Comment Request, 5460-5461 [2014-02028]

Download as PDF 5460 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 21 / Friday, January 31, 2014 / Notices project activities and outcomes that relate to the project and document the training or labor market information approaches used by the grantee. The quarterly performance narrative report will provide a format for a detailed account of program activities, accomplishments, and progress toward performance outcomes during the quarter. These reports will collect aggregate information on participants’ grant progress and accomplishments, grant challenges, grant technical assistance needs and success stories and lessons learned through five questions— four programmatic questions and one performance question. Because WIF grants tackle a range of employment and training services and strategies, each grant will have a unique set of performance goals and outcome measures designed by the grantee for the specific innovation and project being pursued in the grant. The fifth of the five questions in the quarterly performance narrative report will ask for performance data based on the unique grant performance measures and key project milestones identified by each grantee. The information from these reports will be used to evaluate the performance of the WIF projects; manage performance risk; and collect lessons that are learned in terms of processes, strategies, and performance from the projects. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will use the data to help inform policy about the workforce and possible changes in structures and policies that enable a closer alignment and integration of workforce development, education, human services, social insurance, and economic development programs. The data will also be used to determine what technical assistance needs the WIF grantees have so that ETA can provide such assistance to support improvement of grantee outcomes. The information provided in the quarterly performance narrative reports, including the lessons learned through innovative projects, is necessary for increasing the body of knowledge about what works in workforce development. This information collection maintains a reporting and record-keeping system for a minimum level of information collection that is necessary to hold WIF grantees appropriately accountable for the Federal funds they receive and to allow the Department to fulfill its oversight and management responsibilities. To reduce grantee burden, grantees will only report on performance measures they identify in their project that are specifically applicable to their grant. This approach minimizes the reporting burden on grantees and encourages grantees to identify and document a new set of achievements and performance measures that apply directly to the grant projects. 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 Type of Review: New collection. Title: Workforce Innovation Fund grant program. OMB Number: 1205–0NEW. Affected Public: Workforce Innovation Fund grant recipients. Form(s): Quarterly narrative and performance reports. Total Annual Burden Cost for Respondents: $0. ESTIMATED TOTAL BURDEN HOURS Data collection activity Number of respondents Frequency Quarterly Performance Narrative Report ............................... 26 Quarterly ..... DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Signed at Washington, DC, this 30th day of December, 2013. Eric M. Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration, Labor. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with 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. Labor. [FR Doc. 2014–02084 Filed 1–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 22:34 Jan 30, 2014 Jkt 232001 Bureau of Labor Statistics Comment Request AGENCY: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Notice of solicitation of comments. ACTION: In 2009, the Consumer Expenditure Surveys Division started the Gemini Project for the purpose of researching, developing, and implementing an improved survey design for the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE). The objective of the redesign is to improve the quality of the survey estimates through a verifiable SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total responses 104 Average time per response 20 Burden hours 2080 reduction in measurement error, with a particular focus on underreporting. While reducing measurement error, the new survey design would also combat the decline in response rates seen in recent years. In June 2013, a comprehensive redesign proposal was completed. As development, testing, and evaluation of the new CE survey proceeds, BLS would like feedback on the new survey design and the data that would be available from the survey from current data users and other interested parties. Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before April 1, 2014. DATES: E:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 21 / Friday, January 31, 2014 / Notices Send comments to Bill Passero, Division of Consumer Expenditure Surveys, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 3985, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20212 or by email to: GeminiOutreach@bls.gov. ADDRESSES: Bill Passero, Division of Consumer Expenditure Surveys, Bureau of Labor Statistics, telephone number 202–691– 5126 (this is not a toll-free number), or by email to: GeminiOutreach@bls.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Background The proposed CE redesign includes two waves of data collection set 12 months apart. Each wave contains the same interview structure consisting of two visits and a 1-week diary. Visit 1 is an in-person interview made up of two parts. The first part identifies the roster of the household, while the second is a recall interview that collects large, easily-recalled household expenditures. Additionally, Visit 1 incorporates instructions to collect relevant expenditure records for the Visit 2 records-based interview, as well as training for and placement of the electronic, individual diaries. Following Visit 1, an electronic web-based diary (accessible via PC, smartphone, or other mobile device) is maintained for one week by each household member 15 years old and older. Visit 2 is an inperson, records-based interview on household expenditures that can reasonably be found in records such as receipts, utility bills, and bank statements. Incentives are provided to respondents to encourage participation in the CE. The proposed incentive structure for the new design includes a $2 prepaid cash incentive per household sent with an advance letter, a $20 household incentive (debit card) provided after Visit 1, a $20 individual incentive (debit card) for each member who completes the diary, and a $20 or $30 household incentive (debit card) after Visit 2. Pending further research and discussion, the Visit 1 $20 household incentive may be provided with the advance letter and activated upon completion of the Visit 1 interview. With this redesign, the CE aims to create a survey that uses technology to encourage real-time data capture, individual diaries to reduce proxy reporting, shortened interview length to reduce respondent burden, record use to improve data quality, and incentives to address respondent motivation. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:23 Jan 30, 2014 Jkt 232001 II. Further Information For further information about the proposed new CE design, please visit http://www.bls.gov/cex/ geminiproject.htm. This Web page provides information on the history of the Gemini project, including vision and scope, an overview of the redesign, and links to presentations and papers related to the redesign. III. Desired Focus of Comments Comments and recommendations are requested from the public on the proposed CE redesign. The proposed new design described here may change based on input from the public. The BLS welcomes comments on any aspect of the CE redesign but is especially interested in comments on: • Enhancements or limitations the proposed new design will have on the use of the data. • Features of the new design that are particularly appealing or problematic. • Information and lead time that would be needed prior to the implementation of the new design to aid users in adapting to the new design. Signed at Washington, DC, this 28th day of January 2014. Kimberley Hill, Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. 2014–02028 Filed 1–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2010–0040] Concrete and Masonry Construction Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Request for public comments. AGENCY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on Concrete and Masonry Construction (29 CFR part 1926, subpart Q). DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by April 1, 2014. ADDRESSES: Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5461 electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments. Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648. Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA–2010–0040, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N–2625, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the Department of Labor’s and Docket Office’s normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the OSHA docket number (OSHA–2010–0040) for the Information Collection Request (ICR). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting comments see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal Register notice) are listed in the http:// www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download from the Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–3609, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693–2222. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, E:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Comment Request

AGENCY: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of solicitation of comments.

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SUMMARY: In 2009, the Consumer Expenditure Surveys Division started the 
Gemini Project for the purpose of researching, developing, and 
implementing an improved survey design for the Consumer Expenditure 
Survey (CE). The objective of the redesign is to improve the quality of 
the survey estimates through a verifiable reduction in measurement 
error, with a particular focus on underreporting. While reducing 
measurement error, the new survey design would also combat the decline 
in response rates seen in recent years. In June 2013, a comprehensive 
redesign proposal was completed. As development, testing, and 
evaluation of the new CE survey proceeds, BLS would like feedback on 
the new survey design and the data that would be available from the 
survey from current data users and other interested parties.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before April 1, 2014.

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ADDRESSES: Send comments to Bill Passero, Division of Consumer 
Expenditure Surveys, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 3985, 2 
Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20212 or by email to: 
GeminiOutreach@bls.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Passero, Division of Consumer 
Expenditure Surveys, Bureau of Labor Statistics, telephone number 202-
691-5126 (this is not a toll-free number), or by email to: 
GeminiOutreach@bls.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The proposed CE redesign includes two waves of data collection set 
12 months apart. Each wave contains the same interview structure 
consisting of two visits and a 1-week diary. Visit 1 is an in-person 
interview made up of two parts. The first part identifies the roster of 
the household, while the second is a recall interview that collects 
large, easily-recalled household expenditures. Additionally, Visit 1 
incorporates instructions to collect relevant expenditure records for 
the Visit 2 records-based interview, as well as training for and 
placement of the electronic, individual diaries. Following Visit 1, an 
electronic web-based diary (accessible via PC, smartphone, or other 
mobile device) is maintained for one week by each household member 15 
years old and older. Visit 2 is an in-person, records-based interview 
on household expenditures that can reasonably be found in records such 
as receipts, utility bills, and bank statements.
    Incentives are provided to respondents to encourage participation 
in the CE. The proposed incentive structure for the new design includes 
a $2 prepaid cash incentive per household sent with an advance letter, 
a $20 household incentive (debit card) provided after Visit 1, a $20 
individual incentive (debit card) for each member who completes the 
diary, and a $20 or $30 household incentive (debit card) after Visit 2. 
Pending further research and discussion, the Visit 1 $20 household 
incentive may be provided with the advance letter and activated upon 
completion of the Visit 1 interview.
    With this redesign, the CE aims to create a survey that uses 
technology to encourage real-time data capture, individual diaries to 
reduce proxy reporting, shortened interview length to reduce respondent 
burden, record use to improve data quality, and incentives to address 
respondent motivation.

II. Further Information

    For further information about the proposed new CE design, please 
visit http://www.bls.gov/cex/geminiproject.htm. This Web page provides 
information on the history of the Gemini project, including vision and 
scope, an overview of the redesign, and links to presentations and 
papers related to the redesign.

III. Desired Focus of Comments

    Comments and recommendations are requested from the public on the 
proposed CE redesign. The proposed new design described here may change 
based on input from the public.
    The BLS welcomes comments on any aspect of the CE redesign but is 
especially interested in comments on:
     Enhancements or limitations the proposed new design will 
have on the use of the data.
     Features of the new design that are particularly appealing 
or problematic.
     Information and lead time that would be needed prior to 
the implementation of the new design to aid users in adapting to the 
new design.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 28th day of January 2014.
Kimberley Hill,
Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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