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Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Surveys of Customers and Partners of the Office of Extramural Research of the National Institutes of Health

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Summary: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on November 22, 2013, pages 70062-70063 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The Office of Extramural Research (OER), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer.

Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.

For Further Information: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments or request more information on the proposed project contact: Dr. Paula Y. Goodwin, Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Extramural Programs, OER, NIH, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number (301) 496-9232 or Email your request, including your address to: Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

Proposed Collection: Generic Clearance for Surveys of Customers and Partners of the Office of Extramural Research of the National Institutes of Health—0925-0627—Extension—Office of the Director (OD), Office of Extramural Research (OER), Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Need and Use of Information Collection: OER develops, coordinates the implementation of, and evaluates NIH-wide policies and procedures for the award of extramural funds. To move forward with our initiatives to ensure success in accomplishing the NIH mission, input from partners and customers is essential. Quality management principles have been integrated into OER's culture and these surveys will provide customer satisfaction input on various elements of OER's business processes. The approximately 14 (10 quantitative and 4 qualitative) customer satisfaction surveys that will be conducted under this generic clearance will gather and measure customer and partner satisfaction with OER processes and operations. The data collected from these surveys will provide the feedback to track and gauge satisfaction with NIH's statutorily mandated operations and processes. OER/OD/NIH will present data and outcomes from these surveys to inform the NIH staff, officers, leadership, advisory committees, and other decision-making bodies as appropriate. Based on feedback from these stakeholders, OER/OD/NIH will formulate improvement plans and take action when necessary.

OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 2,485.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Quantitative Survey

Type of respondentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total annual burden hours
Science professionals, applicants, reviewers, Institutional Officials3,820115/60995
Adult Science Trainees2,000115/60500
General Public4,000115/601,000
Science professionals, applicants, reviewers, Institutional Officials121112
Adult Science Trainees6116
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General Public121112
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Dated: January 29, 2014.

Seleda Perryman,

Chief Project Clearance Officer, OPERA, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 2014-02399 Filed 2-4-14; 8:45 am]