[Federal Register: July 1, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 126)]
[Page 35918]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.


SUMMARY: The Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the submission for OMB 
review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
July 31, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Written comments 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., New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. 
Requests for copies of the proposed information collection requests 
should be addressed to Patrick J. Sherrill, Department of Education, 
600 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 5624, Regional Office Building 3, 
Washington, DC 20202-4651.

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 Acting 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.
Hazel Fiers,
Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Postsecondary Education

    Type of Review: 
    Title: Application for Seven Foreign Language and Area Studies 
    Frequency: Annually or Every 3 Years.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Not-for-profit 
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 469; Burden 
Hours: 43,213.
    Abstract: Collect program and budget information to make grants to 
institution of higher education. This information collection falls 
under the streamlined process for discretionary grants under OMB 
Control Number 1890-0001.

Office of the Under Secretary

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Local Implementation of Federal Programs.
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 849; Burden 
Hours: 872.
    Abstract: The Department of Education is charged with evaluating 
Title I of ESEA and other elementary and secondary education 
legislation enacted by the 103rd Congress. These studies will collect 
information on the operations and effects at the district level of 
legislative provisions and federal assistance, in the context of state 
education reform efforts. Findings will be used in reporting to 
Congress and improving information dissemination. Respondents are local 
superintendents, directors of federal programs, directors of research 
and assessment, and school principals.
    No comments were received during the 60-day comment period. Minor 
revisions have been made to the instrument during the interim. There 
are two differences between the earlier version of the survey and the 
revised version being submitted to OMB, the are as follows:
    (1) The original survey addressed a wide range of topics concerning 
the implementation of federal programs, with emphasis on data use, 
cross-program coordination, intergovernmental relations, and services 
to homeless children and youth. The revised survey is more focused on 
data needed for ED reporting to Congress under the Government 
Performance and Results Act (GPRA). It incorporates a number of data 
elements required in the Department's Strategic Plan and Annual 
Performance Plans. Questions about services to homeless children and 
youth have been dropped, and the number of questions about 
intergovernmental relations and the implementation of specific federal 
programs has been reduced.
    (2) The revised version required a smaller sample. Rather than 
drawing a large random sample of approximately 1500 districts 
stratified by proverty and district size as previously planned, the 
instrument will now draw a smaller random sample of 789 districts that 
will permit national estimates, but not estimates for distinct strata. 
Additionally, the entire sample of districts in the ED Study of 
Education Resources and Funding is being incorporated into this sample 
so that the two studies can share key data elements.

[FR Doc. 98-17535 Filed 6-30-98; 8:45 am]