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Office of the Secretary, HHS.




In compliance with the requirement of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed collection for public comment.


Comments on the ICR must be received on or before June 17, 2020.


Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to​public/​do/​PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting “Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments” or by using the search function.

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Sherrette Funn, or (202) 795-7714. When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the document identifier 0990-0419-30D and project title for reference.

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Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (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.

Title of the Collection: Acquisition Regulation Clause Patent Rights and Rights and Data.

Type of Collection: Extension.

OMB No.: 0990-0419.

Abstract: The Department of Health and Human Services; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources and Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, Division of Acquisition is requesting an approval by OMB for an extension of a previously approved information collection request, Acquisition Regulation Clause Patent rights and Rights in Data. HHS found that systematically, over a period of several years, when Determination of Exceptional Circumstances (DEC) were executed, additional legal protection for the patent and data rights of third parties beyond those covered by FAR 27.306 were necessary A DEC is executed consistent with the policy and objectives of the Bayh-Dole Act, 35 U.S.C. 200, et seq., to ensure that subject inventions made under contracts and subcontracts (at all tiers) are used in a manner to promote free competition and enterprise without unduly encumbering future research and discovery; to encourage maximum participation of small business firms in federally supported research and development efforts; to promote collaboration between commercial concerns and nonprofit organizations including universities; to ensure that the Government obtains sufficient rights in federally supported inventions to meet its needs; to protect the public against nonuse or unreasonable use of inventions; and in the case of fulfilling the mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to ultimately to benefit the public health.

Likely Respondents: Administrative, technical, legal and management personnel.Start Printed Page 29728

Annualized Burden Hour Table

Type of respondent and hours for eachNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (hours)Total burden hours
Technical (4), Legal (2), Management (2)6318504
Technical (8), Legal (2), Management (2)63112756
Technical (8), Legal (3), Management (1)633122,268
Technical (8), Legal (4), Management (2)633142,646
Technical (6), Legal (2), Management (2)63110630
Technical (4), Legal (2), Management (2)6318504
Administrative (8)63381,512
Administrative (2), Management (1)6333567
Technical (4), Legal (2), Management (2)63381,512
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Dated: May 12, 2020.

Sherrette A. Funn,

Paperwork Reduction Act Reports Clearance Officer, Office of the Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2020-10526 Filed 5-15-20; 8:45 am]