The National Endowment for the Arts, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the National Endowment for the Arts is soliciting comments concerning the proposed information Start Printed Page 45701collection request for generic approval for customer service focus groups, short oral/written questionnaires to small target audiences, and structured interviews with individuals representative of external customer groups. A copy of the collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the address section of this notice.
Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the address section below on or before October 26, 2001. The National Endowment for the Arts is particularly interested in comments that:
- Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
- Evaluate 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;
- Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
- Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting the electronic submissions of responses.
Laurence M. Baden, Deputy Chairman for Management & Budget, National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 628, Washington, DC 20506-001, telephone (202) 682-5408 or (202) 682-5496 for TTY and TDD (these are not a toll-free numbers), fax (202) 682-5798.Start Signature
Laurence M. Baden,
Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget.
[FR Doc. 01-21733 Filed 8-28-01; 8:45 am]
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