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Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 12756 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 37 / Monday, February 25, 2013 / Notices work, and the dates on which the Contractor contemplates starting and completing the several salient features of the work (including acquiring materials, plant, and equipment). The schedule shall be in the form of a progress chart of suitable scale to indicate appropriately the percentage of work scheduled for completion by any given date during the period. Subject matter experts in construction state that when contractors submit their proposals for construction projects, they usually include a schedule to complete the project. Based on this information being readily available to the Contractor once an award is made, it is not expected that a significant amount of time would be required to update the information at the request of the Government. However, in consideration of the public comment an upward adjustment is made to estimates hours per response. Comment: The respondent commented the collective burden of compliance with the information collection requirement greatly exceeds the agency’s estimate and outweighs any potential utility of the extension. Response: The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) was designed to improve the quality and use of Federal information to strengthen decision-making, accountability, and openness in government and society. Central to this process is the solicitation of comments from the public. This process incorporates an enumerated specification of targeted information and provides interested parties a meaningful opportunity for comment on the relevant compliance cost. This process has led to decreases in the overall collective burden of compliance for the information collection requirement in regards to the public. Based on OMB estimates, in FY 2010, the public spent 8.8 billion hours responding to information collections. This was a decrease of one billion hours, or ten percent from the previous fiscal year. In effect, the collective burden of compliance for the public is going down as the Government publishes rules that make the process less complex, more transparent, and reduces the cost of federal regulations to both the Contractor community and Government. Comment: The respondent commented that the Government’s response to the Paperwork Reduction Act waiver for Far Case 2007–006 is instructive on the total burden for respondents. Response: Serious consideration is given, during the open comment period, to all comments received and adjustments are made to the paperwork VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:22 Feb 22, 2013 Jkt 229001 burden estimate based on reasonable considerations provide by the public. This is evidenced, as the respondent notes, in FAR Case 2007–006 where an adjustment was made from the total preparation hours from three to sixty. This change was made considering particularly the hours that would be required for review within the company, prior to release to the Government. The burden is prepared taking into consideration the necessary criteria in OMB guidance for estimating the paperwork burden put on the entity submitting the information. For example, consideration is given to an entity reviewing instructions; using technology to collect, process, and disclose information; adjusting existing practices to comply with requirements; searching data sources; completing and reviewing the response; and transmitting or disclosing information. The estimated burden hours for a collection are based on an average between the hours that a simple disclosure by a very small business might require and the much higher numbers that might be required for a very complex disclosure by a major corporation. Also, the estimated burden hours should only include projected hours for those actions which a company would not undertake in the normal course of business. Careful consideration went into assessing the estimated burden hours for this collection, and it is determined that an upward adjustment is warranted at this time. C. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents: 4,019. Responses per Respondent: 2. Annual Responses: 8,038. Hours per Response: 4. Total Burden Hours: 32,152. 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. 9000–0058, Schedules for Construction Contracts, in all correspondence. Dated: February 19, 2013. William Clark, Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–04194 Filed 2–22–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [60Day–13–13JI] 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 404–639–7570 or send comments to Ron Otten, 1600 Clifton Road, MS–D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an email 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) 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 Virtual Reality to Train and Assess Emergency Responders—New— National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Background and Brief Description NIOSH, under Public Law 91–173 as amended by Public Law 95–164 (Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977), and Public Law 109–236 (Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006) has the responsibility to conduct research to improve working conditions and to prevent accidents and occupational diseases in underground coal and metal/ nonmetal mines in the U.S. The turn of the 21st century started with much promise for the coal mining industry. Because there was only one underground disaster in the 1990s, it seemed that emergency response in the E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 12757 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 37 / Monday, February 25, 2013 / Notices United States no longer needed to be a top research priority. However, major coal mine disasters between 2001 and 2010 have resulted in 65 fatalities. These events highlighted the critical need to balance investments to reduce low probability/high severity events with those that focus on frequent, but less severe injuries and illnesses. The present research project seeks to determine optimal use of virtual reality (VR) technologies for training and assessing mine emergency responders using the Mine Rescue and Escape Training Laboratory (MRET Lab). Responders include specially trained individuals, such as mine rescue or fire brigade team members, and also managers and miners who may either be called upon to respond to an emergency situation or engage in self-protective actions in response to an emergency. This project is a step toward determining how new immersive virtual rescue team members, and mine safety and health professionals. A sample of 150 individuals will be selected from various mining operations and mine rescue teams which have agreed to participate. All participants will be between the ages of 18 and 65, currently employed, and living in the United States. Findings will be used to improve the safety and health of underground coal miners by assessing the efficacy of immersive VR environments for teaching critical mine safety and health skills. To assess learning as a result of training, each participant will complete a pre-training questionnaire, a postsimulation questionnaire, and a posttraining questionnaire. Participants evaluating the closed-circuit breathing apparatus training will only complete a version of the pre-training questionnaire. There is no cost to respondents other than their time. reality technologies should be used for miner training and testing in the U.S. The project objective will be achieved through specific aims in the two related areas of training assessment and training development. Training assessment includes evaluating four training modules, evaluating participant reactions, and developing guidelines. Training development involves the use of 3D technologies to develop a prototype for a mine rescue closed¨ circuit breathing apparatus (Drager BG4). To accomplish these goals over the life of the project, researchers will utilize a variety of data collection strategies, including self-report pre-and post-test instruments for assessing trainee reaction and measuring learning. Data collection will take place with approximately 150 underground coal miners over three years. The respondents targeted for this study include rank-and-file miners, mine ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Type of respondent Form name ¨ Drager BG4 participants (i.e., closed circuit breathing apparatus training participants). Mine Rescue participants ..................................... Pre-Training Questionnaire. Pre-Training Questionnaire. Post-Simulation Questionnaire. Post-Training Questionnaire. Pre-Training Questionnaire. Post-Simulation Questionnaire. Post-Training Questionnaire. Pre/Post-Training Knowledge Test. Pre/Post-Training Knowledge Test. Pre/Post-Training Knowledge Test. Pre/Post-Training Knowledge Test. Mine Escape participants ..................................... Mine Escape/Longwall Mining participants .......... Mine Escape/Continuous Mining participants ...... Mine Rescue/Longwall Mining participants .......... Mine Rescue/Continuous Mining participants ...... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total ............................................................... Date: February 19, 2013. Ron A. Otten, Director, Office of Scientific Integrity (OSI), Office of the Associate Director for Science (OADS), Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ....................................... 3/60 2 60 1 3/60 3 60 1 3/60 3 60 1 3/60 3 60 1 3/60 3 60 1 3/60 3 60 1 3/60 3 30 1 6/60 3 30 1 6/60 3 30 1 6/60 3 30 1 6/60 3 ........................ ........................ ........................ 32 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–10445] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. 17:22 Feb 22, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Total burden hours 1 AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 Average burden per response (in hours) 30 [FR Doc. 2013–04233 Filed 2–22–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P Number of responses per respondent Sfmt 4703 In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60Day-13-13JI]


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 404-639-7570 or 
send comments to Ron Otten, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 
30333 or send an email 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) 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

    Virtual Reality to Train and Assess Emergency Responders--New--
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    NIOSH, under Public Law 91-173 as amended by Public Law 95-164 
(Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977), and Public Law 109-236 
(Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006) has the 
responsibility to conduct research to improve working conditions and to 
prevent accidents and occupational diseases in underground coal and 
metal/nonmetal mines in the U.S.
    The turn of the 21st century started with much promise for the coal 
mining industry. Because there was only one underground disaster in the 
1990s, it seemed that emergency response in the

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United States no longer needed to be a top research priority. However, 
major coal mine disasters between 2001 and 2010 have resulted in 65 
fatalities. These events highlighted the critical need to balance 
investments to reduce low probability/high severity events with those 
that focus on frequent, but less severe injuries and illnesses.
    The present research project seeks to determine optimal use of 
virtual reality (VR) technologies for training and assessing mine 
emergency responders using the Mine Rescue and Escape Training 
Laboratory (MRET Lab). Responders include specially trained 
individuals, such as mine rescue or fire brigade team members, and also 
managers and miners who may either be called upon to respond to an 
emergency situation or engage in self-protective actions in response to 
an emergency. This project is a step toward determining how new 
immersive virtual reality technologies should be used for miner 
training and testing in the U.S.
    The project objective will be achieved through specific aims in the 
two related areas of training assessment and training development. 
Training assessment includes evaluating four training modules, 
evaluating participant reactions, and developing guidelines. Training 
development involves the use of 3D technologies to develop a prototype 
for a mine rescue closed-circuit breathing apparatus (Dr[auml]ger BG4).
    To accomplish these goals over the life of the project, researchers 
will utilize a variety of data collection strategies, including self-
report pre-and post-test instruments for assessing trainee reaction and 
measuring learning. Data collection will take place with approximately 
150 underground coal miners over three years. The respondents targeted 
for this study include rank-and-file miners, mine rescue team members, 
and mine safety and health professionals. A sample of 150 individuals 
will be selected from various mining operations and mine rescue teams 
which have agreed to participate. All participants will be between the 
ages of 18 and 65, currently employed, and living in the United States. 
Findings will be used to improve the safety and health of underground 
coal miners by assessing the efficacy of immersive VR environments for 
teaching critical mine safety and health skills.
    To assess learning as a result of training, each participant will 
complete a pre-training questionnaire, a post-simulation questionnaire, 
and a post-training questionnaire. Participants evaluating the closed-
circuit breathing apparatus training will only complete a version of 
the pre-training questionnaire. There is no cost to respondents other 
than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per     Total burden
      Type of respondent            Form name       respondents    responses per   response  (in       hours
                                                                    respondent        hours)
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Dr[auml]ger BG4 participants    Pre-Training                  30               1            3/60               2
 (i.e., closed circuit           Questionnaire.
 breathing apparatus training
 participants).
Mine Rescue participants......  Pre-Training                  60               1            3/60               3
                                 Questionnaire.
                                Post-Simulation               60               1            3/60               3
                                 Questionnaire.
                                Post-Training                 60               1            3/60               3
                                 Questionnaire.
Mine Escape participants......  Pre-Training                  60               1            3/60               3
                                 Questionnaire.
                                Post-Simulation               60               1            3/60               3
                                 Questionnaire.
                                Post-Training                 60               1            3/60               3
                                 Questionnaire.
Mine Escape/Longwall Mining     Pre/Post-                     30               1            6/60               3
 participants.                   Training
                                 Knowledge Test.
Mine Escape/Continuous Mining   Pre/Post-                     30               1            6/60               3
 participants.                   Training
                                 Knowledge Test.
Mine Rescue/Longwall Mining     Pre/Post-                     30               1            6/60               3
 participants.                   Training
                                 Knowledge Test.
Mine Rescue/Continuous Mining   Pre/Post-                     30               1            6/60               3
 participants.                   Training
                                 Knowledge Test.
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    Date: February 19, 2013.
Ron A. Otten,
Director, Office of Scientific Integrity (OSI), Office of the Associate 
Director for Science (OADS), Office of the Director, Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2013-04233 Filed 2-22-13; 8:45 am]
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