Comment Request for Information Collection for ETA 9128, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report, ETA 9129, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Outcomes Report, Extension With Revision, ETA 9128 X, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report for Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX), and ETA 9129 X, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Outcomes Report for Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers, 38748-38749 [2015-16560]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 38748 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 129 / Tuesday, July 7, 2015 / Notices computerized and contain information on initial Unemployment Insurance claims and continued weeks claimed. These figures are important economic indicators. Form ETA–538 provides information allowing release of advance unemployment claims information to the public five days after the close of the reference period. Form ETA–539 contains more detailed weekly claims information and the State’s 13-week IUR that is used to determine eligibility for the Extended Benefits program. The reporting requirements in paragraphs (c) and (d) of the old regulation are included in the ET Handbook and elimination of the requirements in regulation allow for ease in making future modifications by simply updating the ET Handbook. Furthermore, paragraph (d) existed during the implementation phase of the insured unemployment rate (IUR) indicator and required States to submit the method used to identify and select the weeks used for EB trigger purposes to ensure that States were consistent and comparable in their methods. With 30 years of experience, as well as numerous data validation and data quality programs in effect, it is unnecessary to compel State administrators to provide this information. Current reporting guidelines contained in the ET Handbook are clear enough that States continue to have clear standards about which claims are used for constructing totals used to compute trigger values, thus permitting the deletion of this paragraph. The NPRM does not change the existing reporting requirements for Forms ETA–538 or ETA–539. The preamble to the NPRM stated that the Department had determined the proposed rule did not contain new information collections. However, to ensure transparency and full opportunities for public participation under all appropriate authorities, the Department has decided to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to revise the PRA approval for the information collections to reflect this rulemaking. See 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(B); 5 CFR 1320.11. As part of that process, we seek public comments on the removal of specific information collection requirements in the NPRM and on the general Extended Benefit reporting requirements in Handbook 401 and Forms ETA 538 and 539 in light of specific areas of interest to minimize so-called ‘‘paperwork’’ burdens on the public. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:31 Jul 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 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. We obtain OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1205– 0028. This notice is to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the information collections in the rule, in preparation for an ICR to revise the current PRA approval to reflect the changes in the rule. Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within sixty (60) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1205–0028. We are 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. This information collection is summarized as follows: Agency: DOL–ETA. Action: ICR Revision. Title of Collection: Weekly Claims and Extended Benefits Data and Weekly Initial and Continued Weeks Claimed. OMB Control Number: 1205–0028. Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 53. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 5,512. Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 3,675 hours. PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0. Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training. [FR Doc. 2015–16590 Filed 7–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection for ETA 9128, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report, ETA 9129, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Outcomes Report, Extension With Revision, ETA 9128 X, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report for Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX), and ETA 9129 X, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Outcomes Report for Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers 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 an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collection of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)] (PRA). The PRA helps to 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 collection of data about the ETA 9128, and the ETA 9129 and the new ETA 9128 X and ETA 9129 X. The current expiration date for the ETA 9128 and ETA 9129 reports is January 31, 2016. Beginning in 2016, states will be required to target for the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program one-third of those regular claimants most likely to exhaust their benefits and all claimants receiving UCX. For this reason the Department is proposing that states send an ETA 9128 report for one-third of those regular claimants most likely to exhaust their benefits and a separate SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 129 / Tuesday, July 7, 2015 / Notices ETA 9128 X report for UCX recipients. These two reports will reflect different populations and all data elements will be the same as are currently collected on the ETA 9128 report. To review the outcomes of the RESEA program, the Department is proposing to use the ETA 9129 report and the ETA 9129 X report for UCX participants. The data elements in these reports will parallel those of the treatment group on the current reports. Data collection for the comparison group in the ETA 9129 is being discontinued under this revision and will not be included in the ETA 9129 X. All these reports will reflect the new name for the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) program, which changed in 2015 to the RESEA program. DATES: Submit written comments to the office listed in the addressee section below on or before September 8, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Diane Wood, Office of Unemployment Insurance, Room S–4524, Employment and Training Administration, U.S Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Frances Perkins Bldg., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: (202) 693–3212 (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 at wood.diane@dol.gov. To obtain a copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR), please contact the person listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Background Funds will be awarded to participating states in the RESEA program year 2015 to continue the REA program. The RESEA guidelines require that these funds be used to conduct inperson assessments in the American Job Centers. The RESEA must include an orientation session, an unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility review, the provision of labor market information, development of a re-employment plan and referral to reemployment services and/or training, as appropriate. The guidelines require that participation exclude those claimants who have a specific return-to-work date. 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 function of the agency, including VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:31 Jul 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 whether the information has 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 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 The continued collection of the information contained on the ETA 9128 and the ETA 9129 reports is necessary to enable the Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) to continue evaluating the effectiveness of the REA program through workload and outcomes reports. Type of Review: Extension with revision. Title: Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments Outcomes Report (ETA 9128 and ETA 9129) and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report for Ex-Servicemembers, and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments Outcomes Report for ExServicemembers (ETA 9128 X and ETA 9129 X). OMB Number: 1205–0456. Affected Public: State and Local Governments. Estimated Total Annual Respondents: 48. Average Frequency: Quarterly (four reports every quarter per state). Estimated Annual Responses: 768. Average Time per Response: 0.5 hours. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 384 hours. 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 to this comment request; they will also become a matter of public record. Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor. [FR Doc. 2015–16560 Filed 7–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38749 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request ACTION: Notice 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 Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Provider Enrollment Form (OWCP–1168). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before September 8, 2015. ADDRESSES: Ms. Yoon Ferguson, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone/fax (202) 354– 9647, Email ferguson.yoon@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or Email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) is the agency responsible for administration of the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq., the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA), 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA), 42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq. These statutes require OWCP to pay for appropriate medical and vocational rehabilitation services provided to beneficiaries. In order for OWCP’s billing contractor to pay providers of these services with its automated bill processing system, providers must ‘‘enroll’’ with one or more of the OWCP programs that administer the statutes by SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Comment Request for Information Collection for ETA 9128, 
Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report, ETA 
9129, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Outcomes 
Report, Extension With Revision, ETA 9128 X, Reemployment Services and 
Eligibility Assessments Workload Report for Unemployment Compensation 
for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX), and ETA 9129 X, Reemployment Services and 
Eligibility Assessments Outcomes Report for Unemployment Compensation 
for Ex-Servicemembers

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 
an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collection of 
information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)] (PRA). The PRA helps to 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 collection of 
data about the ETA 9128, and the ETA 9129 and the new ETA 9128 X and 
ETA 9129 X. The current expiration date for the ETA 9128 and ETA 9129 
reports is January 31, 2016. Beginning in 2016, states will be required 
to target for the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment 
(RESEA) program one-third of those regular claimants most likely to 
exhaust their benefits and all claimants receiving UCX. For this reason 
the Department is proposing that states send an ETA 9128 report for 
one-third of those regular claimants most likely to exhaust their 
benefits and a separate

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ETA 9128 X report for UCX recipients. These two reports will reflect 
different populations and all data elements will be the same as are 
currently collected on the ETA 9128 report. To review the outcomes of 
the RESEA program, the Department is proposing to use the ETA 9129 
report and the ETA 9129 X report for UCX participants. The data 
elements in these reports will parallel those of the treatment group on 
the current reports. Data collection for the comparison group in the 
ETA 9129 is being discontinued under this revision and will not be 
included in the ETA 9129 X. All these reports will reflect the new name 
for the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) program, which 
changed in 2015 to the RESEA program.

DATES: Submit written comments to the office listed in the addressee 
section below on or before September 8, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Diane Wood, Office of Unemployment 
Insurance, Room S-4524, Employment and Training Administration, U.S 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Frances Perkins 
Bldg., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: (202) 693-3212 (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 at 
wood.diane@dol.gov. To obtain a copy of the proposed information 
collection request (ICR), please contact the person listed above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Funds will be awarded to participating states in the RESEA program 
year 2015 to continue the REA program. The RESEA guidelines require 
that these funds be used to conduct in-person assessments in the 
American Job Centers. The RESEA must include an orientation session, an 
unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility review, the provision of labor 
market information, development of a re-employment plan and referral to 
reemployment services and/or training, as appropriate. The guidelines 
require that participation exclude those claimants who have a specific 
return-to-work date.

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 function of the agency, 
including whether the information has 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 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

    The continued collection of the information contained on the ETA 
9128 and the ETA 9129 reports is necessary to enable the Office of 
Unemployment Insurance (OUI) to continue evaluating the effectiveness 
of the REA program through workload and outcomes reports.
    Type of Review: Extension with revision.
    Title: Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report and 
Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments Outcomes Report (ETA 9128 and 
ETA 9129) and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments Workload Report 
for Ex-Servicemembers, and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments 
Outcomes Report for Ex-Servicemembers (ETA 9128 X and ETA 9129 X).
    OMB Number: 1205-0456.
    Affected Public: State and Local Governments.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondents: 48.
    Average Frequency: Quarterly (four reports every quarter per 
state).
    Estimated Annual Responses: 768.
    Average Time per Response: 0.5 hours.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 384 hours.
    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 to this comment request; 
they will also become a matter of public record.

Portia Wu,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor.
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