Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 34077-34078 [2011-14107]

Download as PDF WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 112 / Friday, June 10, 2011 / Notices utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Existing collection in use without an OMB control number; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Beneficiary and Family-Centered Satisfaction Survey; Use: The data collection methodology used to determine Beneficiary Satisfaction flows from the proposed sampling approach. While it was feasible to conduct the 9th SOW via telephone data collection only, with a quarterly sample size for the 10th SOW estimated to be 2,664, it does not seem efficient to maintain a telephone only data collection approach. Based on recent literature on survey methodology and response rates by mode, we recommend using a data collection that is done primarily by mail. A mail-based methodology will achieve the goals of being efficient, effective, and minimally burdensome for beneficiary respondents. As previously described, we anticipate that a mail-based methodology could yield a response rate of approximately 60 percent. In order to achieve this response rate, we would recommend a 3 staged approach to data collection: (1) Mailout of a covering letter, the paper survey questionnaire, and a postage-paid return envelope. (2) Mailout of a post card that thanks respondents and reminds the nonrespondents to please return their survey. (3) Mailout of a follow-up covering letter, the paper survey questionnaire, and a postage-paid return envelope. Through the pilot test, we will determine the response rate that can be achieved using this approach. If it is deemed necessary, additional mailout reminders can be added to the protocol, or a telephone non-response step can be added to the protocol. Using the 3-step mail approach described above, we anticipate that data collection would occur over an 8 to 10 weeks. This is to say, if the first survey mailing were dropped on January 1, we would anticipate completing data collection at the end of February or early March. Data would then be VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:33 Jun 09, 2011 Jkt 223001 cleaned, scores would be generated, and data would be delivered to CMS. Through the pilot test, we will determine the precise timing required to achieve an acceptable response rate, but we are aiming to complete sampling, data collection, and scoring within a 12week period. Form Number: CMS– 10393 (OCN: 0938–New) Frequency: Once; Affected Public: Individuals or households; Number of Respondents: 16,010; Number of Responses: 16,010; Total Annual Hours: 4002. (For policy questions regarding this collection, contact Coles Mercier at 410–786–2112. For all other issues call (410) 786–1326.) To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’ Web site at http://www.cms.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995/PRAL/ list.asp#TopOfPage or email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office at 410–786– 1326. In commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in one of the following ways by August 9, 2011: 1. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for ‘‘Comment or Submission’’ or ‘‘More Search Options’’ to find the information collection document(s) accepting comments. 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number, Room C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244–1850. Dated: June 7, 2011. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2011–14435 Filed 6–9–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34077 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Title: Pre-testing of Evaluation Surveys. OMB No.: 0970–0355. Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a generic clearance that a will allow OPRE to conduct a variety of data gathering activities aimed at identifying questionnaire and procedural problems in survey administration. Over the next three years, OPRE anticipates undertaking a variety of new surveys as part of research projects in the fields of cash welfare, employment and selfsufficiency, Head Start, child care, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and child welfare, among others. In order to improve the development of its research and evaluation surveys, OPRE envisions using a variety of techniques including field tests, respondent debriefing questionnaires, cognitive interviews and focus groups in order to identify questionnaire and procedural problems, suggest solutions, and measure the relative effectiveness of alternative survey solutions. Following standard OMB requirements, OPRE will submit a change request to OMB individually for every data collection activity undertaken under this generic clearance. OPRE will provide OMB with a copy of the individual instrument or questionnaire, as well as other materials describing the project and specific survey pre-test. Respondents: The respondents will be identified at the time that each change request is submitted to OMB. Generally they will be individuals who are representative of the target groups for the public assistance research or evaluation project in question. E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 34078 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 112 / Friday, June 10, 2011 / Notices ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Survey development field tests, respondent debriefing questionnaires, cognitive interviews and focus groups ............................................................... Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,500 In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments 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) 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 Number of responses per respondent 5,000 of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Dated: May 31, 2011. Steven M. Hanmer, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–14107 Filed 6–9–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Title: Formative Data Collections for Informing Policy Research. OMB No.: 0970–0356. Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a generic clearance that will allow OPRE to conduct a variety of qualitative data collections. Over the next three years, OPRE anticipates undertaking a variety of new research Average burden hours per response 1 0.5 Total annual burden hours 2,500 projects in the fields of cash welfare, employment and self-sufficiency, Head Start, child care, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and child welfare. In order to inform the development of OPRE research, to maintain a research agenda that is rigorous and relevant, and to ensure that research products are as current as possible, OPRE will engage in a variety of qualitative data collections in concert with researchers and practitioners throughout the field. OPRE envisions using a variety of techniques including semi-structured discussions, focus groups, telephone interviews, and inperson observations and site visits, in order to integrate the perspectives of program operators, policy officials and members of the research community. Following standard Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, OPRE will submit a change request to OMB individually for every group of data collection activities undertaken under this generic clearance. OPRE will provide OMB with a copy of the individual instruments or questionnaires (if one is used), as well as other materials describing the project. Respondents: Administrators or staff of State and local agencies or programs in the relevant fields; academic researchers; and policymakers at various levels of government. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total annul burden hours Semi-Structured Discussion and Information-Gathering Protocol ................... WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Instrument 2,000 1 0.5 1,000 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,000 In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Pre-testing of Evaluation Surveys.
    OMB No.: 0970-0355.
    Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation 
(OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS), intends to request approval from 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a generic clearance that 
a will allow OPRE to conduct a variety of data gathering activities 
aimed at identifying questionnaire and procedural problems in survey 
administration. Over the next three years, OPRE anticipates undertaking 
a variety of new surveys as part of research projects in the fields of 
cash welfare, employment and self-sufficiency, Head Start, child care, 
healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and child welfare, among 
others. In order to improve the development of its research and 
evaluation surveys, OPRE envisions using a variety of techniques 
including field tests, respondent debriefing questionnaires, cognitive 
interviews and focus groups in order to identify questionnaire and 
procedural problems, suggest solutions, and measure the relative 
effectiveness of alternative survey solutions.
    Following standard OMB requirements, OPRE will submit a change 
request to OMB individually for every data collection activity 
undertaken under this generic clearance. OPRE will provide OMB with a 
copy of the individual instrument or questionnaire, as well as other 
materials describing the project and specific survey pre-test.
    Respondents: The respondents will be identified at the time that 
each change request is submitted to OMB. Generally they will be 
individuals who are representative of the target groups for the public 
assistance research or evaluation project in question.

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                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
                   Instrument                        Number of     responses per     hours per     Total annual
                                                    respondents     respondent       response      burden hours
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Survey development field tests, respondent                 5,000               1             0.5           2,500
 debriefing questionnaires, cognitive interviews
 and focus groups...............................
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,500
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., 
Washington, DC 20447, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail 
address: OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be 
identified by the title of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments 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) 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. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.

    Dated: May 31, 2011.
Steven M. Hanmer,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-14107 Filed 6-9-11; 8:45 am]
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