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Start Preamble July 2, 2002.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public information collection requests (ICRs) 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, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). A copy of each individual ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor. To obtain documentation contact Marlene Howze at ((202) 693-4158 or e-mail

Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for BLS, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 ((202) 395-7316), within 30 days form 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 proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; Start Printed Page 46695

* 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 submission of responses.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Agency: Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS).

Title: Current Population Survey (CPS) Basic Labor Force.

OMB Number: 1220-0110.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Frequency: Monthly.

Number of Respondents: 57,000.

Number of Annual Responses: 684,000.

Estimated Time Per Response: 7 minutes.

Total Burden Hours: 79,800.

Total Annualized Capital/startup Costs: $0.

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

Description: Section 2 of Title 29, Chapter 1, Subchapter 1, United States Code Annotated directs the Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS), under the direction of the Secretary of Labor, to collect, collate, and report full and complete statistics of the conditions of labor and the products and distribution of the products of the same. The Current Population Survey (CPS) has been the principal source of the official Government statistics on employment and unemployment for nearly 60 years. The labor force information gathered through the survey is of paramount importance in keeping track of the economic health of the Nation. The survey also helps to determine the employment situation of specific population groups as well as general trends in employment and unemployment.

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Marlene J. Howze,

Acting DOL Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-17845 Filed 7-15-02; 8:45 am]