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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, Pub. L. 104-13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (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) The proposed collection of information for the proper performance of the functions of the agency; (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.

Proposed Project: “Health Care and Other Facilities” Construction Program: Web-Based Status Reporting Form: (OMB No. 0915-0309)—[Extension]

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Health Care and Other Facilities (HCOF) Construction Program provides congressional directed funds to health facilities for construction-related activities and/or capital equipment purchases. Awarded facilities are required to provide HRSA with a periodic (quarterly for construction-related projects, annually for equipment only projects) update of the status of the funded project until it is completed. The monitoring period averages about 3 years, although some projects take up to 5 years to complete. The information collected from these updates is vital to program management staff to determine whether projects are progressing according to the established timeframes, meeting deadlines established in the Notice of Grant Award (NGA), drawing down funds appropriately. The data collected from the updates is also shared with the Division of Grants Management Operations (DGMO), which assists in the overall evaluation of each project's progress. A Web-based form has been developed for progress reporting for the HCOF program. This form will allow awardees the ability to directly input the required status update information in a timely, consistent, and uniform manner. The Web-based form will minimize burden to respondents and will inform respondents when there are missing data elements prior to submission.

The annual estimate of burden is as follows:

InstrumentNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal responsesHours per responseTotal burden hours
Construction-Related35741428.5714
Equipment Only9051905.5453
Total126223331167

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: April 27, 2010.

Sahira Rafiullah,

Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2010-10456 Filed 5-3-10; 8:45 am]

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