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Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

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Proposed Projects:

Title: Renewal of Office of Community Services (OCS) Community Economic Development (CED) Standard Reporting Format.

OMB No.: 0970-0386.

Description: The Office of Community Services (OCS) will continue collecting key information about projects funded through the Community Economic Development (CED) program. The legislative requirement for this program is in Title IV of the Community Opportunities, Accountability and Training and Educational Services Act (COATS Human Services Reauthorization Act) of October 27, 1998, Public Law 105-285, section 680(b) as amended. The reporting format, Performance Progress Report (PPR), collects information concerning the outcomes and management of CED projects. OCS will use the data to critically review the overall design and effectiveness of the program.

The PPR will continue to be administered to all active grantees of the CED program. Grantees will be required to use this reporting tool for their semi-annual reports to be submitted twice a year. The current PPR replaced both the annual questionnaire and other semi-annual reporting formats, which resulted in an overall reduction in burden for the grantees while significantly improving the quality of the data collected by OCS. OCS seeks to renew this PPR to continue to collect quality data from grantees. To ensure the burden on grantees is not increased, but that the information collected demonstrates the full impact of the program, OCS has conducted an in-depth review to remove indicators that are not being used; add indicators that will allow OCS to better demonstrate the impact of the program; and clarify language of some indicators to reduce grantee confusion. Based on this review, proposed changes to the CED PPR are minimal and focused on clarifying language, removing outdated indicators, and gathering minimal additional data that will not increase the burden on grantees. These measures will result in a stronger and streamlined CED PPR that will allow for the following:

—More clarity for grantees and ability to avoid confusion around what data should be provided.

—Increased consistency across data.

—Ability for OCS and grantees to better demonstrate the impact of these projects.

A summary of all proposed changes can be provided upon request.

Respondents: Active CED Grantees

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
PPR for Current OCS-CED Grantees17021.5510

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours:

In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chap 35), the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington DC 20201. Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.Start Printed Page 71737

The Department specifically requests comments 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) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Robert Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2016-25120 Filed 10-17-16; 8:45 am]

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