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Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements

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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 Start Printed Page 10471information 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 proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Housing Terms and Conditions for Migrant Agricultural Workers (WH-521). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.


Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before April 28, 2008.


Mr. Steve Andoseh, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693-0373, fax (202) 693-1451, E-mail Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or E-mail).

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I. Background: Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) section 201(c) requires all Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs), Agricultural Employers (AGERs), and Agricultural Associations (AGASs) providing housing to any migrant agricultural worker to post in a conspicuous place at the site of the housing, or present to the migrant worker, a written statement of any housing occupancy terms and conditions. See 29 U.S.C. 1821(c); 29 CFR 500.75(f). In addition, MSPA section 201(g) requires these FLCs, AGERs, and AGASs to give such information in English, or as necessary and reasonable, in a language common to the workers. See 29 U.S.C. 1821(g); 29 CFR 500.1(i)(2), 500.75. This provision also requires the Department of Labor to make optional forms available to provide the required disclosures. See 29 U.S.C. 1821(g); 29 CFR 500.1(i)(2), 500.75. Form WH-521 provides an easy method for FLCs, AGERs, and AGASs to post at the site of the housing or present MSPA housing terms and conditions to migrant agricultural workers, as required under the Act. Among other things, the form specifically identifies the name and address of the entity providing the housing, the name of the person in charge of the housing, and any charges for the housing, utilities, and meals. The form also ensures that workers receive information that enables them to understand the terms and conditions under which they may occupy the housing, as the MSPA requires. The Department of Labor publishes Form WH-521 in English and Spanish. This information collection is currently approved for use through September 30, 2008.

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 currently approved information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to advise migrant and seasonal workers on the terms and conditions of housing provided by farm labor contractors, agricultural employers, and agricultural associations.

Type of Review: Extension.

Agency: Employment Standards Administration.

Title: Housing Terms and Conditions for Migrant Agricultural Workers.

OMB Number: 1215-0146.

Agency Number: WH-521.

Affected Public: Farms.

Total Respondents: 1,300.

Total Annual Responses: 1,300.

Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes.

Reporting: 0.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 650.

Frequency: On occasion.

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 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: February 21, 2008.

Steven Andoseh,

Acting 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. E8-3640 Filed 2-26-08; 8:45 am]