[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12757-12758]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5241]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Vendor 
Outreach Session Information Management System

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments 
concerning the information collections contained in the Vendor Outreach 
Session Information Management System.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 9, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is 
not a toll-free number) or via e-mail to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov to 
submit comments about or obtain a copy of this information collection 
request (ICR), with applicable supporting documentation; including a 
description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, 
and estimated total burden.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    I. Background: Federal agencies are required to promote procurement 
opportunities for small, small disadvantaged, and 8(a) businesses by 
the Small Business Act, as amended, (Pub. L. 95-507, sections 8 and 15) 
and Public Law 100-656 (sections 502 and 503). The Federal Acquisition 
Streamlining Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-355) mandates similar efforts for 
small women-owned businesses. Public Law 106-50 created the program for 
service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Public Law 105-135 
established the HubZone program. The Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121) requires Federal 
agencies to make available to small businesses compliance guides and 
assistance on the implementation of regulations and directives of 
enforcement laws they administer. Further, Executive Order 13170 
requires that Departments take a number of actions to increase outreach 
and maximize participation of small disadvantaged businesses in their 
procurements. Executive Order 13157 strengthens the executive branch's 
commitment to increased opportunities for women-owned small businesses. 
Accordingly, the Vendor Outreach Session Information Management System 
is needed to gather, document, and manage identifying information for 
DOL constituency groups such as small businesses and trade 
associations. Via this system, the constituent groups have the 
opportunity voluntarily to provide information about their 
organizations to the DOL. The information is used by DOL agencies to 
maximize communication with the respective constituency groups 
regarding relevant DOL programs, initiatives, and procurement 
opportunities; to track and solicit feedback on customer service to 
group members; and to facilitate registration of group members for 
certain DOL-sponsored activities.
    As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, the DOL 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 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.
    II. Comment Solicitation: The DOL is soliciting comments concerning 
the information collections contained in the Vendor Outreach Session 
Information Management System. 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 also will become a matter of public record.
    III. Review Focus: The DOL 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.
    IV Current Burden Summary: The estimated public burden associated 
with this collection of information is summarized below:
    Type of Review: Revision of an existing information collection.
    Agency: DOL--Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration 
and Management.
    Title: Vendor Outreach Session Information Management System.
    OMB Control Number: 1290-0002.
    Agency Form Number: None.

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    Affected Public: Private sector--businesses or other for-profits, 
not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondents: 500.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1000.
    Frequency: On Occasion.
    Estimated Average Time Per Response: 5-7 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 160 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $0.

    Signed: March 3, 2011.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-5241 Filed 3-7-11; 8:45 am]
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