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Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

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AGENCY:

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.Start Printed Page 46433

We are, however, requesting an emergency review of the information collection referenced below. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following requirements for emergency review. We are requesting emergency approval under 5 CFR 1320.13(a)(2)(iii), as we believe that the use of normal clearance procedures is reasonably likely to cause a statutory deadline to be missed for annual reports to Congress as required under sections 5001 and 5004 of the Recovery Act.

1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Title of Information Collection: Recovery Act—Reporting Requirements for States Under FMAP Increase and TMA Provisions; Use: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), Public Law 111-5, requires that States submit quarterly reports to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with section 5001 Temporary Increase of Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) and section 5004(d) Extension of Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA). The reports under section 5001 are required for the period of October 1, 2008-September 30, 2011. The reports under section 5004 are required beginning on July 1, 2009 until the Federal authority for TMA coverage sunsets (now scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2010). Each State Medicaid agency will submit its quarterly reports to the appropriate Regional Office of CMS. The reports will be compiled and summarized for annual reports to Congress. Form Number: CMS-10295 (OMB#: 0938-New); Frequency: Reporting—Quarterly; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 50; Total Annual Responses: 200; Total Annual Hours: 600. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Richard Strauss at 410-786-2019. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

CMS is requesting OMB review and approval of this collection by October 5, 2009, with a 180-day approval period. Written comments and recommendation will be considered from the public if received by the individuals designated below by the noted deadline below.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS's Web Site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​PaperworkReductionActof1995 or E-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326.

In commenting on the proposed information collections please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in one of the following ways by October 9, 2009:

1. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or “More Search Options” to find the information collection document(s) accepting comments.

2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number (CMS-10295), Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503. Fax Number: (202) 395-6974.

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Dated: August 31, 2009.

Michelle Shortt,

Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. E9-21674 Filed 9-8-09; 8:45 am]

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