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AGENCY:

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, DoD.

ACTION:

Information collection notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: 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; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

DATES:

Consideration will be given to all comments received by July 22, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Chief Management Officer, Directorate for Oversight and Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox #24, Suite 08D09, Alexandria, VA 22350-1700.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the SMART Program Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 17C08, Alexandria, VA 22350, Mr. Joseph Morici, or call 571-372-6535.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program; DD Forms x784-1, x784-2, x784-3, x784-4, x784-6, x784-7, x784-8, x784-9, x784-10, x784-11, x784-12, x784-13, x784-14, x784-15; OMB Control Number 0704-0466.

Needs and Uses: SMART is designed to increase the number of new civilian science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) entrants to the DoD. Additionally, the SMART Program develops and retains current DoD civilian STEM employees that are critical to the national security functions of the Department of Defense and are needed in the Department of Defense workforce. SMART awards scholarships, ranging from 1.5 to 5 years, to undergraduate and graduate level students pursuing a degree in one of 21 technical disciplines. Upon graduation, scholars fulfill a service commitment with the DoD facility that nominated the scholar for an award (the sponsoring facility, or SF). The information collection activity under review is a statutory and functional requirement necessary to administer the scholarship program.

SMART Application

Annual Burden Hours: 22,400.

Number of Respondents: 2,800.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Annual Responses: 2,800.

Average Burden per Response: 8 hours.

SMART Service Agreement/Handbook Packages

Annual Burden Hours: 1,375.

Number of Respondents: 250.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Annual Responses: 250.

Average Burden per Response: 5.5 hours.

DD-X784-7—SMART Phase 1 Annual Report

Annual Burden Hours: 3,400.

Number of Respondents: 850.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Annual Responses: 850.

Average Burden per Response: 4 hours.

Award Change Requests

Annual Burden Hours: 102,000.

Number of Respondents: 850.

Responses per Respondent: 8.

Annual Responses: 6,800.

Average Burden per Response: 15 hours.

DD-X784-14—SMART Notice of Withdrawal

Annual Burden Hours: 50.

Number of Respondents: 50.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Annual Responses: 50.

Average Burden per Response: 1 hour.

Affected Public: Individual and households.

Frequency: As required.

Total Annual Responses: 10,750.

Total Number of Respondents: 2,800 (a percentage of respondents complete one or multiple instruments).

Total Annual Burden Hours: 129,225.

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Dated: May 17, 2019.

Aaron T. Siegel,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 2019-10707 Filed 5-21-19; 8:45 am]

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