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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 23, 2005 / Notices 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: August 15, 2005. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–16639 Filed 8–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects: Title: Field Test of Social-Emotional and Modified Measures for the Heat Start National Reporting System. OMB No.: New Collection. Description: The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting comments on plans to conduct the field Test of SocialEmotional Measures and Modified Assessment Measures for the Head Start National Reporting System (HSNRS). This study is being conducted under contract with Westat, Xtria, and Pearson (HHS23320052902YC) to examine new and modified measures for HSNRS. Purposes The purposes of the field test are to explore the expansion of the HSNR’S coverage of the domain elements of the Head Start Outcomes Framework and to improve the performance of the current HSNRS assessment battery. The Head Start Bureau is interested in expanding the coverage of the HSNRS to include non-cognitive domains, in recognition of the ‘‘whole child’’ orientation of Head Start, in particular social and emotional development. To that end, the Head Start Bureau has reviewed potential measures of social-emotional development and has identified several existing, ratings-based measures as candidates for field testing. Further, the Head Start Bureau is interested in expanding the coverage of the HSNRS to VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:03 Aug 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 the Physical Health and Development domains of the Head Start Outcomes Framework. Finally, the Quality Assurance Study’s findings, Technical Work Group recommendations, and findings from psychometric analysis of first-year implementation data have also suggested some areas for improvement to the current HSNRS assessment battery. For these purposes, the Head Start Bureau is planning to conduct field tests of measures of social-emotional development and the collection of child health data in fall 2005 and spring 2006. These measures are intended to address the domains of Social and Emotional Development and Physical Health and Development. Further, the Head Start Bureau will examine modifications to measures in the current HSNRS assessment battery. The field test will also examine the effectiveness of training procedures and relative feasibility of the selected measures with a diverse set of Head Start programs, staff, and children. Teacher-Reported Measures of SocialEmotional Development Five teacher-reported measures of social-emotional development will be field tested in fall 2005 and spring 2006. A teacher-rating approach will be taken because these measures would not place additional burdens (in the form of direct assessment) on the children. These measures have been used in the Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) and National Head Start Impact Study (NHSIS) and include: • Cooperative Classroom Behavior; • Problem Behaviors; • Preschool Learning Behavior Scale (PLBS); • Student-Teacher Relationship Scale (STRS): Short form; and • Adjustment Scales for Preschool Intervention (ASPI). Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Assessment Modifications to the current HSNRS direct assessment include: • A new language screener; • New Letter Naming task; and • New items in Early Math Skills task using manipulatives. Health Records Extract Finally, to expand HSNRS coverage to include health status, child safety, and linkages to health care, the field test will also examine the feasibility of collecting child health information from Head Start programs. Based on these data, indicators of the quality of health service provided by local Head Start programs will be developed. The child health information includes: PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49291 • Height; • Weight; • Immunization status; • Dental care records; and • Occurrences of child injuries requiring medical attention at each center. Sample The national probability sample of Head Start programs for the field test will consist of 30 programs, including for Native American programs, selected with probability proportional to size. From each program, up to 6 classrooms will be selected (each classroom will be taught by a different teacher). This will result in a sample of approximately 1,440 children. Training A two-day Field-Test training will take place in September 2005. Field-test participants will be trained and certified in the field-tested measures and procedures. A ‘‘training-the-trainers’’ approach will be used. Trainees must pass a written quiz to be certified trainers. For the modified assessment measures, trainees will participate in role play and conduct observed assessment with children. For the social-emotional measures, all field test participants will also receive self-study materials, including an assessor’s guide, which they will bring back to their local programs and distribute among their classroom teachers to study and be quizzed on prior to completing the social-emotional measures. Once trained, field-test participants will return to their programs and train and certify local teachers or other program staff to conduct field-test measures. Prior to spring data collection on the field tested measures, refresher training materials (e.g., instructional and exercise materials) will be sent to the participating Head Start programs. Data Collection Teacher-reported social-emotional development measures will be completed by the lead teacher of each classroom in the sample. Parallel data of the teacher ratings will be collected in each classroom in order to examine inter-rater reliability. Teacher ratings will be collected independently by the lead teacher and by another staff member in the same classroom (e.g., an assistant teacher), if available and qualified. For modified HSNRS child assessment measures, local assessors will conduct the field-test measures on the sampled kindergarten-eligible children in their program. Data will be E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 49292 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 23, 2005 / Notices recorded on scannable answer forms and submitted to Westat. Assessors will also provide feedback on issues such as ease of administration, time of administration, and clarity of training and instructions. The inter-assessor reliability of these measures will be examined through parallel data collected in the form of the regular HSNRS assessments administered to each child. Respondents: Head Start Children and Head Start Staff. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES [Fall 2005] Number of responses per respondent Number of respondents Instruments Average burden hours per response Total burden hours Training on Field Test Measures Head Start Staff: Participate in Training of Trainers Training Head Start Staff: Review Self-Study Materials on TeacherReported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development .......... Head Start Staff: Participate in Local Training on Modified Measures .............................................................................. Head Start Staff: Conduct Local Training on Modified Measures ...................................................................................... Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on Training Procedures ........................................................................... Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on Training Procedures ........................................................................... 30 1 9 270 360 1 1 360 60 1 2 120 30 1 2 60 30 1 1 12 ⁄ 2.5 360 1 1 12 ⁄ 30 Field Test of Teach-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete Teach-Reported Ratings ....................................................................................... Head Start Classroom Staff: Complete Parallel Reacher-Reported Ratings ...................................................................... Head Start Lead Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on Teacher-Reported Rating Measures .................................... 180 8 14 ⁄ 360 180 8 14 ⁄ 360 180 1 1 12 ⁄ 15 Field Test of Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Child Assessment Battery Head Start Staff: Administer Modified Measures .................... Head Start Staff: Participate in Modified Measures ................ 60 1,440 24 1 14 14 ⁄ ⁄ 360 360 ⁄ 120 Field Test of Collection of Child Health Information Head Start Staff: Collect & Submit Child Health Info .............. Head Start Staff: Demonstrate Procedures for collecting Height and Weight Information ............................................ Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on Child Health Data Collection Procedures ...................................... 30 48 1 12 30 1 16 30 1 1 12 2.5 Fall 2005 Totals ............................................................ 3,000 .............................. .............................. 2,425 Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response ⁄ ⁄ 5 SPRING 2006 Number of respondents Instruments Total burden hours Training on Field Test Measures Head Start Staff: Participate in Training of Trainers Training Head Start Staff: Review Self-Study materials on TeacherReported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development .......... Head Start Staff: Participate in Local Training on Modified Measures .............................................................................. Head Start Staff: Conduct Local Training on Modified Measures ...................................................................................... Head Start Trainers: Complete Feedback Survey on Training Procedures ........................................................................... Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on Training Procedures ........................................................................... 30 1 3 90 360 1 1 360 60 1 1 60 30 1 1 30 30 1 1 12 ⁄ 30 360 1 1 12 ⁄ 30 Field Test of Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete Teacher-Reported Ratings ....................................................................................... VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:03 Aug 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00038 180 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8 E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM ⁄ 14 23AUN1 360 49293 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 23, 2005 / Notices SPRING 2006—Continued Number of responses per respondent Number of respondents Instruments Head Start Classroom Staff: Complete Parallel Teacher-Reported Ratings ...................................................................... Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete Feedback Survey on Teacher-Reported Rating Measures .................................... Average burden hours per response Total burden hours 180 8 14 ⁄ 180 1 360 1 12 ⁄ 15 Field Test of Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Child Assessment Battery Head Start Staff: Administer Modified Measures .................... Head Start Children: Participate in Modified Measures .......... 60 1,440 24 1 14 14 ⁄ ⁄ 360 360 ⁄ 120 Field Test of Collection of Child Health Information Head Start Staff: Collect & Submit Child Health Info .............. Head Start Staff: Demonstrate Procedures for collecting Height and Weight Information ............................................ Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on Child Health Data Collection Procedures ...................................... 30 48 1 12 30 1 16 30 1 1 12 2.5 Spring 2006 Totals ........................................................ 3,000 .............................. .............................. 2,155 Grand Totals ................................................................. 3,000 .............................. .............................. 4,580 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. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. E-mail: rsargis@acf.hhs.gov. 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: August 17, 2005. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–16640 Filed 8–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ⁄ 5 ⁄ Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Model Plan. OMB No.: 0970–0075. Description: The 1994 reauthorization of the LIHEAP statute, the Human Services amendments of 1994 (Public Law 103–252, requires that States, including the District of Columbia, Tribes, Tribal organizations and territories applying for LIHEAP block grant funds must submit an annual application (Model Plan) that meets the LIHEAP statutory and regulatory requirements prior to receiving Federal funds. A detailed application must be submitted every three years. Abbreviated applications may be submitted in alternate years. There have been minor changes in the Model Plan for clarity. There have been no substantive changes. Respondents: State, local or tribal governments. Title: Application Requirements for the Low Income Home Energy ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Detailed Model Plan ........................................................................................ Abbreviated Model Plan .................................................................................. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 103. Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:03 Aug 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Average burden hours per response 1 1 1 .33 65 115 writing to The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC PO 00000 Number of responses per respondent Total burden hours 65 38 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Proposed Projects:
    Title: Field Test of Social-Emotional and Modified Measures for the 
Heat Start National Reporting System.
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    Description: The Administration on Children, Youth and Families 
(ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting comments on 
plans to conduct the field Test of Social-Emotional Measures and 
Modified Assessment Measures for the Head Start National Reporting 
System (HSNRS). This study is being conducted under contract with 
Westat, Xtria, and Pearson (HHS23320052902YC) to examine new and 
modified measures for HSNRS.

Purposes

    The purposes of the field test are to explore the expansion of the 
HSNR'S coverage of the domain elements of the Head Start Outcomes 
Framework and to improve the performance of the current HSNRS 
assessment battery. The Head Start Bureau is interested in expanding 
the coverage of the HSNRS to include non-cognitive domains, in 
recognition of the ``whole child'' orientation of Head Start, in 
particular social and emotional development. To that end, the Head 
Start Bureau has reviewed potential measures of social-emotional 
development and has identified several existing, ratings-based measures 
as candidates for field testing. Further, the Head Start Bureau is 
interested in expanding the coverage of the HSNRS to the Physical 
Health and Development domains of the Head Start Outcomes Framework. 
Finally, the Quality Assurance Study's findings, Technical Work Group 
recommendations, and findings from psychometric analysis of first-year 
implementation data have also suggested some areas for improvement to 
the current HSNRS assessment battery.
    For these purposes, the Head Start Bureau is planning to conduct 
field tests of measures of social-emotional development and the 
collection of child health data in fall 2005 and spring 2006. These 
measures are intended to address the domains of Social and Emotional 
Development and Physical Health and Development.
    Further, the Head Start Bureau will examine modifications to 
measures in the current HSNRS assessment battery.
    The field test will also examine the effectiveness of training 
procedures and relative feasibility of the selected measures with a 
diverse set of Head Start programs, staff, and children.

Teacher-Reported Measures of Social-Emotional Development

    Five teacher-reported measures of social-emotional development will 
be field tested in fall 2005 and spring 2006. A teacher-rating approach 
will be taken because these measures would not place additional burdens 
(in the form of direct assessment) on the children. These measures have 
been used in the Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) and 
National Head Start Impact Study (NHSIS) and include:
     Cooperative Classroom Behavior;
     Problem Behaviors;
     Preschool Learning Behavior Scale (PLBS);
     Student-Teacher Relationship Scale (STRS): Short form; and
     Adjustment Scales for Preschool Intervention (ASPI).

Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Assessment

    Modifications to the current HSNRS direct assessment include:
     A new language screener;
     New Letter Naming task; and
     New items in Early Math Skills task using manipulatives.

Health Records Extract

    Finally, to expand HSNRS coverage to include health status, child 
safety, and linkages to health care, the field test will also examine 
the feasibility of collecting child health information from Head Start 
programs. Based on these data, indicators of the quality of health 
service provided by local Head Start programs will be developed. The 
child health information includes:
     Height;
     Weight;
     Immunization status;
     Dental care records; and
     Occurrences of child injuries requiring medical attention 
at each center.

Sample

    The national probability sample of Head Start programs for the 
field test will consist of 30 programs, including for Native American 
programs, selected with probability proportional to size. From each 
program, up to 6 classrooms will be selected (each classroom will be 
taught by a different teacher). This will result in a sample of 
approximately 1,440 children.

Training

    A two-day Field-Test training will take place in September 2005. 
Field-test participants will be trained and certified in the field-
tested measures and procedures. A ``training-the-trainers'' approach 
will be used. Trainees must pass a written quiz to be certified 
trainers. For the modified assessment measures, trainees will 
participate in role play and conduct observed assessment with children. 
For the social-emotional measures, all field test participants will 
also receive self-study materials, including an assessor's guide, which 
they will bring back to their local programs and distribute among their 
classroom teachers to study and be quizzed on prior to completing the 
social-emotional measures.
    Once trained, field-test participants will return to their programs 
and train and certify local teachers or other program staff to conduct 
field-test measures.
    Prior to spring data collection on the field tested measures, 
refresher training materials (e.g., instructional and exercise 
materials) will be sent to the participating Head Start programs.

Data Collection

    Teacher-reported social-emotional development measures will be 
completed by the lead teacher of each classroom in the sample. Parallel 
data of the teacher ratings will be collected in each classroom in 
order to examine inter-rater reliability. Teacher ratings will be 
collected independently by the lead teacher and by another staff member 
in the same classroom (e.g., an assistant teacher), if available and 
qualified.
    For modified HSNRS child assessment measures, local assessors will 
conduct the field-test measures on the sampled kindergarten-eligible 
children in their program. Data will be

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recorded on scannable answer forms and submitted to Westat. Assessors 
will also provide feedback on issues such as ease of administration, 
time of administration, and clarity of training and instructions. The 
inter-assessor reliability of these measures will be examined through 
parallel data collected in the form of the regular HSNRS assessments 
administered to each child.
    Respondents: Head Start Children and Head Start Staff.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
                                                   [Fall 2005]
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                                                             Number of        Average burden
             Instruments                  Number of        responses per        hours per         Total burden
                                         respondents         respondent          response            hours
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         Training on Field Test Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Participate in                     30                  1                  9                270
 Training of Trainers Training......
Head Start Staff: Review Self-Study                 360                  1                  1                360
 Materials on Teacher-Reported
 Ratings of Social-Emotional
 Development........................
Head Start Staff: Participate in                     60                  1                  2                120
 Local Training on Modified Measures
Head Start Staff: Conduct Local                      30                  1                  2                 60
 Training on Modified Measures......
Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback                  30                  1             \1/12\                2.5
 Survey on Training Procedures......
Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback                 360                  1             \1/12\                 30
 Survey on Training Procedures......
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                      Field Test of Teach-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete                   180                  8              \1/4\                360
 Teach-Reported Ratings.............
Head Start Classroom Staff: Complete                180                  8              \1/4\               360
 Parallel Reacher-Reported Ratings..
Head Start Lead Staff: Complete                     180                  1             \1/12\                 15
 Feedback Survey on Teacher-Reported
 Rating Measures....................
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                  Field Test of Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Child Assessment Battery
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Administer                         60                 24              \1/4\               360
 Modified Measures..................
Head Start Staff: Participate in                  1,440                  1              \1/4\                360
 Modified Measures..................
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                              Field Test of Collection of Child Health Information
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Collect & Submit                   30                 48             \1/12\                120
 Child Health Info..................
Head Start Staff: Demonstrate                        30                  1              \1/6\                 5
 Procedures for collecting Height
 and Weight Information.............
Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback                  30                  1             \1/12\                2.5
 Survey on Child Health Data
 Collection Procedures..............
-------------------------------------
      Fall 2005 Totals..............              3,000  .................  .................              2,425
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                                                   Spring 2006
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                                                             Number of        Average burden
             Instruments                  Number of        responses per        hours per         Total burden
                                         respondents         respondent          response            hours
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         Training on Field Test Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Participate in                     30                  1                  3                 90
 Training of Trainers Training......
Head Start Staff: Review Self-Study                 360                  1                  1                360
 materials on Teacher-Reported
 Ratings of Social-Emotional
 Development........................
Head Start Staff: Participate in                     60                  1                  1                 60
 Local Training on Modified Measures
Head Start Staff: Conduct Local                      30                  1                  1                 30
 Training on Modified Measures......
Head Start Trainers: Complete                        30                  1             \1/12\                 30
 Feedback Survey on Training
 Procedures.........................
Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback                 360                  1             \1/12\                 30
 Survey on Training Procedures......
-------------------------------------
                     Field Test of Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete                   180                  8              \1/4\                360
 Teacher-Reported Ratings...........

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Head Start Classroom Staff: Complete                180                  8              \1/4\                360
 Parallel Teacher-Reported Ratings..
Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete                   180                  1             \1/12\                 15
 Feedback Survey on Teacher-Reported
 Rating Measures....................
-------------------------------------
                  Field Test of Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Child Assessment Battery
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Administer                         60                 24              \1/4\                360
 Modified Measures..................
Head Start Children: Participate in               1,440                  1              \1/4\                360
 Modified Measures..................
-------------------------------------
                              Field Test of Collection of Child Health Information
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Collect & Submit                   30                 48             \1/12\                120
 Child Health Info..................
Head Start Staff: Demonstrate                        30                  1              \1/6\                  5
 Procedures for collecting Height
 and Weight Information.............
Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback                  30                  1             \1/12\                2.5
 Survey on Child Health Data
 Collection Procedures..............
-------------------------------------
      Spring 2006 Totals............              3,000  .................  .................              2,155
                                     --------------------
      Grand Totals..................              3,000  .................  .................              4,580
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    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. All requests should be 
identified by the title of the information collection. E-mail: 
rsargis@acf.hhs.gov.
    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: August 17, 2005.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-16640 Filed 8-22-05; 8:45 am]
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