[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 29 (Thursday, February 12, 1998)]
[Page 7183]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-3589]

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Women's Bureau

Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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 instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of 
collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. 
Currently, the Women's Bureau is soliciting comments concerning the 
proposed new collection of the Conference Evaluation Form.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section below on or before April 13, 1998. The Department of 
Labor is particularly interested in comments which:
     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 submissions of responses.

ADDRESSES: Airline Easley, Women's Bureau, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, 
Room S-3311, Washington, DC 20210, (202) 219-6601x136 (this is not a 
toll-free number), Fax (202) 219-5529, [email protected].


I. Background

    A structured evaluation instrument is needed to determine if the 
objectives of the conferences sponsored, wholly or in part, by the 
Women's Bureau are meeting the needs of the constituents for whom they 
were designed. Currently, a comment card is availabe at most 
conferences for constituent remarks, but these remarks do not speak to 
all the issues involved in a comprehensive evaluation. Without 
comprehensive information, we cannot clearly understand if the 
conference goals are being met, or how we can more efficiently meet 
constituent needs.

II. Current Actions

    We are proposing that the ``Conference Evaluation'' be available at 
the close of conferences or meetings sponsored by the Women's Bureau so 
that constituents can voluntarily provide answers to questions that 
will help us to streamline the conferences or meetings to more fully 
meet the needs of the attendees. Information from the evaluation should 
flag strengths and weaknesses in the program and its setting.
    Type of Review: This is a new data collection instrument.
    Agency: US Department of Labor, Women's Bureau.
    Title: Conference Evaluation.
    Affected Public: Attendees of Women's Bureau conferences or 
    Cite/Reference/Form/etc: Conference Evaluation.
    Total Respondents: 5000.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Total responses: 5000.
    Average Time per Response: 1.5 minutes.
    Estimated Burden Hours: 125 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.00.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): $0.00.
    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: February 9, 1998.
Cellis N. Phillips,
Chief, Office of Policy and Programs.
[FR Doc. 98-3589 Filed 2-11-98; 8:45 am]