Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 3933 [05-1521]

Download as PDF 3933 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 17 / Thursday, January 27, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects Title: Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) Assessment Review Guide (SARGE). OMB No.: 0970–0159. Description: The Department of Health and Human Services cannot fulfill its obligation to effectively serve the nation’s adoption and foster care populations, nor report meaningful and reliable information to Congress about the extent of problems facing these children or the effectiveness of assistance provided to this population, without access to timely and accurate information. Currently, SACWIS supports State efforts to meet the following Federal reporting requirements: The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) required by section 479(b)(2) of the Social Security Act; the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS); Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA); and the Chafee Independent Living Program. These systems also support state efforts to provide the information to conduct the Child and Family Service Reviews. Currently, forty-five States and the District of Columbia have developed, or are developing, a SACWIS with Federal financial participation. The purpose of these reviews is to ensure that all aspects of the project, as described in the approved Advance Planning Document, have been adequately completed, and conform to applicable regulations and policies. To initiate a review, states will submit the completed SACWIS Assessment Review Guide (SARGE) and other documentation at the point that they have completed system development and the system is operational statewide. The additional documents submitted as part of this process should all be readily available to the state as a result of good project management practices. The information collected in the SACWIS Assessment Review Guide will allow State and Federal officials to determine if the State’s SACWIS meets the requirements for title IV–E Federal Financial Participation (FFP) defined at 45 CFR 1355.50. Additionally, other States will be able to use the documentation provided as part of this review process in their own system development efforts. Respondents: State Title IV–E Agencies. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Instrument Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours Review ............................................................................................................. 3 1 250 750 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 750. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or VerDate jul<14>2003 17:20 Jan 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Dated: January 21, 2005. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–1521 Filed 1–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Notice of Appeal Administration on Children, Youth and Families, ACF, DHHS. SUMMARY: By designation of the Administration for Children and Families, a member of the Departmental Appeals Board has been appointed as the presiding officer for an appeal of the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) disapproval of an amendment to the plan of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for implementing title IV–E of the Social Security Act (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance). The purpose of this notice is to give interested parties an opportunity to participate. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Requests To Participate: Requests to participate as a party or as amicus curiae must be submitted to the Departmental Appeals Board in the form specified at 45 CFR 213.15 by February 11, 2005. Within that time, those persons, groups, or organizations seeking participation as parties or amici may file petitions or request extensions of time for submitting petitions to participate, and may also contact the Board to obtain copies of the briefs that the parties have filed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Sacks, Staff Attorney, Departmental Appeals Board, Appellate Division, MS–6127, Room G–644, Cohen Building, 330 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201, telephone number (202) 565–0123, jeffrey.sacks@hhs.gov. Notice of appeal is hereby given as set forth in the following letter, which has been sent to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Alan A. Pfeffer, Assistant Deputy Counsel, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Capital View Office Park, 52 Washington Street, Rensselaer, New York 12144–2796. Counsel: This letter is in response to the request of the New York State Office of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

Proposed Projects

    Title: Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System 
(SACWIS) Assessment Review Guide (SARGE).
    OMB No.: 0970-0159.
    Description: The Department of Health and Human Services cannot 
fulfill its obligation to effectively serve the nation's adoption and 
foster care populations, nor report meaningful and reliable information 
to Congress about the extent of problems facing these children or the 
effectiveness of assistance provided to this population, without access 
to timely and accurate information. Currently, SACWIS supports State 
efforts to meet the following Federal reporting requirements: The 
Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) 
required by section 479(b)(2) of the Social Security Act; the National 
Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS); Child Abuse Prevention 
and Treatment Act (CAPTA); and the Chafee Independent Living Program. 
These systems also support state efforts to provide the information to 
conduct the Child and Family Service Reviews. Currently, forty-five 
States and the District of Columbia have developed, or are developing, 
a SACWIS with Federal financial participation. The purpose of these 
reviews is to ensure that all aspects of the project, as described in 
the approved Advance Planning Document, have been adequately completed, 
and conform to applicable regulations and policies.
    To initiate a review, states will submit the completed SACWIS 
Assessment Review Guide (SARGE) and other documentation at the point 
that they have completed system development and the system is 
operational statewide. The additional documents submitted as part of 
this process should all be readily available to the state as a result 
of good project management practices.
    The information collected in the SACWIS Assessment Review Guide 
will allow State and Federal officials to determine if the State's 
SACWIS meets the requirements for title IV-E Federal Financial 
Participation (FFP) defined at 45 CFR 1355.50. Additionally, other 
States will be able to use the documentation provided as part of this 
review process in their own system development efforts.
    Respondents: State Title IV-E Agencies.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                  Number of     Average  burden
                 Instrument                      Number of      responses per      hours per       Total burden
                                                respondents       respondent        response          hours
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Review......................................               3                1              250              750
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 750.
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 
20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: 
grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title 
of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection 
of information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.

    Dated: January 21, 2005.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-1521 Filed 1-26-05; 8:45 am]
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