Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 19190-19192 [06-3524]

Download as PDF 19190 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 71 / Thursday, April 13, 2006 / Notices ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Instrument Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours Youth Interview ................................................................................................ Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,425 950 1 1.5 1,425 Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Office. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. 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: April 6, 2006. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–3522 Filed 4–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration of Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects Title: Form OCSE–396A: Financial Report; Form OCSE–34A: Quarterly Report of Collections. OMB No.: 0970–0181. Description: Each State agency administering the Child Support Enforcement Program under Title IV–D of the Social Security Act is required to provide information to the Office of Child Support Enforcement concerning its administrative expenditures and its receipt and disposition of child support payment from non-custodial parents. These quarterly reporting forms enable each State to provide that information, which is used to compute both the quarterly grants awarded to each State and the annual incentive payments earned by each State. This information is also included in a published annual statistical and financial report, which is available to the general public. Respondents: State agencies administering the Child Support Enforcement Program. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours 54 54 4 4 8 8 1,728 1,728 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours ..................................................... HSRObinson on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES OCSE–396A .................................................................................................... OCSE–34A ...................................................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 3,456 In compliance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(1)(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 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: infocollection@acf.hss.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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:20 Apr 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 the 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: April 6. 2006. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–3523 Filed 4–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Title: National Implementation of Head Start National Reporting System on Child Outcomes. OMB No.: 0970–0249. Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting comments on plans to implement the Head Start National Reporting System (HSNRS) on Child Outcomes. Child-outcomes information collected by this implementation is expected to enhance Head Start programs’ accountability and quality. E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 19191 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 71 / Thursday, April 13, 2006 / Notices HSNRS addresses Presidentially mandated reforms and Congressionally mandated requirements for information on specific child outcomes and provides Head Start program managers and teachers with useful information to support program-improvement strategies. HSNRS has three major goals. First, HSNRS will provide local Head Start programs with information about the progress of groups of children on a limited number of performance measures by measuring how children are doing at the beginning and at the end of each program year. Second, HSNRS will capture the same set of information across the nation in a consistent manner, allowing for creation of normative comparison groups. Individual programs can use this information to target needs for training and technical assistance. Third, the child-outcomes information captured in HSNRS should serve as one component of the current national program monitoring effort, which involves onsite, systematic review of programs. The Head Start Bureau can use compiled HSNRS data as part of the process for ensuring the effectiveness of services. These results can highlight the needs of specific groups of children, identify local programs’ technical assistance and training needs, and contribute to the accountability of Head Start. The first three rounds of the HSNRS national implementation (2003–04, 2004–05, and 2005–06 program years) were successful. In each round of the data collection, over 400,000 assessments were completed, making this the largest assessment of preschool children ever conducted. Over 99 percent of Head Start programs and Head Start parents and children cooperated fully with the HSNRS procedures. The HSNRS data show good internal reliability, both in terms of Item Response Theory (IRT) reliability and Cronbach’s Coefficient Alpha at the individual child-level, for both Englishlanguage and Spanish-language assessments. IRT estimates of the internal reliability of the program-level English-language assessment scores were excellent, with most IRT-reliability coefficients greater than .90. For each program year, participating local Head Start programs received HSNRS Program Reports at the aggregated program-level for the fall assessment (baseline) and the spring assessment (fall-spring growth). These reports provided local Head Start programs with information about the progress of their children in all assessed domains and demonstrated how these scores compared to all other Head Start children (national-level reference tables) as well as children in similar programs (subgroup reference tables). HSNRS will continue to collect childoutcomes information from children who are four years-old or older and who will enter Kindergarten next year. As in the previous three years, all eligible Head Start children will be assessed twice a year using a standardized direct child-assessment battery. The assessment battery will address a limited set of early literacy, language, and numeracy skills. Twice a year, HSNRS will also collect teachers’ reports of social-emotional development of Head Start children using standardized rating scales. These social-emotional rating scales will be field-tested in spring 2006 prior to national implementation in fall 2006. Head Start teachers will rate children in their classrooms on the aspects of cooperative classroom behaviors, preschool learning behaviors, and problem behaviors. HSNRS will also collect health and safety information on children and programs, including children’s height and weight, immunization status, receipt of dental care, and occurrences of injuries requiring medical attention. Finally, a computer-assisted version of the HSNRS assessment battery and PDA version of answer forms will be used on a field trial basis starting in fall 2006 with a nationally representative sample of Head Start programs. The purpose of the field trial is to investigate the feasibility of the use of computer and PDA technologies in HSNRS data collection. To collect feedback on the computer-assisted assessment and PDA answer form approaches, brief telephone interviews will be conducted with program staff from participating Head Start programs in fall and spring. Respondents: Head Start children and Head Start staff. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES HSRObinson on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Fall Implementation. Head Start Children: Participate in Child Assessments .................................. Head Start Staff (Assessors): Participate in Training on Child Assessments Head Start Staff (Local HSNRS Trainers): Participate in Training on Child Assessments ................................................................................................ Head Start Staff (Local HSNRS Trainers): Participate in Training on Computer-Assisted Child Assessments and PDA Answer Forms ...................... Head Start Staff (Assessors): Administer Child Assessments ........................ Head Start Teachers: Participate in Training on Social-Emotional Development Ratings ................................................................................................ Head Start Teachers: Complete Social-Emotional Development Ratings ...... Head Start Teachers: Complete Child Health Questions ................................ Head Start Staff, Complete Health and Safety of Program Questions ........... Head Start Staff: Enter Information on Computer-Based Reporting System (CBRS) ......................................................................................................... Head Start Staff: Provide feedback on Computer-Assisted Child Assessments and PDA Answer Forms ................................................................... Spring Implementation. Head Start Children: Participate in Child Assessments .................................. Head Start Staff (Assessors): Participate in Refresher Training on Child Assessments .................................................................................................... Head Start Staff (Local HSNRS Trainers): Participate in Training on Child Assessments ................................................................................................ Head Start Staff (Assessors): Administer Child Assessments ........................ VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:20 Apr 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response 425,000 25,000 1 1 14 ⁄ 4 106,250 100,000 1,800 1 4 7,200 220 25,000 1 17 12 1⁄4 2,640 106,250 38,500 38,500 38,500 1,800 1 11 11 1 1 ⁄ 1 12 38,500 70,583 35,292 150 1,800 1 3 5,400 220 1 1 12 18 425,000 1 14 ⁄ 106,250 25,000 1 4 100,000 1,800 25,000 1 17 14 4 ⁄ 7,200 106,250 Number of respondents Respondents and activities Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 16 ⁄ ⁄ 1 12 ⁄ Total burden hours 19192 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 71 / Thursday, April 13, 2006 / Notices ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES—Continued Number of responses per respondent Number of respondents Respondents and activities Average burden hours per response 12 Total burden hours Head Start Teachers: Participate in Refresher Training on Social-Emotional Development Ratings ................................................................................... Head Start Teachers: Complete Social-Emotional Development Ratings ...... Head Start Teachers: Complete Child Health Questions ................................ Head Start Staff: Complete Health and Safety of Program Questions ........... Head Start Staff: Enter Information on CBRS ................................................. Head Start Staff: Provide feedback on Computer-Assisted Child Assessments and PDA Answer Forms ................................................................... 38,500 38,500 38,500 1,800 1,800 1 11 11 1 1 1 12 220 1 1 12 18 Total Annual Burden Estimates ................................................................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 919,976 Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, 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 address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. 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 OBM 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: Katherin_T._Astrich@omb.eop.gov. Dated: April 16, 2006. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–3524 Filed 4–12–06; 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 Title: Financial Status Reporting Form for the Program of State Council on Developmental Disabilities. ⁄ ⁄ 19,250 70,583 35,292 150 2,700 16 ⁄ ⁄ 1 12 ⁄ 32 ⁄ OMB No.: 0980–0212. Description: For the program of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, funds are awarded to State agencies contingent on fiscal requirements in subtitle B of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. The SF–269, ordinarily mandated in the revised OMB Circular A–102, provides no accounting breakouts necessary for proper stewardship. Consequently, the proposed streamlined form will substitute for the SF–269 and will allow compliance monitoring and proactive compliance maintenance and technical assistance. Respondents: State Councils and Designated State Agencies. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours Financial Status Reporting Form for program of State Council on Developmental Disabilities ........................................................................................ Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 440 HSRObinson on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Instrument 55 1 8 440 Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, 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 address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:20 Apr 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 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: April 6, 2006. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–3525 Filed 4–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. 2005N–0364] Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss the Possible Implementation of Two Review Performance Goals Referenced in the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act of 2002; Public Meeting AGENCY: ACTION: Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Food and Drug Administration, HHS. Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM Notice of public meeting. 13APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 71 (Thursday, April 13, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19190-19192]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-3524]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: National Implementation of Head Start National Reporting 
System on Child Outcomes.
    OMB No.: 0970-0249.
    Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of 
the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting 
comments on plans to implement the Head Start National Reporting System 
(HSNRS) on Child Outcomes. Child-outcomes information collected by this 
implementation is expected to enhance Head Start programs' 
accountability and quality.

[[Page 19191]]

    HSNRS addresses Presidentially mandated reforms and Congressionally 
mandated requirements for information on specific child outcomes and 
provides Head Start program managers and teachers with useful 
information to support program-improvement strategies.
    HSNRS has three major goals. First, HSNRS will provide local Head 
Start programs with information about the progress of groups of 
children on a limited number of performance measures by measuring how 
children are doing at the beginning and at the end of each program 
year. Second, HSNRS will capture the same set of information across the 
nation in a consistent manner, allowing for creation of normative 
comparison groups. Individual programs can use this information to 
target needs for training and technical assistance. Third, the child-
outcomes information captured in HSNRS should serve as one component of 
the current national program monitoring effort, which involves on-site, 
systematic review of programs. The Head Start Bureau can use compiled 
HSNRS data as part of the process for ensuring the effectiveness of 
services. These results can highlight the needs of specific groups of 
children, identify local programs' technical assistance and training 
needs, and contribute to the accountability of Head Start.
    The first three rounds of the HSNRS national implementation (2003-
04, 2004-05, and 2005-06 program years) were successful. In each round 
of the data collection, over 400,000 assessments were completed, making 
this the largest assessment of preschool children ever conducted. Over 
99 percent of Head Start programs and Head Start parents and children 
cooperated fully with the HSNRS procedures. The HSNRS data show good 
internal reliability, both in terms of Item Response Theory (IRT) 
reliability and Cronbach's Coefficient Alpha at the individual child-
level, for both English-language and Spanish-language assessments. IRT 
estimates of the internal reliability of the program-level English-
language assessment scores were excellent, with most IRT-reliability 
coefficients greater than .90.
    For each program year, participating local Head Start programs 
received HSNRS Program Reports at the aggregated program-level for the 
fall assessment (baseline) and the spring assessment (fall-spring 
growth). These reports provided local Head Start programs with 
information about the progress of their children in all assessed 
domains and demonstrated how these scores compared to all other Head 
Start children (national-level reference tables) as well as children in 
similar programs (subgroup reference tables).
    HSNRS will continue to collect child-outcomes information from 
children who are four years-old or older and who will enter 
Kindergarten next year. As in the previous three years, all eligible 
Head Start children will be assessed twice a year using a standardized 
direct child-assessment battery. The assessment battery will address a 
limited set of early literacy, language, and numeracy skills.
    Twice a year, HSNRS will also collect teachers' reports of social-
emotional development of Head Start children using standardized rating 
scales. These social-emotional rating scales will be field-tested in 
spring 2006 prior to national implementation in fall 2006. Head Start 
teachers will rate children in their classrooms on the aspects of 
cooperative classroom behaviors, preschool learning behaviors, and 
problem behaviors.
    HSNRS will also collect health and safety information on children 
and programs, including children's height and weight, immunization 
status, receipt of dental care, and occurrences of injuries requiring 
medical attention.
    Finally, a computer-assisted version of the HSNRS assessment 
battery and PDA version of answer forms will be used on a field trial 
basis starting in fall 2006 with a nationally representative sample of 
Head Start programs. The purpose of the field trial is to investigate 
the feasibility of the use of computer and PDA technologies in HSNRS 
data collection. To collect feedback on the computer-assisted 
assessment and PDA answer form approaches, brief telephone interviews 
will be conducted with program staff from participating Head Start 
programs in fall and spring.
    Respondents: Head Start children and Head Start staff.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
           Respondents and activities                Number of     responses per     hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Fall Implementation.............................
Head Start Children: Participate in Child                425,000               1           \1/4\         106,250
 Assessments....................................
Head Start Staff (Assessors): Participate in              25,000               1               4         100,000
 Training on Child Assessments..................
Head Start Staff (Local HSNRS Trainers):                   1,800               1               4           7,200
 Participate in Training on Child Assessments...
Head Start Staff (Local HSNRS Trainers):                     220               1              12           2,640
 Participate in Training on Computer-Assisted
 Child Assessments and PDA Answer Forms.........
Head Start Staff (Assessors): Administer Child            25,000              17           \1/4\         106,250
 Assessments....................................
Head Start Teachers: Participate in Training on           38,500               1               1          38,500
 Social-Emotional Development Ratings...........
Head Start Teachers: Complete Social-Emotional            38,500              11           \1/6\          70,583
 Development Ratings............................
Head Start Teachers: Complete Child Health                38,500              11          \1/12\          35,292
 Questions......................................
Head Start Staff, Complete Health and Safety of            1,800               1          \1/12\             150
 Program Questions..............................
Head Start Staff: Enter Information on Computer-           1,800               1               3           5,400
 Based Reporting System (CBRS)..................
Head Start Staff: Provide feedback on Computer-              220               1          \1/12\              18
 Assisted Child Assessments and PDA Answer Forms
Spring Implementation...........................
Head Start Children: Participate in Child                425,000               1           \1/4\         106,250
 Assessments....................................
Head Start Staff (Assessors): Participate in              25,000               1               4         100,000
 Refresher Training on Child Assessments........
Head Start Staff (Local HSNRS Trainers):                   1,800               1               4           7,200
 Participate in Training on Child Assessments...
Head Start Staff (Assessors): Administer Child            25,000              17           \1/4\         106,250
 Assessments....................................

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Head Start Teachers: Participate in Refresher             38,500               1           \1/2\          19,250
 Training on Social-Emotional Development
 Ratings........................................
Head Start Teachers: Complete Social-Emotional            38,500              11           \1/6\          70,583
 Development Ratings............................
Head Start Teachers: Complete Child Health                38,500              11          \1/12\          35,292
 Questions......................................
Head Start Staff: Complete Health and Safety of            1,800               1          \1/12\             150
 Program Questions..............................
Head Start Staff: Enter Information on CBRS.....           1,800               1           \3/2\           2,700
Head Start Staff: Provide feedback on Computer-              220               1          \1/12\              18
 Assisted Child Assessments and PDA Answer Forms
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Annual Burden Estimates...............  ..............  ..............  ..............         919,976
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    Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the 
Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, 
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 
address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov.
    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 OBM 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: Katherin--T.--Astrich@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: April 16, 2006.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 06-3524 Filed 4-12-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-01-M