Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Vocational and Adult Education; Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report, 48973-48974 [2012-19947]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2012 / Notices institutions and the percentage change in FAFSA submissions for the last completed or almost completed application cycle. The ABM is also based on the application options available to students and parents. The Department accounts for each application component based on web trending tools, survey information, and other Department data sources. For 2013–2014, the Department is reporting a net burden reduction of 3,398,000 hours. The reduction is a reflection of the effects of simplifying FAFSA on the Web, which is utilized by the majority of applicants who apply for aid. Simplification of the application is demonstrated by (1) the average completion times for initial submissions and; (2) fewer corrections being made to the application. The projected average completion times for initial submissions has decreased by 11 minutes for 2013–14. In data reported in the 2012–2013 supporting statement, first-time filers using FOTW would take approximately 1.30 hours (78 minutes) to submit an application. The data from 2011–12 indicate that the same user would be able to submit their application in 1.12 hours (67 minutes), reducing their burden by .18 hours (11 minutes). Corrections are also projected to decrease by 760,696 responses for 2013– 14. Fewer corrections mean that more comprehensive and accurate data was captured in the initial submission of the application. Updated completion times were calculated for each component and have been used to estimate the burden, excluding the change in the applicant volume. The results demonstrate that the burden for all applicants would have decreased by almost 13 percent or 48973 3,758,702 hours, if the application volume had remained constant. If the Department had not simplified the application process, thus reducing the time required to complete the FAFSA, the new burden estimates would only need to account for the change in applicants. The 1.43% increase in applicants would result in an increase in burden of 347,945 hours. Accounting for both the increase in total applicants and the decrease in individual applicant burden, the net change is an overall decrease of almost 12 percent or 3,398,000 hours. The following Table shows the net burden change and total cost for applicants. The change in total annual responses is also listed in the Table. Total annual responses include the original FAFSA submission and corrections. TABLE 2—NET BURDEN CHANGE 2012–2013 2013–2014 Change % Change Burden disposition Accounting for change in applicant burden and change in applicants. 24,705,864 25,053,809 +347,945 +1.41 Total Applicant Burden ............... Total Annual Responses ............ Cost for All Applicants ................ srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total Applicants .......................... 29,357,853 46,447,024 $234,804.24 25,959,853 46,099,007 $190,224.76 ¥3,398,000 ¥348,017 $44,579.48 ¥11.6 ¥.75 ¥18.99 The Department takes pride in the continued efforts to simplify the FAFSA submission process and the continued decrease in burden associated with the application process, even as the Department serves more students each year. The results confirm the significant improvements that have been made to the application process. The Department believes that these changes will lead to more students completing the FAFSA and will assist more students with their pursuit of postsecondary education through access to Title IV, HEA program assistance. The Secretary is publishing this request for comment under the Provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Under that Act, the Department must obtain the review and approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before it may use a form to collect information. However, under procedure for obtaining approval from OMB, the Department must first obtain public comment of the proposed form, and to obtain that comment, the Department must publish this notice in VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:49 Aug 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 the Federal Register. In addition to comments requested above, to accommodate the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Secretary is interested in receiving comments with regard to the following matters: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department, (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner, (3) is the estimate of burden accurate, (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Dated: August 2, 2012. Darrin A. King, Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2012–19943 Filed 8–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Net decrease in burden. The 1.41% increase in applicants is offset by the results of the simplification changes implemented by the Department. This has resulted in an overall decrease in burden of 11.57% or 3,397,545 hours. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Vocational and Adult Education; Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report will be used for interim and final performance reporting. The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report form will also be used by grant recipients for other interim reporting such as quarterly or semi-annual performance and/or financial reporting. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 15, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Copies of the proposed information collection request may be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 48974 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2012 / Notices accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 04912. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202–401–0920. Please specify the complete title of the information collection and OMB Control Number when making your request. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339. Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that Federal agencies provide interested parties an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management, publishes this notice containing proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the information collection. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report. OMB Control Number: 1830–NEW. Type of Review: New. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 88. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,556. Abstract: The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report form and instructions will be used by grantees to meet Department of Education deadline dates for submission of performance and financial reports for the Office of Vocational Adult Education office (OVAE) Division of Academic and srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:49 Aug 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 Technical Education (DATE) discretionary grant programs, as required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR 34 CFR 74.51, 74.52, 75.118, 75.253, 75.590, and 80.40). The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report will be used by OVAE discretionary grant recipients in lieu of the ED 524B Grant Performance Report and instructions because the ED 524B is not compatible with OVAE–DATE’s new Perkins Information Management System. Recipients of multi-year discretionary grants must submit interim performance reports, usually annually, for each year funding has been approved in order to receive a continuation award. The annual performance report should demonstrate whether substantial progress has been made toward meeting the approved goals and objectives of the project. OVAE also requires recipients of ‘‘forward funded’’ grants that are awarded funds for their entire multiyear project up-front in a single grant award to submit an annual performance report. The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report will be used for interim and final performance reporting. In both the annual and final performance reports, grantees are required to provide data on established performance measures for the grant program (e.g., Government Performance and Results Act measures) and on project performance measures that were included in the grantee’s approved grant application, in order to demonstrate project success, impact and outcomes. The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report form will also be used by grant recipients for other interim reporting such as quarterly or semi-annual performance and/or financial reporting. Dated: August 9, 2012. Darrin A. King, Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2012–19947 Filed 8–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Comprehensive Centers Program (CFDA 84.283B); Correction Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice; correction. AGENCY: On June 6, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FR 33564) a notice inviting applications for new awards using fiscal year (FY) 2012 funds for the Comprehensive Centers program (2012 notice). The 2012 notice erroneously listed deadline dates for intergovernmental review under Executive Order (EO) 12372 and its implementing regulations in 34 CFR part 79. The Secretary had decided to waive the EO 12372 review of the 2012 notice, as authorized under part 79, but the notice did not reflect that decision. The Secretary made the decision to waive this review because we would otherwise not be able to make timely grant awards for the Comprehensive Centers program for FY 2012. We are correcting the 2012 notice to remove the requirement that applicants submit their applications for intergovernmental review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fran Walter, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3W115, Washington, DC 20202–0001. Telephone: (202) 205–9198 or by email: fran.walter@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We make the following corrections: 1. On page 33564, first column, under the heading DATES, we are removing the last sentence, which reads ‘‘Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: October 4, 2012’’. 2. On page 33567, second column, under the heading ‘‘3. Submission Dates and Times’’, we are removing the last sentence, which reads ‘‘Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: October 4, 2012’’. 3. On page 33567, second column, under the heading ‘‘4. Intergovernmental Review’’, we are removing the second sentence. Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 158 (Wednesday, August 15, 2012)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of 
Vocational and Adult Education; Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance 
Report

SUMMARY: The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report will be 
used for interim and final performance reporting. The Perkins 
Discretionary Grant Performance Report form will also be used by grant 
recipients for other interim reporting such as quarterly or semi-annual 
performance and/or financial reporting.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
October 15, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding burden and/or the collection 
activity requirements should be electronically mailed to 
ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. Copies of the 
proposed information collection request may be

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accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ``Browse Pending 
Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 04912. When you 
access the information collection, click on ``Download Attachments'' to 
view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 
20202-4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to 
ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202-401-0920. Please specify the 
complete title of the information collection and OMB Control Number 
when making your request.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-
8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that Federal agencies provide 
interested parties an early opportunity to comment on information 
collection requests. The Director, Information Collection Clearance 
Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office 
of Management, publishes this notice containing proposed information 
collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the 
information collection. The Department of Education is especially 
interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is 
this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; 
(2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) 
is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this 
collection on the respondents, including through the use of information 
technology. Please note that written comments received in response to 
this notice will be considered public records.
    Title of Collection: Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance 
Report.
    OMB Control Number: 1830-NEW.
    Type of Review: New.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 88.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,556.
    Abstract: The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report form 
and instructions will be used by grantees to meet Department of 
Education deadline dates for submission of performance and financial 
reports for the Office of Vocational Adult Education office (OVAE) 
Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) discretionary grant 
programs, as required by the Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR 34 CFR 74.51, 74.52, 75.118, 75.253, 
75.590, and 80.40). The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report 
will be used by OVAE discretionary grant recipients in lieu of the ED 
524B Grant Performance Report and instructions because the ED 524B is 
not compatible with OVAE-DATE's new Perkins Information Management 
System. Recipients of multi-year discretionary grants must submit 
interim performance reports, usually annually, for each year funding 
has been approved in order to receive a continuation award. The annual 
performance report should demonstrate whether substantial progress has 
been made toward meeting the approved goals and objectives of the 
project. OVAE also requires recipients of ``forward funded'' grants 
that are awarded funds for their entire multi-year project up-front in 
a single grant award to submit an annual performance report. The 
Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report will be used for interim 
and final performance reporting. In both the annual and final 
performance reports, grantees are required to provide data on 
established performance measures for the grant program (e.g., 
Government Performance and Results Act measures) and on project 
performance measures that were included in the grantee's approved grant 
application, in order to demonstrate project success, impact and 
outcomes. The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report form will 
also be used by grant recipients for other interim reporting such as 
quarterly or semi-annual performance and/or financial reporting.

    Dated: August 9, 2012.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, 
Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-19947 Filed 8-14-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4000-01-P