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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request

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In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443-1129.

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 collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques Start Printed Page 51271or other forms of information technology.

Proposed Project: The Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL) Program: Forms—0915-0108—Extension

This clearance request is for extension of approval for the notification, reporting and recordkeeping requirements in the HEAL program to insure that the lenders, holders and schools participating in the HEAL program follow sound management procedures in the administration of federally-insured student loans. While the regulatory requirements are approved under this OMB number, much of the burden associated with the regulations is cleared under the OMB numbers for the HEAL forms and electronic submissions used to report required information (listed below). The table listed at the end of this notice contains the estimate of burden for the remaining regulations.

Annual Response Burden for the following regulations is cleared by OMB when the reporting forms are cleared:

OMB Approval No. 0915-0034, Lender's Contract Application and Borrower Deferment Forms, and Borrower Loan Status and Loan Transfers/Purchases and Consolidation Tape Specification and Submission

Reporting

42 CFR 60.31(a), Lender annual application

42 CFR 60.38(a), Loan Reassignment

Notification

42 CFR 60.12(c)(1), Borrower deferment

OMB Approval No. 0915-0036, Lender's Application for Insurance Claim

Reporting

42 CFR 60.35(a)(1), Lender due-diligence activities

42 CFR 60.35(a)(2), Lender skip-tracing activities

42 CFR 60.40(a), Lender documentation to litigate a default

42 CFR 60.40(c)(i),(ii), and (iii), Lender default claim

42 CFR 60.40(c)(2), Lender death claim

42 CFR 60.40(c)(3), Lender disability claim

42 CFR 60.40(c)(4), Lender report of student bankruptcy

OMB Approval No. 0915-0043, Promissory Note, Repayment Schedule, Call Report

Notification 42 CFR 60.11(e), Establishment of repayment terms-borrower

42 CFR 60.11(f)(5), Borrower notice of supplemental repayment agreement

42 CFR 60.33(e), Executed note to borrower

42 CFR 60.34(b)(1), Establishment of repayment terms—lender

42 CFR 60.42(b), Lender Quarterly Report on HEAL Loans Outstanding (Call Report)

OMB Approval No. 0915-0204, Physicians Certification of Permanent and Total Disability

Reporting

42 CFR 60.39(b)(2), Holder request to Secretary to determine borrower disability

OMB Approval No. 0915-0227, Federal Health Education Assistance Loan Refinancing Application/Promissory Note

Reporting

42 CFR 60.7, Application for loan

42 CFR 60.18 Consolidation of a HEAL loan

The estimate of burden for the regulatory requirements of this clearance are as follows:

Table of Regulatory Sections and Respondent Burden

Type of burdenTransactions per yearEstimated time per transactionAnnual response burden (hours)
REPORTING
Subpart D: Lender—28 Participating Lenders
60.32(b) & (c) Application for lender contract0.000
60.40(c)(1)(iv) Bankruptcy Report to the Secretary7812 min15
60.42(d) Audit8240 min. (4 hrs.)32
60.42(e) Evidence of Fraud0120 min. (2 hrs.)0
60.43(b) Evidence of Cause for Administrative Hearing0180 min. (3 hrs.)0
Subtotal8647
Subpart E: School—190 Participating Schools
60.56(c) Biennial Audit00.000
60.60(b) Evidence of Cause for Administrative Hearing00.000
60.61(b) Evidence of Fraud00.000
60.61(d) Bankruptcy Documentation7810 min13
Subtotal7813
Total Reporting60
NOTIFICATION
Subpart B: Borrower—7,930 Borrowers
60.0(a)(5) Sale or Transfer of LoanBurden included in 60.38a
60.8(b)(3) Status Change7,85210 min1,309 Start Printed Page 51272
60.61(d)* Bankruptcy7810 min13
Subtotal7,9301,322
Subpart D: Lender—28 Participating Lenders
60.33(g) Denial of Loan014 min0
60.33(h) Borrower Indebtedness3,0001 min50
60.34(c) Biannual Debt Status133,17810 min22,196
60.35(a)(1) Delinquent Payment Notice to Borrower34,64810 min5,775
60.35(c)(2) Delinquent Notice to Credit Reporting Agency8,66210 min1,443
60.35(e) Final Demand Letter69510 min116
60.37(a) Right to Forbearance3,0005 min250
60.37(c)(3) Reminder of obligation to pay1,20010 min200
60.38(a) Notification to Borrower of Loan Reassignment7,5005 min625
60.40(c)(1)(iv) and (c)(4) Default Notification to Courts7825 min32
Subtotal191,96130,687
Subpart E: School—190 Participating Schools
60.53 Change in Student StatusBurden included with 60.61(a)(7)
60.54 Notice of Refund Payment025 min0
60.57 Borrower Identifying Information738 min10
60.61(a)(1) Entrance Interview035 min0
60.61(a)(2) Exit Interview7350 min61
60.61(a)(2) Student Departure Notification to Lender19035 min111
60.61(a)(3) Unresolved Discrepancies to Lender012 min0
60.61(a)(7) Change in Student Address to Lender7310 min12
Subtotal409194
Total Notification32,203
RECORDKEEPING
Subpart B: Borrower
60.7(a)(2) Student Signed Stmt.-Gov. Debt Collection ProceduresBurden included in 60.34(b)(2) and 60.61(a)(1)&(2)
60.7(c)(2) Non-Student signed Stmt.-Gov. Debt Collection0.000.00
Subpart D: Lender—28 Participating Lenders
60.31(c) Procedures for Servicing & Collecting Loans28240 min (4 hrs.)112
60.33(e) Promissory NoteBurden included in 60.42(a)(2)
60.34(b)(2) Terms of Repayment Schedules8,1305 min667
60.35(a)(1) Attempts to Collect Delinquent Payment8,6625 min722
60.35(a)(2) Documentation of Skip-tracing13110 min22
60.37(a)(1) Documentation of Borrower's Inability to Pay2,06515 min516
60.37(c) Renewals of Forbearance2,06510 min344
60.37(c)(1) Basis for Belief of Borrower Intent to Default80010 min133
60.40(a) Documentation of Insurance Claims69570 min811
60.42(a)(1) Loan RecordsBurden included in 60.42(a)(2)
60.42(a)(2) Borrower's Payment History66,58915 min16,647
Subtotal89,16519,974
Subpart E: School—190 Participating Schools
60.51(f)(1) Documentation of Needs Analysis AdjustmentBurden included in 60.61(a)(5)
60.51(f)(2) Documentation of Standard Student Budget AdjustmentsBurden included in 60.61(a)(5)
60.56(a) Required Retention of HEAL Borrower RecordsBurden included in 60.61(a)(5)
60.56(b) Five year Retention of Student Records
60.57 Retention of Reports to the Secretary19045 min143
60.61(a)(1) Entrance Interview
60.61(a)(2) Exit Interview735 min6
60.61(a)(4) HEAL Check Receipt0300 min0
60.61(a)(5) Complete Records of HEAL Borrowers90,00015 min22,500
60.61(a)(6) Criteria for Student Budgets19010 min32 Start Printed Page 51273
Subtotal90,45322,681
Total Recordkeeping42,655
Total Annual Burden74,918

Send comments to Susan G. Queen, Ph.D., HRSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 16C-17, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: August 19, 2003.

Jane Harrison,

Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 03-21752 Filed 8-26-03; 8:45 am]

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