Comment Request for Information Collection for Work-Flex Plan Submission and Reporting Requirements; Extension With No Revisions, 50951-50952 [2014-20249]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 165 / Tuesday, August 26, 2014 / Notices respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201408-1218-005 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129, TTY 202– 693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL–OSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202– 395–6881 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129, TTY 202–693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard information collection codified in regulations 29 CFR part 1915, subpart P. The Standard makes it mandatory for an Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) covered employer engaged in shipyard employment to develop a written fire safety plan and written statement or policy that contains information about fire watches and fire response duties and responsibilities. The Standard also requires the employer to obtain medical examinations for certain workers and to develop training programs and to train employees exposed to fire hazards. Additionally, the Standard requires an employer to create and maintain records to certify that employees have been made aware of the details of the fire safety plan and that employees have been trained as required by the Standard. OSH Act sections 2(b)(9), 6(b)(7), and 8(c) authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651(b)(9), 655(b)(7), 657(c). tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:48 Aug 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 This information collection is subject to the 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 that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1218–0248. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2014. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2014 (79 FR 25153). Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within thirty (30) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1218–0248. The OMB 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; 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 submission of responses. PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50951 Agency: DOL–OSHA. Title of Collection: Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard. OMB Control Number: 1218–0248. Affected Public: Private Sector— businesses or other for-profits. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 294. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 53,121. Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 6,051 hours. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0. Dated: August 20, 2014. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–20248 Filed 8–25–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection for Work-Flex Plan Submission and Reporting Requirements; Extension With No Revisions Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data about the Work Flex Plan Submission and Reporting Requirements. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee’s section below on or before October 27, 2014. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 50952 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 165 / Tuesday, August 26, 2014 / Notices Submit written comments to Heather Fleck, Division of WIA Adult Services and Workforce System, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–4209, Washington, DC 20210, Telephone number: 202–693–2956 (this is not a toll-free number). Fax: 202–693–3015. Email: fleck.heather@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Background Section 192 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) (Pub. L. 105–220, August 7, 1998) permits states to apply for a workforce flexibility (Work-Flex) waiver authority to implement reforms to their workforce investment systems in exchange for program improvements. The Act provides that the Secretary may grant Work-Flex waiver authority for up to five years pursuant to a Work-Flex Plan submitted by a state. Under WorkFlex, governors are granted the authority to approve requests submitted by their local areas to waive certain statutory and regulatory provisions of WIA Title I programs. States may also request waivers from the Secretary of certain requirements of the Wagner-Peyser Act (Sections 8–10) as well as certain provisions of the Older Americans Act for state agencies that administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The intent of the Work-Flex provision is to provide states and local areas with operational flexibility to improve employment and training program productivity for adult, dislocated, and youth populations. One of the underlying principles for granting Work-Flex waivers is that the waivers will result in improved performance outcomes for persons served and that waiver authority will be granted in consideration of improved performance. Section 190 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (H.R. 803, July 22, 2014) includes similar provisions for States to submit Workforce Flexibility Plans. Many of WIOA’s provisions take effect on July 1, 2015, but the existing WIA state and local plan provisions remain in effect until July 1, 2016. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is conducting a review of WIOA’s implementation timeline and waiver provisions, and may amend this information collection as part of its implementation actions. This information collection is submitted under the legal requirements of WIA, the law in effect at this time. II. Work-Flex Plan Instructions States requesting designation as a Work-Flex state must submit a Work- VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:48 Aug 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 Flex Plan which includes descriptions of: a. The process by which local areas in the state may submit and obtain approval by the state of applications for waivers of requirements applicable under Title I of WIA, including provisions for public review and comment on local area waiver applications. b. The statutory and regulatory requirements of Title I that are likely to be waived by the state under the plan. c. The requirements applicable under Sections 8–10 of the Wagner-Peyser Act that are proposed to be waived, if any. d. The statutory and regulatory requirements of the Older Americans Act of 1965 applicable to state agencies on aging with respect to administration of the SCSEP that are proposed to be waived, if any. e. The outcomes to be achieved by the waiver authority including, where appropriate, revisions to adjusted levels of performance included in the state or local Plans under Title I of WIA. f. Special administrative measures (in addition to current procedures) to be taken to ensure appropriate accountability for Federal funds in connection with the waivers. g. Prior to submitting a Work-Flex plan, the state must provide all interested parties and the general public adequate notice and a reasonable opportunity for comment on the waivers proposed to be implemented. The plan should describe the process used for ensuring meaningful public comment, including a description of the Governor’s and the state Workforce Investment Board’s involvement in drafting, reviewing and commenting. 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. Work-Flex Quarterly Report: Instructions Report for each waiver granted: 1. Waiver (assigned by State) 2. Date received 3. Date granted 4. Local Area(s) requesting waiver 5. Purpose (brief statement) 6. Regulation/statute affected. 7. State-imposed conditions of waiver use, as appropriate. Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration, Labor. IV. Review Focus NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Heliophysics Subcommittee; Meeting 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 PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 V. Current Actions Type of Review: Extension with no revisions: Title: Work-Flex Plan Submission and Reporting Requirements. OMB Number: 1205–0432. Affected Public: State and local governments. Form: See above instructions. There is no form. Total Estimated Annual Respondents: 5. Estimates Annual Frequency: 5 state plans annually; 204 quarterly reports. Average Time per Response: 38.4 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 960. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): 0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): 0. Comments submitted in response to this comment request 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. [FR Doc. 2014–20249 Filed 8–25–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Notice: 14–082] National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 165 (Tuesday, August 26, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50951-50952]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Comment Request for Information Collection for Work-Flex Plan 
Submission and Reporting Requirements; Extension With No Revisions

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

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 Employment and Training Administration is soliciting 
comments concerning the collection of data about the Work Flex Plan 
Submission and Reporting Requirements. A copy of the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the 
office listed below in the addressee section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addressee's section below on or before October 27, 2014.

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ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Heather Fleck, Division of WIA 
Adult Services and Workforce System, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-4209, Washington, DC 20210, Telephone 
number: 202-693-2956 (this is not a toll-free number). Fax: 202-693-
3015. Email: fleck.heather@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Section 192 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) (Pub. L. 105-220, 
August 7, 1998) permits states to apply for a workforce flexibility 
(Work-Flex) waiver authority to implement reforms to their workforce 
investment systems in exchange for program improvements. The Act 
provides that the Secretary may grant Work-Flex waiver authority for up 
to five years pursuant to a Work-Flex Plan submitted by a state. Under 
Work-Flex, governors are granted the authority to approve requests 
submitted by their local areas to waive certain statutory and 
regulatory provisions of WIA Title I programs. States may also request 
waivers from the Secretary of certain requirements of the Wagner-Peyser 
Act (Sections 8-10) as well as certain provisions of the Older 
Americans Act for state agencies that administer the Senior Community 
Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The intent of the Work-Flex 
provision is to provide states and local areas with operational 
flexibility to improve employment and training program productivity for 
adult, dislocated, and youth populations. One of the underlying 
principles for granting Work-Flex waivers is that the waivers will 
result in improved performance outcomes for persons served and that 
waiver authority will be granted in consideration of improved 
performance.
    Section 190 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 
(H.R. 803, July 22, 2014) includes similar provisions for States to 
submit Workforce Flexibility Plans. Many of WIOA's provisions take 
effect on July 1, 2015, but the existing WIA state and local plan 
provisions remain in effect until July 1, 2016. The Employment and 
Training Administration (ETA) is conducting a review of WIOA's 
implementation timeline and waiver provisions, and may amend this 
information collection as part of its implementation actions.
    This information collection is submitted under the legal 
requirements of WIA, the law in effect at this time.

II. Work-Flex Plan Instructions

    States requesting designation as a Work-Flex state must submit a 
Work-Flex Plan which includes descriptions of:
    a. The process by which local areas in the state may submit and 
obtain approval by the state of applications for waivers of 
requirements applicable under Title I of WIA, including provisions for 
public review and comment on local area waiver applications.
    b. The statutory and regulatory requirements of Title I that are 
likely to be waived by the state under the plan.
    c. The requirements applicable under Sections 8-10 of the Wagner-
Peyser Act that are proposed to be waived, if any.
    d. The statutory and regulatory requirements of the Older Americans 
Act of 1965 applicable to state agencies on aging with respect to 
administration of the SCSEP that are proposed to be waived, if any.
    e. The outcomes to be achieved by the waiver authority including, 
where appropriate, revisions to adjusted levels of performance included 
in the state or local Plans under Title I of WIA.
    f. Special administrative measures (in addition to current 
procedures) to be taken to ensure appropriate accountability for 
Federal funds in connection with the waivers.
    g. Prior to submitting a Work-Flex plan, the state must provide all 
interested parties and the general public adequate notice and a 
reasonable opportunity for comment on the waivers proposed to be 
implemented. The plan should describe the process used for ensuring 
meaningful public comment, including a description of the Governor's 
and the state Workforce Investment Board's involvement in drafting, 
reviewing and commenting.

III. Work-Flex Quarterly Report: Instructions

    Report for each waiver granted:

1. Waiver (assigned by State)
2. Date received
3. Date granted
4. Local Area(s) requesting waiver
5. Purpose (brief statement)
6. Regulation/statute affected.
7. State-imposed conditions of waiver use, as appropriate.

IV. 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.

V. Current Actions

    Type of Review: Extension with no revisions:
    Title: Work-Flex Plan Submission and Reporting Requirements.
    OMB Number: 1205-0432.
    Affected Public: State and local governments.
    Form: See above instructions. There is no form.
    Total Estimated Annual Respondents: 5.
    Estimates Annual Frequency: 5 state plans annually; 204 quarterly 
reports.
    Average Time per Response: 38.4 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 960.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): 0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): 0.
    Comments submitted in response to this comment request 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.

Portia Wu,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration, Labor.
[FR Doc. 2014-20249 Filed 8-25-14; 8:45 am]
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