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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

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 extension of the "International Training Application." A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in theADDRESSESsection of this notice.
DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in theADDRESSESsection of this notice on or before November 26, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Send comments to Amelia Vogel, 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 number).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amelia Vogel, BLS Clearance Officer, at 202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number). (SeeADDRESSESsection.)
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

The BLS is one of the largest labor statistics organizations in the world and has provided international training since 1945. Each year, the BLS Division of International Technical Cooperation (DITC) conducts seminars of 1 to 2 weeks duration at its training facilities in Washington, DC. In addition to the annual international seminars, DITC provides technical assistance upon request and organizes visits to the BLS for many international visitors each year. The seminars bring together statisticians, economists, analysts, and other data producers and users from countries all over the world. Each seminar is designed to strengthen the participants' ability to collect and analyze economic and labor statistics.

II. Current Action

Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the proposed extension of the International Training Application. Continuing the existing collection will allow the BLS to continue to conduct international seminars. No questions have been added or deleted on the form since the last Office of Management and Budget approval in 2009.

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:Extension.

Agency:Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Title:International Training Application.

OMB Number:1220-0179.

Affected Public:Individuals or households.

Total Respondents:100.

Frequency:On occasion.

Total Responses:100.

Average Time per Response:20 minutes.

Estimated Total Burden Hours:34 hours.

Total Burden Cost (capital/startup):$0.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance):$0.

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 20th day of September 2012. Kimberley D. Hill, Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.