Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 32968-32969 [06-5178]

Download as PDF 32968 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 7, 2006 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects Title: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Leveraging Report. OMB No.: 0970–0121. Description: The LIHEAP leveraging incentive program rewards LIHEAP grantees that have leveraged non-federal home energy resources for low-income households. The LIHEAP leveraging report is the application for leveraging incentive funds that these LIHEAP grantees submit to the Department of Health and Human Services for each fiscal year in which they leverage countable resources. Participation in the leveraging incentive program is voluntary and is described at 45 CFR 96.87. The LIHEAP leveraging report obtains information on the resources by LIHEAP grantees each fiscal year (as cash, discounts, waivers, and in-kind); the benefits provided to low-income households by these resources (for example, as fuel and payments for fuel, as home heating and cooling equipment, and as weatherization materials and installation); and the fair market value of these resources/benefits. HHS needs this information in order to carry out statutory requirements for administering the LIHEAP leveraging incentive program, to determine countability and valuation of grantees’ leveraged nonfederal home energy resources, and to determine grantees’ shares of leveraging incentive funds. HHS proposed to request a three-year extension of OMB approval for the currently approved LIHEAP leveraging report information collection. Respondents: State, Local or Tribal Governments. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Instrument Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours LIHEAP Leveraging Report ............................................................................. 70 1 38 2,660 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,660. 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. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.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 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: June 1, 2006. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–5177 Filed 6–6–06; 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: Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program Data Reporting Instructions and Requirements OMB No.: 0970—0215. Description: 42 U.S.C. 612 (Section 412 of the Social Security Act as amended by Pub. L. 104–193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA)) mandates that Federally recognized Indian Tribes with an approved Tribal TANF program collect and submit o the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services data on the recipients served by the Tribes’ programs. This information includes both aggregated and disaggregated data on case characteristics and individual characteristics. In addition, Tribes that are subject to a penalty are allowed to provide reasonable cause justifications as to why a penalty should not be imposed or may develop and implement corrective compliance procedures to eliminate the source of the penalty. Finally, there is an annual report, which requires the Tribes to describe program characteristics. All of the above requirements are currently approved by OMB and the Administration for Children and Families is simply proposing to extend them without any changes. Respondents: Indian Tribes. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Final Tribal TANF Data Report ........................................................................ Tribal TANF Annual Report ............................................................................. Tribal TANF Reasonable Cause/Corrective Action Documentation Process VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:23 Jun 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number of responses per respondent 56 56 56 E:\FR\FM\07JNN1.SGM 4 1 1 07JNN1 Average burden hours per response 451 40 60 Total burden hours 101,024 2,240 3,360 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 7, 2006 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 106,624. 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 Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.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 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: June 1, 2006. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 06–5178 Filed 6–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES The Data Measures, Data Composites, and National Standards To Be Used in the Child and Family Services Reviews AGENCY: Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Final notice of the data measures, data composites, and national standards to be used in the Child and Family Services Reviews. SUMMARY: On November 7, 2005, the Administration for Children and VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jun 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 Families (ACF) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment regarding its proposal to replace the six data measures used as part of the assessment of State performance on the Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) with six data composites (70 FR 67479). Based on the results of our data analyses and a review of comments from the field, ACF made the following decisions: • The CFSR will use a State’s performance on two individual data measures as part of the assessment of the State’s substantial conformity with CFSR Safety Outcome 1—Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect. A national standard is established for each of these measures. • The CFSR will use a State’s performance on four data composites as part of the assessment of the State’s substantial conformity with CFSR Permanency Outcome 1—Children have permanency and stability in their living situations. A national standard is established for each of these data composites. This announcement presents the following information: • The decisions made by the Children’s Bureau regarding use of data composites for the Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR); • The composites and additional data that will be used as part of the assessment of a State’s substantial conformity with the CFSR requirements; and • Descriptive statistics relevant to each composite and measure, including the score that will serve as the national standard for the second round of the CFSR. Where relevant, the announcement addresses key comments from the field in response to the Federal Register notice. The announcement also includes the following attachments: Attachment A: Data to be included in the CFSR State Data Profile. Attachment B: Methodology for Composite Construction. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact: John Hargrove at John.Hargrove@acf.hhs.gov, (202) 205– 8625. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The CFSR is ACF’s results-oriented comprehensive monitoring system designed to promote continuous improvement in the outcomes experienced by children and families who come into contact with public child welfare agencies. ACF developed PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32969 the CFSR in response to a mandate in the Social Security Amendments of 1994 (see section 1123A of the Social Security Act) for the Department of Health and Human Services to promulgate regulations for reviews of State child and family services programs under titles IV–B and IV–E of the Social Security Act. ACF’s final regulations on the CFSR process, issued in 2000, can be found at 45 CFR 1355.31 through 1355.37. Between fiscal year (FY) 2001 and FY 2004, ACF conducted the first round of the CFSR. A ‘‘round’’ is defined as a cycle of the CFSR that includes every State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Information for each CFSR came from the following sources: (1) The Statewide Assessment, (2) case-level reviews conducted by a team of Federal and State reviewers, (3) interviews with key stakeholders, and (4) State data from the Foster Care File of the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) and the Child File of the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), or an alternative data source approved by the Children’s Bureau. Using this information, the first round of the CFSR assessed State performance on seven outcomes and seven systemic factors. For the most part, performance on the seven outcomes was determined through the results of the case reviews. However, in the first round of the CFSR, the assessment for two outcomes also included a State’s performance on six national data measures that ACF adapted from measures developed for the Annual Report to Congress on Child Welfare Outcomes in response to the requirements of section 479A of the Social Security Act. ACF established national standards for each of the six data measures, all of which were calculated from data reported by States to NCANDS and AFCARS. ACF described these six data measures and the national standards in the preamble to the final CFSR regulation, published in the Federal Register (65 FR 4024– 4025). This same regulation provides information on how ACF calculated the national standards associated with each of the six data measures. Subsequently, ACF issued information memoranda on the specific national standards that would be used in the initial CFSR implementation (see ACYF–CB–IM–00– 11 and ACYF–CB–IM–01–07). The following performance measures and national standards were used during the first round of the CFSR as part of the assessment of a State’s substantial conformity with CFSR Safety Outcome 1—Children are, first and E:\FR\FM\07JNN1.SGM 07JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 109 (Wednesday, June 7, 2006)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

Proposed Projects

    Title: Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 
Program Data Reporting Instructions and Requirements
    OMB No.: 0970--0215.
    Description: 42 U.S.C. 612 (Section 412 of the Social Security Act 
as amended by Pub. L. 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work 
Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA)) mandates that 
Federally recognized Indian Tribes with an approved Tribal TANF program 
collect and submit o the Secretary of the Department of Health and 
Human Services data on the recipients served by the Tribes' programs. 
This information includes both aggregated and disaggregated data on 
case characteristics and individual characteristics. In addition, 
Tribes that are subject to a penalty are allowed to provide reasonable 
cause justifications as to why a penalty should not be imposed or may 
develop and implement corrective compliance procedures to eliminate the 
source of the penalty. Finally, there is an annual report, which 
requires the Tribes to describe program characteristics. All of the 
above requirements are currently approved by OMB and the Administration 
for Children and Families is simply proposing to extend them without 
any changes.
    Respondents: Indian Tribes.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                     Number of        Average
                   Instrument                        Number of     responses per   burden hours    Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent     per response        hours
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Final Tribal TANF Data Report...................              56               4             451         101,024
Tribal TANF Annual Report.......................              56               1              40           2,240
Tribal TANF Reasonable Cause/Corrective Action                56               1              60           3,360
 Documentation Process..........................
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 106,624.
    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 
Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, 
SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail 
address: infocollection@acf.hhs.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 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: June 1, 2006.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 06-5178 Filed 6-6-06; 8:45 am]
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