Proposed Collection, Comment Request, 2446-2447 [2013-00390]

Download as PDF 2446 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices years. Since the Charter was last renewed in January 2011, it has been revised in five sections to ensure alignment with departmental priorities. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John V. Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–5311, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693–2796, (this is not a toll-free number). Signed at Washington, DC, this 2nd day of January, 2013. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–00372 Filed 1–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FR–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 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 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 extension of the ‘‘Well-being Supplement to the American Time Use 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 March 12, 2013. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Amelia Vogel, 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: Amelia Vogel, BLS Clearance Officer, at 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See Addresses section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) is the Nation’s first federally administered, continuous survey on time use in the United States. It measures, for example, time spent with children, working, sleeping, or doing leisure activities. In the United States, several existing Federal surveys collect income and wage data for individuals and families, and analysts often use such measures of material prosperity as proxies for quality of life. Time-use data substantially augment these quality-oflife measures. The data also can be used in conjunction with wage data to evaluate the contribution of non-market work to national economies. This enables comparisons of production between nations that have different mixes of market and non-market activities. The ATUS is used to develop nationally representative estimates of how people spend their time. This is done by collecting a time diary about the activities survey respondents did over a 24-hour period ‘‘yesterday,’’ from 4 a.m. on the day before the interview until 4 a.m. on the day of the interview. In the one-time interview, respondents PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 also report who was with them during the activities, where they were, how long each activity lasted, and if they were paid. All of this information has numerous practical applications for sociologists, economists, educators, government policymakers, businesspersons, health researchers, and others. The Well-being Module, a supplement to the ATUS, provides an additional dimension to data on time use by providing information about how Americans experience their time. Specifically, the Module collects information about how happy, tired, sad, and stressed individuals were yesterday, and the degree to which they felt pain, for three activities randomly selected from the time diary. The Wellbeing Module also collects data on whether people were interacting with anyone while doing the selected activities and how meaningful the activities were to them. Some general health questions, a question about overall life satisfaction, and a question about respondents’ overall affective experience yesterday also are asked. Information collected in the Wellbeing Module will be published as a public data set to facilitate research on numerous topics, such as: How people experience time spent in different activities, times of social interaction, and pain; the relationship between health and time use; and the relationship between evaluative and experienced well-being. The Well-being Module supports the mission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics to provide relevant information on economic and social issues by providing a richer understanding of Americans’ use of time and workers’ affective experiences. For example, the data facilitate research on how workers experience pain on and off the job and whether this experience varies by occupation. The data also closely support the mission of the Module’s sponsor, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health, to improve the health and well-being of older Americans. For example, data from the Well-being Module facilitate research on the relationship between well-being and health for persons at different stages in life and with varying individual characteristics. The data also can be used to examine the experience of pain and aging. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought to extend the collection of the ATUS Well-being Module—a supplement to the ATUS— for an additional six months, through E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with December 2013. The proposed extension of the Well-being Module will facilitate more robust and in-depth analysis on key topics of interest to the supplement’s sponsor: The relationship between evaluative and experienced well-being and the health and wellbeing of eldercare providers. These topics only can be studied with the 2012 and later data because questions on eldercare and life evaluation were not a part of the ATUS and Well-being Module when the first wave was collected in 2010. A question on life satisfaction and another that measures respondents’ overall emotional experience yesterday were added to the second wave of the Well-being Module which began in January 2012. Additionally, questions to identify eldercare and eldercare activities in the time diary were added to the main ATUS in 2011. The wellbeing of eldercare providers is of interest to the NIA and policy makers because the elderly population is growing, along with a reliance on informal care providers to assist them. An extension of the collection period for the Well-being Module would provide researchers with two full years of supplementary data for the full Wellbeing questionnaire and corresponding data on eldercare from the ATUS. Additional data also would facilitate analysis of the well-being of other subpopulations, beyond eldercare providers. 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: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Title: Well-being Supplement to the American Time Use Survey. OMB Number: 1220–0185. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Respondents: 6,400. Frequency: One time. Total Responses: 6,400. Average Time per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 533 hours. 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 also will become a matter of public record. Signed at Washington, DC, this 7th day of January 2013. Eric Molina, Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. 2013–00390 Filed 1–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Wage and Hour Division Proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) for the Worker Classification Survey; Comment Request AGENCY: Wage and Hour Division, Labor. ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor (DOL), 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 required 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 Department is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to collect information about employment experiences and workers’ knowledge of basic employment laws and rules so as to better understand SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2447 employees’ experience with worker misclassification. A copy of the proposed information request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee section below on or before March 12, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following methods: Email: WHDPRAComments@dol.gov; Mail, Hand Delivery, Courier: Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–3502, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Instructions: Please submit one copy of your comments by only one method. All submissions received must include the agency name and Control Number (or other identifier) identified above for this information collection. Because we continue to experience delays in receiving mail in the Washington, DC area, commenters are strongly encouraged to transmit their comments electronically via email or to submit them by mail early. Comments, including any personal information provided, become a matter of public record. They will also be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the information collection request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Livingston, Director, Division of Strategic Planning and Performance, Wage and Hour Division, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Frances Perkins Bldg., Room S–3510, Washington, DC, 20210, telephone number (202) 693–0023 (this is not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The purpose of this study is to design and administer a new survey to collect information about employment experiences and workers’ knowledge of basic employment laws and rules so as to better understand employees’ experience with worker misclassification. This is the first time DOL will field a survey to examine worker classification. The survey instrument utilizes and adapts existing survey questions, as well as incorporates new questions specific to this study. The data collection effort with this group will gather information about workers’ employment and pay arrangements and will measure workers’ knowledge about their current job classification, and their knowledge about the rights and benefits associated with their job status. Worker misclassification can be understood as E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[FR Doc No: 2013-00390]


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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 extension of the ``Well-being Supplement to the American Time 
Use 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 March 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Amelia Vogel, 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: Amelia Vogel, BLS Clearance Officer, 
at 202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See Addresses 
section.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) is the Nation's first federally 
administered, continuous survey on time use in the United States. It 
measures, for example, time spent with children, working, sleeping, or 
doing leisure activities. In the United States, several existing 
Federal surveys collect income and wage data for individuals and 
families, and analysts often use such measures of material prosperity 
as proxies for quality of life. Time-use data substantially augment 
these quality-of-life measures. The data also can be used in 
conjunction with wage data to evaluate the contribution of non-market 
work to national economies. This enables comparisons of production 
between nations that have different mixes of market and non-market 
activities.
    The ATUS is used to develop nationally representative estimates of 
how people spend their time. This is done by collecting a time diary 
about the activities survey respondents did over a 24-hour period 
``yesterday,'' from 4 a.m. on the day before the interview until 4 a.m. 
on the day of the interview. In the one-time interview, respondents 
also report who was with them during the activities, where they were, 
how long each activity lasted, and if they were paid. All of this 
information has numerous practical applications for sociologists, 
economists, educators, government policymakers, businesspersons, health 
researchers, and others.
    The Well-being Module, a supplement to the ATUS, provides an 
additional dimension to data on time use by providing information about 
how Americans experience their time. Specifically, the Module collects 
information about how happy, tired, sad, and stressed individuals were 
yesterday, and the degree to which they felt pain, for three activities 
randomly selected from the time diary. The Well-being Module also 
collects data on whether people were interacting with anyone while 
doing the selected activities and how meaningful the activities were to 
them. Some general health questions, a question about overall life 
satisfaction, and a question about respondents' overall affective 
experience yesterday also are asked.
    Information collected in the Well-being Module will be published as 
a public data set to facilitate research on numerous topics, such as: 
How people experience time spent in different activities, times of 
social interaction, and pain; the relationship between health and time 
use; and the relationship between evaluative and experienced well-
being. The Well-being Module supports the mission of the Bureau of 
Labor Statistics to provide relevant information on economic and social 
issues by providing a richer understanding of Americans' use of time 
and workers' affective experiences. For example, the data facilitate 
research on how workers experience pain on and off the job and whether 
this experience varies by occupation.
    The data also closely support the mission of the Module's sponsor, 
the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of 
Health, to improve the health and well-being of older Americans. For 
example, data from the Well-being Module facilitate research on the 
relationship between well-being and health for persons at different 
stages in life and with varying individual characteristics. The data 
also can be used to examine the experience of pain and aging.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought to extend 
the collection of the ATUS Well-being Module--a supplement to the 
ATUS--for an additional six months, through

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December 2013. The proposed extension of the Well-being Module will 
facilitate more robust and in-depth analysis on key topics of interest 
to the supplement's sponsor: The relationship between evaluative and 
experienced well-being and the health and well-being of eldercare 
providers. These topics only can be studied with the 2012 and later 
data because questions on eldercare and life evaluation were not a part 
of the ATUS and Well-being Module when the first wave was collected in 
2010.
    A question on life satisfaction and another that measures 
respondents' overall emotional experience yesterday were added to the 
second wave of the Well-being Module which began in January 2012. 
Additionally, questions to identify eldercare and eldercare activities 
in the time diary were added to the main ATUS in 2011. The well-being 
of eldercare providers is of interest to the NIA and policy makers 
because the elderly population is growing, along with a reliance on 
informal care providers to assist them. An extension of the collection 
period for the Well-being Module would provide researchers with two 
full years of supplementary data for the full Well-being questionnaire 
and corresponding data on eldercare from the ATUS. Additional data also 
would facilitate analysis of the well-being of other subpopulations, 
beyond eldercare providers.

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: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Title: Well-being Supplement to the American Time Use Survey.
    OMB Number: 1220-0185.
    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Total Respondents: 6,400.
    Frequency: One time.
    Total Responses: 6,400.
    Average Time per Response: 5 minutes.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 533 hours.
    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 also will become a 
matter of public record.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 7th day of January 2013.
Eric Molina,
Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor 
Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2013-00390 Filed 1-10-13; 8:45 am]
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