Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Information Collections: High-Wage Components of the Labor Value Content Requirements Under the USMCA, 41627-41628 [2020-14845]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2013–0027] Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding With the Department of Energy (August 28, 1992); Oak Ridge, Tennessee Properties Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This is a notice of an addendum to the interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The MOU establishes specific interagency procedures for the transfer of occupational safety and health coverage for privatized facilities, properties, and operations from DOE to OSHA and state agencies acting under state plans approved by OSHA. DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on July 10, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is available from the following sources: Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, telephone: (202) 693–1999; email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov. General and technical information: Contact Ms. Mikki Holmes, Acting Director, OSHA Office of Federal Agency Programs, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, telephone: (202) 693–2110; email: holmes.mikki@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Background DOE and OSHA have entered into two MOUs to address both current and former DOE government-owned or leased, contractor-operated (GOCO) facilities. The first MOU, entered into on August 10, 1992, delineates regulatory authority over the occupational safety and health of contractor employees at DOE GOCO facilities by recognizing that DOE exercises statutory authority under section 161(f) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 2201(f)), relating to the occupational safety and health of private-sector employees at these facilities. Section 4(b)(1) of the Occupational Safety Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 U.S.C. 653(b)(1)) exempts from OSHA authority working conditions to which other federal agencies have exercised statutory authority to prescribe or enforce standards or regulations affecting occupational safety and health. The 1992 MOU acknowledges DOE’s extensive program for the regulation of contractor health and safety, which requires contractor compliance with all OSHA standards along with additional DOE-prescribed requirements. The MOU sets forth an agreement that the provisions of the OSH Act do not apply to GOCO sites for which DOE has exercised authority to regulate occupational safety and health under the Atomic Energy Act. As a result of DOE’s policy emphasis on privatization activities, OSHA and DOE entered into a second MOU on July 25, 2000, to establish interagency procedures addressing regulatory authority for occupational safety and health at specified privatized facilities and operations on sites formerly controlled by DOE. The July 25, 2000, MOU covers facilities and operations on lands no longer controlled by DOE, which are not conducting activities for, or on behalf of, DOE; and where there is no likelihood that any employee exposure to radiation from DOE sources would be 25 millirems per year (mrem/ yr) or more. II. Notice of Transfer In an email dated May 1, 2020, DOE requested that OSHA or, as appropriate, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) accept occupational safety and health regulatory authority over employees at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one parcel of land pursuant to the MOU on Safety and Health Enforcement at Privatized Facilities and Operations dated July 25, 2000. Other facilities and properties at the East Tennessee Technology Park were transferred to TOSHA jurisdiction under this MOU by Federal Register notices 74 FR 120 (January 2, 2009); 74 FR 39977 (August 10, 2009); 76 FR 80408 (December 23, 2011); and 79 FR 29456 (May 22, 2014). The parcel of land, located at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and transferred by deed to the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee (CROET), is the Land Parcel Powerhouse Area, Duct Island, K–1007– P1 Pond Area at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). OSHA’s Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia, working with the OSHA Nashville Area Office and TOSHA, determined that TOSHA is willing to PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41627 accept authority over the occupational safety and health of public-sector and private-sector employees at the parcel of land at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, that was transferred by deed to CROET. In a letter from OSHA to DOE dated June 26, 2020, OSHA stated that TOSHA is satisfied with DOE’s assurances that (1) there is no likelihood that any employee at facilities in the vicinity of the land parcel will be exposed to radiation levels that will be 25 millirems per year (mrem/yr) or more, and; (2) transfer of authority to TOSHA is free from regulatory gaps and does not diminish the safety and health protection of the employees. Accordingly, TOSHA accepts and maintains health and safety regulatory authority over employees in the vicinity of the Land Parcel Powerhouse Area, Duct Island, K–1007–P1 Pond Area at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). III. Authority and Signature Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, authorized the preparation of this notice. This Federal Register notice provides public notice and serves as an addendum to the 1992 OSHA/DOE MOU. Accordingly, the agency is issuing this notice pursuant to Section 8(g)(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 657(g)(2)), Secretary of Labor’s Order No. 1–2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 2012). Signed at Washington, DC, on June 30, 2020. Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2020–14839 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Wage and Hour Division Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Information Collections: High-Wage Components of the Labor Value Content Requirements Under the USMCA Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension of the information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘High-Wage Components of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 41628 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices Labor Value Content Requirements under the USMCA.’’ 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 September 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Control Number 1235– 0032, 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 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collection request. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Waterman, Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 I. Background: In accordance with section 210(b) of the United States-MexicoCanada Agreement Implementation Act, the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations necessary to administer the high-wage components of the labor value content requirements as set forth in section 202A of that Act (85 FR 39782, July 1, 2020). The Act implements the United States-MexicoCanada Agreement (USMCA). Section 202A of the Act, codified at 19 U.S.C. 4532, in part implements Article 7 of the Automotive Appendix of the USMCA. The USMCA establishes labor value content (LVC) requirements for passenger vehicles, light trucks, and heavy trucks, pursuant to which an importer can only obtain preferential tariff treatment for a covered vehicle if the covered vehicle meets certain highwage component requirements. The Act requires importers who claim preferential tariff treatment under the USMCA for goods imported into the United States from a USMCA Country, and vehicle producers whose goods are the subject of a claim for preferential tariff treatment under the USMCA, to make, keep, and, pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary, render for examination and inspection records and supporting documents related to the LVC requirements. See 19 U.S.C. 1508(b)(4). The Act further grants the Secretary authority during the course of a verification to request any records relating to wages, hours, job responsibilities, or any other information in any plant or facility relied on by a producer of covered vehicles to demonstrate that the production of those vehicles meets the high-wage components of the LVC requirements. See 19 U.S.C. 4532(e)(4)(B). The Act grants authority to the Secretary to issue regulations. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department issued the interim final rule to carry out the purposes of the USMCA. This interim final rule published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2020 (85 FR 39782). As part of OMB’s consideration of the interim final rule, the Department submitted an emergency processing request for the PRA package associated with the interim final rule. Where OMB approves the collection of information on an emergency basis, the approval is timelimited and the agency must publish notice and comment on the collection to give the public opportunity to respond. Pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.13, OMB assigned control number 1235–0032 to this collection and approved the request PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 on July 2, 2020 with an expiration of January 31, 2021. 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 in order to ensure effective administration of the High-Wage Components of the Labor Value Content Requirements under the USMCA. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Wage and Hour Division. Title: High-Wage Components of the Labor Value Content Requirements under the USMCA. OMB Control Number: 1235–0032. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Total Respondents: 9,455. Total Annual Responses: 5,796,460. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 205,911. Estimated Time per Response: Varies with type of request (1.25–20 minutes): Frequency: On occasion. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operation/ maintenance): $. Dated: July 6, 2020. Amy DeBisschop, Director, Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation. [FR Doc. 2020–14845 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–27–P E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 133 (Friday, July 10, 2020)]
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[Pages 41627-41628]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Wage and Hour Division


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 
Information Collections: High-Wage Components of the Labor Value 
Content Requirements Under the USMCA

AGENCY: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments 
concerning a proposed extension of the information collection request 
(ICR) titled, ``High-Wage Components of the

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Labor Value Content Requirements under the USMCA.'' 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 September 8, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Control Number 1235-
0032, 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 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of 
the information collection request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Waterman, Division of 
Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, 
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: In accordance with section 
210(b) of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, 
the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations necessary to administer 
the high-wage components of the labor value content requirements as set 
forth in section 202A of that Act (85 FR 39782, July 1, 2020). The Act 
implements the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Section 
202A of the Act, codified at 19 U.S.C. 4532, in part implements Article 
7 of the Automotive Appendix of the USMCA. The USMCA establishes labor 
value content (LVC) requirements for passenger vehicles, light trucks, 
and heavy trucks, pursuant to which an importer can only obtain 
preferential tariff treatment for a covered vehicle if the covered 
vehicle meets certain high-wage component requirements. The Act 
requires importers who claim preferential tariff treatment under the 
USMCA for goods imported into the United States from a USMCA Country, 
and vehicle producers whose goods are the subject of a claim for 
preferential tariff treatment under the USMCA, to make, keep, and, 
pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary, render 
for examination and inspection records and supporting documents related 
to the LVC requirements. See 19 U.S.C. 1508(b)(4). The Act further 
grants the Secretary authority during the course of a verification to 
request any records relating to wages, hours, job responsibilities, or 
any other information in any plant or facility relied on by a producer 
of covered vehicles to demonstrate that the production of those 
vehicles meets the high-wage components of the LVC requirements. See 19 
U.S.C. 4532(e)(4)(B). The Act grants authority to the Secretary to 
issue regulations.
    The Department issued the interim final rule to carry out the 
purposes of the USMCA. This interim final rule published in the Federal 
Register on July 1, 2020 (85 FR 39782). As part of OMB's consideration 
of the interim final rule, the Department submitted an emergency 
processing request for the PRA package associated with the interim 
final rule. Where OMB approves the collection of information on an 
emergency basis, the approval is time-limited and the agency must 
publish notice and comment on the collection to give the public 
opportunity to respond. Pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.13, OMB assigned control 
number 1235-0032 to this collection and approved the request on July 2, 
2020 with an expiration of January 31, 2021.
    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 in order to ensure 
effective administration of the High-Wage Components of the Labor Value 
Content Requirements under the USMCA.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Wage and Hour Division.
    Title: High-Wage Components of the Labor Value Content Requirements 
under the USMCA.
    OMB Control Number: 1235-0032.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Total Respondents: 9,455.
    Total Annual Responses: 5,796,460.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 205,911.
    Estimated Time per Response: Varies with type of request (1.25-20 
minutes):
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operation/maintenance): $.

    Dated: July 6, 2020.
Amy DeBisschop,
Director, Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation.
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