[Federal Register: December 28, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 247)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Acting 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
February 26, 2010.

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 Acting Director, Information Collection
Clearance Division, Regulatory

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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: December 22, 2009.
James Hyler,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Programme For The International Assessment Of Adult
Competencies (PIAAC) 2010 Field Test And 2011/2012 Main Study Data
Collection.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 1,500.
Burden Hours: 3,000.
    Abstract: NCES seeks OMB approval to survey adults (16-65 years
old) for the field-test administration of the Program for the
International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) in 2011. PIAAC
is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (http://www.oecd.org/) and sponsored by the U.S.
Departments of Education and Labor. PIAAC is the OECD's new
international household study of adults' literacy, numeracy, and
problem-solving in technology-rich environments. It will also survey
respondents about their education and employment experience and about
the skills they use at work. PIAAC builds on previous international
literacy assessments: The 2002 Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey
(ALLS) and the 1994-98 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS).
PIAAC is expected to be on a 10-year cycle. In 2011, 28 countries,
including 23 OECD-member countries, plan to participate. The U.S. PIAAC
field test data collection will occur between August and November 2010.
The main study will occur between September 2011 and March 2012. NCES
will seek approval for the full-scale instruments in the fall of 2010.
    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 4194. 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
request.
    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.

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