Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation; Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request, 13636-13637 [2012-5572]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 13636 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 45 / Wednesday, March 7, 2012 / Notices is entitled to reimbursement, is equivalent to the employer’s daily charge for three meals or, if the employer makes no charge, the amount permitted under 20 CFR 655.122(g). The maximum meals component of the daily travel subsistence expense is based upon the standard minimum Continental United States (CONUS) per diem rate as stated by the General Services Administration (GSA) at 41 CFR part 301, Appendix A. The CONUS meal component remains $46.00 per day. Workers who qualify for travel reimbursement are entitled to reimbursement for meals up to the CONUS meal rate when they provide receipts. In determining the appropriate amount of reimbursement for meals for less than a full day, the employer may provide for meal expense reimbursement, with receipts, to 75 percent of the maximum reimbursement for meals of $34.50, as provided for in the GSA per diem schedule. If a worker has no receipts, the employer is not obligated to reimburse above the minimum stated at 20 CFR 655.122(g) as specified above. The Department notes that the regulation has consistently used the term ‘‘subsistence’’ which includes both meals and lodging during travel to and from the worksite. An employer is responsible for providing, paying in advance, or reimbursing a worker for the reasonable costs of transportation and daily subsistence between the employer’s worksite and the place from which the worker comes to work for the employer, if the worker completes 50 percent of the work contract period, and upon the worker completing the contract, return costs. In those instances where a worker must travel to obtain a visa so that the worker may enter the U.S. to come to work for the employer, the employer must pay for the transportation and daily subsistence costs of that part of the travel as well. The Department interprets the regulation to require the employer to assume responsibility for the reasonable costs associated with the worker’s travel, including transportation, food, and, in those instances where it is necessary, lodging. If not provided by the employer, the amount an employer must pay for transportation and, where required, lodging must be no less than (and is not required to be more than) the most economical and reasonable costs. The employer is responsible for those costs necessary for the worker to travel to the worksite if the worker completes 50 percent of the work contract period, but is not responsible for unauthorized detours, and if the worker completes the contract, return transportation and VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:40 Mar 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 subsistence costs, including lodging costs where necessary. This policy applies equally to instances where the worker is traveling within the U.S. to the employer’s worksite. For further information on when the employer is responsible for lodging costs, see the FAQ on travel costs at the OFLC Web site at http:// www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/. Signed in Washington, DC, this 2nd day of March, 2012. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–5602 Filed 3–5–12; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation; Proposed Extension of Existing 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. Currently, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Notice of Termination, Suspension, Reduction or Increase in Benefit Payments (CM–908). A copy of the information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before May 7, 2012. ADDRESSES: Ms. Yoon Ferguson, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0701, fax (202) 693–1447, Email yoonferguson@dol.gov. Please use only SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or Email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP)administers the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 as amended, Section 432 (30 U.S.C. 942) and 20 CFR 725.621 necessitate this information collection. Under this Act, Coal mine operators, their representatives, or their insurers who have been identified as responsible for paying Black Lung benefits to an eligible miner or an eligible surviving dependent of the miner, are called Responsible Operators (RO’s). RO’s that pay benefits are required to report any change in the benefit amount to the Department of Labor (DOL). The CM– 908, when completed and sent to DOL, notifies DOL of the change in the beneficiary’s benefit amount and the reason for the change. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 as amended, Section 432 (30 U.S.C. 942) and 20 CFR 725.621 necessitate this information collection. This information collection is currently approved for use through June 30, 2012. II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor 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. III. Current Actions: The Department of Labor seeks the approval for the extension of this currently-approved information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to evaluate an applicant ability to be a representative payee. If the Program were not able to screen representative payee applicants the beneficiary’s best interest would not be served. Agency: Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 45 / Wednesday, March 7, 2012 / Notices Type of Review: Extension. Title: Notice of Termination, Suspension, Reduction or Increase in Benefit Payments. OMB Number: 1240–0030. Agency Number: CM–908. Affected Public: Business or other for profit. Total Respondents: 325. Total Annual Responses: 5,000. Average Time per Response: 12 minutes. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,000. Frequency: On occasion and annually. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $4,800. 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 2, 2012. Vincent Alvarez, Agency Clearance Officer, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, US Department of Labor. [FR Doc. 2012–5572 Filed 3–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CK–P MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION [MCC FR 12–02] Notice of Quarterly Report (October 1, 2011–December 31, 2011) Millennium Challenge Corporation. AGENCY: 13637 The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is reporting for the quarter October 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, on assistance provided under section 605 of the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), as amended (the Act), and on transfers or allocations of funds to other federal agencies under section 619(b) of the Act. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 45 (Wednesday, March 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13636-13637]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5572]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs


Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation; Proposed Extension 
of Existing 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. 
Currently, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is soliciting 
comments concerning the proposed collection: Notice of Termination, 
Suspension, Reduction or Increase in Benefit Payments (CM-908). A copy 
of the information collection request can be obtained by contacting the 
office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addresses section below on or before May 7, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Ms. Yoon Ferguson, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Ave. NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone 
(202) 693-0701, fax (202) 693-1447, Email yoonferguson@dol.gov. Please 
use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or Email).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    I. Background: The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 
(OWCP)administers the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 as 
amended, Section 432 (30 U.S.C. 942) and 20 CFR 725.621 necessitate 
this information collection. Under this Act, Coal mine operators, their 
representatives, or their insurers who have been identified as 
responsible for paying Black Lung benefits to an eligible miner or an 
eligible surviving dependent of the miner, are called Responsible 
Operators (RO's). RO's that pay benefits are required to report any 
change in the benefit amount to the Department of Labor (DOL). The CM-
908, when completed and sent to DOL, notifies DOL of the change in the 
beneficiary's benefit amount and the reason for the change. The Federal 
Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 as amended, Section 432 (30 U.S.C. 
942) and 20 CFR 725.621 necessitate this information collection. This 
information collection is currently approved for use through June 30, 
2012.
    II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor 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.
    III. Current Actions: The Department of Labor seeks the approval 
for the extension of this currently-approved information collection in 
order to carry out its responsibility to evaluate an applicant ability 
to be a representative payee. If the Program were not able to screen 
representative payee applicants the beneficiary's best interest would 
not be served.
    Agency: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.

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    Type of Review: Extension.
    Title: Notice of Termination, Suspension, Reduction or Increase in 
Benefit Payments.
    OMB Number: 1240-0030.
    Agency Number: CM-908.
    Affected Public: Business or other for profit.
    Total Respondents: 325.
    Total Annual Responses: 5,000.
    Average Time per Response: 12 minutes.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,000.
    Frequency: On occasion and annually.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $4,800.
    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 2, 2012.
Vincent Alvarez,
Agency Clearance Officer, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, US 
Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 2012-5572 Filed 3-6-12; 8:45 am]
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