Department of Labor Extends Comment Period for Revision of Schedule A to May 13.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced an extension of the public comment period for its Request for Information (RFI) regarding the potential revision of Schedule A. Originally set to conclude on February 20, 2024, the comment period will now run until May 13, 2024, as published in the Federal Register.

The RFI, released on December 21, 2023, sought public input on the expansion of Schedule A to encompass both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and non-STEM occupations facing shortages in the U.S. labor market. The extension is attributed to the limited and incomplete responses received, prompting the DOL to provide additional time for comprehensive input. The agency acknowledges that the extension strikes a balance between its need for timely and thorough feedback and the request from stakeholders.

The RFI specifically invites comments on whether STEM occupations should be added to Schedule A and, if so, the rationale behind such additions. Additionally, input is sought on the definition and identification of STEM occupations and potential non-STEM occupations for inclusion or removal from Schedule A.

Specific questions presented by the DOL include inquiries about data sources for predicting labor shortages in STEM occupations, methods to assess shortages, and the establishment of a reliable and transparent methodology for identifying occupations with significant shortages. The consideration of expanding Schedule A to non-STEM occupations is also addressed, seeking insights on methodologies for identifying shortages in this category.

Stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to participate in this extended comment period to contribute valuable perspectives on shaping the revision of Schedule A, impacting STEM and non-STEM occupations alike.

Source: Fragomen