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Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, DoD.



In compliance with Section 3506 (c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs announces a proposed new information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. 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 information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.


Consideration will be given to all comments received by July 7, 2008.


You may submit comments, identified by docket number and or RIN number and title, by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 1160 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1160.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers of contact information.

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To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Force Health Protection and Readiness, ATTN: Caroline Miner, 5113 Leesburg Pike, Suite 901, Falls Church, VA, 22041, or call (703) 575-2677.

Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Researcher Responsibilities Form; OMB Number 0720-TBD.

Needs and Uses: This collection instrument serves to document researcher's understanding and acceptance of the regulatory and ethical responsibilities for including humans as subjects in research. Principal and co-principal investigators must have the proposed, signed form on file before they may engage in research conducted, sponsored, or supported by entities under the purview of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

Affected Public: Federal government; business or other for-profit; not-for-profit institutions.

Annual Burden Hours: 293.

Number of Respondents: 585.

Responses Per Respondent: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: .50.

Frequency: On occasion; original document submitted one time per researcher. Once their document is on file, a researcher may reaffirm their commitment every three years electronically if they remain engaged in human subject research.

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Summary of Information Collection

Federal Government institutions wishing to conduct, sponsor, or support research on human subjects must first submit for approval to duly designated authorities an Assurance that they will comply with established guidelines in such research. Such Assurances are granted by components of DoD and by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). New DoD guidance now requires principal and co-principal investigators individually and explicitly to acknowledge that they understand and accept responsibility for protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects. All principal and co-principal investigators engaged in research supported or conducted under the purview of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness must read and sign a document that attests to their commitment to abide by the provisions of: (a) The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research; (b) the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) regulations for the protection of human subjects at Title 32, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 219 and DoD Directive 3216.02; (c) the Assurance of the engaged institution; relevant institutional policies and procedures where appropriate; and other Federal, State, or local regulations where appropriate. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs announces the intent to establish and use a new document format for this purpose and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Respondents are professionals who have been designated as principal or co-principal investigators. When preparing to initiate work on their first human subject research protocol, each principal investigator and co-principal investigators must assure they have the proposed Researcher Responsibilities form on file with the Office of the Under Start Printed Page 25686Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Component Designated Official Office. In the first year this may require new forms from approximately 585 investigators, most already doing research. After the first year, the burden will level off to approximately 85. The form is two pages in length including statements agreed to and half a page for respondent signature and contact information. Respondents generally will be required to have the signed form scanned and forwarded electronically. The form will be filed electronically and form completion will be logged into a database. After three years, if a researcher still is engaged in research with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, he/she will be asked to reaffirm his/her commitment electronically. This information collection does not involve sensitive personal information and requires no special confidentiality measures.

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Dated: May 1, 2008.

Patricia L. Toppings,

OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. E8-10074 Filed 5-6-08; 8:45 am]