[Federal Register: August 1, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 147)]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.
SUMMARY: The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management 
Services, Office of Management, 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 
October 1, 2007.

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 IC Clearance Official, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management, 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.

    Dated: July 25, 2007.
Angela C. Arrington,
IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, 
Office of Management

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

    Type of Review: Extension.
    Title: U.S. Department of Education Grant Performance Report Form 
and Instructions (ED 524B).
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs; 
Individuals or household; Businesses or other for-profit; Not-for-
profit institutions; Federal Government.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 9,000.
Burden Hours: 201,000.

    Abstract: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) information 
collection package, OMB Control number 1890-0004, which expires on 
October 31, 2007, currently includes three distinct information 
collection instruments: the ED 524 Budget Form, the ED 524B Grant 
Performance Report and the recordkeeping and reporting requirements in 
the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). As 
part of the renewal of these instruments, ED is requesting that each of 
these information collection instruments be approved under separate OMB 
control numbers. The ED 524B will retain the 1890-0004 control number. 
In this information collection package, ED is requesting a two-year 
renewal of the ED 524B. In separate information collection packages, ED 
is requesting a new OMB control number for the ED 524, Budget 
Information Form and Instructions and a new OMB control number for the 
EDGAR administrative requirements.
    The ED 524B form and instructions are used in order for grantees to 
meet ED deadline dates for submission of performance reports for 
Department discretionary grant programs. Recipients of multi-year 
discretionary grants must submit an annual performance report for each 
year funding has been approved in order to receive a continuation 
award. The annual performance report should demonstrate whether 
substantial progress has been made toward meeting the approved goals 
and objectives of the project. ED program offices may also require 
recipients of ``forward funded'' grants that are awarded funds for 
their entire multi-year project up-front in a single grant award to 
submit the ED 524B on an annual basis. In addition, ED program offices 
may also require recipients to use the ED 524B to submit their final 
performance reports to demonstrate project success, impact and 
outcomes. In both the annual and final performance reports, grantees 
are required to provide data on established performance measures for 
the grant program (e.g., Government Performance and Results Act 
measures) and on project performance measures that were included in the 
grantee's approved grant application. The ED 524B also contains a 
number of questions related to project financial data such as Federal 
and non-Federal expenditures and indirect cost information.
    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 3415. When 
you access the information collection, click on ``Download 
Attachments'' to view. Written requests for information should be 
addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., 
Potomac Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202-4700. Requests may also 
be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202-245-
6623. Please specify the complete title of the information collection 
when making your request.
    Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@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. E7-14817 Filed 7-31-07; 8:45 am]