Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; The Study of the Great Recession and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) System in the 21st Century, New Collection, 67359-67360 [2018-28310]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2018 / Notices green.gregory.b@dol.gov, subject line ‘‘January 2019 ACVETEO Meeting.’’ Mr. Gregory Green, Designated Federal Official for the ACVETEO, (202) 693– 4734. The ACVETEO is a Congressionally mandated advisory committee authorized under Title 38, U.S. Code, Section 4110 and subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, as amended. The ACVETEO is responsible for: Assessing employment and training needs of veterans; determining the extent to which the programs and activities of the U.S. Department of Labor meet these needs; assisting to conduct outreach to employers seeking to hire veterans; making recommendations to the Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary for VETS, with respect to outreach activities and employment and training needs of veterans; and carrying out such other activities necessary to make required reports and recommendations. The ACVETEO meets at least quarterly. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 9:00 a.m. Welcome and remarks, Sam Shellenberger, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service 9:05 a.m. Administrative Business, Gregory Green, Designated Federal Official 9:10 a.m. Discussion and review of the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report, Eric Eversole, ACVETEO Chairman 11:10 a.m. Break 11:20 p.m. Veterans’ Employment and Training Service plan to answer the Fiscal Year 2018 Report Recommendations, Gregory Green, Designated Federal Official 12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. Veterans’ Employment and Training Service year in review 2:00 p.m. Break 2:15 p.m. Public Forum, Gregory Green, Designated Federal Official 3:00 p.m. Adjourn Signed in Washington, DC, this 19th day of December 2018. Sam Shellenberger, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. [FR Doc. 2018–28321 Filed 12–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–79–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Dec 27, 2018 Jkt 247001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; The Study of the Great Recession and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) System in the 21st Century, New Collection Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: The Department of Labor (DOL), 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 required 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, DOL is soliciting comments concerning the collection of information for the Study of the Great Recession and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) System in the 21st Century. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee section below on or before February 26, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following methods: Email: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov; Mail or Courier: Jennifer Daley, Chief Evaluation Office, OASP, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–2312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, 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 for this information collection. 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: Jennifer Daley by email at Chief EvaluationOffice@dol.gov or by phone at (202) 693–5913. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00149 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67359 I. Background: The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) is sponsoring a study on lessons learned regarding the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system in response to the Great Recession that began in 2007, the economic recovery that followed the Great Recession, and issues relevant to future UI policy and future economic downturns. The main goal of the study is to identify, analyze, and report on the problems that state UI programs faced during the Great Recession and how they responded to those challenges, and lessons learned. The study will focus on the challenges and adjustments states made with respect to staffing, data, administrative processes and procedures, trigger mechanisms, and trust funds. It will also highlight structural issues that predate the Great Recession and lessons learned from the recession so that state UI programs are better prepared for future recessions and a changing labor market. This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on the proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the study: a survey of UI directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and semistructured interviews. 1. Online survey. The online survey of state UI directors will collect information on challenges faced by the states during the Great Recession, as well as the current state of administrative, financial, and programmatic features (if not available in other sources of reported data) that have been identified in previous research as presenting challenges to states during the previous recession. 2. Semi-structured interviews. The State UI staff, including UI directors, financial staff, Chief of Benefits staff, appeals staff, benefits determination staff, Human Resources (HR) staff, and Information Technology (IT) staff, in approximately 6 states will be interviewed during site visits. The semistructured interviews will gather detailed information on challenges and lessons learned from a range of perspectives and will include respondents who were and were not working in UI agencies at the time of the Great Recession. II. Desired Focus of Comments: Currently, DOL is soliciting comments concerning the above data collection for the Study of the Great Recession and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) System in the 21st Century. DOL is particularly interested in comments that do the following: Æ Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 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

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 248 (Friday, December 28, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67359-67360]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-28310]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; The Study of the Great Recession and the 
Unemployment Insurance (UI) System in the 21st Century, New Collection

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation 
Office, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL), 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 
required 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, DOL is soliciting 
comments concerning the collection of information for the Study of the 
Great Recession and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) System in the 21st 
Century. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) 
can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee 
section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addressee section below on or before February 26, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following 
methods: Email: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov; Mail or Courier: 
Jennifer Daley, Chief Evaluation Office, OASP, U.S. Department of 
Labor, Room S-2312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, 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 for this information collection. 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: Jennifer Daley by email at 
ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov or by phone at (202) 693-5913.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    I. Background: The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) is sponsoring a 
study on lessons learned regarding the Unemployment Insurance (UI) 
system in response to the Great Recession that began in 2007, the 
economic recovery that followed the Great Recession, and issues 
relevant to future UI policy and future economic downturns.
    The main goal of the study is to identify, analyze, and report on 
the problems that state UI programs faced during the Great Recession 
and how they responded to those challenges, and lessons learned. The 
study will focus on the challenges and adjustments states made with 
respect to staffing, data, administrative processes and procedures, 
trigger mechanisms, and trust funds. It will also highlight structural 
issues that predate the Great Recession and lessons learned from the 
recession so that state UI programs are better prepared for future 
recessions and a changing labor market.
    This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on 
the proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the 
study: a survey of UI directors in all 50 states and the District of 
Columbia, and semi-structured interviews.
    1. Online survey. The online survey of state UI directors will 
collect information on challenges faced by the states during the Great 
Recession, as well as the current state of administrative, financial, 
and programmatic features (if not available in other sources of 
reported data) that have been identified in previous research as 
presenting challenges to states during the previous recession.
    2. Semi-structured interviews. The State UI staff, including UI 
directors, financial staff, Chief of Benefits staff, appeals staff, 
benefits determination staff, Human Resources (HR) staff, and 
Information Technology (IT) staff, in approximately 6 states will be 
interviewed during site visits. The semi-structured interviews will 
gather detailed information on challenges and lessons learned from a 
range of perspectives and will include respondents who were and were 
not working in UI agencies at the time of the Great Recession.
    II. Desired Focus of Comments: Currently, DOL is soliciting 
comments concerning the above data collection for the Study of the 
Great Recession and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) System in the 21st 
Century. DOL is particularly interested in comments that do the 
following:
    [cir] Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary

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for the proper performance of the functions of the agency related to UI 
program oversight, including whether the information will have 
practical utility;
    [cir] 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;
    [cir] Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and
    [cir] 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.
    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
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                                                                                      Average
     Information collection          Number of       Number of     Total number     burden per       Estimated
           instrument               respondents   responses  per   of responses      response         burden
                                                     respondent                       (hours)         (hours)
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Survey-- State UI Director......              17               1              17            0.75              13
Interview Protocol--UI Directors               6               1               6               1               6
Interview Protocol--Financial                  6               1               6               1               6
 Staff..........................
Interview Protocol--Chief of                   6               1               6               1               6
 Benefits.......................
Interview Protocol--Appeals                    6               1               6               1               6
 Staff..........................
Interview Protocol--Benefits                   6               1               6               1               6
 Determination Staff............
Interview Protocol--HR Staff....               6               1               6               1               6
Interview Protocol--IT Staff....               6               1               6               1               6
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    Total.......................              59  ..............              59  ..............              55
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Molly Irwin,
Chief Evaluation Officer, U.S. Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 2018-28310 Filed 12-27-18; 8:45 am]
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