Submission for OMB Review; OMB Control No. 3090-0290; Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients, 4899-4901 [2011-1751]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 18 / Thursday, January 27, 2011 / Notices approval of the information needed to properly register an entity in FSRS to facilitate the statutorily required reporting of Transparency Act information (DUNS number, name of entity, address, parent DUNS number, Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN), CFDA number and the Federal awarding agency of the grant). C. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents: 49,308. Responses per Respondent: 1. Hours per Response: .5 hr. Total Burden Hours: 24,645. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20417, telephone (202) 501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 3090–0291, FSRS Registration and Prime Awardee EntityRelated Information Reporting Requirements, in all correspondence. Dated: January 21, 2011. Casey Coleman, Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–1750 Filed 1–26–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–WY–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 3090–0290;Docket No. 2010–0002; Sequence 20] Submission for OMB Review; OMB Control No. 3090–0290; Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients Office of Technology Strategy/ Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding a new OMB information clearance. AGENCY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an emergency new information collection requirement regarding Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients, whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Jan 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Submit comments on or before February 28, 2011. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 3090–0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ‘‘Information Collection 3090– 0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients’’ under the heading ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ and selecting ‘‘Search’’. Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘Information Collection 3090–0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients’’. Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘Information Collection 3090–0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients’’ on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20417. ATTN: Hada Flowers/IC 3090–0290. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 3090–0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients, in all correspondence related to this collection. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Janice Miller, Program Analyst, Office of Technology Strategy/Office of Governmentwide Policy, at jan.miller@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose This information collection requires information necessary for prime awardee registration into the FFATA Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) and review of its entity-related information. PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4899 This will allow for prime awardee reporting of subaward and executive compensation data pursuant to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA, or Transparency Act). This information collection requires that all prime grant awardees, subject to reporting under the Transparency Act register and maintain their registration in CCR. B. Discussion of Public Comments Rename the Central Contractor Registration to more accurately reflect its new purpose. Four comments were received expressing concern regarding the name of the Central Contractor Registration. Two respondents suggested that if it is necessary to have prime grantees maintain registration in a centralized database of all Federal awardees, that the registry be renamed to reinforce the statutory distinction between acquisition and assistance awards. Since nongovernmental organizations accept only assistance awards (cooperative agreements) from the U.S. Government, they are recognized as an independent, non-state actor that provides technical assistance through a people-to-people approach. As they are not agents of the U.S. Government, they feel that requiring grantees to register in a ‘‘contractor’’ registry would, by virtue of association, negate the distinction between assistance and acquisition, and could result in confusion about their role in implementing programs overseas. Two respondents believe that OMB should recognize that use of the term ‘‘contractor’’ in a requirement that is now being applied to recipients of grants and cooperative agreements is likely to have a problematic impact because of the documented tendency on the part of some Federal agencies to improperly differentiate between acquisition and assistance instruments, and that this has often been the case in Federal agencies that fund projects that are performed overseas. These respondents suggest that OMB consider changing the nomenclature, at some future date, to the Central Contractor and Grantee Registry to reinforce the statutory distinction derived from the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95–224). Response: GSA acknowledges that the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is now used by and supports both the contracts and grants communities. The registration services it provides are no longer limited to contractors alone. GSA also acknowledges the name CCR is not inclusive of the full range of registration services provided. Instead of renaming the system, however, GSA is E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 4900 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 18 / Thursday, January 27, 2011 / Notices undertaking a restructuring of the supporting architecture to define consolidated, streamlined business services. CCR is the first migration group of existing, government-wide systems moving to this new architecture, known as the System for Award Management (SAM). The new system will provide the same capabilities found in the Federal procurement and award systems today—streamlined for efficiency and supported by common services to reduce costs and improve data quality. The business service for entity management with SAM will incorporate a restructured registration process better suited to the needs of both the contracts and grants communities as well as the ability to manage certifications and representations. While CCR will cease to exist as an independent application, the Web address for CCR (https:// www.bpn.gov/ccr/default.aspx) will remain active for a period of time following the migration redirecting users to SAM where registration business services will be provided. Foreign Assistance Awards. One respondent urged GSA and OMB to withdraw this notice until consultations can be had on less burdensome and more appropriate accountability procedures for international development and humanitarian relief nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) implementing Federal funding that will not increase the security risks for organizations and staff in the field. Response: OMB and GSA sought to reduce burden on prime awardees while providing a means to report subaward activity pursuant to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (Transparency Act). This information collection requires that all prime grant awardees subject to reporting under the Transparency Act register and maintain their active registration in CCR. The Transparency Act does not allow for exemptions for foreign assistance awards. This registration enables significant data reuse within the FSRS and other government systems, while increasing data quality. OMB will continue to work with all prime recipients’ concerns to identify the least burdensome methods for reporting, recognizing the need to ensure the safety and security of certain foreign assistance recipients. As Transparency Act reporting matures, GSA welcomes specific recommendations on how to minimize reporting burden while complying with the Act’s requirements. Burden Imposed. Three comments were received regarding the burden of this information collection. One respondent commented that regarding VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Jan 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 the GSA estimate of 23,358 respondents, each respondent is expected to submit one response with a calculated entry time of one hour per response appears only to reflect a one-time estimation of the reporting burden on the prime without considering the subsequent efforts that would need to be made over the lifetime of an award by both prime and subawardees to maintain the accuracy of the information. One respondent stated that the notice does not offer estimates of the direct or indirect costs associated with collection, entry and maintenance of prime and subawardee records and that, given the time and funding required to meet the requirement in full, it would be difficult for U.S.-based international NGOs with hundreds of subawards and limited budgets to meet the reporting deadline for each subrecipient without dedicating a substantial number of new additional administrative personnel. Another respondent commented that it appears from the precision of the data used to identify the number of respondents (23,358), GSA is relying on a specific source rather than simply estimating a number. But because there is no identification about where these data on respondents comes from, it is virtually impossible to assess whether they are accurate or based on valid assumptions and methodologies. The respondent requests that GSA and OMB publish additional information about the sources of data in the request so that they can be assessed in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Paperwork Reduction Act. They also add that the simple round number of 1 hour per response identified in the estimate belies the effort that they and other similarly situated organizations would be required to undertake. One respondent requested that the burden estimate be re-evaluated. Response: The figure of 23,358 grants respondents was derived from the number of grantees who are not currently registered in CCR. This number is based on the total number of unique prime grant awardees reporting into USAspending.gov over all years (80,625), minus the total number of Recovery Act-funded prime grant awardees who are currently required under FederalReporting.gov to register in CCR (55,267). The resulting remainder, 23,358, constitutes the total number of new prime grant awardees who may not be currently registered in CCR, and will, as a result of this revision, be required to register in the system. This figure may be an overestimate given that prime grant awardees may also be Federal PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 contractors who, under this existing collection, are required to register in CCR. This figure may also be an overestimate to the extent that any grant awardee whose award amount is reimbursed through the Department of the Treasury’s Secure Payment System is also already required to register in CCR; and because not all prime grant awardees will be required to register in CCR, if no reporting under FFATA is required. Because these are new statutory requirements for reporting, GSA has provided its best estimates based on available information. Where the public is encouraged to provide specific burden estimates associated with this reporting requirement, GSA will continue to review and revise these burden estimates as more information becomes available. Purpose of the Information Collection Request. One respondent asked what this ICR really does and why was it an emergency new information collection requirement. Response: This information collection requires that all prime grant awardees subject to reporting under FFATA register and maintain their registration in CCR. Emergency review and clearance of this new information collection requirement is essential to the implementation of FFATA. Without expedited OMB review and approval, prime grant awardees would not have been able to report subaward and executive compensation data pursuant to FFATA’s transparency requirements for new grant awards as of October 1, 2010. The CCR was developed to centralize awardee information. This collection will leverage the central clearinghouse capacity of CCR to ensure that prime grant awardees have minimal burden in providing the Federal Government with its identifying information. This will ensure that the information provided to the Federal Government once will be used multiple times to facilitate multiple reporting requirements for prime grant awardees pursuant to FFATA. C. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents: 23,358. Responses Per Respondent: 1. Hours Per Response: 1. Total Burden Hours: 23,358. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20417, telephone (202) 501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 3090–0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 18 / Thursday, January 27, 2011 / Notices for Prime Grant Recipients, in all correspondence. Dated: January 21, 2011. Casey Coleman, Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–1751 Filed 1–26–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–WY–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 3090–0292; Docket No. 2010–0002; Sequence 18] Submission for OMB Review; OMB Control No. 3090–0292; FFATA Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements Office of Technology Strategy/ Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding a new OMB information clearance. AGENCY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an emergency new information collection requirement regarding FFATA Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FFATA Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements, whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Submit comments on or before February 28, 2011. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 3090–0292, FFATA Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ‘‘Information Collection 3090– mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Jan 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 0292, FFATA Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements’’ under the heading ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ and selecting ‘‘Search’’. Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘Information Collection 3090–0292, FFATA Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements’’. Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘Information Collection 3090–0292, FFATA Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements’’ on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20417. ATTN: Hada Flowers/IC 3090–0292. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 3090–0292, FFATA Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements, in all correspondence related to this collection. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Janice Miller, Program Analyst, Office of Technology Strategy/Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA, at jan.miller@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, Public Law 109–282 (Transparency Act) requires information disclosure of entities receiving Federal financial assistance through Federal awards such as Federal contracts, sub-contracts, grants and sub-grants, FFATA § 2(a), (2), (i), (ii). Beginning October 1, 2010, this Paperwork Reduction Act submission directs compliance with the Transparency Act to report prime and first-tier subaward data. Specifically, Federal agencies and prime awardees of grants will ensure disclosure of executive compensation of both prime and subawardees and subaward data. This information collection requires reporting of only the information enumerated under the Transparency Act. B. Discussion of Public Comments Reporting of Executive Compensation for All State Employees. One State agency commented that the request for comments implies that FFATA requires the reporting of executive compensation PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4901 for all State employees and subcontractors and awardees, but the notice did not define what ‘‘executive compensation’’ means. The respondent asked if this is the salary and benefits that the chief executives of these entities make, or does this apply to all employees of these entities. The respondent also stated that this would be a very time-consuming and difficult task and that they could encounter privacy concerns with some of the private firms. Response: Entity has the meaning given in 2 CFR part 25. Executive means officers, managing partners, or any other employees in management positions. Total Compensation means the cash and noncash dollar value earned by the executive during the recipient’s or subrecipient’s preceding fiscal year and includes the following (for more information see Part 170 Appendix A): i. Salary and bonus. ii. Awards of stock, stock options, and stock appreciation rights. Use the dollar amount recognized for financial statement reporting purposes with respect to the fiscal year in accordance with the Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (Revised 2004) (FAS 123R), Shared Based Payments. iii. Earnings for services under nonequity incentive plans. This does not include group life, health, hospitalization or medical reimbursement plans that do not discriminate in favor of executives, and are available generally to all salaried employees. iv. Change in pension value. This is the change in present value of defined benefit and actuarial pension plans. v. Above-market earnings on deferred compensation which is not taxqualified. vi. Other compensation, if the aggregate value of all such other compensation (e.g., severance, termination payments, value of life insurance paid on behalf of the employee, perquisites or property) for the executive exceeds $10,000. Under the Act, a prime entity will be required to report executive compensation about its own or its subawardee’s top five highly compensated officials if: The entity in the preceding fiscal year received 80 percent or more of its annual gross revenues in Federal awards; and $25,000,000 or more in annual gross revenues from Federal awards; and the public does not have access to the information about the compensation of the senior executives of the entity through periodic reports filed under E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1

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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

[OMB Control No. 3090-0290;Docket No. 2010-0002; Sequence 20]


Submission for OMB Review; OMB Control No. 3090-0290; Central 
Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients

AGENCY: Office of Technology Strategy/Office of Governmentwide Policy, 
General Services Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding a new OMB 
information clearance.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting 
to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and 
approve an emergency new information collection requirement regarding 
Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant 
Recipients.
    Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
functions of the Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime 
Grant Recipients, whether it will have practical utility; whether our 
estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is 
accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use 
of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.

DATES: Submit comments on or before February 28, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 3090-
0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant 
Recipients by any of the following methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting ``Information 
Collection 3090-0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for 
Prime Grant Recipients'' under the heading ``Enter Keyword or ID'' and 
selecting ``Search''. Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that 
corresponds with ``Information Collection 3090-0290, Central Contractor 
Registration Requirements for Prime Grant Recipients''. Follow the 
instructions provided at the ``Submit a Comment'' screen. Please 
include your name, company name (if any), and ``Information Collection 
3090-0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for Prime Grant 
Recipients'' on your attached document.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory 
Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20417. ATTN: 
Hada Flowers/IC 3090-0290.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information 
Collection 3090-0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements for 
Prime Grant Recipients, in all correspondence related to this 
collection. All comments received will be posted without change to 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business 
confidential information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Janice Miller, Program Analyst, 
Office of Technology Strategy/Office of Governmentwide Policy, at 
jan.miller@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Purpose

    This information collection requires information necessary for 
prime awardee registration into the FFATA Subaward Reporting System 
(FSRS) and review of its entity-related information. This will allow 
for prime awardee reporting of subaward and executive compensation data 
pursuant to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act 
(FFATA, or Transparency Act). This information collection requires that 
all prime grant awardees, subject to reporting under the Transparency 
Act register and maintain their registration in CCR.

B. Discussion of Public Comments

    Rename the Central Contractor Registration to more accurately 
reflect its new purpose. Four comments were received expressing concern 
regarding the name of the Central Contractor Registration. Two 
respondents suggested that if it is necessary to have prime grantees 
maintain registration in a centralized database of all Federal 
awardees, that the registry be renamed to reinforce the statutory 
distinction between acquisition and assistance awards. Since 
nongovernmental organizations accept only assistance awards 
(cooperative agreements) from the U.S. Government, they are recognized 
as an independent, non-state actor that provides technical assistance 
through a people-to-people approach. As they are not agents of the U.S. 
Government, they feel that requiring grantees to register in a 
``contractor'' registry would, by virtue of association, negate the 
distinction between assistance and acquisition, and could result in 
confusion about their role in implementing programs overseas. Two 
respondents believe that OMB should recognize that use of the term 
``contractor'' in a requirement that is now being applied to recipients 
of grants and cooperative agreements is likely to have a problematic 
impact because of the documented tendency on the part of some Federal 
agencies to improperly differentiate between acquisition and assistance 
instruments, and that this has often been the case in Federal agencies 
that fund projects that are performed overseas. These respondents 
suggest that OMB consider changing the nomenclature, at some future 
date, to the Central Contractor and Grantee Registry to reinforce the 
statutory distinction derived from the Federal Grant and Cooperative 
Agreement Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-224).
    Response: GSA acknowledges that the Central Contractor Registration 
(CCR) is now used by and supports both the contracts and grants 
communities. The registration services it provides are no longer 
limited to contractors alone. GSA also acknowledges the name CCR is not 
inclusive of the full range of registration services provided. Instead 
of renaming the system, however, GSA is

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undertaking a restructuring of the supporting architecture to define 
consolidated, streamlined business services. CCR is the first migration 
group of existing, government-wide systems moving to this new 
architecture, known as the System for Award Management (SAM). The new 
system will provide the same capabilities found in the Federal 
procurement and award systems today--streamlined for efficiency and 
supported by common services to reduce costs and improve data quality. 
The business service for entity management with SAM will incorporate a 
restructured registration process better suited to the needs of both 
the contracts and grants communities as well as the ability to manage 
certifications and representations. While CCR will cease to exist as an 
independent application, the Web address for CCR (https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/default.aspx) will remain active for a period of time following the 
migration redirecting users to SAM where registration business services 
will be provided.
    Foreign Assistance Awards. One respondent urged GSA and OMB to 
withdraw this notice until consultations can be had on less burdensome 
and more appropriate accountability procedures for international 
development and humanitarian relief nongovernmental organizations 
(NGOs) implementing Federal funding that will not increase the security 
risks for organizations and staff in the field.
    Response: OMB and GSA sought to reduce burden on prime awardees 
while providing a means to report subaward activity pursuant to the 
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (Transparency Act). 
This information collection requires that all prime grant awardees 
subject to reporting under the Transparency Act register and maintain 
their active registration in CCR. The Transparency Act does not allow 
for exemptions for foreign assistance awards. This registration enables 
significant data reuse within the FSRS and other government systems, 
while increasing data quality. OMB will continue to work with all prime 
recipients' concerns to identify the least burdensome methods for 
reporting, recognizing the need to ensure the safety and security of 
certain foreign assistance recipients. As Transparency Act reporting 
matures, GSA welcomes specific recommendations on how to minimize 
reporting burden while complying with the Act's requirements.
    Burden Imposed. Three comments were received regarding the burden 
of this information collection. One respondent commented that regarding 
the GSA estimate of 23,358 respondents, each respondent is expected to 
submit one response with a calculated entry time of one hour per 
response appears only to reflect a one-time estimation of the reporting 
burden on the prime without considering the subsequent efforts that 
would need to be made over the lifetime of an award by both prime and 
subawardees to maintain the accuracy of the information. One respondent 
stated that the notice does not offer estimates of the direct or 
indirect costs associated with collection, entry and maintenance of 
prime and subawardee records and that, given the time and funding 
required to meet the requirement in full, it would be difficult for 
U.S.-based international NGOs with hundreds of subawards and limited 
budgets to meet the reporting deadline for each subrecipient without 
dedicating a substantial number of new additional administrative 
personnel. Another respondent commented that it appears from the 
precision of the data used to identify the number of respondents 
(23,358), GSA is relying on a specific source rather than simply 
estimating a number. But because there is no identification about where 
these data on respondents comes from, it is virtually impossible to 
assess whether they are accurate or based on valid assumptions and 
methodologies. The respondent requests that GSA and OMB publish 
additional information about the sources of data in the request so that 
they can be assessed in accordance with the letter and spirit of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act. They also add that the simple round number of 
1 hour per response identified in the estimate belies the effort that 
they and other similarly situated organizations would be required to 
undertake. One respondent requested that the burden estimate be re-
evaluated.
    Response: The figure of 23,358 grants respondents was derived from 
the number of grantees who are not currently registered in CCR. This 
number is based on the total number of unique prime grant awardees 
reporting into USAspending.gov over all years (80,625), minus the total 
number of Recovery Act-funded prime grant awardees who are currently 
required under FederalReporting.gov to register in CCR (55,267). The 
resulting remainder, 23,358, constitutes the total number of new prime 
grant awardees who may not be currently registered in CCR, and will, as 
a result of this revision, be required to register in the system. This 
figure may be an overestimate given that prime grant awardees may also 
be Federal contractors who, under this existing collection, are 
required to register in CCR. This figure may also be an overestimate to 
the extent that any grant awardee whose award amount is reimbursed 
through the Department of the Treasury's Secure Payment System is also 
already required to register in CCR; and because not all prime grant 
awardees will be required to register in CCR, if no reporting under 
FFATA is required. Because these are new statutory requirements for 
reporting, GSA has provided its best estimates based on available 
information. Where the public is encouraged to provide specific burden 
estimates associated with this reporting requirement, GSA will continue 
to review and revise these burden estimates as more information becomes 
available.
    Purpose of the Information Collection Request. One respondent asked 
what this ICR really does and why was it an emergency new information 
collection requirement.
    Response: This information collection requires that all prime grant 
awardees subject to reporting under FFATA register and maintain their 
registration in CCR. Emergency review and clearance of this new 
information collection requirement is essential to the implementation 
of FFATA. Without expedited OMB review and approval, prime grant 
awardees would not have been able to report subaward and executive 
compensation data pursuant to FFATA's transparency requirements for new 
grant awards as of October 1, 2010. The CCR was developed to centralize 
awardee information. This collection will leverage the central 
clearinghouse capacity of CCR to ensure that prime grant awardees have 
minimal burden in providing the Federal Government with its identifying 
information. This will ensure that the information provided to the 
Federal Government once will be used multiple times to facilitate 
multiple reporting requirements for prime grant awardees pursuant to 
FFATA.

C. Annual Reporting Burden

    Respondents: 23,358.
    Responses Per Respondent: 1.
    Hours Per Response: 1.
    Total Burden Hours: 23,358.
    Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the 
information collection documents from the General Services 
Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20417, telephone (202) 501-4755. Please cite OMB Control 
No. 3090-0290, Central Contractor Registration Requirements

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for Prime Grant Recipients, in all correspondence.

    Dated: January 21, 2011.
Casey Coleman,
Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-1751 Filed 1-26-11; 8:45 am]
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