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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Requested

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60-day notice of information collection under review: Semi-annual progress report for the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for “sixty days” until August 15, 2005. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

If you have comments, especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact: Cathy Poston, Attorney Advisor, Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street NW., Washington, DC 20531.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

—Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

—Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

—Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

—Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of this information collection:

(1) Type of Information Collection: New Collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Semi-Annual Progress Report for the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form Number: None. Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Not-for-profit institutions. Other: State, Local, or Tribal Government. The affected public includes the approximately 120 grantees from the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program. These grants will provide funds to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and other organizations, to carry out programs to provide transitional housing assistance and support services to minors, adults, and their dependents who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. 42 U.S.C. 13975.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: It is estimated that it will take the approximately 120 respondents (grantees) approximately one hour to complete the Semi-Annual Progress Report. The report is divided into sections that pertain to the different types of activities that grantees may engage in with grant funds. Grantees must complete only those sections that are relevant to their activities.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The estimated public burden associated with this collection is 240 hours.

If additional information is required contact: Brenda E. Dyer, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street NW., Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: June 10, 2005.

Brenda E. Dyer,

Department Clearance Officer, Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. 05-11779 Filed 6-14-05; 8:45 am]

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