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Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

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Proposed Projects

Title: National Directory of New Hires.

OMB No. 0970-0166.

Description: Public Law 104-193, the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996,” requires the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to operate a National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) to improve the ability of State child support agencies to locate noncustodial parents and collect child support across State lines. The law requires States to periodically transmit new hire data received from employers to the NDNH, and to transit quarterly wage and unemployment compensation claims data to the NDNH on a quarterly basis. States transmit all data to the NDNH electronically.

Respondents: Employers, State child support agencies, State Employment Security agencies.Start Printed Page 55254

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responsesTotal burden hours
New Hire: Employers Reporting Manually5,166,0003.484.0417 hours (2.5 minutes)750,531
New Hire: Employers Reporting Electronically1,134,00037.037.00028 hours (1 second)11,760
New Hire: States5483.333266.668 hours1,200,001
Quarterly Wage & Unemployment Compensation544.033 hours (2 minutes)7.13
Multistate Employers' Notification Form20521.050 hours (3 minutes)102.6

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,962,402.

In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Dated: September 6, 2000.

Bob Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 00-23409 Filed 9-12-00; 8:45 am]