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State Unified Plan Planning Guidance for State Unified Plans Submitted Under Section 501 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA): Comment Request

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The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance 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)(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 and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Investment is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the collection for the Planning Guidance and Instructions for Submission of the State Unified Plan Planning Guidance for State Unified Plans submitted under Section 501 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice.


Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee's section below on or before July 19, 2005.


Christine D. Kulick, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Room S-4231, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210: (202) 693-3045 (voice) (This is not a toll free number); (202) 693-7755 (TTY); (202) 693-3015 (Fax); or e-mail:

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I. Background

The purpose of this notice is to provide interested parties with the planning guidance for use by States in submitting two years of their Strategic Five-Year State Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Wagner Peyser Act. The Planning Guidance and Instructions provide a framework for the collaboration of Governors, Local Elected Officials, businesses and other partners to continue the development of workforce investment systems that address customer needs, deliver integrated, user-friendly services; and are accountable to the customers and the public.

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

Type of Review: Extension without change.

Agency: Employment and Training Administration.

Title: State Unified Plan Planning Guidance for State Unified Plans Start Printed Page 29366submitted under Section 501 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).

OMB Number: 1205-0407.

Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal.

Total Respondents: 59.

Number of Responses: 59.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,475.

Total Burden Cost (Capital/Startup): $0.

Total Burden Cost (Operating/Maintaining): $231.00 (mailing hard copy of State Plan).

Comments submitted in response to this comment request 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: May 16, 2005.

Gay Gilbert,

Administrator, Employment & Training Administration Office of Workforce Investment.

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[FR Doc. E5-2557 Filed 5-19-05; 8:45 am]