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Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 241 / Friday, December 14, 2012 / Notices NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; Education and Human Resources Project Monitoring Clearance National Science Foundation. Notice. AGENCY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with ACTION: SUMMARY: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13 (44 USC U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), and as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the National Science Foundation invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this information collection. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 77 FR 33774 and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. DATES: Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received by OMB within 30 days of publication in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 295, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling (703) 292–7556. For Additional Information: Contact Suzanne Plimpton, the NSF Reports Clearance Officer, phone (703) 292– 7556, or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays). An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Dec 13, 2012 Jkt 229001 persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Education and Human Resources Program Monitoring Clearance. OMB Approval Number: 3145–NEW. Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to establish an information collection. Abstract: The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests establishment of program accountability data collections that describe and track the impact of NSF funding that focuses on the Nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and STEM workforce. NSF funds grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to colleges, universities, and other eligible institutions, and provides graduate research fellowships to individuals in all parts of the United States and internationally. The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), a unit within NSF, promotes rigor and vitality within the Nation’s STEM education enterprise to further the development of the 21st century’s STEM workforce and public scientific literacy. EHR does this through diverse projects and programs that support research, extension, outreach, and hands-on activities that service STEM learning and research at all institutional (e.g., pre-school through postdoctoral) levels in formal and informal settings; and individuals of all ages (birth and beyond). EHR also focuses on broadening participation in STEM learning and careers among United States citizens, permanent residents, and nationals, particularly those individuals traditionally underemployed in the STEM research workforce, including but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minorities. The scope of this information collection request will primarily cover descriptive information gathered from education and training projects that are funded by NSF. NSF will primarily use the data from this collection for program planning, management, and audit purposes to respond to queries from the Congress, the public, NSF’s external merit reviewers who serve as advisors, including Committees of Visitors (COVs), the NSF’s Office of the Inspector General and as a basis for PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74517 either internal or third-party evaluations of individual programs. The collections will generally include three categories of descriptive data: (1) Staff and project participants (data that are also necessary to determine individual-level treatment and control groups for future third-party study or for internal evaluation); (2) project implementation characteristics (also necessary for future use to identify wellmatched comparison groups); and (3) project outputs (necessary to measure baseline for pre- and post- NSF-fundinglevel impacts). Use of the Information: This information is required for effective administration, communication, program and project monitoring and evaluation, and for measuring attainment of NSF’s program, project, and strategic goals, and as identified by the President’s Accountability in Government Initiative; GPRA, and the NSF’s Strategic Plan. The Foundation’s FY 2011–2016 Strategic Plan may be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/ strategicplan/ nsfstrategicplan_2011_2016.pdf. Since the this collection will primarily be used for accountability and evaluation purposes, including responding from queries from COVs and other scientific experts, a census rather than sampling design typically is necessary. At the individual project level funding can be adjusted based on individual project’s responses to some of the surveys. Some data collected under this collection will serve as baseline data for separate research and evaluation studies. NSF-funded contract or grantee researchers and internal or external evaluators in part may identify control, comparison, or treatment groups for NSF’s ET portfolio using some of the descriptive data gathered through this collection to conduct well-designed, rigorous research and portfolio evaluation studies. Respondents: Individuals or households, not-for-profit institutions, business or other for profit, and Federal, State, local or tribal government. Number of Respondents: 9,3335. Burden on the Public: NSF estimates that a total reporting and recordkeeping burden of 62,909 hours will result from activities to monitor EHR STEM education programs. The calculation is shown in table 1. E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1 74518 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 241 / Friday, December 14, 2012 / Notices TABLE 1—ANTICIPATED PROGRAMS THAT WILL COLLECT DATA ON PROJECT PROGRESS AND OUTCOMES ALONG WITH THE NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS AND BURDEN HOURS PER COLLECTION PER YEAR Number of respondents Collection title Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU–RISE) Monitoring System. Graduate STEM Fellows in K–12 Education (GK–12) Monitoring System .................. Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) Monitoring System. Informal Science Education (ISE) Monitoring System ................................................. Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Monitoring System ........... Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate (LSAMP– BD) Monitoring System. Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Noyce) Monitoring System ................. Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) Monitoring System ..................................... Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S– STEM) Monitoring System. Number of responses Annual hour burden 37 37 ..................... 1,374 1,626 4,658 1,626 ................ 4,658 ................ 3,941 12,156 157 518 50 157 ................... 518 ................... 50 ..................... 2,047 17,094 3,600 294 43 500 3,822 1,743 6,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) Monitoring System. Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) Monitoring System. Additional Collections not Specified ............................................................................. 242 294 ................... 43 ..................... 1,000 (500 respondents × 2 responses/yr.). 242 ................... 1,210 1,210 ................ 4,840 900 900 ................... 1,200 Total ....................................................................................................................... 9,335 9,835 ................ 62,909 The total estimate for this collection is 62,909 annual burden hours. The average annual reporting burden is between 1.5 and 72 hours per ‘‘respondent,’’ depending on whether a respondent is a direct participant who is self-reporting or representing a project and reporting on behalf of many project participants. Agenda: To review and evaluate nominations as part of the selection process for awards. Reason for Closing: The nominations being reviewed include information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute unwarranted invasions of personal privacy. These matters are exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act. Dated: December 11, 2012. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. Dated: December 11, 2012. Susanne Bolton, Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–30222 Filed 12–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P?≤ [FR Doc. 2012–30178 Filed 12–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Alan T. Waterman Award Committee; Notice of Meeting Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AGENCY: Name: Alan T. Waterman Award Committee, #1172. Date and Time: January 11, 2013, 8:30a.m.–1:30 p.m. Place: National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia 22230. Type of Meeting: Closed. Contact Person: Ms. Mayra Montrose, Program Manager, Room 1282, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: 703–292– 8040. Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations in the selection of the Alan T. Waterman Award recipient. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Dec 13, 2012 Jkt 229001 Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Notice—computer matching between the Office of Personnel Management and the Social Security Administration. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100–503), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs (54 FR 25818 published June 19, 1989), and OMB Circular No. A–130, revised November 28, 2000, ‘‘Management of Federal Information Resources,’’ the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6,292 is publishing notice of its new computer matching program with the Social Security Administration (SSA). DATES: OPM will file a report of the subject matching program with the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The matching program will begin 30 days after the Federal Register notice has been published or 40 days after the date of OPM’s submissions of the letters to Congress and OMB, whichever is later. The matching program will continue for 18 months from the beginning date and may be extended an additional 12 months thereafter. Subsequent matches will run until one of the parties advises the other in writing of its intention to reevaluate, modify and/or terminate the agreement. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Deon Mason, Chief, Business Services, Office of Personnel Management, Room 4316, 1900 E. Street NW., Washington, DC 20415. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard A. Wells III on 202–606–2730 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. General The Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, establishes the conditions under which computer matching involving the Federal government could be performed and adding certain E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 241 (Friday, December 14, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 74517-74518]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-30222]



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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; 
Education and Human Resources Project Monitoring Clearance

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 
(44 USC U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), and as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the National Science Foundation 
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this 
opportunity to comment on this information collection. This is the 
second notice for public comment; the first was published in the 
Federal Register at 77 FR 33774 and no comments were received. NSF is 
forwarding the proposed submission to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this 
second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

DATES: Comments regarding these information collections are best 
assured of having their full effect if received by OMB within 30 days 
of publication in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and 
requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, 
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 295, Arlington, VA 
22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Copies of the submission may be 
obtained by calling (703) 292-7556.
    For Additional Information: Contact Suzanne Plimpton, the NSF 
Reports Clearance Officer, phone (703) 292-7556, or send email to 
splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 
1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 
days a year (including federal holidays).
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information 
unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB 
control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to 
respond to the collection of information that such persons are not 
required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title of Collection: Education and Human Resources Program 
Monitoring Clearance.
    OMB Approval Number: 3145-NEW.
    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to establish an 
information collection.
    Abstract: The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests 
establishment of program accountability data collections that describe 
and track the impact of NSF funding that focuses on the Nation's 
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and 
STEM workforce. NSF funds grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements 
to colleges, universities, and other eligible institutions, and 
provides graduate research fellowships to individuals in all parts of 
the United States and internationally.
    The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), a unit 
within NSF, promotes rigor and vitality within the Nation's STEM 
education enterprise to further the development of the 21st century's 
STEM workforce and public scientific literacy. EHR does this through 
diverse projects and programs that support research, extension, 
outreach, and hands-on activities that service STEM learning and 
research at all institutional (e.g., pre-school through postdoctoral) 
levels in formal and informal settings; and individuals of all ages 
(birth and beyond). EHR also focuses on broadening participation in 
STEM learning and careers among United States citizens, permanent 
residents, and nationals, particularly those individuals traditionally 
underemployed in the STEM research workforce, including but not limited 
to women, persons with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minorities.
    The scope of this information collection request will primarily 
cover descriptive information gathered from education and training 
projects that are funded by NSF. NSF will primarily use the data from 
this collection for program planning, management, and audit purposes to 
respond to queries from the Congress, the public, NSF's external merit 
reviewers who serve as advisors, including Committees of Visitors 
(COVs), the NSF's Office of the Inspector General and as a basis for 
either internal or third-party evaluations of individual programs.
    The collections will generally include three categories of 
descriptive data: (1) Staff and project participants (data that are 
also necessary to determine individual-level treatment and control 
groups for future third-party study or for internal evaluation); (2) 
project implementation characteristics (also necessary for future use 
to identify well-matched comparison groups); and (3) project outputs 
(necessary to measure baseline for pre- and post- NSF-funding-level 
impacts).
    Use of the Information: This information is required for effective 
administration, communication, program and project monitoring and 
evaluation, and for measuring attainment of NSF's program, project, and 
strategic goals, and as identified by the President's Accountability in 
Government Initiative; GPRA, and the NSF's Strategic Plan. The 
Foundation's FY 2011-2016 Strategic Plan may be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/strategicplan/nsfstrategicplan_2011_2016.pdf.
    Since the this collection will primarily be used for accountability 
and evaluation purposes, including responding from queries from COVs 
and other scientific experts, a census rather than sampling design 
typically is necessary. At the individual project level funding can be 
adjusted based on individual project's responses to some of the 
surveys. Some data collected under this collection will serve as 
baseline data for separate research and evaluation studies.
    NSF-funded contract or grantee researchers and internal or external 
evaluators in part may identify control, comparison, or treatment 
groups for NSF's ET portfolio using some of the descriptive data 
gathered through this collection to conduct well-designed, rigorous 
research and portfolio evaluation studies.
    Respondents: Individuals or households, not-for-profit 
institutions, business or other for profit, and Federal, State, local 
or tribal government.
    Number of Respondents: 9,3335.
    Burden on the Public: NSF estimates that a total reporting and 
recordkeeping burden of 62,909 hours will result from activities to 
monitor EHR STEM education programs. The calculation is shown in table 
1.

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 Table 1--Anticipated Programs That Will Collect Data on Project Progress and Outcomes Along With the Number of
                              Respondents and Burden Hours per Collection per Year
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                                              Number of                                           Annual hour
            Collection title                 respondents           Number of  responses              burden
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Centers of Research Excellence in                        37  37..............................              1,374
 Science and Technology (CREST) and
 Historically Black Colleges and
 Universities Research Infrastructure
 for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)
 Monitoring System.
Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education               1,626  1,626...........................              3,941
 (GK-12) Monitoring System.
Integrative Graduate Education and                    4,658  4,658...........................             12,156
 Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)
 Monitoring System.
Informal Science Education (ISE)                        157  157.............................              2,047
 Monitoring System.
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority                     518  518.............................             17,094
 Participation (LSAMP) Monitoring System.
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority                      50  50..............................              3,600
 Participation Bridge to the Doctorate
 (LSAMP-BD) Monitoring System.
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program                294  294.............................              3,822
 (Noyce) Monitoring System.
Research in Disabilities Education (RDE)                 43  43..............................              1,743
 Monitoring System.
Scholarships in Science, Technology,                    500  1,000 (500 respondents x 2                    6,000
 Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-                     responses/yr.).
 STEM) Monitoring System.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and                   242  242.............................              6,292
 Mathematics Talent Expansion Program
 (STEP) Monitoring System.
Transforming Undergraduate Education in               1,210  1,210...........................              4,840
 Science, Technology, Engineering, and
 Mathematics (TUES) Monitoring System.
Additional Collections not Specified....                900  900.............................              1,200
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    Total...............................              9,335  9,835...........................             62,909
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    The total estimate for this collection is 62,909 annual burden 
hours. The average annual reporting burden is between 1.5 and 72 hours 
per ``respondent,'' depending on whether a respondent is a direct 
participant who is self-reporting or representing a project and 
reporting on behalf of many project participants.

    Dated: December 11, 2012.
Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2012-30222 Filed 12-13-12; 8:45 am]
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