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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 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: Davis-Bacon and Related Act/Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act Reporting Requirements—Regulations, 29 CFR Part 5. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice.


Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before December 22, 2003.


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, e-mail Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or e-mail).

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I. Background

This regulation prescribes labor standards for federally financed and assisted construction contracts subject to the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), as well as labor standards for construction contracts subject to the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). The Davis-Bacon Act provides that every contract subject to the Act must contain a provision (wage determination) stating the minimum wages and fringe benefits to be paid the various classes of laborers and mechanics employed on the contract. Any class of laborer or mechanic not listed in the wage determination which is to be employed under the contract shall be classified in conformance with the wage determination, and a report of the action shall be submitted through DOL for review and approval. Further, where a benefit plan is not of the conventional type described in the Act and/or common in the construction industry which is established under a customary fund or program, the regulation provides for contractors to request approval of unfunded fringe benefit plans. This information collection is currently approved for use through April 30, 2004.

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 ensure that federal contractors are in compliance with the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) as well as the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA).

Type of Review: Extension.

Agency: Employment Standards Administration.

Title: Davis-Bacon and Related Acts/Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act Reporting Requirements-Regulations, 29 CFR Part 5.

OMB Number: 1215-0140.

Affected Public: Business of other for-profit; Federal Government; State, local or tribal government.

RequirementNumber of respondentsNumber of responsesEstimated time per responseBurden hours
Conformance Report1,5001,50015 minutes375
Unfunded Fringe Benefit Plans666 hours6
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Frequency: On Occasion.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 381.

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 will also become a matter of public record.

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Dated: October 15, 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. 03-26480 Filed 10-20-03; 8:45 am]