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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Emergency Review: Comment Request; Repurposed Auto Manufacturing Facilities Study

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Emergency Review: Comment Request; Repurposed Auto Manufacturing Facilities Study

Michel Smyth
Federal Register
April 18, 2011

[Federal Register: April 18, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 74)]
[Page 21781-21782]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Emergency Review: Comment Request; Repurposed Auto Manufacturing 
Facilities Study

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the information 
collection request (ICR) titled, ``Repurposed Auto Manufacturing 
Facilities Study,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and clearance utilizing emergency review procedures in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35) and 5 CFR 1320.13. OMB approval has been requested 
by April 29, 2011.

DATES: Submit comments on or before April 25, 2011.

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 or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 
(this is not a toll-free number) or sending an e-mail to DOL_PRA_
    Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Department of Labor, 
Office of the Secretary, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 
Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these 
are not toll-free numbers), e-mail: 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 e-mail at DOL_PRA_

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 23, 2009, President Obama signed 
Executive Order 13509 creating the White House Council on Automotive 
Communities and Workers to help coordinate the Federal response to 
workers and communities that had been impacted by the restructuring in 
the American auto industry. The White House Council includes the heads 
of all domestic Cabinet agencies, and is co-chaired by Labor Secretary 
Hilda Solis. A critical part of the Council's mandate is support for 
local efforts to recover and repurpose former auto manufacturing 
facilities to other uses.
    On behalf of the Council, the DOL is proposing to gather 
information about land and plant re-purposing from professionals in the 
communities that have already faced the problems associated with auto 
plants that were closed over the last 30 years. The purpose of the 
study is to provide communities with feasible strategies for 
repurposing facilities, restoring the job base and maintaining 
industrial property values. The study will also examine whether 
Federal, State, or other aid was used to encourage the property reuse.
    The DOL is requesting emergency processing, because on March 3, 
2011, the judge presiding over the General Motors (GM) bankruptcy 
approved a proposal for a special $720 million trust for some 60 closed 
GM auto facilities that took effect on March 18. Coming on top of 
efforts by the Department of Commerce and the Environmental Protection 
Agency to focus attention on strategic efforts by local community 
leaders to recover and repurpose closed auto facilities wherever they 
might be, this unprecedented commitment of resources has made the 
collection, analysis and dissemination of this information an urgent 
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
the ADDRESSES section. In order to ensure appropriate consideration, 
comments should reference OMB ICR Reference Number 201104-1290-001. 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, 

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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.
    Type of Review: New collection of information (Request for new 
Control Number).
    Agency: Office of the Secretary.
    Title of Collection: Repurposed Auto Manufacturing Facilities 
    Requested Duration of Authorization: Three months from approval.
    OMB ICR Reference Number: 201104-1290-001.
    Frequency of Collection: Once.
    Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal governments.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 130.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 130.
    Total Annualized Capital and Startup Costs: $0.
    Total Annualized Operation and Maintenance Costs: $0.

    Dated: April 13, 2011.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-9268 Filed 4-15-11; 8:45 am]

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