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Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Common Performance Reporting OMB Control No. 1205-0526.” This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).

DATES:

Consideration will be given to all written comments received by September 8, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

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 free by contacting Toquir Ahmed by telephone at (202) 693-3901 (this is not a toll-free number), TTY 1-877-889-5627 (this is not a toll-free number), or by email at ahmed.toquir@dol.gov.

Submit written comments about, or requests for a copy of, this ICR by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Policy Development and Research, Room N5641, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20210; by email: ahmed.toquir@dol.gov; or by fax 202-693-2766.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Toquir Ahmed by telephone at (202) 693-3901 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at ahmed.toquir@dol.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

DOL, as part of continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information before submitting them to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final approval. This program helps to ensure 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 can be properly assessed.

The Department of Labor (DOL) seeks approval of a revision to a current information collection request (ICR) titled “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Common Performance Reporting” (OMB Control No. 1205-0526), previously approved June 30, 2016. This request is for a “common forms” clearance process. The Department of Education (ED) (the two Departments to be jointly referred to as the “Departments”) actively participated in the development of this ICR, and is a signatory to the “WIOA Common Performance Reporting” information collection, which details the requirements for WIOA Statewide performance reporting.

The previous iteration of this ICR contained the following: WIOA Statewide Performance Report Template and WIOA Local Performance Report Template (ETA-9169); WIOA Joint Participant Individual Record Layout (PIRL) (ETA-9170); and WIOA Eligible Training Provider (ETP) Performance Report Specifications and WIOA Eligible Training Provider (ETP) Performance Report Definitions (ETP-9171).

This ICR revises and updates certain aspects of those existing information collection instruments. Further, a few non-substantive adjustments are included to the WIOA Eligible Training Provider (ETP) Performance Report Definitions (ETP-9171), WIOA Joint PIRL (ETA-9170) and the WIOA Statewide Performance Report Template and WIOA Local Performance Report Template (ETA-9169). These adjustments clarify data elements and align the forms with published guidance and policy.

Section 116 of WIOA (29 U.S.C. 3141) authorizes this information collection.

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 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 that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.

Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments to the contact shown in the ADDRESSES section. Comments must be written to receive consideration, and they will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of the final ICR. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control No. 1205-0526.

Submitted comments will also be a matter of public record for this ICR and posted on the internet, without redaction. DOL encourages commenters not to include personally identifiable information, confidential business data, or other sensitive statements/information in any comments.

DOL 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: DOL-ETA.

Type of Review: Revision.

Title of Collection: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Common Performance Reporting System.

Forms: WIOA Statewide Performance Report Template and WIOA Local Performance Report Template (ETA-9169); WIOA Joint Participant Individual Record Layout (PIRL) (ETA-9170); and WIOA Eligible Training Provider (ETP) Performance Report Specifications and WIOA Eligible Start Printed Page 41246Training Provider (ETP) Performance Report Definitions (ETP-9171).

OMB Control Number: 1205-0526.

Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments and Individuals or Households.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,114,384.

Frequency: Varies.

Total Estimated Annual Responses: 38,216,307.

Estimated Average Time per Response: Varies.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,638,609 hours.

Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $400,018,711.

(Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A))

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John Pallasch,

Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.

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[FR Doc. 2020-14790 Filed 7-8-20; 8:45 am]

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