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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer on (404) 498-1210.

Comments are invited 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) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be Start Printed Page 75859collected; 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. Send comments to Anne O'Connor , CDC Assistant Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D24, Atlanta, GA 30333. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project: Automated Management Information System (MIS) for Diabetes Control Programs—Extension—National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented a Management Information System (MIS) and federally sponsored data collection requirement from all CDC funded diabetes control programs. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States contributing to more than 200,000 deaths each year. An estimated 11.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes and an estimated 5.9 million people have undiagnosed diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) provides funding to health departments of States and territories to develop, implement, and evaluate systems-based Diabetes Control Programs (DCPs). DCPs are population-based, public health programs that design, implement and evaluate public health prevention and control strategies that improve access to and quality of care for all, and reach communities most impacted by the burden of diabetes (e.g., racial/ethnic populations, the elderly, rural dwellers and the economically disadvantaged). Support for these programs is a cornerstone of the DDT's strategy for reducing the burden of diabetes throughout the nation. The Diabetes Control Program is authorized under sections 301 and 317(k) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. sections 241 and 247b(k)).

In accordance with the original OMB approval (July 20, 2002), this extension will continue to expand and enhance the technical reporting capacity of the MIS. The MIS is a web-based, password access protected repository/technical reporting system that replaced an archaic paper reporting system. The MIS allows the accurate, uniform, and complete collection of diabetes program progress information using the Internet. The MIS has improved upon the old data collection system by:

  • Improving accountability;
  • Shortening the information cycle;
  • Eliminating non-standard reporting;
  • Minimizing unnecessary duplication of data collection and entry;
  • Reducing the reporting burden on small state organizations;
  • Using plain, coherent, and unambiguous terminology that is understandable to respondents;
  • Implementing a consistent system for progress reporting and record-keeping processes;
  • Identifying the retention periods for recordkeeping requirements;
  • Utilizing modern information technology for data collection and transfer;
  • Significantly reducing the amount of paper reports that diabetes control programs are required to submit.

The MIS has allowed CDC to more rapidly respond to outside inquiries concerning a specific diabetes control activity occurring in the state diabetes control programs. The data collection requirement has formalized the format and contents of diabetes data reported from the DCPs and provides an electronic means for efficient collection and transmission to the CDC headquarters.

The MIS has facilitated the staff's ability at CDC to fulfill its obligations under the cooperative agreements; to monitor, evaluate, and compare individual programs; and to assess and report aggregate information regarding the overall effectiveness of the DCP program. It has also supported DDT's broader mission of reducing the burden of diabetes by enabling DDT staff to more effectively identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual DCPs and to disseminate information related to successful public health interventions implemented by these organizations to prevent and control diabetes. Implementation of the MIS has provided for efficient collection of state-level diabetes program data. The cost to respondents is $7,080.

RespondentsNumber. of respondentsNumber of responses/ respondentAverage burden/ response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
State Program Control Officers59*14236
Total236
*Respondents reside in each of the 50 States, 8 Territories, and the District of Columbia and provide progress reporting on an annual frequency.
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Dated: December 4, 2002.

John Moore,

Acting Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 02-31132 Filed 12-9-02; 8:45 am]

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