[Federal Register: June 16, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 115)]
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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 
August 16, 1999.

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.
    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: June 10, 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: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Year 2000 
Field Test and Year 2001 Main Assessment of World Geography and U.S. 
History.
    Frequency: Field test 2000, main study 2001.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 9,600.
      Burden Hours: 9,870.
    Abstract: The Congressionally-mandated 2001 National Assessment of 
Educational Progress will assess world geography knowledge and 
knowledge of U.S. history among 4th, 8th and 12th graders, and will 
provide contextual information to interpret the assessment information 
relevant background characteristics of the students and their schools 
and teachers. The clearance package provides all the background 
questions and supporting information for the field test and the main 
study. The results of the main study will be used to provide 
descriptive information about programs and practices in the teaching of 
history and geography; suggest relationships between characteristics 
and assessment results; and serve as a basis for monitoring change over 
time.
    Written comments and requests for copies of the proposed 
information collection request should be addressed to Vivian Reese, 
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 Vivian--Reese@ed.gov, or 
should be faxed to 202-708-9346.
    For questions regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements,

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contact Kathy Axt at 202-708-9902. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: Annual Performance Reporting Form for Office of Indian 
Education (OIE) Local Grantees.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 1,272.
      Burden Hours: 5,088.
    Abstract: This data collection will be conducted annually to obtain 
program and performance information from local education agencies on 
their project activities. The information collected will assist federal 
program staff in responding to the Government Performance and Results 
Act (GPRA). Data will primarily be collected through an internet form. 
Grantees without internet access will complete a paper version of this 
form.
    Written comments and requests for copies of the proposed 
information collection request should be addressed to Vivian Reese, 
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 Vivian__Reese@ed.gov, or 
should be faxed to 202-708-9346.
    For questions regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements, contact Kathy Axt at 202-708-9902. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

[FR Doc. 99-15191 Filed 6-15-99; 8:45 am]
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