Comment Request: Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People With Disabilities, 23605-23607 [2017-10503]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices effectiveness, monitor compliance with statutory requirements, and analyze participant activity and grantee performance while complying with OMB efforts to streamline Federal performance reporting. Under WIOA section 116(d)(6), the Secretary of Labor is required to annually make available (including by electronic means), in an easily understandable format, (a) the State Annual Performance Reports containing the information described in WIOA section 116 (d)(2) and (b) a summary of the reports, and the reports required under WIOA section 116 (d)(6) (the State Performance, Local Area, and Eligible Training Provider Reports), to the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate. The reports and other analyses of the data will be made available to the public through publication and other appropriate methods and to the appropriate congressional committees through copies of such reports. In addition, information obtained through the Workforce Performance Accountability, Information, and Reporting System will be used at the national level during budget and allocation hearings for DOL compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act and other legislative requirements, and during legislative authorization proceedings. Under this collection, participation will be measured based on the count of individuals who meet the definition of a ‘‘participant’’—e.g., those who have received staff-level services within the program year. An individual should be considered to have exited after they have gone 90 days without service, and with no future services scheduled. Should they return for additional services after the 90 days—within the same program year and exit in that same program year—the individual’s exit date will be changed to reflect only the last exit date in that program year. If the individual exits in a subsequent program year, they would be counted as a new participant for purposes of that subsequent program year. Counting unique individuals in this manner will allow an unduplicated count of participants in the accountability and reporting system. The Department understands that this may affect quarterly reporting results and counts of services rendered early in the program year, particularly for programs whose current reporting practices differ from what is described above. As such, we greatly encourage your comments on the VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 potential impact on individual states and local areas of this and all other items discussed in this package. As mentioned above, as part of its effort to streamline program performance reporting, the Department added the performance information collection requirements for the SCSEP to this information collection. The Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 (OAA–2016) amended the SCSEP core indicators of performance, and it requires those amended indicators to be implemented by regulation by December 31, 2017. SCSEP will retain its current ICR (under OMB Control Number 1205– 0040) for non-performance data elements and will implement the OAA– 2016 performance measures’ information collection under this ICR upon completion of rulemaking. This ICR may receive OMB approval before Final Rules implementing the OAA– 2016 SCSEP measures are published. If this occurs, the Department will submit another ICR for this collection to OMB to incorporate the Final Rule citations, as required by 5 CFR 1320.11(h). Those citations currently do not exist and, therefore, cannot be included at this time. The Department plans to review and analyze any comments received in response to this Federal Register Notice in order to finalize the substantive information collection requirements to the extent legally possible. II. Review Focus The Department as part of its effort to streamline program performance reporting is (1) making grammar edits, code fields, and instructions revisions; (2) deleting data elements no longer required by ETA, (3) adding data elements needed by ETA, and (4) adding the performance information collection requirements for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The Department 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; • can further help to create an integrated data element layout between ETA-funded programs; • enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23605 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: Revision. Title: Workforce Performance Accountability, Information, and Reporting System. OMB Number: 1205–0521. Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Individuals or Households; and Private Sector— businesses or other for-profits and notfor-profit institutions. Frequency: Quarterly, Annually. Estimated Total Annual Respondents: 947. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 17,360,446. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,495,212. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $17,100,000. Approval of this information collection request is required so that the states, locals, and other entities can begin programming their management information systems in order to enable them to collect the necessary data to implement the data collection and reporting requirements of section 116 in accordance with the WIOA statute. Byron Zuidema, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration, Labor. [FR Doc. 2017–10500 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Comment Request: Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People With Disabilities Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office, Department of 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. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 23606 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents is properly assessed. Currently, the Department of Labor is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data about the Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People with Disabilities. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addressee section of this notice. DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that the agency receives on or before July 24, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following methods: Email: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov; Mail or Courier: Juston Locks, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–1303 Washington, DC 20210. Instructions: Please submit one copy of your comments by only one method. All submissions received must include the agency name and OMB Control Number identified above for this information collection. Because we continue to experience delays in receiving mail in the Washington, DC area, commenters are strongly encouraged to transmit their comments electronically via email or to submit them by mail early. Comments, including any personal information provided, become a matter of public record. They will also be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the information collection request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Juston Locks by email at chiefevaluationoffice@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) of the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) seeks to conduct a Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People with Disabilities to examine employer perceptions of their efforts to employ individuals with disabilities. Knowing this information will enhance the ability of ODEP to engage employers on how to hire, retain and promote individuals with disabilities. ODEP has the ability to reach out to employers through its public education campaigns and VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 technical assistance centers, as well as engage the business community directly. Assessing employer attitudes towards hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities will allow ODEP to better understand employer successes and concerns, as well as more effectively share best practices in hiring, retaining, and promoting individuals with disabilities. This study will answer research questions with regard to current employer practices and attitudes towards employment of people with disabilities (‘disability employment’); barriers and facilitators of disability employment; the impact of accommodations and technology on employer perceptions and attitudes towards disability employment; and sources of disability employmentrelated information for employers. To answer the research questions, the study will include three data collection strategies: (1) A telephone survey with employers; (2) case studies with representatives of six companies; and (3) qualitative interviews with supervisors from companies with disability employment experience. This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the study: • Employer Survey (n=4,800). Westat will contact each sampled HR managers to complete a 20-minute computerassisted telephone interview (CATI). This survey will cover topics such as company policies and practices on disability employment, successes and challenges of disability employment, information on employment policies and best practices, and the use of technology and accommodations. • Case Studies (n=120). Westat will conduct six site visits at companies demonstrating experience with disability employment. Westat will interview individuals from a sample across the spectrum of involvement in disability employment, including: Human Resource (HR) managers, hiring managers, disabled employees, colleagues of disabled employees, and senior leadership tasked with creating diversity and inclusion policy. Westat will conduct approximately 20 interviews per case study, with each interview lasting between 20–30 minutes. • Qualitative Interviews with HR Managers (n=90). Westat will PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 purposefully select a subsample of employers with significant experience with disability employment and interview mid-level managers from those companies to collect more indepth information. These interviews will cover questions about the employer’s current practices and attitudes towards employment of people with disabilities; barriers and facilitators towards disability employment; accommodations and technology available for employees with disabilities; and information flow about disability employment. These interviews will last approximately 30 minutes. II. Review Focus Currently, the Department of Labor is soliciting comments concerning the above data collection for a study of employer policies and practices on the employment of people with disabilities. DOL 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 submissions of responses. III. Current Action At this time, DOL is requesting clearance for the SEED Implementation Evaluation Survey. Type of Review: New Information Collection. OMB Control Number: 1230–0NEW. Title: Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People with Disabilities. E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 23607 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices ESTIMATED TOTAL BURDEN HOURS—SURVEY OF EMPLOYER POLICIES ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Total number of respondents Respondents Number of responses per respondent Total annual responses Average burden hours per response Total annual burden hours Telephone Survey ................................................................ Case Study .......................................................................... Qualitative Interviews ........................................................... 4,800 120 90 1 1 1 1,600 40 30 .33 .50 .50 533.33 20 15 Total .............................................................................. 5,010 ........................ 1,670 ........................ 568.33 Affected Public: Approximately 5,010 respondents will be contacted to participate in this data collection, including hiring managers; HR managers; employees with disabilities; colleagues of employees with disabilities; and diversity/inclusion officers. Annual Frequency: One time. 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. Dated: April 28, 2017. Molly Irwin, Chief Evaluation Officer, U.S. Department of Labor. [FR Doc. 2017–10503 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–HX–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Comment Request: Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People With Disabilities Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office, Department of 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). 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 is properly assessed. Currently, the Department of Labor is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data about the Survey of Employer sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 Policies on the Employment of People with Disabilities. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addressee section of this notice. DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that the agency receives on or before July 24, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following methods: Email: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov; Mail or Courier: Juston Locks, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–1303, Washington, DC 20210. Instructions: Please submit one copy of your comments by only one method. All submissions received must include the agency name and OMB Control Number identified above for this information collection. Because we continue to experience delays in receiving mail in the Washington, DC area, commenters are strongly encouraged to transmit their comments electronically via email or to submit them by mail early. Comments, including any personal information provided, become a matter of public record. They will also be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the information collection request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Juston Locks by email at chiefevaluationoffice@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) of the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) seeks to conduct a Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People with Disabilities to examine employer perceptions of their efforts to employ individuals with disabilities. Knowing this information will enhance the ability of ODEP to engage employers on how to hire, retain and promote individuals with disabilities. ODEP has the ability to reach out to employers through its PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 public education campaigns and technical assistance centers, as well as engage the business community directly. Assessing employer attitudes towards hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities will allow ODEP to better understand employer successes and concerns, as well as more effectively share best practices in hiring, retaining, and promoting individuals with disabilities. This study will answer research questions with regard to current employer practices and attitudes towards employment of people with disabilities (‘disability employment’); barriers and facilitators of disability employment; the impact of accommodations and technology on employer perceptions and attitudes towards disability employment; and sources of disability employmentrelated information for employers. To answer the research questions, the study will include three data collection strategies: (1) A telephone survey with employers; (2) case studies with representatives of six companies; and (3) qualitative interviews with supervisors from companies with disability employment experience. This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the study: • Employer Survey (n=4,800). Westat will contact each sampled HR managers to complete a 20-minute computerassisted telephone interview (CATI). This survey will cover topics such as company policies and practices on disability employment, successes and challenges of disability employment, information on employment policies and best practices, and the use of technology and accommodations. • Case Studies (n=120). Westat will conduct six site visits at companies demonstrating experience with disability employment. Westat will interview individuals from a sample across the spectrum of involvement in disability employment, including: Human Resource (HR) managers, hiring managers, disabled employees, colleagues of disabled employees, and E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 23, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR


Comment Request: Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of 
People With Disabilities

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation 
Office, Department of 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. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be 
provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial 
resources) is minimized,

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collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of 
collection requirements on respondents is properly assessed. Currently, 
the Department of Labor is soliciting comments concerning the 
collection of data about the Survey of Employer Policies on the 
Employment of People with Disabilities. A copy of the proposed 
Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the 
office listed in the addressee section of this notice.

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that the agency 
receives on or before July 24, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following 
methods: Email: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov; Mail or Courier: Juston 
Locks, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of 
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-1303 Washington, DC 20210. 
Instructions: Please submit one copy of your comments by only one 
method. All submissions received must include the agency name and OMB 
Control Number identified above for this information collection. 
Because we continue to experience delays in receiving mail in the 
Washington, DC area, commenters are strongly encouraged to transmit 
their comments electronically via email or to submit them by mail 
early. Comments, including any personal information provided, become a 
matter of public record. They will also be summarized and/or included 
in the request for OMB approval of the information collection request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Juston Locks by email at 
chiefevaluationoffice@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) of the U.S. Department of Labor 
in partnership with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) 
seeks to conduct a Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of 
People with Disabilities to examine employer perceptions of their 
efforts to employ individuals with disabilities. Knowing this 
information will enhance the ability of ODEP to engage employers on how 
to hire, retain and promote individuals with disabilities. ODEP has the 
ability to reach out to employers through its public education 
campaigns and technical assistance centers, as well as engage the 
business community directly. Assessing employer attitudes towards 
hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities will allow ODEP to 
better understand employer successes and concerns, as well as more 
effectively share best practices in hiring, retaining, and promoting 
individuals with disabilities. This study will answer research 
questions with regard to current employer practices and attitudes 
towards employment of people with disabilities (`disability 
employment'); barriers and facilitators of disability employment; the 
impact of accommodations and technology on employer perceptions and 
attitudes towards disability employment; and sources of disability 
employment-related information for employers.
    To answer the research questions, the study will include three data 
collection strategies: (1) A telephone survey with employers; (2) case 
studies with representatives of six companies; and (3) qualitative 
interviews with supervisors from companies with disability employment 
experience.
    This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on 
proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the study:
     Employer Survey (n=4,800). Westat will contact each 
sampled HR managers to complete a 20-minute computer-assisted telephone 
interview (CATI). This survey will cover topics such as company 
policies and practices on disability employment, successes and 
challenges of disability employment, information on employment policies 
and best practices, and the use of technology and accommodations.
     Case Studies (n=120). Westat will conduct six site visits 
at companies demonstrating experience with disability employment. 
Westat will interview individuals from a sample across the spectrum of 
involvement in disability employment, including: Human Resource (HR) 
managers, hiring managers, disabled employees, colleagues of disabled 
employees, and senior leadership tasked with creating diversity and 
inclusion policy. Westat will conduct approximately 20 interviews per 
case study, with each interview lasting between 20-30 minutes.
     Qualitative Interviews with HR Managers (n=90). Westat 
will purposefully select a subsample of employers with significant 
experience with disability employment and interview mid-level managers 
from those companies to collect more in-depth information. These 
interviews will cover questions about the employer's current practices 
and attitudes towards employment of people with disabilities; barriers 
and facilitators towards disability employment; accommodations and 
technology available for employees with disabilities; and information 
flow about disability employment. These interviews will last 
approximately 30 minutes.

II. Review Focus

    Currently, the Department of Labor is soliciting comments 
concerning the above data collection for a study of employer policies 
and practices on the employment of people with disabilities. DOL 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 submissions of responses.

III. Current Action

    At this time, DOL is requesting clearance for the SEED 
Implementation Evaluation Survey.
    Type of Review: New Information Collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1230-0NEW.
    Title: Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People with 
Disabilities.

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     Estimated Total Burden Hours--Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People With Disabilities
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                                                     Number of                        Average
           Respondents             Total number    responses per   Total  annual   burden hours    Total annual
                                  of respondents    respondent       responses     per response    burden hours
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Telephone Survey................           4,800               1           1,600             .33          533.33
Case Study......................             120               1              40             .50              20
Qualitative Interviews..........              90               1              30             .50              15
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    Total.......................           5,010  ..............           1,670  ..............          568.33
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    Affected Public: Approximately 5,010 respondents will be contacted 
to participate in this data collection, including hiring managers; HR 
managers; employees with disabilities; colleagues of employees with 
disabilities; and diversity/inclusion officers.
    Annual Frequency: One time.
    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.

    Dated: April 28, 2017.
Molly Irwin,
Chief Evaluation Officer, U.S. Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 2017-10503 Filed 5-22-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4510-HX-P