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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed collection 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. Start Printed Page 5849

Type of Information Collection Request: Regular Clearance, Extension of a currently approved collection.

Title of Information Collection: Complaint forms for discrimination and health information privacy complaints.

Form/OMB No.: OS-0990-0269.

Use: Individuals may file written complaints with the Office for Civil Rights when they believe they have been discriminated against by programs or entities that receive Federal financial assistance from the Health and Human Service or if they believe that their right to the privacy of protected health information has been violated.

Frequency: Recordkeeping, Reporting, on occasion.

Affected Public: not-for-profit institutions and individuals or households.

Annual Number of Respondents: 12,400.

Total Annual Responses: 12,400.

Average Burden Per Response: 45 minutes.

Total Annual Hours: 9,300.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access the HHS Web site address at http://www.hhs.gov/​ocio/​infocollect/​pending/​ or e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to naomi.cook@hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-6162. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received within 60 days, and directed to the OS Paperwork Clearance Officer at the following address:

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Budget, Technology, and Finance, Office of Information and Resource Management, Attention: Naomi Cook (0990-0269), Room 531-H, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201.

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Dated: January 26, 2006.

Robert E. Polson,

Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. E6-1491 Filed 2-2-06; 8:45 am]

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