[Federal Register: August 11, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 154)]
[Page 48659-48660]
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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 
October 12, 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: August 5, 2010.
James Hyler,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS 2011/12) Preliminary Field 
Activities 2010/11.
    OMB #: 1850-0598.
    Agency Form Number(s): N/A.
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, State Educational 
Agencies (SEAs) or Local Educational Agencies (LEAs); Businesses or 
other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

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Responses: 18,503.
Burden Hours: 886.
    Abstract: The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) is an in-depth, 
nationally representative survey of first through twelfth grade public 
and private school teachers, principals, schools, library media 
centers, and school districts. For public school districts, principals, 
schools, teachers and school libraries, the survey estimates are state-
representative. For private school principals, schools, and teachers, 
the survey estimates are representative of private school types. There 
are two additional components within SASS's 4-year data collection 
cycle: The Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS) and the Principal Follow-up 
Survey (PFS), which are conducted a year after the SASS main 
collection. SASS respondents include public and private school 
principals, teachers, and school and school district staff. Topics 
covered include characteristics of teachers, principals, schools, 
school libraries, teacher training opportunities, retention, 
retirement, hiring, and shortages. This submission for SASS 2011/12 
requests OMB approval for preliminary field activities to take place 
prior to data collection in the fall of 2011, including (a) Submitting 
SASS research applications to special districts that require prior 
research approval before their schools and a coordinator can be 
recruited for the study; (b) conducting a calling operation to verify 
whether a subset of districts are one-school districts and will require 
receiving a combined school- and district-level questionnaire; (c) 
contacting all of the remaining districts, asking whether they are 
willing to provide a Teacher Listing Form at a later time and to 
request email addresses for sampled school principals; and (d) mailing 
of a pre-contact letter to sample schools to verify the mailing address 
of the school and to notify the school about the upcoming data 
    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 4376. 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 
    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.

[FR Doc. 2010-19811 Filed 8-10-10; 8:45 am]