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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the below proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, call 404-639-7570 or send comments to Leroy A. Richardson, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an email to omb@cdc.gov.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. 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. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Fellowship Management System (OMB No. 0920-0765, expires 02/28/2015)—Revision—Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

DSEPD requests an additional three years to continue CDC's use of the Fellowship Management System (FMS) for its electronic application, host site, and directory processes that allow individuals to apply to fellowships online, allow public health agencies to submit fellowship assignment proposals online, and track applicant and alumni information. An extension will allow applicants, public health agencies, and alumni continued use of FMS for submission of electronic data.

The mission of DSEPD is to improve health outcomes through a competent, sustainable, and empowered public health workforce. Professionals in public health, epidemiology, medicine, economics, information science, veterinary medicine, nursing, public policy, and other related professionals seek opportunities, through CDC fellowships, to broaden their knowledge, skills, and experience to improve the science and practice of public health. CDC fellows are assigned to state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies; federal government agencies, including CDC and Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) operational divisions, such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and to nongovernmental organizations, including academic institutions, tribal organizations, and private public health organizations.

FMS provides an efficient and effective electronic mechanism for collecting and processing fellowship application data and fellowship host site assignment proposals; selecting qualified candidates; matching selected fellowship host site assignments with applicants; maintaining a current alumni database; generating reports; and documenting the impact of fellowships on alumni careers. FMS optimizes CDC's ability to provide continuous fellowship service delivery that builds and sustains public health capacity and helps to save lives and protect people from health threats. This proposed extension allows CDC to continue to use standardized electronic tools for streamlined collection of fellowship applications and fellowship assignment proposals, in the process collecting alumni information that will be used to document the impact of public health fellowships on career paths and on the science and practice of public health.

This information collection request was established to support making contextual non-substantive changes to application and host site questions and directions to accurately reflect evolving fellowship eligibility requirements, provide clarification of existing questions, and accommodate changing needs of host organizations. Non-substantive changes of this nature will be requested with this extension to include, e.g., supporting the submission of electronic transcripts and letters of recommendation in lieu of postal delivery; refining selected questions to align with current fellowship eligibility requirements; and clarifying instructions in response to user feedback. DSEPD/CSELS will be eliminating the data collection for two fellowships that are being discontinued (the Public Health Prevention Specialist Program and the CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship). No change in burden to individual respondents will result from these non-substantive changes.

The annual burden table has been updated to reflect the number of respondents from nonfederal fellowship applicants, public health agencies, and fellowship alumni. There is no cost to respondents other than their time.

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Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Public health agency or organizationFellowship Management System Host Site394185/60558
Fellowship applicantsFellowship Management System Application1,961140/601,307
Fellowship alumni*Fellowship Management System Directory1,382115/60346
Total2,211
* Some alumni are deceased or cannot be located. Response burden assumes response from an individual responding alumnus, on average, every three years (which is a likely overestimate of frequency).
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Leroy A. Richardson,

Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2014-22752 Filed 9-24-14; 8:45 am]

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