Proposed Collection, Comment Request, 61178-61180 [2010-24775]

Download as PDF jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 61178 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 191 / Monday, October 4, 2010 / Notices unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a currently valid OMB control number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. Parties interested in commenting on this request are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to ensure the appropriate consideration, comments should reference OMB Information Collection Request Reference Number 201005– 1240–004. The OMB 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., permitting electronic submission of responses. Agency: Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Type of Review: New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number). Title of Collection: Contractor Survey under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. Form Numbers: None. OMB Control Number: 1240–ONEW. Affected Public: Private Sector: Business or other for-profit. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 330. Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 82. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes. Total Estimated Annual Costs Burden: $0. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Oct 01, 2010 Jkt 223001 Dated: September 28, 2010. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–24769 Filed 10–1–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CH–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Bureau of Labor Statistics Proposed Collection, Comment Request ACTION: Notice. 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 revision of the ‘‘National Compensation Survey.’’ 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 November 3, 2010. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20212. Written comments also may be transmitted by fax to 202–691–5111 (this is not a toll free number.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, at 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background The National Compensation Survey (NCS) is an ongoing survey of earnings and benefits among private firms, State, and local government. The NCS is currently the integration of the sampling, collection, and processing for PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. The 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. These data will consist of information about the duties, responsibilities, and compensation (earnings and benefits) for a sample of occupations for each sampled employer. Data will be updated on a quarterly basis. The updates will allow for production of data on change in earnings and total compensation. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the National Compensation Survey. The NCS collects earnings and work level data on occupations for the nation. The NCS also collects information on the cost, provisions, and incidence of all the major employee benefits through its benefit cost and benefit provision programs and publications. The Administration has proposed 2011 budget calls for the elimination of the Locality Pay Survey (LPS), which is the part of the National Compensation Survey that provides occupational wage data by industry and specific geographic areas. The NCS is currently developing a new survey design that excludes the LPS. Planning and design for these changes are ongoing. NCS will E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1 61179 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 191 / Monday, October 4, 2010 / Notices transition from an area-based survey design to a non-area-based national design, supplemented with modeled wages starting in FY 2011. Sample changes are reflected in the stated collection and respondent burden estimates. The NCS data on benefit costs is used to produce the ECI and Employer Costs for Employee Compensation. The data provided will be the same, and the series will be continuous. The NCS will continue to provide employee benefit provision and participation data. These data include estimates of how many workers receive the various employer-sponsored benefits. The data also will include information about the common provisions of benefit plans. NCS has modified the collection forms, to 14 forms (normally having unique private industry and government initiation and update collection forms and versions.) Two forms are unique for private industry and government sample members who report data through the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption Web-site. For NCS update collection, the forms give respondents their previously reported information, the dates they expected change to occur to these data, and space for reporting these changes. 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, 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 Total respondents per form Form Establishment collection form (NCS Form 11– 1G). Establishment collection form (NCS Form 11– 1P). Earnings form (NCS Form 11–2G) .................... Earnings form (NCS Form 11–2P) .................... Wage Shuttle form computer generated earnings update form #. Work Level Form (NCS Form 11–3G) ............... Work Level Form (NCS FORM 11–3P) ............. Work Schedule Form (NCS 11–4G) .................. Work Schedule Form (NCS 11–4P) .................. Benefits Collection Form (NCS 11–5G) ............ Benefits Collection Form (NCS 11–5P) ............. Summary of Benefits (Benefit update form SO– 1003) is computer generated #. Collection not tied to a specific form (testing, Quality Assurance/Quality Measurement, etc.).** Totals .......................................................... Frequency 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: Revision of a currently approved collection. Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Title: National Compensation Survey. OMB Number: 1220–0164. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; not-for-profit institutions; and State, local, and tribal government. Total Respondents: 14,433 (three-year average). Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $0. All figures in the table below are based on a three-year average. The total respondents in the table are greater than the figure shown above because many respondents are asked to provide information relating to more than one form. Avg. minutes for the predominant form use ** Total annual responses Total hours * ......................................... * 19 * 1,960 At initiation ........................... 1,960 19 621 * 1,960 10,665 ......................................... At initiation ........................... Quarterly (3.827 avg.) ......... * 1,960 40,823 20 20 20 * 653 13,608 * 1,960 * 1,960 * 1,960 10,665 * 1,960 * 1,960 * 1,960 40,823 25 25 10 10 177 178.5 19.92 * 817 * 327 * 5,831 13,553 1,808 ......................................... At initiation ........................... ......................................... At initiation ........................... ......................................... At initiation ........................... Quarterly .............................. (3.83 avg.) ........................... 1.89 ..................................... 3,420 30 1,710 32,938 ......................................... 94,866 ........................ 37,120 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES * Most NCS Government forms (NCS 11–XG), are only used for government sample initiations, which is not currently planned during this Clearance cycle. ** Collection forms can have multiple uses. The table above shows the average collection times for the predominant uses of the forms. Record checks (for quality assurance and measurement) are done on a sub-sample of respondents verifying responses for pre-selected sections of the collection forms. # Includes IDCF form time (Web based screen for SSL encryption web-site secure.) VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Oct 01, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1 61180 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 191 / Monday, October 4, 2010 / Notices 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 28th day of September 2010. Kimberley Hill, Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. 2010–24775 Filed 10–1–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for YouthBuild Grants Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Announcement Type: Notice of Solicitation for Grant Applications. Funding Opportunity Number: SGA/ DFA PY 10–02. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 17.274. Key Dates: The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement is December 3, 2010. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Eastern Time. A Virtual Prospective Applicant Conference (Webinar) will be held for this grant competition. The date and access information for this Virtual Prospective Applicant Conference will be posted on ETA’s Web site at https:// www.doleta.gov/youth%5Fservices/ youthbuildgrantee.cfm. While a review of this Webinar is encouraged, it is not mandatory that applicants view this recording. SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department), announces the availability of up to approximately $130 million in grant funds for YouthBuild Grants (the final amount available depends upon the amount of funds appropriated for YouthBuild in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Department of Labor Appropriations Act). These funds are from separate appropriations and will be awarded separately. Thirty million dollars in FY 2010 funds are available for immediate award and will be reserved for awards to organizations that did not receive funding in the FY 2009 YouthBuild competition [SGA/DFA PY 08–07]. Awards from the FY 2011 appropriation jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Oct 01, 2010 Jkt 223001 will be selected after April 1, 2011, pending availability of funds. YouthBuild Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Grant funds will be used to provide disadvantaged youth with: The education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic selfsufficiency in occupations in high demand and postsecondary education and training opportunities; opportunities for meaningful work and service to their communities; and opportunities to develop employment and leadership skills and a commitment to community development among youth in low-income communities. As part of their program, YouthBuild grantees will tap the energies and talents of disadvantaged youth to increase the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and low-income families and to help youth develop the leadership, learning, and high-demand occupational skills needed to succeed in today’s global economy. Based on the amount of FY 2010 funds available and our projections for FY 2011 funding, DOL hopes to serve approximately 8,500 youth participants during the grant period of performance, with projects operating in approximately 128 communities across the country. Under this solicitation, DOL will be awarding grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities. Each applicant should indicate the proposed number of participants to be served based on an average cost per participant of between $15,000 and $18,000. This solicitation provides background information and describes the application submission requirements, outlines the process that eligible entities must use to apply for funds covered by this solicitation, and details the evaluation criteria used as a basis for selecting grantees. Applicants should read the entire SGA and note specific sections that contain required information, such as in Section III.D, Section IV.B, and Section V.A, where failure to comply will be considered non-responsive and those applicants will then not be considered for funding. The Department is committed to providing the public with an open and transparent grant selection process and to providing useful information to assist prospective applicants with developing quality proposals. One way to achieve these goals is through public access to selected and non-selected grant applications. Applicants are advised that the information they submit in PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 response to this solicitation may be posted on a publicly accessible Web site or may otherwise be made available to the public. ADDRESSES: Mailed applications must be addressed to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Federal Assistance, Attention: Donna Kelly, Grant Officer, Reference SGA/DFA PY 10–02, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N4716, Washington, DC 20210. For complete ‘‘Application and Submission Information,’’ please refer to section IV. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation consists of nine sections: • Section I provides background information on YouthBuild, YouthBuild program objectives, and additional information on the key components of YouthBuild to consider when preparing an application. • Section II describes the size and nature of the anticipated awards. • Section III describes eligibility information. • Section IV provides information on the application and submission process. • Section V describes the criteria against which applications will be reviewed and explains the proposal review process. • Section VI provides award administration information. • Section VII contains ETA agency contact information. • Section VIII lists additional resources of interest to applicants. • Section IX lists other pertinent information. I. Funding Opportunity Description YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses several core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. Part A of this section provides a background of the YouthBuild program. Part B describes the core objectives of the YouthBuild program, with Part C providing additional information on key components of YouthBuild to consider when preparing a grant application. A. Background The YouthBuild model balances inschool learning that leads to the achievement of a high school diploma or passing the General Education Development (GED) test, and construction skills training that prepares youth for career placement. The inschool component is an alternative education program that assists youth E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 191 (Monday, October 4, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 61178-61180]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-24775]


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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 revision of the ``National Compensation Survey.'' 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 November 3, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, 
Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20212. Written comments 
also may be transmitted by fax to 202-691-5111 (this is not a toll free 
number.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, 
at 202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See Addresses 
section.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The National Compensation Survey (NCS) is an ongoing survey of 
earnings and benefits among private firms, State, and local government. 
The NCS is currently 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. The 
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. These data 
will consist of information about the duties, responsibilities, and 
compensation (earnings and benefits) for a sample of occupations for 
each sampled employer.
    Data will be updated on a quarterly basis. The updates will allow 
for production of data on change in earnings and total compensation.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the 
National Compensation Survey.
    The NCS collects earnings and work level data on occupations for 
the nation. The NCS also collects information on the cost, provisions, 
and incidence of all the major employee benefits through its benefit 
cost and benefit provision programs and publications.
    The Administration has proposed 2011 budget calls for the 
elimination of the Locality Pay Survey (LPS), which is the part of the 
National Compensation Survey that provides occupational wage data by 
industry and specific geographic areas. The NCS is currently developing 
a new survey design that excludes the LPS. Planning and design for 
these changes are ongoing. NCS will

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transition from an area-based survey design to a non-area-based 
national design, supplemented with modeled wages starting in FY 2011. 
Sample changes are reflected in the stated collection and respondent 
burden estimates.
    The NCS data on benefit costs is used to produce the ECI and 
Employer Costs for Employee Compensation. The data provided will be the 
same, and the series will be continuous.
    The NCS will continue to provide employee benefit provision and 
participation data. These data include estimates of how many workers 
receive the various employer-sponsored benefits. The data also will 
include information about the common provisions of benefit plans.
    NCS has modified the collection forms, to 14 forms (normally having 
unique private industry and government initiation and update collection 
forms and versions.) Two forms are unique for private industry and 
government sample members who report data through the Secure Sockets 
Layer (SSL) encryption Web-site. For NCS update collection, the forms 
give respondents their previously reported information, the dates they 
expected change to occur to these data, and space for reporting these 
changes.

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, 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: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Title: National Compensation Survey.
    OMB Number: 1220-0164.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; not-for-profit 
institutions; and State, local, and tribal government.
    Total Respondents: 14,433 (three-year average).
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $0.
    All figures in the table below are based on a three-year average. 
The total respondents in the table are greater than the figure shown 
above because many respondents are asked to provide information 
relating to more than one form.

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                                                                                      Avg. minutes
                                      Total                           Total annual       for the
              Form                 respondents        Frequency         responses      predominant   Total hours
                                    per form                                           form use **
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Establishment collection form                 *  ..................               *              19            *
 (NCS Form 11-1G).
Establishment collection form             1,960  At initiation.....           1,960              19          621
 (NCS Form 11-1P).
Earnings form (NCS Form 11-2G).               *  ..................               *              20            *
Earnings form (NCS Form 11-2P).           1,960  At initiation.....           1,960              20          653
Wage Shuttle form computer               10,665  Quarterly (3.827            40,823              20       13,608
 generated earnings update form                   avg.).
 .
Work Level Form (NCS Form 11-                 *  ..................               *              25            *
 3G).
Work Level Form (NCS FORM 11-             1,960  At initiation.....           1,960              25          817
 3P).
Work Schedule Form (NCS 11-4G).               *  ..................               *              10            *
Work Schedule Form (NCS 11-4P).           1,960  At initiation.....           1,960              10          327
Benefits Collection Form (NCS                 *  ..................               *             177            *
 11-5G).
Benefits Collection Form (NCS             1,960  At initiation.....           1,960           178.5        5,831
 11-5P).
Summary of Benefits (Benefit             10,665  Quarterly.........          40,823           19.92       13,553
 update form SO-1003) is                         (3.83 avg.).......
 computer generated .
Collection not tied to a                  1,808  1.89..............           3,420              30        1,710
 specific form (testing,
 Quality Assurance/Quality
 Measurement, etc.).**
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    Totals.....................          32,938  ..................          94,866  ..............       37,120
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* Most NCS Government forms (NCS 11-XG), are only used for government sample initiations, which is not currently
  planned during this Clearance cycle.
** Collection forms can have multiple uses. The table above shows the average collection times for the
  predominant uses of the forms. Record checks (for quality assurance and measurement) are done on a sub-sample
  of respondents verifying responses for pre-selected sections of the collection forms.
 Includes IDCF form time (Web based screen for SSL encryption web-site secure.)


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    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 28th day of September 2010.
Kimberley Hill,
Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2010-24775 Filed 10-1-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-24-P