[Federal Register: March 18, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 52)]
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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 
April 8, 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 electronically 
mailed to

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Internet address Lauren.Wittenberg@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395-

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: March 13, 2002.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: State Plan Application for the McKinney-Vento Homeless 
Assistance Act.
    Abstract: State Education Agencies will submit information for a 
single State application to the Department to be able to receive 
formula grant funds under Title X Part C of the No Child Left Behind 
Act of 2001 (NCLB). The purpose of the Education for Homeless Children 
and Youth Program is to improve the educational outcomes for children 
and youth in homeless situations. The statues for this program are 
designed to ensure all homeless children and youth have equal access to 
public school education and for States and local educational agencies 
(LEAs) to review and revise policies and regulations to remove barriers 
to enrolling, attendance and academic achievement.
    Additional Information: The Department of Education requests 
emergency clearance due to an unanticipated event in the signing of the 
law. This delay required the Office of Elementary and Secondary 
Education (OESE) to take time to review the statutes and determine what 
programs, as required by law, should be reviewed under a consolidated 
State application and what programs should be under a single State plan 
application. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was not 
required to be included in the consolidated plan application packet and 
OESE determined that it would be best to require States to submit a 
separate application plan. On March 6, 2002, the Department published 
in the Federal Register (Vol. 67, No. 44) a notice for the OESE 
consolidated applications with an anticipated date of May 28, 2002 for 
States to submit applications. This would necessitate mailing 
applications to States no later than mid-April, 2002. Without emergency 
processing, States will not have sufficient time to submit the 
requested single State application by the end of May and would face a 
hardship if they must wait to implement the required provisions of the 
NCLB legislation identified in this single State plan document.
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 54.
    Burden Hours: 1,080.
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
should be directed to Vivian Reese, Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4050, Regional Office Building 3, 
Washington, DC 20202-4651, vivian.reese@ed.gov, 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 Kathy Axt at (540) 776-7742 or via 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 1-800-877-8339.

[FR Doc. 02-6490 Filed 3-15-02; 8:45 am]