Freedom of Information Act Regulations
This final rule amends the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) rules relating to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The final rule revisions include a new response time for FOIA requests, procedures for requesting expedited processing, the availability of certain public information on FMCS's web site, and express inclusion of electronic records and automated searches along with paper records and manual searches. In addition, FMCS's final rule updates its fee schedule. FMCS is also updating the names and addresses of the various offices within the agency responsible for FOIA related activities.
Labor-Management Relations Information Collection Requests
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) hereby announces the submission of the following public information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13). The information collection request is the Notice to Mediation Agencies (Agency Form F-7), OMB control number 3076-0004. No comments were received pursuant to FMCS's prior 60-day notice in the Federal Register on June 26, 2012. However, we would like to make a correction to that notice. The collection is actually being submitted to OMB as a reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection. The changes include modest streamlining and improvements for clarity. OMB is interested in comments on specific aspects of the collection. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that: (1) 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; (2) Evaluates the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the burden of the proposed collection information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collections of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic collection technologies or other forms of information technology. Burden: FMCS receives approximately 21,000 responses to the form Notice to Mediation Agencies (OMB No. 3076-004). Affected Entities: Private sector employers and labor unions involved in interstate commerce that file notices for mediation services to the FMCS and state, local and territorial agencies.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) invites comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the renewal of the Notice to Mediation Agencies Form (FMCS Form F-7; OMB control number 3076-0004). The request will seek a three-year extension. There are no changes being submitted with this request. FMCS is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the collection as described below.