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DOC has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

Agency: U.S. Census Bureau.

Title: Census Employment Inquiry.

Form Number(s): BC-170.

Agency Approval Number: 0607-0139.

Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Burden: 4,150 hours.

Number of Respondents: 16,600.

Avg Hours Per Response: 15 minutes.

Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau requests continued OMB approval for the BC-170, Census Employment Inquiry. We are also requesting minor modifications to the collection. The BC-170 is used to collect information such as personal data and work experience from job applicants. Selecting officials review the information shown on the form to evaluate applicant's eligibility for employment and to determine the best qualified applicants to fill Census jobs.

The BC-170 is used throughout the census and intercensal periods for the Special Census, pretests, and dress rehearsals for short-term time limited appointments. Applicants completing the form for a census related position are applying for temporary jobs in office and field positions (clerks, enumerators, crew leaders, supervisors). In addition, as an option to the OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, the BC-170 may be used when applying for temporary/permanent office and field positions (clerks, field representatives, supervisors) on a recurring survey in one of the Census Bureau's 12 Regional Offices (ROs) throughout the United States.

During the decennial census, the BC-170 is intended to expedite hiring and selection in situations requiring large numbers of temporary employees for assignments of a limited duration. The use of this form is limited to only situations which require the establishment of a temporary office and/or involve special, one-time or recurring survey operations at one of the ROs. The form has been demonstrated to meet our recruitment needs for temporary workers and requires significantly less burden than the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Optional Forms that are available for use by the public when applying for Federal positions. In addition, during the next decade and before the 2010 decennial census, we expect to recruit approximately 176,000 applicants for census jobs (i.e., special censuses and decennial pretests and dress rehearsals).

A separate informational cover sheet will be attached to the BC-170 to provide applicants with a brief description of their prospective job duties with the Census Bureau; the cover sheet message will vary for decennial, special censuses, or recurring survey positions. The cover sheet and “Education” sections have been revised as necessary to reflect changes in administrative requirements.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Frequency: One time.

Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain a benefit.

Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., sections 23a & c.

OMB Desk Officer: Susan Schechter, (202) 395-5103. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be Start Printed Page 46458obtained by calling or writing Madeleine Clayton, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482-3129, Department of Commerce, room 6608, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to Susan Schechter, OMB Desk Officer, room 10201, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

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Dated: July 9, 2002.

Madeleine Clayton,

Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-17633 Filed 7-12-02; 8:45 am]