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• Publication Date: 06/03/1997
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 63:30340-30342
• Standard Number: 1904.8; 1910.1047
• Title: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

May 29, 1997.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). A copy of each individual ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor, Departmental Clearance Officer, Theresa M. O'Malley ((202) 219-5096 ext. 143) or via E-Mail to TOMalley@dol.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY/TDD) may call (202) 219-4720 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for BLS, DM, ESA, ETA, MSHA, OSHA, PWBA, or VETS, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 ((202) 395-7316), within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:

  • 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: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Title: National Compensation Survey.

OMB Number: 1220-0000 (new collection).

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local or Tribal Government.


Form Total respondents Frequency Total responses Average time per response (minutes) Total burden hours (est.)

Government Establishment Form 4,677 Annual or Quaterly 6,393 9 1,029
Government Generic Leve Form #1 4,677 Annual or Quarterly 6,393 9 1,029
Government Generic Level Form #2 4,677 Annual or Quarterly 6,393 9 1,029
Government Wage Form 4,677 Annual or Quarterly 6,393 9 1,029
Government Work Schedule Form 4,677 Annual or Quarterly 6,393 9 1,029
Government Benefits Collection Form (FYS 98 and 99 only) 1,715 Annual or Quarterly 4,193 49 2,287 (3,430- avg. per year used.)
Private Establishment Form 21,823 Annual or Quarterly 32,497 9 4,801
Private Generic Level, Form #1 21,823 Annual or Quarterly 32,497 9 4,801
Private Establishment Generic Level Form #2 21,823 Annual or Quarterly 32,497 9 4,801
Private Establishment Wage Form 21,823 Annual or Quarterly 32,497 9 4,801
Private Establishment Work Schedule Form 21,823 Annual or Quarterly 32,497 9 4,801
Private Establishment Benefits Collection Form (FYS 98 and 99 only) 8,005 Annual or Quarterly 19,567 49 10,673 (16,009 Avg Per year used)
Government Benefit Tests Form (FY 97 only) 133 Annual 133 262 194 (583 Avg Per year used)
Private Establishment Benefit Tests Form (FY 97 only) 623 Annual 623 262 906 (2,718 Avg Per year used)
Employment Cost Index Collection Form (FYS 97 and 98 only) 158 Annual 158 220 518 (777 Avg Per year used)
Employment Cost Index Update Form 5,614 Quaterly 22,456 30 11,228
Employment Cost Index Quality Assurance Form (FYS 97 and 98 only) 8 Annual 8 15 2 (3 Avg Per year used)
Collection done solely on computer 16,545 Annual 16,545 25 7,261

Total 32,578   82,293   62,221

Note: All figures are based on a three-year average. The total respondents and total responses column do not equal the totals, because most respondents are asked to give data that will be used on several forms.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): 0.

Description: This collection is the implementation of the new National Compensation Survey (NCS), formally called COMP2000 program. NCS, when fully implemented, will integrate three separate BLS compensation programs -- the Occupational Compensation Survey Program (OCSP), the Employment Cost Index (ECI), and the Employee Benefits Survey (EBS). Data are collected from both the private non-farm economy and State and local governments. Data produced from this survey are critical in determining pay increases for Federal workers; in determining monetary policy, and for use by compensation administrators and researchers in the private sector.

Agency: Employment Standards Administration.

Title: Wage Statement (English and Spanish).

OMB Number: 1215-0148 (extension).

Frequency: On occasion.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for- profit; Farms.

Number of Respondents: 1,500,000.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: \1/2\ minute.

Total Burden Hours: 650,000.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): 0.

Description: The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act requires employers of agricultural workers to maintain specific weekly payroll information and to provide a written statement of this information to each migrant or seasonal worker. Forms WH-501R and WH-501R(S) are optional forms which employers may use to record this required information and provide to their workers.

Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Title: Reporting of Fatality or Multiple Hospitalization Incidents (29 CFR 1904.8).

OMB Number: 1218-0007 (extension).

Frequency: On occasion.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Farms; State, Local or Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents: 6,349

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 15 minutes.

Total Burden Hours: 1,587

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): 0.

Description: All workplace fatalities and incidents involving the in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees must be reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to allow the Agency to schedule an inspection/investigation of the occurrence. Such reporting is required by law.

Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Title: Veterans Supplement to the CPS.

OMB Number: 1220-0102 (reinstatement with change).

Frequency: Biennially.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Number of Respondents: 12,000.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 1 minute.

Total Burden Hours: 200.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services):0.

Description: The supplement data will provide estimates of disabled and Vietnam-theater veterans in the labor force, recently separated veterans, the number of veterans who feel their disability affects labor force participation, and information about veterans who use programs that are available to them. Data are necessary to evaluate veterans' programs and to meet a legislative mandate for a labor market study.

Agency: Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration.

Title: Prohibited Transaction Exemption (Exemption Application No. D-09988) Class Exemption for Collective Investment Fund Conversion Transactions.

OMB Number: 1210-0000 (new collection).

Frequency: On occasion.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for- profit; Not-for-profit institutions.

Number of Respondents: 75, category 1=33, category 2=42.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: category 1=9 hours, category 2=35 hours.

Total Burden Hours: 1,767.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): $119,250.

Description: This class exemption permits an employee benefit plan (the Client Plan) to purchase shares of a registered investment company (the Fund), the investment adviser for which is a bank (the Bank) or plan adviser (the Plan Adviser) registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Advisers Act), that also serves as a fiduciary of a Client Plan, in exchange for plan assets transferred in- kind to the Fund from a collective investment fund (CIF) maintained by the Bank or Plan Adviser, in connection with a complete withdrawal of a Client Plan's assets from the CIF.

Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Title: Ethylene Oxide 1910.1047.

OMB Number: 1218-0108 (extension).

Frequency: On occasion.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Federal Government; State, and Local or Tribal governments.

Number of Respondents: 52,546.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 58 minutes.

Total Burden Hours: 50,300.

Total Annualized capital/startup costs: 0.

Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): $1,500,593.

Description: The Ethylene Oxide Standard and its information collection requirements are designed to provide protection for employees from adverse health effects associated with occupational exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO).

The Standard requires employers to monitor employee exposure to EtO and provide notification to employees of their exposure to ethylene oxide. If monitoring indicates exposure above the 8-hour time weight average of one part EtO per million parts of air, or in excess of five parts of EtO per million part of air as averaged over sampling period of 15 minutes, then the employer is required to make available medical exams to employees who are, or may be exposed to EtO at or above the action level (.5 parts per million calculated as an eight time-weight average), without regard to the use of respirators, for at least 30 days a year. Exposure monitoring and medical records are to be retained for prescribed amounts of time, and under certain circumstances such records may be transferred to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Employers are also required to communicate the hazards associated with exposure to EtO through signs, labels, material safety data sheets and training.

Theresa M. O'Malley,
Departmental Clearance Officer.

[FR Doc. 97-14435 Filed 6-2-97; 8:45 am)


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