Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 3496-3497 [2019-01939]

Download as PDF 3496 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 29 / Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / Notices revisions to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Data Sharing Agreement Program. Disseminating the maximum amount of information possible to the public is an important aspect of the BLS mission; however, not all data are publicly available, because of the importance of maintaining BLS data confidential. The BLS has opportunities available, on a limited basis, for eligible researchers to access confidential data for purposes of conducting valid statistical analyses that further the mission of the BLS, as permitted by the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA). In order to provide access to confidential data, the BLS must determine that the researcher’s project will be exclusively statistical in nature and that the researcher is eligible based on guidelines set out in the CIPSEA, OMB implementation guidance on the CIPSEA, and BLS policy. This information collection provides the vehicle through which the BLS will obtain the necessary details to ensure all researchers and projects comply with appropriate laws and policies. This information collection has been classified as a revision, because of minor changes to the form. The BLS Authorizing Statute authorizes this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 1, 2. This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally 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. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1220–0180. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. New requirements would only take effect upon OMB approval. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2018 (83 FR 41112). Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within thirty (30) days of VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Feb 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1220–0180. The OMB 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 submission of responses. Agency: DOL–BLS. Title of Collection: Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Sharing Agreement Program. OMB Control Number: 1220–0180. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 161. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 161. Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 81 hours. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–01947 Filed 2–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 revision of the ‘‘National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997.’’ 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 April 15, 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, 202–691–7268 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) is a nationally representative sample of persons who were born in the years 1980 to 1984. These respondents were ages 12–17 when the first round of annual interviews began in 1997; starting with round sixteen, the NLSY97 is conducted on a biennial basis. Round nineteen interviews will occur from September 2019 to June 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) contracts with a vendor to conduct the NLSY97. The primary objective of the survey is to study the transition from schooling to the establishment of careers and families. The longitudinal focus of this survey requires information to be collected from the same individuals over many years in order to trace their education, training, work experience, fertility, income, and program participation. One of the goals of the Department of Labor (DOL) is to produce and disseminate timely, accurate, and relevant information about the U.S. labor force. The BLS contributes to this goal by gathering information about the labor force and labor market and E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1 3497 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 29 / Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / Notices disseminating it to policymakers and the public so that participants in those markets can make more informed, and thus more efficient, choices. Research based on the NLSY97 contributes to the formation of national policy in the areas of education, training, work experience, fertility, income, and program participation. In addition to the reports that the BLS produces based on data from the NLSY97, members of the academic community publish articles and reports based on NLSY97 data for the DOL and other funding agencies. To date, approximately 655 articles examining NLSY97 data have been published in scholarly journals. The survey design provides data gathered from the same respondents over time to form the only dataset that contains this type of information for this important population group. Without the collection of these data, an accurate longitudinal dataset could not be provided to researchers and policymakers, thus adversely affecting the DOL’s ability to perform its policyand report-making activities. II. Current Action The BLS seeks Office of Management and Budget approval to conduct round 19 of biennial interviews of the NLSY97. Respondents of the NLSY97 will undergo an interview of approximately 70 minutes during which they will answer questions about schooling and labor market experiences, family relationships, and community background. During the fielding period for the main round 19 interviews, no more than 2 percent of respondents will be asked to participate in a brief validation interview a few weeks after the initial interview. The purpose of the validation interview is to verify that the initial interview took place as the interviewer reported and to assess the data quality of selected questionnaire items. The BLS plans to record randomly selected segments of the main interviews during round 19. Recording interviews helps the BLS and its contractors to ensure that the interviews actually took place and interviewers are reading the questions exactly as worded and entering the responses properly. Recording also helps to identify parts of the interview that might be causing problems or misunderstanding for interviewers or respondents. Each respondent will be informed that the interview may be recorded for quality control, testing, and training purposes. If the respondent objects to the recording of the interview, the interviewer will confirm to the respondent that the interview will not be recorded and then proceed with the interview. Round 19 will be a predominantly telephone survey. We anticipate that approximately 85 percent of interviews will be completed by telephone, with the remaining interviews being conducted in person. The round 19 questionnaire will resemble the round 18 questionnaire with few modifications. New questions for the round 19 questionnaire include questions on expectations of working in the future, on tax filing, on chronic pain, on the use of painkillers, and on device ownership. In addition, we have made attempts to streamline the questionnaire so that it will be shorter and less burdensome for respondents. Total respondents Form Main NLSY97: September 2017—May 2018 ....... Validation interview: October 2017—June 2018 .. 6520 130 Totals * ........................................................... 6520 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. Frequency To this end, fewer questions will be asked about household members, college attendance and experience, and financial insecurity. Questions on wage bargaining and using the internet for job search will be dropped from Round 19. Questions used to classify jobs as regular, self-employed, or nontraditional have been streamlined. 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: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997. OMB Number: 1220–0157. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Total responses One-time ....................... One-time ....................... 6520 130 Average time per response (minutes) Estimated total burden (hours) 70 4 6650 Signed at Washington, DC, this 5th day of February 2019. Mark Staniorski, Division Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. 7606.7 8.7 7616 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2010–0046] [FR Doc. 2019–01939 Filed 2–11–19; 8:45 am] QPS Evaluation Services, Inc.: Applications for Expansion of Recognition BILLING CODE 4510–24–P Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Feb 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 29 (Tuesday, February 12, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3496-3497]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-01939]


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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 revision of the ``National 
Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997.'' 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 April 15, 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, 
202-691-7268 (this is not a toll free number). (See Addresses section.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) is a 
nationally representative sample of persons who were born in the years 
1980 to 1984. These respondents were ages 12-17 when the first round of 
annual interviews began in 1997; starting with round sixteen, the 
NLSY97 is conducted on a biennial basis. Round nineteen interviews will 
occur from September 2019 to June 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics 
(BLS) contracts with a vendor to conduct the NLSY97. The primary 
objective of the survey is to study the transition from schooling to 
the establishment of careers and families. The longitudinal focus of 
this survey requires information to be collected from the same 
individuals over many years in order to trace their education, 
training, work experience, fertility, income, and program 
participation.
    One of the goals of the Department of Labor (DOL) is to produce and 
disseminate timely, accurate, and relevant information about the U.S. 
labor force. The BLS contributes to this goal by gathering information 
about the labor force and labor market and

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disseminating it to policymakers and the public so that participants in 
those markets can make more informed, and thus more efficient, choices. 
Research based on the NLSY97 contributes to the formation of national 
policy in the areas of education, training, work experience, fertility, 
income, and program participation. In addition to the reports that the 
BLS produces based on data from the NLSY97, members of the academic 
community publish articles and reports based on NLSY97 data for the DOL 
and other funding agencies. To date, approximately 655 articles 
examining NLSY97 data have been published in scholarly journals. The 
survey design provides data gathered from the same respondents over 
time to form the only dataset that contains this type of information 
for this important population group. Without the collection of these 
data, an accurate longitudinal dataset could not be provided to 
researchers and policymakers, thus adversely affecting the DOL's 
ability to perform its policy- and report-making activities.

II. Current Action

    The BLS seeks Office of Management and Budget approval to conduct 
round 19 of biennial interviews of the NLSY97. Respondents of the 
NLSY97 will undergo an interview of approximately 70 minutes during 
which they will answer questions about schooling and labor market 
experiences, family relationships, and community background.
    During the fielding period for the main round 19 interviews, no 
more than 2 percent of respondents will be asked to participate in a 
brief validation interview a few weeks after the initial interview. The 
purpose of the validation interview is to verify that the initial 
interview took place as the interviewer reported and to assess the data 
quality of selected questionnaire items.
    The BLS plans to record randomly selected segments of the main 
interviews during round 19. Recording interviews helps the BLS and its 
contractors to ensure that the interviews actually took place and 
interviewers are reading the questions exactly as worded and entering 
the responses properly. Recording also helps to identify parts of the 
interview that might be causing problems or misunderstanding for 
interviewers or respondents. Each respondent will be informed that the 
interview may be recorded for quality control, testing, and training 
purposes. If the respondent objects to the recording of the interview, 
the interviewer will confirm to the respondent that the interview will 
not be recorded and then proceed with the interview.
    Round 19 will be a predominantly telephone survey. We anticipate 
that approximately 85 percent of interviews will be completed by 
telephone, with the remaining interviews being conducted in person.
    The round 19 questionnaire will resemble the round 18 questionnaire 
with few modifications. New questions for the round 19 questionnaire 
include questions on expectations of working in the future, on tax 
filing, on chronic pain, on the use of painkillers, and on device 
ownership. In addition, we have made attempts to streamline the 
questionnaire so that it will be shorter and less burdensome for 
respondents. To this end, fewer questions will be asked about household 
members, college attendance and experience, and financial insecurity. 
Questions on wage bargaining and using the internet for job search will 
be dropped from Round 19. Questions used to classify jobs as regular, 
self-employed, or non-traditional have been streamlined.

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: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997.
    OMB Number: 1220-0157.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.

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                                                                                   Average time      Estimated
             Form                    Total          Frequency          Total       per response    total burden
                                  respondents                        responses       (minutes)        (hours)
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Main NLSY97: September 2017--             6520  One-time........            6520              70          7606.7
 May 2018.
Validation interview: October              130  One-time........             130               4             8.7
 2017--June 2018.
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    Totals *..................            6520                              6650                            7616
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    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 5th day of February 2019.
Mark Staniorski,
Division Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor 
Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2019-01939 Filed 2-11-19; 8:45 am]
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