[Federal Register: October 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 210)]
[Page 64690-64691]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests.


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: 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 
November 6, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the emergency review should be 
addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Lauren Wittenberg, Acting Desk Officer: Department of 
Education, Office of Management and Budget; 725 17th Street, NW., Room 
10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

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, Regulatory 
Information Management, 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: October 24, 2000.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Consolidated State Performance Report and State Self-Review.
    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 (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 authorized, 
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 promote the 
Department's interests in (1) gathering essential information on how 
States have implemented their approval 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.
    Additional Information: The Department of Education is requesting 
an emergency review of the Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR) 
and the State Self-Review (SSR) by November 6, 2000. Emergency 
clearance is requested due to an unanticipated event. Statutory changes 
of Title VI resulted in a new eligible category. In addition, the 
Department has made improvements to their electronic collection. If 
normal clearance procedures were to be followed, ED would not meet its 
effective date of November 20, 2000, the date this collection will be 
available to states via Web-based electronic collection.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: 
      Responses: 53.
      Burden Hours: 137,086.
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
should be addressed to Vivian Reese, Department

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of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4050, 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.
    Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements, contact Kathy Axt at 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 

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