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Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements

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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 Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the Information Collection: Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Award, Exemplary Voluntary Effort (EVE) Award, and Exemplary Public Interest Contribution (EPIC) Award. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice.

DATES:

Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before August 10, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

Mr. Steven D. Lawrence, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693-0292, fax (202) 693-1451, Email Lawrence.Steven@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or Email).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background: The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is responsible for the administration of the Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Award, Exemplary Voluntary Effort Start Printed Page 27561(EVE) Award, and Exemplary Public Interest Contribution (EPIC) Award. These awards are presented annually to Federal contractors and non-profit organizations whose activities support the mission of the OFCCP. The recognition of Federal contractors who are in compliance with the OFCCP regulations and who work with community and public interest organizations sends a positive message throughout the U.S. Labor Force and business community.

The Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Award and EVE Award recipients must be Federal contractors covered by Executive Order 11246, as amended; Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended.

The Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Award is presented to one contractor each year that has established and instituted comprehensive workforce strategies to ensure equal employment opportunity. The EVE Award is given to those contractors who have demonstrated through programs or activities, exemplary and innovative efforts to create an inclusive American workforce. The EPIC Award is presented to public interest organizations that have supported equal employment opportunity and linked their efforts with those of the Federal contractors to enhance employment opportunities for those with the least opportunity to join the workforce. Guidelines for the nomination process can be found in Administrative Notice Number 261 dated February 02, 2004; to view the Notice visit OFCCP web page address at http://www.dol.gov/​esa/​ofccp/​media/​reports/​evedr261.htm. This information collection is currently approved for use through January 31, 2010.

II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments that:

  • 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: OFCCP seeks a three-year extension for the approval of the Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Award, Exemplary Voluntary Effort (EVE) Award, and Exemplary Public Interest Contribution (EPIC) Award. There is no change in the substance or method of collection since the last OMB approval. OFCCP revised the burden hour estimates associated with the awards based on the number of nominations received for Calendar Year (CY) 2008. During CY 2008, OFCCP received nominations for three (3) Secretary of Labor's Opportunity Awards, nine (9) EVE Awards, and fourteen (14) EPIC Awards. This information collection recognizes outstanding Federal contractors and non-profit public interest organizations that have created exceptional equal opportunity and nondiscrimination programs that support the OFCCP's mission.

Type of Review: Extension.

Agency: Employment Standards Administration.

OMB Number: 1215-0201

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions.

Total Respondents: 26.

Total Annual Responses: 26.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 3,174.

Estimated Time per Response: 122 minutes

Frequency: Annually.

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: June 4, 2009.

Hazel M. 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. E9-13594 Filed 6-9-09; 8:45 am]

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