[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 250 (Wednesday, December 31, 1997)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68325-68326]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-34056]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT


Submission for OMB Review; Comment and Request Form OPM-1386B

AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(44 U.S.C. 3506-3507), the Office of Personnel Management plans to 
submit to the Office of Management and Budget a request to extend its 
approval of form OPM-1386B, Applicant Race and National Origin 
Questionnaire. The form gathers information concerning the race and 
national origin of applicants for employment under the Outstanding 
Scholar provision of the Luevano Consent Decree, 93 F.R.D. 68 (1981).
    This notice begins the formal continuation that originally began in 
1995. OPM published Notices of Intent in the Federal Register on 
October 27, 1995, and February 21, 1996. The process for continuation 
was not completed in time. An emergency request for continuation was 
published on September 9, 1997.
    Under the terms of 44 U.S.C. 3507, the public is invited to comment 
on the need for this information, its practical utility, the accuracy 
of OPM's burden estimate, and on ways to minimize the reporting burden.

DATES: Comments will be considered if received on or before March 2, 
1998.

ADDRESSES: Send or deliver written comments to Mary Lou Lindholm, 
Associate Director for Employment, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 
1900 E Street, NW., Room 6F08, Washington, DC 20415, and Joseph Lackey, 
OPM Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office 
of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, NW., Room 
10235, Washington, DC 20503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For copies of the form, and further information, contact Christina Vay 
on 202-606-0830, FAX 202-606-2329, or e-mail address [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Purpose of Form OPM-1368B

    A Federal court decree, issued in 1981 and still binding, requires 
recordkeeping on Federal employment selection procedures, including 
race and national origin (RNO) data, to determine the ``relative impact 
of the procedure upon Blacks and upon Hispanics as compared with non-
Hispanic whites.''

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OPM and other agencies use form OPM-1368B to collect the RNO data from 
applicants being considered for selection under the Outstanding Scholar 
provision of the decree. Using the standardized form makes it easier to 
collect and consolidate the required data for use by the Federal 
Government and by the plaintiffs. OPM and agencies do not need to use 
form OPM-1368B to collect data on applicants being considered through 
traditional examining processes; court-required data on those 
applicants are collected as part of an application process not required 
for Outstanding Scholars.
    The form OPM-1386B is not considered in the selection process, but 
is used only to collect statistical data.

Annual Reporting Burden

    Approximately 100,000 forms will be processed annually. The average 
estimated response time is 5 minutes for a total public burden of 8,333 
hours.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Janice R. Lachance,
Director.
[FR Doc. 97-34056 Filed 12-30-97; 8:45 am]
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