Federal Register: December 22, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 247)
DOCID: FR Doc 00-32709
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
ACTION: Agency information collection activities:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Proposed Collection: Comment Request
DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee's section below on or before February 22, 2001.
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance 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. Currently, the National Office of Job Corps is soliciting comments concerning the proposed new collection of Job Corps' Graduate and Former Enrollee Placement Reverification and Followup Surveys.
A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice.
Proposed collection; comment request,
Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for atrisk youth, ages 16 and 24. Program participants are typically high school dropouts in need of further education and vocational training. Authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, Job Corps is operated by the Department of Labor through a nationwide network of 118 Job Corps centers. The program is primarily residential, operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, with nonresident students limited by legislation to 20 percent of national enrollment. These centers presently accommodate more than 42,000 students. While students may stay in Job Corps up to two years to complete their programs, the average length of stay is eight months. Thus, more than 68,000 young people receive training in Job Corps in a year.
When they separate from Job Corps, youth are prepared to pursue
employment opportunities related to their Job Corps training, post
secondary educational and training experiences, or enter the Armed
Forces. The purpose of this data collection effort is to provide the
National Office of Job Corps with information on the status of Job
Corps students after they separate from the program. Information will
be collected on the status of placed graduates 13 weeks, 6 months, and
12 months after their initial placement in a job or school/training
program. Similar information will also be collected on the status of
former enrollees (nongraduates who stayed at least 60 days) 13 weeks
after they separate from Job Corps, and on nonplaced graduates 12
months after they complete the program. This data collection effort
also includes reverification of reported initial employment and/or
school placements of graduates and former enrollees. These data will be used to:
Information to fulfill these objectives will be collected using telephone surveys. These telephone surveys will be conducted with graduates and former enrollees at the aforementioned times.
The Secretary of Labor will use the data collected to assess Job
Corps' effectiveness in meeting its objectives according to the
Workforce Investment Act. In addition, the Director of Job Corps will
incorporate these data into its Outcome Measurement System to evaluate the shortterm postcenter
outcomes of graduates and former enrollees, as well as the longterm postcenter outcomes of graduates. The Director will also use this information on student outcomes and customer feedback to develop and/or refine policies in order to improve its delivery of educational and job training services to atrisk youth.
II. Review Focus
The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which:
III. Current Actions
This submission requests approval of three surveys that will be used to collect followup data on individuals who are no longer actively participating in Job Corps. The surveys are comprised of modules that include questions designed to obtain the following information: reverification of initial job and/or school placements; employment and educational experiences; job search activities of those who are neither working nor in school; and information about former participants' satisfaction with the services provided by Job Corps.
Additionally, this submission requests approval of two brief
surveys (one for employers and one of the schools or training
institutions) that will be used to collect initial placement re
verification data for the subset of placed graduates and former enrollees that cannot be contacted directly.
Type of Review: New.
Agency: U.S. Department of Labor, National Office of Job Corps.
Title: Job Corps' Graduate and Former Enrollee Placement Re Verification and Followup Surveys.
Agency Number: If applicable; otherwise omit this line entirely.
Affected Public: Individuals who separate from Job Corps; Business or other forprofit/Notforprofit institutions.
Average Total Total time per Burden Form respondents Frequency responses response (hours) (minutes) Placed Former Enrollees at 13 6,020 One time only....... 6,020 15 1,505 Weeks.
Placed Graduates at 13 Weeks..... 26,400 One time only....... 26,400 15 6,600 NonPlaced Former Enrollees at 13 1,330 One time only....... 1,330 10 226 Weeks.
NonPlaced Graduates at 12 Months 1,365 One time only....... 1,365 10 228 Placed Graduates at 6 Months..... 24,640 One time only....... 24,640 12 4,928 Placed Graduates at 12 Months.... 23,000 One time only....... 23,000 10 3,833
Totals..................... ............ .................... 82,745 ......... 17,320
Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): Job Corps will initiate its telephone data collection from former enrollees and graduates starting after January 2001. Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) centers are being established at two contractors' locations. The total cost is estimated at $89,380, including $43,380 for hardware, $40,000 for software and $6,000 for communications.
Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): The estimated annual cost of completing 82,755 interviews with Job Corps graduates and former enrollees is $2,482,650. This includes $220,500 for the former enrollee surveysplaced and nonplaced; $40,950 for the nonplaced graduate survey at 12months; $792,000 for placed graduates at 13 weeks; and $1,429,200 for placed graduate surveys and 6 and 12 months.
Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be
summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and
Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record.
Dated: December 18, 2000.
Richard C. Trigg,
National Director of Job Corps.
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