Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Handbook No. 391

CourtEmployment And Training Administration,Labor Department
Citation86 FR 40879
Record Number2021-16130
Publication Date29 Jul 2021
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 143 (Thursday, July 29, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 143 (Thursday, July 29, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 40879-40880]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-16130]
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                DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
                Employment and Training Administration
                Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request;
                Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Handbook No. 391
                ACTION: Notice.
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                SUMMARY: The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training
                Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed
                extension for the authority to conduct the information collection
                request (ICR) titled, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees
                Handbook No. 391. 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
                September 27, 2021.
                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 Jorge Colon by telephone at (202) 693-0173 (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 by email:
                [email protected].
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Candace Edens by telephone at (202)
                693-3195 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at:
                [email protected].
                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
                assessed.
                 Title 5 U.S.C. 8506 states that ``[E]ach agency of the United
                States and each wholly or partially owned instrumentality of the United
                States shall make available to State agencies which have agreements, or
                to the Secretary of Labor, as the case may be, such information
                concerning the Federal service and Federal wages of a Federal employee
                as the Secretary considers practicable and necessary for the
                determination of the entitlement of the Federal employee to
                compensation under this subchapter.'' The information shall include the
                findings of the employing agency concerning:
                 (1) Whether or not the Federal employee has performed Federal
                service;
                 (2) the periods of Federal service;
                 (3) the amount of Federal wages; and
                 (4) the reasons for termination of Federal service.
                 State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) administer the Unemployment
                Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program in accordance with
                the same terms and provisions of the paying State's unemployment
                insurance law that apply to unemployed claimants who worked in the
                private sector. SWAs must be able to obtain certain information (wage
                and separation data) about each claimant filing claims for UCFE
                benefits to enable them to determine an individual's eligibility for
                benefits. DOL has prescribed forms to enable SWAs to obtain this
                necessary information from the individual's Federal employing agency.
                Each of these forms is essential to the UCFE claims process and the
                frequency of use varies depending upon the circumstances involved. The
                UCFE forms are: ETA-931, ETA-931A, ETA-933, ETA-934, and ETA-935. The
                law (5 U.S.C. 8501, et seq.), authorizes 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
                1320.6.
                 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
                1205-0179.
                 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
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                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: Unemployment Compensation for Federal
                Employees Handbook No. 391.
                 Forms: ETA-931, ETA-931A, ETA-933, ETA-934, and ETA-935.
                 OMB Control Number: 1205-0179.
                 Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies.
                 Estimated Number of Respondents: 53.
                 Frequency: On occasion.
                 Total Estimated Annual Responses: 168,573.
                 Estimated Average Time per Response: Varies.
                 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 12,745 hours.
                 Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $0.
                (Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A))
                Suzan G. LeVine,
                Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training,
                Labor.
                [FR Doc. 2021-16130 Filed 7-28-21; 8:45 am]
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