Federal Register: January 18, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 11)
DOCID: fr18ja07-106 FR Doc E7-559
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment Standards Administration
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before March 19, 2007.
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 Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Securing Financial Obligations under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and its Extension (LS276, LS275IC and LS275SI). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.
Agency information collection activities; proposals, submissions, and approvals,
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) requires
covered employers to secure the payment of compensation under the Act
and its extensions by purchasing insurance from a carrier authorized by
the Secretary of Labor to write Longshore Act insurance, or by becoming
authorized selfinsured employers (33 U.S.C. 932 et seq.). Each
authorized insurance carrier (or carrier seeking authorization) is
required to establish annually that its Longshore obligations are fully
secured either through an applicable state guaranty (or analogous)
fund, a deposit of security with the Division of Longshore and Harbor
Workers' Compensation (DLHWC), or a combination of both. Similarly,
each authorized selfinsurer (or employer seeking authorization) is
required to fully secure its Longshore Act obligations by depositing
security with DLHWC. These requirements are designed to assure the
prompt and continued payment of compensation and other benefits by the
responsible carrier or selfinsurer to injured workers and their survivors. Forms LS275, Application for Security Deposit
Determination; LS275IC, Agreement and Undertaking (Insurance Carrier); and LS275SI, Agreement and Undertaking (Selfinsured Employer) are used to cover the submission of information by insurance carriers and selfinsured employers regarding their ability to meet their financial obligations under the Longshore Act and its extensions. This information collection is currently approved for use through June 30, 2007.
II. Review Focus
The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which:
e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
III. Current Actions
The Department of Labor seeks the approval of the extension of this
information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to
ensure that a carrier's LHWCA obligations are sufficiently secured and,
if necessary, to deposit security in an amount set by OWCP. This
procedure will ensure the prompt and continued payments of compensation
and medical benefits to injured workers and help protect the Longshore
special funds assets from consequences flowing from insurance carriers' insolvencies.
Type of Review: Extension.
Agency: Employment Standards Administration.
Titles: Request for Earnings Information.
OMB Number: 12150204.
Agency Numbers: LS276; LS275IC and LS275SI.
Affected Public: Business or other forprofit, Notforprofit institution.
Total Respondents: 566.
Total Annual responses: 647.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 434.
Estimated Time Per Response: 1 hour to 15 minutes.
Frequency: On Occasion and Annually.
Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $287.89.
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 will also become a matter of public record.
Dated: January 11, 2007.
Hazel M. Bell,
Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration and Planning, Employment Standards Administration.
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