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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Evaluation of National Health Emergency (NHE) Grants To Address the Opioid Crisis

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Notice of availability; request for comments.


The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting this Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP)-sponsored information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.


The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before October 19, 2020.


Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to​public/​do/​PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting “Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments” or by using the search function.

Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) if the information will be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (4) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (5) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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Crystal Rennie by telephone at 202-693-0456, or by email at

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The Chief Evaluation Office of the U.S. Start Printed Page 58074Department of Labor (DOL) has commissioned an evaluation of the National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis. DOL awarded $22 million in NHE grants to six states in 2018. These grants enable states to test innovative approaches to address the economic and workforce-related impacts of the opioid epidemic. The evaluation of the NHE Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis offers a unique opportunity to build knowledge about the implementation of these approaches, identify perceived challenges and promising practices, and share information with grantees and other stakeholders as they seek to address the opioid crisis. The NHE grant program and subsequent evaluation are authorized by Title 29 of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on December 26, 2018 (83 FR 66308).

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 the OMB approves it 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 OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.

DOL seeks PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) years. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal. The DOL notes that information collection requirements submitted to the OMB for existing ICRs receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review.

Agency: DOL-OASP.

Title of Collection: Evaluation of National Health Emergency (NHE) Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis.

OMB Control Number: 1290-0NEW.

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

Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 80.

Total Estimated Number of Responses: 160.

Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 117 hours.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

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Crystal Rennie,

Acting Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2020-20529 Filed 9-16-20; 8:45 am]