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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; NCI Cancer Information Service Demographic/Customer Service Data Collection

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Under the provisions of section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 25, pages 34405-34406 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Proposed Collection: Title: The National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Service Demographic Customer Service Data Collection. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision with change of a currently approved collection (OMB No. 0925-0208, expires 10/31/2003). Need and Use of Information Collection: The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service (CIS) provides the latest information on cancer, clinical trials, and tobacco cessation. Characterizing users and how they found out about the CIS is essential to customer service, program planning and promotion. This effort involves a brief survey of users of the 1-800-4-CANCER toll-free service and LiveHelp, a Web-based chat service. The telephone survey contains seven questions—3 customer service and 4 demographic—asked of a subset of callers (cancer patients, their family or friends, and the general public) at the end of usual service for an annual total of approximately 286,000 callers. 100% of these callers will be asked the three customer service questions for an annual total of approximately 286,000 callers; 25% of callers will be asked the four demographic questions for an annual total of approximately 71,500 callers. If the call is the result of a special promotion, 50% of callers will be surveyed for demographics. Special promotions account for an estimated 30% of calls for an annual total of approximately 42,900 callers. The combined annual total is 400,400 callers. The LiveHelp web survey involves asking the same seven questions to 50% of the same subset of users for an annual total of approximately 5,500 users. The combined total to be surveyed each year is 405,900 users of the telephone and LiveHelp services for total of 1,951 annual burden hours. Frequency of Response: Single time. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Type of Respondents: Patients, relatives, friends, and general public. The annual reporting burden is as follows:

Table 1.—Respondent and Burden Estimate

Type of respondentsNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage time per responseAnnual hour burden
Individuals or Households
—3 questions (100%)286,00010.00328937
—4 questions (50%) special promotions42,90010.0083356
—7 questions (50%)5,50010.011664
Annualized Totals405,9001,951

The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at: $31,904. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper Start Printed Page 57472performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) 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) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information being collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/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 Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503. Attention: Desk Officer for NIH. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact: Madeline La Porta, Associate Deputy Director, Cancer Information Service, OC, NCI, 6116 Executive Boulevard, MSC 8322, Room 3036A, Bethesda, MD 20892-8322, or call non-toll-free number (301) 594-8025 or e-mail your request, including your address to:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: September 26, 2003.

Reesa Nichols,

NCI Project Clearance Liaison.

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[FR Doc. 03-25067 Filed 10-2-03; 8:45 am]