FR Doc 04-2095
[Federal Register: February 3, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 22)]
[Page 5134-5135]
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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 
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 
January 30, 2004. A regular clearance process is also beginning. 
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 5, 

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the emergency review should be 
addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Melanie Kadlic, 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 Melanie--

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.

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    Dated: January 28, 2004.
Angela C Arrington,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Type of Review: Reinstatement, with change, of a previously 
approved collection for which approval has expired
    Title: Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
Annual Performance Report
    Abstract: States are required to submit a performance report to the 
Secretary under section 80.40 of the Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations. The State Interagency Coordinating 
Committee is required under section 641 of Part C of the IDEA to submit 
an annual report to the Secretary and the State's Governor on the 
status of the early intervention program for infants and toddlers with 
disabilities and their families. This collection serves both of these 
functions. OSEP is implementing an integrated, four-part accountability 
strategy: (1) Verifying the effectiveness and accuracy of States' 
monitoring, assessment, and data collection systems; (2) attending to 
States at high risk for compliance, financial, and/or management 
failure; (3) supporting States in assessing their performance and 
compliance, and in planning, implementing, and evaluating improvement 
strategies; and (4) focusing OSEPs' intervention on States with low 
ranking performance on critical performance indicators. Component 3 of 
OSEPs' accountability strategy is implemented through this Annual 
Performance Report. Reporting requirements for States' Self-
Assessments, Improvement Plans, and Annual Performance Reports are 
being combined in this Part C Annual Performance Report.
    Additional Information: We are also proposing that the Part C 
Performance Report shall be submitted annually for the purpose of 
updating the State's self-assessing and improvement planning, including 
reporting on the impact of the State's improvement activities on 
performance and compliance. The Secretary is proposing that the Annual 
Performance Report, convering grant year July 1, 2002 through June 30, 
2003, will be submitted no later than March 31, 2004.
    Frequency: Annually
    Affected Public:
     State, local, or tribal gov't, SEAs or LEAs (primary)
     Federal Government
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
     Responses: 56
     Burden Hours: 1,710
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
may be accessed from,
 by selecting the ``Browse Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 2445. 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 
Requests may also be electronically mailed to the Internet address 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 

(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-

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