Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Information Collections: “Labor Standards for Federal Service Contacts Regulation 29 CFR Part 4”, 22903-22904 [2019-10389]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 97 / Monday, May 20, 2019 / Notices 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–OS. Title of Collection: Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy Pilot Program Evaluation. OMB ICR Reference Number: 201902– 1290–001. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 267. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 267. Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 156 hours. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). Dated: May 13, 2019. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–10381 Filed 5–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–HX–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Wage and Hour Division Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Information Collections: ‘‘Labor Standards for Federal Service Contacts Regulation 29 CFR Part 4’’ Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension of the information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Labor Standards for Federal Service Contacts Regulation 29 CFR part SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 May 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 4.’’ This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). 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. A copy of the proposed information request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before July 19, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Control Number 1235– 0007, by either one of the following methods: Email: WHDPRAComments@ dol.gov; Mail, Hand Delivery, Courier: Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–3502, 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 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: Amy DeBisschop, Acting Director, Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–3502, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–0406 (this is not a toll-free number). Copies of this notice may be obtained in alternative formats (Large Print, Braille, Audio Tape, or Disc), upon request, by calling (202) 693–0023 (not a toll-free number). TTY/TTD callers may dial tollfree (877) 889–5627 to obtain information or request materials in alternative formats. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22903 Labor administers the McNamaraO’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), 41 U.S.C. 351 et seq. The McNamaraO’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) applies to every contract entered into by the United States or the District of Columbia, the principal purpose of which is to furnish services to the United States through the use of service employees. The SCA requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on covered federal or District of Columbia contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the monetary wage rates and to furnish fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality, or the rates (including prospective increases) contained in a predecessor contractor’s collective bargaining agreement. Safety and health standards also apply to such contracts. The compensation requirements of the SCA are enforced by the Wage and Hour Division. A. Vacation Benefit Seniority List Service Contract Act section 2(a), provides that every contract subject to the Act must contain a provision specifying the minimum monetary wages and fringe benefits to be paid to the various classes of service employees performing work on the contract. Many wage determinations (WDs) issued for recurring services performed at the same Federal facility provide for certain vested fringe benefits (e.g., vacations), which are based on the employee’s total length of service with a contractor or any predecessor contractor. See 29 CFR 4.162. When found to prevail, such fringe benefits are incorporated in WDs and are usually stated as ‘‘one week paid vacation after one year’s service with a contractor or successor, two weeks after two years’’, etc. These provisions ensure that employees receive the vacation benefit payments that they have earned and accrued by requiring that such payments be made by successor contractors who hire the same employees who have worked over the years at the same facility in the same locality for predecessor contractors B. Conformance Record Section 2(a) of the SCA provides that every contract subject to the Act must contain a provision specifying the minimum monetary wage and fringe benefits to be paid the various classes of service employees employed on the contract work. See 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq. Problems sometimes arise (1) when employees are working on service contracts in job classifications that DOL was not previously informed about and E:\FR\FM\20MYN1.SGM 20MYN1 22904 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 97 / Monday, May 20, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES (2) when there are job classifications for which no wage data are available. Section 4.6(b)(2) of 29 CFR part 4 provides a process for ‘‘conforming’’ (i.e., adding) classifications and wage rates to the WD for classes of service employees not previously listed on a WD but where employees are actually working on an SCA covered contract. This process ensures that the requirements of section 2(a) of the Act are fulfilled and that a formal record exists as part of the contract which documents the wage rate and fringe benefits to be paid for a conformed classification while a service employee(s) is employed on the contract. The contracting officer is required to review each contractor-proposed conformance to determine if the unlisted classes have been properly classified by the contractor so as to provide a reasonable relationship (i.e., appropriate level of skill comparison) between such unlisted classifications and the classifications (and wages) listed in the WD. See 29 CFR 4.6(b)(2). Moreover, the contracting agency is required to forward the conformance action to the Wage and Hour Division for review and approval. Id. However, in any case where a contract succeeds a contract under which a class was previously conformed, the contractor may use an optional procedure known as the indexing (i.e., adjusting) procedure to determine a new wage rate for a previously conformed class. See 29 CFR 4.6(b)(2)(iv)(B). This procedure does not require DOL approval but does require the contractor to notify the contracting agency in writing that a previously conformed class has been indexed and include information describing how the new rate was computed. Id. C. Submission of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Sections 2(a) and 4(c) of the SCA provide that any contractor which succeeds to a contract subject to the Act and under which substantially the same services are furnished, shall pay any service workers employed on the contract no less than the wages and fringe benefits to which such workers would have been entitled if employed under the predecessor contract. See 29 CFR 4.163(a). Section 4.6(l)(1) of Regulations, 29 CFR part 4, requires an incumbent (predecessor) contractor to provide to the contracting officer a copy of any CBA governing the wages and fringe benefits paid service employees performing work on the contract during the contract period. These CBAs are VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 May 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 submitted by the contracting agency to the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor where they are used in issuing WDs for successor contracts subject to section 2(a) and 4(c) of SCA. See 29 CFR 4.4(c). The Wage and Hour Division uses this information to determine whether covered employers have complied with various legal requirements of the laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division. The Wage and Hour Division seeks approval to extend this information collection related to the Labor Standards for Federal Service Contracts. II. Review Focus: 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; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; • 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; • 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 an approval for the extension of this information collection that requires employers to make, maintain, and preserve records in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Wage and Hour Division. Title: Labor Standards for Federal Service Contracts—Regulations 29 CFR part 4. OMB Number: 1235–0007. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit, Not-for-profit institutions, Farms. Total Respondents: 123,333. Total Annual Responses: 123,463. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 123,514. Estimated Time per Response: Vacation Benefit Seniority List—1 hour Conformance Record—30 minutes Conformance Indexing—2 hours Collective Bargaining Agreement—5 minutes Frequency: On occasion. PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Costs (operation/ maintenance): $0. Dated: May 14, 2019. Robert M. Waterman, Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation. [FR Doc. 2019–10389 Filed 5–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–27–P NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Notice: (19–032)] Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel; Meeting National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a forthcoming meeting of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel. DATES: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Eastern Time. ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 9H40, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carol Hamilton, Executive Director, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358–1857 or carol.j.hamilton@nasa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) will hold its Third Quarterly Meeting for 2019. This discussion is pursuant to carrying out its statutory duties for which the Panel reviews, identifies, evaluates, and advises on those program activities, systems, procedures, and management activities that can contribute to program risk. Priority is given to those programs that involve the safety of human flight. The agenda will include: —Updates on the Exploration Systems Development —Updates on the Commercial Crew Program —Updates on the International Space Station Program The meeting will be open to the public up to the seating capacity of the room. Seating will be on a first-come basis. This meeting is also available telephonically. Any interested person may call the USA toll free conference call number 888–603–9074; pass code 7914309. Attendees will be requested to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20MYN1.SGM 20MYN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 97 (Monday, May 20, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22903-22904]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-10389]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Wage and Hour Division


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 
Information Collections: ``Labor Standards for Federal Service Contacts 
Regulation 29 CFR Part 4''

AGENCY: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments 
concerning a proposed extension of the information collection request 
(ICR) titled, ``Labor Standards for Federal Service Contacts Regulation 
29 CFR part 4.'' This comment request is part of continuing 
Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
    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. A copy of the proposed information request can be obtained by 
contacting the office listed below in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section of this Notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section below on or before July 19, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Control Number 1235-
0007, by either one of the following methods: Email: 
[email protected]; Mail, Hand Delivery, Courier: Division of 
Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour, U.S. 
Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 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 
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: Amy DeBisschop, Acting Director, 
Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and 
Hour, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-0406 (this is not a 
toll-free number). Copies of this notice may be obtained in alternative 
formats (Large Print, Braille, Audio Tape, or Disc), upon request, by 
calling (202) 693-0023 (not a toll-free number). TTY/TTD callers may 
dial toll-free (877) 889-5627 to obtain information or request 
materials in alternative formats.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    I. Background: The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department 
of Labor administers the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), 41 
U.S.C. 351 et seq. The McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) 
applies to every contract entered into by the United States or the 
District of Columbia, the principal purpose of which is to furnish 
services to the United States through the use of service employees. The 
SCA requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on 
covered federal or District of Columbia contracts in excess of $2,500 
to pay service employees in various classes no less than the monetary 
wage rates and to furnish fringe benefits found prevailing in the 
locality, or the rates (including prospective increases) contained in a 
predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement. Safety and 
health standards also apply to such contracts. The compensation 
requirements of the SCA are enforced by the Wage and Hour Division.

A. Vacation Benefit Seniority List

    Service Contract Act section 2(a), provides that every contract 
subject to the Act must contain a provision specifying the minimum 
monetary wages and fringe benefits to be paid to the various classes of 
service employees performing work on the contract. Many wage 
determinations (WDs) issued for recurring services performed at the 
same Federal facility provide for certain vested fringe benefits (e.g., 
vacations), which are based on the employee's total length of service 
with a contractor or any predecessor contractor. See 29 CFR 4.162. When 
found to prevail, such fringe benefits are incorporated in WDs and are 
usually stated as ``one week paid vacation after one year's service 
with a contractor or successor, two weeks after two years'', etc. These 
provisions ensure that employees receive the vacation benefit payments 
that they have earned and accrued by requiring that such payments be 
made by successor contractors who hire the same employees who have 
worked over the years at the same facility in the same locality for 
predecessor contractors

B. Conformance Record

    Section 2(a) of the SCA provides that every contract subject to the 
Act must contain a provision specifying the minimum monetary wage and 
fringe benefits to be paid the various classes of service employees 
employed on the contract work. See 41 U.S.C. 351, et seq. Problems 
sometimes arise (1) when employees are working on service contracts in 
job classifications that DOL was not previously informed about and

[[Page 22904]]

(2) when there are job classifications for which no wage data are 
available.
    Section 4.6(b)(2) of 29 CFR part 4 provides a process for 
``conforming'' (i.e., adding) classifications and wage rates to the WD 
for classes of service employees not previously listed on a WD but 
where employees are actually working on an SCA covered contract. This 
process ensures that the requirements of section 2(a) of the Act are 
fulfilled and that a formal record exists as part of the contract which 
documents the wage rate and fringe benefits to be paid for a conformed 
classification while a service employee(s) is employed on the contract.
    The contracting officer is required to review each contractor-
proposed conformance to determine if the unlisted classes have been 
properly classified by the contractor so as to provide a reasonable 
relationship (i.e., appropriate level of skill comparison) between such 
unlisted classifications and the classifications (and wages) listed in 
the WD. See 29 CFR 4.6(b)(2). Moreover, the contracting agency is 
required to forward the conformance action to the Wage and Hour 
Division for review and approval. Id. However, in any case where a 
contract succeeds a contract under which a class was previously 
conformed, the contractor may use an optional procedure known as the 
indexing (i.e., adjusting) procedure to determine a new wage rate for a 
previously conformed class. See 29 CFR 4.6(b)(2)(iv)(B). This procedure 
does not require DOL approval but does require the contractor to notify 
the contracting agency in writing that a previously conformed class has 
been indexed and include information describing how the new rate was 
computed. Id.

C. Submission of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

    Sections 2(a) and 4(c) of the SCA provide that any contractor which 
succeeds to a contract subject to the Act and under which substantially 
the same services are furnished, shall pay any service workers employed 
on the contract no less than the wages and fringe benefits to which 
such workers would have been entitled if employed under the predecessor 
contract. See 29 CFR 4.163(a).
    Section 4.6(l)(1) of Regulations, 29 CFR part 4, requires an 
incumbent (predecessor) contractor to provide to the contracting 
officer a copy of any CBA governing the wages and fringe benefits paid 
service employees performing work on the contract during the contract 
period. These CBAs are submitted by the contracting agency to the Wage 
and Hour Division of the Department of Labor where they are used in 
issuing WDs for successor contracts subject to section 2(a) and 4(c) of 
SCA. See 29 CFR 4.4(c).
    The Wage and Hour Division uses this information to determine 
whether covered employers have complied with various legal requirements 
of the laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division. The Wage and 
Hour Division seeks approval to extend this information collection 
related to the Labor Standards for Federal Service Contracts.
    II. Review Focus: 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;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
     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;
     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 an approval for 
the extension of this information collection that requires employers to 
make, maintain, and preserve records in accordance with statutory and 
regulatory requirements.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Wage and Hour Division.
    Title: Labor Standards for Federal Service Contracts--Regulations 
29 CFR part 4.
    OMB Number: 1235-0007.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit 
institutions, Farms.
    Total Respondents: 123,333.
    Total Annual Responses: 123,463.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 123,514.
    Estimated Time per Response:

Vacation Benefit Seniority List--1 hour
Conformance Record--30 minutes
Conformance Indexing--2 hours
Collective Bargaining Agreement--5 minutes

    Frequency: On occasion.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Costs (operation/maintenance): $0.

    Dated: May 14, 2019.
Robert M. Waterman,
Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation.
[FR Doc. 2019-10389 Filed 5-17-19; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-27-P