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Start Preamble April 8, 2002.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paper Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor. To obtain documentation, contact Darrin King on (202) 693-4129 or e-mail: King-Darrin@dol.gov.

Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: Karen Lee, OMB Desk Officer for Department of Labor, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 ((202) 395-7316), within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:

* Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the property 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, Start Printed Page 18637including 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: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM).

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Title: Applicant Background Questionnaire.

OMB Number: 1225-0072.

Frequency: On occasion.

Affected Public: Individuals or households and Federal Government.

Type of Response: Voluntary reporting.

Number of Respondents: 3,000.

Number of Annual Responses: 3,000.

Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes.

Total Burden Hours: 250.

Total Annualized Capital/Startup Costs: $0.

Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): $0.

Description: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides a wide range of services to a diverse American workforce. As part of its obligation to provide equal employment opportunities, DOL is charged with ensuring that qualified individuals in groups that have historically been underrepresented in various employments are included in applicant pools for Department positions [See 5 U.S.C. 7201(c); 29 U.S.C. 791; 5 CFR 720.204]. To achieve this goal, DOL employment offices have targeted recruitment outreach to a variety of sources. Included in these sources are educational institutions that historically serve a high concentration of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Outreach efforts are also extended to professional organizations, newspapers and magazines, as well as participation in career fairs and conferences, many of which reach high concentrations of Hispanics, Blacks, Native Americans, and persons with disabilities.

Without the information from this collection, DOL does not have the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of any of these targeted recruiting strategies because collection of racial and ethnic information only would occur at the point of hiring. DOL needs to collect data on the pools of applicants which result from the various targeted recruiting strategies listed above. With the information from this collection, DOL can adjust and redirect its targeted recruitment to ensure that the applicant pools contain candidates from historically underrepresented groups.

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Ira L. Mills,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-9198 Filed 4-15-02; 8:45 am]

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