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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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30-Day notice of information collection under review: Denial of Federal benefits for drug offenders.

The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), has submitted the following information collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register, Volume 67, Number 228, page 70758, on November 26, 2002, allowing for a 60 day comment period.

The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days for public comment until September 15, 2003. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

Written comments, or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer, Washington, DC 20530. Additionally, comments may be submitted to OMB via facsimile at (202) 395-7285.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility.

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of this information:

(1) Type of information collection: Reinstatement, without change, of a previously approved collection for which approval has expired.

(2) The title of the form/collection: Denial of Federal Benefits for Drug Offenders.

(3) The agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: Form Number: OJP FORM 3500/2, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract. Primary: State, local, or Tribal Governments. Other: None. Abstract: The Denial of Federal Benefits (DFB) Program provides courts with the ability to deny all or selected federal benefits to individuals who are convicted of drug trafficking or drug possession. When denial of benefits is part of a sentence, the sentencing court notifies the BJA DFB Clearinghouse via the approved information collection form. The names of individuals who are denied benefits appear on the U.S. General Service Administration's Excluded Parties Listing System.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: There are approximately 7 respondents who will respond approximately 36 times each throughout the year, for a total of 252 responses. Each response will require approximately 5 minutes to complete.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total annual public burden hours for this information collection is estimated to be 21 hours.

If additional information is required, contact: Ms. Brenda E. Dyer, Deputy Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Justice, Planning and Policy Staff, Justice Management Division, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20004, or via facsimile at (202) 514-1590.

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Dated: August 8, 2003.

Brenda E. Dyer,

Deputy Clearance Officer, Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. 03-20882 Filed 8-15-03; 8:45 am]