FR Doc E9-3930[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: Extension.
    Title: Quick Response Information System (QRIS).
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: Individuals or household; not-for-profit 
institutions; State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
    Responses: 3,655.
    Burden Hours: 7,889.
    Abstract: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Quick 
Response Information System (QRIS) consists of the Fast Response Survey 
System (FRSS) and the Postsecondary Education Quick Information System 
(PEQIS). The QRIS currently conducts surveys under OMB generic 
clearance 1850-0733, which expires in October 2009. This clearance 
request represents a request for a continuation of the current 
clearance conditions through October 2012. FRSS primarily conducts 
surveys of the elementary/secondary sector (districts, schools) and 
public libraries. PEQIS conducts surveys of the postsecondary education 
sector. FRSS and PEQIS surveys are cleared under the QRIS generic 
clearance. The QRIS clearance goes through the regular clearance 
process at OMB with a 60-day notice and a 30-day notice as part of the 
120-day review period. The QRIS package describes the general scope of

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the surveys, their quick turnaround time, their length, size of sample, 
sample design, and some typical topics. Each individual FRSS or PEQIS 
survey goes into the clearance process with an abbreviated clearance 
package, justifying the particular content of the survey, describing 
the sample design, the timeline for the survey activities, and the 
questionnaire. The review period for each individual survey is 
approximately 45 days, including a 30-day Federal Register notice 
period. OMB will provide comments as soon after the end of the 30-day 
notice period as possible. This generic clearance request is for 
surveys of state education agencies, school districts, schools, 
postsecondary institutions, and libraries. Surveys of teachers, 
students, commercial establishments, and households are not included in 
this request.
    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 
3965. 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. E9-3930 Filed 2-23-09; 8:45 am]