Agency Information Collection Activities: Employment and Training Performance Measurement, Monitoring and Reporting Requirements

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 88 (Tuesday, May 7, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 88 (Tuesday, May 7, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19901-19902]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-09254]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food and Nutrition Service
Agency Information Collection Activities: Employment and Training
Performance Measurement, Monitoring and Reporting Requirements
AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this
notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment
on this proposed information collection. This collection is an
extension, without change, of a currently approved collection for
annual outcome data for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) programs, as mandated by Section
16(h)(5) of the Food and Nutrition Act (FNA) and as amended by section
4022 of the Agricultural Act of 2014.
DATES: Written comments must be received on or before July 8, 2019.
ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Moira Johnston, Director, SNAP,
Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park
Center Drive, Room 806, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be
submitted via email to [email protected]. Comments will also be
accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting
comments electronically.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will
be a matter of public record.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
copies of this information collection should be directed to Moira
Johnston at 703-305-2515.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity
of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden
of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other
technological collection techniques or other forms of information
technology.
    Title: SNAP E&T Performance Measure, Monitoring, and Reporting
Requirements.
    Form Number: Not applicable.
    OMB Number: 0584-0614.
    Expiration Date: 9/30/2019.
    Type of Request: Extension, without change, of a currently approved
collection.
    Abstract: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
regulations at 7 CFR 273.7(c)(17) requires State agencies to submit
annual outcome reports to monitor the effectiveness of SNAP Employment
and Training (E&T) programs. State agencies must maintain records in
order to support data reported in the annual outcome reports.
    The information collected on the annual outcome report includes:
(1) The number and percentage of E&T participants who retain employment
2 quarters and 4 quarters after completing E&T; (2) the median wages
for participants with earnings 2 quarters after completion of E&T; (3)
the number and percentage of participants that completed a training,
education, work experience or on-the-job training component; (4)
certain unique characteristics of SNAP E&T participants; and (5)
additional reporting requirements for State agencies that pledge to
serve all at-risk Able-bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs). State
agencies are also required to identify appropriate outcome reporting
measures for each proposed component that is intended to serve a
threshold number of participants of at least 100 a year. The reporting
measures for these components are identified in State agencies' E&T
plans and the outcome data will be reported to the Food and Nutrition
Service (FNS) in State agencies' annual outcome reports. State agencies
are required to report outcome data annually.
    With this information, FNS will be able to identify more, and less,
successful E&T practices and work with State agencies to improve their
E&T programs. This process is critical to building a more effective E&T
operation nationally that will help move more individuals into the
workforce.
    State agencies use a combination of methods to collect the outcome
data, including existing automated data systems, new data collection,
sampling methods, and some direct contact with SNAP E&T participants.
FNS estimates that the ongoing additional time burden will average no
more than about 231 hours annually per State (about one and a half
staff-months) on average (12,233 hours per year for all States).
    The breakdown of the 231 hours is itemized in the table below. FNS
believes this estimate may be somewhat high since more States have
moved to collecting data through automated data systems which requires
less time than data collected through direct contact with SNAP E&T
participants.
    Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Government. Respondent
groups identified include State agencies administering the SNAP E&T
program in 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S.
Virgin Islands.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of
respondents is 53 State agencies, including the agencies responsible
for SNAP administration in 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam
and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: The 53 State agencies
are required to submit data on the outcome report annualy. State
agencies will be required to maintain data to support 1 report per
year.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 53.
    Estimated Time per Response: The estimated time of response,
including recordkeeping and reporting is 32.796 hours per response.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 12,233 hours.
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    See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type
of respondent.
                                               Estimated Ongoing Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden Hours
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                                                                                                                              Average
           Regulation section                Description of activity         Number of    Annual report/   Total annual    burden hours    Total  burden
                                                                            respondents    record  filed     responses     per response        hours
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272.1(f) Recordkeeping.................  ...............................              53               1              53               1              53
273.7(c)(17)(i) Reporting..............  E&T participants who have                    53               1              53              40           2,120
                                          earnings in the second quarter
                                          after completion of E&T.
273.7(c)(17)(ii) Reporting.............  E&T participants who have                    53               1              53              40           2,120
                                          earnings in the fourth quarter
                                          after completion of E&T.
273.7(c)(17)(iii) Reporting............  Median quarterly earnings......              53               1              53              40           2,120
273.7(c)(17)(iv) Reporting.............  E&T participants that completed              45               1              45              80           3,600
                                          a training, educational, work
                                          experience or an on-the-job
                                          training component within 6
                                          months after completion of
                                          participation in E&T.
273.7(c)(17)(v) & (vi) Reporting.......  Characteristics of E&T                       53               1              53              20           1,060
                                          participants, some broken out
                                          by 4 above measures.
273.7(c)(17)(vii) Reporting............  Measures in a State agencies'                53               1              53              20           1,060
                                          E&T plan for components that
                                          are designed to serve at least
                                          100 E&T participants a year.
273.7(c)(17)(viii) Reporting...........  Information about ABAWDs from                10               1              10              10             100
                                          State agencies that have
                                          committed to offering them
                                          participation in a qualifying
                                          activity.
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    Total Reporting....................  ...............................              53               7             320              38          12,180
    Total Recordkeeping................  ...............................              53               1              53               1              53
    Total..............................  ...............................              53         7.03774             373         32.7962          12,233
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    Dated: April 26, 2019.
Brandon Lipps,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-09254 Filed 5-6-19; 8:45 am]
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