FR Doc 2010-5626
[Federal Register: March 15, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 49)]
[Page 12220-12221]
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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 
May 14, 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 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: March 10, 2010.
James Hyler,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: School Improvement Grants.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 3,102.
Burden Hours: 229, 800.

    Abstract: On December 10, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education 
(Department) published final requirements and a State educational 
agency (SEA) application for School Improvement Grants (SIG) authorized 
under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, and funded through the 
Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2009 (FY 2009) and the 
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). On January 21, 
2010, the Department published interim final requirements and a revised 
SEA application, which amended the final requirements and application 
issued in December. Together, these requirements are referred to in 
this document as ``final requirements.''
    The final requirements define the criteria that an SEA must use to 
award ARRA and FY 2009 SIG funds to local educational agencies (LEAs). 
In awarding these funds, an SEA must give priority to the LEAs with the 
lowest-achieving schools that demonstrate the greatest need for the 
funds and the strongest commitment to using the funds to provide 
adequate resources to their lowest-achieving schools eligible to 
receive services provided through SIG funds in order to raise 
substantially the achievement of the students attending those schools.
    The final requirements also include information collection 
activities covered under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The 
activities consist of: (1) A new application for an SEA to submit to 
the Department to apply for FY 2009 and ARRA SIG funds; (2) the 
reporting of specific school-level data on the use of SIG funds and 
specific interventions implemented in LEAs receiving SIG funds that the 
Department currently does not collect through EDFacts; (3) an 
application for an LEA to submit to its SEA to receive SIG funds; and 
(4) the SEA posting its LEAs' applications.
    The Department received emergency approval of the information 
collection activities through June 30, 2010 at the same time it issued 
the final requirements. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) also 
approved a change to the collection at the time the Department issued 
the interim requirements in January. These approvals permitted the SEA 
application process to begin so that students in the lowest-achieving 
schools will begin receiving the assistance they need as soon as 
possible. The information collection activities in the final 
requirements will continue past June 30th, however. Therefore, the 
Department is requesting regular approval of the information collection 
    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 4242. 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

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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 
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. 2010-5626 Filed 3-12-10; 8:45 am]