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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 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 proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Certified Payrolls Under The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (WH-347). 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 December 1, 2008.


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 Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or e-mail).

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I. Background: The Copeland Act requires contractors and subcontractors performing work on federally financed or assisted construction contracts to furnish weekly a statement with respect to the wages paid each employee during the preceding week. See 29 U.S.C. 3145 and 29 CFR 3.3(b). Regulations 29 CFR 5.5(a)(3)(ii)(A) requires contractors to submit weekly a copy of all payrolls to the Federal agency contracting for or financing the construction project. A signed “Statement of Compliance” indicating the payrolls are correct and complete and that each laborer or mechanic has been paid not less than the proper Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) prevailing wage rate for the work performed must accompany the payroll. See id. 5.5(a)(3)(ii)(B). Regulations 29 CFR 3.3(b) requires each contractor to furnish such weekly “Statements of Compliance.” See also 29 CFR 5.5(a)(3)(ii)(B). Regulations 29 CFR 3.4(b) and 5.5(a)(3)(i) require contractors to maintain these records for three years after completion of the work. Regulation 29 CFR 5.5(a)(3)(i) requires contractors performing work on projects subject to the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) to retain the name, address, social security number, correct classifications, hourly rates of wages paid including rates of contributions or costs anticipated for bona fide fringe benefits or cash equivalents thereof of the types described in DBA section 1(b)(2)(B), daily and weekly number of hours worked, and deductions made and actual wages paid of each worker on the contract. The DOL has developed the optional use Form WH-347, Payroll Form, which contractors may use to meet the payroll reporting requirements. The form contains the basic payroll information that contractors must furnish each week they perform any work subject to the DBRA. This information collection is currently approved for use through April 30, 2009.

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 DOL seeks approval for the extension of this currently approved information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to determine a contractor's compliance with provisions of the DBRA and the Copeland Act.

Type of Review: Extension.

Agency: Employment Standards Administration.

Titles: Optional Use Payroll Form under the Davis-Bacon Act.

OMB Number: 1215-0149

Agency Numbers: WH-347.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Total Respondents: 78,218.

Total Annual Responses: 7,196,056.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 6,716,319.

Estimated Time per Response: 56 minutes.

Frequency: Weekly.

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

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $899,507.

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: September 25, 2008.

Hazel Bell,

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. E8-22936 Filed 9-30-08; 8:45 am]