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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; National Compensation Survey

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The Department of Labor is submitting the Bureau of Labor Statistics sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, “National Compensation Survey,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).


Submit comments on or before April 9, 2012.


A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the Web site,, on the day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or sending an email to

Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these are not toll-free numbers), email:


Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at


Under the National Compensation Survey (NCS), the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts ongoing surveys of compensation and job characteristics. Data collected by the NCS is used to produce Employment Cost Trends, including the Employment Cost Index and Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, employee benefits data, and data used by the President's Pay Agent.

This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a valid OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The Department of Labor obtains OMB approval for this information collection under OMB Control Number 1220-0164. The current OMB approval is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2012; however, it should be noted that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. Any changes would only become effective upon OMB approval. For additional information, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2011 (76 FR 71073).

Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should reference OMB Control Number 1220-0164. The OMB 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 submission of responses.

Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Title of Collection: National Compensation Survey.

OMB Control Number: 1220-0164.

Affected Public: Private sector—Businesses and Other For-Profits and Not-For-Profit Institutions; State, Local, and Tribal Governments.

Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,539.

Total Estimated Number of Responses: 38,813.

Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 36,930.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

Dated: March 5, 2012.

Michel Smyth,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

[FR Doc. 2012-5745 Filed 3-8-12; 8:45 am]