FR Doc 2010-12654
[Federal Register: May 26, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 101)]
[Page 29523-29524]
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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance 
Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of 
Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
June 25, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, 
Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, be faxed to (202) 395-
5806 or e-mailed to with a cc: to

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 Official, 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.

    Dated: May 21, 2010.
James Hyler,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Official, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Office of Innovation and Improvement

    Type of Review: Extension.
    Title: Open Innovation Web Portal.
    Frequency: On Occasion.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; Federal 
Government; Individuals or household; Not-for-profit institutions; 
State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 4,850.
Burden Hours: 12,327.

    Abstract: The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of 
Innovation and Improvement (OII) has developed a Web-based platform, 
the Open Innovation Web Portal (Portal), to support communication and 
collaboration among a wide range of key education stackholders, 
including practitioners, funders, and the general public. This 
platform, which is currently operating under emergency clearance, 
allows geographically dispersed but like-minded entities to discover 
each other and work together to address some of the most intractable 
challenges in education. OII promotes this platform as a tool for use 
with the Investing in Innovation grant program (i3), which was 
established as the ``Innovation Fund'' in the ``American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009'' (ARRA), signed into law by the President on 
February 17, 2009. This new program will provide $650,000,000 in 
competitive grants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs), non-profit 
organizations working in collaboration with LEAs, or non-profit 
organizations working in collaboration with a consortium of schools. 
The Department must obligate funds to i3 grantees before the end of the 
fiscal year 2010, September 30, 2010. The Department also plans for the 
Portal to remain operational after i3 funding is awarded so that there 
is an ongoing community that focuses on innovation in education. Part 
of our intent in implementing the i3 program is to identify innovative 
new approaches proposed by individuals and organizations that have 
previously had limited experience in obtaining grants in the education 
sector yet have promising evidence-based ideas for improving American 
education. These applicants in particular face challenges in 
identifying schools or LEAs with which to partner given their limited 
experience in the field. Further, organizations without existing 
relationships in education may find it difficult to secure the private 
sector matching funds required of all grantees under ARRA. Receiving 
OMB's approval for an extension Receiving OMB's approval for an 
extension of the PRA clearance will allow continued operation of the 
Portal, which currently has over 3000 members, and support improved 
student achievement through school improvement and reform, a key 
departmental goal.
    Requests for copies of the information collection submission for 
OMB review

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may be accessed from, by selecting the ``Browse 
Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 4305. 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 the Internet address 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 
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. 2010-12654 Filed 5-25-10; 8:45 am]