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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Voluntary Protection Program Information
[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 189 (Tuesday, September 30, 2014)][Notices][Pages 58806-58807]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-23165]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Voluntary Protection Program Information

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: On September 30, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) will 
submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 
sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, 
"Voluntary Protection Program Information," to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.). Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that the agency 
receives on or before October 30, 2014.

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 of charge 
from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/
PRAViewICR?refnbr=201409-1218-003 (this link will only become 
active on October 1, 2014) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone 
at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or 
sending an email to DOLPRAPUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office 
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-
OSHA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free 
number); or by email: OIRAsubmission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters 
are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any 
comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, 
Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information 
Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; or by email: 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or sending an 
email to DOLPRAPUBLIC@dol.gov.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks approval under the PRA for 
revisions to the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Information ICR. 
The VPP is a partnership between labor, management, and government 
designed to recognize and promote excellence in safety and health 
management. In order to participate in the VPP, an applicant submits an 
application and an annual self-evaluation containing a detailed 
description of its safety and health management programs to the OSHA, 
which uses the information to conduct a preliminary analysis of the 
worksite's programs and to make a preliminary determination regarding 
the worksite's qualifications for the VPP. This ICR has been classified 
as a revision, because existing VPP forms have been modified and the 
collection will include additional forms that enable the OSHA to 
improve the tracking and monitoring of VPP participants.
    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 the 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. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection 
under Control Number 1218-0239. The current approval is scheduled to 
expire on September 30, 2014; however, the DOL notes that existing 
information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a 
month-to-month extension while they undergo review. New requirements 
would only take effect upon OMB approval. For additional substantive 
information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the 
Federal Register on June 30, 2014 (79 FR 36834).

    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
the ADDRESSES section by October 30, 2014. In order to help ensure 
appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 
1218-0239. The OMB 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-OSHA.
    Title of Collection: Voluntary Protection Program Information.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0239.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,549.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 5,650.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 134,475 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $4,884,132.

    Dated: September 24, 2014.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-23165 Filed 9-29-14; 8:45 am]