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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.


Consideration will be given to all comments received by March 26, 2012.


You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, 2nd Floor, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.


To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), 1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22209-2593, or call at 571-372-1102.

Title, Associated Form, and OMB Control Number: Department of Defense National Survey of Employers.

Needs and Uses: The Department of Defense National Survey of Employers is designed to determine ways of supporting employers when Guard and Reserve employees are absent due to military duties, determine general attitudes toward Guard and Reserve employees and their contributions to employers, and examine knowledge of and compliance with Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; State, local or tribal government.

Annual Burden Hours: 125,000 hours.

Number of Respondents: 250,000.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 30 minutes.

Frequency: One time.


Summary of Information Collection

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) requires that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other “uniformed services:” (1) Are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service; (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service. The Act covers members of the Uniformed Services, any other category of persons designated by the President in time of war or national emergency, and their government and civilian employers. It is the responsibility of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. The Department of Defense National Survey of Employers is being conducted on a statistically random basis to determine best practices of ESGR in supporting employers of Reserve and Guard members and to evaluate the effectiveness of ESGR and DoD programs. The information collected is used for overall program evaluation, management and improvement.

Dated: January 31, 2012.

Patricia L. Toppings,

OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

[FR Doc. 2012-3516 Filed 2-14-12; 8:45 am]