Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request, 51828-51829 [2012-20957]

Download as PDF 51828 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 166 / Monday, August 27, 2012 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Dominican Republic—Central America—United States Free Trade Agreement; Notice of Extension of the Period of Review for Submission #2011–03 (Dominican Republic) Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) of the U.S. Department of Labor has determined that an extension of time is required for its review of Submission #2011–03 concerning the Dominican Republic (the Submission) filed under Chapter Sixteen (the Labor Chapter) of the Dominican Republic—Central America—United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA–DR). On December 22, 2011, OTLA received the Submission from Father Christopher Hartley. It alleges action or inaction by the Government of the Dominican Republic that, if substantiated, could be inconsistent with the Dominican Republic’s commitments under the Labor Chapter. OTLA accepted the Submission for review on February 22, 2012 (77 FR 15397 (2012)), in accordance with its published Procedural Guidelines (71 FR 76694 (2006)). Acceptance triggers a 180-day fact-finding and review period that results in the issuance of a public report of any findings and recommendations. The objective of factfinding and review is to gather information so that OTLA can better understand the case and publicly report on the U.S. Government’s views regarding whether the Government of the Dominican Republic’s action or inaction was consistent with the obligations set forth in the Labor Chapter. The public report will include a summary of the review process, as well as any findings and recommendations. As part of its ongoing review, OTLA sent a delegation to the Dominican Republic from April 22–30, 2012, to gather information on issues raised by the Submission. The OTLA delegation met with representatives from the Government of the Dominican Republic, employers, workers, and other groups with information relevant to the Submission. ILAB conducted a followup visit to the Dominican Republic from July 22–25, 2012, during which its delegation met again with the above representatives and with additional VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:04 Aug 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 stakeholders in order to collect additional information. According to the Procedural Guidelines, if OTLA determines circumstances require an extension of time, it can delay the report’s publication (Procedural Guidelines, Sec. H.7). OTLA has determined that the circumstances require an extension of time, pursuant to section H.7 of the Procedural Guidelines. The extension of time is necessary to permit adequate consideration of the following information that OTLA recently received: • Public comments in response to the Federal Register Notice (77 FR 36578 (2012)) that OTLA issued on June 19, 2012, soliciting information relevant to the Submission by July 2, 2012; and • Information the ILAB delegation collected during its July 22–25, 2012 visit to the Dominican Republic. OTLA will continue to give this matter the highest priority in order to complete the review as expeditiously as possible. DATES: Effective Date: August 20, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Schoepfle, Director, OTLA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–5303, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693–4900 (this is not a toll-free number). Signed at Washington, DC on August 20, 2012. Carol Pier, Acting Deputy Undersecretary, International Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–21044 Filed 8–24–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–28–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs 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 preclearance 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, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 extension of the existing collection: Health Insurance Claim Form (OWCP–1500). A copy of the proposed 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 October 26, 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) 693–2447, Email ferguson.yoon@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) is the agency responsible for administration of the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq., the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA), 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA), 42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq. All three of these statutes require that OWCP pay for medical treatment of beneficiaries: BLBA also requires that OWCP pay for medical examinations and related diagnostic services to determine eligibility for benefits under that statute. Form OWCP–1500 is used by OWCP and contractor bill processing staff to process bills for medical services provided by medical professionals other than medical services provided by hospitals, pharmacies and certain other medical providers. To consider the appropriateness of the requested payment in a timely fashion, it is essential that provider bills be submitted on a standard form that will capture the critical data elements needed to evaluate the bill, such as procedure and diagnosis codes. This information collection is currently approved for use through November 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; E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 166 / Monday, August 27, 2012 / Notices • 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 of the extension of this currently approved information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to provide payment for certain covered medical services to eligible employees who are covered under FECA, BLBA or EEOICPA. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Title: Health Insurance Claim Form. OMB Number: 1240–0044. Agency Number: OWCP–1500. Affected Public: Individuals or households, businesses or other forprofit. Total Respondents: 71,304. Total Responses: 3,036,067. Time per Response: 1—7 minutes. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 322,838. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $0. 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: August 21, 2012. Yoon Ferguson, Agency Clearance Officer, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor. [FR Doc. 2012–20957 Filed 8–24–12; 8:45 am] pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4510–CR–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:04 Aug 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance 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 its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Representative Fee Request (CA–143/CA–155). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice. SUMMARY: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before October 26, 2012. DATES: Ms Yoon Ferguson, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0701, fax (202) 693–2447, Email ferguson.yoon@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or Email). ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: Individuals filing for compensation benefits with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) may be represented by an attorney or other representative. The representative is entitled to request a fee for services under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) and under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The fee must be approved by the OWCP before any demand for payment can be made by the representative. This information collection request sets forth the criteria for the information, which must be presented by the respondent in order to have the fee approved by the OWCP. The information collection does not have a particular form or format; the respondent must present the information in any format which is convenient and which meets all the required information criteria. This information collection is currently approved for use through December 31, 2012. PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 51829 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 approve representative fees under the two Acts. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Title: Representative Fee Request OMB Number: 1240–0049. Agency Number: CA–143/CA–155. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit, Individuals or households. Total Respondents: 12,363. Total Annual Responses: 12,363. Average Time per Response: 30 minutes. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 6,182. Frequency: On occasion. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $15,696. 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: August 21, 2012. Yoon Ferguson, Agency Clearance Officer, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor. [FR Doc. 2012–20961 Filed 8–24–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CH–P E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 166 (Monday, August 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51828-51829]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20957]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs


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 preclearance 
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 extension of the existing collection: 
Health Insurance Claim Form (OWCP-1500). A copy of the proposed 
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 October 26, 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) 693-2447, Email ferguson.yoon@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) 
is the agency responsible for administration of the Federal Employees' 
Compensation Act (FECA), 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq., the Black Lung Benefits 
Act (BLBA), 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., and the Energy Employees 
Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA), 42 
U.S.C. 7384 et seq. All three of these statutes require that OWCP pay 
for medical treatment of beneficiaries: BLBA also requires that OWCP 
pay for medical examinations and related diagnostic services to 
determine eligibility for benefits under that statute. Form OWCP-1500 
is used by OWCP and contractor bill processing staff to process bills 
for medical services provided by medical professionals other than 
medical services provided by hospitals, pharmacies and certain other 
medical providers. To consider the appropriateness of the requested 
payment in a timely fashion, it is essential that provider bills be 
submitted on a standard form that will capture the critical data 
elements needed to evaluate the bill, such as procedure and diagnosis 
codes. This information collection is currently approved for use 
through November 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;

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     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 of 
the extension of this currently approved information collection in 
order to carry out its responsibility to provide payment for certain 
covered medical services to eligible employees who are covered under 
FECA, BLBA or EEOICPA.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
    Title: Health Insurance Claim Form.
    OMB Number: 1240-0044.
    Agency Number: OWCP-1500.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households, businesses or other 
for-profit.
    Total Respondents: 71,304.
    Total Responses: 3,036,067.
    Time per Response: 1--7 minutes.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 322,838.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $0.
    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: August 21, 2012.
Yoon Ferguson,
Agency Clearance Officer, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, 
U.S. Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 2012-20957 Filed 8-24-12; 8:45 am]
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