FR Doc E9-3924[Federal Register: February 24, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 35)]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.
SUMMARY: The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, 
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 
April 27, 2009.

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 Director, 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: February 19, 2009.
Angela C. Arrington,
 Director, Information Collections Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; Not-for-profit 
institutions; State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
    Responses: 58,090.
    Burden Hours: 189,133.
    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 January 31, 2012 (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. To meet 
these statutory deadlines, NCES requested two amendments to its 
clearance package from OMB, in order to meet the August 2009 deadline 
for several new requirements in the new law. First, a change memo was 
sent to OMB on August 19, 2008 (known as ``Amendment 1''). It 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. Then, NCES submitted a 
revised clearance package (known as ``Amendment 2''). It included a 
limited number of additional substantive changes to spring cycle of the 
2008-09 IPEDS Web-based data collection. OMB provided clearance for 
those changes in a notice on January 16, 2009. NCES now requests a 
third set of revisions to the Original Clearance Package to meet 
additional HEOA requirements for the collection of data related to net 
price in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 data collections (known hereafter as 
``Amendment 3''). These changes do not affect the 2008-09 data 
collection now underway. These changes will allow NCES to make 
available on the College Navigator Web site data on institutional net 
prices and a multi-year tuition calculator. In addition, we are 
including a set of changes to improve the data already collected in 
IPEDS that are based on suggestions from the postsecondary education 
data community and IPEDS Technical Review Panel. These changes will 
improve the reporting of data related to the new HEOA-mandated student-
to-faculty ratio, and simplify IPEDS reporting and reduce reporting 
burden for nondegree-granting institutions.
    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 
3947. 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. E9-3924 Filed 2-23-09; 8:45 am]