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Download as PDF 28478 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 96 / Friday, May 16, 2008 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES the review and monitoring of awardee progress. 2. Provide a timely documentation package to the GMO regarding a decision to repay unobligated HPP funds that exceed the maximum carryover percentage. B. GMO shall: 1. Rescind initial failure notification or issue a final failure notification and provide the awarding agency’s process for appeal to include applicable timelines, in writing, to the awardee and provide a copy to ARC. 2. Brief ARC on issues pertaining to disputes. 3. Prepare and submit a complete documentation package to the ARC regarding a decision to repay. C. ARC shall: 1. Establish regular committee members and consult with subject matter experts in the Department, as necessary. 2. Receive initial Notice of Appeals. 3. Send acknowledgements to the awardee and GMO. 4. Review disputes by documentation or conference. 5. Provide recommendations and facilitate disputes to preclude further action. 6. Provide the ARC decisions on appeals. D. Awardee or Complainant shall: 1. Remedy non-compliance issues during the corrective action phase. If the GMO determines that corrective actions have not been adequate, the awardee may submit a written request for review. 2. If awardee disputes the GMO’s final decisions, submit dispute to ARC after Failure Notification is received from the agency awarding office as described in the NoA. The dispute must contain the following: A. A detailed description of the reason for dispute including supporting documentation; B. A description of how the enforcement action impacts the affected organization; and C. Request for a waiver of repayment that includes an explanation why such requirement (for maximum percentage of carryover amount) should not apply to the awardee and the steps taken by the awardee to ensure that all HPP funds will be expended appropriately. C. Repayment or Future Withholding or Offset as a Result of a Disallowance Decision if an Audit Shows That Funds Have Not Been Spent in Accordance With Section 319C–2 of the PHS Act 1. Awardees shall, not less often than once every 2 years, audit their expenditures from HPP funds received. Such audits shall be conducted by an VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:18 May 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 entity independent of the agency administering the HPP program in accordance with the Comptroller General’s standards for auditing governmental organizations, programs, activities, and functions and generally accepted auditing standards. Within 30 days following completion of each audit report, awardees should submit a copy of that audit report to ASPR. Awardees shall repay to the United States amounts found not to have been expended in accordance with section 319C–2 of the PHS Act. If such repayment is not made, ASPR may offset such amounts against the amount of any allotment to which the awardee is or may become entitled under section 319C–2 or may otherwise recover such amount. ASPR may withhold payment of funds to any awardee which is not using its allotment under section 319C– 2 in accordance with such section. ASPR may withhold such funds until it finds that the reason for the withholding has been removed and there is reasonable assurance that it will not recur. • 45 CFR Part 74 and Appendix E, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Awards and Sub-awards to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit organizations, and commercial organizations. • 45 CFR Part 92, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local, and Tribal Governments. B. OMB Circulars • A–87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments. • A–102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments. • A–110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other NonProfit Organizations. • A–133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations Requirements. C. HHS Grants Policy Statement, January 1, 2007 2. Disallowance notification [FR Doc. E8–11015 Filed 5–15–08; 8:45 am] Upon determination as a result of audit findings that the awardee has not expended funds in accordance with section 319C–2, the GMO shall issue a disallowance notification to the awardee for the portion of funds not expended in accordance with section 319C–2 and require repayment of those funds to the United States. BILLING CODE 4150–37–P 3. Dispute process Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations HHS has established a DAB for the purpose of providing awardees a fair and flexible process to appeal certain written final decisions involving grant and cooperative agreement programs administered by agencies of HHS. This document notifies HPP awardees that an opportunity exists to appeal a disallowance enforcement action to the DAB. If the awardee chooses to appeal a final disallowance decision by the GMO, the awardee must do so directly to the DAB within thirty days of receipt of the GMO’s final disallowance notification. The Notice of Appeal shall include: (1) A copy of the final decision, (2) a statement of the amount in dispute in the appeal, and (3) a brief statement of why the decision is wrong. More details about the DAB’s procedures may be found at 45 CFR part 16. V. References A. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) • 45 CFR Part 16 and Appendix A, Procedures of the Departmental Grants Appeal Board. PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [60 Day–08–08BD] In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404–639–5960 and send comments to Maryam I. Daneshvar, CDC Acting Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS–D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail to omb@cdc.gov. 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) E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 28479 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 96 / Friday, May 16, 2008 / Notices 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. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice. Proposed Project National Survey of HIV Testing in Hospitals—New—National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Background and Brief Description Early identification of HIV infection has significant benefits to the infected individual and society. In light of recent advancements in HIV testing and treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its prevention initiative, Advancing HIV Prevention: New Strategies for a Changing Epidemic. A key component of this strategy focuses upon increased HIV testing in healthcare settings to increase the number of persons with HIV who are aware of their infection and are successfully referred to treatment and prevention services. In September 2006, CDC released revised recommendations for routine HIV CDC is requesting approval for a 2year clearance for data collection. This project will collect data from hospitals on a one-time voluntary basis using a brief survey. Surveys will be completed by the hospital administrators at each site who are most knowledgeable on HIV testing practices, infection control, and laboratory procedures for their site, in consultation with other hospital staff, as necessary. Collection of data will provide information on current HIV testing practices and policies for the hospital; use of point-of-care and conventional HIV tests; and barriers and facilitators of hospital-based HIV testing. Data will be requested from a representative sample of 4,927 U.S. community hospitals. Surveys will be sent to approximately 1,000 hospital sites with an estimated 70% response rate, based upon estimates from response rates from prior similar surveys among U.S. hospitals. This will result in approximately 700 participating hospital sites, representing approximately 15% of U.S. community hospitals. The average duration of the survey, including time required to collect the requested data, is estimated to be 4 hours per hospital site. There is no cost to the participating hospitals other than their time. testing of adults, adolescents, and pregnant women in healthcare settings as a measure to address the high number of individuals who are unaware of their HIV infection. Routine HIV testing programs in hospital settings, including emergency departments (EDs) and urgent care centers (UCCs), have great potential to identify a large number of previously undiagnosed individuals. Prior to the release of the revised recommendations, few such hospital-based testing programs had existed in the United States. CDC is committed to increasing the number of such programs in the U.S., and is currently working with partners to achieve these goals. This project proposes a survey to assess HIV testing policies and practices in hospitals nationwide and to describe the up-take of the revised HIV testing recommendations for hospital settings. The objectives of this project are: (1) To determine the extent to which HIV testing is being conducted in U.S. hospitals; (2) to describe the characteristics of hospitals with and without HIV testing programs; and (3) to identify barriers to and facilitators of implementing HIV testing programs in these settings. This data will assist CDC in monitoring the uptake of recommendations for HIV testing in healthcare settings. ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Type of form Average burden per response in hours Number of responses per respondent Total burden in hours Hospital Survey ................................................................................................ 700 1 4 2,800 Total .......................................................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 2,800 Dated: May 8, 2008. Maryam I. Daneshvar, Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. E8–10935 Filed 5–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:18 May 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 announces the following council meeting. Name: Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis Times and Dates: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., June 17, 2008. 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., June 18, 2008. Place: Corporate Square, Building 8, 1st Floor Conference Room, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 639–8317. Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 100 people. Purpose: This council advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Director, CDC, regarding the elimination of tuberculosis. Specifically, the Council makes recommendations regarding policies, strategies, objectives, and priorities; addresses the development and application of new technologies; and reviews PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the extent to which progress has been made toward eliminating tuberculosis. Matters to be Discussed: Agenda items include issues pertaining to the Findings from the Philippine Technical Instruction Program Review; Division of Tuberculosis Training, Informatics, Surveillance and Research Issues; and Discussion on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Genomics, and other related Tuberculosis Issues. Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 96 (Friday, May 16, 2008)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60 Day-08-08BD]


Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 
Recommendations

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on 
proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. 
To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a 
copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 
and send comments to Maryam I. Daneshvar, CDC Acting Reports Clearance 
Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail 
to omb@cdc.gov.
    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)

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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. Written 
comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    National Survey of HIV Testing in Hospitals--New--National Center 
for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    Early identification of HIV infection has significant benefits to 
the infected individual and society. In light of recent advancements in 
HIV testing and treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) released its prevention initiative, Advancing HIV 
Prevention: New Strategies for a Changing Epidemic. A key component of 
this strategy focuses upon increased HIV testing in healthcare settings 
to increase the number of persons with HIV who are aware of their 
infection and are successfully referred to treatment and prevention 
services. In September 2006, CDC released revised recommendations for 
routine HIV testing of adults, adolescents, and pregnant women in 
healthcare settings as a measure to address the high number of 
individuals who are unaware of their HIV infection.
    Routine HIV testing programs in hospital settings, including 
emergency departments (EDs) and urgent care centers (UCCs), have great 
potential to identify a large number of previously undiagnosed 
individuals. Prior to the release of the revised recommendations, few 
such hospital-based testing programs had existed in the United States. 
CDC is committed to increasing the number of such programs in the U.S., 
and is currently working with partners to achieve these goals. This 
project proposes a survey to assess HIV testing policies and practices 
in hospitals nationwide and to describe the up-take of the revised HIV 
testing recommendations for hospital settings.
    The objectives of this project are: (1) To determine the extent to 
which HIV testing is being conducted in U.S. hospitals; (2) to describe 
the characteristics of hospitals with and without HIV testing programs; 
and (3) to identify barriers to and facilitators of implementing HIV 
testing programs in these settings. This data will assist CDC in 
monitoring the uptake of recommendations for HIV testing in healthcare 
settings.
    CDC is requesting approval for a 2-year clearance for data 
collection. This project will collect data from hospitals on a one-time 
voluntary basis using a brief survey. Surveys will be completed by the 
hospital administrators at each site who are most knowledgeable on HIV 
testing practices, infection control, and laboratory procedures for 
their site, in consultation with other hospital staff, as necessary. 
Collection of data will provide information on current HIV testing 
practices and policies for the hospital; use of point-of-care and 
conventional HIV tests; and barriers and facilitators of hospital-based 
HIV testing.
    Data will be requested from a representative sample of 4,927 U.S. 
community hospitals. Surveys will be sent to approximately 1,000 
hospital sites with an estimated 70% response rate, based upon 
estimates from response rates from prior similar surveys among U.S. 
hospitals. This will result in approximately 700 participating hospital 
sites, representing approximately 15% of U.S. community hospitals. The 
average duration of the survey, including time required to collect the 
requested data, is estimated to be 4 hours per hospital site. There is 
no cost to the participating hospitals other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                                      Average
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden  per    Total burden
                  Type of form                      respondents    responses per   response  in      in hours
                                                                    respondent         hours
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Hospital Survey.................................             700               1               4           2,800
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    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............           2,800
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    Dated: May 8, 2008.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention.
[FR Doc. E8-10935 Filed 5-15-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4163-18-P