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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD

Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments

SUMMARY: 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:Employee Representative's Status and Compensation Reports; OMB 3220-0014.

Under Section 1(b)(1) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), the term "employee" includes an individual who is an employee representative. As defined in Section 1(c) of the RRA, an employee representative is an officer or official representative of a railway labor organization other than a labor organization included in the term "employer," as defined in the RRA, who before or after August 29, 1935, was in the service of an employer under the RRA and who is duly authorized and designated to represent employees in accordance with the Railway Labor Act, or, any individual who is regularly assigned to or regularly employed by such officer or official representative in connection with the duties of his or her office. The requirements relating to the application for employee representative status and the periodic reporting of the compensation resulting from such status is contained in 20 CFR part 209.10.

The RRB utilizes Forms DC-2a,Employee Representative's Status Report,and DC-2,Employee Representative's Report of Compensation,to obtain the information needed to determine employee representative status and to maintain a record of creditable service and compensation resulting from such status. Completion 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 (77 FR 40657 on July 10, 2012) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

Title:Employee Representative's Status and Compensation Reports.

OMB Control Number:3220-0014.

Form(s) submitted:DC-2 and DC-2a.

Type of request:Revision of a currently approved collection of information.

Affected public:Private Sector; Businesses or other for-profits.

Abstract:Benefits are provided under the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) for individuals who are employee representatives as defined in section 1 of the RRA. The collection obtains information regarding the status of such individuals and their compensation.

Changes proposed:The RRB proposes a minor editorial change to both Forms DC-2 and DC-2a.

The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

2. Title and Purpose of information collection:Nonresident Questionnaire; OMB 3220-0145. Under Public Laws 98-21 and 98-76, benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act payable to annuitants living outside the United States may be subject to taxation under United States income tax laws. Whether the social security equivalent and non-social security equivalent portions of Tier I, Tier II, vested dual benefit, or supplemental annuity payments are subject to tax withholding, and whether the same or different rates are applied to each payment, depends on a beneficiary's citizenship and legal residence status, and whether exemption under a tax treaty between the United States and the country in which the beneficiary is a legal resident has been claimed. To effect the required tax withholding, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) needs to know a nonresident's citizenship and legal residence status.

To secure the required information, the RRB utilizes Form RRB-1001,Nonresident Questionnaire,as a supplement to an application as part of the initial application process, and as an independent vehicle for obtaining the needed information when an annuitant's residence or tax treaty status changes. Completion is voluntary. One response is requested of each respondent.

Previous Requests for Comments:The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (77 FR 40658 on July 10, 2012) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

Title:Nonresident Questionnaire.

OMB Control Number:3220-0145.

Form(s) submitted:RRB-1001.

Type of request:Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

Affected public:Individuals or Households.

Abstract:Under the Railroad Retirement Act, the benefits payable to an annuitant living outside the United States may be subject to withholding under Public Laws 98-21 and 98-76. The form obtains the information needed to determine the amount to be withheld.

Changes proposed:The RRB proposes no changes to Form RRB-1001.

The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

3. Title and Purpose of information collection:Statement of Claimant or Other Person; OMB 3220-0183.

To support an application for an annuity under Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) or for unemployment benefits under Section 2 of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA), pertinent information and proofs must be furnished for the RRB to determine benefit entitlement. Circumstances may require an applicant or other person(s) having knowledge of facts relevant to the applicant's eligibility for an annuity or benefits to provide written statements supplementing or changing statements previously provided by the applicant. Under the railroad retirement program these statements may relate to a change in an annuity beginning date(s), date of marriage(s), birth(s), prior railroad or non-railroad employment, an applicant's request for reconsideration of an unfavorable RRB eligibility determination for an annuity or various other matters. The statements may also be used by the RRB to secure a variety of information needed to determine eligibility to unemployment and sickness benefits. Procedures related to providing information needed for RRA annuity or RUIA benefit eligibility determinations are prescribed in 20 CFR parts 217 and 320 respectively.

The RRB utilizes Form G-93,Statement of Claimant or Other Person,to obtain from applicants or other persons, the supplemental or corrective information needed to determine applicant eligibility for an RRA annuity or RUIA benefits. Completion is voluntary. One response is requested of each respondent.

Previous Requests for Comments:The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (77 FR 40658 on July 10, 2012) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

Title:Statement of Claimant or Other Person.

OMB Control Number:3220-0183.

Form(s) submitted:G-93.

Type of request:Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

Affected public:Individuals or Households.

Abstract:Under Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, pertinent information and proofs must be submitted by an applicant so that the Railroad Retirement Board can determine his or her entitlement tobenefits. The collection obtains information supplementing or changing information previously provided by an applicant.

Changes proposed:The RRB proposes no revisions to Form G-93.

The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

Additional Information or Comments:Copies of the forms and supporting documents can be obtained from Dana Hickman at (312) 751-4981 orDana.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 orCharles.Mierzwa@RRB.GOVand 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.