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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants and H-1B Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grants

ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) proposal titled, "H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants and H-1B Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grants," 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 October 4, 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 Web site,, 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

Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-ETA, 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),

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email

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


This ICR is to obtain OMB approval under the PRA to implement data collection requirements for grant performance for both the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants (SGA/DFA PY-10-13) and the H-1B Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grants (SGA/DFA PY-10-15). This reporting structure features standardized data collection on program participants and quarterly narrative, performance, and Management Information System report formats. All data collection and reporting will be done by grantee organizations or their sub-grantees.

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.See5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. For additional information, see the related notice published in theFederal Registeron January 23, 2012 (77 FR 3284).

Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in theADDRESSESsection within 30 days of publication of this notice in theFederal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB ICR Reference Number 201201-1205-004. 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.


Title of Collection:H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants and H-1B Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grants.

OMB ICR Reference Number:201201-1205-004.

Affected Public:Individuals or Households; Private Sector—not for profit institutions; and State, Local, or Tribal Governments.

Total Estimated Number of Respondents:15,151.

Total Estimated Number of Responses:31,208.

Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours:47,080.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden:$0.

Dated: August 28, 2012. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer.