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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

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AGENCY:

Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed information collection requests.

SUMMARY:

The Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES:

An emergency review has been requested in accordance with the Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3507(j)), since public harm is reasonably likely to result if normal clearance procedures are followed. Approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been requested by April 1, 2000. A regular clearance process is also beginning. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 1, 2000.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments regarding the emergency review should be addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Danny Werfel, Desk Officer: Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget; 725 17th Street, NW, Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or should be electronically mailed to the internet address DWERFEL@OMB.EOP.GOV.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Director of OMB provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The Office of Management and Budget (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 Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the Chief Information Officer, publishes this notice containing proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the information collection. 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. ED invites public comment. 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 respondents, including through the use of information technology.

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Dated: February 24, 2000.

William E. Burrow,

Leader, Information Management Group, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs

Type of Review: New.

Title: The Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) Program.

Abstract: The SLEAP Program is a subprogram under the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program and was authorized by the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. The SLEAP Program uses matching Federal/State funds to provide (1) Aid to students with financial need to help them pay for their postsecondary education costs or (2) helps the State to carry out service programs to strengthen the opportunities for elementary and secondary students with financial need to enter postsecondary education. On this application the states provide information the Department requires to obligate program funds and for program management. The signed assurances legally bind the States to administer the program according to statutory requirements.

Additional Information: Due to the time constraints of having to make awards to States by July 1, 2000 under the SLEAP Program, Education is requesting an emergency approval of this form for this initial year. After publication in the Federal Register of the availability of this application and its closing date, the States will need 30 days to complete and return their applications. Therefore, Education needs clearance of this material by March 17, 2000.

Frequency: Annually.

Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs. Start Printed Page 11043

Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

 Responses: 56.

 Burden Hours: 308.

Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Vivian Reese, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 5624, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651, or should be electronically mailed to the internet address OCIO_IMG_Issues@ed.gov, or should be faxed to 202-708-9346.

Written comments or questions regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements, contact Joseph Schubart at (202) 708-9266 or via his internet address Joe_Schubart@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

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[FR Doc. 00-4858 Filed 2-29-00; 8:45 am]

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