[Federal Register: September 14, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 177)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the 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
October 14, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs,

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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 DWERFEL@OMB.EOP.GOV.

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 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.

    Dated: September 8, 1999.
William E. Burrow,
Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the Chief Information
Officer.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Title: Consolidated State Performance Report and State Self-Review
Guide.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 53.
      Burden Hours: 138,926.
    Abstract: This information collection package contains two related
parts: the Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR) and the State
Self-Review (SSR). The 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. 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 proposed CSPR requests essentially the same information as
in 1999-2000, in a more concise and accessible format. The proposed SSR
replaces informal data collections performed by each program review
team in advance of site visits to states (approximately 14 each year),
now conducted as integrated program reviews of all ESEA and Goals 2000
programs. This document and the associated visits promotes the
Department's interests in (1) gathering essential information on how
States have implemented their approved consolidated State plans and (2)
identifying federal assistance to States on how to use federal funds
most effectively. The State responses to the SSR will complement their
responses to the CSPR by providing specific information on program
implementation that is needed for an effective integrated review. When
the ESEA is reauthorized the Department intends to work actively with
the public to revise the content of these documents and develop an
integrated information collection system that responds to the new law,
uses new technologies, and better reflects how federal programs help to
promote State and local reform efforts.
    Written comments and requests for copies of this 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 OCIO__IMG__Issues@ed.gov, or should be faxed to 202-
708-9346.
    For questions regarding burden and/or the collection activity
requirements, contact Patrick Sherrill at 202-708-8196 or by e-mail at
PatSherrill@ed.gov. 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 Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Type of Review: Extension.
    Title: Quarterly Cumulative Caseload Report.
    Frequency: Quarterly.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 82.
      Burden Hours: 328.
    Abstract: State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies who
administer vocational programs provide key caseload indicator data on
this form, including numbers of persons who are applicants, determined
eligible/ineligible, waiting for services, and also their program
outcomes. This data is used for program planning, management, budgeting
and general statistical purposes.
    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 OCIO__IMG__Issues@ed.gov
or should be faxed to 202-708-9346.
    For questions regarding burden and/or the collection activity
requirements, contact Sheila Carey at 202-708-6287 or electronically
mail her at internet address sheila__carey@ed.gov. 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 Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
(OSERS) Peer Review Qualifications Statement.
    Frequency: Biennially.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 5,000.
      Burden Hours: 1,250.
    Abstract: In order for OSERS to conduct a review of its
discretionary grant applications, it must be able to select qualified
reviewers. This selection is based on the information from the OSERS
Peer Reviewer Qualifications Statement that is entered into the OSERS
Peer Review System. The potential peer reviewers come from the
rehabilitation and special education fields.
    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 OCIO__IMG__Issues@ed.gov
or should be faxed to 202-708-9346.

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    For questions regarding burden and/or the collection activity
requirements, contact Sheila Carey at 202-708-6287 or electronically
mail her at internet address sheila__carey@ed.gov. Individuals who use
a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
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