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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request

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Office of the Secretary, HHS.




In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR is for revision of the approved information collection assigned OMB control number 0937-0198, which expires on June 25, 2015. Prior to submitting that ICR to OMB, OS seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.


Comments on the ICR must be received on or before March 25, 2014.


Submit your comments to I or by calling (202) 690-6162.

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Information Collection Clearance staff, or (202) 690-6162.

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When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the document identifier HHS-OS-21329-60D for reference. Information Collection Request Title: Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct (42 CFR part 93)

Abstract: This is a revision to a currently approved collection, OMB number 0937-0198, Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct. The revision will include an additional form, called the Assurance of Compliance by Sub-Award Recipients form PHS-6315. The purpose of this form is to establish an assurance of compliance for a sub-award institution. The sub-awardee is also required to provide data from on the amount of research misconduct activity occurring in institutions conducting PHS supported research. Therefore, in addition this provides an annual assurance that the sub-award institution has established and will follow administrative policies and procedures for responding to allegations of research misconduct that comply with the Public Health Service (PHS) Policies on Research Misconduct (42 CFR part 93). Research misconduct is defined as receipt of an allegation of research misconduct and/or the conduct of an inquiry and/or investigation into such allegations. These data enable the ORI to monitor institutional sub-awardee's compliance with the PHS regulation.

Summary of the information collection: Lastly, the forms will be used to respond to congressional requests for information to prevent misuse of Federal funds and to protect the public interest.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Public Health Service Polices on Research Misconduct (42 CFR part 93)—OMB No 0937-0198-Revision—Office of Research Integrity.

Likely Respondents: Public Health Service (PHS) research sub-award recipient.

Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions, to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information, to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information, and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below.

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

Forms (If necessary)Type of respondentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
PHS-6349Awardee Institutions6,096110/601,016
PHS-6315Sub-award Institutions20015/6017

OS specifically requests comments on (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 Start Printed Page 4165technology to minimize the information collection burden.

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Darius Taylor,

Deputy, Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2014-01415 Filed 1-23-14; 8:45 am]