Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Pilot Surveys of Employee Voice in the Coal Mining Industry
Federal Register, Volume 77 Issue 113 (Tuesday, June 12, 2012)
[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 113 (Tuesday, June 12, 2012)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14210]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; Pilot Surveys of Employee Voice in the Coal
SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Mine Safety
and Health Administration (MSHA) sponsored new information collection
request (ICR) titled, ``Pilot Surveys of Employee Voice in the Coal
Mining Industry,'' 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 July 12, 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
RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, 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 to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-MSHA, Office of
Management and Budget, Room 10235, New Executive Office Building,
Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these
are not toll-free numbers), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DOL seeks OMB approval to conduct an
information collection as part of a pilot study to determine how to
measure workers' voice in mining workplaces under the jurisdiction of
the MSHA. The DOL working definition for voice in the workplace is
workers' ability to access information on their rights in the
workplace, their understanding of those rights, and their ability to
exercise these rights without fear of discrimination or retaliation.
Voice in the workplace is a key outcome goal for the Secretary of Labor
and part of her vision of good jobs for everyone. A separate concurrent
effort will measure workers' voice in workplaces under the jurisdiction
of the Wage and Hour Division and Occupational Safety and Health
Administration. Measuring voice among miners, however, poses unique
data collection challenges, including implementing a survey in a
setting that feels non-threatening to mine workers, and asking
questions in a format that reflects mining community cultures and
practices. The DOL seeks to perform a pilot study to investigate the
efficacy of different data collection methods and to develop a survey
instrument that is appropriate for the mining community. The primary
research question is what measures of voice and perceived non-
compliance, combined with what modes of data collection, could be best
used to track MSHA's worker-protection outreach activity? This ICR
covers a set two or three small-scale pilot data collections. Data
collection for this effort will employ two or three strategies: (1)
Submission of paper questionnaires to be filled out by individual mine
workers during offsite mining-related training sessions, (2)
recruitment of miners by using radio and paper advertisements, and (3)
a mail or phone survey. The DOL is currently assessing the feasibility
of each method prior to implementation. For example, implementation of
a phone or mail survey will depend on the availability of a valid list
of miners. A maximum of 125 respondents will be surveyed under each
collection mode for 375 maximum respondents for the overall effort.
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 OMB Control Number.
See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. For additional information, see the
related notice published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2012
(77 FR 2760).
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in
the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in
the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate
consideration, comments should reference OMB ICR Reference Number
201205-1219-001. 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: Pilot Surveys of Employee Voice in the Coal
OMB ICR Reference Number: 201205-1219-001.
Affected Public: Individuals or households.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 375.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 375.
Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 156.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.
Dated: June 6, 2012.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-14210 Filed 6-11-12; 8:45 am]
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