[Federal Register: March 30, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 60)]
[Page 15153-15154]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



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 
June 1, 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, S.W., Room 
5624, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, D.C. 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

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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 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 24, 1999.
William E. Burrow,
Acting Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

    Type of Review: New
    Title: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study--Birth Cohort 2000, Field 
Test and Full Scale Data Collection
    Frequency: On occasion
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-
profit; Not-for-profit institutions; State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs 
or LEAs
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

      Responses: 2,280
  Burden Hours: 3,082

    Abstract: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study--Birth Cohort 2000 
(ECLS-B) is a component of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies 
program. Studies also include the Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999, 
currently underway. The ECLS program responds to increased policy 
interest in a critical period in the development of children, the years 
from zero to three. The principal purposes of the study are to assess 
children's health status and their growth and development in a variety 
of key domains that are critical for later school readiness and 
academic achievement. The key domains include physical health and 
growth, motor development, and social and emotional maturation.
    The data set will provide a comprehensive and reliable longitudinal 
data set describing the growth of children, from birth through first 
grade. The data can also be used by a wide range of federal agencies on 
topics such as maternal and child health; childhood illnesses and 
disabilities; nonparental child care and early childhood education; 
health intervention; family economics and composition; welfare 
dependency; cultural diversity; and food and nutrition.

[FR Doc. 99-7701 Filed 3-29-99; 8:45 am]