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30-Day Notice; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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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.

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

Title of Information Collection: HHS Acquisition Regulation HHSAR Part 324, Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Information;

Form/OMB No.: OS-0990-0136;

Use: This request for clearance covers the reporting requirements for the Confidentiality of Information Clause at Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR) 35.224-70. This requirement is used to protect personal interest of individuals, corporate interests of non-governmental organizations, and the capacity of the Government to provide public services when information from or about individuals, organizations, or Federal agencies is provided to or obtained by contractors in performance of Departmental contracts.

Frequency: Recordkeeping, Reporting, on occasion;

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions, and Federal government;

Annual Number of Respondents: 430;

Total Annual Responses: 430;

Average Burden per Response: 30 minutes;

Total Annual Hours: 3,440;

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​ocio/​infocollect/​pending/​ or e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-6162. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received within 30 days of this notice directly to the Desk Officer at the address below: OMB Desk Officer: John Kraemer, OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: (OMB #0990-0136), New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503.

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Dated: February 10, 2006.

Robert E. Polson,

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

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[FR Doc. E6-2469 Filed 2-21-06; 8:45 am]