Thomas Stengle, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Security, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room S–4231, Washington, DC 20210; by phone at (202) 693–2991 (this is not a toll-free number); by fax at (202) 693–2874; or by e-mail: stengle.thomas@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: Public Law 97–362, Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1982, amended the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX) law (5 U.S.C. 8509), and Public Law 96–499, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, amended the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) law (5 U.S.C. 8501, et. seq.) requiring each Federal employing agency to pay the costs of regular and extended UCFE/UCX benefits paid to its employees by the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The ETA 191 report submitted quarterly by each SWA shows the amount of benefits that should be charged to each Federal employing agency. The Office of Workforce Security uses this information to aggregate the SWA quarterly charges and submit one official bill to each Federal agency being charged. Federal agencies then reimburse the Federal Employees Compensation (FEC) Account maintained by the U.S. Treasury. II. Desired Focus of Comments: Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the ETA 191, Statement of Expenditures and Financial Adjustments of Federal Funds for Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees and ExServicemembers Report. Comments are requested to: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary to assess performance of the nonmonetary determination function, 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, PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14579 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 are to respond, including 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. III. Current Actions: Type of Review: Extension without change. Agency: Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Title: Statement of Expenditures and Financial Adjustments of Federal Funds for Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees and ExServicemembers. OMB Number: 1205–0162. Agency Number: ETA 191. Affected Public: State Government. Total Respondents: 53. Frequency: Quarterly. Total Responses: 53 states × 4 quarters = 212 responses. Average Time per Response: 6 hours. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,272 hours. Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (Operating/ Maintaining): $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 will also become a matter of public record. Dated: March 25, 2009. Cheryl Atkinson, Administrator, Office of Workforce Security. [FR Doc. E9–7119 Filed 3–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Proposed Extension Without Change of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) Data Collection; Comment Request AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 tjames on PRODPC61 with NOTICES 14580 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 31, 2009 / Notices 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. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/ OMBCN/OMBControlNumber.cfm. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before June 1, 2009. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Andrew W. Spisak, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Security, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room S–4522, Washington, DC 20210; telephone number: 202–693– 3196 (this is not a toll-free number); fax: 202–693–3975; or by e-mail: spisak.andrew@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: Since 1987, all State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) except the U.S. Virgin Islands have been required by regulation at 20 CFR part 602 to operate BAM programs to assess the accuracy of their UI benefit payments in three programs: State UI, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE), and Unemployment Compensation for Exservicemembers (UCX). Beginning in 2001, BAM was modified to include the sampling and investigation of UI claims denied for monetary, separation, or nonseparation issues. BAM is one of the tools the Department uses to measure and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the UI program. By investigating small representative weekly samples of both paid and denied UI claims, each State is able to estimate reliably the number and dollar value of proper and improper payments; the number of proper and improper denials of claims for UI benefits; the rates of occurrence of these proper and improper payments and denials; and the error types, error causes, and the parties that are responsible for the errors. Paid Claims Accuracy. Each week SWAs select random samples of both intrastate and interstate original VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:35 Mar 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 payments (including combined wage claims) made for a week of UI benefits under the State UI, UCX or UCFE programs. A sample of 360 cases per year is pulled in the ten States with the smallest UI program workloads (defined as the average annual UI weeks paid during the last five years) and 480 cases per year in the other States. State BAM staff audit each selected claim, examining all aspects of a claimant’s eligibility to receive UI benefits during the sampled week. The findings are entered into an automated database that is maintained on a computer located in each State. Denied Claims Accuracy. Each week States select random samples from three separate sampling frames constructed from the universes of UI claims for which eligibility was denied for monetary, separation and nonseparation reasons. All States sample a minimum of 150 cases of each denial type in each calendar year. State BAM staff review agency records and contact claimants, employers, and all other relevant parties to verify information in agency records or obtain additional information pertinent to the determination that denied eligibility for UI benefits. Unlike the investigation of paid claims, in which all prior determinations affecting claimant eligibility for the compensated week selected for the sample are evaluated, the investigation of denied claims is limited to the issue upon which the denial determination is based. The findings are entered into an automated database that is maintained on a computer located in each State. The Department maintains a database of each State’s BAM paid and denied claims cases, minus any personally identifying information. The Department uses BAM data to measure State performance with respect to UI payment integrity and to meet the Department’s reporting requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA). The Department also relies heavily on BAM data for information on UI operations, such as the percentage of claims filed via the Internet and telephone, UI wage replacement rates, and claimant characteristics. The results of the BAM survey are reported annually on the ETA Web site, http://workforcesecurity. doleta.gov/unemploy/. II. Desired Focus of Comments: Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the BAM data collection. The Department’s information collection authority for BAM, under Office of Management and Budget PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (OMB) number 1205–0245, is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2009. Comments are requested to: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary to measure performance of the UI program, especially with respect to the accuracy of payments and denials of claims for benefits, 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 are to respond, including 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. III. Current Actions: Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Agency: Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Title: Unemployment Insurance Benefit Accuracy Measurement. OMB Number: 1205–0245. Agency Number: BAM State Operations Handbook (ET Handbook No. 395, 4th edition). Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies (Primary), individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit institutions. Total Respondents: 188,984 (unchanged). Estimated Total Burden Hours: 429,897 (+ 92 ¥ adjustment). Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup): $66,870 (Federal purchase of new Sun T2000 computers with printer and terminal peripherals for State agencies. Cost reflects annual cost over three-year life cycle and 30 percent pro-rata share of usage for BAM activities.) Total Burden Cost (Operating/ Maintaining): $639,649 (Annual Federal cost for contractor and software support, based on 30 percent pro-rata share for BAM activities.) 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 will also become a matter of public record. Dated: March 25, 2009. Cheryl Atkinson, Administrator, Office of Workforce Security. [FR Doc. E9–7120 Filed 3–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–P E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Proposed Extension Without Change of the Unemployment Insurance 
(UI) Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) Data Collection; Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration.

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 preclearance 
consultation program to provide the general public

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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.
    A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be 
obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section 
of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/OMBCN/OMBControlNumber.cfm.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section below on or before June 1, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Andrew W. Spisak, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Security, 
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room S-4522, Washington, DC 20210; 
telephone number: 202-693-3196 (this is not a toll-free number); fax: 
202-693-3975; or by e-mail: spisak.andrew@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    I. Background: Since 1987, all State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) 
except the U.S. Virgin Islands have been required by regulation at 20 
CFR part 602 to operate BAM programs to assess the accuracy of their UI 
benefit payments in three programs: State UI, Unemployment Compensation 
for Federal Employees (UCFE), and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-
servicemembers (UCX). Beginning in 2001, BAM was modified to include 
the sampling and investigation of UI claims denied for monetary, 
separation, or nonseparation issues.
    BAM is one of the tools the Department uses to measure and reduce 
waste, fraud, and abuse in the UI program. By investigating small 
representative weekly samples of both paid and denied UI claims, each 
State is able to estimate reliably the number and dollar value of 
proper and improper payments; the number of proper and improper denials 
of claims for UI benefits; the rates of occurrence of these proper and 
improper payments and denials; and the error types, error causes, and 
the parties that are responsible for the errors.
    Paid Claims Accuracy. Each week SWAs select random samples of both 
intrastate and interstate original payments (including combined wage 
claims) made for a week of UI benefits under the State UI, UCX or UCFE 
programs. A sample of 360 cases per year is pulled in the ten States 
with the smallest UI program workloads (defined as the average annual 
UI weeks paid during the last five years) and 480 cases per year in the 
other States. State BAM staff audit each selected claim, examining all 
aspects of a claimant's eligibility to receive UI benefits during the 
sampled week. The findings are entered into an automated database that 
is maintained on a computer located in each State.
    Denied Claims Accuracy. Each week States select random samples from 
three separate sampling frames constructed from the universes of UI 
claims for which eligibility was denied for monetary, separation and 
nonseparation reasons. All States sample a minimum of 150 cases of each 
denial type in each calendar year. State BAM staff review agency 
records and contact claimants, employers, and all other relevant 
parties to verify information in agency records or obtain additional 
information pertinent to the determination that denied eligibility for 
UI benefits. Unlike the investigation of paid claims, in which all 
prior determinations affecting claimant eligibility for the compensated 
week selected for the sample are evaluated, the investigation of denied 
claims is limited to the issue upon which the denial determination is 
based. The findings are entered into an automated database that is 
maintained on a computer located in each State.
    The Department maintains a database of each State's BAM paid and 
denied claims cases, minus any personally identifying information. The 
Department uses BAM data to measure State performance with respect to 
UI payment integrity and to meet the Department's reporting 
requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and 
the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA). The Department also 
relies heavily on BAM data for information on UI operations, such as 
the percentage of claims filed via the Internet and telephone, UI wage 
replacement rates, and claimant characteristics. The results of the BAM 
survey are reported annually on the ETA Web site, http://
workforcesecurity. doleta.gov/unemploy/.
    II. Desired Focus of Comments: Currently, the Employment and 
Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed 
extension of the BAM data collection. The Department's information 
collection authority for BAM, under Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) number 1205-0245, is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2009. 
Comments are requested to:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary to measure performance of the UI program, especially with 
respect to the accuracy of payments and denials of claims for benefits, 
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 are to respond, including 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.
    III. Current Actions:
    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Agency: Employment and Training Administration (ETA).
    Title: Unemployment Insurance Benefit Accuracy Measurement.
    OMB Number: 1205-0245.
    Agency Number: BAM State Operations Handbook (ET Handbook No. 395, 
4th edition).
    Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies (Primary), individuals, 
businesses, and not-for-profit institutions.
    Total Respondents: 188,984 (unchanged).
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 429,897 (+ 92 - adjustment).
    Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup): $66,870 (Federal purchase of 
new Sun T2000 computers with printer and terminal peripherals for State 
agencies. Cost reflects annual cost over three-year life cycle and 30 
percent pro-rata share of usage for BAM activities.)
    Total Burden Cost (Operating/Maintaining): $639,649 (Annual Federal 
cost for contractor and software support, based on 30 percent pro-rata 
share for BAM activities.)
    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 will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated: March 25, 2009.
Cheryl Atkinson,
Administrator, Office of Workforce Security.
[FR Doc. E9-7120 Filed 3-30-09; 8:45 am]
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