[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 237 (Wednesday, December 10, 1997)]
[Page 65104]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-32292]



Employment and Training Administration

Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public 
Comment and Recommendations; NAFTA-Transitional Adjustment Assistance 
Customer Survey Form

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: 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 instructions are clearly understood, and the impact of 
collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. 
Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting 
comments concerning the proposed renewal of the information collection 
of the NAFTA Transitional Adjustment Assistance Customer Survey Form, 
ETA 9044.
    A copy of the proposed information collection request can be 
obtained by contacting the employee listed below in the contact section 
of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 9, 
1998. Written comments should 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 automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

ADDRESSES: Grant D. Beale, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance, 
Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, Room C-
4318, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, 202-219-
5555 (this is not a toll-free number).



    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act 
amended Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974 to add a 
Subchapter D--NAFTA Transitional Adjustment Assistance Program. This 
program provides needed adjustment assistance to workers adversely 
affected because of imports from Canada or Mexico or shifts of 
production from the United States to those countries.
    Section 250 of the Act authorizes the Governor of each State to 
accept petitions for certification of eligibility to apply for NAFTA 
transitional adjustment assistance. Once a preliminary finding is 
issued by the Governor, the Secretary must determine to what extent, if 
any, increased imports from Mexico or Canada have impacted the 
petitioning workers' firm selling market, and thus determine whether 
the statutory criteria for worker group eligibility are met. The 
customer survey form establishes the format which has been by the 
Secretary to determine the impact of imports.

II. Current Actions

    This is a request for OMB approval under [the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)] for renewal of a collection of 
information previously approved and assigned OMB Control No. 1205-0337. 
There is an addition of 210 burden hours as the result of a reestimate 
of the number of responses and the number of hours required to complete 
the form.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.
    Title: Petition For NAFTA Transitional Adjustment Assistance.
    OMB Number: 1205-0337.
    Agency Number: ETA-9044.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Total Respondents: Estimated 420.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 2 hours.
    Estimated Total Respondent Cost: $32,130.
    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: December 4, 1997.
Grant D. Beale,
Acting Director, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
[FR Doc. 97-32292 Filed 12-9-97; 8:45 am]