[Federal Register: February 11, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 28)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection requests.

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SUMMARY: The Acting 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: An emergency review has been requested in accordance with the 
Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3507(j)), since public harm is reasonably likely 
to result if normal clearance procedures are followed. Approval by the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been requested by February 
18, 1998. A regular clearance process is also beginning. Interested 
persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 13, 1998.


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ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the emergency review should be 
addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Danny Werfel, Desk Officer: Department of Education, Office 
of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10235, New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20503. Requests for copies 
of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to 
Patrick J. Sherrill, Department of Education, 7th & D Streets, S.W.,
Room 5624, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, D.C. 20202-4651. 
Written comments regarding the regular clearance and requests for 
copies of the proposed 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, or should be electronic mailed to the 
internet address Pat__Sherrill@ed.gov, or should be faxed to 202-708-
9346.

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(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3506(c)(2)(A) requires that 
the Director of OMB provide interested Federal agencies and the public 
an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The 
Office of Management and Budget (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 Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, publishes this notice containing proposed 
information collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental 
review of the information collection. 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. ED 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: February 6, 1998.
Linda C. Tague,
Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program (Part C) of 
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
    Abstract: States are required to submit an application to receive 
funds. An approved application remains in effect until modifications 
are needed resulting from a change in policy, procedures, or 
assurances. The Secretary may require a change if: amendments to the 
Act or regulations; new interpretations to the Act by Federal court or 
State's highest court; or an official finding of noncompliance with 
Federal law or regulations is made.
    Additional Information: The emergency clearance is necessary in 
order to comply with 34 CFR 76.703 which requires that the Department 
allow States as much time to complete the application as the Department 
takes to review and approve the document, prior to the date funds are 
available for obligation, which is July 1, 1998. If this Office obtains 
approval for this application package on February 18, 1998, we can 
forward the approved application to States by March 1, 1998. States 
must prepare the application, and make it available to the public for 
the required 60-day public comment period. This Office then has 60 days 
to review, seek any necessary revisions, and approve the applications. 
Following this general time line, we will be able to have approved 
applications by July 1, 1998. However, if this emergency request is not 
approved, we will not be able to make program funds available to States 
on July 1.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Federal Government; State, Local or Tribal Gov't, 
SEAs or LEAs.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 56.
      Burden Hours: 840.

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