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Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request

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The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection requests (ICRs) titled, “Report of Changes that May Affect Your Black Lung Benefits” (Forms CM-929 and CM-929P). 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).


Consideration will be given to all written comments received by January 25, 2021.


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 Anjanette Suggs by telephone at 202-354-9660 or by email at

Submit written comments about this ICR by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Program, Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation, Room S-3323, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; or by email:

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Contact Anjanette Suggs by telephone at 202-354-9660 or by email at

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The 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 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.

This ICR seeks approval under the PRA for an extension of an existing collection titled Report of Changes That May Affect Your Black Lung Benefits (Forms CM-929 and CM-929P). These forms help determine continuing eligibility of primary beneficiaries receiving black lung benefits. The primary beneficiary or their representative payee is required to verify and update certain information that may affect entitlement to benefits, including changes to income, marital status, receipt of state workers' compensation benefits, and their dependents' status. While the information collected remains the same as in the currently approved collection, the updated forms add an electronic filing option. The Black Lung Benefits Act, 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 20 CFR 725.513(a), 725.533(e), authorizes this information collection. See 30 U.S.C. 936(a)

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 under the PRA 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 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. Written comments will receive consideration, and summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of the final ICR. To help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention 1240-0028.

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

The 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 Start Printed Page 75050whether 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.


Type of Review: Extension.

Title of Collection: Report of Changes that May Affect Your Black Lung Benefits.

Form: Report of Changes that May Affect Your Black Lung Benefits, CM-929, CM-929P.

OMB Control Number: 1240-0028.

Affected Public: Individuals and Not-for-profit institutions.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,000.

Frequency: Annually.

Total Estimated Annual Responses: 12,000.

Estimated Average Time per Response: 5-80 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,810 hours.

Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $0.00.

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

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Anjanette Suggs,

Agency Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2020-25874 Filed 11-23-20; 8:45 am]