[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 152 (Wednesday, August 6, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 45790-45791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-18022]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment Standards Administration


Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection 
Requirements

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing 
collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to 
ensure that 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 on respondents can be properly assessed. 
Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting 
comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the 
information collection: Notice of Final Payment or Suspension of 
Compensation Benefits (LS-208). A copy of the proposed information 
collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed 
below in the addresses section of this Notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addresses section below on or before October 6, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Ms. Hazel M. Bell, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Ave., NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone 
(202) 693-0418, fax (202) 693-1451, e-mail bell.hazel@dol.gov. Please 
use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or e-
mail).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    I. Background: The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) 
administers the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). 
The Act provides benefits to workers injured in maritime employment on 
the navigable waters of the United States or in adjoining areas 
customarily used by an employer in loading, unloading, repairing or 
building a vessel. In addition, several acts extend Longshore Act 
coverage to certain other employees. Pursuant to section 914(g) of the 
Longshore Act, and 20 CFR 702.235, once an employer has made a final 
payment on a compensation claim, he/she shall file with the district 
director in the affected compensation district on or before the 
sixteenth day after the final payment has been made, a notice, in 
accordance with a form prescribed by the Secretary, stating the amount, 
type and dates of compensation paid on the claim. Form LS-208 has been 
designated for this purpose. Form LS-208 is used by insurance carriers 
and self-insured employers to notify that payment under the Longshore 
Act and extensions has been terminated. The information is used by OWCP 
district offices to determine the return-to-work status of a claimant. 
This information collection is currently approved for use through 
February 28, 2009.
    II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor is particularly 
interested in comments which:
     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 submissions of responses.
    III. Current Actions: The Department of Labor seeks the approval 
for the extension of this currently approved information collection in 
order to carry out its responsibility to meet the statutory 
requirements to provide compensation or death benefits under the Act to 
workers covered under the Act.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Employment Standards Administration.

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    Titles: Notice of Final Payment or Suspension of Compensation 
Benefits.
    OMB Number: 1215-0024.
    Agency Numbers: LS-208.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Total Respondents: 500.
    Total Annual Responses: 15,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 4,950.
    Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $11,550.00
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated: July 31, 2008.
Hazel M. Bell,
Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, 
Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration 
and Planning, Employment Standards Administration.
[FR Doc. E8-18022 Filed 8-5-08; 8:45 am]
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