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30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: ConnectHome Use and Benefits Telephone Survey

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Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD.




HUD has submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public comment.


Comments Due Date: October 7, 2016.


Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202-395-5806. Email:

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Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Anna P. Guido at or telephone 202-402-5535. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Guido.

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This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A.

The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on February 4, 2016 at 81 FR 6036.

A. Overview of Information Collection

Title of Information Collection: ConnectHome Use and Benefits Telephone Survey.

OMB Approval Number: 2528-New.

Type of Request: New collection.

Form Number: Survey.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: President Barack Obama and Secretary Julián Castro announced ConnectHome on July 15, 2015, as the next step in the Obama Administration's efforts to increase access to high-speed Internet access for all Americans. Through public-private partnerships, nonprofits, businesses, and Internet service providers (ISPs) ConnectHome will offer high-speed Internet service, devices, technical training, and digital literacy programs to residents of HUD assisted housing in 28 pilot communities, including the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

As communities begin to implement ConnectHome in 2016 and connect residents to internet within their homes, this telephone survey will illuminate how families are taking advantage of ConnectHome. The telephone survey will explore ConnectHome subscribers' previous broadband access, current and planned use patterns, and current and anticipated benefits of their at-home high-speed Internet access. The survey will particularly focus on educational Internet use such as completing homework, connecting parents with educators, and applying to college.

Table 1—Data Collection Activities and Anticipated Burden

Information collection (instruments)Number of respondentsFrequency of responseResponses per annumBurden hour per responseAnnual burden hoursHourly cost per responseAnnual cost
Telephone Survey Instrument (Appendix B)2,50012,500.33 (15-20 minutes)825$15.00$12,375.00
Total Burden Hours2,50082515.0012,375.00

B. Solicitation of Public Comment

This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following:

(1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of Start Printed Page 61713the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information

(3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions.

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Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

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Dated: August 31, 2016.

Anna P. Guido,

Department Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2016-21480 Filed 9-6-16; 8:45 am]