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Employee Benefits Security Administration

EBSA Federal Register Notice

Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements [12/18/2007]

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Volume 72, Number 242


Employment Standards Administration

Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection 

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing 
collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to 
ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, 
reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, 
collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of 
collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. 
Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting 
comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the 
information collection: Notice of Recurrences (CA-2a). A copy of the 
proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting 
the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.

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DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addresses section below on or before February 19, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Mr. Steven Andoseh, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Ave., NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone 
(202) 693-0373, fax (202) 693-1451, E-mail 
Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or 

    I. Background: The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 
administers the Federal Employees' Compensation Act,(5 U.S.C. 8101,et 
seq.), which provides for continuation of pay or compensation for work 
related injuries or disease that result from Federal Employment. 
Regulation 20 CFR 10.104 designates form CA-2a as the form to be used 
to request information from claimants with previously accepted injuries 
who claim a recurrence of disability, and from their supervisors. The 
form requests information relating to the specific circumstances 
leading up to the recurrence as well as information about their 
employment and earnings. The information provided is used by OWCP 
claims examiners to determine whether a claimant has suffered a 
recurrence of disability related to an accepted injury and, if so, the 
appropriate benefits payable. This information collection is currently 
approved for use through July 31, 2008.
    II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor 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 submissions of responses.
    III. Current Actions: The Department of Labor seeks the approval 
for the extension of this currently approved information collection in 
order to ensure the accurate payment of benefits to current and former 
Federal employees with recurring work-related injuries.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Employment Standards Administration.
    Title: Notice of Recurrences.
    OMB Number: 1215-0167.
    Agency Number: CA-2a.
    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Total Respondents: 680.
    Total Annual responses: 680.
    Average Time per Response: 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 340.
    Frequency: Once Per Recurrence.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $299.00.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated: December 13, 2007.
Hazel Bell,
Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, 
Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration 
and Planning Employment Standards Administration.
[FR Doc. E7-24488 Filed 12-17-07; 8:45 am]