Administration for Community Living, HHS.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed collection of information listed above. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (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 Proposed Revision of a Currently Approved Collection (ICR Rev) solicits comments on the information collection requirements related to the State Plan for Independent Living.
Comments on the collection of information must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. (EST) or postmarked by October 11, 2019.
Submit electronic comments on the information collection request to: Peter Nye at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit written comments on the collection of information to Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Peter Nye.
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Peter Nye, Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, (202) 795-7606, or email@example.com.
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Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor, including agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. The PRA 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 (SPIL) is contained in Chapter 1 of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). 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.” 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 (CIL) programs. Federal statute and regulations require the collection of this information every three years.
The SPIL is jointly developed by the chairperson of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and not less than 51% of the directors of the CILs, after receiving public input from individuals throughout the State. ACL reviews the SPIL for compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and its applicable regulations (Sec 704(a)(4); 45 CFR part 1329.17) and approves the SPIL. It serves statewide as a primary planning document that describe[s] strategies—including how, and to whom, the state will disburse what funds—for providing independent living services and designates the Designated State Entity. The SPIL also assures that all IL grantees in the state will comply with the Act's requirements. § 704(a)(5) of the Act; 45 CFR 1329.17(a-b), citing sec. 704(m) of the Act. The SPIL Instrument is the template for SPILs; the SPIL Instructions explain the Instrument and give tips about how to draft SPILs.
ACL is proposing this revision because ACL and the technical assistance provider have been revising the Instrument and Instructions to address changes to the Act that result from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, 29 U.S.C. 32, and to increase the Instrument's and Instructions' clarity, conciseness, and precision. For example,
- The revised Instrument and Instructions will reflect the core services that WIOA requires.
- The revised Instructions will explain the state matching requirement, and the revised Instrument will specify how to include the state match in the financial plan.
- The revised Instrument and Instructions will add legal basis and certifications and DSE assurances and SILC assurances.Start Printed Page 39855
- The Revised Instrument and Instructions will include a chart for the financial plan and a chart for the existing centers that specifies what counties they serve, what entities oversee them, and what oversight processes apply.
- The Revised Instrument will include a signatures section.
These revisions were recommended by the technical assistance provider and analyzed by all the independent living program officers who work directly with SPILs.
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 associated with this collection of information as follows: 56 SILCs will respond to the requirement for a SPIL every three years. Each state's SILC will take approximately 240 hours to develop the SPIL for a total of approximately 13,440 hours. This estimate is based on program knowledge.
|Respondent/data collection activity||Number of respondents||Responses per respondent||Hours per response||Annual burden
|Statewide Independent Living Councils||56||1||240||13,440|
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Dated: August 6, 2019.
Principal Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2019-17172 Filed 8-9-19; 8:45 am]
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