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Download as PDF 29767 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 24, 2005 / Notices Dated: May 10, 2005. Mark McClellan, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. 05–10409 Filed 5–20–05; 12:01 pm] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Title: Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance Quality Assurance Study. OMB No.: New Collection. Description: The Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance Quality Assurance study is being undertaken to document and provide feedback on the work of the newly designed Head Start Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system. The Head Start Bureau awarded this contract to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and its subcontractor, Xtria LLC, in October 2004. Providing training and technical assistance has long been a crucial component of the national-regional Head Start system. Through the new T/ TA system, however, the Head Start Bureau has placed greater emphasis on quality and consistency of T/TA service delivery. Under the new T/TA system, the Head Start Bureau’s T/TA Branch annually sets national priorities. Regional Office T/TA liaisons oversee the system’s 12 contracts, awarded in December 2003, which include locallybased content experts in the area of disabilities, early literacy, child development, fiscal administration and management, health, and family and community partnerships. These content experts support locally-based TA specialists (TAS), who work with a caseload of 10 to 12 programs to develop T/TA training plans based on each grantee’s self-assessment and the results from the Program Review Instrument for Systems Monitoring (PRISM) process. National contractors provide training and other resources according to priorities determined by the Head Start Bureau and in line with Administration initiatives. Programs can also use their special T/TA grant funds and, when necessary, additional funds from their basic Head Start grant funds to hire consultants or attend training events. In addition, through Higher Education Grants, universities provide coursework to meet Head Start staff’s credentialing needs in partnership with Head Start programs. The Higher Education grantees (HEGs) are organized into three consortia, representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic/Latino-serving institutions. For the regional Head Start system, the Quality Assurance Study will assess (1) Each Head Start region’s implementation and structure of the new system, (2) regional T/TA strategies and services provided to grantees, (3) grantees’ progress in assessing T/TA needs and identifying appropriate ways to meet these needs, (4) grantees’ annual T/TA plans, and (5) grantees’ perceptions about the systems’ impact on program quality and child outcomes. The study also will analyze whether the HEGs meet their goal of increasing the early childhood credentials of Head Start staff and teachers. In 2005, the study will collect information about the delivery of T/TA services to Head Start and Early Head Start programs through site visits to 48 representative programs (about 4 per region) and site visits to 15 HEGs (5 of each of the 3 types of HEGs). In 2006, the study will visit 36 of the 48 representative Head Start and Early Head Start programs to learn about changes in the T/TA system. All data collection activities have been designed to minimize the burden on respondents by minimizing the time required to respond. Participation in the study is voluntary. The research will provide the Head Start Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families with information about exemplary practices as well as areas in the T/TA system which could be improved. Respondents: Early Head Start and Head Start directors, coordinators, specialists, center administrators, teachers, and home visitors; locallybased TA specialists; university-based HEG project directors, university faculty, Head Start program administrators, and Head Start program staff and teachers. Annual Burden Estimates Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response 48 144 288 480 48 48 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.5 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.5 0.5 72 180 360 600 72 24 HEG Project Director/Coordinator ................................................................... HEG Staff/Faculty ............................................................................................ HS Director ...................................................................................................... HS Staff ........................................................................................................... 15 45 30 60 1 1 1 1 1.5 1 1 1 22.5 45 30 60 Total for 2005 ........................................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 1465.5 1 1 1 1 1 1.5 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.5 54 135 270 450 54 Number of respondents Instrument Total burden hours Program Site Visit Protocols (2005) Director ............................................................................................................ Coordinator/Specialist ...................................................................................... Center Administrator ........................................................................................ Teacher/Home Visitor ...................................................................................... Locally-Based TA Specialists .......................................................................... Program Reviews a .......................................................................................... HEG Site Visit Protocols (2005) Grantee Site Visit Protocols (2005) Director ............................................................................................................ Coordinator/Specialist ...................................................................................... Center Administrator ........................................................................................ Teacher/Home Visitor ...................................................................................... Locally-Based TA Specialist ............................................................................ 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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget VerDate jul<14>2003 18 981 will be conducted with the locally based TA specialists. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2446.5. Estimated Annualized Burden for both the grantee and HEG site visits is 1223.25 hours. This annual burden was calculated by dividing total burden hours by two years. Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained 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. OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Attn: Desk Officer for ACF, e-mail address: Katherine_T._Astrich@omb.eop.gov. AGENCY: Total burden hours 17:36 May 23, 2005 Jkt 205001 (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Fax written comments on the collection of information by June 23, 2005. OMB is still experiencing significant delays in the regular mail, including first class and express mail, and messenger deliveries are not being accepted. To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Fumie Yokota, Desk Officer for FDA, FAX: 202–395–6974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Robbins, Office of Management Programs (HFA–250), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301–827–1223. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance. ADDRESSES: 2005 Food Safety Survey Under section 903(b)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 393(b)(2)), FDA is authorized to conduct research relating to foods and to conduct educational and public information programs relating to the safety of the Nation’s food supply. FDA is planning to conduct a consumer survey about food safety under this authority. The food safety survey will provide information about consumers’ food safety awareness, knowledge, concerns, and practices. A nationally representative sample of 4,000 adults in households with telephones will be selected at random and interviewed by telephone. This survey will include an oversample of Hispanics with a minimum of 500 Hispanics sampled. Additionally, 200 initial nonrespondents will be asked to participate in a short version of the survey to conduct a nonresponse analysis. Participation will be voluntary. Detailed information will be obtained about food safety risk perception, perceived sources of food contamination, knowledge of particular microorganisms, food handling practices, consumption of raw foods PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 from animals, and perceived foodborne illness and food allergy experience. The majority of the questions to be asked are identical to ones asked in the 2001 Food Safety Survey (the 2001 survey). Because of recent national consumer education campaigns about food safety and the large amount of media attention to food safety issues in the past few years, consumer attitudes, knowledge, and practices are likely to have changed greatly since the 2001 survey. FDA needs current information to support consumer education programs and regulatory development. Additionally, this data will be used to measure changes in food safety handling practices and food allergy reactions as part of the Healthy People 2010 food safety objectives and allergen goals. New areas on the survey include awareness of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and acrylamide, refrigeration practices, and updated questions on washing practices for fresh fruits and vegetables. In the Federal Register of December 2, 2004 (69 FR 70147), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the information collection provisions. Seven comments were received. Four comments did not address the information collection provisions, two comments supported the proposed collection of information, and one comment contended that it is a waste of government funds. The supporting comments requested that data from the survey be made more widely available. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance 
Quality Assurance Study.
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    Description: The Head Start National Training and Technical 
Assistance Quality Assurance study is being undertaken to document and 
provide feedback on the work of the newly designed Head Start Training 
and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system. The Head Start Bureau awarded 
this contract to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and its 
subcontractor, Xtria LLC, in October 2004.
    Providing training and technical assistance has long been a crucial 
component of the national-regional Head Start system. Through the new 
T/TA system, however, the Head Start Bureau has placed greater emphasis 
on quality and consistency of T/TA service delivery. Under the new T/TA 
system, the Head Start Bureau's T/TA Branch annually sets national 
priorities. Regional Office T/TA liaisons oversee the system's 12 
contracts, awarded in December 2003, which include locally-based 
content experts in the area of disabilities, early literacy, child 
development, fiscal administration and management, health, and family 
and community partnerships. These content experts support locally-based 
TA specialists (TAS), who work with a caseload of 10 to 12 programs to 
develop T/TA training plans based on each grantee's self-assessment and 
the results from the Program Review Instrument for Systems Monitoring 
(PRISM) process. National contractors provide training and other 
resources according to priorities determined by the Head Start Bureau 
and in line with Administration initiatives. Programs can also use 
their special T/TA grant funds and, when necessary, additional funds 
from their basic Head Start grant funds to hire consultants or attend 
training events.
    In addition, through Higher Education Grants, universities provide 
coursework to meet Head Start staff's credentialing needs in 
partnership with Head Start programs. The Higher Education grantees 
(HEGs) are organized into three consortia, representing Historically 
Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and 
Hispanic/Latino-serving institutions.
    For the regional Head Start system, the Quality Assurance Study 
will assess (1) Each Head Start region's implementation and structure 
of the new system, (2) regional T/TA strategies and services provided 
to grantees, (3) grantees' progress in assessing T/TA needs and 
identifying appropriate ways to meet these needs, (4) grantees' annual 
T/TA plans, and (5) grantees' perceptions about the systems' impact on 
program quality and child outcomes. The study also will analyze whether 
the HEGs meet their goal of increasing the early childhood credentials 
of Head Start staff and teachers. In 2005, the study will collect 
information about the delivery of T/TA services to Head Start and Early 
Head Start programs through site visits to 48 representative programs 
(about 4 per region) and site visits to 15 HEGs (5 of each of the 3 
types of HEGs). In 2006, the study will visit 36 of the 48 
representative Head Start and Early Head Start programs to learn about 
changes in the T/TA system. All data collection activities have been 
designed to minimize the burden on respondents by minimizing the time 
required to respond. Participation in the study is voluntary.
    The research will provide the Head Start Bureau and the 
Administration for Children and Families with information about 
exemplary practices as well as areas in the T/TA system which could be 
improved.
    Respondents: Early Head Start and Head Start directors, 
coordinators, specialists, center administrators, teachers, and home 
visitors; locally-based TA specialists; university-based HEG project 
directors, university faculty, Head Start program administrators, and 
Head Start program staff and teachers.

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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                                       Program Site Visit Protocols (2005)
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Director........................................              48               1             1.5              72
Coordinator/Specialist..........................             144               1            1.25             180
Center Administrator............................             288               1            1.25             360
Teacher/Home Visitor............................             480               1            1.25             600
Locally-Based TA Specialists....................              48               1             1.5              72
Program Reviews \a\.............................              48               1             0.5              24
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                                         HEG Site Visit Protocols (2005)
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HEG Project Director/Coordinator................              15               1             1.5            22.5
HEG Staff/Faculty...............................              45               1               1              45
HS Director.....................................              30               1               1              30
HS Staff........................................              60               1               1              60
                                                 -----------------
    Total for 2005..............................  ..............  ..............  ..............          1465.5
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                                       Grantee Site Visit Protocols (2005)
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Director........................................              36               1             1.5              54
Coordinator/Specialist..........................             108               1            1.25             135
Center Administrator............................             216               1            1.25             270
Teacher/Home Visitor............................             360               1            1.25             450
Locally-Based TA Specialist.....................              36               1             1.5              54

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Program Reviews\a\..............................              36               1             0.5              18
                                                 -----------------
    Total for 2005..............................  ..............  ..............  ..............             981
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\a\ Reviews will be conducted with the locally based TA specialists.

    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2446.5.
    Estimated Annualized Burden for both the grantee and HEG site 
visits is 1223.25 hours. This annual burden was calculated by dividing 
total burden hours by two years.
    Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be 
obtained 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.
    OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the 
collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of 
this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best 
assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of 
publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office 
of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Attn: Desk 
Officer for ACF, e-mail address: Katherine--T.--Astrich@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: May 19, 2005.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-10339 Filed 5-23-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-01-M