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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Quarterly Data Collection, OMB Number: 0906-0016-Revision

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AGENCY:

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

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 should be received no later than April 23, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, 14N39, 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 Lisa Wright-Solomon, 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: The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Quarterly Data Collection, OMB Number: 0906-0016—Revision.

Abstract: This clearance request is for continued approval of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program Quarterly Data Collection. The MIECHV Program, administered by HRSA in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services during pregnancy and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. States, certain non-profit organizations, and Tribal entities are eligible to receive funding from the MIECHV Program and have the flexibility to tailor the program to serve the specific needs of their communities. HRSA is revising the data collection forms for the MIECHV Program by making the following changes:

  • Form 4, Due date: Revise the due date to be 15 days after the end of each reporting period.
  • Form 4, Section A: Renumber all tables.
  • Form 4, Table A.2: Revise the columns to reflect counties served, communities served, and number of families served by zip code.
  • Form 4, Table A.4: Expand to include a measure of staff retention.
  • Form 4, Section A—Notes: Revise to include page-specific notes.
  • Form 4, Definition of Key Terms: Update definitions for Tables A.1, A.2, A.3, and A.4.
  • Form 4, Section B: Delete.

HRSA is also requesting an extension of this information collection request through November 30, 2021.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: HRSA uses quarterly performance information to demonstrate program accountability and continuously monitor and provide oversight to MIECHV Program awardees. The information is also used to provide quality improvement guidance and technical assistance to awardees and help inform the development of early childhood systems at the national, state, and local level. HRSA is seeking to revise service utilization, place-based services, and staffing indicators for home visiting programs. This notice is subject to the appropriation of funds, and is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, information can be collected in a timely manner.

Likely Respondents: MIECHV Program State/Territory awardees (n = 56) and MIECHV Program Tribal awardees (n = 25).

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 table below.Start Printed Page 7482

Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Form 4: Quarterly Performance Report—State/Territory Awardees564224245,376
Form 4: Quarterly Performance Report—Tribal Awardees254100242,400
Total813247,776

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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Amy McNulty,

Acting Director, Division of the Executive Secretariat.

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[FR Doc. 2018-03457 Filed 2-20-18; 8:45 am]

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