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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 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: New Collection; Title of Information Collection: Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services; Form Number: CMS-10173 (OMB#: 0938-NEW); Use: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the Individuals Authorized to Customer Service Application for Access to CMS Computer Systems. CMS has planned to provide a centralized user provisioning and administration service that supports the creation, deletion, and lifecycle management of enterprise identities. This service creates accounts, supports Role Based Access Control (RBAC), the form flow approval process and enterprise identity audit and recertification, and provides business application integration points. An application integration point allows Start Printed Page 69976business application owners to use the form flow process of the user provisioning service to approve or deny requests for access to business applications. The primary purpose of this system is to implement a unified framework for managing user information and access rights, for those individuals who apply for and are granted access across multiple CMS systems and business contexts. Information in this system will also be used to: (1) Support regulatory and policy functions performed within the Agency or by a contractor or consultant; (2) support constituent requests made to a Congressional representative; and (3) to support litigation involving the Agency related to this system. We have provided background information about the proposed system in the “Supplementary Information” section below. Although the Privacy Act requires only that the “routine use” portion of the system be published for comment, CMS invites comments on all portions of this notice. See “Effective Dates” section for comment period; Frequency: Other—As required; Affected Public: Business or other-for-profit, Individuals or Households, Not-for-profit institutions, Federal government, and State, Local, or Tribal Government; Number of Respondents: 60,000,000; Total Annual Responses: 60,000,000; Total Annual Hours: 15,000,000.

2. Type of Information Collection Request: New Collection; Title of Information Collection: Rehabilitation Unit Criteria Work Sheet and Rehabilitation Hospital Criteria Work Sheet and Supporting Regulations at 42 CFR 488.26; Form Number: CMS-437A and CMS-437B (OMB#: 0938-NEW—NOTE: These instruments are currently approved under 0938-0358 but are being carved out into a separate collection as they are updated more frequently.); Use: The rehabilitation hospital and rehabilitation unit criteria work sheets are necessary to verify that these facilities/units comply and remain in compliance with the exclusion criteria for the Medicare prospective payment system; Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Business or other-for-profit, Not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local, or Tribal Government; Number of Respondents: 1227; Total Annual Responses: 1227; Total Annual Hours: 306.75.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS' Web Site address at​regulations/​pra/​, or E-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326.

To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on January 17, 2006. CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: William N. Parham, III, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: November 9, 2005.

Michelle Shortt,

Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 05-22906 Filed 11-17-05; 8:45 am]