FR Doc E8-28534[Federal Register: December 2, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 232)]
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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management 
Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for 
OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
January 2, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, 
Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, 
Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit responses 
electronically by e-mail to or via fax to 
(202) 395-6974. Commenters should include the following subject line in 
their response ``Comment: [insert OMB number], [insert abbreviated 
collection name, e.g., ``Upward Bound Evaluation'']. Persons submitting 
comments electronically should not submit paper copies.

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

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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.

    Dated: November 25, 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; 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 2010-11 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 Website 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 information collection submission for 
OMB review 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. E8-28534 Filed 12-1-08; 8:45 am]