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)(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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the Labor Market Information (LMI) Cooperative Agreement. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the Addresses section of this notice.
Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the Addresses section of this notice on or before March 27, 2006.
Send comments to Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20212, telephone 202-691-5118 (this is not a toll free number).Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Amy A. Hobby, BLS Clearance Officer, telephone 202-691-5118. (See ADDRESSES section).End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The BLS enters into Cooperative Agreements with State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) annually to provide financial assistance to the SWAs for the production and operation of the following LMI statistical programs: Current Employment Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, and Mass Layoff Statistics. The Cooperative Agreement provides the basis for managing the administrative and financial aspects of these programs. The application package being submitted to OMB is representative of the package sent every year to State agencies.
II. Current Action
The BLS requests approval for a Generic LMI Cooperative Agreement from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is not a new collection, but for the first time the BLS is soliciting comments on the application package—without its program work statements—as a Generic Cooperative Agreement application. The work statements will be submitted separately to OMB for review of any minor year-to-year information collection burden changes they may contain. The existing collection of information allows Federal staff to negotiate the Cooperative Agreement with the SWAs and monitor their financial and programmatic performance and adherence to administrative requirements imposed by common regulations implementing OMB Circular A-102 and other grant-related regulations. The information collected also is used for planning and budgeting at the Federal level and in meeting Federal reporting requirements.
III. Desired Focus of Comments
The BLS is particularly interested in comments that:
- 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.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Title: Labor Market Information (LMI) Cooperative Agreement.
OMB Number: 1220-0079.
Affected Public: State, local or tribal governments.
Frequency: Monthly, quarterly, annually.Start Printed Page 4382
|Information collection||Respondents||Frequency||Responses||Time||Total hours|
|Work Statements||55||1||55||1-2 hr.||55-110|
|BIF (LMI 1A, 1B)||55||1||55||1-6 hr.||55-330|
|Quarterly Automated Financial Reports||48||4||192||10-50 min.||32-160|
|Monthly Automated Financial Reports||48||*8||384||5-25 min.||32-160|
|BLS Cooperative Statistics Financial Report (LMI 2A)||7||12||84||1-5 hr.||84-420|
|Quarterly Status Report (LMI 2B)||1-30||4||4-120||1 hr.||4-120|
|Budget Variance Request Form||1-55||1||1-55||5-25 min.||0-23|
|* Reports are not received for end-of-quarter months, i.e., December, March, June, September.|
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 OMB approval of the information collection request; they also will become a matter of public record.Start Signature
Signed at Washington, DC, this 19th day of January 2006.
Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
[FR Doc. E6-981 Filed 1-25-06; 8:45 am]
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