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Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

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Title: Voluntary Establishment of Paternity.

OMB No.: 0970-0175.

Description: Section 466(a)(5)(c) of the Social Security Act requires States to have in effect laws providing for a voluntary civil process to establish paternity. These laws also require States to ensure that written materials are provided that fully explain the benefits and responsibilities of signing an affidavit of paternity. Paternity establishment is the necessary first step in any child support proceeding and this provision streamlines this process.

Respondents: State and Tribal IV-D agencies.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Developed by IV-D agency862,043variable.166143,099
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 143,099 hours.

In compliance with the requirements of Section 4506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including Start Printed Page 78037whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) 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. consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Dated: December 21, 2004.

Robert Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-28427 Filed 12-28-04; 8:45 am]