Comment Request for Information Collection for Workforce Information Grants to States, Extension With Revisions, 48198-48199 [2013-19059]

Download as PDF 48198 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 7, 2013 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection for Workforce Information Grants to States, Extension With Revisions Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. 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 the Workforce Information Grants to States (WIGS), U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1205–0417 that expires on July 31, 2014. ETA is requesting an addition to the collection requirements for these data, as well as requesting a three year extension. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before October 7, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Anthony Dais or Frank Gallo, Office of Workforce Investment, Room C–4526, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., SUMMARY: Washington, DC 20210. Telephone numbers 202–693–2784 or 202–693– 3755, respectively (these are not toll-free numbers). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone numbers above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877–889–5627 (TTY/ TDD). Fax: 202–693–3015. Email: Dais.Anthony@DOL.gov or Gallo.Frank@dol.gov, respectively. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed above or at the Labor Market Information WIN– WIN Network Community of Practice Web site (https:// winwin.workforce3one.org/view/ 1001317540353607180/info). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background On July 24, 2011, OMB approved ETA’s annual policy guidance and application instructions for the Workforce Information Grants to States under OMB Control Number 1205–0417. ETA now requests OMB approval to make a change to this information collection. The purpose of this information collection is to comply with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Public Law 105–220, Sections 111(d)(8) and 309 (29 U.S.C. 2821(d)(8) and 49(l)(2), to maximize the use of workforce and economic information in employment and training programs and other activities at the state and local level. The data and workforce information services provided through WIGS support the development of datadriven policy, inform training and employment program design and investment decision-making, support consultations with strategic partners, and leverage limited labor market information-workforce information (LMI–WI) program grant resources. State workforce agencies use WIGS to develop and disseminate essential state and local LMI–WI for job seekers, employers, educators, economic developers, and others. The addition to the currently approved information collection is to request that states submit their annual narrative progress reports on grant deliverables electronically using a reporting system that will allow DOL and the states to mine the reported data to identify successful practices, trends, challenges, and suggestions for improvement. 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 with revision. Title: Workforce Information Grants to States. OMB Number: 1205–0417. Affected Public: States and Territories. Form(s): N/A. Total Annual Respondents: 54. Number of respondents Data collection activity mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Required economic report or analyses ....................................................................................... Annual report to ETA ................................................................................................................... New annual reporting system ...................................................................................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:03 Aug 06, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 54 54 54 07AUN1 Average time per response (hours) Responses per year 1 1 1 434 80 1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 7, 2013 / Notices Total Annual Other Burden Cost for Respondents: 0. 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: July 25, 2013. Eric M. Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor. [FR Doc. 2013–19059 Filed 8–6–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection for Employers Survey of the Short-Time Compensation Program (STC); New Collection Employment and Training Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 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 (PRA) [44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)(A)]. PRA 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 the collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning the collection of survey data from employers in a sub-set of states that operate a STC Program. The STC Program provides an opportunity for employers to reduce layoffs by temporarily reducing work hours for some employees. STC provides prorated unemployment insurance benefits for workers whose hours of work have been temporarily reduced. The proposed information collection is to examine employers’ experiences, awareness, and perspectives of the STC Program in Kansas, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Washington, through surveying the employers in these four States who have used the STC program, as well as employers who have not used mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:03 Aug 06, 2013 Jkt 229001 the program. The objective of the study is to understand employers’ awareness and perceptions of the STC program, including how various elements of the program affect their interest and participation. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before October 7, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Gloribel Nieves-Cartagena, Office of Policy Development and Research, Room N5641, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: 202–693–2771 (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– 2766. Email: nievescartagena.gloribel@dol.gov. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of likely respondents, proposed frequency of responses, and estimated total burden can be obtained free of charge by contacting the office listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background In February 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, was signed into law. Section 2164 requires the Secretary of Labor to survey employers in all States to determine their level of interest in participating in the STC Program. The proposed information collection is a preliminary step in support of complying with the 50-state survey requirement of Section 2164, and ETA is seeking approval to collect survey data from employers in four States with active STC. The STC Program, also known as ‘‘work sharing’’ or ‘‘shared work’’, provides an opportunity for employers to reduce layoffs by temporarily reducing work hours of some employees. STC provides pro-rated unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for workers whose hours of work have been temporarily reduced. The U.S. program was first initiated in California in 1978 and a temporary national STC Program was adopted in 1982 under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (Pub. L. 97–248). The STC Program became permanent in Federal law in 1992, when States were permitted to adopt their own STC programs as part of State UI laws. Under Section PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48199 303(a)(5) of the Social Security Act and Section 3304(a)(4) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, STC benefits may be paid from monies available in the Unemployment Trust Fund. Each State has an account within the Fund from which it pays benefits. Currently, 25 States and the District of Columbia have STC provisions in their UI laws. The proposed study will examine employers’ experiences, awareness, and perspectives of the STC Program in Kansas, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Washington. Each of these four States has an active STC program. Employers in these four States who have used the STC Program, as well as employers in these four States who have not used the program, will be surveyed. The study will focus on the following four research areas: (1) Characteristics of employers participating in the STC Program. (2) Extent of employer participation in the STC Program. (3) Employers’ awareness, experiences, and views of the STC Program. (4) Employers’ opinion about workers view of STC. Addressing these research areas will involve analyses of survey data as well as analyses of relevant UI administrative data and employer survey data. UI administrative data and employer survey data will be used to gain knowledge about the employer’s awareness and experience with the STC Program and to examine the factors related to the employer’s decision to apply. The results of the analyses will help to assess whether there are significant differences in the likelihood of participation across employer characteristics. 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 E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 07AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Comment Request for Information Collection for Workforce 
Information Grants to States, Extension With Revisions

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. 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 the Workforce Information Grants to States (WIGS), U.S. 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1205-0417 that 
expires on July 31, 2014. ETA is requesting an addition to the 
collection requirements for these data, as well as requesting a three 
year extension.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addresses section below on or before October 7, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Anthony Dais or Frank Gallo, 
Office of Workforce Investment, Room C-4526, Employment and Training 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210. Telephone numbers 202-693-2784 or 202-693-3755, 
respectively (these are not toll-free numbers). Individuals with 
hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone numbers above 
via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 
1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD). Fax: 202-693-3015. Email: 
Dais.Anthony@DOL.gov or Gallo.Frank@dol.gov, respectively. A copy of 
the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by 
contacting the office listed above or at the Labor Market Information 
WIN-WIN Network Community of Practice Web site (https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/1001317540353607180/info).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    On July 24, 2011, OMB approved ETA's annual policy guidance and 
application instructions for the Workforce Information Grants to States 
under OMB Control Number 1205-0417. ETA now requests OMB approval to 
make a change to this information collection. The purpose of this 
information collection is to comply with the Workforce Investment Act 
(WIA) Public Law 105-220, Sections 111(d)(8) and 309 (29 U.S.C. 
2821(d)(8) and 49(l)(2), to maximize the use of workforce and economic 
information in employment and training programs and other activities at 
the state and local level. The data and workforce information services 
provided through WIGS support the development of data-driven policy, 
inform training and employment program design and investment decision-
making, support consultations with strategic partners, and leverage 
limited labor market information-workforce information (LMI-WI) program 
grant resources. State workforce agencies use WIGS to develop and 
disseminate essential state and local LMI-WI for job seekers, 
employers, educators, economic developers, and others.
    The addition to the currently approved information collection is to 
request that states submit their annual narrative progress reports on 
grant deliverables electronically using a reporting system that will 
allow DOL and the states to mine the reported data to identify 
successful practices, trends, challenges, and suggestions for 
improvement.

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 with revision.
    Title: Workforce Information Grants to States.
    OMB Number: 1205-0417.
    Affected Public: States and Territories.
    Form(s): N/A.
    Total Annual Respondents: 54.

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                    Data collection activity                         Number of     Responses per   per response
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Required economic report or analyses............................              54               1             434
Annual report to ETA............................................              54               1              80
New annual reporting system.....................................              54               1               1
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    Total Annual Other Burden Cost for Respondents: 0.
    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: July 25, 2013.
Eric M. Seleznow,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor.
[FR Doc. 2013-19059 Filed 8-6-13; 8:45 am]
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