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Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC)

Proposed Collection of Information

Comment Request

The Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation published a Proposed Collection of Information and Comment Request in the Federal Register on October 30, 2017, to obtain feedback on a proposed information collection request.

This information collection is essential to the mission of OWCP's Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation, which administers the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA). The statute grants the Department authority to authorize and regulate coal mine operators who wish to self-insure their BLBA liabilities. This information collection would provide OWCP with sufficient information to determine whether a coal mine operator should be (or continue to be) authorized to self-insure. The information would also allow OWCP to determine the security amount a coal mine operator must deposit to guarantee that it will be able to meet its BLBA liabilities. To facilitate this process, OWCP recently developed three new forms: CM-2017, CM 2017a, and CM 2017b.

The Notice proposing the information collection may be found online at:

To submit comments, please follow the instructions in the Notice. We must receive your comments no later than December 29, 2017. We will not consider comments submitted after that date.

Proposed Collection of Information [PDF].

New forms and Supporting Statement

More information on the Black Lung Program and the Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation is available at: