[Federal Register: May 15, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 94)]
[Page 34690-34691]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection requests.


SUMMARY: The Acting Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office 
of the Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed

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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 13, 
2002. A regular clearance process is also beginning. Interested persons 
are invited to submit comments on or before July 15, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the emergency review should be 
addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Karen Lee, 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 Karen_F._Lee@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: May 10, 2002.
Joseph Schubart,
Acting Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of the Undersecretary

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Evaluation of the Partnership Grants Program, Title II, 
Higher Education Act.
    Abstract: The purpose of the Title II Partnership Grants Program 
evaluation is to assess the impact, strengths and weaknesses of the 
Partnership Grants Program, one of the three programs authorized in 
Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA) Amendments of 1998. This 
request, to revise the Title II evaluation to include a school/
university partnership survey for elementary school principals, will 
assist the U.S. Department of Education in understanding the 
characteristics of collaborations between public elementary schools and 
institutions of higher education (IHEs) that are participating in Title 
II partnership activities, as well as the assocations between school/
IHE collaborations and school-level student achievement outcomes.
    Additional Information: This survey is an essential component of 
the evaluation of the Title II HEA Partnership Grants Program and has 
been designed to address the Administration's interest in understanding 
the associations between school/university partnership activities and 
student assessments at the school level. Without an emergency 
clearance, the data collection would have to be postponed until Fall, 
2002, which would have two adverse consequences. First, it would 
require a change in the target year of inquiry to be the 2001-2002 
school year, which would likely increase the sampling frame 
substantially. This would, therefore, have a serious effect on survey 
costs. Second, this survey is designed to be longitudinal. Delaying the 
first data collection until Fall, 2002 would mean that no data would be 
available about the earliest stages of partnership activities. This 
will make it difficult to describe the evolution of partnership 
activities from their earliest stages forward. Clearance is needed by 
May 13, 2002 to ensure that survey data can be collected before the end 
of the 2001-02 school year this Spring/Summer.
    Frequency: Biennially.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 800.
      Burden Hours: 178.
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ``Browse 
Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 2034. When 
you access the information collection, click on ``Download Attachments 
`` to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to 
Vivian Reese, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 
4050, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651 or to the 
e-mail address vivan.reese@ed.gov. Requests may also be electronically 
mailed to the internet address OCIO_RIMG@ed.gov or faxed to 202-708-
9346. Please specify the complete title of the information collection 
when making your request.
    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 

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