FR Doc 03-4050
[Federal Register: February 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 34)]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.
SUMMARY: The Leader, Regulatory Management Group, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information 
collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
April 21, 2003.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an 
early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. 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 Management Group, 
Office of the Chief Information Officer, publishes that notice 
containing proposed information collection requests prior to submission 
of these requests to OMB. 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. OMB 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 
the respondents, including through the use of information technology.

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    Dated: February 13, 2003.
John D. Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Management Group, Office of the Chief Information 

Office of Postsecondary Education

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Title: High Education Act (HEA) Title II Reporting Forms on 
Teacher Quality and Preparation.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs 
(primary). Not-for-profit institutions (primary).
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 1309. Burden 
Hours: 127624.
    Abstract: The Higher Education Act of 1998 calls for annual 
reports from states and institutions of higher education on the 
quality of teacher education and related matters (Pub. L. 105-244, 
section 207:20 U.S.C. 1027). The purpose of the reports is to 
provide greater accountability in the preparation of America's 
teaching forces and to provide information and incentives for its 
improvement. Most institutions of higher education that have teacher 
preparation programs must report annually to their states on the 
performance of their program completers on teacher certification 
tests. States, in turn, must report test performance information, 
institution by institution, to the Secretary of Education, along 
with institutional ranking. They must also report on their 
requirements for licensing teachers, state standards, alternative 
routes to certification, waivers, and related items. Annually 
reports form institutions are due to the states, beginning April 7 
each year; reports from the states are due annually to the 
Secretary, beginning October 7 each year; the Secretary's report is 
due annually to Congress, beginning April 7 each year. These dates 
are one year later than the dates in the legislation.
    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 Requests may also be 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 should be directed to Joseph Schubart at his e-mail 
address 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. 03-4050 Filed 2-19-03; 8:45 am]