[Federal Register: March 6, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 44)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection requests.

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SUMMARY: The Acting 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 
March 5, 2001. A regular clearance process is also beginning. 
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 7, 
2001.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the emergency review should be 
addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Lauren Wittenberg, 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 
Lauren_Wittenberg@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 Acting 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: March 1, 2001.
Joe Schubart,
Acting Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Joint Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership 
(SLEAP) and Leveraging Educational Assistance and Partnership (LEAP) 
Formulas Grant Application Collection.
    Abstract: The LEAP and SLEAP programs use matching Federal and 
State funds to provide a nationwide system of grants to assist 
postsecondary educational students with substantial financial need. On 
this application the states provide information the Department requires 
to obligate funds and for program management. The signed assurances 
legally bind the states to administer the programs according to 
regulatory and statutory requirements. With the clearance of this 
collection, the Department is seeking to automate the application for 
web-based applying for both the LEAP Program and the subprogram, SLEAP. 
There are no significant changes to the current LEAP form data 
elements. There are, however, some additional items pertaining to the 
SLEAP Program which combines the application into one form for both 
programs.
    Additional Information: Because of the recent changes (December, 
2000) to the law, the time schedule of having to

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go live with the information collection early enough for states to 
apply for funding and the awarding of funds to states by July 1, 2001, 
the Department is requesting emergency approval.
    Frequency: Annually
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs

Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden

    Responses: 56.
    Burden Hours: 112.
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
should be addressed to Vivian Reese, Department 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 Joseph Schubart at (202) 708-9266 or 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. 01-5430 Filed 3-5-01; 8:45 am]
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