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Construction Scheduling Letter; Proposed Approval of Information Collection Requirements; Comment Request

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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Labor (DOL), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The program helps ensure that 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 on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the proposed information collection that covers OFCCP's construction scheduling letter. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice or by accessing it at www.regulations.gov.

DATES:

Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before February 22, 2021.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

Electronic comments: The federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions found on that website for submitting comments.

Mail, Hand Delivery, Courier: Addressed to Tina T. Williams, Director, Division of Policy and Program Development, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room C-3325, Washington, DC 20210.

Instructions: Please submit one copy of your comments by only one method. For faster submission, we encourage commenters to transmit their comment electronically via the www.regulations.gov website. Comments that are mailed to the address provided above must be postmarked before the close of the comment period. All submissions must include OFCCP's name for identification. Comments submitted in response to the notice, including any personal information provided, become a matter of public record and will be posted on www.regulations.gov. Comments will also be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the information collection request.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tina T. Williams, Director, Division of Policy and Program Development, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Room C-3325, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693-0103 (voice) or (202) 693-1337 (TTY) (these are not toll-free numbers). Copies of this notice may be obtained in alternative formats (large print, braille, audio recording) upon request by calling the numbers listed above.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

OFCCP administers and enforces three equal employment opportunity laws listed below.

  • Executive Order 11246, as amended (E.O. 11246)
  • Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 503)
  • Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (VEVRAA)

These authorities prohibit employment discrimination by covered federal contractors and subcontractors and require that they take affirmative action to provide equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Additionally, federal contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discriminating against applicants and employees for asking about, discussing, or sharing information about their pay or, in certain circumstances, the pay of their co-workers.

E.O. 11246 applies to federal contractors and subcontractors and to federally assisted construction contractors holding a government contract in excess of $10,000, or government contracts that have, or can reasonably be expected to have, an aggregate total value exceeding $10,000 in a 12-month period. E.O. 11246 also applies to government bills of lading, depositories of federal funds in any amount, and financial institutions that are issuing and paying agents for U.S. savings bonds. Section 503 prohibits employment discrimination against applicants and employees because of physical or mental disability and requires contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities. Section 503 applies to federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts in excess of $15,000. VEVRAA requires contractors to take affirmative action to employ, and advance in employment, qualified protected veterans. VEVRAA applies to federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts of $150,000 or more.

This proposed information collection request (ICR) seeks to implement a construction scheduling letter for construction contractors to notify them that they have been selected for a compliance review. This way of scheduling construction contractors will be similar to the way OFCCP currently schedules supply and service contractors, and will provide certainty and consistency between the two types of compliance evaluations. Like supply and service evaluations, OFCCP will go to the contractor's establishment and work sites for an onsite review only if the agency needs to investigate further after reviewing the information Start Printed Page 84003provided in response to the scheduling letter.

II. Review Focus

OFCCP is particularly interested in comments that:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the compliance assistance functions of the agency that support the agency's compliance mission, 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 submissions of responses.

III. Current Actions

OFCCP seeks approval of this new information collection in order to carry out and enhance its responsibilities to enforce the nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions of the three legal authorities it administers.

Type of Review: Regular.

Agency: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Title: Construction Scheduling Letter.

OMB Number: 1250-New.

Agency Number: None.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit entities.

Total Respondents: 500 construction contractors.

Total Annual Responses: 500 construction contractors.

Average Time per Response: 29 hours, direct federal construction contractors; 16 hours, federally assisted construction contractors.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 11,900 hours.

Frequency: Upon selection for a compliance evaluation.

Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $4,358.

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Tina Williams,

Director, Division of Policy and Program Development, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2020-28266 Filed 12-22-20; 8:45 am]

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