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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.
SUMMARY: The Chief Financial and Chief Information Officer, Office of 
the Chief Financial and 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 
September 11, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Written comments 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, D.C. 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 Chief Financial and Chief Information 
Officer, Office of the Chief Financial and 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

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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: July 8, 1998.
Donald Rappaport,
Chief Financial and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief 
Financial and Chief Information Officer.

Office of the Under Secretary

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act: Request for 
Clearance of the State Education Agency and Governor's Reporting Forms.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: 
      Responses: 109.
      Burden Hours: 4,360.
    Abstract: Section 4117 of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and 
Communities Act (SDFSCA) requires state chief executive officers, and 
state educational agencies (SEAs) to submit to the Secretary on a 
triennial basis a report on the implementation and outcomes of state, 
local and Governor's SDFSCA programs. ED must report to the President 
and Congress on a biennial basis regarding the national impact of 
SDFSCA programs. The two instruments, one for SEAs and one for 
Governor's programs, included with this Paperwork Reduction Act 
submission will be used by states to submit the required data to ED.

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS) First Grade Fall 
1998 Pilot Study, Fall 1999 and Spring 2000 Full Scale.
    Frequency: Fall 1998, Fall 1999, and Spring 2000.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 600.
      Burden Hours: 313.
    Abstract: The ECLS begins in Fall 1998-1999 with a kindergarten 
cohort. This clearance is for follow up activities with this cohort of 
students one year later, when they are typically in first grade. There 
will be a pilot of the first grade fall survey in Fall 1998, and the 
full scale surveys will take place in Fall of 1999 and Spring of 2000. 
The ECLS looks at the crucial first years of school from the 
perspective of the students, teachers, parents, and school 
administrators. There are assessments of the students. The survey is 
intended to provide information about early childhood preschool 
learning experiences, from birth to age 8, preparation for formal 
schools, first school experiences, and progress made over the first 
years of school.

Office of Postsecondary Education

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Electronic Debit 
Account Brochure and Authorization Form.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 102,000.
      Burden Hours: 3,400.
    Abstract: This form will be the means by which a Direct Loan 
borrower authorizes establishment of an Electronic Debit Account.

Office of the Under Secretary

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: National Longitudinal Survey of Schools (NLSS).
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 18,800.
      Burden Hours: 10,760.
    Abstract: This study is being conducted to support the legislative 
requirement in P.L. 103-382, Section 1501 to assess the implementation 
of Title I and education reform. It will examine principals' and 
teachers' understanding and implementation of standards-based reform 
and the new provisions of Title I. Information on schools serving 
significant proportions of migrant, limited-English proficient (LEP), 
or Native American students, and schools that have been identified as 
in need of improvement will also be gathered.

Office of Postsecondary Education

    Type of Review: Extension.
    Title: Guaranty Agency Quarterly/Annual Report.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, State, local or 
Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: 
      Responses: 37.
      Burden Hours: 9,250.
    Abstract: The Guaranty Agency Quarterly/Annual Report is submitted 
by 37 agencies operating a study loan insurance program under agreement 
with the Department of Education. These reports are used to evaluate 
agency operations, make payments to agencies as authorized by law, and 
to make reports to Congress.

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

    Type of Review: Extension.
    Title: Standards for the Conduct and Evaluation of Activities 
Carried Out by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement 
(OERI)--Phase 1.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Businesses or other 
for-profits; Not-for-profit institutions; State, local or Tribal Gov't, 
SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: 
      Responses: 1.
      Burden Hours: 1.
    Abstract: OERI was required by its authorizing statute to establish 
standards for the processes it uses to evaluate applications for grants 
and cooperative agreements and proposals for contracts. These 
established standards (34 CFR 700) allow OERI to tailor selection 
criteria to individual programs by selecting from the menu of selection 
criteria contained in this regulation. This regulation has also 
eliminated the need for separate programs within OERI to establish 
individual program regulations to create evaluation criteria.

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