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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Notice with comment period.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a proposed and/or continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection project titled Operational Readiness Review (ORR) 2.0. The Operational Readiness Review is a rigorous, evidence-based assessment used to evaluate PHEP recipients' planning and operational functions.


CDC must receive written comments on or before August 24, 2020.


You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2020-0071 by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Jeffrey M. Zirger, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. CDC will post, without change, all relevant comments to

Please note:

Submit all comments through the Federal eRulemaking portal ( or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

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To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact Jeffrey M. Zirger, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email:

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Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (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. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to the OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments that will help:

1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

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3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

5. Assess information collection costs.

Proposed Project

Operational Readiness Review 2.0—Existing Collection in Use Without OMB Control Number—Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

To help evaluate the country's public health emergency preparedness and response capacity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) administers the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement. The PHEP program is a critical source of funding for 62 state, local, and territorial jurisdictions to build and strengthen their ability to respond to and recover from public health emergencies. The Operational Readiness Review (ORR) is a rigorous, evidence-based assessment used to evaluate PHEP recipients' planning and operational functions. The previous version of the ORR evaluated a jurisdiction's ability to execute and a large emergency response requiring medical countermeasure (MCM) distribution and dispensing. The purpose of this new ORR 2.0 is to expand measurement and evaluation to all 15 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: 1—Community Preparedness, 2—Community Recovery, 3—Emergency Operations Coordination, 4—Emergency Public Information and Warning, 5—Fatality Management, 6—Information Sharing, 7—Mass Care, 8—Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration, 9—Medical Materiel Management and Distribution, 10—Medical Surge, 11—Nonpharmaceutical Intervention, 12—Public Health Laboratory Testing, 13—Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation, 14—Responder Safety and Health, 15—Volunteer Management. These capabilities serve as national standards for public health preparedness planning.

The ORR 2.0 will have three modules: Descriptive, planning, and operational, which will allow DSLR to analyze the data for the development of descriptive statistics and to monitor the progress of each recipient towards performance goals. The intended outcome of the ORR 2.0 is to assist CDC to identify strengths and challenges facing preparedness programs across the nation and to identify opportunities for improvement and further technical support. Information will be collected from respondents using the new Operational Readiness Review (ORR) 2.0 platform. CDC is requesting a three-year approval for this information collection. The total annualized burden hour estimate is 3423 burden hours. There is no cost to respondents other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
PHEP RecipientsCritical contact sheet (CCS)62180/6083
PHEP RecipientsJurisdictional data sheet (JDS)621255/60264
PHEP RecipientsReceive, stage, store (RSS) warehouse (x2, primary and alternate)6214248
PHEP RecipientsPartner form/spreadsheet6218496
PHEP RecipientsWorkforce development and training6211.593
PHEP RecipientsCapability 1—Community Preparedness621162
PHEP RecipientsCapability 2—Community Recovery621162
PHEP RecipientsCapability 3—Emergency Operations Coordination6212124
PHEP RecipientsCapability 4—Emergency Public Information and Warning6211.593
PHEP RecipientsCapability 5—Fatality Management6212.5155
PHEP RecipientsCapability 6—Information Sharing621162
PHEP RecipientsCapability 7—Mass Care6212124
PHEP RecipientsCapability 8—Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration6213186
PHEP RecipientsCapability 9—Medical Materiel Management and Distribution621195/60202
PHEP RecipientsCapability 10—Medical Surge6212124
PHEP RecipientsCapability 11—Nonpharmaceutical Intervention6211.593
PHEP RecipientsCapability 12—Public Health Laboratory Testing6211.593
PHEP RecipientsCapability 13—Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation6212.5155
PHEP RecipientsCapability 14—Responder Safety and Health6211.593
PHEP RecipientsCapability 15—Volunteer Management62175/6078
PHEP RecipientsMultiyear training and exercise plans (MYTEP)—training and exercise planning workshop621162
PHEP RecipientsMYTEP—training and exercise planning (annual)6212124
PHEP RecipientsCapability 13—Quality improvement process62120/6021
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PHEP RecipientsPHEP functional exercise (FE), full-scale exercise (FSE) or incident—annual PHEP exercise62120/6021
PHEP RecipientsPHEP FE, FSE, or incident—annual staff notification and assembly performance measure6211.593
Directly Funded LocalitiesFacility setup drill4145/603
Directly Funded LocalitiesSite activation drill4114
PHEP RecipientsEOC activation62230/6062
PHEP RecipientsPHEP FE, FSE, or incident—Five-year joint exercise62120/6021
PHEP RecipientsFive-year Distribution FSE OR Five-year Pan-flu FSE6210.531
Five-year Dispensing FSE* 410.52
PHEP RecipientsFive-year pan flu functional exercise62145/6047
PHEP RecipientsTabletop exercise (TTX)—Administrative or fiscal preparedness62120/6021
PHEP RecipientsTTX—Continuity of Operations62120/6021
Directly Funded Localities and Freely Associated StatesDispensing Throughput Drill12120/604
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Jeffrey M. Zirger,

Lead, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2020-13491 Filed 6-22-20; 8:45 am]