[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 160 (Friday, August 17, 2012)]
[Pages 49831-49832]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20193]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Green Technologies and Practices Survey

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Bureau of 
Labor Statistics (BLS) sponsored information collection request (ICR) 
titled, ``Green Technologies and Practices Survey,'' to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.).

DATES: Submit comments on or before September 17, 2012.

ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; 
including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency 
of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the 
RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, on the 
day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth 
by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or 
sending an email to [email protected].
    Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-BLS, Office of 
Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 
20503, Telephone: 202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these are not toll-
free numbers), email: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-

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4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at [email protected].

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks OMB approval for the BLS to 
re-initiate a data collection on occupational employment and wages 
related to green technologies and practices used by U.S. businesses. 
The Green Technologies and Practices survey collects data on the use of 
green technologies and processes at establishments, and occupational 
employment and wages for employees who spend more than 50 percent of 
their time engaged in green practices. This special topic survey will 
be conducted occasionally to collect information on employees engaged 
in green technologies and practices, the second component of the BLS 
Green Jobs definition.
    This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency 
generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and 
the public is generally not required to respond to an information 
collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays 
a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any 
other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to 
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the 
collection of information does not display a valid Control Number. See 
5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB seeks approval for this 
information collection under Control Number 1220-0184. For additional 
information, see the related notice published in the Federal Register 
on May 11, 2012 (77 FR 27798).
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in 
the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate 
consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1220-0184. 
The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
     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 submission of responses.
    Agency: DOL-BLS.
    Title of Collection: Green Technologies and Practices Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 1220-0184.
    Affected Public: Federal Government; State, Local, and Tribal 
Governments; and Private Sector--businesses or other for profits and 
not-for profit institutions.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 26,251.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 26,251.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 13,126.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: August 13, 2012.
Linda Watts Thomas,
Assistant Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-20193 Filed 8-16-12; 8:45 am]