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Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Background; Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children, OPM-306

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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 September 24, 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: 0917-0028, “IHS Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children, OPM-306. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension, without revision, of currently approved information collection, 0917-0028, “IHS Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children, OPM-306.”

Form Number: OPM-306. Forms: Declaration for Federal Employment. Need and Use of Information Collection: This is a request for approval of information collection required by Section 408 of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, Pub. L. 101-630, 104 Stat. 4544, and 25 U.S.C. 3201-3211. The IRS is required to compile a list of all authorized positions within the IHS where the duties and responsibilities involve regular contact with, or control over, Indian children; and to conduct an investigation of the character of each individual who is employed, or is being considered for employment in a position having regular contact with, or control over, Indian children. Section 3207(b) of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act was amended by Section 814 of U.S.C. 3031, the Native American Laws Technical Corrections Act of 2000, which requires that the regulations prescribing the minimum standards of character ensure that none of the individuals appointed to positions involving regular contact with, or control over, Indian children have been found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to any felonious offense, or any of two or more misdemeanor offenses under Federal, State, or Tribal law involving crimes of violence; sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, contact or prostitution; crimes against persons; or offenses committed against children. In addition, 42 U.S.C. 13041 requires each agency of the Federal Government, and every facility operated by the Federal Government (or operated under contract with the Federal Government), that Start Printed Page 78375hires (or contracts for hire) individuals involved with children under the age of 18 or child care services to assure that all existing and newly hired employees undergo a criminal history background check. The background check is to be initiated through the personnel program of the applicable Federal agency. This section requires employment applications for individuals who are seeking work for an agency of the Federal Government, or for a facility or program operated by (or through contract with) the Federal Government, in positions involved with the provision to children under the age of 18 or child care services, to contain a question asking whether the individual has ever been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Type of Respondents: Individuals.

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
Addendum to OPM-306 Declaration for Federal Employment 42 CFR Part 363,000112/60600

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

Request for Comments: Your 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 your 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, Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20852-1601; call non-toll free (301) 443-1116; send via facsimile to (301) 443-9879; or send your 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. E8-30330 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]