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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 Start Printed Page 58787Budget (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 the 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: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program Competitive Grant Final Report OMB No. 0915-xxxx—New

Abstract: On March 23, 2010, the President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act), Section 2951 of the Act amended Title V of the Social Security Act by adding a new section, 511, which authorized the creation of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/​cgi-bin/​getdoc.cgi?​dbname=​111_​cong_​bills&​docid=​f:h3590enr.txt.pdf, pages 216-225). The legislative authority of this Act was extended by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-93). The Act responds to the diverse needs of children and families in communities at risk and provides an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and partnership at the federal, state, and community levels to improve health and development outcomes for at risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs.

Under this program, competitive funding has been awarded since June 2011 for Competitive Development Grants and Competitive Expansion Grants. Competitive Development Grants were intended to support the efforts of states and jurisdictions with modest evidence-based home visiting programs to expand the depth and scope of these efforts, with the intent to develop the infrastructure and capacity needed to seek a Competitive Expansion Grant in the future. Competitive Expansion Grants were intended to support the efforts of states and jurisdictions that had already made significant progress towards a high quality home visiting program or embedding their home visiting program into a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood system.

Since federal fiscal year 2011, 19 states have been awarded Competitive Development Grants, and 26 states have been awarded Competitive Expansion Grants. These competitive grants are for 2 years (Development Grants) and 4 years (Expansion Grants), respectively. Grantees of the competitive grant program will need to complete final reports in order to comply with HRSA reporting requirements. Grantees that were awarded Competitive Development Grants during federal fiscal year 2011 were eligible for Competitive Expansion Grants in federal fiscal year 2013. For this reason, some grantees have been awarded up to two Competitive Grants to date. Ten grantees have both a Competitive Development Grant and a Competitive Expansion Grant. Additional funds are being made available for Competitive Grants in federal fiscal year 2015. Up to 35 grants are anticipated to be awarded on March 1, 2015, with a project period equal to 2 years and 7 months. Grantees are expected to use 2015 competitive grant funds to provide ongoing support to high-quality evidence-based home visiting programs and for the development and expansion of evidence-based home visiting programs funded, in whole or in part, by the MIECHV program through increased enrollment and retention of families served. After Competitive Grant issuance in 2015, some MIECHV grantees may have up to three competitive grants for which final reports need to be submitted.

HRSA is collecting information from MIECHV grantees that have received competitive grant funds as part of the agency's final reporting requirements. The final report will be completed by grantees funded under the Competitive Grant Program and submitted to HRSA within 90 days of the project period end date.

The burden estimates presented in the table below are based on consultations with a few states on the final reporting requirements described in the competitive grant guidance documents.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Submission of a final report is a reporting requirement under the grant award. The final report will enable assessment of program effectiveness and impact on the health and development of service recipients. Each final report will be assessed to measure and quantify the degree to which each grantee was successful in implementing the grant and ensuring yearly program improvement. Data will be extracted from final reports and aggregated, using suitable analytic approaches, to compare, contrast, and identify successes, areas for improvement, and promising practices across the program. These findings will be used to identify the accomplishments of the MIECHV program, support program or grantee improvement, and craft or inform dissemination strategies.

Likely Respondents: MIECHV grantees that have received a competitive (D89) grant award.

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
MIECHV Competitive Grant Final Report—Fiscal Year 2011 and 2012 Development Grantees1911925475
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MIECHV Competitive Grant Final Report—Fiscal Year 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Expansion Grantees3113125775
MIECHV Competitive Grant Final Report—Fiscal Year 2015 Expansion Grantees3513525875
Total2125

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 24, 2014.

Jackie Painter,

Acting Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2014-23175 Filed 9-29-14; 8:45 am]

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