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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Occupational Safety and Health State Plans
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 126 (Monday, July 1, 2019)]
[Pages 31350-31351]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-13977]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Occupational Safety and Health State Plans

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information 
collection request (ICR) titled, ``Occupational Safety and Health State 
Plans,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and 
approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are 

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives 
on or before July 31, 2019.

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 website at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201903-1218-009 (this link will only become active 
on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting 
Frederick Licari by telephone at 202-693-8073, TTY 202-693-8064, (these 
are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Submit comments about this request by mail 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: OIRA_submission@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: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Further Information Contact: 
Frederick Licari by telephone at 202-693-8073, TTY 202-693-8064, (these 
are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for 
the Occupational Safety and Health State Plans information collection. 
Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C. 667) 
offers an opportunity to the states to assume responsibility for the 
development and enforcement of state standards through the mechanism of 
an OSHA-approved State Plan. Absent an approved plan, states are 
precluded from enforcing occupational safety and health standards in 
the private sector with respect to any issue for which Federal OSHA has 
promulgated a standard. Once approved and operational, the state adopts 
standards and provides most occupational safety and health enforcement 
and compliance assistance in the state under the authority of its plan, 
instead of Federal OSHA. States also must extend their jurisdiction to 
cover state and local government employees and may obtain approval of 
State Plans limited in scope to these workers. To obtain and maintain 
State Plan approval, a state must submit various documents to OSHA 
describing program structure and operation, including any modifications 
thereto as they occur, in accordance with the identified regulations. 
OSHA funds 50 percent of the costs required to be incurred by an 
approved State Plan, with the state at least matching and providing 
additional funding at its discretion. The agency is requesting an 
adjustment decrease related to the number of burden hours associated 
with the developmental steps necessary for certain states in the 
developmental process, including Maine, Illinois, and Virgin Islands. 
As a result, the total burden hours have decreased slightly from 11,519 
to 11,369. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 section 18 
authorizes this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 651.
    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. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection 
under Control Number 1218-0247.
    OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) 
years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is 
scheduled to expire on June 30, 2019. The DOL seeks to extend PRA 
authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, 
without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that 
existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB 
receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For 
additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related 
notice published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2019 (84 FR 
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
the ADDRESSES section within thirty-(30) days of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate 
consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1218-0247. 
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: Occupational Safety and Health State Plans.
    OMB Control Number: 1218-0247.
    Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 28.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 1,301.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 11,369 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

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

    Dated: June 25, 2019.
Frederick Licari,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-13977 Filed 6-28-19; 8:45 am]