What is the process for obtaining PRA approval for a collection?

The process varies depending on the subject matter of the data collection.  Collections may not begin until OMB approves the collection.  Existing collections may not continue past the current expiration date without a new clearance.  Generally the steps for the requestor are:

  • Step 1:  If you are considering collecting information from the public or mandating records or reports, contact the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances for assistance.
  • Step 2: Prepare and publish a notice in the Federal Register to provide a 60-day period for the public to comment on the reporting and record keeping requirements associated with the information collection.  The entire package will contain at least a Supporting Statement and any collection instruments or forms used in the collection.
  • Step 3:  Review public comments and prepare responses.
  • Step 4:  Prepare and submit to DOL OCIO the 30-Day Federal Register Notice that includes revisions and responses to public comments.
  • Step 5: The Departmental Reports Clearance Officer (DOL OCIO) reviews the collection for quality and forwards the collection to OMB.
  • Step 6:  Information collection may begin or continue after OMB grants a collection approval.