[Federal Register: May 4, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 87)]
[Page 22539-22540]
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, 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 May 7, 
2001. A regular clearance process is also beginning. Interested persons 
are invited to submit comments on or before July 3, 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, N.W., Room 10235, New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20503 or should be 
electronically mailed to the internet address 

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: April 30, 2001.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: School Renovation, IDEA, and Technology Grant Application.
    Abstract: ED will use the information collected through this 
application to award grants to approximately 52 State educational 
agencies that will conduct competitive grant processes to award 
subgrants to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs). The 
information will also be used to describe to the Congress and the 
public how these grants are being used.
    Additional Information: The Department of Education is requesting 
emergency clearance from OMB for the School Renovation, Individuals 
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Technology Grant 
Application due to an unanticipated event and possibly causing public 
harm. Since the passage of the FY 2001 Appropriations Act with this 
program's enactment, the Department has been meeting with interested 
groups and with contact persons in the States to determine how

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best to implement the new program. Funds appropriated for these grants 
will become available on July 1, 2001. Emergency approval is requested 
by May 7, 2001 so that States may start their subgrant process as soon 
as possible and some grantees may have their awards in time to 
undertake school renovation and repair projects during the summer. 
Summer is the primary season for LEAs to undertake school facility 
renovation projects, when schools are not otherwise in use. Failure to 
make awards on this schedule will likely cause substantial harm to some 
eligible LEAs since they may be forced to delay their school renovation 
projects until the following year.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 52; Burden 
Hours: 104.
    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-
    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 
[FR Doc. 01-11204 Filed 5-3-01; 8:45 am]