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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program-Program Specific Data Form and Annual Performance Report Financial Data Form, OMB No. 0915-0314-Revision

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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 should be received no later than April 7, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, 14N136B, 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 ICR title for reference.

Information Collection Request Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program—Program Specific Data Form and Annual Performance Report Financial Data Form OMB No. 0915-0314—Revision.

Abstract: This clearance request is for approval of both the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) Program Specific Data Form and the Annual Performance Report (APR) Financial Data Form. The APR Financial Data Form is currently approved under OMB Approval No. 0915-0314 and the Program Specific Data Form is currently approved under OMB Approval No. 0915-0378, both with the expiration date of July 31, 2020. For program efficiency, HRSA is combining these previously separate ICRs under OMB No. 0915-0314 and will be discontinuing OMB No. 0915-0378.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Section 846A of the Public Health Service Act provides the Secretary of HHS with the authority to enter into an agreement with schools of nursing for the establishment and operation of a student loan fund to increase the number of qualified nurse faculty.

Under the agreement, HRSA makes awards to the school for the NFLP loan fund, which schools must maintain in a distinct account. The school of nursing makes loans from the NFLP account to students enrolled full-time or, at the discretion of the Secretary, part-time, in a master's or doctoral nursing education program that will prepare them to become qualified nursing faculty. Following graduation from the NFLP-lending school, loan recipients may receive up to 85 percent NFLP loan cancellation over a 4-year period in exchange for service as full-time faculty at a school of nursing. The NFLP-lending school collects any portion of the loan that it has not cancelled and any loans that go into repayment due to default and deposits these monies into the NFLP loan fund to make additional NFLP loans.

The NFLP Program Specific Data Form is a required electronic attachment within the NFLP application materials. The data provided in the form is essential for the formula-based criteria used to determine the award amount to the applicant schools. The form collects application-related data from applicants such as the amount requested, number of students the school will fund, tuition information, and projected unused loan fund balance. Approval of the NFLP Program Specific Data Form allows HRSA to continue to capture data to generate the formula-based awards for the NFLP program. This data collection assists HRSA in streamlining the application submission process, enabling an efficient award determination process, and facilitating reporting on the use of funds and analysis of program outcomes.

The NFLP-APR Financial Data Form is an online form that exists in the HRSA Electronic Handbooks Performance Report module. The NFLP-APR Financial Data Form collects outcome and financial data to capture the NFLP loan fund account activity related to financial receivables, disbursements, and borrower account data related to employment status, loan cancellation, loan repayment, and collections. Participating schools provide HHS with current and cumulative information on: (1) NFLP loan funds received, (2) number and amount of NFLP loans made, (3) number and amount of loans cancelled, (4) number and amount of loans in repayment, (5) loan default rate percent, (6) number of NFLP graduates employed as nurse faculty, and (7) other related loan fund costs and activities.

The school of nursing must keep records of all NFLP loan fund transactions. HRSA uses the NFLP-APR Financial Data Form to monitor grantee performance by collecting information related to the NFLP loan fund operations and financial activities for a specified reporting period (July 1 through June 30 of the academic year). Participating schools are required to complete and submit the NFLP-APR Financial Data Form annually.

The data provided in the form is essential for HRSA to monitor the school's use of NFLP funds in accordance with the statute and program guidelines. Approval of the NFLP-APR Financial Data Form extension will allow HRSA to continue to monitor program performance and program outcome.

Likely Respondents: Participating NFLP schools and applicants to the NFLP program.

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 Start Printed Page 7316transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below.

Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Nurse Faculty Loan Program—Program Specific Data Form901908720
Nurse Faculty Loan Program—Annual Performance Report Financial Data Form260126061,560
Total Burden3503502,280

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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Maria G. Button,

Director, Executive Secretariat.

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[FR Doc. 2020-02408 Filed 2-6-20; 8:45 am]

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