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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 and send comments to Maryam I. Daneshvar, CDC Acting Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail to

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. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Creation of state and metropolitan area-based surveillance projects for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)—New—Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Coordinating Center for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention (CCEHIP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

On October 10, 2008, President Bush signed S. 1382: ALS Registry Act which amended the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment of an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry. The activities described are part of the effort to create the National ALS Registry. The purpose of the registry is to: (1) Better describe the incidence and prevalence of ALS in the United States; (2) examine appropriate factors, such as environmental and occupational, that might be associated with the disease; (3) better outline key demographic factors (such as age, race or ethnicity, gender, and family history) associated with the disease; and (4) better examine the connection between ALS and other motor neuron disorders that can be confused with ALS, misdiagnosed as ALS, and in some cases progress to ALS. The registry will collect personal health information that may provide a basis for further scientific studies of potential risks for developing ALS.

This project purposes to collect information specific data related to ALS. The objective of this project is to develop state-based and metropolitan area-based surveillance projects for ALS. The primary goal of the state-based and metropolitan area-based surveillance project is to use these data to evaluate the completeness of the National ALS Registry. The secondary goal of the surveillance project is to obtain reliable and timely information on the incidence and prevalence of ALS and to better describe the demographic characteristics (e.g., age, race, sex, and geographic location) of those with ALS.

Neurologists or their staff will complete an ALS Case Reporting Form on each of their ALS patients. This will be transmitted to the state or metropolitan health department. Approval is being requested for a 3-year period; it is estimated that there will be approximately 6,750 cases of ALS reported in the state and metropolitan areas during this 3-year period. An ALS Medical Record Verification Form will be collected on a subset of cases reported.

Surveillance items to be collected include information to make sure that there are no duplicates such as full name, address, date of birth, and last five digits of the Social Security number.

There are no costs to the neurologist respondents reporting the cases other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentsFormNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
NeurologistsCase Reporting Form2,2505/60188
NeurologistsCase Verification Form54020/60180
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Dated: May 13, 2010.

Maryam I. Daneshvar,

Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2010-12182 Filed 5-20-10; 8:45 am]