FR Doc 2010-26908
[Federal Register: October 25, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 205)]
[Page 65464-65465]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Comment request.


SUMMARY: The Department of Education (the Department), in accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of 
information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its 
information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden 
on the public and helps the public understand the Department's 
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in 
the desired format. 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 
December 27, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements should be electronically mailed to or 
mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ, 
Washington, DC 20202-4537. Please note that written comments received 
in response to this notice will be considered public records.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that Federal agencies provide 
interested parties an early opportunity to comment on information 
collection requests. The Director, Information Collection Clearance 
Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of 
Management, publishes this notice containing proposed information 
collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the 
information collection. 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 

    Dated: October 20, 2010.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title of Collection: 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid 
Study (NPSAS:12) Field Test Student Data Collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0666.
    Agency Form Number(s): N/A.
    Frequency of Responses: Annually.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; Individuals or 
households; Not-for-profit institutions.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 4,093.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 4,256.
    Abstract: NPSAS, a nationally representative study of how students 
and their families finance education beyond high school, was first 
implemented by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 
1987 and has been fielded every 3 to 4 years since. This submission is 
for collection of student data in the eighth cycle in the series, 
NPSAS:12, and supplements the recently obtained approval for NPSAS:12 
collection of institutional data (OMB 1850-0666 v.7). NPSAS:12 
will also serve as the base year study for the Beginning Postsecondary 
Students Longitudinal Study (BPS) of first-time postsecondary students 
that will focus on issues of persistence, degree attainment, and 
employment outcome. Following the field test study in 2011, NCES will 
submit an Office of Management and Budget clearance package for the 
full scale. The NPSAS:12 field test sample will include about 300 
institutions (full-scale sample about 1,670) and about 4,500 students 
(120,000 full-scale). Institution contacting for the field test begun 
in September 2010 (for full scale in September 2011), list collection 
will be conducted January through May 2011 (full-scale January through 
June 2012), and student data collection will take place March through 
June 2011 (full scale January through September 2012). Changes since 
the last NPSAS collection in 2008 include a new cohort of the (BPS) 
which will conduct follow-up studies in 2014 and 2017, and revised 
strata for institution sampling to reflect the recent growth in 
enrollment in for-profit 4-year institutions. This submission requests 
approval for conducting student interviews, collecting student records, 
and file matching for NPSAS:12 as part of the 2011 field test and a 60-
day Federal Register public notice waiver for the 2012 full-scale 
    Requests for copies of the information collection submission for 
OMB review may be accessed from the Web site at or from the Department's Web site 
at, by selecting the ``Browse Pending Collections'' 
link and by clicking on link number 4267. 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 and OMB Control Number 
when making your request.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information

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