[Federal Register: November 8, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 217)]
[Page 56542-56543]
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 
November 16, 2001. A regular clearance process is also beginning. 
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 
7, 2002.

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 

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: November 2, 2001.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: Special Education--Personnel Preparation to Improve Services 
and Results for Children with Disabilities.
    Abstract: The data collection proposed under this request is 
included in proposed regulations that would implement section 673(h) of 
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It requires 
that individuals who receive a scholarship through personnel 
preparation projects funded under the Act to subsequently provide 
special education and related services to children with disabilities 
(or, for leadership personnel, work in areas related to their 
preparation) for a period of two years for every year for which 
assistance was received. Scholarship recipients who do not satisfy 
their service obligation must repay all or part of the cost of their 
assistance in accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary. 
These proposed regulations would implement requirements governing, 
among other things, the service obligation for scholars, oversight by 
grantees, repayment (or ``payback'') of scholarship, and procedures for 
obtaining deferrals or exemptions from service or repayment 
obligations. In order for the Federal government to justify the 
expenditure of public funds under this program, certain data 
collections, record keeping, and documentation are necessary to ensure 
that goals of the program are achieved.
    Additional Information: This program is a high priority and a key 
strategy to increase the quantity and improve the quality of special 
education personnel.
    Frequency: On Occasion; Annually.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; Individuals or 
household; State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
    Responses: 285.
    Burden Hours: 142,500.
    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.

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    Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements, contact Sheila Carey at (202) 708-6287 or via her 
internet address Sheila.Carey@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. 01-28017 Filed 11-7-01; 8:45 am]