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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: 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.

DATES:

Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before January 2, 2007.

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, E-mail bell.hazel@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or E-mail).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background: Regulations 29 CFR Part 5 prescribes labor standards for federally financed and assisted construction contracts subject to the Davis-Bacon (DBA), 40 U.S.C. 3141 et seq., the Davis-Bacon Related Acts (DBRA), and labor standards for all contracts subject to the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), 40 U.S.C. 3701 et seq. The DB and DBRA require payment of locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits, as determined by the Department of Labor (DOL), to laborers and mechanics on most federally financed or assisted construction projects. See 40 U.S.C. § 3142(a) and 29 CFR 5.5(2)(1). The CWHSSA requires the payment of one and one-half times the basic rate of pay hours worked over forty in a week on most Federal contracts involving the employment of laborers or mechanics. See 40 U.S.C. 3702(c) and 29 CFR 5.5(b)(1). The requirements of this information collection consist of: (A) reports of conformed classifications and wage rates, and (B) requests for approval of unfunded fringe benefit plans. This information collection is currently approved for use through May 31, 2007.

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 DBA, DBRA, and 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 or other for-profit; Federal Government; State, Local or Tribal Government. Start Printed Page 63783

RequirementNumber of respondentsNumber of responsesEstimated time per responseBurden hours
Conformance Reports3,0003,00015 minutes750
Unfunded Fringe Benefit Plans666 hours6
Total3,0063,006756

Frequency: On Occasion.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 756.

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

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $1,263.

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 26, 2006.

Ruben Wiley,

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. E6-18282 Filed 10-30-06; 8:45 am]

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