Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 67360-67361 [2018-28222]

Download as PDF 67360 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices Æ Minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including 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). III. Current Actions: At this time, DOL is requesting clearance for the survey instrument and semi-structured interview protocols. for the proper performance of the functions of the agency related to UI program oversight, including whether the information will have practical utility; Æ Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the ICR burden to survey and interview respondents, including the validity of the study approach and assumptions; Æ Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and Type of review: New information collection request. OMB Control Number: 1290–0NEW. Affected Public: Individuals working in state UI agencies. Comments submitted in response to this request will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval; they will also become a matter of public record. ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Information collection instrument Total number of responses Average burden per response (hours) Estimated burden (hours) Survey— State UI Director .................................................. Interview Protocol—UI Directors .......................................... Interview Protocol—Financial Staff ...................................... Interview Protocol—Chief of Benefits .................................. Interview Protocol—Appeals Staff ....................................... Interview Protocol—Benefits Determination Staff ................ Interview Protocol—HR Staff ............................................... Interview Protocol—IT Staff ................................................. 17 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 17 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 0.75 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 Total .............................................................................. 59 ........................ 59 ........................ 55 Molly Irwin, Chief Evaluation Officer, U.S. Department of Labor. [FR Doc. 2018–28310 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–HX–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Bureau of Labor Statistics Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: 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. 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 SUMMARY: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Number of responses per respondent VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 concerning the proposed reinstatement with change of the ‘‘Quick Business Survey Operations Test.’’ 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 February 26, 2019. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Carol Rowan, 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: Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, at 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) intends to conduct a second operations test for a Quick Business Survey (QBS). The BLS will build on the results of a prior test to further evaluate QBS survey processes and operations in a possible production environment. If successful, a QBS would permit BLS to collect information about the U.S. economy more efficiently than is currently possible. In addition, it would allow PO 00000 Frm 00150 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 data users to be able to understand the impact of specific events on the economy in a timely manner that would be relevant to data users. As with the first operations test, the BLS will test using the Annual Refiling Survey (ARS) as a platform for conducting the QBS. Each year, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Program conducts the ARS by reaching out to approximately 1.2 million establishments requesting verification of their main business activity, and their mailing and physical location addresses. The fully web-based ARS provides a low-cost platform for conducting the QBS. The QBSs accompanying the ARS would have little data collection overhead, leveraging the address refinement, printing, and mailing efforts that are undertaken as part of the production ARS. Respondents already logged into the ARS secure website could be directed to a QBS and asked to answer a limited number of additional survey questions after completing the ARS. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for a reinstatement with change of the Quick Business Survey (QBS) Operations Test in order to conduct a second test. A QBS would allow BLS to leverage the multitude of information already known about the sample units to allow E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 for targeted sampling. It also would permit BLS to target only the units meeting the specific set of characteristics desired allowing BLS to delve into specific areas of economic interest without burdening establishments which do not meet the specific targeted features. The QBS is designed to encourage a fast response and minimize respondent burden. In this manner, BLS can provide information that is needed quickly and is not collected elsewhere. Through the second operations test, the BLS will continue to evaluate the following goals: To develop and evaluate a QBS system, to understand the extent to which ARS respondents have access to different types of information in order to provide parameters for future QBS, and to estimate response rates. In addition, the second test will afford further analysis of more refined sampling methodology and efforts to improve response rates, and will allow the development of a detailed cost model for use in potential future production. 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. Title of Collection: Quick Business Survey Operations Test. OMB Number: 1220–0192. Type of Review: Reinstatement with Change. Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit institutions, not-for-profit institutions, and farms. Total Respondents: 24,230. Frequency: One time. Total Responses: 24,230. Average Time per Response: Three minutes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,212 hours. 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 20th day of December 2018. Mark Staniorski, Division Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. 2018–28222 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation; Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. Frm 00151 Fmt 4703 Please note that comments submitted after the comment period will not be considered. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Authorized insurance carriers are required to report the issuance of policies and endorsements under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions, the Defense Base Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act, to the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP). 20 CFR 703.116. Carriers use the form LS–570 for this purpose. Filing the form LS–570 with OWCP’s Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation binds the carrier to full liability for the named employer’s obligations under the Act or its extensions. 20 CFR 703.118. This information collection is currently approved for use through May 31, 2019. II. Review Focus 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 can be properly assessed. Currently, the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Carrier’s Report of Issuance of Policy (LS–570). 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 February 26, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by mail, delivery service, or by hand to Ms. Yoon Ferguson, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room S–3323, Washington, DC 20210; by fax (202) 354–9647; or email to ferguson.yoon@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail/delivery, fax, or email). SUMMARY: PO 00000 67361 Sfmt 4703 The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and • minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions The Department of Labor seeks the approval of the extension of this currently approved information collection. The information is necessary (i) to ensure compliance by employers, (ii) to bind the carrier to the liabilities of the employer under 20 CFR 703.118 and (iii) so that the districts can identify the correct carrier for claims to ensure prompt payment of compensation to injured workers. Type of Review: Extension. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 248 (Friday, December 28, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67360-67361]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-28222]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

AGENCY: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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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. 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 reinstatement with change of the 
``Quick Business Survey Operations Test.'' 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 February 26, 2019.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) intends to conduct a second 
operations test for a Quick Business Survey (QBS). The BLS will build 
on the results of a prior test to further evaluate QBS survey processes 
and operations in a possible production environment. If successful, a 
QBS would permit BLS to collect information about the U.S. economy more 
efficiently than is currently possible. In addition, it would allow 
data users to be able to understand the impact of specific events on 
the economy in a timely manner that would be relevant to data users.
    As with the first operations test, the BLS will test using the 
Annual Refiling Survey (ARS) as a platform for conducting the QBS. Each 
year, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Program 
conducts the ARS by reaching out to approximately 1.2 million 
establishments requesting verification of their main business activity, 
and their mailing and physical location addresses. The fully web-based 
ARS provides a low-cost platform for conducting the QBS. The QBSs 
accompanying the ARS would have little data collection overhead, 
leveraging the address refinement, printing, and mailing efforts that 
are undertaken as part of the production ARS. Respondents already 
logged into the ARS secure website could be directed to a QBS and asked 
to answer a limited number of additional survey questions after 
completing the ARS.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for a 
reinstatement with change of the Quick Business Survey (QBS) Operations 
Test in order to conduct a second test.
    A QBS would allow BLS to leverage the multitude of information 
already known about the sample units to allow

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for targeted sampling. It also would permit BLS to target only the 
units meeting the specific set of characteristics desired allowing BLS 
to delve into specific areas of economic interest without burdening 
establishments which do not meet the specific targeted features. The 
QBS is designed to encourage a fast response and minimize respondent 
burden. In this manner, BLS can provide information that is needed 
quickly and is not collected elsewhere.
    Through the second operations test, the BLS will continue to 
evaluate the following goals: To develop and evaluate a QBS system, to 
understand the extent to which ARS respondents have access to different 
types of information in order to provide parameters for future QBS, and 
to estimate response rates. In addition, the second test will afford 
further analysis of more refined sampling methodology and efforts to 
improve response rates, and will allow the development of a detailed 
cost model for use in potential future production.

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.
    Title of Collection: Quick Business Survey Operations Test.
    OMB Number: 1220-0192.
    Type of Review: Reinstatement with Change.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit institutions, not-
for-profit institutions, and farms.
    Total Respondents: 24,230.
    Frequency: One time.
    Total Responses: 24,230.
    Average Time per Response: Three minutes.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,212 hours.
    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 20th day of December 2018.
Mark Staniorski,
Division Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor 
Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2018-28222 Filed 12-27-18; 8:45 am]
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