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Proposed Projects

Title: Community-Based Abstinence Education Program (CBAE).

OMB No.: 0970-0272.

Description: The discretionary funding Community-Based Abstinence Education Program (CBAE) is authorized by Title XI, Section 1110, of the Social Security Act (using the definitions contained in Title V, Section 510(b)(2) of the Social Security Act).

Performance Progress Report/Program Narrative

The CBAE Performance Progress Report/Program Narrative is a semiannual report form through which grantees report performance information used by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to evaluate each grantee's compliance with Federal law and progress toward achieving its goals. Performance information includes:

  • Description of major activities and accomplishments during the reporting period;
  • Description of deviations or departures from the original project;
  • Description of significant findings and events;
  • Description of dissemination activities;
  • Description of other activities; and
  • Description of activities planned for the next reporting period, including goals and objectives.

Program-Specific Performance Measure

The CBAE program is developing a program-specific performance measure in response to the PART review (a process by which the Office of Management and Budget analyzes and rates a Federal program's procedures and strategies for evaluating its effectiveness), for which the program received a rating of Adequate. In an effort to gather program-specific data on rates of abstinence pre- and post-program participation, ACF and the Office of Management and Budget determined that a program-specific performance measure should be developed to assess key outcomes among program participants. The CBAE office convened a panel of abstinence education experts to gather input on the measure, and, based on the input Start Printed Page 63913provided, the CBAE office is developing the measure. CBAE grantees will be required to ask ten to fifteen questions of the youth served in a pre- and post-survey, as well as a representative sample of the youth served in a post-post-survey.

The questions are being carefully constructed by an experienced evaluator to measure initiation and discontinuation of sexual intercourse as well as two key predictors of initiation: Sexual values and behavioral intentions.

The program office will collect and compile data to establish baselines and ambitious targets for the program-specific performance measure. The data will be aggregated and results will be shared with the public as they become available.

Respondents: Performance Progress Report/Program Narrative—Non-profit community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools/school districts, universities/colleges, hospitals, public health agencies, local governments, Tribal councils, small businesses/for-profit entities, housing authorities, etc. Program-Specific Performance Measure—Youth Participants

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Community-Based Abstinence Education Performance Progress Report/Program Narrative602506,000
Community-Based Abstinence Education Program-Specific Performance Measure1,000,00031/6500,000

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 506,000.

In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

The Department specifically requests comments 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) 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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Dated: November 6, 2007.

Robert Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 07-5611 Filed 11-9-07; 8:45 am]

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