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AGENCY:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice with comment period.

SUMMARY:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, 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. This notice invites comment on “Continuing and New International and U.S. Data Collections from the 2014 CDC Ebola Virus Disease Emergency Response”. Under the current 60-day Federal Register Notice, the CDC is announcing its intention to seek three-year OMB approval to continue several Ebola-related information collections beyond their current emergency expiration dates and to conduct newly proposed information collections within international borders of Ebola-affected West African countries and within the domestic borders of State, Territorial and Local (STL) public health authorities in the U.S. These existing “source” information collections and new information collection requests (ICRs) will be submitted under four “destination” ICRs for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.

DATES:

Written comments must be received on or before May 26, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2015-0011, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulation.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to Regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to Regulations.gov.

Please note: All public comment should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal (Regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact the Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email: omb@cdc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below.

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.

Proposed Project

Continuing and New International and U.S. Data Collections from the 2014 CDC Ebola Virus Disease Emergency Response—New—National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

The international outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa began March 10, 2014. The initial cases were from southern Guinea, near its rural border with Liberia and Sierra Leone. Highly mobile populations contributed to increasing waves of person-to-person transmission of EVD that occurred in multiple countries in West Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on July 9, 2014, to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with international partners and to deploy teams of public health experts to the affected countries.

The operations turned to the United States (U.S.) when the first imported case of EVD was diagnosed in Texas on September 30, 2014. In response, on October 11, 2014, the CDC Quarantine Stations and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) mobilized to screen, detect, and refer arriving travelers who were potential persons at risk for EVD to appropriate state, territorial, and local (STL) authorities. The CDC also increased its commitment to support STL public health authorities to combat and control the spread of EVD within their jurisdictions.

Thus in 2014, the CDC used OMB emergency clearance procedures to initiate and expedite multiple urgently needed information collections in West Africa, at U.S. ports of entry, and within STL jurisdictions. These procedures allowed the agency to accomplish its primary mission on many fronts to quickly prevent public harm, illness, Start Printed Page 16406and death from the uncontrolled spread of EVD.

With this notice, the CDC is announcing its intention to seek three-year OMB clearances to continue several Ebola-related information collections beyond their current emergency expiration dates and to conduct newly proposed information collections within international borders of Ebola-affected West African countries and within the domestic borders of STL public health authorities in the U.S. These existing “source” information collections and new ICRs will be submitted under four “destination” ICRs for OMB approval.

On the international front, CDC seeks to continue to address key public health surveillance and medical treatment objectives in collaboration with West African ministries of health (MoHs), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other key partners. Examples of “source” information collections include: (1) “2014 Emergency Response to Ebola in West Africa” (OMB Control No. 0920-1033, expiration date 4/30/2015) which helped to establish country EVD surveillance systems for case investigations and contact tracing; and (2) the emergency clearance for “Household Transmission Survey—a Public Health Response Evaluation in Western Area, Sierra Leone” (OMB Control No. 0920-1043, expiration date 07/31/2015). This was a one-time investigation that will be the first of a new “destination” generic clearance ICR that will identify ways to improve established surveillance systems in other West African countries and settings.

On the domestic front, CDC's information collections will focus on continued support of STL public health authorities and healthcare providers in EVD infection control and notifiable disease reporting to the CDC. CDC wishes to extend OMB clearance for the “source” emergency information collection, “Ebola Virus Disease in the United States: CDC Support for Case and Contact Investigation” (OMB Control Number 0920-1045, expiration date: 07/31/2015). For this, the CDC proposes a new “destination” ICR titled “National Disease Surveillance Program III—CDC Support for Case Investigations, Contact Tracing, and Case Reports.” This new mechanism will be designed to allow CDC to conduct active disease surveillance in support of and at the request of STL authorities among respondents that may include the general public, workers, and STL authorities.

The CDC will seek OMB approval for another new domestic ICR titled “CDC Emergency Operations Center Clinical Inquiries” an Ebola-related information collection currently in use without an OMB control number. Early in the response, a call center was quickly set up to support urgent inquiries about active monitoring, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of EVD. The clinical inquirers were STL authorities and health facilities that were notified by U.S. Quarantine Stations that persons requiring investigation and possible treatment for EVD were arriving in their respective jurisdictions and facilities.

Although initiated by EOC Task Forces, the lead CDC center for the emergency response (based on subject matter, mission, and program areas) will sponsor these information collections. These information collections will align with their legislative authority, which is Section 301 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 241).

There are no costs to the respondents other than their time. The total annualized burden requested is 378,695 hours.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

A—CDC International Emergency Response Case and Contact Surveillance Systems

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
General PublicA1—Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Case Investigation Form (English)13,650120/604,550
General PublicA2—Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Case Investigation Form (French)7,350120/602,450
General PublicA3—Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Case Investigation Short Form (English)5,850110/60975
General PublicA4—Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Case Investigation Short Form (French)3,150110/60525
General PublicA5—Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Contact Listing Form (English)19,500115/604,875
General PublicA6—Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Contact Listing Form (French)10,500115/602,625
General PublicA7—Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Contact Tracing Follow-Up Form (English)195,000163/60204,750
General PublicA8—Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Contact Tracing Follow-Up Form (French)105,000163/60110,250
General PublicA9—Ebola Virus Disease Case Contact Questionnaire (English)195,00015/6016,250
General PublicA10—Ebola Virus Disease Case Contact Questionnaire (French)105,00015/608,750
General PublicA11—Ebola Outbreak Response Sexual Transmission Adult Case Investigation Form (English)500130/60250
General PublicA12—Ebola Outbreak Response Sexual Transmission Adult Case Investigation Form (French)300130/60150
Healthcare Workers or ProxyA13—Healthcare Worker Ebola Virus Disease Exposure Report—West Africa (CDC-WHO) (English)1,950130/60975
Healthcare Workers or ProxyA14—Healthcare Worker Ebola Virus Disease Exposure Report—West Africa (CDC-WHO) (French)1,050130/60525
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Healthcare Workers or ProxyA15—Healthcare Worker Ebola Virus Investigation Questionnaire (Liberia)400130/60200
Healthcare Workers or ProxyA16—Healthcare Worker Ebola Virus Disease Exposure Report (Sierra Leone)400130/60200
Healthcare Workers or ProxyA17—Health Facility Assessment and Case Finding Survey (English)3,900130/601,950
Healthcare Workers or ProxyA18—Health Facility Assessment and Case Finding Survey (French)2,100130/601,050
Total361,300

B—Generic Clearance for “Household Transmission Surveys in West Africa: Public Health Response Evaluations”

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
Case-patients or caregiver (as proxy)B1—Initial Questionnaire for Case-Patients—SAMPLE FORM357120/60119
Heads of householdB2—Questionnaire for Ebola-affected Households—SAMPLE FORM357120/60119
Household contacts of case-patientB3—Questionnaire for Investigation of Household Contacts of Ebola-infected Case-patients—SAMPLE FORM3,570130/601,785
Household contacts of case-patientB4—Contact Exit Questionnaire—SAMPLE FORM3,57015/60298
Laboratory analyst and project staffB5—Patient Laboratory Record—SAMPLE FORM57315/6048
Total2,369

C—“National Disease Surveillance Program III—CDC Support for Case Investigation, Contact Tracing, and Case Reports”

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
General Public—CaseC1—Ebola Virus Disease Case Investigation Form—United States15130/608
General Public—CaseC2—Symptom Monitoring Form15575/6072
General Public—Person Under Investigation (PUI)C3—Ebola Virus Disease Person Under Investigation (PUI) Form300110/6050
General Public—Person Under Investigation (PUI)C2—Symptom Monitoring Form300425/601,050
General Public—ContactC4—Ebola Virus Disease Contact Tracing Form—United States105110/6018
General Public—ContactC2—Symptom Monitoring Form105425/60368
Healthcare WorkersC5—Ebola Virus Disease Tracking Form for Healthcare Workers with Direct Patient Contact6001510/601,500
Healthcare WorkersC2—Symptom Monitoring Form600575/602,850
Laboratory PersonnelC6—Ebola Tracking Form for Laboratory Personnel6001510/601,500
Laboratory PersonnelC2—Symptom Monitoring Form600575/602,850
Environmental Services PersonnelC7—Ebola Tracking Form for Environmental Services Personnel6001510/601,500
Environmental Services PersonnelC2—Symptom Monitoring Form600575/602,850
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State, Territorial, and Local Public Health Authorities and Their DelegatesC8—Daily and Weekly Report154210/60105
Total14,721

D—“CDC Emergency Operations Center Clinical Inquiries”

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
State and Local Health DepartmentsD1—Clinical Inquiries Database420115/60105
Clinicians and Other ProvidersD1—Clinical Inquiries Database800115/60200
Total305
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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. 2015-07037 Filed 3-26-15; 8:45 am]

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