Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments

CourtRailroad Retirement Board
Citation86 FR 16649
Published date30 March 2021
Record Number2021-06531
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 59 (Tuesday, March 30, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 30, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 16649-16650]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-06531]
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                RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD
                Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments
                 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C.
                Chapter 35), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is forwarding an
                Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Information and
                Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Our
                ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public.
                Review and approval by OIRA ensures that we impose appropriate
                paperwork burdens.
                 The RRB invites comments on the proposed collections of information
                to determine (1) the practical utility of the collections; (2) the
                accuracy of the estimated burden of the collections; (3) ways to
                enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information that is
                the subject of collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of
                collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection
                techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments to the
                RRB or OIRA must contain the OMB control number of the ICR. For proper
                consideration of your comments, it is best if the RRB and OIRA receive
                them within 30 days of the publication date.
                 1. Title and purpose of information collection: RUIA Claims
                Notification and Verification System; OMB 3220-0171.
                 Section 5(b) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) (45
                U.S.C.355), requires that effective January 1, 1990, when a claim for
                benefits is filed with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), the RRB
                shall provide notice of the claim to the claimant's base year
                employer(s) to provide them an opportunity to submit information
                relevant to the claim before making an initial determination. If the
                RRB determines to pay benefits to the claimant under the RUIA, the RRB
                shall notify the base-year employer(s).
                 The purpose of the RUIA Claims Notification and Verification System
                is to provide two notices, pre-payment Form ID-4K, Prepayment Notice of
                Employees' Applications and Claims for Benefits Under the Railroad
                Unemployment Insurance Act, and post-payment Form ID-4E, Notice of RUIA
                Claim Determination. Prepayment Form ID-4K provides notice to a
                claimant's base-year employer(s), of each unemployment application and
                unemployment and sickness claim filed for benefits under the RUIA and
                provides the employer an opportunity to convey information relevant to
                the proper adjudication of the claim.
                 The railroad employer can elect to receive Form ID-4K by one of
                three options: A computer-generated paper notice, by Electronic Data
                Interchange (EDI), or online via the RRB's Employer Reporting System
                (ERS). The railroad employer can respond to the ID-4K notice by
                telephone, manually by mailing a completed ID-4K back to the RRB, or
                electronically via EDI or ERS.
                 Once the RRB determines to pay a claim post-payment Form Letter ID-
                4E, Notice of RUIA Claim Determination, is used to notify the base-year
                employer(s). This gives the employer a second opportunity to challenge
                the claim for benefits.
                 The ID-4E mainframe-generated paper notice, EDI, and internet
                versions are transmitted on a daily basis, generally on the same day
                that the claims are approved for payment. Railroad employers who are
                mailed Form ID-4E are instructed to write if they want a
                reconsideration of the RRB's determination to pay. Employers who
                receive the ID-4E electronically, may file a reconsideration request by
                completing the ID-4E by either EDI or ERS. Completion is voluntary.
                 Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the
                initial 60-day notice (82 FR 7122 on January 26, 2021) required by 44
                U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.
                Information Collection Request (ICR)
                 Title: RUIA Claims Notification and Verification System.
                 OMB Control Number: 3220-0171.
                 Form(s) submitted: ID-4K, ID-4K (INTERNET), ID-4E, ID-4E
                (INTERNET).
                 Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved
                collection.
                 Affected public: Private Sector; Businesses or other for-profits
                 Abstract: Section 5(b) of the RUIA requires that effective January
                1, 1990, when a claim for benefits is filed with the Railroad
                Retirement Board (RRB), the RRB shall provide notice of such claim to
                the claimant's base-year employer(s) and afford such employer(s) an
                opportunity to submit information relevant to the claim before making
                an initial determination on the claim. When the RRB determines to pay
                benefits to a claimant under the RUIA, the RRB shall provide notice of
                such determination to the claimant's base year employer.
                 Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to form ID-4K, ID-
                4K(internet), ID-4E, and ID-4E (internet).
                 The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:
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                 Annual Time Burden
                 Form number responses (minutes) (hours)
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                ID-4K (Manual).................................................. 1,250 2 42
                ID-4K (FTP)..................................................... 17,600 (*) 210
                ID-4K (Internet)................................................ 66,800 2 2,226
                ID-4E (Manual).................................................. 50 2 2
                ID-4E (Internet)................................................ 120 2 4
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                 Total....................................................... 85,820 .............. 2,484
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                * The burden for the 5 participating employers who transmit FTP responses is calculated at 10 minutes each per
                 day, 251 workdays a year or 210 total hours of burden.
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                 2. Title and purpose of information collection: Request for
                internet Services, OMB 3220-0198.
                 The RRB uses a Personal Identification Number (PIN)/Password system
                that allows RRB customers to conduct business with the agency
                electronically. As part of the system, the RRB collects information
                needed to establish a unique PIN/Password that allows customer access
                to RRB internet-based services. The information collected is matched
                against records of the railroad employee that are maintained by the
                RRB. If the information is verified, the request is approved and the
                RRB mails a Password Request Code (PRC) to the requestor. If the
                information provided cannot be verified, the requestor is advised to
                contact the nearest field office of the RRB to resolve the discrepancy.
                Once a PRC is obtained from the RRB, the requestor can apply for a PIN/
                Password online. Once the PIN/Password has been established, the
                requestor has access to RRB internet-based services.
                 Completion is voluntary, however, the RRB will be unable to provide
                a PRC or allow a requestor to establish a PIN/Password (thereby denying
                system access), if the requests are not completed.
                 Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the
                initial 60-day notice (82 FR 7123 on January 26, 2021) required by 44
                U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.
                Information Collection Request (ICR)
                 Title: Request for internet Services.
                 OMB Control Number: 3220-0198.
                 Form(s) submitted: N/A.
                 Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved
                collection.
                 Affected public: Individuals or Households.
                 Abstract: The Railroad Retirement Board collects information needed
                to provide customers with the ability to request a Password Request
                Code and subsequently, to establish an individual PIN/Password, the
                initial steps in providing the option of conducting transactions with
                the RRB on a routine basis through the internet.
                 Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to the PRC screens or
                the PIN/Password screens.
                 The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:
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                 Annual Time Burden
                 Form number responses (minutes) (hours)
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                Request PRC..................................................... 12,000 5.0 1,000
                Establish Pin/Password.......................................... 16,000 1.5 400
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                 Total....................................................... 28,000 .............. 1,400
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                 Additional Information or Comments: Copies of the forms and
                supporting documents can be obtained from Kennisha Tucker at (312) 469-
                2591 or [email protected]. Comments regarding the information
                collection should be addressed to Brian Foster, Railroad Retirement
                Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611-1275 or
                [email protected].
                 Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information
                collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice
                to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information
                collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--Open for
                Public Comments'' or by using the search function.
                Brian Foster,
                Clearance Officer.
                [FR Doc. 2021-06531 Filed 3-29-21; 8:45 am]
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