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Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements

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Office of the Secretary, HHS.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

#1 Type of Information Collection Request: Emergency Clearance.

Title of Information Collection: SF-424 Research & Related (R&R).

Form/OMB No.: OS-0994.

Use: The SF-424 (R&R) will consolidate research and related grants application data and forms currently used by Federal grant-making agencies with a research mission or conducting research-related activities. The SF-424 (R&R) will become the common Federal (standard) form for research and related grant applications, replacing numerous agency-specific forms thus reducing the administrative burden to the Federal grants community that includes grantees (State, Local and Tribal governments; non-profit organizations, and education and research institutions) and Federal staff involved in grants-related activities. The form will be available to applicants interested in pursuing research and related grant opportunities.

Frequency: Recording, Reporting, and on occasion.

Affected Public: Federal , State, local, or tribal governments, business or other for profit, not for profit institutions.

Annual Number of Respondents: 312,500.

Total Annual Responses: 312,500.

Average Burden Per Response: 40 hours.

Total Annual Hours: 12,500,000.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access the HHS Web site address at​oirm/​infocollect/​pending/​ or e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-6162. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed directly to the OS Paperwork Clearance Officer designated at the following address: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Budget, Technology, and Finance, Office of Information and Resource Management, Attention: Naomi Cook (0994-), Fax Number (202) 690-8715, Room 531-H, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington DC 20201.

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Dated: August 27, 2004.

Robert E. Polson,

Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-20083 Filed 9-2-04; 8:45 am]