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Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Evaluation of User Satisfaction With NIH Internet Sites

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Under the provisions of section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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. The proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2003, in Volume 68, No. 208, pages 61452-61453, 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 NIH may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Proposed Collection: Title: Evaluation of User Satisfaction with NIH Internet Sites.

Type of Information Collection Request: New.

Need and Use of Information Collection: Executive Order 12862 directs agencies that provide significant services directly to the public to survey customers to determine the kind and quality of services they want and their level of satisfaction with existing services. With this submission, the NIH, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, seeks to obtain OMB's generic approval to conduct customer satisfaction surveys. Since the late 1980's, the NIH has seized the opportunity to disseminate information and materials via the Internet. Today, rapid technological changes of the WWW warrant on-going constituent and resource analysis. With survey information, the NIH is enabled to serve, and respond to, the ever-changing demand by the public. The ‘public’ includes individuals (such as patients, educators, students, etc.) and interested communities (such as national or local organizations/institutions) and business. Survey information will augment current Web content, delivery, and design research that is used to understand the Web user, and more specifically, the NIH user community. Primary objectives are to: (1) Classify NIH Internet users; (2) summarize and better understand customer needs; and (3) quantify the effectiveness/efficiency of current tools and delivery. Overall, the Institutes, Centers, and Offices of the NIH will use the survey results to identify strengths and weaknesses in current Internet strategies. Findings will help to (1) understand user community and how to better serve Internet users; (2) discover areas requiring improvement in either content or delivery; (3) realize how to align Web offerings with identified user need(s); and (4) explore methods to offer and deliver information with efficacy and equity. Frequency of Response: On occasion [As needed on an on-going and potentially concurrent basis (by Institute, Center, or Office)]. Affected Public: Users of the Internet. Primarily, this is an individual at their place(s) of access including, but not limited to, home or/and work environments. Type of Respondents: Public users of the NIH Internet site,, which may include organizations, medical researchers, physicians and other health Start Printed Page 7975care providers, librarians, students, as well as individuals of the general public. Estimated Number of Respondents: 104,000. Number of Respondents Per Respondent: 1. Average Burden Hours Per Response: 0.084. Burden Hours Requested: 8684. Total annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $130,260. There are also no capital costs, operating costs and/or maintenance costs to report.

Survey Title: Web Customer Satisfaction Survey, Annual Reporting Burden*

[Web-based; Required for Federal Register requests under PRA, Paperwork Reduction Act.]

Survey areaNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAvg. burden per response (hours)Burden hours
NIH Organization-wide (1 entity)4,000334
Overall customer satisfaction2,00010.1002200
Specific indicator: Top-level/Entry pages1,00010.066867
Specific indicator: Tools and initiatives1,00010.066867
Individual Institute/Office100,0008,350
Overall customer satisfaction50,00010.10025,010
Specific indicator: Top-level/Entry pages25,00010.06681,670
Specific indicator: Tools and initiatives25,00010.06681,670

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 performance 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 to be 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.

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To request additional information on the proposed collection of information contact:

Dennis Rodrigues, NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bldg. 31, Rm. 2B03, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2094, or call non toll-free at (301) 435-2932. You may also e-mail your request 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: January 5, 2004.

John Burklow,

Associate Director for Communications, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 04-3713 Filed 2-19-04; 8:45 am]