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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with 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. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Notice of Termination, Suspension, Reduction or Increase in Benefit Payments (CM-908). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.

DATES:

Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before April 15, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Ms. Hazel M. Bell, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693-0418, fax (202) 693-1451, Email hbell@fenix2.dol-esa.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or Email).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 as amended (30 U.S.C. 942). The Act implementing regulations at 20 CFR 725.621 necessitate this information collection. Under the Act, responsible coal mine operators or their representatives must provide benefit payments to eligible coal miners and dependents of coal miners who have contracted pneumoconiosis. Responsible operators who pay benefits are required to report any changes in the benefit amount, and the reasons for the change, to the Department of Labor. This information collection is currently approved for use through August 31, 2003.

II. Review Focus

The Department of Labor 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;
  • 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 Actions

The Department of Labor seeks approval for the extension of this information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to ensure that Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation regulations are followed and that the new benefit amount is accurate and timely.

Type of Review: Extension.

Agency: Employment Standards Administration.

Title: Notice of Termination, Suspension, Reduction or Increase in Benefit Payments.

OMB Number: 1215-0064.

Agency Number: CM-908.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Total Respondents: 325.

Total Responses: 9,000.

Time per Response: 12 minutes.

Frequency: On Occasion (Reporting).

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,800.

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

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $3,600.

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 will also become a matter of public record.

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Dated: February 10, 2003.

Bruce Bohanon,

Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration and Planning, Employment Standards Administration.

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[FR Doc. 03-3669 Filed 2-13-03; 8:45 am]

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