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Proposed Collection for the Benefits, Timeliness, and Quality Data Collection System; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

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 and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the Benefits Timeliness and Quality (BTQ) data collection system, which is part of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Performs measurement system.

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 or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/​OMBCN/​OMBControlNumber.cfm.

DATES:

Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee's section below on or before September 25, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written comments to the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Security, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room C4522, Washington, DC 20210, Attention: Delores Mackall. Telephone number: 202-693-3183 (this is not a toll-free number). Fax: 202-693-3975. E-mail: Mackall.Delores@dol.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

The Secretary of Labor, under the Social Security Act, Title III, Section Start Printed Page 41356302 (42 U.S.C. 502), funds the necessary cost of proper and efficient administration of each state UI law. The BTQ program collects information and analyzes data to do this. The BTQ data measure the timeliness and quality of states' administrative actions and administrative decisions related to UI benefit payments.

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: Revision of Approved Collection.

Agency: Employment and Training Administration.

Title: Benefits, Timeliness, and Quality Review.

OMB Number: 1205-0359.

Affected Public: State governments.

Agency Numbers: ETA-9050, ETA-9051, ETA-9052, ETA-9054, ETA-9055, ETA-9056, ETA-9057. ETA 9053, a previous form, was eliminated, resulting in a reduction in burden of 636 hours.

Record Keeping: State governments.

Cite/Reference/Form/etc: Section 303 of Title III of the Social Security Act.

Total Respondents: 53 state agencies.

Frequency: Monthly and Quarterly.

Total Responses: 28,276.

Average Time per Response: 80 minutes.

Summary of Burden:

Monthly Universe Measures: State Staff Hours per Year

ETA reportMeasureNumber of respondentsReports per yearTotal responsesHrs. per resp.Total hrs/year
9050First Payment Time Lapse, Core Measure5312636.5318
9050First Payment Time Lapse, Partial/Part Total Claims, Management Information Measure5312636.5318
9050First Payment Time Lapse, Workshare Claims, Management Information Measure5312636.5318
9051Continued Weeks Compensated Time Lapse, Management Information Measure5312636.5318
9051Continued Weeks Compensated Time Lapse, Partial Part/Total, Management Information Measure5312636.5318
9051Continued Weeks Compensated Time Lapse, Workshare, Management Information Measure5312636.5318
9052Nonmonetary Determinations Time Lapse, Detection Date, Core Measure53126361.0636
9054Lower Authority Appeals Time Lapse, Management Information Measure5312636.5318
9055Lower Authority Appeals Case Aging, Core Measure53126361.0636
9054Higher Authority Appeals Time Lapse, Management Information Measure5312636.5318
9055Higher Authority Appeals Case Aging, Core Measure53126361.0636
Subtotal4452

Quarterly Sample Review Measures: State Staff Hours per Year

ETA reportMeasureNumber of respondentsSampled cases reviewed per yearTotal cases reviewed per yearHrs. per resp.Total hrs/year
9056Nonmonetary Determination Quality, Core Measure29 Small States2406,96016,960
9056Nonmonetary Determination Quality, Core Measure24 Large States4009,60019,600
9057Lower Authority Appeals Quality, Core Measure47 Small States803,7603.513,160
9057Lower Authority Appeals Quality, Core Measure6 Large States1609603.53,360
Subtotal33,080

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 37,532 hours.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $0.

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: July 23, 2007.

Cheryl Atkinson,

Administrator, Office of Workforce Security.

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[FR Doc. E7-14519 Filed 7-26-07; 8:45 am]

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