Federal Register Notice of Request for Comments; Re: 2021 LSC Agricultural Worker Poverty Population Estimates

CourtLegal Services Corporation
Citation86 FR 70539
Publication Date10 December 2021
Record Number2021-26722
Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 235 / Friday, December 10, 2021 / Notices
Written/Paper Submissions: Submit
written/paper submissions in the
following way:
Mail/Hand Delivery: Mail or visit
DOL–MSHA, Office of Standards,
Regulations, and Variances, 201 12th
Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington,
VA 22202–5452. Before visiting MSHA
in person, call 202–693–9455 to make
an appointment in keeping with the
Department of Labor’s COVID–19
policy. Special health precautions may
be required.
MSHA will post your comment as
well as any attachments, except for
information submitted and marked as
confidential, in the docket at https://
: S.
Aromie Noe, Acting Director, Office of
Standards, Regulations, and Variances,
MSHA, at
(email); (202) 693–9440 (voice); or (202)
693–9441 (facsimile).
I. Background
Section 103(h) of the Federal Mine
Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine
Act), 30 U.S.C. 813(h), authorizes
MSHA to collect information necessary
to carry out its duty in protecting the
safety and health of miners. Further,
section 101(a) of the Mine Act, 30 U.S.C.
811(a), authorizes the Secretary of Labor
to develop, promulgate, and revise as
may be appropriate, improved
mandatory health or safety standards for
the protection of life and prevention of
injuries in coal and metal and nonmetal
Diesel particulate matter (DPM) is a
carcinogen that consists of tiny particles
present in diesel-engine exhaust that
can readily penetrate into the deepest
recesses of the lungs. Despite
ventilation, the confined underground
mine work environment may contribute
to significant concentrations of particles
produced by equipment used in the
mine. Underground miners are exposed
to higher concentrations of DPM than
any other occupational group. As a
result, they face a significantly greater
risk than other workers of developing
such diseases as lung cancer, heart
failure, serious allergic responses, and
other cardiopulmonary problems.
The DPM regulation established a
permissible exposure limit to total
carbon, which is a surrogate for
measuring a miner’s exposure to DPM.
These regulations include a number of
other requirements for the protection of
miners’ health. The DPM regulations
contain information collection
requirements for underground metal
nonmetal mine operators under sections
57.5060, 57.5065, 57.5066, 57.5070,
57.5071, and 57.5075(a) and (b)(3).
II. Desired Focus of Comments
MSHA is soliciting comments
concerning the proposed information
collection related to Health Standards
for Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure
(Underground Metal and Nonmetal
Mines). MSHA is particularly interested
in comments that:
Evaluate whether the collection of
information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of the
Agency, including whether the
information has practical utility;
Evaluate the accuracy of MSHA’s
estimate of the burden related to the
information collection, including the
validity of the methodology and
assumptions used in the estimate;
Suggest methods to enhance the
quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and
Minimize the burden of the
information collection 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.
Background documents related to this
information collection request are
available at https://regulations.gov and
at DOL–MSHA located at 201 12th
Street South, Suite 4E401, Arlington,
VA 22202–5452. Questions about the
information collection requirements
may be directed to the person listed in
section of
this notice.
III. Current Actions
This information collection request
concerns provisions for health standards
for diesel particulate matter exposure in
underground metal and nonmetal
mines. MSHA has updated the data with
respect to the number of respondents,
responses, burden hours, and burden
costs supporting this information
collection request from the previous
information collection request.
Type of Review: Extension, without
change, of a currently approved
Agency: Mine Safety and Health
OMB Number: 1219–0135.
Affected Public: Business or other for-
Number of Respondents: 194.
Frequency: On occasion.
Number of Responses: 54,696.
Annual Burden Hours: 11,218 hours.
Annual Respondent or Recordkeeper
Cost: $421,942.
Comments submitted in response to
this notice will be summarized in the
request for Office of Management and
Budget approval of the proposed
information collection request; they will
become a matter of public record and
will be available at https://
Song-ae Aromie Noe,
Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021–26727 Filed 12–9–21; 8:45 am]
Federal Register Notice of Request for
Comments; Re: 2021 LSC Agricultural
Worker Poverty Population Estimates
: Legal Services Corporation.
: Request for comments.
: The Legal Services
Corporation (LSC) provides special
population grants to effectively and
efficiently fund civil legal aid services
to address the legal needs of agricultural
workers and their dependents through
grants entitled ‘‘Basic Field—
Agricultural Workers.’’ The funding for
these grants is based on data regarding
the eligible client population to be
served. LSC obtained from the U.S.
Department of Labor data about this
population that updates the data the
Department of Labor provided in 2016.
LSC seeks comments on the updated
data, which LSC will begin using for
grant allocations on January 1, 2022.
: Comments must be submitted by
January 10, 2022.
: Written comments must be
submitted to agworkerpopulation@
lsc.gov with attachments in Acrobat
PDV format. If you cannot submit your
comments by email, please contact LSC
regarding alternatives for submission by
calling Mark Freedman, Senior
Associate General Counsel, Legal
Services Corporation, 202–295–1623.
Written comments sent to any other
address or received after the end of the
comment period may not be considered
by LSC.
Mark Freedman, Senior Assistant
General Counsel, Legal Services
Corporation, 3333 K St. NW,
Washington, DC 20007; 202–295–1623
(phone); 202–337–6519 (fax);
: The Legal
Services Corporation (‘‘LSC’’ or
‘‘Corporation’’) was established through
the LSC Act ‘‘for the purpose of
providing financial support for legal
assistance in noncriminal matters or
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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 235 / Friday, December 10, 2021 / Notices
Letter from Senator Thom Tillis, Ranking
Member, S. Comm. on the Judiciary, Subcomm. on
Intellectual Prop., to Shira Perlmutter, Register of
Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office at 1 (May 24,
2021), https://www.copyright.gov/policy/deferred-
Id. at 1–2.
proceedings to persons financially
unable to afford such assistance.’’ 42
U.S.C. 2996b(a). LSC performs this
function primarily through distributing
funding appropriated by Congress to
independent civil legal aid programs
providing legal services to low-income
persons throughout the United States
and its possessions and territories. 42
U.S.C. 2996e(a)(1)(A). LSC designates
geographic service areas and structures
grants to support services to the entire
eligible population in a service area or
to a specified subpopulation of eligible
clients. 45 CFR 1634.2(c) & (d),
1634.3(b). LSC awards these grants
through a competitive process. 45 CFR
part 1634. Congress has mandated that
LSC ‘‘insure those grants and contracts
are made so as to provide the most
economical and effective delivery of
legal assistance to persons in both urban
and rural areas.’’ 42 U.S.C. 2996f(a)(3).
Throughout the United States and
U.S. territories, LSC provides Basic
Field—General grants to support legal
services for eligible clients. LSC
provides funding for those grants on a
per-capita basis using the poverty
population as determined by the U.S.
Census Bureau every three years. Public
Law 104–134, tit. V, 501(a), 110 Stat.
1321, 1321–50 (1996), as amended by
Public Law 113–6, div. B, tit. IV, 127
Stat. 198, 268 (2013) (LSC funding
formula adopted in 1996, incorporated
by reference in LSC’s appropriations
thereafter, and amended in 2013). Since
its establishment in 1974, LSC has also
provided subpopulation grants to
support legal services for the needs of
agricultural workers through Basic
Field—Agricultural Worker grants
under the authority of the LSC Act to
structure grants for the most economic
and effective delivery of legal
assistance. 42 U.S.C. 2996f(a)(3).
LSC provides funding for Basic
Field—Agricultural Worker grants on a
per-capita basis by determining the size
of the agricultural worker poverty
population and separating that
population from the overall poverty
population for the applicable geographic
area or areas. LSC expects programs
receiving these grants to serve the legal
needs of a broad range of eligible
agricultural workers and their
dependents who have specialized legal
needs that are most effectively and
efficiently served through a dedicated
grant program.
The United States Department of
Labor, Employment and Training
Administration (ETA) collects data
regarding agricultural workers for
federal grants serving the needs of the
American agricultural worker
population. The U.S. Census Bureau
does not maintain data regarding
agricultural workers. In 2016 LSC
contracted with ETA for these data,
including state-by-state breakdowns. A
description of those data and their
development is available at: https://
In 2020 and 2021, LSC began the
process of updating this data. LSC
sought and obtained input from legal
aid programs serving these eligible
clients and from the National Legal Aid
and Defender Association. More
information about that process is
available at: https://www.lsc.gov/grants/
With consideration of the input
provided, LSC contracted with ETA to
provide more current data regarding
agricultural worker population for
grants beginning January 1, 2022. ETA
has provided updated estimates based
on an estimation methodology designed
to improve the accuracy and validity of
the estimates. The changes in data will
result in changes in funding levels for
these grants. LSC will begin using these
estimates for grant allocations starting
January 1, 2022.
The updated estimates, the estimation
methodology and additional materials
are available at: https://www.lsc.gov/
LSC invites public comment on this
issue. Interested parties may submit
comments to LSC before the deadline
stated above.
Dated: December 7, 2021.
Mark Freedman,
Senior Associate General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2021–26722 Filed 12–9–21; 8:45 am]
Copyright Office
[Docket No. 2021–7]
Deferred Registration Examination
Study: Notice and Request for Public
: U.S. Copyright Office, Library
of Congress.
: Notice of inquiry.
: The U.S. Copyright Office is
undertaking a public study to evaluate
the merits of providing an option to
defer examination of copyright
registration application materials until a
later request by the applicant. To aid in
this effort, the Office is soliciting input
from interested members of the public.
: Written comments must be
received no later than 11:59 p.m.
Eastern Time on January 24, 2022.
: For reasons of government
efficiency, the Copyright Office is using
the regulations.gov system for the
submission and posting of public
comments in this proceeding. All
comments are therefore to be submitted
electronically through regulations.gov.
Specific instructions for submitting
comments are available on the
Copyright Office website at https://
examination. If electronic submission of
comments is not feasible due to lack of
access to a computer and/or the
internet, please contact the Office using
the contact information below for
special instructions.
Megan Efthimiadis, Assistant to the
General Counsel, by email at meft@
copyright.gov or telephone at (202) 707–
: On May
24, 2021, Senator Thom Tillis sent a
letter seeking the Copyright Office’s
‘‘expertise and guidance regarding
adjusted copyright examination and
registration requirements.’’
requested that the Office complete ‘‘a
study regarding the feasibility, benefits,
and costs of creating an option for
deferring examination of an
The letter further
The study should focus on adding an
option for registering a work in which the
registrant can obtain an effective date of
registration upon submission of an
application and deposit, while choosing to
defer the examination of the submitted work
until the registrant subsequently requests
such an examination. It should also consider
and address what, if any, statutory changes
would be necessary to enable applicants who
are given such an effective date of
registration to be able to commence a civil
lawsuit in light of Fourth Estate Pub. Ben.
Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, 139 S. Ct. 881
(2019). . . . [T]his study must also take
particular account of the needs of the Library
to maintain and grow its collections.
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