[Federal Register: March 17, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 51)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Acting Leader, Information Management Group, 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 
May 17, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and requests for copies of the proposed 
information collection requests should be addressed to Patrick J. 
Sherrill, Department of Education, 400 Maryland 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 Acting Leader, Information Management 
Group, Office of the 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

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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: March 11, 1999.
Patrick J. Sherrill,
Acting Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Consolidated State Performance Report and State Self-Review.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 53.
      Burden Hours: 207,514.
    Abstract: This information collection package contains two related 
parts: the Consolidated State Performance Report and State Self-Review. 
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), in general, and its 
provision for submission of consolidated plans, in particular (see 
section 14302 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. States would use 
both instruments for reporting on activities that occur during the 
1999-2000 school year and, if the ESEA when reauthorized does not 
become effective for the 2000-2001 school year, for that year as well. 
The documents allow State and local officials and educators to see at 
one time the full scope of their general reporting (and corresponding 
data collection) responsibilities, and promotes the Department's 
interests 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. The State Self-
Review would be completed by those States (approximately 18 per year) 
that are the object of an Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 
integrated program review. The information States provide will 
complement their responses to the Consolidated Performance Report, but 
also will provide specific information on program implementation that 
is needed for an effective integrated review. The Department intends 
that, once the ESEA is reauthorized, it will work actively with the 
public to revise their content so that they support an integrated 
information collection system that responds to the new law and better 
reflects how federal programs help to promote State and local reform 
efforts.

[FR Doc. 99-6425 Filed 3-16-99; 8:45 am]
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