[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 97 (Monday, May 20, 2013)]
[Pages 29382-29383]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-11889]



Bureau of Labor Statistics

Proposed Collection, Comment Request

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 
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. The 
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the 
proposed revision to the ``Report on Occupational Employment and 
Wages.'' A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) 
can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the 
Addresses section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
Addresses section of this notice on or before July 19, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, 
Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20212. Written comments also 
may be transmitted by fax to 202-691-5111 (this is not a toll free 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, at 
202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See Addresses section.)


I. Background

    The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a Federal/
State establishment survey of wage and salary workers designed to 
produce data on current occupational employment and wages. OES survey 
data assist in the development of employment and training programs 
established by the 1998 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Perkins 
Vocational Education Act of 1998.
    The OES program operates a periodic mail survey of a sample of non-
farm establishments conducted by all fifty States, the District of 
Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Over three-
year periods, data on occupational employment and wages are collected 
by industry at the four- and five-digit North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS) levels. The Department of Labor uses OES 
data in the administration of the Foreign Labor Certification process 
under the Immigration Act of 1990.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the 
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Occupational 
employment data obtained by the OES survey are used to develop 
information regarding current and projected employment needs and job 
opportunities. These data assist in the development of State vocational 
education plans. OES wage data provide a significant source of 
information to support a number of different Federal, State, and local 
    As part of an ongoing effort to reduce respondent burden, OES has 
several electronic submission options which are available to 
respondents. Respondents have the ability to submit data by email, or 
fillable online forms. In many cases, a respondent can submit existing 
payroll records and would not need to submit a survey form.

III. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics 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.
     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.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Title: Report on Occupational Employment and Wages.
    OMB Number: 1220-0042.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit 
institutions, Federal Government, State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Total Respondents: 310,068.
    Frequency: Semi-annually.
    Total Responses: 310,068.
    Average Time per Response: 45 minutes.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 232,550.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $00.00.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $00.00.
    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 also will become a 
matter of public record.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 14th day of May 2013.
Kimberley D. Hill,
Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2013-11889 Filed 5-17-13; 8:45 am]