[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 242 (Friday, December 17, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 79050-79051]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-31662]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT


Submission for Review: Ombudsman Request for Assistance 
Information Collection, 3206--NEW

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: 30-Day Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Executive Secretariat and Ombudsman, Office of Personnel 
Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies 
the opportunity to comment on a new information collection request 
(ICR) 3206-NEW, Ombudsman Request for Assistance. As required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) 
as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is 
soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was 
previously published in the Federal Register on August 10, 2010 at 75 
FR 48383 allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were 
received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is 
to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.
    The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in 
comments that:
    1. 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;
    2. 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;
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    4. 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.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until January 18, 
2011. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.1.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for the Office of 
Personnel Management or sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of this ICR, with applicable 
supporting documentation, may be obtained by contacting the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management Budget, 725 
17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for the 
Office of Personnel Management or sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395-6974.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 
established the Executive Secretariat and Ombudsman January 4, 2010. 
OPM established the Ombudsman to provide a neutral, independent and 
confidential resource to review, identify, facilitate and timely 
resolve individual claims, concerns or complaints by OPM customers and 
employees. In order to provide the best service to OPM's customers, one 
form is required and two forms are optional. The mandatory form, 
Privacy Release, enables representatives of the Ombudsman to obtain any 
information requested, examine and/or copy any records related to a 
request for assistance to identify, facilitate and timely resolve 
individuals' claims, concerns or complaints by OPM customers and 
employees. This allows OPM's representatives to properly perform their 
role and not violate customer privacy without the proper authorization. 
The second form, Third Party Authorization, allows customers of the 
Ombudsman to designate someone in addition to themselves, or other than 
themselves, to give and receive information about their request for 
assistance. The Third Party Authorization will not be used in every 
request for assistance. The third form, Request for Assistance, is web-
enabled and provides customers a useful tool to provide OPM information 
it needs to expediently gather the facts and resolve the concern 
brought before the Ombudsman.
    Analysis: Agency: Executive Secretariat and Ombudsman, Office of 
Personnel Management.
    Title: Ombudsman Request for Assistance.
    OMB Number: 3206--NEW.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Federal employees, retired Federal employees, 
individuals and households.
    Number of Respondents: 4000.
    Estimated Time per Respondent: The public reporting burden for this 
information collection is as follows: Privacy Release form will take 
approximately 5 minutes; the Third Party Authorization form will take 
approximately 10 minutes and the web-enabled Request for Assistance 
will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If all three forms are 
used it is estimated to take an average of 30 minutes to complete.
    Total Burden Hours: 2,000 hours.


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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
John Berry,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2010-31662 Filed 12-16-10; 8:45 am]
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