Science and Technology Directorate; Submission for Review; Information Collection Request for the DHS S&T Bio-Knowledge Center Expert Database, 29773-29774 [E8-11454]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 100 / Thursday, May 22, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement; Grant Notice Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, DHHS. ACTION: Notice to supplement funding to the 2008 Voluntary Agency Matching Grant Program. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: CFDA#: 93.567. Legislative Authority: Section 412(c)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1522(c)(1)(A); Section 7(a) and (b) of the Refugee Assistance Extension Act of 1986 (P.L. 99–605) (8 U.S.C. 1522 note) Amount of Award: $2.17 million supplemental to 2008 awards of $60 million federal funds plus $30 million in cash and in-kind ‘‘match’’. Project Period: February 15, 2008 to January 31, 2010. 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Last year, 81% of clients entering the program were economically self-sufficient within 180 days. Since the Presidential Determination was signed in October 2007, the ceiling for refugees was raised from 70,000 to 80,000 to accommodate 10,000 additional Iraqi refugees. In addition, legislation passed in December 2007 and January 2008 created a new class of individuals eligible for the refugee services. Thousands of Afghani and Iraqi interpreters who served the U.S. military have been provided ‘‘Special VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:03 May 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 Immigrant Visas’’ (SIV) and are now eligible for six or eight months of refugee services. The Matching Grant program is often the program of choice for these special populations as it is geared for readily employable cases and for SIV cases, conforms to the legislative time limits. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald A. Munia, Director, Division of Community Resettlement, Office of Refugee Resettlement, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20047. E-mail: rmunia@acf.hhs.gov and phone: 202–401–4559. Dated: May 13, 2008. David H. Siegel, Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement. [FR Doc. E8–11440 Filed 5–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [Docket No. DHS–2008–0049] Science and Technology Directorate; Submission for Review; Information Collection Request for the DHS S&T Bio-Knowledge Center Expert Database Science and Technology Directorate, DHS. ACTION: 30-day Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites the general public to comment on a new data collection form for the Bio-Knowledge Center Expert Database: Subject Matter Expert (SME) Registration Form (DHS Form 10043). The Bio-Knowledge Center Database will collect SME information in order to understand who can provide scientific expertise for peer review of scientific programs, and who can provide expertise in the event of a perceived biothreat. In addition, the directory will make it easier to identify scientific specialty areas for which there is a shortage of SMEs with appropriate security clearances. SME contact information, scientific expertise, and level of education will be collected electronically through a Web portal currently being developed by DHS S&T. The SME information will be shared with U.S. Government program managers and other members of the biodefense community who have a legitimate need to identify biological SMEs. Cleared SMEs are necessary to accomplish scientific reviews, attend topical meetings, and to consult in the event of a perceived biothreat. This notice and request for comments is PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29773 required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Previously, a 60-day notice was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2008. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 23, 2008. Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to Desk Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate, and sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395–6974. Please include docket number [DHS–2008–00XX] in the subject line of the message. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Bowerbank (202) 254–6895 (this is not a toll free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Counterproliferation Center has identified the need for a comprehensive and readily available list of biological agent SMEs that includes security clearance status. In particular, there is no database that contains security clearance information, biological domain expertise, and contact information. Therefore, the SME Directory is being coordinated at the national level to address this need. If a similar database is identified in the future, we will work with the identified collection agent to ensure a cooperative partnership is developed. The SME Directory will use electronic (Web-based) technology to collect, maintain, and transmit SME information. The SMEs will have access to their own data and will be able to edit and update the information electronically. DHS is particularly interested in comments that: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Suggest ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Suggest ways to minimize the burden of the data collection on those who respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 29774 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 100 / Thursday, May 22, 2008 / Notices ACTION: are encouraged and will be accepted for sixty days until July 21, 2008. Written comments and suggestions regarding items contained in this notice, and especially with regard to the estimated public burden and associated response time should be directed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS, Chief, Regulatory Management Division, Clearance Office, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 3008, Washington, DC 20529. Comments may also be submitted to DHS via facsimile to 202–272–8352, or via e-mail at rfs.regs@dhs.gov. When submitting comments by e-mail please add the OMB Control Number 1615– 0102 in the subject box. During this 60-day period USCIS will be evaluating whether to revise the Form G–639. Should USCIS decide to revise the Form G–639 it will advise the public when it publishes the 30-day notice in the Federal Register in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The public will then have 30-days to comment on any revisions to the Form G–639. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the collection of information should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has submitted the following information collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved information collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: Form G–639. collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: New information collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: BioKnowledge Center Expert Database. Agency Form Number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: DHS Form 10043 (2/08), DHS Science & Technology Directorate. (3) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Individuals; the data will be gathered from individual SMEs and stored in a central database, accessible through a Web-based portal. The SME information will be shared with U.S. Government program managers and other members of the biodefense community who have a legitimate need to identify biological SMEs. (4) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: a. Estimate of the total number of respondents: 4000 b. An estimate of the time for an average respondent to respond: .25 burden hours. Dated: May 14, 2008. Kenneth D. Rogers, Chief Information Officer, Science and Technology Directorate. [FR Doc. E8–11454 Filed 5–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency Information Collection Activities: Form G–639, Extension of an Existing Information Collection; Comment Request rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 60-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Form G–639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request; OMB Control No. 1615–0102. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:03 May 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or Households. This form is provided as a convenient means for persons to provide data necessary for identification of a particular record desired under FOIA/PA. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 100,000 responses at 15 minutes per response. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 25,000 annual burden hours. If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the information collection instrument, please visit: http://www.regulations.gov/ search/index.jsp. We may also be contacted at: USCIS, Regulatory Management Division, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 3008, Washington, DC 20529, telephone number 202–272–8377. Dated: May 19, 2008. Stephen Tarragon, Acting Chief, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. E8–11534 Filed 5–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency Information Collection Activities: Form I–539, Extension of an Existing Information Collection; Comment Request 60-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Form I–539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. OMB Control Number: 1615–0003. ACTION: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has submitted the following information collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for sixty days until July 21, 2008. Written comments and suggestions regarding items contained in this notice, and especially with regard to the estimated public burden and associated E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

[Docket No. DHS-2008-0049]


Science and Technology Directorate; Submission for Review; 
Information Collection Request for the DHS S&T Bio-Knowledge Center 
Expert Database

AGENCY: Science and Technology Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: 30-day Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites the general 
public to comment on a new data collection form for the Bio-Knowledge 
Center Expert Database: Subject Matter Expert (SME) Registration Form 
(DHS Form 10043). The Bio-Knowledge Center Database will collect SME 
information in order to understand who can provide scientific expertise 
for peer review of scientific programs, and who can provide expertise 
in the event of a perceived biothreat. In addition, the directory will 
make it easier to identify scientific specialty areas for which there 
is a shortage of SMEs with appropriate security clearances. SME contact 
information, scientific expertise, and level of education will be 
collected electronically through a Web portal currently being developed 
by DHS S&T. The SME information will be shared with U.S. Government 
program managers and other members of the biodefense community who have 
a legitimate need to identify biological SMEs. Cleared SMEs are 
necessary to accomplish scientific reviews, attend topical meetings, 
and to consult in the event of a perceived biothreat. This notice and 
request for comments is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Previously, a 60-day notice was 
published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2008.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 23, 
2008.
    Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be 
addressed to Desk Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, 
Science & Technology Directorate, and sent via electronic mail to 
oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395-6974. Please include 
docket number [DHS-2008-00XX] in the subject line of the message.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Bowerbank (202) 254-6895 (this 
is not a toll free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Counterproliferation Center has 
identified the need for a comprehensive and readily available list of 
biological agent SMEs that includes security clearance status. In 
particular, there is no database that contains security clearance 
information, biological domain expertise, and contact information. 
Therefore, the SME Directory is being coordinated at the national level 
to address this need. If a similar database is identified in the 
future, we will work with the identified collection agent to ensure a 
cooperative partnership is developed.
    The SME Directory will use electronic (Web-based) technology to 
collect, maintain, and transmit SME information. The SMEs will have 
access to their own data and will be able to edit and update the 
information electronically.
    DHS is particularly interested in comments that:
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (3) Suggest ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and
    (4) Suggest ways to minimize the burden of the data collection on 
those who respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological

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collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., 
permitting electronic submissions of responses.

Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection: New information collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Bio-Knowledge Center Expert 
Database.
    Agency Form Number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: DHS Form 
10043 (2/08), DHS Science & Technology Directorate.
    (3) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Individuals; the data will be gathered from 
individual SMEs and stored in a central database, accessible through a 
Web-based portal. The SME information will be shared with U.S. 
Government program managers and other members of the biodefense 
community who have a legitimate need to identify biological SMEs.
    (4) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond:
    a. Estimate of the total number of respondents: 4000
    b. An estimate of the time for an average respondent to respond: 
.25 burden hours.

    Dated: May 14, 2008.
Kenneth D. Rogers,
Chief Information Officer, Science and Technology Directorate.
[FR Doc. E8-11454 Filed 5-21-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4410-10-P