Comment Request for Information Collection for Monitoring of Short Time Compensation (STC) Grants for Program Implementation or Improvement and Promotion and Enrollment in the Program, Extension With Revisions, 36852-36853 [2015-15735]

Download as PDF 36852 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 123 / Friday, June 26, 2015 / Notices STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS—Continued [Burden broken down by state] Annual respondents Average time per response (hours) Total annual responses Total annual burden hours Wyoming .......................................................................................................... 1 1 280 280 Subtotals: .................................................................................................. 37 37 ........................ 10,360 III. Comments ACTION: We invite comments concerning this information collection on: • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. SUMMARY: Dated: June 23, 2015. Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 2015–15766 Filed 6–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–EH–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection for Monitoring of Short Time Compensation (STC) Grants for Program Implementation or Improvement and Promotion and Enrollment in the Program, Extension With Revisions Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Jun 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 Notice. 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 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 continuation of the collection of data, with revisions, concerning the monitoring of grants for the STC program beyond the current expiration date of 1/31/2016. The burden estimates were revised to account for the number of states that were awarded an STC grant(s). Additionally, previous burden estimates related to the temporary financing of STC payments by the Federal Government, applying for an STC grant(s), and applying to operate a temporary Federal STC program (for states without STC programs in state law), were removed as such estimates are not applicable beyond the current expiration date. DATES: Submit written comments to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before August 25, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Lidia Fiore, Office of Unemployment Insurance, Room S–4524, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: 202–693–2716 (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). Email: fiore.lidia@dol.gov. To obtain a copy of the proposed information collection PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 request (ICR), please contact the person listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The enactment of Public Law 112–96 (The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, referred to hereafter as ‘‘MCTRJC’’ or ‘‘the act’’) contains Subtitle D, Short-Time Compensation Program, also known as the ‘‘Layoff Prevention Act of 2012’’. The sections of the law under this subtitle concern states that participate in a layoff aversion program known as short time compensation (STC) or work sharing. Section 2164 covers grants the Federal Government provided to states for the purpose of implementation or improved administration of an STC program, or for promotion and enrollment in the program. ETA has principal oversight responsibility for monitoring the STC grants awarded to state workforce agencies (SWA). As part of the monitoring process, SWAs submit a quarterly narrative progress report (QPR). The QPR serves as a monitoring instrument to track the SWA’s progress toward completing STC grant activities. ETA also needs to allow for this reporting for proper oversight of state STC programs. 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\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 123 / Friday, June 26, 2015 / Notices other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions Type of Review: Extension with revision. Title: Applications, Grants and Administration of STC Provisions. OMB Number: 1205–0499. Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies. Estimated Total Annual Respondents: 17. Annual Frequency: Quarterly. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 68. Average Time per Response: 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 68. Total Annual Burden Cost for Respondents: $0. We will summarize and/or include in the request for OMB approval of the ICR, the comments received in response to this comment request; they will also become a matter of public record. Signed: Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor. [FR Doc. 2015–15735 Filed 6–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection for the National Agricultural Workers Survey: Extension With Revisions (OMB 1205–0453) 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 of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)] (PRA). The PRA helps ensure that respondents can provide requested data in the desired format with minimal reporting burden (time and financial resources), collection instruments are clearly understood and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the information collection tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Jun 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 request (ICR) to continue administering the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS), with new questions on education and training, digital literacy, housing, and health. Proposed changes also include question deletions and modifications. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments to the contact shown in the ADDRESSES section. Comments must be written to receive consideration, and they will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the final information collection request (ICR). In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB CONTROL NUMBER 1205–0453. DATES: Submit written comments to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before August 25, 2015. ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free by contacting Mr. Daniel Carroll, Office of Policy Development and Research, Room N– 5641, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: 202–693–2795 (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: carroll.daniel.j@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Wayne Gordon, gordon.wayne@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The NAWS is an employment-based, annual survey of the demographic, employment, and health characteristics of hired crop farm workers, including workers brought to farms by labor intermediaries. The survey began in 1988. Each year, between 1,500 and 3,500 workers are randomly chosen for an interview. Interviews are conducted three times per year to account for the seasonality of agricultural employment. Several Federal agencies utilize the NAWS to collect information on the population of hired crop farm workers. ETA is seeking approval to add new questions to the NAWS on farm workers’ participation in education and training programs, access to and use of digital information devices, utilization of acute, preventive, and dental health care, location of living quarters in PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36853 relation to production agriculture, and type of housing. Proposed changes also include: (1) Temporarily discontinuing questions on occupational injuries, musculoskeletal problems, and potential exposure to pesticides, all of which were administered for two years and have fulfilled the current information needs of the sponsoring Federal agencies; (2) deleting 17 other questions that either had too few responses to be useful for analysis, will be redundant with the addition of proposed questions, or are no longer valid; and (3) modifying the stem and/or response options of six questions to make them more useful. 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 D Agency: DOL–ETA. D Type of Review: Extension with Changes. D Title of Collection: National Agricultural Workers Survey. D Form: Primary Questionnaire. D OMB Control Number: 1205–0453. D Affected Public: Individuals, Farms. D Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,216. D Frequency: Annual. D Total Estimated Annual Responses: 7,890. D Estimated Average Time per Response: 60 minutes. D Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,927 hours. D Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $0. We will summarize and/or include in the request for OMB approval of the ICR, the comments received in response E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 123 (Friday, June 26, 2015)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-15735]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Comment Request for Information Collection for Monitoring of 
Short Time Compensation (STC) Grants for Program Implementation or 
Improvement and Promotion and Enrollment in the Program, Extension With 
Revisions

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 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 continuation 
of the collection of data, with revisions, concerning the monitoring of 
grants for the STC program beyond the current expiration date of 1/31/
2016. The burden estimates were revised to account for the number of 
states that were awarded an STC grant(s). Additionally, previous burden 
estimates related to the temporary financing of STC payments by the 
Federal Government, applying for an STC grant(s), and applying to 
operate a temporary Federal STC program (for states without STC 
programs in state law), were removed as such estimates are not 
applicable beyond the current expiration date.

DATES: Submit written comments to the office listed in the addresses 
section below on or before August 25, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Lidia Fiore, Office of Unemployment 
Insurance, Room S-4524, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. 
Telephone number: 202-693-2716 (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). Email: fiore.lidia@dol.gov. To 
obtain a copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR), 
please contact the person listed above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The enactment of Public Law 112-96 (The Middle Class Tax Relief and 
Job Creation Act of 2012, referred to hereafter as ``MCTRJC'' or ``the 
act'') contains Subtitle D, Short-Time Compensation Program, also known 
as the ``Layoff Prevention Act of 2012''. The sections of the law under 
this subtitle concern states that participate in a layoff aversion 
program known as short time compensation (STC) or work sharing. Section 
2164 covers grants the Federal Government provided to states for the 
purpose of implementation or improved administration of an STC program, 
or for promotion and enrollment in the program. ETA has principal 
oversight responsibility for monitoring the STC grants awarded to state 
workforce agencies (SWA). As part of the monitoring process, SWAs 
submit a quarterly narrative progress report (QPR). The QPR serves as a 
monitoring instrument to track the SWA's progress toward completing STC 
grant activities. ETA also needs to allow for this reporting for proper 
oversight of state STC programs.

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

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other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.

III. Current Actions

    Type of Review: Extension with revision.
    Title: Applications, Grants and Administration of STC Provisions.
    OMB Number: 1205-0499.
    Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondents: 17.
    Annual Frequency: Quarterly.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 68.
    Average Time per Response: 1 hour.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 68.
    Total Annual Burden Cost for Respondents: $0.
    We will summarize and/or include in the request for OMB approval of 
the ICR, the comments received in response to this comment request; 
they will also become a matter of public record.

    Signed:
Portia Wu,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor.
[FR Doc. 2015-15735 Filed 6-25-15; 8:45 am]
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