FR Doc 2010-7638[Federal Register: April 5, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 64)]
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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 
June 4, 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 30, 2010.
Stephanie Valentine,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Program.
    Frequency: On Occasion.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 2,841.
Burden Hours: 2,044.

    Abstract: In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education launched the 
Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), which awards competitive grants to 
develop and implement performance-based compensation systems in high-
need schools. The purpose of the evaluation is to describe the 
implementation of the program and its relationship to any increases in 
recruitment and retention of effective teachers and principals. If 
feasible, this evaluation will also seek to analyze TIF's relationship 
to increasing student achievement.
    This evaluation of the TIF program includes an implementation study 
of the Cohort 1 and 2 TIF grantees. The implementation study will 
describe the central features of the local TIF performance-pay 
programs, the implementation of the programs, and similarities and 
differences in performance pay programs. Data collection activities 
will be iterative, beginning with telephone interviews of key 
stakeholders in all the TIF sites (completed winter 2010), followed by 
two rounds of more in-depth case studies in a sample of sites. 
Representative surveys of principals and teachers will also be 
conducted to represent the full range of program knowledge and 
experiences in each grantee program. The implementation study may be 
used in conjunction with outcomes data (if the Department exercises 
optional outcomes tasks) to help explain the relationship between 
program characteristics and system supports and program outcomes.
    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 4249. 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

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use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

[FR Doc. 2010-7638 Filed 4-2-10; 8:45 am]