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Office of the Secretary, HHS.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed information collection request 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.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-6162. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be directed to the OS Paperwork Clearance Officer at the above e-mail address within 60 days.

Proposed Project: Research Evaluation and Impact Assessment of ARRA Comparative Effectiveness Research Portfolio (New)—OMB No. 0990-NEW- Assistant Secretary Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

Abstract: Researchers and policymakers have emphasized the need for research on effectiveness of health care interventions under real-world conditions in diverse populations and clinical practice settings, that is, comparative effectiveness research (CER). The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) expanded Federal resources devoted to CER by directing $1.1 billion to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for such research.

ARRA also called for a report to Congress and the Secretary of HHS on priority CER topics by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The report presented priority CER topics and recommendations to support a robust and sustainable CER enterprise. In addition, ARRA established the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research (FCCCER) to help coordinate and minimize duplicative efforts of Federally sponsored CER across multiple agencies and to advise the President and Congress on how to allocate Federal CER expenditures.

This project seeks to evaluate and assess the products and outcomes of ARRA-funded CER investments and the impacts of those investments on the priority topics recommended by IOM and on the categories and themes of the FCCCER framework. The primary goals of this evaluation are to (1) conduct an initial assessment of the ARRA CER portfolio, cataloguing how CER funding was invested to achieve the vision of the FCCCER and assessing initial impact from the perspective of various stakeholders; and (2) lay the groundwork for future CER investments by identifying investment opportunities, evidence gaps and lessons learned.

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

InstrumentType of respondentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden (in hours) per responseTotal burden hours
PSLA Web-based PI/PD surveyPrincipal investigators and project directors730120/60243
PSLA in-depth interviewsPrincipal investigators and project directors501150
SSLA Web-based key stakeholder surveyKey stakeholders: health care providers, health care organization administrators, and patients/consumers3,600115/60900
SSLA focus groupsMembers of the general public12012240
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SSLA in-depth interviewsStakeholders: health care providers, health care organization administrators, patients/consumers, employers and payers, researchers, and developers of health innovations601160
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Seleda Perryman,

Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2011-4115 Filed 2-23-11; 8:45 am]