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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed Start Printed Page 903collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Market Survey of Fraud, Waste and Abuse Detection Software; Form No.: CMS-R-0283 (OMB# 0938-0783); Use: This information collection tool is essential to providing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a vehicle to ascertain cutting edge fraud, waste, and abuse detection products. CMS and its contractors presently use a number of these tools, as do other segments of government, the health care industry, and industry generally. New products taking advantage of new technologies are in continuous development. This completely voluntary survey will ensure that CMS is vigilant in identifying new advances to help fight the scourge of Medicare fraud and abuse; Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Business or other for profit, and Not for profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 200; Total Annual Responses: 250; Total Annual Hours: 500.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS's Web Site address at​regs/​prdact95.htm, or E-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed within 60 days of this notice directly to the CMS Paperwork Clearance Officer designated at the following address: CMS, Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of CMS Enterprise Standards, Attention: Julie Brown, CMS 10001, Room N2-14-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: December 20, 2001.

Julie Brown,

Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Security and Standards Group, Division of CMS Enterprise Standards.

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[FR Doc. 02-424 Filed 1-7-02; 8:45 am]