Comment Request for Information Collection for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Participant (VRAP) Outreach Reporting, Extension Without Changes, 44600-44602 [2013-17762]

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[FR Doc. 2013–17761 Filed 7–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Participant (VRAP) Outreach Reporting, Extension Without Changes 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 (PRA) 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 ‘‘Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Participant Outreach Reporting’’ which is a request for an extension without changes to the data collection from State Workforce SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 24, 2013 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Agencies (SWA), collected on a quarterly basis. We will use this information collection to ensure that VRAP participants are offered employment services after they complete the program as required in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before September 23, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Andrew Ridgeway, Office of Workforce Investment, Room S–4203, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: 202–693–3536 (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). Fax: 202–693– 3817. Email: Ridgeway.Andrew@dol.gov. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background ETA seeks extension without changes for its approval (OMB Control Number: 1205–0511) of the collection of quarterly outreach reports from SWA on VRAP, which is part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Pub. L. 112–56). VRAP is a new training program for eligible veterans funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program requires DOL to offer employment placement services to each veteran who participated in the VRAP within 30 days of their completion or termination. VA, in collaboration with DOL, is required to submit a report to Congress by July 1, 2014, on the outcomes of the program. The statutorily required report must include the total number of eligible veterans who participated, the associates degrees or certificates awarded (or other similar evidence of the completion of the program of education or training earned), and data related to the employment status of eligible veterans who participated in the program. The program was authorized to enroll up to 45,000 veterans in Fiscal Year 2012, from July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012, and up to 54,000 additional veterans from October 1, 2012, through October 1, 2013, with all VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:35 Jul 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 training to conclude no later than March 31, 2014. VRAP provides up to 12 months of full-time retraining assistance (currently $1,564 per month) in a ‘‘high demand’’ occupation to eligible veterans at a VA approved community college or technical school. VRAP provides the benefit to veterans who fulfill the following eligibility criteria: as of date of application, is at least 35 years old and less than 60; discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable; is unemployed as of date of application; is not eligible to receive other educational assistance from the VA; is not in receipt of compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling by reason of unemployability; was not and is not enrolled in any Federal or State job training program within the previous 180 days; and, the application must be submitted not later than October 1, 2013. Once the veteran has terminated or completed the VRAP, the VA transmits a secure participant report to DOL so that employment services can be offered to the participant and program outcomes can be reported. DOL will transmit a report to each State on VRAP participants within that State who terminated or completed VRAP. DOL will transmit each State’s file on a weekly basis using a secure File Transfer Protocol site. Each State will be able to access only its file so that it can disseminate the participant information securely to the appropriate American Job Center (AJC) staff in the participant’s local area enabling the AJC to offer employment services to the veteran. To ensure employment services are being offered and outcomes are being tracked for all participants, ETA is proposing to collect quarterly reports from the States, with a 45-day reporting period following each quarter, on the outreach offered to VRAP participants. In order to reduce the amount of participant information being transferred, ETA is proposing to add two data fields to the participant report it sends to the States. The report will be in Microsoft Excel format and will include a ‘‘unique identifier’’ field (not personally identifiable information), assigned by ETA and an ‘‘Employment Assistance’’ field which will be blank. The collection instrument is included as an attachment in the ICR package. The SWA tracking the outreach offered to each VRAP participant will complete PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44601 the ‘‘Employment Assistance’’ field. ETA is seeking an extension without changes of its approval from OMB to collect from each State the ‘‘unique identifier’’ field and the ‘‘Employment Assistance’’ field on a quarterly basis. This information collection is subject to PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a valid OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. 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: Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Participant Outreach Reporting. OMB Number: 1205–0511. Affected Public: State Workforce Agency staff and American Job Center staff. Form(s): Participant Dissemination Form and Quarterly Report Form. Total Annual Burden Cost for Respondents: 0. E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 44602 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 24, 2013 / Notices Number of respondents Data collection activity Total responses Frequency Average time per response (in minutes) Burden hours Participant Contact List Dissemination ................................ Contacting VRAP Participant ............................................... Quarterly Report Preparation ............................................... 54 44,500 54 52 1 4 2,808 44,500 216 60 10 90 2,808 7,417 324 Total .............................................................................. ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 10,549 Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB extension of approval of the ICR; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: July 16, 2013. Gerri Fiala, Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor. [FR Doc. 2013–17762 Filed 7–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD Amendment of Statement of Organization and Functions; Restructuring of National Labor Relations Board’s Field Organization July 19, 2013. AGENCY: National Labor Relations Board. Notice of administrative change in status of the following offices of the National Labor Relations Board. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: • Puerto Rico Regional Office (Region 24) to be designated as Subregional Office (Subregion 24) of the Tampa Regional Office (Region 12) • Milwaukee Regional Office (Region 30) to be designated as Subregional Office (Subregion 30) of the Minneapolis Regional Office (Region 18) SUMMARY: The National Labor Relations Board is restructuring its Regional Offices in Puerto Rico and Milwaukee to designate them as Subregional Offices assigned to the supervision of the Tampa and Minneapolis Regional Offices, respectively. Concurrent with this Notice, the National Labor Relations Board is revising its Statement of Organization and Functions accordingly. These changes are prompted by a decline in unfair labor practice and representation case filings in each of the Regional Offices subject to this restructuring and a desire to equalize caseload and case management responsibilities in all affected Offices. The revisions are nonsubstantive or merely procedural in nature. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:35 Jul 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 Effective Date: The changes announced above with respect to the Puerto Rico and Tampa offices will be effective September 1, 2013. The changes announced above with respect to the Milwaukee and Minneapolis offices will be effective August 1, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Shinners, Executive Secretary, 1099 14th Street NW., Room 11600, Washington, DC 20570. Telephone: (202) 273–1067. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Labor Relations Board has decided to restructure the status of the Agency’s Regional Offices in Puerto Rico and Milwaukee to designate them as Subregional Offices of the Tampa and Minneapolis Regional Offices, respectively. The Puerto Rico office will be redesignated as Subregion 24; the Milwaukee office will be redesignated as Subregion 30. These changes are prompted by a decline in unfair labor practice and representation case filings in each of the Regional Offices subject to this restructuring and a desire to equalize caseload and case management responsibilities in all affected Offices. The Puerto Rico and Milwaukee Regional Offices have been headed by a Regional Director, who had full authority for the processing of both unfair labor practice and representation cases. The newly-designated Subregional Offices will now be headed by an Officer-in-Charge, who will report to their respective Regional Directors in Tampa and Minneapolis. These changes will vest these Regional Directors with casehandling authority for the geographical area covered by their newly-designated Subregional Office. The geographical areas covered by the Subregional Offices will continue to be the same as when they were designated as Regional Offices. The most recent list of Regional and Subregional Offices was published at 65 FR 53228–53229 on August 29, 2000, as amended at 77 FR 72886–01 on December 6, 2012. Concurrent with this Notice, the NLRB is revising its Statement of Organization and Functions to reflect the addition of Subregions 24 and 30 supervised by their respective Regional Offices and the elimination of Regions DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24 and 30 as Regional Offices. The revisions to the Board’s Statement of Organization and Functions are attached hereto. Since April 2013, the NLRB has solicited and received feedback on the proposed restructuring of these offices. The decision to restructure the Agency’s operations in the manner set forth herein was informed by comments from stakeholders, members of Congress and Agency employees. Because this is a general notice that is related to the organization of the NLRB, it is not a regulation or rule subject to Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to the changes set forth herein, the National Labor Relations Board is amending its Statement of Organization and Functions as follows: Part 201—Description of Organization Subpart B—Description of Field Organization (A) Section 203 is amended to read as follows: Sec. 203 Regional Offices. There are 26 Regional Offices through which the Board conducts its business. Certain of the Regions have Subregional Offices or Resident Offices in addition to the central Regional Office. The areas constituting the Regions and the location of the Regional, Subregional, and Resident Offices are set forth in an appendix hereto. Each Regional Office staff is headed by a Regional Director appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the General Counsel and includes a Regional Attorney, Assistant to the Regional Director, field attorneys, field examiners, and clerical staff. Each Subregional Office is headed by an officer in charge appointed in the same manner as the Regional Directors. Each Resident Office is headed by a Resident Officer. (B) ‘‘Appendix—Regional and Subregional Offices’’ is amended to read as follows: Appendix—Regional and Subregional Offices Alphabetical list of States showing location in relation to Regions and Subregions. (Note that respective Region number follows Subregion number to facilitate locating areas serviced.) E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Comment Request for Information Collection for Veterans 
Retraining Assistance Program Participant (VRAP) Outreach Reporting, 
Extension Without Changes

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 (PRA) 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 ``Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Participant 
Outreach Reporting'' which is a request for an extension without 
changes to the data collection from State Workforce

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Agencies (SWA), collected on a quarterly basis. We will use this 
information collection to ensure that VRAP participants are offered 
employment services after they complete the program as required in the 
VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addresses section below on or before September 23, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Andrew Ridgeway, Office of 
Workforce Investment, Room S-4203, Employment and Training 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: 202-693-3536 (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). Fax: 
202-693-3817. Email: Ridgeway.Andrew@dol.gov. A copy of the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the 
office listed above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    ETA seeks extension without changes for its approval (OMB Control 
Number: 1205-0511) of the collection of quarterly outreach reports from 
SWA on VRAP, which is part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Pub. 
L. 112-56). VRAP is a new training program for eligible veterans funded 
by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program requires DOL to 
offer employment placement services to each veteran who participated in 
the VRAP within 30 days of their completion or termination. VA, in 
collaboration with DOL, is required to submit a report to Congress by 
July 1, 2014, on the outcomes of the program. The statutorily required 
report must include the total number of eligible veterans who 
participated, the associates degrees or certificates awarded (or other 
similar evidence of the completion of the program of education or 
training earned), and data related to the employment status of eligible 
veterans who participated in the program. The program was authorized to 
enroll up to 45,000 veterans in Fiscal Year 2012, from July 1, 2012 
through September 30, 2012, and up to 54,000 additional veterans from 
October 1, 2012, through October 1, 2013, with all training to conclude 
no later than March 31, 2014.
    VRAP provides up to 12 months of full-time retraining assistance 
(currently $1,564 per month) in a ``high demand'' occupation to 
eligible veterans at a VA approved community college or technical 
school. VRAP provides the benefit to veterans who fulfill the following 
eligibility criteria: as of date of application, is at least 35 years 
old and less than 60; discharged from active duty under conditions 
other than dishonorable; is unemployed as of date of application; is 
not eligible to receive other educational assistance from the VA; is 
not in receipt of compensation for a service-connected disability rated 
totally disabling by reason of unemployability; was not and is not 
enrolled in any Federal or State job training program within the 
previous 180 days; and, the application must be submitted not later 
than October 1, 2013.
    Once the veteran has terminated or completed the VRAP, the VA 
transmits a secure participant report to DOL so that employment 
services can be offered to the participant and program outcomes can be 
reported. DOL will transmit a report to each State on VRAP participants 
within that State who terminated or completed VRAP. DOL will transmit 
each State's file on a weekly basis using a secure File Transfer 
Protocol site. Each State will be able to access only its file so that 
it can disseminate the participant information securely to the 
appropriate American Job Center (AJC) staff in the participant's local 
area enabling the AJC to offer employment services to the veteran.
    To ensure employment services are being offered and outcomes are 
being tracked for all participants, ETA is proposing to collect 
quarterly reports from the States, with a 45-day reporting period 
following each quarter, on the outreach offered to VRAP participants. 
In order to reduce the amount of participant information being 
transferred, ETA is proposing to add two data fields to the participant 
report it sends to the States. The report will be in Microsoft Excel 
format and will include a ``unique identifier'' field (not personally 
identifiable information), assigned by ETA and an ``Employment 
Assistance'' field which will be blank. The collection instrument is 
included as an attachment in the ICR package. The SWA tracking the 
outreach offered to each VRAP participant will complete the 
``Employment Assistance'' field. ETA is seeking an extension without 
changes of its approval from OMB to collect from each State the 
``unique identifier'' field and the ``Employment Assistance'' field on 
a quarterly basis.
    This information collection is subject to PRA. A Federal agency 
generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and 
the public is generally not required to respond to an information 
collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays 
a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any 
other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to 
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the 
collection of information does not display a valid OMB Control Number. 
See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.

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: Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Participant Outreach 
Reporting.
    OMB Number: 1205-0511.
    Affected Public: State Workforce Agency staff and American Job 
Center staff.
    Form(s): Participant Dissemination Form and Quarterly Report Form.
    Total Annual Burden Cost for Respondents: 0.

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                                                                                   Average time
    Data collection activity         Number of       Frequency         Total       per response    Burden hours
                                    respondents                      responses     (in minutes)
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Participant Contact List                      54              52           2,808              60           2,808
 Dissemination..................
Contacting VRAP Participant.....          44,500               1          44,500              10           7,417
Quarterly Report Preparation....              54               4             216              90             324
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    Total.......................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............          10,549
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    Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be 
summarized and/or included in the request for OMB extension of approval 
of the ICR; they will also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: July 16, 2013.
Gerri Fiala,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor.
[FR Doc. 2013-17762 Filed 7-23-13; 8:45 am]
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