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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) 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 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: Jail STD Prevalence Monitoring System, OMB No. 0920-0499—Revision—National Center for HIV, STD's and Tuberculosis (NCHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC is requesting from Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a 3-year approval for the standardized record layout for the Jail STD Prevalence Monitoring System. The Jail STD Prevalence Monitoring System consists of test data compiled for persons entering corrections facilities. The standard data elements were created in response to the need to systematically assess morbidity in persons entering corrections facilities, who are at high risk for STDs or sexually transmitted diseases and who often do not seek medical care in mainstream medical settings. Use of these standard data elements will improve surveillance of STDs by allowing for systematic assessment of a high risk population, taking advantage of already computerized data.

States that compile data from corrections facilities are encouraged to participate in the system. In most places, STD test results for persons in corrections facilities are computerized by the laboratory or by the health department. The burden of compiling data in the standardized format involves running a computer program to convert the data to the specified format. This involves an initial investment of time by a programmer but afterwards involves only running the program once a quarter (average of 3 hours per quarter). Therefore, the respondent burden is approximately 12 hours per year.

If a respondent does not have computerized test results for persons in corrections facilities, and must enter the data, the burden of data-entry is approximately 1.5 minute per record. On an average a respondent will enter approximately 1250 records per quarter, which will result in a total burden of 1875 minutes or 31 hours per quarter.

During the next 3 years, CDC expects approximately 20 project areas per year to participate. Approximately 15 will have already computerized data for a burden of 180 hours (15x12hrs) per year and five respondents will have to enter data into a computerized database which will result in a burden of 620 additional hours (5x124 hrs) per year. The total estimated annualized burden is 880 hours per year.

RespondentsNo. of respondents (STD project areas)No. of responses/respondent (datasets/yr approx 5000 total records)Average burden/response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
State/local health departments with computerized data1543180
State/local health departments without computerized data5431620
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Dated: November 25, 2003.

Laura Yerdon Martin,

Acting Director, Executive Secretariat, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 03-30257 Filed 12-4-03; 8:45 am]