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60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form-DS-1950, Department of State Application for Employment, OMB Control Number 1405-0139

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Notice of request for public comment.


The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Start Printed Page 2240notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.


The Department will accept comments from the public up to March 14, 2014.


  • Email:
  • Mail: U.S. Department of State—SA-1, HR/REE/REC Room 518H, Attention: Diana M. Ossa, 2401 E. Street NW., Washington, DC 20522.

You must include the DS form number (if applicable), information collection title, and the OMB control number in any correspondence.

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Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to Diana M. Ossa, Bureau of Human Resources, Recruitment Division, Student Programs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20522, who may be reached on (202) 261-8931 or at

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  • Title of Information Collection: Department of State Application for Employment
  • OMB Control Number: 1405-0139
  • Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection
  • Originating Office: Bureau of Human Resources, Office of Recruitment, Examination, Employment (HR/REE)
  • Form Number: DS-1950
  • Respondents: U.S. Citizens seeking entry into certain Department of State Foreign Service positions
  • Estimated Number of Respondents: 60
  • Estimated Number of Responses: 60
  • Average Time per Response: 30 minutes
  • Total Estimated Burden Time: 30 hours
  • Frequency: On Occasion
  • Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain a benefit

We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
  • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review.

Abstract of Proposed Collection

The DS-1950 has been the form used by individuals to apply for certain excepted jobs at the Department of State such as Foreign Service specialist positions. We wish to continue to use this form to clarify interpretation of applicant responses and how applicants become aware of our program opportunities. Section 1104 of title 5, United States Code, authorizes OPM to delegate the authority to collect necessary employment information to other agencies, including the Department of State. With respect to Foreign Service Specialist applicants, authority is given under 22 U.S.C. 3926 and 3941.


The DS-1950 form will be used by applicants for certain service jobs at the Department of State, such as Foreign Service Specialist and Generalist positions. We are in the process of transitioning the final programs onto the platform and expect no more than 60 applicants to utilize the DS-1950 this year. Although we are encouraging all programs to use, we wish to extend the form to ensure we are not in violation under the Paper Reduction Act (PRA) during the transitioning period. Data, which is extracted from the form, is necessary to determine qualifications, salary, and selections, in accordance with Federal policies.

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Dated: December 30, 2013.

William E. Schaal Jr.,

Executive Director, HR/EX, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 2014-00400 Filed 1-10-14; 8:45 am]