Information Collection Activities, Comment Request, 64167-64168 [2020-22366]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Notices (‘‘CWA’’), 33 U.S.C. 1319 and 1344, against Defendant D.R. Horton, Inc. (‘‘Defendant’’) for discharging pollutants into waters of the United States in Manatee County, Florida without authorization, in violation of Section 301(a) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. 1311(a). The proposed Consent Decree resolves these allegations by requiring the Defendant to perform mitigation and pay a civil penalty. The Department of Justice will accept written comments relating to this proposed Consent Decree for thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this Notice. Please address comments to Martin McDermott, United States Department of Justice, Environmental Defense Section, Post Office Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611, and refer to United States v. D.R. Horton, Inc., DJ #90–5–1–1–21336. 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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 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 properly assessed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed revision of the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program. A copy of the proposed information collection request 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 December 8, 2020. 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 email to BLS_PRA_ Public@bls.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, a Federal/ State cooperative effort, produces monthly employment and quarterly wage information. It is a by-product of quarterly reports submitted to State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) by employers subject to State Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws. The collection of these data is authorized by 29 U.S.C. 1, 2. The QCEW data, which are compiled for each calendar quarter, provide a comprehensive business name and address file with employment and wage information for employers subject to State UI laws. Similar data for Federal Government employers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program also are included. These data are submitted to the BLS by all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The BLS summarizes these data to produce totals for all counties, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), the States, and the nation. The QCEW program provides a virtual census of nonagricultural employees and their wages, with about 54 percent of the workers in agriculture covered as well. The QCEW program is a comprehensive and accurate source of data on the number of establishments, monthly employment, and quarterly wages, by industry, at the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) level, and at the national, State, MSA, and county levels. The QCEW series has broad economic PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64167 significance in measuring labor trends and major industry developments, in time series analyses and industry comparisons, and in special studies such as analyses of establishments, employment, and wages by size of establishment. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. The QCEW program is implementing improvements to the methods used to impute data for missing employer reports starting in October 2020. The current method of imputation estimates the current month’s employment or current quarterly wages by applying the change from a year earlier to the previous month’s reported employment and/or quarterly wages. A drawback to this procedure is that it uses the data from a year earlier, which may not reflect current economic conditions. BLS anticipates that the number of nonresponding employers will be substantially higher than usual in the second quarter of 2020, as a result of the business response to the coronavirus (COVID–19) pandemic. Existing imputation methods would likely understate the impact of the pandemic on the US economy. BLS has conducted research on improvements to its imputation methodology and will implement these improvements with the first release of data for the second quarter of 2020. The QCEW program is the only Federal statistical program that provides information on establishments, wages, tax contributions and the number of employees subject to State UI laws and the Unemployment Compensation for the Federal Employees program. The consequences of not collecting QCEW data would be grave to the Federal statistical community. The BLS would not have a sampling frame for its establishment surveys; it would not be able to publish as accurate current estimates of employment for the US, States, and metropolitan areas; and it would not be able to publish quarterly census totals of local establishment counts, employment, and wages. The Bureau of Economic Analysis would not be able to publish as accurate personal income data in a timely manner for the U.S., States, and local areas. Finally, the Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration would not have the information it needs to administer the Unemployment Insurance Program. E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1 64168 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Notices 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: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Program. OMB Number: 1220–0012. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: State Governments. Total Respondents: 53. Frequency: Quarterly. Total Responses: 212. Average Time per Response: 3,875 hours. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 821,600 hours. 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, October 2, 2020. Eric Molina, Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems. [FR Doc. 2020–22366 Filed 10–8–20; 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 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 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 extension of ‘‘Cognitive and Psychological Research.’’ A copy of the proposed information collection request 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 December 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Nora Kincaid, 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 email to BLS_PRA_Public@bls.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, telephone number 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Behavioral Science Research Center (BSRC) conducts theoretical, applied, and evaluative research aimed at improving the quality of data collected and published by the Bureau. Since its creation in 1988, the BSRC has advanced the study of survey methods research, approaching issues of nonsampling error within a framework that draws heavily on the theories and methods of the cognitive, statistical, and social sciences. The BSRC research focuses primarily on the assessment of survey instrument design and survey administration, as well as on issues related to interviewer training, the interaction between interviewer and respondent in the interview process, and the usability of data-collection instruments by both interviewers and respondents. Improvements in these areas result in greater accuracy and response rates of BLS surveys, PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 frequently reduce costs in training and survey administration, and further ensure the effectiveness of the Bureau’s overall mission. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for ‘‘Cognitive and Psychological Research.’’ The purpose of this request for clearance by the BSRC is to conduct cognitive and psychological research designed to enhance the quality of the Bureau’s data collection procedures and overall data management. The BLS is committed to producing the most accurate and complete data within the highest quality assurance guidelines. The BSRC was created to aid in this effort and it has demonstrated the effectiveness and value of its approach. Over the next few years, demand for BSRC consultation is expected to remain high as approaches are explored and tested for dealing with increasing nonresponse in key Bureau surveys. Moreover, as the use of webbased surveys continues to grow, so too will the need for careful tests of instrument design and usability, human-computer interactions, and the impact of multiple modes on data quality. The BSRC is uniquely equipped with both the skills and facilities to accommodate these demands. The extension of the accompanying clearance package reflects an attempt to accommodate the increasing interest by BLS program offices and other agencies in the methods used, and the results obtained, by the BSRC. This package reflects planned research and development activities for FY2021 through FY2023, and its approval will enable the continued productivity of a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary program of behavioral science research to improve BLS survey methodology. 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 E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 197 (Friday, October 9, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64167-64168]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-22366]


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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 Quarterly Census of 
Employment and Wages Program. A copy of the proposed information 
collection request 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 December 8, 2020.

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 email to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, 
202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See Addresses section.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, a 
Federal/State cooperative effort, produces monthly employment and 
quarterly wage information. It is a by-product of quarterly reports 
submitted to State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) by employers subject to 
State Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws. The collection of these data is 
authorized by 29 U.S.C. 1, 2. The QCEW data, which are compiled for 
each calendar quarter, provide a comprehensive business name and 
address file with employment and wage information for employers subject 
to State UI laws. Similar data for Federal Government employers covered 
by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program also are 
included. These data are submitted to the BLS by all 50 States, the 
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The BLS 
summarizes these data to produce totals for all counties, Metropolitan 
Statistical Areas (MSAs), the States, and the nation. The QCEW program 
provides a virtual census of nonagricultural employees and their wages, 
with about 54 percent of the workers in agriculture covered as well.
    The QCEW program is a comprehensive and accurate source of data on 
the number of establishments, monthly employment, and quarterly wages, 
by industry, at the six-digit North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS) level, and at the national, State, MSA, and county 
levels. The QCEW series has broad economic significance in measuring 
labor trends and major industry developments, in time series analyses 
and industry comparisons, and in special studies such as analyses of 
establishments, employment, and wages by size of establishment.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the 
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.
    The QCEW program is implementing improvements to the methods used 
to impute data for missing employer reports starting in October 2020. 
The current method of imputation estimates the current month's 
employment or current quarterly wages by applying the change from a 
year earlier to the previous month's reported employment and/or 
quarterly wages. A drawback to this procedure is that it uses the data 
from a year earlier, which may not reflect current economic conditions. 
BLS anticipates that the number of non-responding employers will be 
substantially higher than usual in the second quarter of 2020, as a 
result of the business response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
Existing imputation methods would likely understate the impact of the 
pandemic on the US economy. BLS has conducted research on improvements 
to its imputation methodology and will implement these improvements 
with the first release of data for the second quarter of 2020.
    The QCEW program is the only Federal statistical program that 
provides information on establishments, wages, tax contributions and 
the number of employees subject to State UI laws and the Unemployment 
Compensation for the Federal Employees program. The consequences of not 
collecting QCEW data would be grave to the Federal statistical 
community. The BLS would not have a sampling frame for its 
establishment surveys; it would not be able to publish as accurate 
current estimates of employment for the US, States, and metropolitan 
areas; and it would not be able to publish quarterly census totals of 
local establishment counts, employment, and wages. The Bureau of 
Economic Analysis would not be able to publish as accurate personal 
income data in a timely manner for the U.S., States, and local areas. 
Finally, the Department of Labor's Employment Training Administration 
would not have the information it needs to administer the Unemployment 
Insurance Program.

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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: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages 
(QCEW) Program.
    OMB Number: 1220-0012.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: State Governments.
    Total Respondents: 53.
    Frequency: Quarterly.
    Total Responses: 212.
    Average Time per Response: 3,875 hours.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 821,600 hours.
    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, October 2, 2020.
Eric Molina,
Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems.
[FR Doc. 2020-22366 Filed 10-8-20; 8:45 am]
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