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60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Foreign Service Officer Test Registration Form

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Notice of request for public comment.


The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. 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 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.


The Department will accept comments from the public up to June 19, 2014.


You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • Web: Persons with access to the Internet may use the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) to comment on this notice by going to You can search for the document by entering “Public Notice 8737” in the Search bar. If necessary, use the Narrow by Agency filter option on the Results page.
  • Email:
  • Mail: HR/REE, SA-1, H-518, 2401 E Street NW., Washington DC 20522.
  • Fax: 202.923.6472.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: SA-44, 301 4th Street SW., Room 324, Washington, DC 20547; telephone: 202.203.5117.

You must include the DS form number (if applicable), information collection title, and the OMB control number in any correspondence.

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Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests Start Printed Page 28990for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to Claudia M. Coleman, who may be reached on 202.203.5126 or at

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  • Title of Information Collection: Foreign Service Officer Test Registration Form.
  • OMB Control Number: 1405-0008.
  • Type of Request: Extension.
  • Originating Office: HR/REE/BEX.
  • Form Number: DS-1998E.
  • Respondents: registrants for the Foreign Service Officer Test.
  • Estimated Number of Respondents: 32,000.
  • Estimated Number of Responses: 32,000.
  • Average Time Per Response: 2 hours.
  • Total Estimated Burden Time: 64,000 hours.
  • Frequency: on occasion.
  • Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.

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:

Individuals registering for the Foreign Service Officer Test will complete a registration form that consists of an application form that gathers information about their name, age, Social Security number, contact information, sex, race, national origin, disability, education, work history and military experience. The information will be used to prepare and issue admission to the Foreign Service officer test, to provide data useful for improving future tests and to conduct research studies based on the test results.

Methodology: Responses are submitted electronically.

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Dated: May 12, 2014.

William E. Schaal, Jr.,

Executive Director, HE/EX, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 2014-11535 Filed 5-19-14; 8:45 am]