[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 193 (Wednesday, October 7, 2009)]
[Pages 51609-51610]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-24155]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on 
proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. 
To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a 
copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 
and send comments to Maryam I. Daneshvar, CDC Acting Reports Clearance 
Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail 
to [email protected].
    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. Written comments should be received 
within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    National Coal Workers' Autopsy Study (NCWAS)--Extension--(0920-0021 
exp. 1/31/2010) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Background and Brief Description

    Under the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1977, Public 
Law 91-173 (amended the Federal Coal Mine and Safety Act of 1969), the 
Public Health Service has developed a nationwide autopsy program 
(NCWAS) for underground coal miners. The Consent Release and History 
Form is primarily used to obtain written authorization from the next-
of-kin to perform an autopsy on the deceased miner. Because a basic 
reason for the post-mortem examination is research (both 
epidemiological and clinical), a minimum of essential information is 
collected regarding the deceased miners, including occupational history 
and smoking history. The data collected will be used by the staff at 
NIOSH for research purposes in defining the diagnostic criteria for 
coal workers' pneumoconiosis (black lung) and pathologic changes and 
will be correlated with x-ray findings.
    It is estimated that only 5 minutes is required for the pathologist 
to put a statement on the invoice affirming that no other compensation 
is received for the autopsy. From past experience, it is estimated that 
15 minutes is required for the next-of-kin to complete the Consent 
Release and History Form. Since an autopsy report is routinely 
completed by a pathologist, the only additional burden is the specific 
request of abstract of terminal illness and final diagnosis relating to 
pneumoconiosis. Therefore, only 5 minutes of additional burden is 
estimated for the autopsy report.
    There are no costs to respondents other than their time.

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                                           Estimated Annualized Burden
                                                             Number of       Number of    Average burden  burden
           Type of respondent              Type of form     respondents    responses per   per response     (in
                                                                            respondent       (in hrs.)     hrs.)
Pathologist.............................     Pathologist              50               1            5/60    4
Pathologist.............................     Pathologist              50               l            5/60    4
Next-of-Kin.............................    Consent Form              50               1           15/60   13
    Total...............................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............   21

    Dated: September 30, 2009.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. E9-24155 Filed 10-6-09; 8:45 am]