Submission for OMB Emergency Review: Comment Request, 53346-53347 [2010-21617]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 53346 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 31, 2010 / Notices 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register. In order to ensure the appropriate consideration, comments should reference the applicable OMB Control Number (see below). The OMB is particularly interested in comments which: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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 submission of responses. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Title of Collection: Safety Standards for Underground Coal Mine Ventilation—Belt Entry Used as an Intake Air Course to Ventilate Working Sections and Areas Where Mechanized Mining Equipment Is Being Installed or Removed. OMB Control Number: 1219–0144. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,055. Total Number of Responses: 24,767. Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 5,181. Total Estimated Annual Cost Burden (operating/maintaining): $863,397. Description: MSHA published a final rule revising the Agency’s requirements for mine rescue teams for underground coal mines on February 8, 2008. Background: The United Mine Workers of America challenged the final rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Court). On February 10, 2009, the Court vacated several of the rule’s provisions. Consistent with the Court’s decision, MSHA revised its requirements for mine rescue teams for underground coal mines on June 17, 2009. The 2008 mine rescue team standard and 2009 revision added burden to existing information VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Aug 30, 2010 Jkt 220001 collection requirements and imposed two new information collection requirements. MSHA last submitted paperwork package 1219–0144 to OMB in May 2009, under the emergency review procedures in 5 CFR 1320.13. Section 4 of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006 required MSHA to promulgate standards for mine rescue teams for underground coal mines. The May 2009 paperwork package 1219– 0144 addressed only the increased burden associated with the revised and new standards and did not include the information collection burden for the existing mine rescue team standard not addressed by the MINER Act, which had been approved under paperwork package 1219–0078 for both coal and metal and nonmetal mines. This paperwork package 1219–0144 combines the additional burden from the revised and new standards for underground coal mine rescue teams with the existing information collection burden, which has been removed from paperwork package 1219–0078. (The metal and nonmetal mine rescue team paperwork package, OMB control number 1219–0078, has been extended to February 28, 2013, ICR reference number 200912–1219–003.) This package covers the following requirements for coal mines: • Each operator of a coal mine who provides rescue teams is required to send the District Manager a statement describing the mine’s method of compliance with the standard. • Small or remote mines may submit an application of an arrangement for alternative mine rescue capability to MSHA for approval. • A person trained in the use and care of the breathing apparatus is required to certify by signature and date that the required inspections and tests were done, take corrective action if indicated, and record any corrective action taken. • Each member of a mine rescue team must be examined annually by a physician who must certify that each person is physically fit to perform mine rescue and recovery work. • A record of the training received by each mine rescue team member in the use, care, and maintenance of the type of breathing apparatus that will be used by the mine rescue team must be made and kept on file at the mine rescue station for a period of one year. The operator must provide the District Manager information concerning the schedule of upcoming training when requested. • Each mine must have a mine rescue notification plan outlining the PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 procedures to be followed in notifying the mine rescue teams when there is an emergency that requires their services. • Underground coal mine operators must certify that each designated coal mine rescue team meets the requirements of 30 CFR part 49 subpart B. • Coal mine operators must make arrangements for 24-hour emergency medical assistance and transportation for injured persons and to post this information at appropriate places at the mine, including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of all persons or services currently available under those arrangements. For additional information, see related notice published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2010 (Vol. 75 page 18888). Dated: August 24, 2010. Linda Watts Thomas, Acting Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–21580 Filed 8–30–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–43–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Bureau of Labor Statistics Submission for OMB Emergency Review: Comment Request August 24, 2010. The Department of Labor has submitted the following (see below) information collection request (ICR), utilizing emergency review procedures, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) and 5 CFR 1320.13. OMB approval has been requested by September 16, 2010. A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, including among other things a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of responses, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site at https://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain or by contacting Linda Watts-Thomas on 202–693–4223 (this is not a toll-free number)/e-mail: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Department of Labor— BLS, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 202–395–7314/Fax: 202– 395–6974 (these are not toll-free numbers), e-mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Comments and questions about the ICR listed below should be received 5 days E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 53347 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 31, 2010 / Notices prior to the requested OMB approval date. The OMB is particularly interested in comments which: • 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 Total respondents Frequency other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Type of Review: Revision of currently approved collection. Title of Collection: National Compensation Survey. OMB Control Number: 1220–0164. Affected Public: Private sector establishments and State and local governments. Total annual responses Average minutes per response Burden hours 34,929 4,974 Annual .......... Annual .......... 63,508 10,312 46.58 34.92 49,303 6,002 Totals to NCS Program .................................................. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Private Sector ........................................................................ State and Local Governments .............................................. 39,904 ...................... 73,820 ........................ 55,305 Total Burden Cost: (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost: (operating/ maintenance): $0. Description: The National Compensation Survey (NCS) is an ongoing survey of earnings and benefits among private firms, State, and local government. NCS is the integration of the sampling, collection, and processing for the Employment Cost Index (ECI), the Employee Benefits Survey (EBS), and the Locality Pay Surveys (LPS) into a single, unified program of compensation statistics. This integration improves data for policymakers and researchers, reduces respondent burden, improves the utilization of BLS resources, and enhances the published measures of compensation. Data from the integrated program include estimates of wages by job levels covering broad groups of related occupations, and data that directly links benefit plan costs with detailed plan provisions. The integrated program’s single sample also produces both timeseries indexes and cost levels for industry and occupational groups, thereby increasing the analytical potential of the data. Benefits of the integrated sample include: improved measures of trends; better integration of benefit costs and plan provisions; data for narrow occupations; and broad regional and occupational coverage. NCS employs probability methods for selection of occupations. This ensures that sampled occupations represent all occupations in the workforce, while minimizing the reporting burden on respondents. Data from the NCS are critical for setting Federal white-collar salaries, determining monetary policy VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Aug 30, 2010 Jkt 220001 (as a Principal Federal Economic Indicator), and for compensation administrators and researchers in the private sector. The survey collects data from a sample of employers. The data consist of information about the duties, responsibilities, and compensation (earnings and benefits) for a sample of occupations for each sampled employer. The NCS is proposing to add two questions on domestic partner benefits. This collection timeline will allow data on domestic partner benefits to be published in 2011. These questions will only be asked of wage and benefits sample members who offer defined benefit (DB) and/or health benefits to their employees. Currently in private industry DB plans are offered in 11% of establishments and health benefits to 63%. In State and local governments DB access is 84% and health benefits access is 88%. These two questions will add approximately 180 hours annually to private industry sample respondent burden hours (14,614 total sample of private establishments). For the government sample these two questions will add approximately 62 hours annually to government respondent burden hours (2,164 total sample of State and local government establishments). Why are we requesting Emergency Processing? Emergency clearance is being sought for the National Compensation Survey for the purpose of the addition of two questions on domestic partner benefits to the existing ‘‘Other Benefits’’ questions. The Department of Labor’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) roundtable and recent Congressional actions on the proposed Domestic PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (HR 2517) have greatly increased the need for information on domestic partner benefits in both private industry and State and local governments. In order for BLS to produce data in 2011, NCS data collection of these questions must begin in September 2010 during the NCS collection quarter (which starts September 16, 2010). The BLS will submit an ICR immediately following this approval, as the current NCS package expires in January 2011. This ICR will be submitted to OMB under the standard clearance process and will give the public a second opportunity chance to comment on this collection in accordance with PRA95 (44 USC 3506). Linda Watts-Thomas, Acting, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–21617 Filed 8–30–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Cooperative Agreements Under the Disability Employment Initiative; Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) SGA–DFA–PY–10–01; Amendment Number 1 Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor. AGENCY: Notice: Amendments, revision of phone number for grants management specialist, and revision of point value for one criterion. ACTION: E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Submission for OMB Emergency Review: Comment Request

August 24, 2010.
    The Department of Labor has submitted the following (see below) 
information collection request (ICR), utilizing emergency review 
procedures, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and 
clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(PRA95) (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) and 5 CFR 1320.13. OMB 
approval has been requested by September 16, 2010. A copy of this ICR, 
with applicable supporting documentation, including among other things 
a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of 
responses, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the 
RegInfo.gov Web site at https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain or by 
contacting Linda Watts-Thomas on 202-693-4223 (this is not a toll-free 
number)/e-mail: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Interested parties are 
encouraged to send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Department of Labor--BLS, 
Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, 
Telephone: 202-395-7314/Fax: 202-395-6974 (these are not toll-free 
numbers), e-mail: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Comments and questions 
about the ICR listed below should be received 5 days

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prior to the requested OMB approval date.
    The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:
     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., permitting 
electronic submissions of responses.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Type of Review: Revision of currently approved collection.
    Title of Collection: National Compensation Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 1220-0164.
    Affected Public: Private sector establishments and State and local 
governments.

 
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                                                                                      Average
                                    Total          Frequency       Total  annual    minutes per    Burden  hours
                                 respondents                         responses       response
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Private Sector...............          34,929  Annual...........          63,508           46.58          49,303
State and Local Governments..           4,974  Annual...........          10,312           34.92           6,002
                              ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals to NCS Program....          39,904  .................          73,820  ..............          55,305
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    Total Burden Cost: (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost: (operating/maintenance): $0.
    Description: The National Compensation Survey (NCS) is an ongoing 
survey of earnings and benefits among private firms, State, and local 
government. NCS is the integration of the sampling, collection, and 
processing for the Employment Cost Index (ECI), the Employee Benefits 
Survey (EBS), and the Locality Pay Surveys (LPS) into a single, unified 
program of compensation statistics. This integration improves data for 
policymakers and researchers, reduces respondent burden, improves the 
utilization of BLS resources, and enhances the published measures of 
compensation. Data from the integrated program include estimates of 
wages by job levels covering broad groups of related occupations, and 
data that directly links benefit plan costs with detailed plan 
provisions. The integrated program's single sample also produces both 
time-series indexes and cost levels for industry and occupational 
groups, thereby increasing the analytical potential of the data. 
Benefits of the integrated sample include: improved measures of trends; 
better integration of benefit costs and plan provisions; data for 
narrow occupations; and broad regional and occupational coverage. NCS 
employs probability methods for selection of occupations. This ensures 
that sampled occupations represent all occupations in the workforce, 
while minimizing the reporting burden on respondents. Data from the NCS 
are critical for setting Federal white-collar salaries, determining 
monetary policy (as a Principal Federal Economic Indicator), and for 
compensation administrators and researchers in the private sector. The 
survey collects data from a sample of employers. The data consist of 
information about the duties, responsibilities, and compensation 
(earnings and benefits) for a sample of occupations for each sampled 
employer.
    The NCS is proposing to add two questions on domestic partner 
benefits. This collection timeline will allow data on domestic partner 
benefits to be published in 2011. These questions will only be asked of 
wage and benefits sample members who offer defined benefit (DB) and/or 
health benefits to their employees. Currently in private industry DB 
plans are offered in 11% of establishments and health benefits to 63%. 
In State and local governments DB access is 84% and health benefits 
access is 88%. These two questions will add approximately 180 hours 
annually to private industry sample respondent burden hours (14,614 
total sample of private establishments). For the government sample 
these two questions will add approximately 62 hours annually to 
government respondent burden hours (2,164 total sample of State and 
local government establishments).
    Why are we requesting Emergency Processing? Emergency clearance is 
being sought for the National Compensation Survey for the purpose of 
the addition of two questions on domestic partner benefits to the 
existing ``Other Benefits'' questions. The Department of Labor's LGBT 
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) roundtable and recent 
Congressional actions on the proposed Domestic Partnership Benefits and 
Obligations Act (HR 2517) have greatly increased the need for 
information on domestic partner benefits in both private industry and 
State and local governments. In order for BLS to produce data in 2011, 
NCS data collection of these questions must begin in September 2010 
during the NCS collection quarter (which starts September 16, 2010).
    The BLS will submit an ICR immediately following this approval, as 
the current NCS package expires in January 2011. This ICR will be 
submitted to OMB under the standard clearance process and will give the 
public a second opportunity chance to comment on this collection in 
accordance with PRA95 (44 USC 3506).

Linda Watts-Thomas,
Acting, Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-21617 Filed 8-30-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-24-P