Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; State Annual Long-Term Care Ombudsman Report and Instructions for Older Americans Act Title VII, 15861-15862 [05-6094]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Queenan, Coordinator of the Advisory Council, at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, (301) 427–1330. For press-related information, please contact Karen Migdail at (301) 427–1855. If sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed, please contact Mr. Donald L. Inniss, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Program Support Center, on (301) 443–1144 no later than April 8, 2005. Agenda, roster, and minutes are available from Ms. Bonnie Campbell, Committee Management Officer, Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Her phone number is (301) 427– 1554. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. 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The Director, AHRQ, will present the status of the Agency’s current research, programs, and initiatives and a discussion of strategic planning. The public portion of the meeting will adjourn at 12 p.m. The official agenda will be available on AHRQ’s Web site at www.ahrq.gov no later than April 8, 2005. Dated: March 22, 2005. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 05–6171 Filed 3–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration on Aging Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; State Annual LongTerm Care Ombudsman Report and Instructions for Older Americans Act Title VII Administration on Aging, HHS. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Administration on Aging (AoA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information collection requirements relating to State Annual Long-Term Care Ombudsman Report and instructions for Older Americans Act Title VII. DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by May 31, 2005. ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to: sue.wheaton@aoa.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to: Administration on Aging, Washington, DC 20201. Attention: Sue Wheaton. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Wheaton, telephone: (202) 357–3587; email: sue.wheaton@aoa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the 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. ‘‘Collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency request or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, AoA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15861 information set forth in this document. With respect to the following collection of information, AoA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AoA’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of AoA’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information technology. The reporting system, the National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS), was developed in response to the needs and directives pertaining to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and approved by the Office of Management and Budget for use in FY 1995–96, and extended with slight modifications for use in FY 1997–2001 and again for FY 2002–2006. This request is to continue the use of the existing information collection, State Annual Long-Term Care Ombudsman Report (and Instructions), from Older Americans Act Title VII grantees. Under section 712(c), section 712(h)(1) and section 712(h)(B) of the Older Americans Act, as amended, states are required to provide information on ombudsmen activities to AoA, which AoA is then required to present to Congress. We are currently working with the states and local Ombudsmen on recommendations to revise and update the form and instructions for use beginning in FY 2007. The reporting form would retain the following elements: A profile of the cases, complainants and complaints by type of facility; action taken on the complaints; a summary of long-term care issues; a detailed profile of the program and its activities, including the number and type of facilities licensed and operating in the state (and the number beds this represents); the staffing and funding of local programs; and an overview of other ombudsman activities (including: Training, technical assistance, consultation to organizations and individuals, resident visitation, community education, etc.) AoA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows: Approximately one and one-half hour per respondent with 52 State Agencies on Aging responding annually. E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 15862 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices Dated: March 23, 2005. Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging. [FR Doc. 05–6094 Filed 3–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4154–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration on Aging Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Certification of Maintenance of Effort Form Title III of the Older Americans Act, Grants for State and Community Programs on Aging Administration on Aging, HHS. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Administration on Aging (AoA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information collection requirements relating to Certification of Maintenance of Effort Form Title III of the Older Americans Act, Grants for State and Community Programs on Aging. DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by May 31, 2005. ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to: margaret.tolson@aoa.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to: Administration on Aging, Washington, DC 20201. Attention: Margaret Tolson. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret Tolson, telephone: (202) 357– 3440; e-mail: margaret.tolson@aoa.gov. Under the 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. ‘‘Collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency request or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, AoA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document. With respect to the following collection of information, AoA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AoA’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of AoA’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information technology. Title III of the Older Americans Act, Section 309(c), requires that a state’s allotment be reduced by the percentage by which its state expenditures for a given fiscal year are less than its average annual expenditures from state sources for the period of three consecutive fiscal years preceding such fiscal year. Since information collected on the SF–269 report combines the funds from state and local sources, the Administration on Aging is unable to identify funds solely from State sources. The information contained on the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Certification of Maintenance of Effort form will be used by the Administration on Aging to verify the amount of state expenditures and make comparisons with the average annual expenditures for the period of three consecutive fiscal years preceding the given year to assure that a state is in compliance with 45 CFR 1321.49. AoA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows: Approximately one-half hour per respondent with 52 State Agencies on Aging responding annually, thus producing a burden of 26 hours per year. Dated: March 23, 2005. Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging. [FR Doc. 05–6095 Filed 3–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4154–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects Title: Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System for title IV– B and title IV–E. OMB No.: 0980–0267. Description Section 479 of title IV–E of the Social Security Act directs States to establish and implement an adoption and foster care reporting system. The data are used for a number of reasons, including responding to Congressional requests for current data on children in foster care or those who have been adopted; responding to questions and requests from other Federal departments and agencies; trend analyses and short- and long-term planning; targeting areas for greater or potential technical assistance efforts; and determining and assessing outcomes for children and families. Respondents: States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response 52 2 2,971.89 AFCARS (Electronic Submission) ................................................................... Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 309,077. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 29, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15861-15862]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-6094]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration on Aging


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; State Annual Long-Term Care Ombudsman Report and 
Instructions for Older Americans Act Title VII

AGENCY: Administration on Aging, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Administration on Aging (AoA) is announcing an opportunity 
for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by 
the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), 
Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information, including each 
proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to 
allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice 
solicits comments on the information collection requirements relating 
to State Annual Long-Term Care Ombudsman Report and instructions for 
Older Americans Act Title VII.

DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of 
information by May 31, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information 
to: sue.wheaton@aoa.gov.
    Submit written comments on the collection of information to: 
Administration on Aging, Washington, DC 20201. Attention: Sue Wheaton.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Wheaton, telephone: (202) 357-
3587; e-mail: sue.wheaton@aoa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the 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. 
``Collection of information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 
1320.3(c) and includes agency request or requirements that members of 
the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a 
third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) 
requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal 
Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including 
each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, 
before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with 
this requirement, AoA is publishing notice of the proposed collection 
of information set forth in this document. With respect to the 
following collection of information, AoA invites comments on: (1) 
Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of AoA's functions, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of AoA's 
estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, 
including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) 
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information 
technology.
    The reporting system, the National Ombudsman Reporting System 
(NORS), was developed in response to the needs and directives 
pertaining to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and approved by the 
Office of Management and Budget for use in FY 1995-96, and extended 
with slight modifications for use in FY 1997-2001 and again for FY 
2002-2006.
    This request is to continue the use of the existing information 
collection, State Annual Long-Term Care Ombudsman Report (and 
Instructions), from Older Americans Act Title VII grantees. Under 
section 712(c), section 712(h)(1) and section 712(h)(B) of the Older 
Americans Act, as amended, states are required to provide information 
on ombudsmen activities to AoA, which AoA is then required to present 
to Congress. We are currently working with the states and local 
Ombudsmen on recommendations to revise and update the form and 
instructions for use beginning in FY 2007.
    The reporting form would retain the following elements: A profile 
of the cases, complainants and complaints by type of facility; action 
taken on the complaints; a summary of long-term care issues; a detailed 
profile of the program and its activities, including the number and 
type of facilities licensed and operating in the state (and the number 
beds this represents); the staffing and funding of local programs; and 
an overview of other ombudsman activities (including: Training, 
technical assistance, consultation to organizations and individuals, 
resident visitation, community education, etc.)
    AoA estimates the burden of this collection of information as 
follows: Approximately one and one-half hour per respondent with 52 
State Agencies on Aging responding annually.


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    Dated: March 23, 2005.
Josefina G. Carbonell,
Assistant Secretary for Aging.
[FR Doc. 05-6094 Filed 3-28-05; 8:45 am]
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