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Proposed Collection: Indian Health Service Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children OPM-306 Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Notice

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AGENCY:

Indian Health Service, HHS.

ACTION:

Request for Public Comment: 30-day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children OPM-306.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was published in the August 3, 2005, Federal Register (70 51826) and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted to OMB.

PROPOSED COLLECTION: Title: 0917-0028, “Indian Health Service Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Start Printed Page 67726Indian Children OPM-306”. Type of Information Collection Request: Extention of a currently approved collection which expires November 30, 2005. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection which expires November 30, 2005. Form Number: OF-306 Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306) Indian Health Service Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Positions. 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 agency 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: Individual and households. Type of Respondents: Individuals. Table 1 below provides the following: Types of data collection instruments, estimated number of respondents, number of responses per respondent, annual number of responses, average burden hour per response, and total annual burden hour.

Estimated Burden Hours

42 CFR Part 36Estimated number of respondentsResponses per respondentAverage burden hour per response *Total annual burden hrs
Addendum to OF306 Declaration for Federal Employment20010.25 (15 min)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 IHS processes the information collected in a useful and timely fashion; (c) the accuracy of the 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.

Direct Comments to OMB: Send your written comments and suggestions regarding the proposed information collection contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, to: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for IHS.

To request more information on the proposed collection or to obtain a copy of the data collection instrument(s) and/or instruction(s), contact: Mrs. Christina Rouleau, IHS Reports Clearance Officer, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20852-1601, or call non-toll free (301) 443-5938 or 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: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received on or before 30 days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: October 28, 2005.

Robert G. McSwain,

Deputy Director, Indian Health Service.

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[FR Doc. 05-22221 Filed 11-7-05; 8:45 am]

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