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Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Customer and Other Partners Satisfaction Surveys

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Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center (CC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on December 7, 2000, page 76659 and allowed 60-days for public comments. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30-days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.Start Printed Page 10023

Proposed Collection

Title: Generic Clearance for Satisfaction Surveys of Customer and Other Partners.

Type of Information Collection Request: Extension (OMB Control Number: 0925-0458). Need and Use of Information Collection: The information collected in these surveys will be used by Clinical Center personnel: (1) To evaluate the satisfaction of various Clinical Center customers and other partners with Clinical Center services; (2) to assist with the design of modifications of these services, based on customer input; (3) to develop new services, based on customer need; and (4) to evaluate the satisfaction of various Clinical Center customers and other partners with implemented service modifications. These surveys will almost certainly lead to quality improvement activities that will enhance and/or streamline the Clinical Center's operations. The major mechanisms by which the Clinical Center will request customer input is through surveys and focus groups. The surveys will be tailored specifically to each class of customer and to that class of customer's needs. Surveys will either be collected as written documents, as faxed documents, mailed electronically or collected by telephone from customers. Information gathered from these surveys of Clinical Center customers and other partners will be presented to, and used directly by management to enhance the services and operations of our organization. Frequency of Response: The participants will respond yearly. Affected public: Individuals and households, businesses and other for profit, small businesses and organizations. Type of respondents: These surveys are designed to assess the satisfaction of the Clinical Center's major internal and external customers with the services provided. These customers include, but are not limited to, the following groups of individuals: Clinical Center patients, family members of Clinical Center patients, visitors to the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health investigators, NIH intramural collaborators, private physicians or organizations who refer patients to the Clinical Center, volunteers, vendors and collaborating commercial enterprises, small businesses, regulators, and other organizations. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 16,812; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours per Response: .3168; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 5,327.6.

Table 1.—Burden Estimate

CustomerType of surveyEstimated number to be surveyedExpected response rate (percent)Time to complete survey (minutes)Estimated burden hours
Clinical Center PatientsQuestionnaire/Telephone11,10066202436.6
Family Members of PatientsQuestionnaire/Post-Card85003810533.3
Visitors to the Clinical CenterQuestionnaire Post-Card3500151087.5
Former physician employees and traineesElectronic650351038.2
Guest workers/Guest researchersElectronic9506022210
Extramural collaboratorsElectronic600301545
Vendors and Collaborating Commercial EnterprisesQuestionnaire/Fax-Back95001718475
Professionals and Organizations Referring PatientsFax Back900030281250
RegulatorsFax Back85821922
Totaln = 16,8125,327.6

Estimated costs to the respondents consists of their time; time is estimated using a rate of $10.00 per hour for patients and the public; $30.00 for vendors, regulators, organizations and $55.00 for health care professionals. The estimated annual costs to respondents for each year for which the generic clearance extension is requested is $24,531 annually. A contract has been let with a vendor to provide assistance in survey administration. The estimated annual cost of this contract is $25,000.00. There are no capital costs to report.

Requests for Comments

Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Clinical Center and the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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 those who are to respond, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the items contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response times, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH. To request more information on the proposed project, or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact: Dr. David K. Henderson, Deputy Director for Clinical Care, Warran G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Room 2C 146, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, or call non-toll free: (301) 496-3515, or e-mail your request or comments, including your address to:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received on or before March 15, 2001.

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Dated: February 7, 2001.

David K. Henderson,

Deputy Director for Clinical Care, CC.

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[FR Doc. 01-3602 Filed 2-12-01; 8:45 am]