Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Registration and Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs, 2700-2701 [2021-00503]

Download as PDF 2700 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / Notices reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. Patricia McKenna, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2021–00539 Filed 1–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Registration and Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed revision for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Registration and Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs.’’ 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 15, 2021. 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 Stephanie Arku by telephone at 202– 693–3965 (this is not a toll-free number), TTY 1–877–889–5627 (this is not a toll-free number), or by email at OA-ICRs@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 Apprenticeship, Room C–5321, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; by email: OA-ICRs@dol.gov; or by fax 202–693–3799. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Arku by telephone at 202– 693–3965 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at OA-ICRs@dol.gov. SUMMARY: Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). DOL, as part of continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 requesting approval of a revision to a currently approved ICR pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act. The National Apprenticeship Act (NAA) of 1937 (29 U.S.C. 50) authorizes this information collection. If approved, this ICR will enable ETA to refine its data collection concerning the registration of apprenticeship programs and apprentices with DOL/ETA’s Office of Apprenticeship and recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies, properly assess the types of sponsors that are seeking to register an apprenticeship program and the level of growth in apprenticeship, collect the data necessary to calculate national registered apprenticeship program and apprentice totals, and implement the requirements of the Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act (Pub. L. 115–89). This ICR will also continue to enable ETA to collect data from registered apprenticeship programs relating to equal employment opportunity, and from applicants and/or apprentices, who file a discrimination complaint. Under the NAA, the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) is charged with the establishment of labor standards designed to safeguard the welfare of apprentices and promote apprenticeship opportunity. The NAA also authorizes the Secretary to ‘‘publish information relating to existing and proposed labor standards of apprenticeship.’’ ETA seeks a revision of this ICR to include the following: a change to the ICR title from ‘‘Title 29 CFR Part 29— Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs’’ to the ‘‘Registration and Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs’’ to accurately reflect the collection of information contained in this revised ICR; modifications to ETA Form 671 (Program Registration and Apprenticeship Agreement); the addition (with minor modifications) of the information collection requirements currently approved under OMB Control Number 1205–0224 (titled ‘‘Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Training’’), including PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ETA Form 9039 (Complaint Form— Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs); and the addition of an information collection instrument pertaining to state program and apprentice registration (ETA Form 9186). ETA Forms 671 and 9039 are currently set to expire on March 31, 2023. Overall adjustments to ETA Form 671 (Program Registration and Apprenticeship Agreement) include nonsubstantive textual and formatting edits to enhance clarity, technical corrections to reflect that 29 CFR part 29, subpart A, now governs the operation of registered apprenticeship programs, and the streamlining of fields that are no longer relevant or in use. The notable changes specific to ETA Form 671, Section I (Program Registration) include the addition of a subsection where a sponsor must attest to the assurances required under section 2(b)(1) of the Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 116–134) with respect to Title 38 educational assistance; the addition of a field where a sponsor must disclose the principal place of business (i.e., the location of the sponsor’s headquarters) in connection with section 2(b)(3) of Public Law 116–134 and section 2(c)(1) of Public Law 115–89; the addition of a field where a sponsor must indicate its willingness to be placed on the Eligible Training Provider List with respect to section 122 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Pub. L. 113–128); and the addition of multiple fields (e.g., ratio of apprentices to journeyworkers, on-the-job learning/training plan, and minimum program requirements) and a subsection (i.e., selection procedures) where a sponsor must disclose critical information that will inform the content of its apprenticeship program standards. In ETA Form 671, Section II (Apprentice Agreement and Registration), ETA has modified the veteran status category in connection with Public Law 116–134 to enable registered apprenticeship programs to better service veterans; updated the sex, ethnicity, race, and veteran status categories to include an additional field for apprentices who elect not to disclose this information; slightly adjusted the education level category to align with the educational attainment categories for which the U.S. Government compiles workforce data by race, national origin, and sex; and aligned the overall content in the apprenticeship agreement with the various regulatory requirements specified in DOL’s apprenticeship regulations under 29 CFR 29.7. ETA has not made any E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / Notices adjustments to ETA Form 671, Section II (Voluntary Disability Disclosure). ETA has added the information collection requirements that are currently approved under OMB Control Number 1205–0224 to this ICR in an effort to consolidate all information collection requirements pertaining to the registration of apprenticeship programs and apprentices into a single ICR. The adjustments to ETA Form 9039 (Complaint Form—Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs) include minor, nonsubstantive textual edits, and technical corrections indicating that the regulatory requirements governing registered apprenticeship programs are now contained in 29 CFR part 29, subpart A. ETA will submit a request to discontinue the ICR approved under OMB Control Number 1205–0224 once approval is granted by OMB on this ICR. ETA has also added a new information collection instrument, ETA Form 9186 (State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) Self-Assessment Report for Program Data and Apprentice Demographics), to this ICR. If approved, this form will be completed by the SAAs that currently do not use DOL/ ETA’s Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Database System (RAPIDS) to administer Registered Apprenticeship in their respective state/ territory. This collection will enable ETA to calculate more precisely the total number of registered apprenticeship programs and apprentices on a nationwide basis. 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– 0223. Submitted comments will also be a matter of public record for this ICR and posted on the internet, without VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 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: REVISION. Title of Collection: Registration and Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs. Forms: ETA Form 671, ETA Form 9039, and ETA Form 9186. OMB Control Number: 1205–0223. Affected Public: Individuals/ households, state/local/tribal governments, Federal government, private sector (businesses or other forprofits, and, not-for-profit institutions). Estimated Number of Respondents: 651,093. Frequency: Varies. Total Estimated Annual Responses: 957,452. Estimated Average Time per Response: Varies. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 521,964 hours. Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $0. John Pallasch, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training. [FR Doc. 2021–00503 Filed 1–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FR–P PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2701 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2013–0017] QAI Laboratories, Ltd. Applications for Expansion of Recognition Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to expand the scope of recognition for QAI Laboratories, Ltd., (QAI) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on January 13, 2021. 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 Mr. Kevin Robinson, Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, phone: (202) 693–2110 or email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Notice of Final Decision OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of recognition for QAI to cover the addition of twentyone test standards to the NRTL scope of recognition. OSHA’s recognition of a NRTL signifies that the organization meets the requirements specified in 29 CFR 1910.7. Recognition is an acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety testing and certification of the specific products covered within the scope of recognition. Each NRTL’s scope of recognition includes (1) the type of products the NRTL may test, with each type specified by the applicable test standard; and (2) the recognized site(s) that has/have the technical capability to perform the product-testing and productcertification activities for test standards within the NRTL’s scope. Recognition is not a delegation or grant of government authority; however, recognition enables employers to use products approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require product testing and certification. E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 
Registration and Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship 
Programs

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training 
Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed 
revision for the authority to conduct the information collection 
request (ICR) titled, ``Registration and Equal Employment Opportunity 
in Apprenticeship Programs.'' 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 15, 2021.

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 Stephanie Arku by telephone at 202-693-3965 (this is not a 
toll-free number), TTY 1-877-889-5627 (this is not a toll-free number), 
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 Apprenticeship, Room C-5321, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; by email: [email protected]; or by fax 202-693-3799.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Arku by telephone at 202-
693-3965 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at [email protected].

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

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 requesting approval of a revision to a currently approved 
ICR pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act. The National 
Apprenticeship Act (NAA) of 1937 (29 U.S.C. 50) authorizes this 
information collection. If approved, this ICR will enable ETA to refine 
its data collection concerning the registration of apprenticeship 
programs and apprentices with DOL/ETA's Office of Apprenticeship and 
recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies, properly assess the types of 
sponsors that are seeking to register an apprenticeship program and the 
level of growth in apprenticeship, collect the data necessary to 
calculate national registered apprenticeship program and apprentice 
totals, and implement the requirements of the Veterans Apprenticeship 
and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act (Pub. L. 115-89). This ICR 
will also continue to enable ETA to collect data from registered 
apprenticeship programs relating to equal employment opportunity, and 
from applicants and/or apprentices, who file a discrimination 
complaint. Under the NAA, the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) is charged 
with the establishment of labor standards designed to safeguard the 
welfare of apprentices and promote apprenticeship opportunity. The NAA 
also authorizes the Secretary to ``publish information relating to 
existing and proposed labor standards of apprenticeship.''
    ETA seeks a revision of this ICR to include the following: a change 
to the ICR title from ``Title 29 CFR Part 29--Labor Standards for the 
Registration of Apprenticeship Programs'' to the ``Registration and 
Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs'' to accurately 
reflect the collection of information contained in this revised ICR; 
modifications to ETA Form 671 (Program Registration and Apprenticeship 
Agreement); the addition (with minor modifications) of the information 
collection requirements currently approved under OMB Control Number 
1205-0224 (titled ``Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship 
Training''), including ETA Form 9039 (Complaint Form--Equal Employment 
Opportunity in Apprenticeship Programs); and the addition of an 
information collection instrument pertaining to state program and 
apprentice registration (ETA Form 9186). ETA Forms 671 and 9039 are 
currently set to expire on March 31, 2023.
    Overall adjustments to ETA Form 671 (Program Registration and 
Apprenticeship Agreement) include nonsubstantive textual and formatting 
edits to enhance clarity, technical corrections to reflect that 29 CFR 
part 29, subpart A, now governs the operation of registered 
apprenticeship programs, and the streamlining of fields that are no 
longer relevant or in use. The notable changes specific to ETA Form 
671, Section I (Program Registration) include the addition of a 
subsection where a sponsor must attest to the assurances required under 
section 2(b)(1) of the Support for Veterans in Effective 
Apprenticeships Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 116-134) with respect to Title 38 
educational assistance; the addition of a field where a sponsor must 
disclose the principal place of business (i.e., the location of the 
sponsor's headquarters) in connection with section 2(b)(3) of Public 
Law 116-134 and section 2(c)(1) of Public Law 115-89; the addition of a 
field where a sponsor must indicate its willingness to be placed on the 
Eligible Training Provider List with respect to section 122 of the 
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Pub. L. 113-128); and the 
addition of multiple fields (e.g., ratio of apprentices to 
journeyworkers, on-the-job learning/training plan, and minimum program 
requirements) and a subsection (i.e., selection procedures) where a 
sponsor must disclose critical information that will inform the content 
of its apprenticeship program standards.
    In ETA Form 671, Section II (Apprentice Agreement and 
Registration), ETA has modified the veteran status category in 
connection with Public Law 116-134 to enable registered apprenticeship 
programs to better service veterans; updated the sex, ethnicity, race, 
and veteran status categories to include an additional field for 
apprentices who elect not to disclose this information; slightly 
adjusted the education level category to align with the educational 
attainment categories for which the U.S. Government compiles workforce 
data by race, national origin, and sex; and aligned the overall content 
in the apprenticeship agreement with the various regulatory 
requirements specified in DOL's apprenticeship regulations under 29 CFR 
29.7. ETA has not made any

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adjustments to ETA Form 671, Section II (Voluntary Disability 
Disclosure).
    ETA has added the information collection requirements that are 
currently approved under OMB Control Number 1205-0224 to this ICR in an 
effort to consolidate all information collection requirements 
pertaining to the registration of apprenticeship programs and 
apprentices into a single ICR. The adjustments to ETA Form 9039 
(Complaint Form--Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship 
Programs) include minor, nonsubstantive textual edits, and technical 
corrections indicating that the regulatory requirements governing 
registered apprenticeship programs are now contained in 29 CFR part 29, 
subpart A. ETA will submit a request to discontinue the ICR approved 
under OMB Control Number 1205-0224 once approval is granted by OMB on 
this ICR.
    ETA has also added a new information collection instrument, ETA 
Form 9186 (State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) Self-Assessment Report for 
Program Data and Apprentice Demographics), to this ICR. If approved, 
this form will be completed by the SAAs that currently do not use DOL/
ETA's Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Database System 
(RAPIDS) to administer Registered Apprenticeship in their respective 
state/territory. This collection will enable ETA to calculate more 
precisely the total number of registered apprenticeship programs and 
apprentices on a nationwide basis.
    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 
1205-0223.
    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 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: REVISION.
    Title of Collection: Registration and Equal Employment Opportunity 
in Apprenticeship Programs.
    Forms: ETA Form 671, ETA Form 9039, and ETA Form 9186.
    OMB Control Number: 1205-0223.
    Affected Public: Individuals/households, state/local/tribal 
governments, Federal government, private sector (businesses or other 
for-profits, and, not-for-profit institutions).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 651,093.
    Frequency: Varies.
    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 957,452.
    Estimated Average Time per Response: Varies.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 521,964 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $0.

John Pallasch,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.
[FR Doc. 2021-00503 Filed 1-12-21; 8:45 am]
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