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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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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 an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). 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 “BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Federal/State Cooperative Agreement Application Package.” A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the Addresses section of this notice.


Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the Addresses section of this notice on or before October 29, 2001.


Send comments to Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 3255, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20212, telephone number 202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number).

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Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, telephone number 202-691-7628. (See ADDRESSES section.)

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I. Background

The Secretary of Labor has delegated to the BLS the authority to collect, compile, and analyze statistical data on work-related injuries and illnesses. The Cooperative Agreement is designed to allow the BLS to ensure conformance with program objectives. The BLS has full authority over the financial operations of the statistical program. The BLS requires financial reporting that will produce the information that is needed to monitor the financial activities of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics grantees.

II. 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; 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 submissions of responses.

III. Current Action

Continued collection of grantee financial information is necessary to maintain an effective program of collection, compilation, and analysis of occupational safety and health statistics, as authorized by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Pub. L. 91-596). The burden estimates are based on actual experience of grantees completing the forms.

Public comments on the accuracy of the burden estimates, as well as suggestions for reducing the burden, are encouraged. Signatures that certify the authenticity of the information will continue to be required.

Type of review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Title: BLS/OSHS Federal/State Cooperative Agreement (Application Package).

OMB Number: 1220-0149.

Affected Public: State Governments. Start Printed Page 45866

FormTotal respondentsFrequencyAverage burdenEstimated total burden (hours)
Per response (hours)Annually (hours)

Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $0.

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.

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Signed at Washington, DC, this 13th day of August, 2001.

Karen A. Krein,

Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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[FR Doc. 01-21904 Filed 8-29-01; 8:45 am]