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Department of Education.
The Leader, Regulatory 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.
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 13, 2001.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. 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, Regulatory Information Management Group, Office of the Chief Information Officer, publishes that notice containing proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these requests to OMB. Each proposed information collection, grouped by office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g. new, revision, Start Printed Page 31897extension, 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. OMB 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 the respondents, including through the use of information technology.Start Signature
Dated: June 7, 2001.
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Office of Postsecondary Education
Type of Review: Extension.
Title: Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP) Guidelines for Annual Performance Reports with Auxiliary Collection Instruments.
Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions.
Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 40; Burden Hours: 1,600.
Abstract: The current Annual Progress Report format for the LAAP grant program was used for formative evaluation last year. With that experience we have refined the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) indicators and the measures for collecting data across projects that is comparable, consistent, and reliable. We have also taken a modular approach to structuring the narrative of the report, so that the collection is less burdensome to respondents, yet more useful to program evaluation. Finally, we have augmented the Annual Report data collection by doing a follow-up telephone interview to validate and enrich data, as well as a software evaluation protocol for assessing the quality of the educational software products that may result from the grant projects.
Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, or should be addressed to Vivian Reese, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 4050, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, D.C. 20202-4651. Requests may also be electronically mailed to the internet address OCIO_IMG_Issues@ed.gov or faxed to 202-708-9346. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be directed to 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.End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 01-14840 Filed 6-12-01; 8:45 am]
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