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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Corporation for National and Community Service.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Corporation for National and Community Service (hereinafter the “Corporation”), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirement on respondents can be properly assessed.

Currently, the Corporation is soliciting comments concerning the Spirit of Service Award nomination Guidelines for Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. On October 1, 2004, these collections were granted a 3 year approval until September 30, 2007, by OMB. The Corporation is now seeking approval to continue this collection for 3 more years.

Copies of the information collection requests can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the address section of this notice.

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DATES:

Written comments must be submitted to the individual and office listed in the ADDRESSES section by July 30, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by the title of the information collection activity, by any of the following methods:

(1) By mail sent to: Corporation for National and Community Service; Attention: David Premo, Corporation Relations Associate; Office of Corporate Relations, Room 10302E; 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, 20525.

(2) By hand delivery or by courier to the Corporation's mailroom at Room 8102C at the mail address given in paragraph (1) above, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

(3) By fax to: (202) 606-3460, Attention: David Premo, Corporate Relations Associate, Office of Corporate Relations.

(4) Electronically through the Corporation's e-mail address system: dpremo@cns.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David Premo, (202) 606-6717, or by e-mail at dpremo@cns.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Corporation is particularly interested in comments that:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Corporation, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are expected to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses).

Background

The Spirit of Service Awards enable the Corporation to recognize exceptional organizations and program participants from each of the Corporation's three programs, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Service America. The Corporation plans to continue to utilize specific nomination guidelines for each of the programs and follow a formal nomination process, which involves voluntary information collection from non-government individuals.

Since its 2004 the Corporation has honored distinguished individuals and organizations with the Spirit of Service Awards. Prior to 2003, AmeriCorps recognized its outstanding it outstanding members annually through the All-AmeriCorps Awards, which were initiated 1999 and presented by President Clinton as part of the 5th anniversary celebration of the program. Senior corps had recognized its outstanding projects and volunteers at its own national conference, and Learn and Serve America recognized exemplary programs and participants through its Leaders School selection and the President's Student Service Awards.

Current Action

The Corporation is soliciting public comments so it can obtain renewed approval from OMB for a three year time period of the Spirit of Service Awards nomination for its three programs. The goal is to continue the nomination process in order to select the annual Spirit of Service Award winners in time to receive their awards during the Corporation's Annual National Conference on Community Volunteering and National Service.

Part I

Type of Review: Continued collection.

Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service.

Title: Spirit of Service Awards Nomination Guidelines and Application—Senior Corps.

OMB Number: 3045-0091.

Agency Number: None.

Affected Public: Individuals, not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local or Tribal Government.

Total Respondents: 200.

Frequency: One time.

Average Time Per Response: Averages 3 hours.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 600 hours.

Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): None.

Part II

Type of Review: Continued collection.

Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service.

Title: Spirit of Service Awards Nomination Guidelines and Application—AmeriCorps.

OMB Number: 3045-0092.

Agency Number: None.

Affected Public: Individuals, not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local or Tribal Government.

Total Respondents: 200.

Frequency: One time.

Average Time per Response: Averages 3 hours.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 600 hours.

Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): None.

Part III

Type of Review: Continued collection.

Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service.

Title: Spirit of Service Awards Nomination Guidelines and Application—Learn and Serve America.

OMB Number: 3045-0093.

Agency Number: None.

Affected Public: Individuals, not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local or Tribal Government.

Total Respondents: 200.

Frequency: One time.

Average Time Per Response: Averages 3 hours.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 600 hours.

Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): None.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record.

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Dated: May 22, 2007.

Jonathan Williams,

Director, Corporate Relations.

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[FR Doc. E7-10273 Filed 5-29-07; 8:45 am]

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