[Federal Register: October 6, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 193)]
[Page 53648-53649]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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 submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
November 5, 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, Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, 
DC 20503 or should be electronically mailed to the internet address 
Werfel__d@al.eop.gov. 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, or should be 
electronically 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 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 that 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.

    Dated: October 2, 1998.
Donald Rappaport,
Chief Financial and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief 
Financial and Chief Information Officer.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Consolidated State Performance Report.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 53.
      Burden Hours: 202,354.
    Abstract: The reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act 
(ESEA), in general, and its provision for submission of consolidated 
plans, in particular (see section 14301 of the ESEA), emphasize the 
importance of cross-program coordination and integration of federal 
programs into educational activities carried out with State and local 
funds. Yet while nearly all States receive ESEA formula grant program 
funding on the basis of consolidated plans, until now the Department 
has still required states to report on program performance and 
beneficiaries on a program-by-program basis. Continuing to do so sends 
an inconsistent message about the value of consolidated planning and 
program integration as tools for increasing student achievement. This 
consolidated state reporting instrument would replace individual 
program reporting under ESEA programs and Goals 2000 for all entities 
that submit ESEA consolidated plans (and be an optional reporting 
vehicle for the other states). It

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will allow state and local officials and educators to see, at one time, 
the full scope of their reporting (and corresponding data collection) 
responsibilities, and promote the Department's interest in (1) 
receiving essential information on how states have implemented their 
approved consolidated state plans and (2) promoting the Department's 
ability to provide assistance to states on how they may be able to use 
federal funds most effectively. In addition, the state consolidated 
performance report is intended as an initial step toward an optimal 
design to track indicators of program performance, including those the 
Department is required to develop under the Government Performance and 
Results Act. It is expected that reporting in future consolidated 
instruments will change as the U.S. Department of Education and the 
states develop their capacities to elicit and use accurate and reliable 
information for monitoring, reporting, and improvement.

[FR Doc. 98-26868 Filed 10-5-98; 8:45 am]