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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Applicant Background Questionnaire: Race, National Origin, Gender, and Disability Demographics (Renewal); EPA ICR #2248.03; OMB Control Number 2030-0045

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document Start Printed Page 37761announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is schedule to expire on November 30, 2007. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before September 10, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OARM-2006-0835 by one of the following methods:

  • http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: simms.rosyletta@epa.gov.
  • Fax: (202) 564-4613.
  • Mail: Applicant Background Questionnaire: Race, National Origin, Gender, and Disability Demographics, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 3600A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
  • Hand Delivery: Office of Environmental Information Docket, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., EPA West, Room 3334, Washington, DC 20460. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OARM-2006-0835. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/​epahome/​dockets.htm.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

(1) Rosyletta Simms, Office of Human Resources, Mail Code MC 3600A, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington DC, 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-7897; e-mail address: simms.rosyletta@epa.gov. Or, (2) Mirza P. Baig, Office of Civil Rights, Mail Code MC 1201A, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-7288; e-mail address: baig.mirza@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

How Can I Access the Docket and/or Submit Comments?

EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OARM-2006-0835, which is available for online viewing at http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Office of Environmental Information Docket Room, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., EPA West, Room 3334, Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is 202-566-1744, and the telephone number for the Office of Environmental Information Docket is 202-566-0219.

Use http://www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the draft collection of information, submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the docket ID number identified in this document.

What Information is EPA Particularly Interested in?

Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically solicits comments and information to enable it to:

(i) 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;

(ii) 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;

(iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(iv) 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 submission of responses. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.

What Should I Consider When I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments:

1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific examples.

2. Describe any assumptions that you used.

3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used that support your views.

4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you arrived at the estimate that you provide.

5. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.

6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified under DATES.

7. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal Register citation.

What Information Collection Activity or ICR Does This Apply to?

Docket ID No.: EPA-OARM-HQ-2006-0835.

Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action is any person applying for a job at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Title: Applicant Background Questionnaire: Race, National Origin, Gender, and Disability Demographics (Renewal).

ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2248.03.

ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on November 30, 2007. An Agency may not conduct or Start Printed Page 37762sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.

Abstract: The purpose of this information collection request is to seek approval to use the Environmental Protection Agency's USAJOBS-EZhire, vacancy announcement and job application system to collect gender, race, national origin and disability information from employees within the agency and outside job applicants. All job applicants, whether internal or external, would be asked to complete, on a voluntary basis, an “Applicant Background Questionnaire: Race, National Origin, Gender, and Disability Demographics.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Management Directive 715 (MD 715), requires agencies to: (1) Maintain a system that collects and maintains accurate information on the race, national origin, gender and disability of agency employees in accordance with 29 CFR, paragraph 1614.601); (2) maintain a system that tracks applicant flow data, which identifies applicants by race, national origin, gender, and disability status and disposition of all applications; and (3) maintain a tracking system of recruitment activities to permit analyses of these efforts in any examination of potential barriers to equality of opportunity. MD 715 requires agencies to “conduct an internal review and analysis of the effects of all current and proposed policies, practices, procedures and conditions that directly or indirectly,” relate to the employment of individuals with disabilities based on their race, national origin, gender and disabilities. EPA must collect and evaluate information and data necessary to make an informed assessment about the extent to which the Agency is meeting its responsibility to provide employment opportunities for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities, especially those with targeted disabilities.

Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 28 minutes total. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements which have subsequently changed; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, which is only briefly summarized here:

Estimated total number of potential respondents: 32,590 respondents.

Frequency of response: One time completion of questionnaire per respondent.

Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 32,590.

Estimated total annual burden hours: 15,209.

Estimated total annual costs: $83,486. This includes an estimated labor burden cost of $83,486 and no capital/start-up or operations and maintenance costs.

Are There Changes in the Estimates From the Last Approval?

No.

What is the Next Step in the Process for This ICR?

EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the technical persons listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Dated: July 3, 2007.

Kenneth T. Venuto,

Director, Office of Human Resources, Office of Administration and Resources Management.

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[FR Doc. E7-13421 Filed 7-10-07; 8:45 am]

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