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• Publication Date: 06/08/2007
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 72:31863-31864
• Title: Grantee Quarterly Progress Report; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

[Federal Register: June 8, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 110)]
[Notices]               
[Page 31863-31864]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0048]

Grantee Quarterly Progress Report; Extension of the Office of 
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection 
(Paperwork) Requirements

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to 
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements 
contained in the Grantee Quarterly Progress Report required by Section 
21 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the "OSH Act") 
(29 U.S.C. 670).

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
August 7, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting 
comments.
    Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer 
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
1648.
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: 
When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments 
and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0048, 
U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and 
courier service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and 
Docket Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA 
docket number for this ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0048). All comments, 
including any personal information you provide, are placed in the 
public docket without change, and may be made available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting 
comments see the "Public Participation" heading in the section of 
this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at 
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal 
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index; 
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly 
available to read or download through the Web site. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You also may contact Cynthia 
Bencheck at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Bencheck, Division of Training 
and Educational Programs, OSHA Office of Training and Education, 2020 
S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005; 
telephone: (847) 297-4810.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce 
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a 
preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an 
opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information 
collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that 
information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs) 
is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's 
estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) authorizes 
information collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for 
enforcement of the OSH Act or for developing information regarding the 
causes and prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and 
accidents (29 U.S.C. 657).
    Section 21 of the OSH Act (29 U.S.C. 670) authorizes OSHA to 
conduct directly, or through grants and contracts, education and 
training courses. These courses must ensure an adequate number of 
qualified personnel to fulfill the purposes of the OSH Act, provide 
them with short-term training, inform them of the importance and proper 
use of safety and health equipment, and train employers and employees 
to recognize, avoid, and prevent unsafe and unhealthful working 
conditions.
    Under Section 21, OSHA awards training grants to nonprofit 
organizations to provide part of the required training. The Agency 
requires organizations that receive these grants to submit quarterly 
progress reports that provide information on their grant-funded 
training activities; these reports allow OSHA to monitor the grantee's 
performance and to determine if an organization is using grant funds as 
specified in its grant application. Accordingly, the Agency compares 
the information provided in the quarterly progress report to the 
quarterly milestones proposed by the organization in the work plan and 
budget that accompanied the grant application. This information 
includes: Identifier data (organization name and grant number); the 
date and location where the training occurred; the length of training 
(hours); the number of employees and employers attending training 
sessions provided by the organization during the quarter; a description 
of the training provided; a narrative account of grant activities 
conducted during the quarter; and an evaluation of progress regarding 
planned versus actual work accomplished. This comparison permits OSHA 
to determine if the organization is meeting the proposed program goals 
and objectives, and spending funds in the manner described in the 
proposed budget.
    Requiring these reports on a quarterly basis enables OSHA to 
identify work plan, training, and expenditure discrepancies in a timely 
fashion so that it can implement appropriate action. In addition, this 
information permits the Agency to assess an organization's ability to meet 
projected milestones and expenditures.

II. Special Issues for Comment

    OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
     Whether the proposed information collection requirements 
are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions, 
including whether the information is useful;
     The accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden (time 
and costs) of the information collection requirements, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     The quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply; 
for example, by using automated or other technological information 
collection and transmission techniques.

III. Proposed Actions

    OSHA is requesting OMB to extend its approval of the information 
collection requirements contained in Grantee Quarterly Progress Report. 
The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in response to this 
notice, and will include this summary in the request to OMB.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Title: Grantee Quarterly Progress Report.
    OMB Number: 1218-0100.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit organizations.
    Number of Respondents: 55.
    Frequency: Quarterly.
    Total Responses: 55.
    Average Time per Response: 12 hours.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,640 hours.
    Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.

IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and 
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions

    You may submit comments in response to this document as follows: 
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile; or (3) by hard copy. All 
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name 
and the OSHA docket number for this ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0048). 
You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files 
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference 
to an electronic or a facsimile submission, you must submit them to the 
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES). 
The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments 
by your name, date, and docket number so the Agency can attach them to 
your comments.
    Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a 
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about 
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand, 
express delivery, messenger or courier service, please contact the OSHA 
Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).
    Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov.
Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about submitting personal information
such as social security numbers and date of birth. Although all submissions 
are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov
index, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly 
available to read or download through this Web site. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying 
at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov 
Web site to submit comments and access the docket is available at the 
Web site's "User Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for 
information about materials not available through the Web site, and 
for assistance in using the Internet to locate docket submissions.

V. Authority and Signature

    Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational 
Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The 
authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2002 (67 FR 
65008).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on May 31, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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