Proposed Collection, Comment Request, 65706-65707 [2014-26278]

Download as PDF 65706 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 5, 2014 / Notices 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 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 revision of the ‘‘National Compensation 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 January 5, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Nora Kincaid, 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: Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, at 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number.) (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Background The National Compensation Survey (NCS) is an ongoing survey of earnings and benefits among private firms, State, and local government. Data from the NCS program include estimates of wages covering broad groups of related occupations, and data that directly link benefit plan costs with detailed plan provisions. The NCS is used to produce the Employment Cost Trends, including the Employment Cost Index (ECI) and Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC), employee VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 04, 2014 Jkt 235001 benefits data (on coverage, cost and provisions), data used by the President’s Pay Agent and this data is used by compensation administrators and researchers in the private sector. Data from the NCS are used to help determine monetary policy (as a Principal Federal Economic Indicator.) The integrated program’s single sample produces both time-series indexes and cost levels for industry and occupational groups, thereby increasing the analytical potential of the data. The NCS employs probability methods for selection of occupations. This ensures that sampled occupations represent all occupations in the workforce, while minimizing the reporting burden on respondents. The survey collects data from a sample of employers. These data will consist of information about the duties, responsibilities, and compensation (earnings and benefits) for a sample of occupations for each sampled employer. Data will be updated on a quarterly basis. The updates will allow for production of data on change in earnings and total compensation. participation data. These data include estimates of how many workers receive the various employer-sponsored benefits. The data also include information about the common provisions of benefit plans. NCS collection will use eight forms (normally having unique private industry and government initiation and update collection forms and versions.) For NCS update collection, the forms or screens give respondents their previously reported information, the dates they expected change to occur to these data, and space for reporting these changes. The NCS for electronic collection uses a Web-based system (Web-Lite) that allows NCS respondents, using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption and the establishment’s schedule number, to upload data files to a secure BLS server and forwards those files to the assigned BLS field economist. A new more interactive Web page system was developed allowing respondents to further refine and break out the detailed data they send NCS using this Web application. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the National Compensation Survey. The NCS collects earnings and work level data on occupations for the nation. The NCS also collects information on the cost, provisions, and incidence of major employee benefits through its benefit cost and benefit provision programs and publications. BLS has for a number of years been using a revised approach to the Locality Pay Survey (LPS); this uses data from two current BLS programs—the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and the ECI program. This approach uses OES data to provide wage data by occupation and by area, while ECI data are used to specify grade level effects. This approach is also being used to extend the estimation of pay gaps to areas that were not included in the prior Locality Pay Survey sample, and these data have been delivered to the Pay Agent (in 2014, data for 92 areas were delivered.) The NCS in September 2012 started reverting to a national survey design in order to preserve the reliability of the ECI and the EBS. The NCS private industry sample is on a three-year rotational cycle, with one frozen sample year for the NCS private industry sample when a new NCS State and local government sample starts collection in 2015. The NCS continues to provide employee benefit provision and 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: Revision of a currently approved collection. Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Title: National Compensation Survey. OMB Number: 1220–0164. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; not-for-profit institutions; and State, local, and tribal government. Total Respondents: 16,428 (three-year average). Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 65707 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 5, 2014 / Notices Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $0. All figures in the table below are based on a three-year average. The total respondents in the table are greater than the figure shown above because many respondents are asked to provide Total respondents per form Form Establishment collection form (NCS Form 15–1G) ............. Establishment collection form (NCS Form 15–1P) .............. Earnings form (NCS Form 15–2G) ...................................... Earnings form (NCS Form 15–2P) ...................................... Wage Shuttle form computer generated earnings update form # ............................................................................... Benefits Collection Form (NCS 15–3G) .............................. Benefits Collection Form (NCS 15–3P) ............................... Summary of Benefits (Benefit update form SO–1003) is computer generated # ...................................................... Collection not tied to a specific form (testing, Quality Assurance/Quality Measurement, etc.) ................................ information relating to more than one form. Total annual responses Frequency Average minutes Total hours 532 2247 532 2247 532 2247 532 2247 54 54 20 20 479 2022 177 749 12226 532 2247 4 1 1 48904 532 2247 20 180 180 16301 1596 6741 12226 4 48904 20 16301 1423 Totals ............................................................................ 1 1 1 1 ........................ 3205 ........................ 613 34212 109350 44979 ** Collection forms can have multiple uses. The table above shows the average collection times for the predominant uses of the forms. Record checks (for quality assurance and measurement) are done on a sub-sample of respondents verifying responses for pre-selected sections of the collection forms. # Includes IDCF form time (Web based screen for SSL encryption Web site secure.) 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 30th day of October 2014. Kimberley D. Hill, Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. 2014–26278 Filed 11–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION Notice of Intent To Award—Grant Awards for the Provision of Civil Legal Services to Eligible Low-Income Clients Beginning January 1, 2015 AGENCY: Legal Services Corporation. Announcement of intention to make FY 2015 Competitive Grant Awards. ACTION: The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) hereby announces its intention to award grants and contracts to provide economical and effective delivery of high quality civil legal services to eligible low-income clients, beginning January 1, 2015. DATES: All comments and recommendations must be received on or before the close of business on December 5, 2014. ADDRESSES: Legal Services Corporation—Competitive Grants, Legal Services Corporation; 3333 K Street NW., Third Floor; Washington, DC 20007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reginald Haley, Office of Program Performance, at (202) 295–1545, or haleyr@lsc.gov. SUMMARY: Pursuant to LSC’s announcement of funding availability on April 11, 2014 (79 FR 20243), and Grant Renewal applications due beginning June 2, 2014, LSC intends to award funds to provide civil legal services in the indicated service areas. Applicants for each service area are listed below. The amounts below reflect the most current information available, i.e., 100% implementation of the U.S. Census American Community Survey 2009–2011 poverty population data and the current FY 2015 continuing resolution for LSC Basic Field Funding—$335,514,022. The amounts incorporate the reduction of .0554% contained in Public Law 113–164. Amounts are subject to change. LSC will post all updates and/or changes to this notice at www.grants.lsc.gov. Interested parties are asked to visit www.grants.lsc.gov regularly for updates on the LSC competitive grants process. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Name of applicant organization State Alaska Legal Services Corporation ............................................................................................................... Alaska Legal Services Corporation ............................................................................................................... Legal Services Alabama ............................................................................................................................... Legal Aid of Arkansas ................................................................................................................................... Center for Arkansas Legal Services ............................................................................................................. American Samoa Legal Aid .......................................................................................................................... Community Legal Services ........................................................................................................................... Community Legal Services ........................................................................................................................... Southern Arizona Legal Aid .......................................................................................................................... Southern Arizona Legal Aid .......................................................................................................................... DNA-People’s Legal Services ....................................................................................................................... DNA-People’s Legal Services ....................................................................................................................... California Indian Legal Services ................................................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 04, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM AK AK AL AR AR AS AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ CA 05NON1 Service area AK–1 NAK–1 AL–4 AR–6 AR–7 AS–1 AZ–3 MAZ AZ–5 NAZ–6 AZ–2 NAZ–5 CA–1 Estimated annualized 2015 funding $645,180 530,075 5,839,519 1,462,142 2,134,430 205,475 4,905,799 145,206 2,074,272 624,756 418,723 2,557,639 23,947

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 214 (Wednesday, November 5, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65706-65707]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26278]



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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 revision of the ``National Compensation 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 January 5, 2015.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The National Compensation Survey (NCS) is an ongoing survey of 
earnings and benefits among private firms, State, and local government. 
Data from the NCS program include estimates of wages covering broad 
groups of related occupations, and data that directly link benefit plan 
costs with detailed plan provisions. The NCS is used to produce the 
Employment Cost Trends, including the Employment Cost Index (ECI) and 
Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC), employee benefits data 
(on coverage, cost and provisions), data used by the President's Pay 
Agent and this data is used by compensation administrators and 
researchers in the private sector. Data from the NCS are used to help 
determine monetary policy (as a Principal Federal Economic Indicator.)
    The integrated program's single sample produces both time-series 
indexes and cost levels for industry and occupational groups, thereby 
increasing the analytical potential of the data.
    The NCS employs probability methods for selection of occupations. 
This ensures that sampled occupations represent all occupations in the 
workforce, while minimizing the reporting burden on respondents. The 
survey collects data from a sample of employers. These data will 
consist of information about the duties, responsibilities, and 
compensation (earnings and benefits) for a sample of occupations for 
each sampled employer.
    Data will be updated on a quarterly basis. The updates will allow 
for production of data on change in earnings and total compensation.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the 
National Compensation Survey.
    The NCS collects earnings and work level data on occupations for 
the nation. The NCS also collects information on the cost, provisions, 
and incidence of major employee benefits through its benefit cost and 
benefit provision programs and publications.
    BLS has for a number of years been using a revised approach to the 
Locality Pay Survey (LPS); this uses data from two current BLS 
programs--the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and the 
ECI program. This approach uses OES data to provide wage data by 
occupation and by area, while ECI data are used to specify grade level 
effects. This approach is also being used to extend the estimation of 
pay gaps to areas that were not included in the prior Locality Pay 
Survey sample, and these data have been delivered to the Pay Agent (in 
2014, data for 92 areas were delivered.)
    The NCS in September 2012 started reverting to a national survey 
design in order to preserve the reliability of the ECI and the EBS. The 
NCS private industry sample is on a three-year rotational cycle, with 
one frozen sample year for the NCS private industry sample when a new 
NCS State and local government sample starts collection in 2015.
    The NCS continues to provide employee benefit provision and 
participation data. These data include estimates of how many workers 
receive the various employer-sponsored benefits. The data also include 
information about the common provisions of benefit plans.
    NCS collection will use eight forms (normally having unique private 
industry and government initiation and update collection forms and 
versions.) For NCS update collection, the forms or screens give 
respondents their previously reported information, the dates they 
expected change to occur to these data, and space for reporting these 
changes.
    The NCS for electronic collection uses a Web-based system (Web-
Lite) that allows NCS respondents, using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 
encryption and the establishment's schedule number, to upload data 
files to a secure BLS server and forwards those files to the assigned 
BLS field economist. A new more interactive Web page system was 
developed allowing respondents to further refine and break out the 
detailed data they send NCS using this Web application.

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: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Title: National Compensation Survey.
    OMB Number: 1220-0164.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; not-for-profit 
institutions; and State, local, and tribal government.
    Total Respondents: 16,428 (three-year average).
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.

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    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $0.
    All figures in the table below are based on a three-year average. 
The total respondents in the table are greater than the figure shown 
above because many respondents are asked to provide information 
relating to more than one form.

 
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                                       Total
              Form                  respondents      Frequency     Total annual       Average       Total hours
                                     per form                        responses        minutes
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Establishment collection form                532               1             532              54             479
 (NCS Form 15-1G)...............
Establishment collection form               2247               1            2247              54            2022
 (NCS Form 15-1P)...............
Earnings form (NCS Form 15-2G)..             532               1             532              20             177
Earnings form (NCS Form 15-2P)..            2247               1            2247              20             749
Wage Shuttle form computer                 12226               4           48904              20           16301
 generated earnings update form
 #..............................
Benefits Collection Form (NCS 15-            532               1             532             180            1596
 3G)............................
Benefits Collection Form (NCS 15-           2247               1            2247             180            6741
 3P)............................
Summary of Benefits (Benefit               12226               4           48904              20           16301
 update form SO-1003) is
 computer generated #...........
Collection not tied to a                    1423  ..............            3205  ..............             613
 specific form (testing, Quality
 Assurance/Quality Measurement,
 etc.)..........................
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    Totals......................           34212  ..............          109350  ..............           44979
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** Collection forms can have multiple uses. The table above shows the average collection times for the
  predominant uses of the forms. Record checks (for quality assurance and measurement) are done on a sub-sample
  of respondents verifying responses for pre-selected sections of the collection forms.
# Includes IDCF form time (Web based screen for SSL encryption Web site secure.)

    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 30th day of October 2014.
Kimberley D. Hill,
Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2014-26278 Filed 11-4-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-24-P