Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 13901-13902 [E8-4935]

Download as PDF 13901 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 51 / Friday, March 14, 2008 / Notices TABLE 1.—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Recruiting Screener Focus Group Discussion ................................................ Guide ............................................................................................................... 2,200 220 1 1 5/60 2.67 183 587 Total .......................................................................................................... 2,420 na na 770 Average hourly wage rate* Total cost burden Form name Total burden hours TABLE 2.—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Recruiting Screener Focus Group Discussion ................................................ Guide ............................................................................................................... 2,200 220 183 587 $17 17 3,111 9,979 Total .......................................................................................................... 2,420 770 na 13,090 * Based upon the mean hourly wage of full-time workers, third-quarter of 2007. Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government All comments will become a matter of public record. Based on the current budget for the project, the total cost to the Federal Government is $257,474 ($251, 114 of contractor costs + $6,360 of travel and time cost for AHRQ employees) for the 18-month period from Oct. 1st, 2007 to March 31st, 2009. The annualized cost is approximately $171,649. This amount includes all direct and indirect costs of the design, data collection, analysis, and reporting phases of the study. The costs of Federal employees for monitoring the contract are $5,660. Dated: March 5, 2008. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. E8–4928 Filed 3–13–08; 8:45 am] rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Request for Comments In accordance with the above-cited Paperwork Reduction Act legislation, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ health care research and health care information dissemination functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) 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 upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the Agency’s subsequent request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:17 Mar 13, 2008 Jkt 214001 BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Evaluation of the Effectiveness of AHRQ’s Grant-Supported Research on Healthcare Costs, Productivity, and Market Forces.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on December 28th, 2007 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 14, 2008. PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477 or by email at doris.1efkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Proposed Project: ‘‘Evaluation of the Effectiveness of AHRQ’s GrantSupported Research on Healthcare Costs, Productivity, and Market Forces’’ The proposed information collection will support AHRQ’s efforts to systematically review the effectiveness of its grant-supported research on healthcare costs, productivity, and market forces since the late 1990s. In the first phase of its ongoing evaluation, AHRQ determined it had funded 149 grants in the area of cost, productivity, organization and market forces since the late 1990s (Krissik, Lake and Gold, 2007). Prior to this proposed information collection, no evaluation of these grants and their effects has been conducted. Collecting such information through a survey of the 149 grantees will assist AHRQ in its mission of supporting the synthesis and dissemination of available scientific evidence for use by patients, consumers, practitioners, providers, purchasers, policymakers, and educators. The survey will provide information on grant activities that is not currently available, including update-to-date information on grantee dissemination E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1 13902 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 51 / Friday, March 14, 2008 / Notices activities and feedback on AHRQ’s role in supporting research and dissemination. A survey of the universe of grantees who were funded to carry out the abovedescribed health services research work offers a rational and scientific approach to collecting data on the impact of AHRQ’s research in this area that is otherwise not currently available. The survey will be an integral part of AHRQ’s overall evaluation, which attempts to describe the research and the pathways through which research findings that it has supported are disseminated and used. The survey interviews principal investigators about their grant research projects and will capture data that systematically track grant outcomes, providing information on: (1) The main substantive findings from the work and the ways they have been communicated; (2) known impacts of the work to date; (3) linkage of work to other research in the field; (4) grantee ratings of the support that AHRQ provided before, during, and after award and how AHRQ services for grantees could be improved; and, (5) grantee perceptions of AHRQ’s role in research funding in this area and how sponsor interest influences the topics that are addressed. Method of Collection A web-based questionnaire will be used to conduct the survey with AHRQ grantees. A self-administered mode was selected for this survey because respondents may need to look up information in order to answer some questions. A self-administered mode allows respondents to complete the survey at their own pace and schedule. If requested, a hardcopy of the questionnaire will be mailed to the respondent. ESTIMATED ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Hours per response AHRQ Grantee Survey .................................................................................... 149 1 2 298 Total .......................................................................................................... 149 na na 298 Average hourly wage rate Total cost burden Form name Total burden hours ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED RESPONDENT COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours AHRQ Grantee Survey .................................................................................... 149 298 $42.98 $12,808 Total .......................................................................................................... 149 298 na 12,808 * Based upon the mean of the average wages for teachers (college and university), National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States 2005, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government The proposed information collection is part of a larger evaluation of the effectiveness of AHRQ’s grant-supported research on healthcare costs, productivity, and market forces, which includes a systematic review of the research that AHRQ has funded, indepth interviews with grantees and grant document review, case studies to assess the effects and dissemination pathways of market forces research, and preparation of reports and briefings. The cost to conduct the survey of identified grantees is $38,962. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Request for Comments In accordance with the above-cited Paperwork Reduction Act legislation, comments on the AHRQ information collection proposal are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and costs) of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:17 Mar 13, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 5, 2008. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. E8–4935 Filed 3–13–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Notice of Annual Meeting The Vessel Sanitation Program, National Center for Environmental PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting: Name: Vessel Sanitation Program: Current Program Status and Experience to Date with Program Operations. Time and Date: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 15, 2008. Location: Auditorium, Port Everglades Administration Building, 1850 Eller Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316. Status: Open to the public, but limited by the space available. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 51 (Friday, March 14, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13901-13902]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-4935]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection 
project: ``Evaluation of the Effectiveness of AHRQ's Grant-Supported 
Research on Healthcare Costs, Productivity, and Market Forces.'' In 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed 
information collection.
    This proposed information collection was previously published in 
the Federal Register on December 28th, 2007 and allowed 60 days for 
public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this 
notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 14, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by e-mail at 
doris.lefkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov.
    Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection 
instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be 
obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477 or by email at 
doris.1efkowitz@ahrq.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed Project: ``Evaluation of the Effectiveness of AHRQ's Grant-
Supported Research on Healthcare Costs, Productivity, and Market 
Forces''

    The proposed information collection will support AHRQ's efforts to 
systematically review the effectiveness of its grant-supported research 
on healthcare costs, productivity, and market forces since the late 
1990s. In the first phase of its ongoing evaluation, AHRQ determined it 
had funded 149 grants in the area of cost, productivity, organization 
and market forces since the late 1990s (Krissik, Lake and Gold, 2007). 
Prior to this proposed information collection, no evaluation of these 
grants and their effects has been conducted. Collecting such 
information through a survey of the 149 grantees will assist AHRQ in 
its mission of supporting the synthesis and dissemination of available 
scientific evidence for use by patients, consumers, practitioners, 
providers, purchasers, policymakers, and educators. The survey will 
provide information on grant activities that is not currently 
available, including update-to-date information on grantee 
dissemination

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activities and feedback on AHRQ's role in supporting research and 
dissemination.
    A survey of the universe of grantees who were funded to carry out 
the above-described health services research work offers a rational and 
scientific approach to collecting data on the impact of AHRQ's research 
in this area that is otherwise not currently available. The survey will 
be an integral part of AHRQ's overall evaluation, which attempts to 
describe the research and the pathways through which research findings 
that it has supported are disseminated and used. The survey interviews 
principal investigators about their grant research projects and will 
capture data that systematically track grant outcomes, providing 
information on: (1) The main substantive findings from the work and the 
ways they have been communicated; (2) known impacts of the work to 
date; (3) linkage of work to other research in the field; (4) grantee 
ratings of the support that AHRQ provided before, during, and after 
award and how AHRQ services for grantees could be improved; and, (5) 
grantee perceptions of AHRQ's role in research funding in this area and 
how sponsor interest influences the topics that are addressed.

Method of Collection

    A web-based questionnaire will be used to conduct the survey with 
AHRQ grantees. A self-administered mode was selected for this survey 
because respondents may need to look up information in order to answer 
some questions. A self-administered mode allows respondents to complete 
the survey at their own pace and schedule. If requested, a hardcopy of 
the questionnaire will be mailed to the respondent.

                                       Estimated Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                                     Number of
                    Form name                        Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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AHRQ Grantee Survey.............................             149               1               2             298
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................             149              na              na             298
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                                   Estimated Annualized Respondent Cost Burden
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                                                     Number of     Total burden   Average hourly    Total cost
                    Form name                       respondents        hours         wage rate        burden
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AHRQ Grantee Survey.............................             149             298          $42.98         $12,808
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................             149             298              na         12,808
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* Based upon the mean of the average wages for teachers (college and university), National Compensation Survey:
  Occupational Wages in the United States 2005, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    The proposed information collection is part of a larger evaluation 
of the effectiveness of AHRQ's grant-supported research on healthcare 
costs, productivity, and market forces, which includes a systematic 
review of the research that AHRQ has funded, in-depth interviews with 
grantees and grant document review, case studies to assess the effects 
and dissemination pathways of market forces research, and preparation 
of reports and briefings. The cost to conduct the survey of identified 
grantees is $38,962.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with the above-cited Paperwork Reduction Act 
legislation, comments on the AHRQ information collection proposal are 
requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have 
practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the 
burden (including hours and costs) 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 the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be 
summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of the proposed 
information collection. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: March 5, 2008.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. E8-4935 Filed 3-13-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4160-90-M