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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices ecological health and improve water management for beneficial uses of the San Francisco/Sacramento and San Joaquin Bay Delta. Committee agendas and meeting materials will be available prior to all meetings on the California Bay-Delta Program Web site http://Calwater.ca.gov and at the meetings. These meetings are open to the public. Oral comments will be accepted from members of the public at each meeting and will be limited to 3-5 minutes. Authority: The Committee was established pursuant to the Department of the Interior’s authority to implement the Water Supply, Reliability, and Environmental Improvement Act, Pub. 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[FR Doc. 07–5597 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–M INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–452 and 731– TA–1129 and 1130 (Preliminary)] Raw Flexible Magnets fom China and Taiwan mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (Commission) determines, pursuant to section 703(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a)) (the Act), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of imports from China of raw flexible magnets, provided for in subheadings 8505.19.10 and 8505.19.20 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States,2 that are alleged to be subsidized by the Government of China.3 The Commission further 1 The record is defined in sec.–tion 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR § 207.2(f)). 2 Raw flexible magnets were provided for in HTS statistical reporting number 8505.19.0040 prior to December 19, 2004. 3 Commissioner Charlotte R. Lane determines that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of such imports. VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 determines, pursuant to section 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b(a)), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of imports from China and Taiwan of raw flexible magnets, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV).4 Commencement of Final Phase Investigations Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission’s rules, upon notice from the Department of Commerce (Commerce) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under section 703(b) and section 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under section 705(a) and section 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. Background On September 21, 2007, a petition was filed with the Commission and Commerce by Magnum Magnetics Corp., alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of subsidized imports of raw flexible magnets from China, and by reason of LTFV imports from China and Taiwan. Accordingly, effective September 21, 2007, the Commission instituted countervailing duty and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 701–TA–452 and 731–TA–1129 and 1130 (Preliminary). Notice of the institution of the Commission’s investigations and of a public conference to be held in 4 Commissioner Charlotte R. Lane determines that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of such imports. PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63629 connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of September 28, 2007 (72 FR 55248). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on October 12, 2007, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel. The Commission transmitted its determinations in these investigations to the Secretary of Commerce on November 5, 2007. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 3961 (November 2007), entitled Raw Flexible Magnets from China and Taiwan: Investigation Nos. 701–TA–452 and 731–TA–1129 and 1130 (Preliminary). Issued: November 5, 2007. By order of the Commission. Marilyn R. Abbott, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. E7–22014 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Research Performance Progress Report Format AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF). Request for public comment on a standardized Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format. ACTION: SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF), on behalf of the Chief Financial Officers Council’s Grants Policy Committee, the Grants.gov Executive Board, and the National Science & Technology Council’s Research Business Models Subcommittee, is soliciting public comment on a standardized Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format. The NSF has agreed to serve as the ‘‘sponsor’’ of this Federal-wide format for receipt of comments under this interagency initiative. Development of a standardized RPPR is an initiative of the Research Business Models (RBM) Subcommittee of the Committee on Science (CoS), a Committee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). It is also part of the implementation of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106–107). Consistent with the purposes of that Act, the objective of this initiative is to establish a uniform format for reporting performance on Federally-funded research projects. E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 63630 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices Although different Federal agencies utilize a variety of formats for reporting progress on activities supported by research grants, similar information is usually collected. These variations increase administrative effort and costs for recipients of Federal awards and make it difficult to compare research programs across government. Development of standard reporting categories will facilitate the development of a common electronic solution for collecting the information in lieu of collecting it through numerous agency-unique reporting forms currently used. In furtherance of Public Law 106– 107, this proposed format will directly benefit award recipients by making it easier for recipients to administer Federal grant programs through standardization of the types of research information required in performance reports. This proposed format is for interim progress reports only, and once implemented, it is intended to replace other formats. The NSTC RBM Subcommittee may consider a similar format for final reports, subsequent to this RPPR initiative. Agencies may use other OMB-approved reporting formats for specialized research grants, such as centers/institutes, clinical trials, or fellowship/training awards. Each category is in the proposed RPPR is a separate reporting component. Award recipients would be required to report on the mandatory category and may be required to report on the mandatory category and may be required to report on any of the optional categories as instructed by an awarding agency. Agencies may develop an agency- or program-specific category, if necessary, to meet programmatic requirements, although agencies would be instructed to minimize the degree to which they supplement the standard categories. Comment is requested on any aspect of the reporting components proposed, such as appropriateness, feasibility, completeness, or mandatory specification. The NSF also invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on estimates of burden as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). DATES: Comments must be received by January 8, 2008. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Division of Administrative Services, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22230, e-mail splimpton@nsf.gov; telephone: (703) 292–7556; Fax (703) 292–9188. We encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include ‘‘Research Performance Progress Reporting’’ in the subject line of the e-mail message; please also include in the full body of your comments in the text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address in your message. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To view the RPPR format, see: http:// www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/ index.jsp. For information on the RPPR, contact Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution & Support, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22230, e-mail: jfeldman@nsf.gov; telephone (703) 292–8243; Fax: (703) 292–9171. For further information on the NSTC RBM Subcommittee, contact Diane DiEuliis, at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503; e-mail: ddieuliis@ostp.eop.gov; telephone 202– 456–6059; Fax 202–456–6027. See also the RBM Subcommittee’s Internet Web site located at: http://rbm.nih.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background This project is an initiative of the Research Business Models (RBM) Subcommittee of the Committee on Science (COS), a committee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The RBM Subcommittee’s objectives include: • Facilitating a coordinated effort across Federal agencies to address policy implications arising from the changing nature of scientific research; and • Examining the effects of these changes on business models for the conduct of scientific research sponsored by the Federal government. The Subcommittee used public comments, agency perspectives, and input from a series of regional public meetings to identify priority areas on which it would focus its initial efforts. In each priority area, the Subcommittee is pursuing initiatives to promote, as appropriate, common policy, streamlining of current procedures, or the identification of agencies’ and institutions’ ‘‘best practices.’’ As further information about initiatives becomes available, it will be posted at the Subcommittee’s Internet Web site: http://rbm.nih.gov. The objective of one of the RBM Subcommittee’s priority areas is greater uniformity in the form and content of PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 performance reports that are required by Federal grants and cooperative agreements awarded under research programs. Many Federal agencies have their own forms or formats that recipients must use to report progress on activities supported by research grants. While agencies use different formats and different language to request information on progress, they usually collect similar information. These variations increase the administrative effort and costs for recipients of Federal awards and make it difficult to compare research programs across the government. In furtherance of Pub. L. 106–107, this proposed format will directly benefit recipients by making it easier to administer Federal grant programs, through standardization of the types of research information required in performance reports. It will also facilitate the creation of a common electronic solution for collecting the information in lieu of collecting it through the numerous agency-unique reporting forms or systems currently used by different Federal agencies. The RBM Subcommittee reviewed all formats currently in use by Federal agencies for reporting performance on research grants. The reporting categories used by the NSF were selected as a starting point for designing a standard format, as hundreds of NSF research programs have used these categories successfully. The proposed format does not change the performance reporting requirements in OMB Circulars A–102 and A–110; it merely provides additional clarification, instructions, and a standard format for collecting the information. This proposed format is intended for interim progress reports, not for use in submission of final reports (see section III. Invitation to Comment below), and once implemented, it is intended to replace other formats. The RPPR is intended to address progress for the most recently completed period, at the frequency required or designated by the sponsoring agency. Information, once reported, does not have to be provided again on subsequent reports. II. Proposed Reporting Categories The proposed format for interim performance progress reporting on grants and cooperative agreements awarded under research programs are available on the NSF Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/ rppr/index.jsp. These include the cover page data elements, the mandatory and optional categories for reporting, and associated instructions. E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Each of the categories specified is a separate reporting component. Federal agencies will direct recipients to report on the mandatory category and may also require reporting on optional categories, as appropriate. Recipients will not be required or expected to report on each of the questions or items listed under a particular category. They will be advised to state ‘‘None’’ or ‘‘Nothing to report’’ if they have nothing significant to report. Agencies will utilize the standard instructions that have been developed for each category, but may provide additional program-specific instructions necessary to clarify a requirement for a particular program. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to collect information on environmental impacts; so under the following reporting question: ‘‘How has the project contributed to society beyond science and technology?’’, the EPA can direct recipients to specifically report on the research’s benefit or impact to the environment. Agencies also may develop additional agency- or program-specific reporting categories and instructions (e.g., the National Institutes of Health may need to collect additional information on clinical trial awards); however, to maintain maximum uniformity, agencies will be instructed to minimize the degree to which they supplement the standard categories. III. Invitation to Comment Input is welcome on any aspect of the proposed standard reporting categories. Questions that individuals may wish to address include, but are not limited to, the following: • Are the categories and the elements appropriate? • Are there other elements that should be included under the reporting categories? • Should other categories be mandatory? • Are the instructions straightforward and easy to understand? • Should agencies defer final implementation until there is a common solution for collecting the information electronically? Should agencies use a downloadable fillable form or webbased form to report progress? • The RBM Subcommittee may consider using this format for final reports as well as progress reports. Is this proposed format appropriate for a final report? If so, should recipients be directed to provide summary information for the entire project period, or just for the last period? If not, what information should be included in a final report? VerDate Aug<31>2005 23:48 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 IV. Paperwork Reduction Act In furtherance of Pub. L. 106–107, and its goal of streamlining the Federal grant process, this proposed format will reduce the burden on recipients currently expending time and effort on a variety of agency-specific forms. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), OMB assigns a control number to each ‘‘collection of information’’ that it reviews and approves for use by an agency. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB Control Number. The PRA also requires agencies to estimate the burden for each collection of information. Given that this reporting format has not yet been utilized by Federal recipients to report progress on research awards, it is difficult to estimate the burden hours associated with this information collection at this time. Also, because individual components of the proposed RPPR are in a new format, burden hours per component are uncertain. Depending on which optional components agencies select in addition to the mandatory component, however, burden hours may be estimated within a range. It should be noted that burden estimates associated with forms currently in use range from a minimum of 5 hours to a maximum of 16 hours, depending on the type of research project being supported. Proposed PRA Submission to OMB Title: Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). OMB Number: 4040–NEW. Abstract: The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) will establish a uniform format for reporting performance on Federally-funded research projects. Type of Review: New Collection. Affected Public: Public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories; units of state and local government; domestic or foreign non-profit and forprofit organizations; and eligible agencies of the Federal government. Note that affected public will vary depending on individual agency and the type of research being supported. Estimated Number of Respondents: The number of Annual Project Reports that NSF received from 10–01–2006 through 9–30–2007 was 24,603. Total Estimated Time: The burden imposed by various agencies will depend on the number of respondents using the collection for their programs. Estimated Time per Respondent: Estimated time per respondent may PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63631 range from 5 to 16 hours depending on the type of research being supported. Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: Estimated Out-of-Pocket Cost per Respondent: Agencies and the public are asked to comment on: • Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; • 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; and • Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Prior to submission of the information collection request to OMB for final clearance, however, specific burden hours associated with interim progress reporting will be reported by agencies. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. Dated: November 6, 2007. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 07–5601 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–M NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). ACTION: Notice of the OMB review of information collection and solicitation of public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The NRC has recently submitted the following proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) to OMB for review. The NRC hereby informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


Research Performance Progress Report Format

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF).

ACTION: Request for public comment on a standardized Research 
Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format.

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SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF), on behalf of the Chief 
Financial Officers Council's Grants Policy Committee, the Grants.gov 
Executive Board, and the National Science & Technology Council's 
Research Business Models Subcommittee, is soliciting public comment on 
a standardized Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format. The 
NSF has agreed to serve as the ``sponsor'' of this Federal-wide format 
for receipt of comments under this interagency initiative.
    Development of a standardized RPPR is an initiative of the Research 
Business Models (RBM) Subcommittee of the Committee on Science (CoS), a 
Committee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). It is 
also part of the implementation of the Federal Financial Assistance 
Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106-107). Consistent with 
the purposes of that Act, the objective of this initiative is to 
establish a uniform format for reporting performance on Federally-
funded research projects.

[[Page 63630]]

Although different Federal agencies utilize a variety of formats for 
reporting progress on activities supported by research grants, similar 
information is usually collected. These variations increase 
administrative effort and costs for recipients of Federal awards and 
make it difficult to compare research programs across government. 
Development of standard reporting categories will facilitate the 
development of a common electronic solution for collecting the 
information in lieu of collecting it through numerous agency-unique 
reporting forms currently used. In furtherance of Public Law 106-107, 
this proposed format will directly benefit award recipients by making 
it easier for recipients to administer Federal grant programs through 
standardization of the types of research information required in 
performance reports. This proposed format is for interim progress 
reports only, and once implemented, it is intended to replace other 
formats. The NSTC RBM Subcommittee may consider a similar format for 
final reports, subsequent to this RPPR initiative. Agencies may use 
other OMB-approved reporting formats for specialized research grants, 
such as centers/institutes, clinical trials, or fellowship/training 
awards.
    Each category is in the proposed RPPR is a separate reporting 
component. Award recipients would be required to report on the 
mandatory category and may be required to report on the mandatory 
category and may be required to report on any of the optional 
categories as instructed by an awarding agency. Agencies may develop an 
agency- or program-specific category, if necessary, to meet 
programmatic requirements, although agencies would be instructed to 
minimize the degree to which they supplement the standard categories. 
Comment is requested on any aspect of the reporting components 
proposed, such as appropriateness, feasibility, completeness, or 
mandatory specification. The NSF also invites the general public and 
other Federal agencies to comment on estimates of burden as required by 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).

DATES: Comments must be received by January 8, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports 
Clearance Officer, Division of Administrative Services, National 
Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22230, e-mail 
splimpton@nsf.gov; telephone: (703) 292-7556; Fax (703) 292-9188. We 
encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure 
timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be 
received before the comment closing date. Please include ``Research 
Performance Progress Reporting'' in the subject line of the e-mail 
message; please also include in the full body of your comments in the 
text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, 
organization, postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address in 
your message.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To view the RPPR format, see: http://
www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/index.jsp. For information on the 
RPPR, contact Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of 
Institution & Support, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, 
Arlington, VA, 22230, e-mail: jfeldman@nsf.gov; telephone (703) 292-
8243; Fax: (703) 292-9171. For further information on the NSTC RBM 
Subcommittee, contact Diane DiEuliis, at the Office of Science and 
Technology Policy, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503; e-mail: 
ddieuliis@ostp.eop.gov; telephone 202-456-6059; Fax 202-456-6027. See 
also the RBM Subcommittee's Internet Web site located at: http://
rbm.nih.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    This project is an initiative of the Research Business Models (RBM) 
Subcommittee of the Committee on Science (COS), a committee of the 
National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The RBM Subcommittee's 
objectives include:
     Facilitating a coordinated effort across Federal agencies 
to address policy implications arising from the changing nature of 
scientific research; and
     Examining the effects of these changes on business models 
for the conduct of scientific research sponsored by the Federal 
government.
    The Subcommittee used public comments, agency perspectives, and 
input from a series of regional public meetings to identify priority 
areas on which it would focus its initial efforts. In each priority 
area, the Subcommittee is pursuing initiatives to promote, as 
appropriate, common policy, streamlining of current procedures, or the 
identification of agencies' and institutions' ``best practices.'' As 
further information about initiatives becomes available, it will be 
posted at the Subcommittee's Internet Web site: http://rbm.nih.gov.
    The objective of one of the RBM Subcommittee's priority areas is 
greater uniformity in the form and content of performance reports that 
are required by Federal grants and cooperative agreements awarded under 
research programs. Many Federal agencies have their own forms or 
formats that recipients must use to report progress on activities 
supported by research grants. While agencies use different formats and 
different language to request information on progress, they usually 
collect similar information. These variations increase the 
administrative effort and costs for recipients of Federal awards and 
make it difficult to compare research programs across the government. 
In furtherance of Pub. L. 106-107, this proposed format will directly 
benefit recipients by making it easier to administer Federal grant 
programs, through standardization of the types of research information 
required in performance reports. It will also facilitate the creation 
of a common electronic solution for collecting the information in lieu 
of collecting it through the numerous agency-unique reporting forms or 
systems currently used by different Federal agencies. The RBM 
Subcommittee reviewed all formats currently in use by Federal agencies 
for reporting performance on research grants. The reporting categories 
used by the NSF were selected as a starting point for designing a 
standard format, as hundreds of NSF research programs have used these 
categories successfully. The proposed format does not change the 
performance reporting requirements in OMB Circulars A-102 and A-110; it 
merely provides additional clarification, instructions, and a standard 
format for collecting the information.
    This proposed format is intended for interim progress reports, not 
for use in submission of final reports (see section III. Invitation to 
Comment below), and once implemented, it is intended to replace other 
formats. The RPPR is intended to address progress for the most recently 
completed period, at the frequency required or designated by the 
sponsoring agency. Information, once reported, does not have to be 
provided again on subsequent reports.

II. Proposed Reporting Categories

    The proposed format for interim performance progress reporting on 
grants and cooperative agreements awarded under research programs are 
available on the NSF Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/
rppr/index.jsp. These include the cover page data elements, the 
mandatory and optional categories for reporting, and associated 
instructions.

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    Each of the categories specified is a separate reporting component. 
Federal agencies will direct recipients to report on the mandatory 
category and may also require reporting on optional categories, as 
appropriate. Recipients will not be required or expected to report on 
each of the questions or items listed under a particular category. They 
will be advised to state ``None'' or ``Nothing to report'' if they have 
nothing significant to report.
    Agencies will utilize the standard instructions that have been 
developed for each category, but may provide additional program-
specific instructions necessary to clarify a requirement for a 
particular program. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) is required to collect information on environmental impacts; so 
under the following reporting question: ``How has the project 
contributed to society beyond science and technology?'', the EPA can 
direct recipients to specifically report on the research's benefit or 
impact to the environment.
    Agencies also may develop additional agency- or program-specific 
reporting categories and instructions (e.g., the National Institutes of 
Health may need to collect additional information on clinical trial 
awards); however, to maintain maximum uniformity, agencies will be 
instructed to minimize the degree to which they supplement the standard 
categories.

III. Invitation to Comment

    Input is welcome on any aspect of the proposed standard reporting 
categories. Questions that individuals may wish to address include, but 
are not limited to, the following:
     Are the categories and the elements appropriate?
     Are there other elements that should be included under the 
reporting categories?
     Should other categories be mandatory?
     Are the instructions straightforward and easy to 
understand?
     Should agencies defer final implementation until there is 
a common solution for collecting the information electronically? Should 
agencies use a downloadable fillable form or web-based form to report 
progress?
     The RBM Subcommittee may consider using this format for 
final reports as well as progress reports. Is this proposed format 
appropriate for a final report? If so, should recipients be directed to 
provide summary information for the entire project period, or just for 
the last period? If not, what information should be included in a final 
report?

IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    In furtherance of Pub. L. 106-107, and its goal of streamlining the 
Federal grant process, this proposed format will reduce the burden on 
recipients currently expending time and effort on a variety of agency-
specific forms. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), OMB assigns a 
control number to each ``collection of information'' that it reviews 
and approves for use by an agency. An agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB 
Control Number. The PRA also requires agencies to estimate the burden 
for each collection of information. Given that this reporting format 
has not yet been utilized by Federal recipients to report progress on 
research awards, it is difficult to estimate the burden hours 
associated with this information collection at this time. Also, because 
individual components of the proposed RPPR are in a new format, burden 
hours per component are uncertain. Depending on which optional 
components agencies select in addition to the mandatory component, 
however, burden hours may be estimated within a range. It should be 
noted that burden estimates associated with forms currently in use 
range from a minimum of 5 hours to a maximum of 16 hours, depending on 
the type of research project being supported.

Proposed PRA Submission to OMB

    Title: Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).
    OMB Number: 4040-NEW.
    Abstract: The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) will 
establish a uniform format for reporting performance on Federally-
funded research projects.
    Type of Review: New Collection.
    Affected Public: Public or private institutions, such as 
universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories; units of state and 
local government; domestic or foreign non-profit and for-profit 
organizations; and eligible agencies of the Federal government. Note 
that affected public will vary depending on individual agency and the 
type of research being supported.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The number of Annual Project 
Reports that NSF received from 10-01-2006 through 9-30-2007 was 24,603.
    Total Estimated Time: The burden imposed by various agencies will 
depend on the number of respondents using the collection for their 
programs.
    Estimated Time per Respondent: Estimated time per respondent may 
range from 5 to 16 hours depending on the type of research being 
supported.
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs:
    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Cost per Respondent: Agencies and the 
public are asked to comment on:
     Whether the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
     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; and
     Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of 
operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide 
information.
    Prior to submission of the information collection request to OMB 
for final clearance, however, specific burden hours associated with 
interim progress reporting will be reported by agencies. Comments 
submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included 
in the request for OMB approval.

    Dated: November 6, 2007.
Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 07-5601 Filed 11-8-07; 8:45 am]
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