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30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery

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Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of proposed collection of information.


The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 days for public comment.


Submit comments directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) up to June 19, 2014.


Direct comments to the Department of State Desk Officer in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). You may submit comments by the following methods:

  • Email: You must include the DS form number, information collection title, and the OMB control number in the subject line of your message.
  • Fax: 202-395-5806. Attention: Desk Officer for Department of State.
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Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents to: Raymond Ciupek, Department of State, Office of Directives Management, 1800 G St. NW., Suite 2400, Washington, DC 20522-2202, who may be reached at

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  • Title of Information Collection: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery.
  • OMB Control Number: 1405-0193.
  • Type of Request: Extension of an approved collection.
  • Originating Office: Office of Directives Management, A/GIS/DIR.
  • Form Number: Various public surveys.
  • Respondents: Individuals responding to Department of State customer service evaluation requests.
  • Estimated Number of Respondents: 125,000.
  • Estimated Number of Responses: 125,000.
  • Average Time per Response: 3.5 minutes.
  • Total Estimated Annual Burden Time: 7,292 hours.
  • Frequency: Once per request.
  • Obligation to Respond: Voluntary.

We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
  • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review.

Abstract of proposed collection:

The information collection activity will garner qualitative customer feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration's commitment to improving service delivery. This qualitative feedback will provide insights into customer perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide an early warning of issues with service, or focus attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between the Agency and its customers. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management.

Feedback collected under this generic clearance will provide useful information, but it will not yield data that can be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such data uses require Start Printed Page 28991more rigorous designs that address: the target population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing potential non-response bias, the protocols for data collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior fielding the study. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results.

Methodology: Respondents will fill out a brief customer survey after completing their interaction with a Department Office or Embassy. Surveys are designed to gather feedback on the customer's experiences.

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Dated: May 13, 2014.

Janet Freer,

Director, Office of Directives Management, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 2014-11533 Filed 5-19-14; 8:45 am]