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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 498-1210. Send written comments to CDC, Desk Officer, Human Resources and Housing Branch, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-6974. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project: Resources and Services Database on CDC National Prevention Information Network (OMB Control No. 0920-0255)—Reinstatement with change—National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is requesting OMB approval to reinstate, with change, the data collection for the Resources and Services Database for the CDC National Prevention Information Network (formerly known as the National AIDS Clearinghouse). This request is for a three-year reinstatement of clearance.

NCHSTP has the primary responsibility within the CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service for the prevention and control of HIV infection, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB), including community-based HIV prevention activities and syphilis and TB elimination programs. To support NCHSTP's mission and to link Americans to prevention, education, and care services, the CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) serves as the U.S. reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB. NPIN is a critical member of the network of government agencies, community organizations, businesses, health professionals, educators, and human services providers that educate the American public about the grave threat to public health posed by HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB, and provides services for persons infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Established in 1988, the NPIN Resources and Services Database contains entries on approximately 19,000 organizations and is the most comprehensive listing of HIV/AIDS, STD and TB resources and services available throughout the country. This database describes national, state and local organizations that provide services related to HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB such as counseling and testing, prevention, education and support services. The NPIN reference staff rely on the Resources and Services Database to respond to nearly 63,000 requests each year for information or referral from community based organizations, state and local health departments, and health professionals working in HIV/AIDS, STD and TB prevention. The CDC National AIDS and STD Hotline staff also use the NPIN Resources and Services Database to refer approximately one million callers yearly to local programs for information, services, and treatment. The American public can also access the NPIN Resources and Services database through the NPIN Web site. More than 12 million visits by the public to the Web site are recorded annually.

To accomplish CDC's goal of continuing efforts to maintain an up-to-date, comprehensive database, NPIN plans each year to add 100 newly identified organizations and to verify those organizations currently described in the NPIN Resources and Services Database each year. NPIN staff learn about new organizations through exhibiting at health and professional meetings, searching the Internet, and perusing newsletter announcements and press releases. Once a new organization is identified as providing HIV/AIDS, STD or TB-related services, NPIN staff will mail the Resource Organization Questionnaire along with a cover letter. The purpose of the questionnaire is to gather information about the HIV/AIDS, STD or TB-related services available from the organization, what geographic area the organization serves, and the target audiences for these services. Each organization will also receive a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of the questionnaire. Organizations with access to the Internet, will be given the option to complete and submit an electronic version of the questionnaire by visiting the CDC NPIN Web site. If NPIN receives no response to the initial mailing of the questionnaire, a follow-up telephone call will be made to the organization requesting them to complete and return the questionnaire.

As part of the verification process for the Resources and Services Database, 40 percent of the organizations will receive a copy of their current database entry by electronic mail, including a cover letter and a list of instructions. The remaining 60 percent will receive a telephone call to review their database record. The annual burden for this data collection is 3,858 hours.

SurveyNumber of respondentsNumber of responses/respondentAvg. burden/response (in hours)
Questionnaire Resource Organization100130/60
Questionnaire Telephone Follow-up33115/60
Email Verification7,600115/60
Telephone verification11,400110/60
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Dated: July 11, 2003.

Thomas A. Bartenfeld,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-18222 Filed 7-17-03; 8:45 am]

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