[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 179 (Tuesday, September 16, 1997)]
[Pages 48634-48635]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-24464]



Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: The Director, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, 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 
November 17, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and requests for copies of the proposed

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information collection requests should be addressed to Patrick J. 
Sherrill, Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 
5624, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick J. Sherrill (202) 708-8196. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

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 Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office 
of the Chief Information Officer, publishes this 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 at the address specified above. Copies of the requests 
are available from Patrick J. Sherrill at the address specified above.
    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: September 10, 1997.
Gloria Parker,
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information 

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

    Title: Streamlined Clearance Process for Discretionary Grant 
Information Collections.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit; not-for-profit institutions; State, local or Tribal Gov't, SEAs 
or LEAs.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 1.
      Burden Hours: 1.
    Abstract: This information collection plan provides the U.S. 
Department of Education with the option of submitting its discretionary 
grant information collections through a streamlined Paperwork Reduction 
Act clearance process. This streamlined clearance process will begin 
when the Department submits the information collection to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) and, at the same time, publishes a 30-day 
public comment period notice in the Federal Register. OMB will then 
have 60 days after the public comment period begins to reach a decision 
on the information collection.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: Annual Report of Independent Living Services for Older 
Individuals who are Blind.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; State, local or Tribal 
Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 55.
      Burden Hours: 440.
    Abstract: Section 752(I)(2)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments 
of 1992 (Attachment A) requires each grantee under this program to 
submit an annual report to the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation 
Services Administration (RSA) on essential demographic, service and 
outcome information. The information collected by RSA will be used to 
evaluate the program, including the new Government Performance and 
Results Act (GEPRA) requirements, and make recommendations to Congress. 
It provides RSA with a uniform and efficient method of monitoring the 
program for compliance with statutory regulatory requirements and to 
determine substantial progress required for funding of all non-
competing continuation discretionary grants. The respondents are State 
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies.

Office of Postsecondary Education

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Controlling the Cost of Postsecondary Education.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; State, local and 
Tribal Gov't, SEAs and LEAs.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
      Responses: 75.
      Burden Hours: 1,500.
    Abstract: This first time application package provides information 
and forms for those wishing to apply for grants that demonstrate 
projects addressing issues of cost control at postsecondary 

[FR Doc. 97-24464 Filed 9-15-97; 8:45 am]