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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request; the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) (0985-0044)

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AGENCY:

Administration for Community Living, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Administration for Community Living is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed collection of information listed above. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.

This Extension Without Changes (Information Collection Request Ext) solicits comments on the information collection requirements related to the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) required under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Independent Living Administration within ACL is proposing to extend the currently approved forms for one year while we work on a revision. However, we expect to complete the redesign of the proposed information collection forms well before the expiration of the extension.

DATES:

Comments on the collection of information must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. (EST) or postmarked by December 18, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to: Peter Nye at peter.nye@acl.hhs.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Peter Nye.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Peter Nye, Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, (202) 795-7606, or peter.nye@acl.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the 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. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, ACL is publishing a notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

With respect to the following collection of information, ACL invites comments on our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including:

(1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of ACL's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) the accuracy of ACL's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine burden estimates;

(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 respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

Legal authority for the State Plan for Independent Living is contained in Chapter 1 of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ([the Act], Pub. L. 113-128). Section 704 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that, to be eligible to receive financial assistance under Chapter 1, “a State shall submit to the Department, and obtain approval of, a State plan containing such provisions as the Department may require.” The Administration for Community Living's (ACL) approval of the SPIL is required for states to receive federal funding for both the Independent Living Services State grants and Centers for Independent Living programs. Federal statute and regulations require the collection of this information every three years. The current three-year approval period for the SPIL expires April 30, 2019.

The SPIL is jointly developed by the chairperson of the Statewide Independent Living Council and the directors of the centers for independent living in the State, after receiving public input from individuals throughout the State; and signed by the chairperson of the Statewide Independent Living Council, acting on behalf of—and at the direction of—the Council, the director Start Printed Page 53064of the designated State entity, and not less than 51 percent of the directors of the centers for independent living in the State. ACL reviews the SPIL for compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and 45 CFR part 1329 and approves it. The SPIL also serves as a primary planning document for continuous monitoring of, and technical assistance to, the state independent living programs to ensure appropriate planning, financial support and coordination, and other assistance to appropriately address, on a statewide basis, needs for the provision of independent living services in the state.

The proposed data collection tools may be found on the ACL website for review at https://www.acl.gov/​about-acl/​public-input.

Estimated Program Burden: ACL estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows: 56 Statewide Independent Living Councils will respond to the requirement for a SPIL every three years. It will take approximately 60 hours for each state's Statewide Independent Living Council to jointly complete the development of the SPIL for a total of approximately 3,360 hours. This estimate is based on amounts of time that Statewide Independent Living Councils have reported that they have spent responding to previous requests for this report. ACL is not requesting any change in the data States are required to submit. As such, there is no change to the estimated reporting burden.

Respondent/data collection activityNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentHours per responseAnnual burden hours
Statewide Independent Living Councils561603,360
Total561603,360
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Dated: October 10, 2018.

Mary Lazare,

Principal Deputy Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2018-22753 Filed 10-18-18; 8:45 am]

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