Comment Request for Information Collection for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund Activity Reports, Extension Without Revisions, 37714-37715 [2012-15215]

Download as PDF 37714 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 121 / Friday, June 22, 2012 / Notices Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the ICR; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: Signed in Washington, DC, this 15th day of June, 2012. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor. [FR Doc. 2012–15213 Filed 6–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund Activity Reports, Extension Without Revisions Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the 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 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps 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, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data about UI Trust Fund Activity Reporting, expiring 10/31/2012. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before August 21, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Joe Williams, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Security, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., wreier-aviles on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Frances Perkins Bldg., Room S–4524, Washington, DC 20210, telephone number (202) 693–2928 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email: Williams.joseph@dol.gov. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877– 889–5627 (TTY/TDD). A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Section 303(a)(4) of the Social Security Act (SSA) and Section 3304(a)(3) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) require that all monies received in the unemployment fund of a state be paid immediately to the Secretary of Treasury to the credit of the Unemployment Trust Fund (UTF). This is the ‘‘immediate deposit’’ standard. Section 303(a)(5) of the SSA and Section 3304(a)(4) of the FUTA require that all monies withdrawn from the UTF be used solely for the payment of unemployment compensation, exclusive of the expenses of administration. This is the ‘‘limited withdrawal’’ standard. Federal law (Section 303(a)(6) of the SSA) gives the Secretary of Labor the authority to require the reporting of information deemed necessary to assure state compliance with the provisions of the SSA. Under this authority, the Secretary of Labor requires the following reports to monitor state compliance with the immediate deposit and limited withdrawal standards: ETA 2112: UI Financial Transactions Summary, Unemployment Fund ETA 8401: Monthly Analysis of Benefit Payment Account ETA 8403: Summary of Financial Transactions—Title IX Funds ETA 8403A: Spending Plans for Special Distributions ETA 8405: Monthly Analysis of Clearing Account ETA 8413: Income—Expense Analysis UC Fund, Benefit Payment Account ETA 8414: Income—Expense Analysis UC Fund, Clearing Account These reports are submitted to the Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) within ETA which uses them to: Number of respondents Data collection activity Reporting of ETA 2112 .............................................................. Reporting of ETA 8401 .............................................................. Reporting of ETA 8405 .............................................................. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:20 Jun 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00063 53 53 53 Fmt 4703 Frequency • Monitor cash flows into and out of the UTF to determine state compliance with the immediate deposit and limited withdrawal standards. • Assure proper accounting for unemployment funds, an integral part of preparing the Department’s consolidated financial statements required by the Chief Financial Officer Act of 1990. The UTF is the single largest asset and liability on the statements. • Reconcile the Department’s records with the U.S. Treasury records. • Support UI research and actuarial reports analyzing the solvency of the UTF. II. Review Focus The Department seeks renewal of this collection since the reports are essential to the Department’s financial statements and program oversight responsibilities. The Department 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 Type of Review: Extension without changes. Title: Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund Activities Reports. OMB Number: 1205–0154. Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies. Form(s): ETA 2112, 8401, 8405, 8413, 8414, 8403, 8403A. Total responses Monthly .... Monthly .... Monthly .... Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22JNN1.SGM 636 636 636 22JNN1 Average time per response (in hours) 0.5 0.5 0.5 Burden hours 318 318 318 37715 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 121 / Friday, June 22, 2012 / Notices Number of respondents Data collection activity Reporting Reporting Reporting Reporting of of of of ETA ETA ETA ETA Frequency Total responses Average time per response (in hours) Burden hours 8413 .............................................................. 8414 .............................................................. 8403 .............................................................. 8403A ............................................................ 53 53 53 53 Monthly .... Monthly .... As Needed As Needed 636 636 318 106 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 318 318 159 53 Total .................................................................................... ........................ .................. 3,604 ........................ 1,802 Total Annual Burden Cost for Respondents: There are no annualized costs to respondents. Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the ICR; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: Signed in Washington, DC, this 15th day of June, 2012. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor. [FR Doc. 2012–15215 Filed 6–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–P Submit written comments to Scott Gibbons, Office of Unemployment Insurance, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: 202–693–3008 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877– 889–5627 (TTY/TDD). Email: gibbons.scott@dol.gov. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting Mr. Gibbons. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR I. Background Employment and Training Administration Public Law 112–96, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, provides states with the opportunity to allow Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants in the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program of 2008 (EUC08) to participate in a reemployment program that helps them start their own businesses known as SEA. Currently, a handful of states use this reemployment program, for which a minor amount of information (claimants entering the program, and weeks and amounts of dollars paid) is collected under OMB Control Number 1205–0010. In accordance with statutory requirements and to assist states in establishing, improving, and administering SEA programs (section 2183(a)), the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) uses the ETA 9161 to collect information specific to the SEA program. Section 2183(b)(1) of the 2012 Act directs the Secretary of Labor to establish reporting requirements for States that have established SEA programs, which shall include reporting on—(A) The total number of individuals who received unemployment compensation and—(i) Were referred to a SEA program; (ii) participated in such program; and (iii) received an allowance under such program; (B) the total amount of allowances provided to individuals participating in a SEA Comment Request for Information Collection for Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) for UI Claimants, Extension Without Revisions Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the 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 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps 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, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data about SEA activities, expiring 09/30/2012. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before August 21, 2012. wreier-aviles on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:20 Jun 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 program; (C) the total income (as determined by survey or other appropriate method) for businesses that have been established by individuals participating in a SEA program, as well as the total number of individuals employed through such businesses; and (D) any additional information, as determined appropriate by the Secretary. ETA currently uses Form ETA–9161 as an electronic reporting mechanism to collect this required information. In addition to Public Law 112–96, collection of data is used for oversight of the program as authorized under Section 303(a)(6) of the Social Security Act. II. Review Focus The Department 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 Type of Review: Extension without changes. Title: Self-Employment Assistance for UI Claimants. OMB Number: 1205–0490. Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies. Form(s): ETA 9161. Total Annual Respondents: 26. Annual Frequency: Quarterly for three different reports. E:\FR\FM\22JNN1.SGM 22JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 121 (Friday, June 22, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 37714-37715]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15215]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Comment Request for Information Collection for Unemployment 
Insurance (UI) Trust Fund Activity Reports, Extension Without Revisions

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its 
continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a 
preclearance consultation program to provide the 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 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps 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, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the collection of 
data about UI Trust Fund Activity Reporting, expiring 10/31/2012.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section below on or before August 21, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Joe Williams, U.S. Department of 
Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce 
Security, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Frances Perkins Bldg., Room S-
4524, Washington, DC 20210, telephone number (202) 693-2928 (this is 
not a toll-free number) or by email: Williams.joseph@dol.gov. 
Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone 
number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay 
Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD). A copy of the proposed information 
collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office 
listed above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 303(a)(4) of the Social Security Act (SSA) and Section 
3304(a)(3) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) require that all 
monies received in the unemployment fund of a state be paid immediately 
to the Secretary of Treasury to the credit of the Unemployment Trust 
Fund (UTF). This is the ``immediate deposit'' standard.
    Section 303(a)(5) of the SSA and Section 3304(a)(4) of the FUTA 
require that all monies withdrawn from the UTF be used solely for the 
payment of unemployment compensation, exclusive of the expenses of 
administration. This is the ``limited withdrawal'' standard.
    Federal law (Section 303(a)(6) of the SSA) gives the Secretary of 
Labor the authority to require the reporting of information deemed 
necessary to assure state compliance with the provisions of the SSA.
    Under this authority, the Secretary of Labor requires the following 
reports to monitor state compliance with the immediate deposit and 
limited withdrawal standards:

ETA 2112: UI Financial Transactions Summary, Unemployment Fund
ETA 8401: Monthly Analysis of Benefit Payment Account
ETA 8403: Summary of Financial Transactions--Title IX Funds
ETA 8403A: Spending Plans for Special Distributions
ETA 8405: Monthly Analysis of Clearing Account
ETA 8413: Income--Expense Analysis UC Fund, Benefit Payment Account
ETA 8414: Income--Expense Analysis UC Fund, Clearing Account

    These reports are submitted to the Office of Unemployment Insurance 
(OUI) within ETA which uses them to:
     Monitor cash flows into and out of the UTF to determine 
state compliance with the immediate deposit and limited withdrawal 
standards.
     Assure proper accounting for unemployment funds, an 
integral part of preparing the Department's consolidated financial 
statements required by the Chief Financial Officer Act of 1990. The UTF 
is the single largest asset and liability on the statements.
     Reconcile the Department's records with the U.S. Treasury 
records.
     Support UI research and actuarial reports analyzing the 
solvency of the UTF.

II. Review Focus

    The Department seeks renewal of this collection since the reports 
are essential to the Department's financial statements and program 
oversight responsibilities. The Department 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

    Type of Review: Extension without changes.
    Title: Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund Activities Reports.
    OMB Number: 1205-0154.
    Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies.
    Form(s): ETA 2112, 8401, 8405, 8413, 8414, 8403, 8403A.

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                                                                                   Average time
    Data collection activity        Number of       Frequency          Total       per response    Burden hours
                                   respondents                       responses      (in hours)
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Reporting of ETA 2112..........              53  Monthly........             636             0.5             318
Reporting of ETA 8401..........              53  Monthly........             636             0.5             318
Reporting of ETA 8405..........              53  Monthly........             636             0.5             318

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Reporting of ETA 8413..........              53  Monthly........             636             0.5             318
Reporting of ETA 8414..........              53  Monthly........             636             0.5             318
Reporting of ETA 8403..........              53  As Needed......             318             0.5             159
Reporting of ETA 8403A.........              53  As Needed......             106             0.5              53
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    Total......................  ..............  ...............           3,604  ..............           1,802
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    Total Annual Burden Cost for Respondents: There are no annualized 
costs to respondents.
    Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be 
summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the ICR; 
they will also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: Signed in Washington, DC, this 15th day of June, 2012.
Jane Oates,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor.
[FR Doc. 2012-15215 Filed 6-21-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-FW-P