Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; the Employment and Training Administration Quick Turnaround Surveys, 3721-3722 [2020-00911]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 14 / Wednesday, January 22, 2020 / Notices Issued: January 15, 2020. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–00910 Filed 1–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; the Employment and Training Administration Quick Turnaround Surveys ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Employment and Training Administration Quick Turnaround Surveys.’’ 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). SUMMARY: Consideration will be given to all written comments received by March 23, 2020. ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation, including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden, may be obtained free by contacting Charlotte Schifferes by telephone at (202) 693–3655, TTY (202) 693–7755, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at schifferes.charlotte@dol.gov. Submit written comments about, or requests for a copy of, this ICR by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research, Attention: Charlotte Schifferes, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N–5641, Washington, DC 20210; by email: schifferes.charlotte@dol.gov; or by Fax (202) 693–2766. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charlotte Schifferes by telephone at (202) 693–3655 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at schifferes.charlotte@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOL, as part of continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Jan 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 and Federal agencies an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information before submitting them to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final approval. This program helps to ensure 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 can be properly assessed. ETA is soliciting comments regarding a revision and extension of a currently approved generic information collection. The collection would allow for a quick review process by OMB, over the next three years, of a series of 8 to 20 short surveys relevant to the broad spectrum of programs administered by ETA, including those authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 and other statutes. The surveys would cover a variety of issues, including but not limited to the governance, administration, funding, service design, and delivery structure in programs. Each survey would be short (typically 10–30 questions) and, depending on the nature of the survey, may be administered to state workforce agencies, local workforce boards, American Job Centers, employment service offices, or other entities involved in employment and training or related activities relevant to ETA. Each survey will be designed on an ad hoc basis and will focus on topics of pressing policy or research interest. Examples of broad topic areas include but are not limited to: • State and local management information systems, • New processes and procedures, • Services to different target groups, • Integration and coordination with other programs, and • Local workforce investment board membership and training. ETA is seeking an extension and revision of the current collection in order to fulfill a continuing need to conduct these ‘‘quick turnaround’’ surveys in order to obtain timely information that identifies the nature, scope and magnitude of various practices or problems, and to meet its obligations to develop high quality policy, research, administrative guidance, regulations, and technical assistance. ETA will request data in these surveys that are not otherwise available. Other research and evaluation efforts, including case studies or longrange evaluations, either cover only a limited number of sites or take many years for data to be gathered and analyzed. Administrative information, including quarterly or annual data PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3721 reported by states and local areas do not provide information on key operational practices and issues of interest. Thus, ETA has no alternative mechanism for collecting information that identifies the scope and magnitude of emerging issues and provides the information on a quick turnaround basis. ETA will make every effort to coordinate the ‘‘quick turnaround’’ surveys with other data collections in ETA or other parts of the Department of Labor, in order to ease the burden on local, state, and other respondents, to avoid duplication, and to fully explore how interim data and information from each study can be used to inform other studies. Information from the quick turnaround surveys will complement but not duplicate other ETA reporting requirements or evaluation studies. Section 169 of WIOA), P.L. 113- 128, authorizes this information collection for both evaluations [Section 169 (a)] and research activities [Section 169 (b)]. 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 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. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments to the contact shown in the ADDRESSES section. Comments must be written to receive consideration, and they will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of the final ICR. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB control number 1205– 0436. Submitted comments will also be a matter of public record for this ICR and posted on the internet, without redaction. DOL encourages commenters not to include personally identifiable information, confidential business data, or other sensitive statements/ information in any comments. 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 E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1 3722 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 14 / Wednesday, January 22, 2020 / Notices 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–ETA. Type of Review: Revison of Currently Approved Collection. Title of Collection: Employment and Training Administration Quick Turnaround Surveys. Form: Not Applicable. OMB Control Number: 1205–0436. Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Private Sector— businesses or other for-profit and not-for profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,000. Frequency: Various. Total Estimated Annual Responses: 2,333. Estimated Average Time per Response: Varies. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,500 hours. Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $0. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). John Pallasch, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor. [FR Doc. 2020–00911 Filed 1–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FM–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Hazardous Conditions Complaint Notice of availability; request for comments. ACTION: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Hazardous Conditions Complaint’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Jan 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before February 21, 2020. ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov website at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201910-1219-001 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Frederick Licari by telephone at 202–693–8073, TTY 202– 693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_ PUBLIC@dol.gov. Submit comments about this request by mail to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL–MSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202–395–5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frederick Licari by telephone at 202– 693–8073, TTY 202–693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the Hazardous Conditions Complaint information collection. Section 103(h) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), 30 U.S.C. 813(h), authorizes MSHA to collect information necessary to carry out its duty in protecting the safety and health of miners. Further, section 101(a) of the Mine Act, 30 U.S.C. 811, authorizes the Secretary of Labor to develop, promulgate, and revise as may be appropriate, improved mandatory health or safety standards for the protection of life and prevention of injuries in coal and metal and nonmetal mines. Under Section 103(g) of Mine Act, a representative of miners, or any individual miner where there is no representative of miners, may submit a written or oral notification of an alleged violation of the Mine Act or a mandatory standard or that an imminent danger exists. The notifier has the right DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to obtain an immediate inspection by MSHA. A copy of the notice must be provided to the operator, with individual miner names redacted. MSHA regulations at 30 CFR part 43 implement section 103(g) of the Mine Act. These regulations provide the procedures for submitting notification of the alleged violation and the actions that MSHA must take after receiving the notice. Although the regulations contain a review procedure (required by section 103(g)(2) of the Mine Act) whereby a miner or a representative of miners may in writing request a review if no citation or order is issued as a result of the original notice, the option is so rarely used that it was not considered in the burden estimates. 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 the OMB under the PRA approves it 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 1219– 0014. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2020. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2019 (84 FR 49560). 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 publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1219–0014. 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 E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; the 
Employment and Training Administration Quick Turnaround Surveys

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor's (DOL's) Employment and Training 
Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed 
extension for the authority to conduct the information collection 
request (ICR) titled, ``Employment and Training Administration Quick 
Turnaround Surveys.'' 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).

DATES: Consideration will be given to all written comments received by 
March 23, 2020.

ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation, 
including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency 
of response, and estimated total burden, may be obtained free by 
contacting Charlotte Schifferes by telephone at (202) 693-3655, TTY 
(202) 693-7755, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at 
[email protected].
    Submit written comments about, or requests for a copy of, this ICR 
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and 
Training Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research, 
Attention: Charlotte Schifferes, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-
5641, Washington, DC 20210; by email: [email protected]; or 
by Fax (202) 693-2766.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charlotte Schifferes by telephone at 
(202) 693-3655 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOL, as part of continuing efforts to reduce 
paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation 
program to provide the general public and Federal agencies an 
opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of 
information before submitting them to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for final approval. This program helps to ensure 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 can be properly 
assessed.
    ETA is soliciting comments regarding a revision and extension of a 
currently approved generic information collection. The collection would 
allow for a quick review process by OMB, over the next three years, of 
a series of 8 to 20 short surveys relevant to the broad spectrum of 
programs administered by ETA, including those authorized by the 
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 and other 
statutes. The surveys would cover a variety of issues, including but 
not limited to the governance, administration, funding, service design, 
and delivery structure in programs. Each survey would be short 
(typically 10-30 questions) and, depending on the nature of the survey, 
may be administered to state workforce agencies, local workforce 
boards, American Job Centers, employment service offices, or other 
entities involved in employment and training or related activities 
relevant to ETA. Each survey will be designed on an ad hoc basis and 
will focus on topics of pressing policy or research interest. Examples 
of broad topic areas include but are not limited to:
     State and local management information systems,
     New processes and procedures,
     Services to different target groups,
     Integration and coordination with other programs, and
     Local workforce investment board membership and training.
    ETA is seeking an extension and revision of the current collection 
in order to fulfill a continuing need to conduct these ``quick 
turnaround'' surveys in order to obtain timely information that 
identifies the nature, scope and magnitude of various practices or 
problems, and to meet its obligations to develop high quality policy, 
research, administrative guidance, regulations, and technical 
assistance. ETA will request data in these surveys that are not 
otherwise available. Other research and evaluation efforts, including 
case studies or long-range evaluations, either cover only a limited 
number of sites or take many years for data to be gathered and 
analyzed. Administrative information, including quarterly or annual 
data reported by states and local areas do not provide information on 
key operational practices and issues of interest. Thus, ETA has no 
alternative mechanism for collecting information that identifies the 
scope and magnitude of emerging issues and provides the information on 
a quick turnaround basis. ETA will make every effort to coordinate the 
``quick turnaround'' surveys with other data collections in ETA or 
other parts of the Department of Labor, in order to ease the burden on 
local, state, and other respondents, to avoid duplication, and to fully 
explore how interim data and information from each study can be used to 
inform other studies. Information from the quick turnaround surveys 
will complement but not duplicate other ETA reporting requirements or 
evaluation studies. Section 169 of WIOA), P.L. 113- 128, authorizes 
this information collection for both evaluations [Section 169 (a)] and 
research activities [Section 169 (b)].
    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 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.
    Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments to the 
contact shown in the ADDRESSES section. Comments must be written to 
receive consideration, and they will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval of the final ICR. In order to help ensure 
appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB control number 
1205-0436.
    Submitted comments will also be a matter of public record for this 
ICR and posted on the internet, without redaction. DOL encourages 
commenters not to include personally identifiable information, 
confidential business data, or other sensitive statements/information 
in any comments.
    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

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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-ETA.
    Type of Review: Revison of Currently Approved Collection.
    Title of Collection: Employment and Training Administration Quick 
Turnaround Surveys.
    Form: Not Applicable.
    OMB Control Number: 1205-0436.
    Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Private 
Sector--businesses or other for-profit and not-for profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,000.
    Frequency: Various.
    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 2,333.
    Estimated Average Time per Response: Varies.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,500 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $0.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A).

John Pallasch,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor.
[FR Doc. 2020-00911 Filed 1-21-20; 8:45 am]
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