[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 145 (Monday, August 2, 2021)]
[Pages 41521-41522]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-16383]



[Notice: [21-049]]

Name of Information Collection: Generic Clearance for the NASA 
Office of STEM Engagement Performance Measurement and Evaluation 

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Notice of information collection.


SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as part of 
its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, 
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this 
opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information 

DATES: Comments are due by September 1, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for this information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.
    Find this information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-
day Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Claire Little, NASA Clearance Officer, NASA 
Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, JF0000, Washington, DC 20546, 202-358-
2375 or email [email protected].


I. Abstract

    NASA's founding legislation, the Space Act of 1958, as amended, 
directs the agency to expand human knowledge of Earth and space 
phenomena and to preserve the role of the United States as a leader in 
aeronautics, space science, and technology. The NASA Office of STEM 
Engagement administers the agency's national education activities in 
support of the Space Act, including the performance measurement and 
evaluation of educational projects and programs. This generic clearance 
will allow the NASA Office of STEM Engagement to continue to test and 
pilot with subject matter experts, secondary students, higher education 
students, educators, and interested parties new and existing 
information collection forms and assessment instruments for the 
purposes of improvement and establishing validity and reliability 
characteristics of the forms and instruments. Existing information 
collections include the NASA Intern Survey (Retrospective Survey), NASA 
Internship Applicants and Awardees Survey (Retrospective Survey), STEM 
Challenges Impact Surveys (Educator Feedback Retrospective Survey), 
STEM Challenges Impact Surveys (Parent Survey), and STEM Challenges 
Impact Surveys (Student Retrospective Survey). Forms and instruments to 
be tested include program application forms, customer satisfaction 
questionnaires, focus group protocols, and project activity survey 
instruments. Methodological testing will include focus group 
discussions, pilot surveys to test new individual question items as 
well as the complete form and instrument. In addition, test-retest and 
similar protocols will be used to determine reliability characteristics 
of the forms and instruments. Methodological testing will assure that 
forms and instruments accurately and consistently collect and measure 
what they are intended to measure and that data collection items are 
interpreted precisely and consistently, all towards the goal of 
accurate Agency reporting while improving the execution of NASA STEM 
Engagement activities.

II. Methods of Collection

    Electronic, paper, and focus group interviews.

III. Data

    Title: Generic Clearance for the NASA Office of Education 
Performance Measurement and Evaluation (Testing).
    OMB Number: 2700-0159.
    Type of Review: Renewal of an existing collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals and Households.
    Estimated Annual Number of Activities: 8.
    Estimated Number of Respondents per Activity: 2,800.
    Annual Responses: 1.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,600.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $54,082.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of 

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is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of NASA, 
including whether the information collected has practical utility; (2) 
the accuracy of NASA's estimate of the burden (including hours and 
cost) of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including automated collection techniques or the use of 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection. They will also become a matter of public record.
    Authority: Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Lori Parker,
NASA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-16383 Filed 7-30-21; 8:45 am]