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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-4766 and send comments to Seleda Perryman, CDC Assistant Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail to omb@cdc.gov.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance 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. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Automated Management Information System (MIS) for Diabetes Control Programs (OMB No. 0920-0479)—Revision—National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

The Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has implemented a Management Information System (MIS) and Federally sponsored data collection requirement from all CDC funded Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States contributing to more than 224,000 deaths each year. An estimated 14.6 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes and an estimated 6.2 million people have undiagnosed diabetes. The Division of Diabetes Translation provides funding to health departments of States and territories to develop, implement, and evaluate systems-based Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs (DPCPs). DPCPs are population-based, public health programs that design, implement and evaluate public health prevention and control strategies that improve access to and quality of care for all, and reach communities most impacted by the burden of diabetes (e.g., racial/ethnic populations, the elderly, rural dwellers and the economically disadvantaged). Support for these programs is a cornerstone of the DDT's strategy for reducing the burden of diabetes throughout the nation. The Diabetes Control Program is authorized under sections 301 and 317(k) of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. sections 241 and 247b(k)].

In accordance with the original OMB approval (0920-0479) and the first extension (August 14, 2003) for this project, this requested 3 years OMB revision will continue to expand and enhance the technical reporting capacity of the MIS. MIS is a web-based, password access protected repository/technical reporting system that replaced an archaic paper reporting system. MIS allows the accurate, uniform, and Start Printed Page 2946complete collection of diabetes program progress information using the Internet.

The number of hours that DPCPs users spend with the system usage has increased since compared to the initial baseline proposed in the last OMB approval three years ago. This increase in burden does not directly translate into a greater reporting burden, but facilitates better monitoring and tracking of their programs and helps create an organizational memory. Consequently, they are using the System to a great extent as an integral part of their program compared to previous years. DPCPs add updates about their work plans and other activities into the System on an ongoing basis. The hour-burden estimates include the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Based on input provided by a representative sample for DPCPs, the total annualized response burden increased from 4 to 96 hours, changing the total burden hours from 236 to 5,664. Even though there has been an increase in the burden hours the number of responses remains at one (1), because the DPCPs are only required to report annually to CDC.

MIS has improved upon the old data collection system by:

  • Improving accountability.
  • Shortening the information cycle.
  • Eliminating non-standard reporting.
  • Minimizing unnecessary duplication of data collection and entry.
  • Reducing the reporting burden on small state organizations.
  • Using plain, coherent, and unambiguous terminology that is understandable to respondents.
  • Implementing a consistent system for progress reporting and record keeping processes.
  • Identifying the retention periods for record keeping requirements.
  • Utilizing modern information technology for data collection and transfer.
  • Significantly reducing the amount of paper reports that diabetes prevention and control programs are required to submit.

MIS has allowed CDC to more rapidly respond to outside inquiries concerning a specific diabetes control activity occurring in the state diabetes prevention and control programs. The data collection requirement has formalized the format and the content of diabetes data reported from the DPCPs and provides an electronic means for efficient collection and transmission to the CDC headquarters.

MIS has facilitated the staff's ability at CDC to fulfill its obligations under the cooperative agreements; to monitor, evaluate, and compare individual programs; and to assess and report aggregate information regarding the overall effectiveness of the DCP program. It has also supported DDT's broader mission of reducing the burden of diabetes by enabling DDT staff to more effectively identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual DPCPs and to disseminate information related to successful public health interventions implemented by these organizations to prevent and control diabetes. Implementation of MIS has provided for efficient collection of state-level diabetes program data. The respondent's average Internet cost is $1,080 per year.

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

RespondentsNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hrs.)Total burden (hours)
State Program Control Officers591965664
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Dated: January 10, 2006.

Joan F. Karr,

Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. E6-442 Filed 1-17-06; 8:45 am]

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