Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Notice Requirements of the Health Care Continuation Coverage Provisions

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 245 (Friday, December 20, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 245 (Friday, December 20, 2019)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-27483]
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Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Notice Requirements of the Health Care
Continuation Coverage Provisions
ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee
Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) sponsored information
collection request (ICR) titled, ``Notice Requirements of the Health
Care Continuation Coverage Provisions,'' to the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without
change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Public comments on the ICR are invited.
DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives
on or before January 21, 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 of charge
from the website at (this link will only become active
on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting
Frederick Licari by telephone at 202-693-8073, TTY 202-693-8064, (these
are not toll-free numbers) or by email at [email protected].
 Submit comments about this request by mail to the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-
EBSA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free
number); or by email: [email protected]. Commenters are
encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor--OASAM, Office of
the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information
Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20210; or by email: [email protected].
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frederick Licari by telephone at 202-
693-8073, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by
email at [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for
the Notice Requirements of the Health Care Continuation Coverage
Provisions information collection. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provides that under certain
circumstances participants and beneficiaries of group health plans that
satisfy the definition of qualified beneficiaries under COBRA may elect
to continue group health coverage temporarily following events known as
qualifying events that would otherwise result in loss of coverage.
COBRA provides that the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) has the
authority under section 608 of the Employee Retirement Income Security
Act of 1974 (ERISA) to carry out the provisions of Part 6 of title I of
ERISA. The Conference Report that accompanied COBRA authorized the
Secretary to issue regulations implementing the notice and disclosure
requirements of COBRA. Included in the ICR are two model notices that
the Department believes will help reduce costs for service providers in
preparing and delivering notices to comply with the regulations.
 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 the OMB under the PRA approves it 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
1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection
under Control Number 1210-0123.
 OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3)
years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is
scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019. The DOL seeks to extend PRA
authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years,
without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that
existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB
receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For
additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related
notice published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2019 (84 FR
 Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in
the ADDRESSES section within thirty-(30) days of publication of this
notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate
consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1210-0123.
The OMB 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-EBSA.
 Title of Collection: Notice Requirements of the Health Care
Continuation Coverage Provisions.
 OMB Control Number: 1210-0123.
 Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits;
Not-for-profit institutions.
 Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 660,653.
 Total Estimated Number of Responses: 18,128,968.
 Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 0 hours.
 Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $37,133,409.
 Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).
 Dated: December 16, 2019.
Frederick Licari,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-27483 Filed 12-19-19; 8:45 am]