[Federal Register: December 10, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 237)]
[Page 69233]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.


SUMMARY: The 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
February 8, 2000.

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.
    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: December 6, 1999.
William Burrow,
Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the Chief Information

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS),
Introduction to the Web-Based Collection on Institutional Price and
Student Financial Aid and Modifications to the 2000-2002 Data
Collection Items.
    Frequency: Biennially.
    Affected Public: Individuals or household; Not-for-profit
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
    Responses: 9,850. Burden Hours: 202,636.
    Abstract: IPEDS is a system of surveys designed to collect basic
data from approximately 10,000 postsecondary institutions in the United
States. The IPEDS provides information on numbers of students enrolled,
degrees completed, other awards earned, dollars expended, staff
employed at postsecondary institutions, and cost and pricing
information. The amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1998, Part
C, Sec. 131, specify the need for the ``redesign of relevant data
systems to improve the usefulness and timeliness of the data collected
by such systems.'' As a consequence, in 2000 the IPEDS is proposing a
web-based data collection for all items previously collected via paper
forms from Title IV eligible institutions.
    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.
    Written comments or questions regarding burden and/or the
collection activity requirements should be directed to Kathy Axt at
(703) 426-9692 or via her internet address Kathy_Axt@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.
[FR Doc. 99-32020 Filed 12-9-99; 8:45 am]