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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.

DATES:

Comments on this Information Collection Request must be received no later than December 1, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 10-29, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of Start Printed Page 58791the data collection plans and draft instruments, email paperwork@hrsa.gov or call the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1984.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the information request collection title for reference.

Information Collection Request Title: HRSA OFAM Grantee Customer Satisfaction Survey. OMB No. 0915-xxxx—NEW.

Abstract: The Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM) within HRSA plans to survey HRSA grant recipients to better understand their opinions about HRSA's grants processes and to improve the way HRSA conducts business with them. This survey will focus on grantee customer satisfaction areas related to the grants life cycle, grantee relationships with HRSA staff (e.g., Project Officers, Grants Management Officers), technical assistance received from HRSA bureaus and offices, availability of grant resources, and grantee access to guidance and instructional documents, etc. The seven (7) grants management areas, which are directly related to the grants life cycle, are: Customer Service/Cooperation; Policies and Procedures; Pre-Award Phase; Award Phase; Reporting/Post-Award Administration; Technical Assistance; and Priorities for Improvement. The ability to receive this information from external customers will provide OFAM with a repository of information which will be incorporated into the OFAM's strategic efforts to improve grants management services and customer service overall.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The HRSA OFAM Grantee Customer Satisfaction Survey will provide meaningful and relevant results to agency decision makers about various customer satisfaction domains (e.g., efficiency, timeliness, usefulness, responsiveness, quality and overall satisfaction with HRSA project officers, products, and services). The information collected will assist HRSA in its efforts to gauge, understand and effectively respond to the needs and concerns of its customers, especially as they relate to the aforementioned areas. The survey results will provide HRSA with concrete indicators regarding the best areas in which to dedicate time, energy, and resources to improve customer service. This information will be used to support agency-wide continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts. It will also be used by HRSA to improve the efficiency, quality, and timeliness of its grants business processes, as well as to strengthen its partnership with its external customers.

Likely Respondents: HRSA Grantees, specifically individuals who hold positions as a grantee's Grant Administrator, Business Officer, or Project Director/Principal Investigators, etc.

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 Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below.

Total Estimated Annualized burden hours:

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
HRSA OFAM Grants Management Customer Satisfaction Survey3,00011,5000.25 (15/60)375

HRSA 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 technology to minimize the information collection burden.

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Dated: September 23, 2014.

Jackie Painter,

Acting Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2014-23172 Filed 9-29-14; 8:45 am]

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