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Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

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Proposed Projects

Title: Court Improvement Program.

OMB No.: New.

Description: The Court Improvement Program provides grants to State court systems to conduct assessments of their foster care and adoption laws and judicial processes, and to develop and implement a plan for system improvement. This Program Instruction (1) describes the requirements for States under the reauthorization of the Court Improvement Program; (2) outlines the programmatic and fiscal provisions and reporting requirements of the program; (3) specifies the application submittal and approval procedures for the program for Fiscal Years 2003 through 2006; and (4) identifies technical resources for use by State courts during the course of the program. This Program Instruction contains information collection requirements that are found in Pub. L. 103-66, as amended by Pub. L. 105-89 and Pub. L. 107-133; and pursuant to receiving a grant award. The information received will be used by the agency to ensure compliance with the statute and provide training and technical assistance to the grantees.

Respondents: State courts.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Annual Program Report521241247
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours3328

In compliance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents; including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to Start Printed Page 53954comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Dated: August 13, 2002.

Robert Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-21042 Filed 8-19-02; 8:45 am]