Proposed Extension of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment; Request to the Department of Labor for Expedited Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction, 28278-28279 [E9-13995]

Download as PDF 28278 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 113 / Monday, June 15, 2009 / Notices Technology Innovation Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR BILLING CODE 4410–11–M Patricia A. Brink, Deputy Director of Operations, Antitrust Division. [FR Doc. E9–13925 Filed 6–12–09; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BILLING CODE 4410–11–M Proposed Extension of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment; Request to the Department of Labor for Expedited Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on March 26, 2009 (74 FR 13228). Patricia A. Brink, Deputy Director of Operations, Antitrust Division. [FR Doc. E9–13926 Filed 6–12–09; 8:45 am] Antitrust Division pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Notice is hereby given that, on April 22, 2009, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), Joint Venture to Perform Project Entitled Next Generation SCAIJA for Prevention and Mitigation of Water System Infrastructure Disaster (‘‘Next Generation SCADA’’) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing (1) the identities of the parties and (2) the nature and objectives of the venture. The notifications were filed for the purpose of invoking the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act, the identities of the parties to the venture are: Earth Mechanics, Inc., Fountain Valley, CA; Irvine Ranch Water District, Irvine, CA; Orange County Sanitation District, Fountain Valley, CA; Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Riverside, CA and The Regents of the University of California, Irvine, CA. 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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Joint Venture To Perform Project Entitled Next Generation SCADA for Prevention and Mitigation of Water System Infrastructure Disaster Jkt 217001 Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—ASTM International Notice is hereby given that, on May 18, 2009, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), ASTM International (‘‘ASTM’’) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing additions or changes to its standards development activities. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, ASTM has provided an updated list of current, ongoing ASTM standards activities originating between February 2009 and May 2009 designated as Work Items. A complete listing of ASTM Work Items, along with a brief description of each, is available at http://www.astm.org. On September 15, 2004, ASTM filed its original notification pursuant to Section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act on November 10, 2004 (69 FR 65226). The last notification was filed with the Department on February 17, 2009. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act on March 13, 2009 (74 FR 10966). Patricia A. Brink, Deputy Director of Operations, Antitrust Division. [FR Doc. E9–13921 Filed 6–12–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–11–M PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Employee Benefits Security Administration SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (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 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 (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the Application to the Department of Labor for Expedited Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction (the ‘‘Application’’) and the Plan Administrator Information Sheet (the ‘‘Letter’’). A copy of the information collection request (ICR) may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the ADDRESSES section on or before August 14, 2009. ADDRESSES: Please direct all written comments regarding the information collection request and burden estimates to G. Christopher Cosby, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N–5647, 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 The continuation coverage provisions of section 601 through 608 of ERISA (and parallel provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (Code)) generally require group health plans to offer qualified beneficiaries’ the opportunity to elect E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM 15JNN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 113 / Monday, June 15, 2009 / Notices continuation coverage following certain events that would otherwise result in the loss of coverage. Continuation coverage is a temporary extension of the qualified beneficiary’s previous group health coverage. The right to elect continuation coverage allows individuals to maintain group health coverage under adverse circumstances and to bridge gaps in health coverage that otherwise could limit their access to health care. COBRA provides the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) with authority under section 608 of ERISA to carry out the continuation coverage provisions. The Conference Report that accompanied COBRA divided interpretive authority over the COBRA provisions between the Secretary and the Secretary of the Treasury (the Treasury) by providing that the Secretary has the authority to issue regulations implementing the notice and disclosure requirements of COBRA, while the Treasury is authorized to issue regulations defining the required continuation coverage. On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–5). Section 3001(a)(5) of ARRA provides that if individuals request treatment as an assistance eligible individual and are denied such treatment because of their ineligibility for COBRA continuation coverage, the Secretary of Labor must provide for expedited review of the denial upon application to the Secretary in the form and manner the Secretary provides. The Secretary of Labor is required to act in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and must make a determination within 15 business days after receipt of an individual’s application for review. The Application is the form that will be used by individuals to file their expedited review appeals with EBSA. All of the information requested on the Application must be completed, and an Application may be denied if sufficient information is not provided. In certain situations, EBSA will have to contact plan administrators for additional information regarding an applicant’s appeal of a denial of premium reduction. The Letter will be used for this purposes in cases where the Department has otherwise been unable to contact a plan administrator. On May 20, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Application and the Letter (OMB Control Number 1210–0135) under the emergency procedures for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:47 Jun 12, 2009 Jkt 217001 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) and 5 CFR 1320.13. The approval is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2009. II. Current Actions This notice requests public comment pertaining to the Department’s request for extension of OMB’s approval of the Application. After considering comments received in response to this notice, the Department intends to submit an ICR to OMB for continuing approval. No change to the existing ICR is proposed or made at this time. The Department notes that 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: Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Request to the Department of Labor for Expedited Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0135. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 593,000. Frequency of Responses: On occasion. Responses: 104,500. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 99,750. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $52,000. III. Desired Focus of Comments The Department of Labor 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 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., by permitting electronic submissions of responses. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28279 Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the ICR for OMB approval of the extension of the information collection; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: June 8, 2009. Joseph S. Piacentini, Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. E9–13995 Filed 6–12–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA–W–65,884] Progressive Stamping Company, Royal Oak, MI; Notice of Termination of Investigation In accordance with Section 221 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, an investigation was initiated on May 5, 2009 in response to a petition filed by a company official on behalf of workers of Progressive Stamping Company, Royal Oak, Michigan. The petitioner has requested that the petition be withdrawn. Consequently, the investigation has been terminated. Signed in Washington, DC, this 15th day of May 2009. Richard Church, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E9–13919 Filed 6–12–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA–W–65,858] Schnadig Corporation, Des Plaines, IL; Notice of Termination of Investigation In accordance with Section 221 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, an investigation was initiated on April 28, 2009 in response to a worker petition filed on behalf of workers of Schnadig Corporation, Des Plaines, Illinois. The petitioner has requested that the petition be withdrawn. Consequently, the investigation has been terminated. Signed in Washington, DC, this 7th day of May 2009. Richard Church, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E9–13912 Filed 6–12–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM 15JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


Proposed Extension of Information Collection Request Submitted 
for Public Comment; Request to the Department of Labor for Expedited 
Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction

AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (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 
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 (EBSA) is 
soliciting comments on the Application to the Department of Labor for 
Expedited Review of Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction (the 
``Application'') and the Plan Administrator Information Sheet (the 
``Letter''). A copy of the information collection request (ICR) may be 
obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of 
this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the 
ADDRESSES section on or before August 14, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Please direct all written comments regarding the information 
collection request and burden estimates to G. Christopher Cosby, Office 
of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-5647, 
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

    The continuation coverage provisions of section 601 through 608 of 
ERISA (and parallel provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (Code)) 
generally require group health plans to offer qualified beneficiaries' 
the opportunity to elect

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continuation coverage following certain events that would otherwise 
result in the loss of coverage. Continuation coverage is a temporary 
extension of the qualified beneficiary's previous group health 
coverage. The right to elect continuation coverage allows individuals 
to maintain group health coverage under adverse circumstances and to 
bridge gaps in health coverage that otherwise could limit their access 
to health care.
    COBRA provides the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) with 
authority under section 608 of ERISA to carry out the continuation 
coverage provisions. The Conference Report that accompanied COBRA 
divided interpretive authority over the COBRA provisions between the 
Secretary and the Secretary of the Treasury (the Treasury) by providing 
that the Secretary has the authority to issue regulations implementing 
the notice and disclosure requirements of COBRA, while the Treasury is 
authorized to issue regulations defining the required continuation 
coverage.
    On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery 
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5). Section 3001(a)(5) 
of ARRA provides that if individuals request treatment as an assistance 
eligible individual and are denied such treatment because of their 
ineligibility for COBRA continuation coverage, the Secretary of Labor 
must provide for expedited review of the denial upon application to the 
Secretary in the form and manner the Secretary provides. The Secretary 
of Labor is required to act in consultation with the Secretary of the 
Treasury and must make a determination within 15 business days after 
receipt of an individual's application for review.
    The Application is the form that will be used by individuals to 
file their expedited review appeals with EBSA. All of the information 
requested on the Application must be completed, and an Application may 
be denied if sufficient information is not provided. In certain 
situations, EBSA will have to contact plan administrators for 
additional information regarding an applicant's appeal of a denial of 
premium reduction. The Letter will be used for this purposes in cases 
where the Department has otherwise been unable to contact a plan 
administrator.
    On May 20, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved 
the Application and the Letter (OMB Control Number 1210-0135) under the 
emergency procedures for review and clearance in accordance with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) 
and 5 CFR 1320.13. The approval is scheduled to expire on November 30, 
2009.

II. Current Actions

    This notice requests public comment pertaining to the Department's 
request for extension of OMB's approval of the Application. After 
considering comments received in response to this notice, the 
Department intends to submit an ICR to OMB for continuing approval. No 
change to the existing ICR is proposed or made at this time. The 
Department notes that 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:
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Request to the Department of Labor for Expedited Review of 
Denial of COBRA Premium Reduction
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0135.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-
profit; Not-for-profit institutions.
    Respondents: 593,000.
    Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
    Responses: 104,500.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 99,750.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $52,000.

III. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Department of Labor 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 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., by 
permitting electronic submissions of responses.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the ICR for OMB approval of the extension of the 
information collection; they will also become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: June 8, 2009.
Joseph S. Piacentini,
Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration.
[FR Doc. E9-13995 Filed 6-12-09; 8:45 am]
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