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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, e-mail paperwork@hrsa.gov or call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1129.

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 collection of information; (c) ways to enhance 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. Start Printed Page 73336

Proposed Project: Maternal and Child Health Bureau Performance Measures for Discretionary Grants (OMB No. 0915-0298): Revision

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) intends to continue to collect performance data for Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS), Community Integrated Service Systems (CISS), and other grant programs administered by MCHB.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) proposes to continue using reporting requirements for SPRANS projects, CISS projects, and other grant programs administered by MCHB, including national performance measures, previously approved by OMB, and in accordance with the “Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993” (Public Law 103-62). This Act requires the establishment of measurable goals for Federal Programs that can be reported as part of the budgetary process, thus linking funding decisions with performance. Performance measures for MCHB discretionary grants were initially approved in January 2003. Approval from OMB is being sought to continue the use of these measures. Some of these measures are specific to certain types of programs, and will not apply to all grantees. Furthermore, these measures are based primarily on existing data, thereby minimizing the response burden consistent with program administration and management needs. Through the experience of utilizing these measures, we are enhancing them to better reflect program goals.

The estimated response burden is as follows:

FormNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal responsesBurden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Grant Report898189865,388

E-mail comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 10-33, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: November 24, 2008.

Alexandra Huttinger,

Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.

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[FR Doc. E8-28540 Filed 12-1-08; 8:45 am]

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