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Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Policy and Evaluation (ECA/P); 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Evaluation of DOS-Sponsored Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs (Formerly USIA-Sponsored Educational and Cultural Exchange Activities; USIA Participant Survey Questionnaire); OMB Control #1405-0118 (Formerly USIA #3116-0199)

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The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment in the Federal Register preceding submission to OMB. This process is conducted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

The following summarizes the information collection proposal to be submitted to OMB:

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection, OMB Control #1405-0118.

Originating Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Policy and Evaluation (ECA/P).

Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of DOS-sponsored Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs.

Frequency: Information is collected on a per evaluation project basis.

Form Number: N/A [Multiple survey questionnaires may be used for evaluation projects, on a one-time, per-project basis].

Respondents: U.S. and foreign applicants, current grantee exchange Start Printed Page 31267visitor participants (J-1 visa) and alumni of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' exchange programs, program administrators, domestic and foreign partner organizations, domestic and foreign hosts of exchange visitor participants, and other similar types of respondents associated with the Bureau's exchange programs.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,566.

Average Hours Per Response: 30 minutes.

Total Estimated Burden: 1,385 (2,770 total annual responses × .30 minutes).

Public comments are being solicited to permit the agency to:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
  • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of technology.
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Public comments, or requests for additional information, regarding the collection listed in this notice should be directed to Tamara L. Martin, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Policy and Evaluation, 301 4th Street, SW., (SA-44), Room 357, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20547, who may be reached on (202) 619-5307.

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Dated: May 25, 2001.

David Whitten,

ECA/EX, Executive Director, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 01-14631 Filed 6-8-01; 8:45 am]