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    Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 45 (Wednesday, March 7, 2012)][Notices][Pages 13656-13657]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5546]



Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

ACTION: Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of 
proposed collection of information.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) 
(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), on November 1, 2011 (76 FR 67496), the 
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) published a 
60-day notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comment on the 
proposed information collection described below.
    In further compliance with the PRA, OSHRC now publishes this second 
notice announcing the submission of its proposed collection to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and notifying the public 
about how to submit comments on the proposed collection to OMB during 
the 30-day comment period.

DATES: Comments must be submitted to OMB on or before April 6, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit all comments to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Occupational Safety 
and Health Review Commission, Office of Management and Budget, Room 
10235, Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: (202) 395-6929/Fax: (202) 395-
6881 (these are not toll-free numbers), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for information or copies of 
the proposed information collection instrument should be directed to 
John X. Cerveny, Deputy Executive Secretary, Occupational Safety and 
Health Review Commission, 1120 20th Street NW., Ninth Floor, 
Washington, DC 20036-3457; Telephone (202) 606-5706; email address: 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OSHRC's Settlement Part program, codified at 
29 CFR 2200.120, is designed to encourage settlements on contested 
citations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety 
and Health Administration (OSHA) and to reduce litigation costs. The 
program requires employers who receive job safety or health citations 
that include proposed penalties of $100,000 or more in total to 
participate in formal settlement talks presided over by an OSHRC 
Administrative Law Judge. If settlement efforts fail, the case would 
continue under OSHRC's conventional proceedings, usually before a judge 
other than the one who presided over the settlement proceedings.
    To ensure the continued success of the program, OSHRC proposes to 
collect information from Settlement Part participants about their 
experiences with the program. The participants would be employers and 
Department of Labor personnel, Authorized Employee Representatives and 
their representatives, including attorneys, who have personally 
participated in cases from February 15, 2011 through February 14, 2012. 
The proposed information collection instrument is a written survey 
consisting of a series of multiple-choice questions that are intended 
to take a respondent no more than 30 minutes to complete. The 
respondents may skip any questions that they do not feel comfortable 
answering, and are permitted to comment further on their experiences at 
the end of the questionnaire.
    OSHRC has submitted the proposed information collection to OMB for 
review, as required by the PRA. OSHRC invites comments to be submitted 
to OMB on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the agency's functions, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize 
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including 
through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, 
and other forms of information technology.
    OMB Control Number: Not applicable, new request.
    Form Number: Not applicable.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (new information collection).
    Title: Survey of Participants in OSHRC Settlement Part Program.
    Description: Information collection required to evaluate the Review 
Commission's Settlement Part process.
    Affected Public: Employer and Department of Labor (OSHA) personnel 
(settlement decision makers), Authorized Employee Representatives, and 
their representatives, including attorneys, who have personally 
participated in cases subject to Mandatory and Voluntary Settlement 
proceedings under 29 CFR 2200.120 from February 15, 2011 through 
February 14, 2012.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 300.
    Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Reporting Burden: 150 hours.
    Obligation to respond: Voluntary.

    Dated: March 2, 2012.
Debra Hall,
Acting Executive Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-5546 Filed 3-6-12; 8:45 am]