Capitol Correspondence - 06.03.19

DOL Seeks to Reinstate Collection of Disability Statistics

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ANCOR is sharing this notice by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an agency within the Department of Labor (DOL), because the database it discusses is used to generate statistics on how many people with disabilities have employment , among other information. Such information is critical to policymakers as they craft solutions to issues in the disability community. The deadline to comment June 28, 2019. ANCOR will be submitting comments, which we will share with our members when finalized.

As written by BLS:

“This ICR seeks approval under the PRA to reinstate the Current Population Survey (CPS) Disability Supplement information collection without change from when it was most recently approved. The Disability Supplement will provide information on labor force participation rates for people with disabilities; the use of and satisfaction with programs that prepare people with disabilities for employment; the work history, barriers to employment, and workplace accommodations reported by persons with a disability; and the effect of financial assistance programs on the likelihood of working. Because the Disability Supplement is part of the CPS, the same detailed demographic information collected in the CPS will be available about respondents to the supplement. The BLS Authorizing Statute authorizes this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 1. 2.

This proposed information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on December 26, 2018 (83 FR 66310).”