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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 collections 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: Blood Bank Inspection Checklist and Report and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 493.1269-493.1285.

Form No.: CMS-282 (OMB # 0938-0170).

Use: The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish certification requirements for any laboratory that performs tests on human specimens, and to certify through the issuance of a certificate that those laboratories meet the requirements established by HHS. The law provides for inspections on an announced or unannounced basis during regular hours of operation. All records and information having a bearing on whether the laboratory is being operated in accordance with the law can be requested by the surveyor. The CMS-282 is the Blood Bank Inspection Checklist and Report which is outlined in the CLIA of 1988.

Frequency: Biennially.

Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions, Business or other for-profit, Federal Government, and State, Local, and Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents: 1,363.

Total Annual Responses: 1,363.

Total Annual Hours: 682.

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-282, Room N2-14-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: May 2, 2002.

John P. Burke III,

Paperwork Reduction Act Team Leader, CMS Reports Clearance Officer, CMS Office of Information Services, Security and Standards Group, Division of CMS Enterprise Standards.

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[FR Doc. 02-12240 Filed 5-15-02; 8:45 am]