FR Doc 2010-15179
[Federal Register: June 23, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 120)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
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 
August 23, 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 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: June 18, 2010.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Annual Report Form.
    OMB# Pending.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Government, State 
Educational Agencies (SEAs) or Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 52.
Burden Hours: 11,648.

    Abstract: The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) program is 
authorized in Title XIV of Division A of the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub. L. 111-5), which President Barack 
Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009.
    Under the SFSF program, the U.S. Department of Education awards 
funds to Governors to help stabilize State and local budgets in order 
to minimize and avoid reductions in education and other essential 
services, in exchange for a State's commitment to advance essential 
education reform in four areas: (1) Making improvements in teacher 
effectiveness and in the equitable distribution of qualified teachers 
for all students, particularly students who are most in need; (2) 
establishing pre-K-to-college-and-career data systems that track 
progress and foster continuous improvement; (3) making progress

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toward rigorous college- and career-ready standards and high-quality 
assessments that are valid and reliable for all students, including 
limited English proficient students and students with disabilities; and 
(4) providing targeted, intensive support and effective interventions 
for the lowest-performing schools.
    Section 14008 of ARRA requires each State receiving funds to submit 
an annual report to the Secretary, at such time and in such manner as 
the Secretary may require, that describes:
    (1) The uses of funds provided under this title within the State;
    (2) How the State distributed the funds it received under this 
title;
    (3) The number of jobs that the Governor estimates were saved or 
created with funds the State received under this title;
    (4) Tax increases that the Governor estimates were averted because 
of the availability of funds from this title;
    (5) The State's progress in reducing inequities in the distribution 
of highly qualified teachers, in implementing a State longitudinal data 
system, and in developing and implementing valid and reliable 
assessments for limited English proficient students and children with 
disabilities;
    (6) The tuition and fee increases for in-State students imposed by 
public institutions of higher education in the State during the period 
of availability of funds under this title, and a description of any 
actions taken by the State to limit those increases;
    (7) The extent to which public institutions of higher education 
maintained, increased, or decreased enrollment of in-State students, 
including students eligible for Pell Grants or other need-based 
financial assistance; and
    (8) A description of each modernization, renovation and repair 
project funded, which shall include the amounts awarded and project 
costs.
    Each State will submit to the Department two SFSF annual reports. 
The initial report will be due to the Department by January 7, 2011. 
This report will cover the period from the State's receipt of SFSF 
funds through September 30, 2010. Each State must submit its final SFSF 
report by January 6, 2012. The final report will provide data for the 
period extending through September 30, 2011, the deadline for 
obligation of SFSF funds.
    The Department will, with the assistance of a contractor, evaluate 
the information in each report and use the data to prepare for the 
Congress the Secretary's Report required under Section 14110 of the 
ARRA. In addition, the data will inform the Department's administration 
and oversight of the program. In particular, it will provide useful 
information on the uses and impact of SFSF funds.
    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 4315. 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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