[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 68 (Friday, April 8, 2022)]
[Pages 20869-20870]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-07461]



Administration for Children and Families

Proposed Information Collection Activity; National and Tribal 
Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of the Health Profession Opportunity 
Grants (OMB #0970-0462)

AGENCY: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration 
for Children and Families, HHS.

ACTION: Request for public comment.


SUMMARY: The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program 
provides healthcare occupational training for Temporary Assistance for 
Needy Families recipients and other individuals with low incomes. The 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved various data 
collection activities for the National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd 
Generation of HPOG (HPOG 2.0 National and Tribal Evaluation) under OMB 
#0970-0462. The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Office 
of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is now preparing to 
conduct the HPOG 2.0 Long-Term Follow-Up Study of HPOG 2.0 participants 
5\1/2\ years after study enrollment, using a long-term survey (LTS) and 
administrative data. This notice provides a summary for public review 
and comment of the use and burden associated with the LTS instrument.

DATES: Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with 
the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ACF is 
soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information 
collection described above.

ADDRESSES: You can obtain copies of the proposed collection of 
information and submit comments by emailing 
[email protected]. Identify all requests by the title of 
the information collection.

    Description: The HPOG 2.0 evaluation of non-tribal programs is 
assessing the implementation and impacts of HPOG in non-tribal HPOG 
programs and will include a cost-benefit analysis. Key participant 
outcomes of interest include (but are not limited to) educational 
progress, employment, and earnings.
    The HPOG 2.0 Long-Term Follow-Up Study will use survey and 
administrative data to estimate longer-term (approximately 5\1/2\ years 
after random assignment) program impacts at the local and national 
level and to explore characteristics of local programs that are 
associated with more favorable outcomes. By extending data collection 
to include an LTS, OPRE can address important unanswered questions for 
policymakers and practitioners. The HPOG 2.0 LTS specifically will 
provide insights into the long-term impacts of HPOG 2.0 for outcomes 
that are not captured in administrative records, such as details about 
educational experiences, characteristics of employment, self-
employment, and earnings from jobs not covered in administrative data, 
receipt of public assistance, physical and mental well-being, and child 
outcomes. There are two versions of the HPOG 2.0 LTS, the full version 
(Instrument 21) and a shorter version with critical items of interest 
only (Instrument 21a). Instrument 21a will be offered to reluctant 
participants who would otherwise not complete the survey to help 
maximize response rates and reduce item non-response for the most 
critical outcomes in the study.
    Respondents: HPOG impact study participants from the 27 non-tribal 
HPOG 2.0 grantees (treatment and control group members) who enrolled 
between September 2017 and January 2018.
    Annual Burden Estimates: This request is specific to the HPOG 2.0 
Long-Term Follow-Up Survey (LTS) (both the full and critical items only 
versions). Currently approved materials and associated burden, which we 
plan to continue to use can be found at: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAICList?ref_nbr=201904-0970-006.

                                                    Number of
                                  Number of       responses per     Avg. burden
         Instrument              respondents       respondent      per response    Total burden    Annual burden
                                 (total over       (total over      (in hours)      (in hours)      (in hours)
                               request period)   request period)
Instrument 21a: HPOG 2.0                 3,064                 1               1           3,064           1,021
 Long-Term Survey...........

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Instrument 21a: HPOG 2.0                   541                 1            0.33             179              60
 Long-Term Survey Critical
 Items Instrument...........
    Total...................             3,605  ................  ..............           3,243           1,081

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,081.
    Comments: The Department specifically requests comments 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) 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. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.
    Authority: Section 2008 of the Social Security Act as enacted by 
section 5507 of the Affordable Care Act and section 413 of the Social 
Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 613.

Mary B. Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2022-07461 Filed 4-7-22; 8:45 am]