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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Annual Performance Reporting (APR) System for NIDRR Grantees (RERCs, RRTCS, FIPs, ARRTs, DBTAC, DRRPs)

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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education (ED).




In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.

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Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 11, 2013.


Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at by selecting Docket ID number ED-2013-ICCD-0081 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 2E115, Washington, DC 20202-4537.

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For questions related to collection activities or burden, please call Tomakie Washington, 202-401-1097 or electronically mail Please do not send comments here.

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The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records.

Title of Collection: Annual Performance Reporting (APR) System for NIDRR Grantees (RERCs, RRTCS, FIPs, ARRTs, DBTAC, DRRPs).

OMB Control Number: 1820-0675.

Type of Review: Extension without change of an existing collection of information.

Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 266.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 13,832.

Abstract: The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the Department of Education requests an extension of the Annual Performance Reporting (APR) System for NIDRR Grantees (RERCs, RRTCS, FIPs, ARRTs, DBTAC, DRRPs) 1820-0695. These APRs are collected by the Department to facilitate program planning and management; respond to Education Department General Administrative Regulations requirements; and reporting requirements under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (Pub. L. 103-62) for these ten NIDRR grant programs: Rehabilitation Research Training Centers (RRTCs); Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs); Field Initiated Research Projects (FIPs); Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Projects (ARRTs); Model Systems (including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and burn centers); Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs); Knowledge Translation (KT) Projects; ADA National Network Centers (ADAs); Small Business Innovation Research Projects (SBIR) grantees (Phase 2 only) and Research Fellowships Program (RFP).

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Dated: September 5, 2013.

Tomakie Washington,

Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.

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[FR Doc. 2013-22042 Filed 9-10-13; 8:45 am]