[Federal Register: June 19, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 118)]
[Page 37963-37964]
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, Regulatory Information Management, 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 18, 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, Regulatory Information 
Management, 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 13, 2000.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: The Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local, or 
Tribal Government, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 515; Burden 
Hours: 25,750.
    Abstract: The Blue Ribbon Schools award is a national school 
improvement strategy with a threefold purpose: (1) To identify and give 
public recognition to outstanding public and private schools across the 
nation; (2) to make available a comprehensive framework of key criteria 
for school effectiveness that can serve as a basis for participatory 
self-assessment and planning in schools; and (3) to facilitate 
communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools 
based on a common understanding of criteria related to success. The 
collected information will be used to determine by peer review which 
schools receive the award and information on their exemplary practices 
and policies will be made available to other schools.

    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, or should be addressed to 
Vivian Reese, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 
5624, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651. Requests 
may also be electronically mailed to the internet address 
OCIO_IMG_Issues@ed.gov or faxed to 202-708-9346. Please specify the 
complete title of the information collection when making your request.
    Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements should be directed to Kathy Axt at her

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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. 00-15337 Filed 6-16-00; 8:45 am]