Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 28869 [06-4632]

Download as PDF 28869 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 96 / Thursday, May 18, 2006 / Notices Dated: May 11, 2006. Joan F. Karr, Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. E6–7563 Filed 5–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Title: The Office of Community Services (OCS) Evaluation Initiative. OMB No.: New Collection. Description: This questionnaire is part of a contract that addresses evaluation strategies for three programs administered by OCS: Community Economic Development (CED), Rural Community Facilities (RF), and Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI). The legislative requirement for two of these programs, i.e., the RF and CED programs, is in Title IV of the Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act (COATS Human Services Reauthorization Act) of Oct. 27, 1998, Public Law 105–285, sec. 680(b) as amended. This legislative directive states that ‘‘The Secretary shall require all activities receiving assistance under this section to be evaluated for their effectiveness. Funding for such evaluations shall be provided as a stated percentage of the assistance or through a separate grant awarded by the Secretary specifically for the purpose of evaluation of a particular activity or group of activities.’’ Under Title V, section 505, of the Family Support Act of 1988, Public Law 100–485, sec. 505(f), JOLI was initially a demonstration program that required local evaluations of each project. When JOLI was reauthorized in 1996 (Public Law 104–193—August 22, 1996), it no longer had demonstration status and evaluation requirements. As a result, a formal evaluation for the JOLI program has not been conducted since the 1996 Public Law reauthorization. At this time, OCS is interested in a formal evaluation to assess the JOLI program. OCS has chosen to evaluate all three of these programs through a separate contract awarded by the Secretary using the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART) in order to critically review the overall design and effectiveness of each program in its totality. The evaluation initiative contract provides the central office with the mechanism to ensure that all programs evaluated will have consistent data that is in agreement with the direction of OMB and provides the Secretary with information on program efficiency and effectiveness. The evaluation survey’s primary purpose is to document and systematically evaluate the program performance of three OCS discretionary grant programs in qualitative and quantitative terms. Thus it will assess each of the three OCS discretionary grant programs—CED, RF, and JOLI— using qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods that capture key information about program and granteelevel performance in four general areas: (1) Program purpose and design; (2) strategic planning; (3) program management; and (4) program results. The evaluation activities will build on the initial year’s findings and methods, with the goal of expanding data collection and analysis to improve the validity and generalizability of findings. The questionnaire will be administered online. Respondents: Active CED and JOLI grantees with grants awarded from 2001 through 2004. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours 172 1 1.5 258 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours ..................................................... wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Questionnaire for OCS–CED and JOLI Grantees in the U.S. ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 258 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 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:06 May 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 Reduction Project, Attn: Desk Officer for ACF, E-mail address: Katherine_T._Astrich@omb.eop.gov. Dated: May 11, 2006. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–4632 Filed 5–17–06; 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: Multi-site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs. OMB No. 0970–0253. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting comments on plans to continue data collection for the Evaluation of Independent Living Programs funded under the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106–169) mandates evaluations of promising independent living programs administered by State and local child welfare agencies. ACF is conducting an evaluation of four independent living programs using a randomized experimental design. Youth aged 14–21 receiving independent living program services are interviewed at three points during the evaluation period. Program administrators, staff, and youth participate in interviews, observations, and focus groups conducted during program site visits. E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: The Office of Community Services (OCS) Evaluation 
Initiative.
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    Description: This questionnaire is part of a contract that 
addresses evaluation strategies for three programs administered by OCS: 
Community Economic Development (CED), Rural Community Facilities (RF), 
and Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI). The 
legislative requirement for two of these programs, i.e., the RF and CED 
programs, is in Title IV of the Community Opportunities, 
Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act (COATS Human 
Services Reauthorization Act) of Oct. 27, 1998, Public Law 105-285, 
sec. 680(b) as amended. This legislative directive states that ``The 
Secretary shall require all activities receiving assistance under this 
section to be evaluated for their effectiveness. Funding for such 
evaluations shall be provided as a stated percentage of the assistance 
or through a separate grant awarded by the Secretary specifically for 
the purpose of evaluation of a particular activity or group of 
activities.''
    Under Title V, section 505, of the Family Support Act of 1988, 
Public Law 100-485, sec. 505(f), JOLI was initially a demonstration 
program that required local evaluations of each project. When JOLI was 
reauthorized in 1996 (Public Law 104-193--August 22, 1996), it no 
longer had demonstration status and evaluation requirements. As a 
result, a formal evaluation for the JOLI program has not been conducted 
since the 1996 Public Law reauthorization. At this time, OCS is 
interested in a formal evaluation to assess the JOLI program.
    OCS has chosen to evaluate all three of these programs through a 
separate contract awarded by the Secretary using the Office of 
Management and Budget's (OMB) Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART) 
in order to critically review the overall design and effectiveness of 
each program in its totality. The evaluation initiative contract 
provides the central office with the mechanism to ensure that all 
programs evaluated will have consistent data that is in agreement with 
the direction of OMB and provides the Secretary with information on 
program efficiency and effectiveness.
    The evaluation survey's primary purpose is to document and 
systematically evaluate the program performance of three OCS 
discretionary grant programs in qualitative and quantitative terms. 
Thus it will assess each of the three OCS discretionary grant 
programs--CED, RF, and JOLI--using qualitative and quantitative 
evaluation methods that capture key information about program and 
grantee-level performance in four general areas: (1) Program purpose 
and design; (2) strategic planning; (3) program management; and (4) 
program results. The evaluation activities will build on the initial 
year's findings and methods, with the goal of expanding data collection 
and analysis to improve the validity and generalizability of findings.
    The questionnaire will be administered online.
    Respondents: Active CED and JOLI grantees with grants awarded from 
2001 through 2004.

                                             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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Questionnaire for OCS-CED and JOLI Grantees in               172               1             1.5             258
 the U.S........................................
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours.........  ..............  ..............  ..............             258
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    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 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 11, 2006.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 06-4632 Filed 5-17-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-01-M