Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Benefits Timeliness and Quality (BTQ) Review System

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 238 (Wednesday, December 11, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 238 (Wednesday, December 11, 2019)]
[Pages 67758-67759]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-26658]
Employment and Training Administration
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request;
Benefits Timeliness and Quality (BTQ) Review System
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor's (DOL's) Employment and Training
Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed
extension for the authority to conduct the information collection
request (ICR) titled, ``Benefits Timeliness and Quality Review
System.'' This comment request is part of continuing Departmental
efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
DATES: Consideration will be given to all written comments received by
February 10, 2020.
ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation,
including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency
of response, and estimated total burden, may be obtained free by
contacting Candace Edens by telephone at 202-693-3195 (this is not a
toll-free number), TTY 1-877-889-5627 (this is not a toll-free number),
or by email at [email protected].
    Submit written comments about, or requests for a copy of, this ICR
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and
Training Administration, Office of Unemployment Insurance, 200
Constitution Avenue NW, Room S-4524, Washington, DC 20210; by email:
[email protected]; or by Fax 202-693-3975.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  DOL, as part of continuing efforts to
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies
an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of
information before submitting them to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for final approval. This program helps to ensure 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 can be properly
    The burden information for the ETA 9057 has been revised to adjust
the number of small and large states to
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reflect the most recent data. This category is dependent upon the
number of decisions the states issued during the prior calendar year,
and varies from year to year. The ETA 9054 report has been revised to
correct a typographical error in Section A. The third time lapse
category reads 45-60 (days), but should read 46-60 (days). The BTQ
program collects information and analyzes data. The BTQ data measure
the timeliness and quality of states' administrative actions and
administrative decisions related to unemployment insurance benefit
payments. Sections 303(a)(1) and (a)(6) of the Social Security Act (42
U.S.C. 503(a)(1) and 503(a)(6)) authorize this information collection.
    This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency
generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and
the public is generally not required to respond to an information
collection, unless it is approved by OMB under the PRA and displays a
currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any
other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that
does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and
    Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments to the
contact shown in the ADDRESSES section. Comments must be written to
receive consideration, and they will be summarized and included in the
request for OMB approval of the final ICR. In order to help ensure
appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB control number
    Submitted comments will also be a matter of public record for this
ICR and posted on the internet, without redaction. DOL encourages
commenters not to include personally identifiable information,
confidential business data, or other sensitive statements/information
in any comments.
    DOL is particularly interested in comments that:
     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 submission of responses).
    Agency: DOL-ETA.
    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title of Collection: Benefits Timeliness and Quality Review System.
    Forms: ETA-9050, ETA-9051, ETA-9052, ETA-9054, ETA-9055, ETA-9056,
    OMB Control Number: 1205-0359.
    Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 53.
    Frequency: Monthly and Quarterly.
    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 27,556.
    Estimated Average Time per Response: 64 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 37,012 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $0.
    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A).
John Pallasch,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.
[FR Doc. 2019-26658 Filed 12-10-19; 8:45 am]