[Federal Register: March 1, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 41)]
[Page 11042-11043]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection requests.


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: An emergency review has been requested in accordance with the 
Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3507(j)), since public harm is reasonably likely 
to result if normal clearance procedures are followed. Approval by the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been requested by April 1, 
2000. A regular clearance process is also beginning. Interested persons 
are invited to submit comments on or before May 1, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the emergency review should be 
addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
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 Director of OMB 
provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity 
to comment on information collection requests. The Office of Management 
and Budget (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 
this notice containing proposed information collection requests at the 
beginning of the Departmental review of the information collection. 
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. ED 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 respondents, 
including through the use of information technology.

    Dated: February 24, 2000.
William E. Burrow,
Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the Chief Information 

Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: The Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership 
(SLEAP) Program.
    Abstract: The SLEAP Program is a subprogram under the Leveraging 
Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program and was authorized by 
the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. The SLEAP 
Program uses matching Federal/State funds to provide (1) Aid to 
students with financial need to help them pay for their postsecondary 
education costs or (2) helps the State to carry out service programs to 
strengthen the opportunities for elementary and secondary students with 
financial need to enter postsecondary education. On this application 
the states provide information the Department requires to obligate 
program funds and for program management. The signed assurances legally 
bind the States to administer the program according to statutory 
    Additional Information: Due to the time constraints of having to 
make awards to States by July 1, 2000 under the SLEAP Program, 
Education is requesting an emergency approval of this form for this 
initial year. After publication in the Federal Register of the 
availability of this application and its closing date, the States will 
need 30 days to complete and return their applications. Therefore, 
Education needs clearance of this material by March 17, 2000.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.

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    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
  Responses: 56.
  Burden Hours: 308.
    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, contact Joseph Schubart at (202) 708-
9266 or via his internet address Joe__Schubart@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. 00-4858 Filed 2-29-00; 8:45 am]