[Federal Register: September 16, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 179)]
[Page 48634-48635]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: The Director, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the
Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information
collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
November 17, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and requests for copies of the proposed

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information collection requests should be addressed to Patrick J.
Sherrill, Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room
5624, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick J. Sherrill (202) 708-8196.
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an
early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. OMB
may amend or waive the requirement for public consultation to the
extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat
the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal
law, or substantially interfere with any agency's ability to perform
its statutory obligations. The Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office
of the Chief Information Officer, publishes this notice containing
proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these
requests to OMB. Each proposed information collection, grouped by
office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g.,
new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Title; (3)
Summary of the collection; (4) Description of the need for, and
proposed use of, the information; (5) Respondents and frequency of
collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites
public comment at the address specified above. Copies of the requests
are available from Patrick J. Sherrill at the address specified above.
    The Department of Education is especially interested in public
comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection
necessary to the proper functions of the Department, (2) will this
information be processed and used in a timely manner, (3) is the
estimate of burden accurate, (4) how might the Department enhance the
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and
(5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on
the respondents, including through the use of information technology.

    Dated: September 10, 1997.
Gloria Parker,
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

    Title: Streamlined Clearance Process for Discretionary Grant
Information Collections.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit; not-for-profit institutions; State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs
or LEAs.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 1.
      Burden Hours: 1.
    Abstract: This information collection plan provides the U.S.
Department of Education with the option of submitting its discretionary
grant information collections through a streamlined Paperwork Reduction
Act clearance process. This streamlined clearance process will begin
when the Department submits the information collection to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) and, at the same time, publishes a 30-day
public comment period notice in the Federal Register. OMB will then
have 60 days after the public comment period begins to reach a decision
on the information collection.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: Annual Report of Independent Living Services for Older
Individuals who are Blind.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; State, local or Tribal
Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 55.
      Burden Hours: 440.
    Abstract: Section 752(I)(2)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments
of 1992 (Attachment A) requires each grantee under this program to
submit an annual report to the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation
Services Administration (RSA) on essential demographic, service and
outcome information. The information collected by RSA will be used to
evaluate the program, including the new Government Performance and
Results Act (GEPRA) requirements, and make recommendations to Congress.
It provides RSA with a uniform and efficient method of monitoring the
program for compliance with statutory regulatory requirements and to
determine substantial progress required for funding of all non-
competing continuation discretionary grants. The respondents are State
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies.

Office of Postsecondary Education

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Controlling the Cost of Postsecondary Education.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; State, local and
Tribal Gov't, SEAs and LEAs.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 75.
      Burden Hours: 1,500.
    Abstract: This first time application package provides information
and forms for those wishing to apply for grants that demonstrate
projects addressing issues of cost control at postsecondary

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