[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 197 (Wednesday, October 9, 1996)]
[Pages 52951-52952]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-25913]


Health Resources and Services Administration

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on

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proposed data collection projects, the Health Resources and Services 
Administration (HRSA) will publish periodic summaries of proposed 
projects being developed for submission to OMB under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed 
project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans, call the HRSA 
Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443-1129.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.

Proposed Project

    The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Application Process (OMB 
No. 0915-0146)--Revision and Extension--The National Health Service 
Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program was established to help alleviate the 
geographical and specialty maldistribution of physicians and other 
health practitioners in the United States. Under this program, health 
professions students are offered scholarships in return for service in 
a federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
    In an effort to improve the procedures for selecting NHSC scholars, 
a revised application and a semi-structured interview were pilot tested 
in the spring of 1996. The revised selection process is designed to 
broaden the scope of the information available on applicants in order 
to improve the Agency's ability to identify those applicants with the 
greatest potential to fulfill the objectives of the Scholarship 
Program. The application form is being expanded, and the unstructured 
interview is being replaced by a semistructured interview conducted by 
a team of two interviewers who use a structured scoring procedure.
    Approval will be requested to implement the new process in two 
phases; the new interview will be used in 1997 along with the current 
application, with the intent to implement the full process for the 1998 

                                       Estimates of Annualized Hour Burden                                      
                                                                            Responses                   Total   
                          Form name                            Number of       per       Hours per      burden  
                                                              respondents   respondent    response      hours   
Application.................................................         3000            1          1.0         3000
Interview...................................................          900            1         1.67         1500

    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4500 hours. The interview burden 
includes 1 hour for travel time to the interview site.
    Send comments to Patricia Royston, HRSA Reports Clearance Officer, 
Room 14-36, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. 
Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

    Dated: October 3, 1996.
J. Henry Montes,
Associate Administrator for Policy Coordination.
[FR Doc. 96-25913 Filed 10-8-96; 8:45 am]