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Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service (IHS) Background Investigations of Individuals in Position Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children OPM-306.

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AGENCY:

Indian Health Service, HHS.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Health and Human Services, as part of its continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the IHS is providing a 60-day advance opportunity for public comment on a proposed extension of current information collection activity to be submitted to the office of Management and Budget for review.

Proposed Collection

Title: 0917-0028, “IHS Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children” OPM-306.

Type of Information Collection Request: Extension, without revision, of currently approved information collection, 0917-0028. “IHS Background Investigations of Individuals in Position Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children” OPM-306.

Form Number: OF-306.

Forms: Declaration for Federal Employment.

Need and Use of Information Collection: This is a request for approval of collection information required by section 408 of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, Public Law 101-630, 104 Stat. 4544, 25 U.S.C. 3201-3211. The IHS is required to compile a list of all authorized positions within the IHS where the duties and responsibilities involve regular contact with, or control over, Indian children; and to conduct an investigation of the character of each individual who is employed, or is being considered for employment in a position having regular contact with, or control over, Indian children. Section 3207(b) of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act was amended by section 814 of S. 3031, the Native American Laws Technical Corrections Act of 2000, which requires that the regulations prescribing the minimum standards of character ensure that none of the individuals appointed to positions involving regular contact with, or control over Indian children have been found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to any felonious offense, or any of two or more misdemeanor offenses under Federal, State, or tribal law involving crimes of violence; sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, contact or prostitution; crimes against persons; or offenses committed against children. In addition, 42 U.S.C. 13041 requires each agency of the Federal Government, and every facility operated by the Federal Government (or operated under contract with the Federal Government), that hires (or contracts for hire) individuals involved with children under the age of 18 or child care services to assure that all existing and newly-hired employees undergo a criminal history background check. The background is to be initiated through the personnel program of the applicable Federal agency. This section requires employment applications for individuals who are seeking work for an Start Printed Page 51827agency of the Federal Government, or for a facility or program operated by (or through contract with) the Federal Government, in positions involved with the provision to children under the age of 18 or child care services, to contain a question asking whether the individual has ever been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child.

Affected Public: Individuals and households.

Type of Respondents: Individuals.

The table below provides the estimated burden hours for this information collection:

Estimated Burden Hours

42 CFR Part 36Estimated number of respondentsResponses per respondentAverage burden hour per response *Total annual burden hours
Addendum to OF 306 Declaration for Federal Employment2,00010.25 (15 mins)500
* For ease of understanding, burden hours are also provided in actual minutes.

There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs and/or Maintenance Costs to report.

Request For Comments: Your written comments and/or suggestions are invited on one or more of the following points: (a) Whether the information collection activity is necessary to carry out an agency function; (b) whether the agency processes the information collected in a useful and timely fashion; (c) the accuracy of public burden estimate (the estimated amount of time needed for individual respondents to provide the requested information); (d) whether the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimate are logical; (e) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (f) ways to minimize the public burden through the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Send Comments and Requests For Further Information: Send your written comments and requests for more information on the proposed collection or requests to obtain a copy of the data collection instrument(s) and instructions to: Mrs. Chris Rouleau, IHS Reports Clearance Officer, 801 Thompson Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852, call non-toll free (301) 443-5938, send via facsimile to (301) 443-2316, or send your E-mail requests, comments, and return address to: crouleau@hqe.ihs.gov.

Comment Due Date: Your comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: August 24, 2005.

Robert G. McSwain,

Deputy Director, Indian Health Service.

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[FR Doc. 05-17320 Filed 8-30-05; 8:45 am]

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