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Privacy Act Fee Schedule

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AGENCY:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or the Commission) is seeking comments on proposed revisions to its Privacy Act fee schedule. The proposed schedule of fees conforms to EEOC's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) fee schedule which was recently updated (70 FR 57510 of October 3, 2005).

DATES:

The agency must receive comments on or before January 11, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments should be submitted to Stephen Llewellyn, Acting Executive Officer, Executive Secretariat, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20507. As a convenience to commenters, the Executive Secretariat will accept comments of six pages or less transmitted by facsimile (“fax”) machine. The telephone number of the Start Printed Page 73414fax receiver is (202) 663-4114. This is not a toll free number. The six-page limitation is necessary to assure access to the equipment. Receipt of fax transmissions will not be acknowledged although a sender may request confirmation by calling the Executive Secretariat at (202) 663-4070 (voice) or (202) 663-4074 (TTY). These are not toll free numbers. Copies of comments submitted by the public will be available for review at the Commission's library, room 6502, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Additionally, members of the public may submit comments through http://www.regulations.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Thomas J. Schlageter, Assistant Legal Counsel, or Michelle Zinman, Senior General Attorney at (202) 663-4640 (voice) or (202) 663-7026 (TTY). This notice is also available in the following formats: large print, Braille, audiotape and electronic file on computer disk. Requests for this notice in an alternative format should be made to EEOC's Publication Center at 1-800-669-3362.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

EEOC is proposing to amend 29 CFR 1611.11. This section contains a schedule of fees utilized by the Commission for purposes of assessing costs to individuals who seek access to records under the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a. The present fee schedule has become outdated. The proposed fee schedule would amend 29 CFR 1611.11 to conform the fees charged under the Privacy Act to the fees charged under the FOIA. See 29 CFR 1610.15, as amended by 70 FR 57510 (2005). In effect, the fees for duplication, attestation and certification of records under the Privacy Act are being made consistent with the fees charged for those services under the FOIA.

Regulatory Procedures

Executive Order 12866

Pursuant to Executive Order 12866, EEOC has determined that the regulation will not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State or local tribal governments or communities. Therefore, a detailed cost-benefit assessment of the regulation is not required.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This proposal contains no new information collection requirements subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Commission, in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 606(b)), has reviewed this regulation and by approving it certifies that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

This proposed rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local, or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any one year, and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

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List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1611

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For the Commission.

Dated: December 5, 2005.

Cari M. Dominguez,

Chair.

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Accordingly, for the reasons set forth in the preamble, EEOC proposes to amend 29 CFR part 1611 as follows:

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PART 1611—PRIVACY ACT REGULATIONS

1. The authority citation for Part 1611 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a.

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2. Section 1611.11 is revised to read as follows:

Fees.

(a) No fee shall be charged for searches necessary to locate records. No charge shall be made if the total fees authorized are less than $1.00. Fees shall be charged for services rendered under this part as follows:

(1) For copies made by photocopy—$0.15 per page (maximum of 10 copies). For copies prepared by computer, such as tapes or printouts, EEOC will charge the direct cost incurred by the agency, including operator time. For other forms of duplication, EEOC will charge the actual costs of that duplication.

(2) For attestation of documents—$25.00 per authenticating affidavit or declaration.

(3) For certification of documents—$50.00 per authenticating affidavit or declaration.

(b) All required fees shall be paid in full prior to issuance of requested copies of records. Fees are payable to “Treasurer of the United States.”

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[FR Doc. E5-7177 Filed 12-9-05; 8:45 am]

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