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36440 Federal Register / Vol. 60, No.

136 / Monday, July 17, 1995 / Notices

Reengineering of Permanent Labor SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: immigrant aliens permanently in the


Certification Program; Solicitation of United States. Such employers are
Permanent Alien Employment
Comments Certification Process required to demonstrate that they have
attempted to recruit U.S. workers
AGENCY:Employment and Training Before the Department of State (DOS) through advertising, through the
Administration, Labor. and the Immigration and Naturalization Federal/State Employment Service
Service (INS) may issue visas and admit System, and by other specified means.
ACTION: Notice; request for comments.
certain nonimmigrant aliens to work The purpose is to assure an adequate
permanently in the United States, the test of the availability of qualified,
SUMMARY: The Employment and
Secretary of Labor must first certify to willing, and able U.S. workers to
Training Administration (ETA) is in the
the Secretary of State and to the
process of reengineering the permanent perform the work, and to ensure that
Attorney General that:
alien labor certification process. ETA’s (a) There are not sufficient United aliens are not employed under
goals are to make fundamental changes States workers, who are able, willing, conditions affecting the wages and
and refinements that will: (1) streamline qualified, and available at the time of working conditions of similarly
the process; (2) save resources; (3) the application for a visa and admission employed U.S. workers.
improve effectiveness; and (4) better into the United States and at the place
serve customers. The reengineering Why Reengineer?
where the alien is to perform the work;
effort is a collaborative effort of federal and The labor certification process
and State staff who are involved in the (b) The employment of the alien will described above has been criticized as
administration of alien certification not adversely affect the wages and being complicated and time consuming.
programs. The reengineering effort also working conditions of similarly It can take up to 2 years or more to
involves consultation throughout the employed United States workers. 8 complete the process; requires
process with sponsors, stakeholders, U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(a). substantial government resources to
State partners, and outside interest If the Department of Labor (DOL) administer; and is reportedly costly and
groups to solicit ideas and suggestions determines that there are no able, burdensome to employers. ETA,
for change. willing, qualified, and available U.S. therefore, is reexamining the
As part of the collaborative effort workers, and that the employment of the effectiveness of the various regulatory
required for effective reengineering, alien will not adversely affect wages and requirements and the application
ETA is publishing a questionnaire in the working conditions of similarly processing procedure, with a view to
Federal Register to aid in the employed U.S. workers, DOL so certifies achieving considerable savings in
solicitation of comments on important to the DOS and INS by issuing a resources both for the Government and
issues that are fundamental to the permanent alien labor certification.
employers, without diminishing
reengineering process. In addition, ETA Department of Labor Regulations significant protections now afforded
welcomes comments on any other U.S. workers by the current regulatory
matter pertaining to the reengineering of The Department has promulgated
regulations at 20 CFR part 656, and administrative requirements.
the permanent alien certification
program. Any interested party is invited governing the labor certification process The questionnaire published below
and encouraged to participate in this described above for the permanent solicits comments on how best to
collaborative process and provide input employment of certain immigrant aliens achieve the goals of the reengineering
to the Department through written in the United States. Part 656 was process.
comments. promulgated pursuant to section Interested parties are invited and
212(a)(5)(A) of the Immigration and encouraged to participate in this
DATES: Responses to and comments on Nationality Act. 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(A).
the attached questionnaire should be collaborative process and to provide
The regulations at 20 CFR part 656 set
submitted to ETA no later than August forth the factfinding process designed to input to the Department through
22, 1995. develop information sufficient to answers to the questionnaire, and/or
support the granting or denial of a written comments on any issue they
ADDRESSES: Submit comments to: Flora believe to be relevant to the
T. Richardson, Chief, Division of permanent labor certification. They
describe the potential of the nationwide reengineering process. Copies of the
Foreign Labor Certifications, questionnaire also are being mailed to
Employment and Training system of public employment service
offices to assist employers in finding various employers, unions, associations,
Administration, Department of Labor, and other interest groups.
200 Constitution Avenue., NW., Room available U.S. workers and how the
N–4456. Washington, DC 20210. factfinding process is utilized by DOL as Signed at Washington, DC, this 12th day of
the primary basis of developing July 1995.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: information for the certification John R. Beverly III,
Denis M. Gruskin, Senior specialist determinations. Deputy Director, U.S. Employment Service.
(202) 219–4369 (this is not a toll-free Part 656 sets forth the responsibility
number). of employers who desire to employ BILLING CODE 4510–30–M
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