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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 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 July 10, 
2001. A regular clearance process is also beginning. Interested persons 
are invited to submit comments on or before September 4, 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 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: June 28, 2001.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs

    Type of Review: New Collection.
    Title: The Leveraging Educational Assistance Program (LEAP) and 
Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Program (SLEAP) Programs.
    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 performance report the states provide information the Department 
requires about the state's use of program funds in order to demonstrate 
compliance with the program's statutory and regulatory requirements. 
Federal program officials use the performance report data for 
monitoring program funds distribution. With the clearance of this 
collection, the Department is seeking to automate the performance 
reporting process for both the LEAP Program and the subprogram, SLEAP. 
There are no significant changes to the current LEAP form data 
elements, there are however, additional items pertaining to the SLEAP 
program.
    Additional Information: Because of the changes to the law and new 
program requirements, the short time schedule for development of forms, 
and obtaining state involvement in the process, we are requesting 
emergency approval of this new performance report form by July 10, 
2001. This would allow for the needed time by states to plan and begin 
reporting under the programs as soon as possible.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs 
(primary).
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 56.
      Burden Hours: 560.
    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_RIMG@ed.gov, or should be faxed to 202-708-9346.
    Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements, contact Joe Schubart at 202-708-9266. Individuals who use 
a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

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