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SUMMARY:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the following public information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number, and no person is required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Comments concerning the accuracy of the burden estimates and any suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For additional information contact Cathy Williams, via the Internet at PRA@fcc.gov or on (202) 418-2918.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB Control Number: 3060-0095.

OMB Approval Date: October 8, 2008.

Expiration Date: October 31, 2011.

Title: Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributors Annual Employment Report.

Form Number: FCC Form 395-A.

Number of Respondents/Responses: 2,500.

Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour.

Total Annual Burden: 2,500 hours.

Total Annual Cost: None.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in Sections 154(i) and 634 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Whether the Form is confidential will be determined in a pending Commission rulemaking. Although the Form has received OMB approval, the requirement to file the Form, which has been suspended since January 2001, remains suspended until the Commission decides the issue of confidentiality.

Needs and Uses: FCC Form 395-A, “The Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor Annual Employment Report,” is a data collection device used by the Commission to assess industry employment trends and provide reports to Congress. By the Report, multichannel video programming distributors (“MVPDs”) identify employees by gender and race/ethnicity in sixteen specified job categories. FCC Form 395-A contains a grid which collects data on full and part-time employees combined and requests a list of employees by job title, indicating the job category. MVPDs, including cable operators, with six or more full-time Start Printed Page 62992employees (but Satellite Master Antenna Television (“SMATV”) operators only if they also serve 50 or more subscribers) must complete Form 395-A in its entirety and file it by September 30 each year. MVPDs with five or fewer full-time employees are not required to file but, if they do, they need to complete and file only Sections I, II and V of the FCC Form 395-A, but not the portions requiring workforce information, and thereafter need not file again unless their employment increases to more than five full-time employees.

In Review of the Commission's Broadcast and Cable Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies, MM Docket No. 98-204, Third Report and Order and Fourth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 69 FR 34950, June 23, 2004, 19 FCC Rcd 9773 (2004) (“2004 Order”), the Commission considered issues relating to the Annual Employment Report forms, including Form 395-A. In the 3rd R&O, the Commission adopted revised rules requiring broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to file annual employment reports, which cable and other MVPDs will use to file annual employment reports. The intent of the 3rd R&O was to update rules for MVPDs to file Form 395-A consistent with new rules adopted in the 2nd R&O. The intent of the Fourth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which remains pending, is to provide time for cable and other MVPDs and the public to address the issue of whether the Commission should keep these forms confidential after they are filed. Upon the effective date of the rulemaking deciding the confidentiality issue, MVPDs and broadcasters must start keeping records of their employees so they can prepare their annual employment reports due to be filed on the next due date thereafter.

In its 2004 Order, the Commission stated that Form 395-A conformed to the racial and employment categories contained in the then-existing Form EEO-1 Employer Information Report issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), 2004 Order, at 9977-78. The Order noted that the EEOC had proposed to revise its EEO-1 form to incorporate new racial and employment categories approved by OMB. It also noted that, when the revised EEO-1 form was released, the Commission would review its Form 395-A to see what changes were needed to comply with the new OMB standards, and whether it could conform Form 395-A to those standards consistent with Section 634 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the “Act”). 47 U.S.C. 554; see 2004 Order at 9978. With the EEOC's release of the EEO-1 incorporating revised racial and employment categories, the Bureau sought public comment (“Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Possible Changes to FCC Forms 395-A and 395-B,” Public Notice DA 08-752, released April 11, 2008; 73 FR 21346, April 21, 2008) (the “Public Notice”) on whether to incorporate the EEOC's revised categories and whether such changes would be consistent with Section 634 of the Act. The public comment period ended on June 6, 2008, and the Commission completed its review of all the comments and reply comments. The Commission did not receive any comments opposing the incorporation of the EEOC's revised categories in the FCC's annual employment reports.

The Commission concluded that the proposed changes to FCC Form 395-A are consistent with the racial and job category data required by Section 634 of the Act because the revisions simply reflect different terminology for the same categories and more detailed sub-categories. 47 U.S.C. 554.

OMB Control Number: 3060-0390.

OMB Approval Date: October 8, 2008.

Expiration Date: October 31, 2011.

Title: Broadcast Station Annual Employment Report.

Form Number: FCC Form 395-B.

Number of Respondents/Responses: 14,000.

Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour.

Total Annual Burden: 14,000 hours.

Total Annual Cost: None.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in Sections 154(i) and 334 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Whether the Form is confidential will be determined in a pending Commission rulemaking. Although the Form has received OMB approval, the requirement to file the Form, which has been suspended since January 2001, remains suspended until the Commission decides the issue of confidentiality.

Needs and Uses: FCC Form 395-B, “The Broadcast Station Annual Employment Report,” is a data collection device used by the Commission to assess industry employment trends and provide reports to Congress. By the Report, broadcast licensees and permittees identify employees by gender and race/ethnicity in ten specified job categories. FCC Form 395-B contains two grids, which collect information of full and part-time employees, respectively, and requests lists of employees by job title, indicating the job category of the position. The Report, which is a data collection device used to compile statistics on the broadcast workforce, identifies each staff member by gender and race/ethnicity. Broadcast licensees or permittees with five or more full-time employees are required to file Form 395-B on or before September 30th of each year. Although licensees or permittees with fewer than five full-time employees are not required to file, if they do, they need to complete and file only Sections I, II and IV of the FCC Form 395-B, but not the portions requiring workforce information, and thereafter need not file again unless their employment increases to five or more full-time employees.

In Review of the Commission's Broadcast and Cable Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies, MM Docket No. 98-204, Third Report and Order and Fourth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 69 FR 34950, June 23, 2004, 19 FCC Rcd 9773 (2004) (“2004 Order”), the Commission considered issues relating to the Annual Employment Report forms, including Form 395-B. In the 3rd R&O, the Commission adopted revised rules requiring broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to file annual employment reports. Radio and television broadcasters will use Form 395-B to file annual employment reports. The intent of the 3rd R&O is to reinstate and update requirements for broadcasters and MVPDs to file annual employment reports. The intent of the Fourth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which remains pending, was to provide time for MVPDs, broadcast licensees, and the public to address the issue of whether the Commission should keep these forms confidential after they are filed. With the effective date of the rulemaking deciding the confidentiality issue, MVPDs and broadcasters must start keeping records of their employees so they can prepare their annual employment reports due to be filed on the first due date thereafter.

In its 2004 Order, the Commission stated that Form 395-B conformed to the racial and employment categories contained in the then-existing Form EEO-1 Employer Information Report issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). 2004 Order, at 9977-78. The Order noted that the EEOC had proposed to revise its EEO-1 form to incorporate new racial and employment categories approved by OMB. It also noted that, when the revised EEO-1 form was released, the Commission would review Start Printed Page 62993its Form 395-B to determine what changes were needed to comply with the new OMB standards, and whether it could conform Form 395-B to those standards consistent with Section 334 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the “Act”). 47 U.S.C. 334; see 2004 Order at 9978.

With the EEOC's release of the EEO-1 incorporating revised racial and employment categories, the FCC's Media Bureau sought public comment (“Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Possible Changes to FCC Forms 395-A and 395-B,” Public Notice DA 08-752, released April 11, 2008; 73 FR 21346, April 21, 2008) (“Public Notice”) on whether to incorporate the EEOC's revised categories and whether such changes would be consistent with Section 334 of the Act. The public comment period ended on June 6, 2008, and the Commission completed its review of all the comments and reply comments. The Commission did not receive any comments opposing the incorporation of the EEOC's revised categories in the FCC's annual employment reports.

The Commission concluded that the proposed changes to FCC Form 395-B are consistent with Section 334 of the Act, which allows the FCC to make non-substantive technical or clerical revisions to annual employment reports in order to reflect changes in, inter alia, terminology. Because these changes do not subtract any information requested on the form, but rather seek more detail on race identification and official/manager occupations, with minor changes in terminology, we concluded that they are consistent with Section 334. 47 U.S.C. 334.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E8-25189 Filed 10-21-08; 8:45 am]

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