National Agricultural Workers Survey

ICR 202112-1205-005

OMB: 1205-0453

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1205-0453 202112-1205-005
Received in OIRA 201907-1205-011
National Agricultural Workers Survey
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 01/07/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 01/31/2023
4,476 6,090
1,484 1,615
0 0

National Agriculture Workers Survey (NAWS) provides an understanding of the manpower resources available to U.S. agriculture. It is the national source of information on the demographic, occupational health and employment characteristics of hired crop workers.

US Code: 29 USC 49f(d) and 491-2(a) Name of Law: Wagner-Peyser Act
   US Code: 42 USC 241(a) Name of Law: Public Health Services Act
   PL: Pub.L. 110 - 134 649 Research Name of Law: The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act
   US Code: 29 USC 669(a) and 671 Name of Law: Occupational Safety and Health Act
   PL: Pub.L. 99 - 603 303 Name of Law: Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 49569 09/03/2021
87 FR 994 01/07/2022

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Employers - Point of Contact Questions
National Agriculture Workers Survey (NAWS)

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 4,476 6,090 0 -1,614 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 1,484 1,615 0 -131 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miscellaneous Actions
There will be a net decrease of 131 burden hours, which is associated with corrections to the formula for estimating the number of employers that will need to be contacted in order to interview the target sample size of 1,500 crop workers over the three interview cycles of FY 2022. Although ETA based the previous employer burden estimates on a target sample size of 1,500 crop workers, it incorrectly included in its estimate of employer burden the hours associated with employers who couldn’t be located and screened for eligibility. There is no employer engagement (burden) when the employer can’t be located and screened for eligibility. Correcting this calculation resulted in a decrease of 137 burden hours. There is an increase of 6 hours associated with contacts with eligible employers. Two factors are associated with this increase: 1) the employer eligibility rate; and 2) the average number of crop workers interviewed per employer. In the last submission, the employer eligibility rate was 38 percent. With this submission, ETA assumes that the eligibility rate will be 32 percent, the rate it was in FY 2020. The lower eligibility rate means that interviewers will need to contact more employers to identify eligible employers. The average number of crop workers interviewed per farm has also decreased (from 3.8 to 3.5), which means that interviewers will need to contact more eligible employers to interview the target sample size of crop workers. The net change in burden hours is – 131 (-137 + 6 = -131). Although ETA is seeking approval to add new questions to the NAWS with this request, the average time per crop worker respondent remains at 45 minutes. This is because, beginning in FY 2021, ETA ceased administering 13 questions on education and training and 4 questions on preventive health. In addition, beginning in the second interview cycle of FY 2022, ETA will cease administering a question to female respondents concerning cervical cancer testing, and a question to all respondents concerning lifetime diagnosis of HIV AIDS. Through pilot testing of the questionnaire that includes the COVID questions with contractor staff, the contractor found that the average time per respondent was 45 minutes.

Yes Part B of Supporting Statement
Emily St. Onge 202 693-2605 [email protected]


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
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    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
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