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Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service; HIV Knowledge/Attitudes/Practice Customer Survey

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Indian Health Service, HHS.




In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 30 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was previously published in the Federal Register (73 FR 23254) on August 25, 2008 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.

Proposed Collection: Title: 0917-NEW, “Indian Health Service HIV Knowledge/Attitudes/Practice Customer Survey.” Type of Information Collection Request: This is a one time survey to deliver the mission of the IRS and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) national guidelines collection, 0917-NEW, “Indian Health Service HIV Knowledge/Attitudes/Practice Customer Survey.” Form Number(s): None. Need and Use of Information Collection: The IHS goal is to raise the health status of the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people to the highest possible level by providing comprehensive health care and preventive health services. To support the IHS mission, the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (DEDP) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Program collaborate to provide programmatic, technical, and financial assistance to IRS Areas and Service Units for improving prevention, detection, and treatment of infectious and chronic disease, specifically in this case, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).

The “HIV Knowledge/Attitudes/Practice Customer Survey” (hereafter referred to as Customer Survey), will provide the information needed to understand the most effective and appropriate methods to complete these goals. With the information collected from patients, the DEDP and HIV programs will be able to offer recommendations to Service Units on how to best scale up screening for sensitive topics such as HIV and STDs in AllAN communities. Also, the information will give lETS the tools to assist the IHS Service Units with implementation of current national recommendations by CDC. At the Start Printed Page 78376moment, the DEDP and HIV programs are encouraging uptake of current CDC national recommendations; however, without this information, the DEDP and HIV programs are unable to maximize effectiveness, dispel myths, and identify misinformation.

Voluntary customer surveys will be conducted through self-administered questionnaires, face-to-face interviews, and potentially electronic media. The information gathered will be used by DEDP and the HIV Program to identify how patients would prefer to be offered expanded testing in a way that is respectful, confidential, and effective. Affected Public: Individuals. Type of Respondents: IHS customers.

The table below provides: Types of data collection instruments, estimated number of respondents, responses per respondent, average burden hour per response, and total annual burden hour(s).

Estimated Burden Hours

Data collection instrumentEstimated number of respondentsResponses per respondentAverage burden hour per responseTotal annual burden hours
Customer Survey1,000110/60166

There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs, and/or Maintenance Costs to report.

Request for Comments: Send written comments and/or suggestions are invited on one or more of the following points: (a) Whether the information collection activity is necessary to carry out an agency function; (b) whether the agency processes the information collected in a useful and timely fashion; (c) the accuracy of the public burden estimate (the estimated amount of time needed for individual respondents to provide the requested information); (d) whether the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates are logical; (e) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (f) ways to minimize the public burden through the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Direct Comments to OMB: Send written comments and suggestions regarding the proposed information collection contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time to: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for IHS.

To request more information on the proposed collection or to obtain a copy of the data collection instrument(s) and/or instruction(s) contact: Ms. Janet Ingersoll, Freedom of Information Act Coordinator, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20852-1601; call non-toll free (301) 443-1116; send via facsimile to (301) 443-9879; or e-mail requests, comments, and return address to:

Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: December 15, 2008.

Robert G. McSwain,

Director, Indian Health Service.

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[FR Doc. E8-30329 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]