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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) Start Printed Page 9088ways to enhance 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. 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: Restriction on Travel of Persons, (0920-0488)—Extension—National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC consolidated regulations related to controlling the spread of communicable diseases. FDA formerly administered the regulations contained in part 1240 of Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, which pertained to interstate control of communicable diseases. These regulations may now be found in part 70 of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations.

Among the regulations in 21 CFR part 1240, FDA transferred to CDC certain sections that relate to restrictions on interstate travel of any person who is in the communicable period of cholera, plague, smallpox, typhus, or yellow fever, or who, having been exposed to any such disease, is in the incubation period thereof. One of the sections—formerly 21 CFR 1240.50 and now 42 CFR 70.5 (Certain communicable diseases; special requirements)—contains a requirement for reporting certain information to the Federal government. Specifically, this regulation requires any person who is in the communicable period of cholera, plague, smallpox, typhus or yellow fever, or who, having been exposed to any such disease, is in the incubation period thereof, to apply for and receive a permit from the Surgeon General or his authorized representative in order to travel from one State or possession to another.

Control of disease transmission within the States is considered to be the province of state and local health authorities, with federal assistance being sought by those authorities on a cooperative basis, without application of federal regulations. The regulations formerly administered by FDA and assumed by CDC were developed to facilitate Federal action in the event of large outbreaks requiring a coordinated effort involving several states, or in the event of inadequate local control. While it is not known whether, or to what extent, situations may arise in which these regulations would be invoked, contingency planning for domestic emergency preparedness is now commonplace. Should this occur, CDC will use the reporting and record-keeping requirements contained in the regulations to carry out quarantine responsibilities as required by law.

Because of the uncertainty about whether a situation will ever arise precipitating CDC's enforcement of this rule, the following data collection burden estimate was prepared using the article Smallpox: An Attack Scenario, Tara O'Toole; Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 5, No. 4, Jul-Aug 1999. This article describes the aftermath of a hypothetical domestic public health emergency situation involving smallpox virus. Of the potentially 15,000 persons infected with smallpox, the data collection assumes that one-fourth of these would apply for a permit to move from one state to another while in the communicable period of or having been exposed to smallpox. Should the event be different and/or involve a different number of people, the burden will vary accordingly.

RespondentNumber of responsesNumber of responses/respondentsAverage burden/response (in hrs.)Total burden (in hrs.)
Applicants (per application for a permit to move from state to state while in the communicable period of or having been exposed to smallpox3,750115/60938
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Dated: February 21, 2003.

Thomas Bartenfeld,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-4602 Filed 2-26-03; 8:45 am]