[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56757-56758]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22246]


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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD


Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments

    Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is forwarding 
three Information Collection Requests (ICR) to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from 
the public. Review and approval by OIRA ensures that we impose 
appropriate paperwork burdens.
    The RRB invites comments on the proposed collections of information 
to determine (1) the practical utility of the collections; (2) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden of the collections; (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information that is 
the subject of collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of 
collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments to the 
RRB or OIRA must contain the OMB control number of the ICR. For proper 
consideration of your comments, it is best if the RRB and OIRA receive 
them within 30 days of the publication date.
    1. Title and purpose of information collection: Employer Service 
and Compensation Reports; OMB 3220-0070.
    Section 2(c) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) 
specifies the maximum normal unemployment and sickness benefits that 
may be paid in a benefit year. Section 2(c) further provides for 
extended benefits for certain employees and for beginning a benefit 
year early for other employees. The conditions for these actions are 
prescribed in 20 CFR part 302.
    All information about creditable railroad service and compensation 
needed by the RRB to administer Section 2(c) is not always available 
from annual reports filed by railroad employers with the RRB (OMB 3220-
0008). When this occurs, the RRB must obtain supplemental information 
about service and compensation.
    The RRB utilizes Form UI-41, Supplemental Report of Service and 
Compensation, and Form UI-41a, Supplemental Report of Compensation, to 
obtain the additional information about service and compensation from 
railroad employers. Completion of the forms is mandatory. One response 
is required of each respondent.

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    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (78 FR 33133 on June 3, 2013) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Employer Service and Compensation Reports
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0070
    Forms submitted: UI-41 and UI-41a
    Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection
    Affected public: Private Sector; Businesses or other for profits
    Abstract: The reports obtain the employee's service and 
compensation for a period subsequent to those already on file and the 
employee's base year compensation. The information is used to determine 
the entitlement to and the amount of benefits payable.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no revisions to the forms in the 
collection.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                                                                      Annual
                            Form No.                                 responses    Time (minutes)  Burden (hours)
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UI-41...........................................................             350               8              47
UI-41a..........................................................             100               8              13
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    Total.......................................................             450  ..............              60
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    2. Title and purpose of information collection: Supplement to Claim 
of Person Outside the United States; OMB 3220-0155.
    Under the Social Security Amendments of 1983 (Pub. L. 98-21), which 
amends Section 202(t) of the Social Security Act, effective January 1, 
1985, the Tier I or the overall minimum (O/M) portion of an annuity, 
and Medicare benefits payable under the Railroad Retirement Act to 
certain beneficiaries living outside the U.S., may be withheld. The 
benefit withholding provision of Public Law 98-21 applies to divorced 
spouses, spouses, minor or disabled children, students, and survivors 
of railroad employees who (1) initially became eligible for Tier I 
amounts, O/M shares, and Medicare benefits after December 31, 1984; (2) 
are not U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals; and (3) have resided outside 
the U.S. for more than six consecutive months starting with the annuity 
beginning date. The benefit withholding provision does not apply, 
however to a beneficiary who is exempt under either a treaty obligation 
of the U.S., in effect on August 1, 1956, or a totalization agreement 
between the U.S. and the country in which the beneficiary resides, or 
to an individual who is exempt under other criteria specified in Public 
Law 98-21.
    RRB Form G-45, Supplement to Claim of Person Outside the United 
States, is currently used by the RRB to determine applicability of the 
withholding provision of Public Law 98-21. Completion of the form is 
required to obtain or retain a benefit. One response is requested of 
each respondent.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (78 FR 33134 on June 3, 2013) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Supplement to Claim of Person Outside the United States.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0155.
    Form(s) submitted: G-45.
    Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Affected public: Individuals or Households.
    Abstract: Under Public Law 98-21, the Tier I or the overall minimum 
portion of an annuity and Medicare benefits payable under the Railroad 
Retirement Act to certain beneficiaries living outside the United 
States may be withheld. The collection obtains the information needed 
by the Railroad Retirement Board to implement the benefit withholding 
provisions of Public Law 98-21.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form G-45.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                                                                    Annual
                           Form No.                               responses     Time  (minutes)  Burden  (hours)
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G-45.........................................................             100               10               17
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    Additional Information or Comments: Copies of the forms and 
supporting documents can be obtained from Dana Hickman at (312) 751-
4981 or Dana.Hickman@RRB.GOV.
    Comments regarding the information collection should be addressed 
to Charles Mierzwa, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, 
Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2092 or Charles.Mierzwa@RRB.GOV and to the OMB 
Desk Officer for the RRB, Fax: 202-395-6974, Email address: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

Charles Mierzwa,
Chief of Information Resources Management.
[FR Doc. 2013-22246 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]
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