FR Doc E8-22480[Federal Register: September 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 186)]
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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 
November 24, 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

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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: September 19, 2008.
Angela C. Arrington,
IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, 
Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Web-
Based Collection System.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions (primary); Businesses 
or other for-profit State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 58,090.
Burden Hours: 173,802.
    Abstract: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is 
requesting an amendment to its three-year clearance for the Integrated 
Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to run for the 2008-09, 
2009-10, and 2010-2011 web-based data collections. Current 
authorization for IPEDS expires July 31, 2011 (OMB No. 1850-0582). The 
Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), which became law on August 14, 
2008, after OMB had already granted IPEDS a three-year clearance, has 
several implications for the IPEDS annual Web-based data collection. 
The law requires the immediate implementation of several new 
institutional reporting requirements so that the data may be made 
available on the College Navigator Web site by August 2009. A change 
memo was sent to OMB on August 19, 2008, that included a small number 
of non-substantive changes to the 2008-09 data collection based on the 
new requirements; OMB provided clearance for those changes in a notice 
on August 26, 2008. NCES now requests in this document a limited number 
of additional substantive changes to spring cycle of the 2008-09 IPEDS 
Web-based data collection, which opens on March 4, 2009, in order to 
implement HEOA requirements. These changes are to: (1) Make previously 
approved changes to financial aid reporting required, rather than 
optional, in spring 2009; (2) collect additional financial aid data; 
(3) collect data on students with disabilities; and (4) collect 
additional graduation rate data.
    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 3823. 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 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 
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. E8-22480 Filed 9-23-08; 8:45 am]