[Federal Register: July 15, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 136)]
[Page 40539-40540]
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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 
September 15, 2008.

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 9, 2008.
Angela C. Arrington,
IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, 
Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 
National Assessment Implementation Study (NAIS).
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

 Responses: 541.
 Burden Hours: 1,021.

    Abstract: The current reauthorization of IDEA (2004) instructs the 
Department of Education to carry out a National Assessment of the law 
to measure: (1) Progress in the implementation of IDEA 2004; and (2) 
the relative effectiveness of the law in achieving its purposes. The 
IDEA National Assessment Implementation Study (NAIS) will inform the 
National Assessment by providing a representative, national picture of 
the implementation of early intervention and special education policies 
and practices at the state and district levels with a focus on new 
provisions included in IDEA 2004. Data collection will include three 
surveys of state administrators: (1) All State Part B administrators 
responsible for programs providing special education services to school 
aged children with disabilities (6-21); (2) all State 619 coordinators 
who oversee preschool programs for children with disabilities ages 3-5, 
and; (3) all State IDEA Part C coordinators who are responsible for 
early intervention programs serving infants and toddlers. A fourth 
survey will collect district level data from a nationally 
representative sample of local special education administrators about 
preschool and school-age programs for children with disabilities ages 
3-21. The

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U.S. Department of Education has commissioned Abt Associates to conduct 
this study.
    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 3753. 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., 
LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. Requests may also be electronically 
mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202-401-0920. Please specify 
the complete title of the information collection when making your 
    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. E8-16086 Filed 7-14-08; 8:45 am]