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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Application and Other Forms Used by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program (SP), the NHSC Students To Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP), and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP), OMB No. 0915-0146-Extension

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AGENCY:

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 ICR must be received no later than May 26, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail them to the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 14N-29, 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, in compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Information Collection Request Title: Application and Other Forms Used by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program (SP), the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP), and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP). OMB No. 0915-0146—Extension

Abstract: Administered by HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), the NHSC SP, NHSC S2S LRP, and the NHHSP provide scholarships or loan repayment to qualified students who are pursuing primary care health professions education and training. In return, students agree to provide primary health care services in medically underserved communities located in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas once they are fully trained and licensed health professionals. Awards are made to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential for successful completion of their education and training as well as commitment to provide primary health care services to communities of greatest need. The information from program applications, forms, and supporting documentation is used to select the best qualified candidates for these competitive awards and to monitor program participants' enrollment in school, post graduate training, and compliance with program requirements.

Although some program forms vary from program to program (see program-specific burden charts below), required forms generally include: A program application, academic and non-academic letters of recommendation, the authorization to release information, and the acceptance/verification of good standing report. Additional forms for the NHSC SP include the data collection worksheet, which is completed by the educational institutions of program participants; the post graduate training verification form (applicable for NHSC S2S LRP participants), which is completed by program participants and their residency director; and the enrollment verification form, which is completed by program participants and the educational institution for each academic term.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The NHSC SP, S2S LRP, and NHHSP applications, forms, and supporting documentation are used to collect necessary information from applicants that enable BHW to make selection determinations for the competitive awards and monitor compliance with program requirements.

Likely Respondents: Qualified students who are pursuing education and training in primary care health professions and are interested in working in Health Professional Shortage Areas.

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 ICR are summarized in the tables below.

Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

[NHSC Scholarship Program Application]

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
NHSC Scholarship Program Application1,80011,8002.03,600
Letters of Recommendation1,80023,600.501,800
Authorization to Release Information1,80011,800.10180
Acceptance/Verification of Good Standing Report1,80011,800.25450
Receipt of Exceptional Financial Need Scholarship2001200.2550
Verification of Disadvantaged Background Status3001300.2575
Total* 1,8009,5006,155
* Certain documents are submitted by a subset of respondents consistent with program requirements.
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NHSC Awardees/Schools/Post Graduate Training Programs/Sites

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Data Collection Worksheet40014001.0400
Post Graduate Training Verification Form1001100.5050
Enrollment Verification Form60021,200.50600
Total* 6001,7001,050
* Please note that the same group of respondents may complete each form as necessary.

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Application

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Application10011002.0200
Letters of Recommendation1002200.50100
Authorization To Release Information1001100.1010
Acceptance/Verification of Good Standing Report1001100.2525
Verification of Disadvantaged Background Status25125.256.25
Post Graduate Training Verification Form1501150.5075
Total* 150679416.25
* Certain documents are submitted by a subset of respondents consistent with program requirements.

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program Application

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program Application25012501.0250
Letters of Recommendation2502500.25125
Authorization To Release Information2501250.2562.50
Acceptance/Verification of Good Standing Report3012360.2590
Total* 2501,360527.50
* Certain documents are submitted by a subset of respondents consistent with program requirements.

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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Jason E. Bennett,

Director, Division of the Executive Secretariat.

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[FR Doc. 2017-05946 Filed 3-24-17; 8:45 am]

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