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||Grantee Quarterly Progress Report; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's [OMB] Approval of Information Collection [Paperwork] Requirements
[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 6 (Thursday, January 9, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-00121]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0021]
Grantee Quarterly Progress Report; Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirements specified for its Grantee Quarterly
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
March 10, 2014.
ADDRESSES: 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
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2010-0021, U.S.
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
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. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the
OSHA docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-
2010-0021). 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 from the Web site. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. To obtain a copy of the ICR, you may
contact Theda Kenney, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S.
Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2222.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kimberly A. Mason, OSHA Directorate of
Training and Education, 2020 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington
Heights, IL 60005-4102; telephone: (847) 759-7700; email:
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 accord with the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (PRA-95) (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) (29 U.S.C. 651
et seq.) 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). The OSH Act also
requires that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon
employers, especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce
to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in
obtaining information (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
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
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 OSHA'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
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 that OMB extend its approval of the information
collection requirements specified for the Grantee Quarterly Progress
Report. OSHA is proposing to increase the burden hours in its currently
approved information collection request from 4,944 burden hours to
5,096 burden hours (a total increase of 152 hours). Although the annual
number of grants managed by the Agency decreased from a three-year
average of 103 to 91, the estimated number of hours required to
complete the report increased by 2 hours per quarter. The number of
hours required to complete the report was increased in order to
collect, compile, and maintain evaluation information for the narrative
portion of the report. The Agency will summarize the comments submitted
in response to this notice and will include this summary in the request
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Grantee Quarterly Progress Report.
OMB Control Number: 1218-0100.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; not-for-profit
Number of Respondents: 91.
Frequency of Responses: Quarterly.
Average Time per Response: 14 hours per quarter.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 5,096.
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 (fax); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2010-0021). You
may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or 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 the 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 from 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
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, 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. 1-2012
(72 FR 3912).
Signed at Washington, DC, on January 3, 2014.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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