Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 57047-57048 [07-4943]

Download as PDF 57047 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 193 / Friday, October 5, 2007 / Notices Beneficiaries who are married and lived with their spouse at any time during the year, but file a separate tax return from their spouse: Less than or equal to $82,000 ................................................................................................................................ Greater than $82,000 and less than or equal to $123,000 ..................................................................................... Greater than $123,000 ............................................................................................................................................ The Part B deductible for calendar year 2008 is $135.00. The standard Part B premium rate of $96.40 is 3.1 percent higher than the $93.50 premium rate for 2007. We estimate that this increase will cost approximately 41.5 million Part B enrollees about $1.4 billion for 2008. The monthly impact on the beneficiaries who are required to pay a higher premium for 2008 because their incomes exceed specified thresholds is $25.80, $64.50, $103.30, or $142.00, which is in addition to the standard monthly premium. Therefore, this notice is a major rule as defined in Title 5, United States Code, section 804(2) and is an economically significant rule under Executive Order 12866. In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this notice was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. delaying publication of the Part B premium rate such that it would not be published before that time would be contrary to the public interest. Therefore, we find good cause to waive publication of a proposed notice and solicitation of public comments. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, Medicare—Hospital Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program) Dated: September 26, 2007. Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Approved: September 26, 2007. Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary. [FR Doc. 07–4910 Filed 10–1–07; 11:18 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P IV. Waiver of Proposed Notice yshivers on PROD1PC62 with NOTICES The Medicare statute requires the publication of the monthly actuarial rates and the Part B premium amounts in September. We ordinarily use general notices, rather than notice and comment rulemaking procedures, to make such announcements. In doing so, we note that, under the Administrative Procedure Act, interpretive rules, general statements of policy, and rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice are excepted from the requirements of notice and comment rulemaking. We considered publishing a proposed notice to provide a period for public comment. However, we may waive that procedure if we find, for good cause, that prior notice and comment are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. We find that the procedure for notice and comment is unnecessary because the formulas used to calculate the Part B premiums are statutorily directed, and we can exercise no discretion in applying those formulas. Moreover, the statute establishes the time period for which the premium rates will apply, and VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:33 Oct 04, 2007 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Project Title: Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) Demonstration and Evaluation Project: 12-month Follow-up and Implementation Research Data Collection. OMB No.: New Collection. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is conducting a demonstration and evaluation called the Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) project. SHM is a test of marriage education demonstration programs in eight separate locations that will aim to enroll up to 1,000 couples per location, up to 500 couples participating in SHM programs and 500 control group couples. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Income-related monthly adjustment amount Total monthly premium amount $0.00 103.30 142.00 $96.40 199.70 238.40 SHM is designed to inform program operators and policymakers of the most effective ways to help low-income married couples strengthen and maintain healthy marriages. In particular, the project will measure the effectiveness of marriage education programs by randomly assigning eligible volunteer couples to SHM program groups and control groups. This data collection request includes three components. First, a survey will be administered to couples 12 months after they are enrolled in the program. The survey is designed to assess the effects of the SHM program on marital status and stability, quality of relationship with spouse, marital expectations and ideals, marital satisfaction, participation in services, parenting outcomes, child outcomes, parental well-being, employment, income, material hardship, and social support characteristics of study participants assigned to both the program and control groups. Second, survey data will be complemented by videotaped observations of couple, coparenting, and parent-child interactions with a subset of intact and separated couples at the 12-month follow-up. Third, qualitative data will be collected through a process and implementation study in each of the eight SHM demonstration programs across the country. These data will complement the information gathered by the SHM baseline data collection (OMB Control No. 0970–0299). The information collected at the 12-month follow-up will allow the research team to examine the effects of SHM services on outcomes of interest and to identify mechanisms that might account for these effects. The process and implementation research will consist of a qualitative component that will help ACF to better understand the results from the impact analysis as well as how to replicate programs that prove to be successful. Respondents: Low-income married couples with children. E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1 57048 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 193 / Friday, October 5, 2007 / Notices ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Annual number of respondents Instrument 12-month survey .............................................................................................. 12-month observational study (intact couples) ................................................ 12-month observational study (separated couples) ........................................ 12-month observational study (children of intact couples) .............................. 12-month observational study (children of separated couples) ...................... The process and implementation field research guide ................................... Dated: October 1, 2007 Brendan C. Kelly, OPRE Reports, Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 07–4943 Filed 10–4–07; 8:45 am] Proposed Project: Ryan White HIV/ AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006: Program Allocation and Expenditure Forms (NEW) BILLING CODE 4184–01–M yshivers on PROD1PC62 with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERIVCES The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Allocation and Expenditure Reports will enable the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau to track spending requirements for each program as outlined in the 2006 legislation. Grantees funded under Parts A, B, C, and D of the Ryan White HIV/ 15:33 Oct 04, 2007 Jkt 214001 Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (section 3506(c)(2)(A) of Title 44, United States Code, as amended by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104–13), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes periodic summaries of proposed projects being developed for submission to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443–1129. Comments are invited 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) ways to enhance 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. PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Average burden hours per response Estimated annual burden hours 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.83 0.68 0.17 0.33 0.17 1 8,499.2 2,176 27.2 528 27.2 504 10,240 3,200 160 1,600 160 504 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,761.6. 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 Number of responses per respondent AIDS Program (codified under Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act) would be required to report financial data to HRSA at the beginning and end of their grant cycle. All Parts of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program specify HRSA’s responsibilities in the administration of grant funds. Accurate allocation and expenditure records of the grantees receiving Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funding are critical to the implementation of the legislation and thus are necessary for HRSA to fulfill its responsibilities. The new law changes how Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds can be used, with an emphasis on providing life-saving and life-extending services for people living with HIV/AIDS across this country. More money will be spent on direct health care for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients. Under the new law, unless they receive a waiver, grantees receiving funds under Parts A, B, and C must spend at least 75 percent of funds on ‘‘core medical services’’ and can spend no more than 5 percent or 3 million dollars (whichever is smaller) on clinical quality management. Under Parts A–D, there is also a 10 percent spending cap on grantee administration. The forms would require grantees to report on how funds are allocated and spent on core and non-core services, and on various program components, such as administration, planning and evaluation, and quality management. The two forms are identical in the types of information they collect. However, the first report would track the allocation of their award at the beginning of their grant cycle and the second report would track actual expenditures (including carryover dollars) at the end of their grant cycle. The primary purposes of these forms are to (1) provide information on the number of grant dollars spent on various services and program components, and (2) oversee compliance with the intent of congressional appropriations in a timely manner. In addition to meeting the goal of accountability to the Congress, clients, advocacy groups, and the general public, information E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 193 (Friday, October 5, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57047-57048]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 07-4943]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

Proposed Project

    Title: Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) Demonstration and 
Evaluation Project: 12-month Follow-up and Implementation Research Data 
Collection.
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department 
of Health and Human Services, is conducting a demonstration and 
evaluation called the Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) project. SHM is 
a test of marriage education demonstration programs in eight separate 
locations that will aim to enroll up to 1,000 couples per location, up 
to 500 couples participating in SHM programs and 500 control group 
couples.
    SHM is designed to inform program operators and policymakers of the 
most effective ways to help low-income married couples strengthen and 
maintain healthy marriages. In particular, the project will measure the 
effectiveness of marriage education programs by randomly assigning 
eligible volunteer couples to SHM program groups and control groups.
    This data collection request includes three components. First, a 
survey will be administered to couples 12 months after they are 
enrolled in the program. The survey is designed to assess the effects 
of the SHM program on marital status and stability, quality of 
relationship with spouse, marital expectations and ideals, marital 
satisfaction, participation in services, parenting outcomes, child 
outcomes, parental well-being, employment, income, material hardship, 
and social support characteristics of study participants assigned to 
both the program and control groups. Second, survey data will be 
complemented by videotaped observations of couple, co-parenting, and 
parent-child interactions with a subset of intact and separated couples 
at the 12-month follow-up. Third, qualitative data will be collected 
through a process and implementation study in each of the eight SHM 
demonstration programs across the country.
    These data will complement the information gathered by the SHM 
baseline data collection (OMB Control No. 0970-0299). The information 
collected at the 12-month follow-up will allow the research team to 
examine the effects of SHM services on outcomes of interest and to 
identify mechanisms that might account for these effects. The process 
and implementation research will consist of a qualitative component 
that will help ACF to better understand the results from the impact 
analysis as well as how to replicate programs that prove to be 
successful.
    Respondents: Low-income married couples with children.

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                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                  Annual  number     Number of    Average burden     Estimated
                   Instrument                           of         responses per     hours per     annual burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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12-month survey.................................          10,240               1            0.83         8,499.2
12-month observational study (intact couples)...           3,200               1            0.68           2,176
12-month observational study (separated couples)             160               1            0.17            27.2
12-month observational study (children of intact           1,600               1            0.33             528
 couples).......................................
12-month observational study (children of                    160               1            0.17            27.2
 separated couples).............................
The process and implementation field research                504               1               1             504
 guide..........................................
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,761.6.
    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: October 1, 2007
Brendan C. Kelly,
OPRE Reports, Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 07-4943 Filed 10-4-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-01-M