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Download as PDF 45198 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices overall number of respondents associated with this collection. Estimates were based on the total number of unique contractors awarded a sole source contract based on the existence of limited rights in data, patent rights, copyrights or secret processes. Similarly, FPDS data was used to estimate the number of responses per respondent for this collection. The estimate was based on the average number of actions per contractor and rounded to the nearest whole number. The estimates were then averaged to determine the overall number of responses per respondent associated with this collection. One burden hour was estimated per response to read and prepare information. No public comments were received in prior years that have challenged the validity of the Government’s estimate. Respondents: 419. Responses Per Respondent: 2.76. Annual Responses: 1,156. Hours Per Response: 1. Total Burden Hours: 1,156. C. Annual Recordkeeping Burden The annual recordkeeping burden is estimated as follows: Recordkeepers: 446. Responses: 5. Annual Response: 2,230. Hours per Recordkeeper: 2. Total Recordkeeping Burden Hours: 4,460. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 9000– 0090, Rights in Data and Copyrights, telephone (202) 501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000–0090, Rights in Data and Copyrights, in all correspondence. Dated: July 18, 2013. Karlos Morgan, Acting Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–17941 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Docket 2012–0076; Sequence 47; OMB Control No. 9000–0091] Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; AntiKickback Procedures Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding an extension of an existing OMB clearance. AGENCY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning antikickback procedures. A notice was published in the Federal Register at 77 FR 75164, on December 19, 2012. One respondent submitted comments. DATES: Submit comments on or before August 26, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 9000–0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures, by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching the OMB control number. Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘Information Collection 9000– 0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures’’. Follow the instructions provided at the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘Information Collection 9000– 0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures’’ on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1800 F Street Street NW., Washington, DC 20405–0001. ATTN: Hada Flowers/IC 9000–0091, AntiKickback Procedures. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 9000–0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures, in all correspondence related to this collection. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, GSA, (202) 219–0202 or email Cecelia.davis@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.203–7, Anti-Kickback Procedures, requires that all contractors have in place and follow reasonable procedures designed to prevent and detect in its own operations and direct business relationships, violations of 41 U.S.C. chapter 87, Kickbacks. Whenever prime contractors or subcontractors have reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of the statute may have occurred, they are required to report the possible violation in writing to the contracting agency inspector general, the head of the contracting agency if an agency does not have an inspector general, or the Department of Justice. The information is used to determine if any violations of the statute have occurred. There is no Governmentwide data collection process or system which identifies the number of alleged violations of 41 U.S.C. chapter 87, Kickbacks that are reported annually to agency inspectors general, the heads of the contracting agency if an agency does not have an inspector general, or the Department of Justice. B. Discussion and Analysis The analysis of the public comment is summarized as follows: Comment: The respondent commented that the extension of the information collection would violate the fundamental purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act because of the burden it puts on the entity submitting the information and the agency collecting the information. Response: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), agencies can request OMB approval of an existing information collection. The PRA requires that agencies use the Federal Register notice and comment process, to extend OMB’s approval, at least every three years. This extension, to a previously approved information collection, pertains to the requirements at FAR 52.203–7((c)(2), which requires contractors and subcontractors to promptly report possible violations of the Kickbacks statute to the Government. There are no aspects of this requirement that can be reduced or eliminated without negatively E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices impacting the ability of the Government to assess contractor responsibility, investigate and address potential criminal actions, and protect the Government’s interests in maintaining the integrity of the acquisition process. Not granting this extension would consequently eliminate a FAR clause that provides a benefit to the public and the agency collecting the information. Comment: The respondent commented that the agency did not accurately estimate the public burden, stating that the agency’s methodology for calculating the burden is insufficient and inadequate and does not reflect the total burden. The respondent stated that— • The actual number of respondents subject to the information collection is likely 25 to 50 times greater than the estimate of 100 respondents (i.e., 2500 to 5000); • There is no basis provided for the estimate of 1 response per respondent; and • The estimate of 1 hour per response is unreasonably low and unsubstantiated. The estimated burden hours should be modified in this instance for the same reasons that they were modified upward in FAR Case 2007–006, Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Requirements. Response: It is important to distinguish between the total burden of compliance with a particular provision or clause, and the portion of that burden that constitutes an information collection requirement. This analysis addresses the latter. In this particular case, the information collection requirement is in paragraph (c)(2) of 52.203–7, which requires a report of possible violations to the Government. Establishing procedures within an organization to prevent and detect antikickback violations or cooperating with a Federal investigation do not constitute information collection requirements. Therefore, the only contractors and subcontractors included in the estimate of respondents to the information collection requirement are those contractors or subcontractors that are reporting a suspected violation of the Kickback statute in a given year. Based on discussions with subject matter experts with experience in an Office of the Inspector General, the estimate of 100 responses per year more than likely exceeds the actual responses. It is also unlikely, that the same respondent would be reporting instances of kickback violations more than once in a year. The estimated number of respondents and responses remain as previously approved. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 With regard to the estimated information collection burden hours, as stated in the Federal Register notice for FAR Case 2007–006, burden includes estimated hours only for those actions which a company would not undertake in the normal course of business. In the normal course of business, a company that is concerned about ethical behavior will take reasonable steps to determine the credibility of allegations of misconduct within the firm. It is left to the discretion of the company what these reasonable steps may entail. The Government has added the requirement to report in writing to the Government when the Contractor has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of the Kickback statute has occurred, which would not necessarily otherwise occur. 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. Careful consideration went into assessing the burden for this collection. However, upon further discussion with subject matter experts, we have revised upward the estimated hours to 20 hours per response, considering particularly the hours that would be required for review within the company, prior to release to the Government. At any point, members of the public may submit comments for further consideration, and are encouraged to provide data to support their request for an adjustment. Comment: The respondent stated that the agency and OMB should assess the need to extend this information collection requirement in the context of assessing the total information collection burden. The respondent further commented that the ‘‘collective burden of compliance’’ required of the Government acquisition community annually totals over 30 million hours. According to the respondent, the collective burden greatly exceeds the agency’s estimates and outweighs any potential utility of the extension. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45199 Response: The criteria for extension of an information collection requirement must be based primarily on the need and use for the required information. It is essential for contractors to report violations of the Kickback statute, regardless of whether there are 100 responses per year or 1000 responses per year. If the agencies have determined that the information is essential to comply with statute or to protect the interests of the Government, then the extension should be approved. If there are questions concerning the validity of the estimated burden hours, those can be reviewed and refined as necessary. We cannot effectively address the broad allegations with regard to the accuracy and utility of the entire collective burden imposed on all Federal acquisitions. We can only effectively address each individual information collection requirement that is under consideration for OMB approval. As stated, the respondent has not pointed out any aspect of the AntiKickback clause that could be amended to reduce the information collection burden imposed by that clause. Further, the respondent specifically does not challenge the propriety of the underlying information collection requirement. We constantly review information collection requirements imposed by FAR regulations for ways to reduce the burdens and still achieve the objectives of the regulations, whether based on policy or statute. We would welcome any specific recommendations as to information collection requirements (other than those required by statute) in which the burden is perceived to outweigh the benefit, with specific recommendations as to how the burden should be reduced. C. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents: 100. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 100. Hours Per Response: 20. Total Burden Hours: 2,000. Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1800 F Street Street, NW., Washington, DC 20405–0001, telephone (202) 501–4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000–0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures, in all correspondence. E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 45200 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices Dated: July 18, 2013. William Clark, Acting Director, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–17939 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [Notice–MK–2013–06; Docket No. 2013– 0002; Sequence 22] The Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA); Upcoming Public Advisory Meeting Office of Government-wide Policy, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Meeting Notice. AGENCY: The Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA), a Federal Advisory Committee established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App., and Executive Order 13639, as amended by EO 13644, will hold a meeting open to the public on Thursday, August 8, 2013. DATES: Effective date: July 26, 2013. Meeting date: The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. eastern time, ending no later than 7:00 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mark Nejbauer, Designated Federal Officer, General Services Administration, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, 1776 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20006, email mark.nejbauer@supportthevoter.gov. SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The PCEA was established to identify best practices and make recommendations to the President on the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots. Agenda: The purpose of this meeting is for the PCEA to receive information to assist its members in collecting information and data relevant to its deliberations on the subjects set forth in Executive Order 13639, as amended. The agenda will be as follows: • Introductions & Statement of Plan for The Meeting • Testimony by state, county and local election officials VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 • Receipt of reports by experts in some of the subject areas detailed in Executive Order 13639 • Testimony by interested members of the public Meeting Access: The PCEA will convene its meeting in the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. This site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The meeting may also be webcast or made available via audio link. Please refer to PCEA’s Web site, http://www.supportthevoter.gov, for the most up-to-date meeting agenda and access information. Attendance at the Meeting: Individuals interested in attending the meeting must register in advance because of limited space. Please contact Mr. Nejbauer at the email address above to register to attend this meeting and obtain meeting materials. Materials may also be accessed online at http:// www.supportthevoter.gov. To attend this meeting, please submit your full name, organization, email address, and phone number to Mark Nejbauer by 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on Monday, August 5, 2013. Detailed meeting minutes will be posted within 90 days of the meeting. Procedures for Providing Public Comments: In general, public comments will be posted on the PCEA Web site (see above). All comments, including attachments and other supporting materials, received are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Any comments submitted in connection with the PCEA meeting will be made available to the public under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Contact Mark Nejbauer at mark.nejbauer@supportthevoter.gov to register to comment during the meeting’s public comment period. Registered speakers will be allowed a maximum of 5 minutes each due to limited time for individual testimony. Written copies providing expanded explanations of witnesses’ presentations are encouraged. Requests to comment at the meeting must be received by 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on Monday, August 5, 2013. The public is invited to submit written comments for this meeting until 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Monday, August 5, 2013, by either of the following methods: Electronic or Paper Statements: Submit electronic statements to Mr. Nejbauer, Designated Federal Officer at mark.nejbauer@supportthevoter.gov; or send three (3) copies of any written statements to Mr. Nejbauer at the PCEA GSA address above. Written testimony PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 not received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, August 5, 2013 may be submitted but will not be considered at the Thursday, August 8, 2013 meeting. Dated: July 19, 2013. Anne Rung, Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy, General Services Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–17952 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary [Document Identifier: HHS–OS–20078–60D] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request Office of the Secretary, HHS. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR is for extending the use of the approved information collection assigned OMB control number 0990– 0360, which expires on September 30, 2013. Prior to submitting that ICR to OMB, Office of the Secretary seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR. DATES: Comments on the ICR must be received on or before September 24, 2013. SUMMARY: Submit your comments to Information.CollectionClearance@ hhs.gov or by calling (202) 690–6162. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information Collection Clearance staff, Information.CollectionClearance@ hhs.gov or (202) 690–6162. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the document identifier HHS–OS–20078– 60D for reference. Information Collection Request Title: Girls at Greater Risk for Juvenile Delinquency and HIV Prevention Program OMB No.: 0990–0360 Abstract: The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is seeking an extension of its data collection associated with the evaluation of the Girls at Greater Risk for Juvenile Delinquency and HIV ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 144 (Friday, July 26, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 45198-45200]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-17939]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

[Docket 2012-0076; Sequence 47; OMB Control No. 9000-0091]


Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Anti-
Kickback Procedures

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Notice of request for public comments regarding an extension of 
an existing OMB clearance.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the 
Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a 
previously approved information collection requirement concerning anti-
kickback procedures. A notice was published in the Federal Register at 
77 FR 75164, on December 19, 2012. One respondent submitted comments.

DATES: Submit comments on or before August 26, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Information Collection 9000-
0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures, by any of the following methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching the 
OMB control number. Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that 
corresponds with ``Information Collection 9000-0091, Anti-Kickback 
Procedures''. Follow the instructions provided at the ``Submit a 
Comment'' screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and 
``Information Collection 9000-0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures'' on your 
attached document.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory 
Secretariat (MVCB), 1800 F Street Street NW., Washington, DC 20405-
0001. ATTN: Hada Flowers/IC 9000-0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information 
Collection 9000-0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures, 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. Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement 
Analyst, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, GSA, (202) 219-
0202 or email Cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Purpose

    Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.203-7, Anti-Kickback 
Procedures, requires that all contractors have in place and follow 
reasonable procedures designed to prevent and detect in its own 
operations and direct business relationships, violations of 41 U.S.C. 
chapter 87, Kickbacks. Whenever prime contractors or subcontractors 
have reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of the statute may 
have occurred, they are required to report the possible violation in 
writing to the contracting agency inspector general, the head of the 
contracting agency if an agency does not have an inspector general, or 
the Department of Justice. The information is used to determine if any 
violations of the statute have occurred.
    There is no Governmentwide data collection process or system which 
identifies the number of alleged violations of 41 U.S.C. chapter 87, 
Kickbacks that are reported annually to agency inspectors general, the 
heads of the contracting agency if an agency does not have an inspector 
general, or the Department of Justice.

B. Discussion and Analysis

    The analysis of the public comment is summarized as follows:
    Comment: The respondent commented that the extension of the 
information collection would violate the fundamental purposes of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act because of the burden it puts on the entity 
submitting the information and the agency collecting the information.
    Response: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 
agencies can request OMB approval of an existing information 
collection. The PRA requires that agencies use the Federal Register 
notice and comment process, to extend OMB's approval, at least every 
three years. This extension, to a previously approved information 
collection, pertains to the requirements at FAR 52.203-7((c)(2), which 
requires contractors and subcontractors to promptly report possible 
violations of the Kickbacks statute to the Government. There are no 
aspects of this requirement that can be reduced or eliminated without 
negatively

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impacting the ability of the Government to assess contractor 
responsibility, investigate and address potential criminal actions, and 
protect the Government's interests in maintaining the integrity of the 
acquisition process. Not granting this extension would consequently 
eliminate a FAR clause that provides a benefit to the public and the 
agency collecting the information.
    Comment: The respondent commented that the agency did not 
accurately estimate the public burden, stating that the agency's 
methodology for calculating the burden is insufficient and inadequate 
and does not reflect the total burden. The respondent stated that--
     The actual number of respondents subject to the 
information collection is likely 25 to 50 times greater than the 
estimate of 100 respondents (i.e., 2500 to 5000);
     There is no basis provided for the estimate of 1 response 
per respondent; and
     The estimate of 1 hour per response is unreasonably low 
and unsubstantiated. The estimated burden hours should be modified in 
this instance for the same reasons that they were modified upward in 
FAR Case 2007-006, Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and 
Disclosure Requirements.
    Response: It is important to distinguish between the total burden 
of compliance with a particular provision or clause, and the portion of 
that burden that constitutes an information collection requirement. 
This analysis addresses the latter. In this particular case, the 
information collection requirement is in paragraph (c)(2) of 52.203-7, 
which requires a report of possible violations to the Government. 
Establishing procedures within an organization to prevent and detect 
anti-kickback violations or cooperating with a Federal investigation do 
not constitute information collection requirements.
    Therefore, the only contractors and subcontractors included in the 
estimate of respondents to the information collection requirement are 
those contractors or subcontractors that are reporting a suspected 
violation of the Kickback statute in a given year. Based on discussions 
with subject matter experts with experience in an Office of the 
Inspector General, the estimate of 100 responses per year more than 
likely exceeds the actual responses. It is also unlikely, that the same 
respondent would be reporting instances of kickback violations more 
than once in a year. The estimated number of respondents and responses 
remain as previously approved.
    With regard to the estimated information collection burden hours, 
as stated in the Federal Register notice for FAR Case 2007-006, burden 
includes estimated hours only for those actions which a company would 
not undertake in the normal course of business. In the normal course of 
business, a company that is concerned about ethical behavior will take 
reasonable steps to determine the credibility of allegations of 
misconduct within the firm. It is left to the discretion of the company 
what these reasonable steps may entail. The Government has added the 
requirement to report in writing to the Government when the Contractor 
has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of the Kickback 
statute has occurred, which would not necessarily otherwise occur. 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. Careful consideration went into 
assessing the burden for this collection. However, upon further 
discussion with subject matter experts, we have revised upward the 
estimated hours to 20 hours per response, considering particularly the 
hours that would be required for review within the company, prior to 
release to the Government. At any point, members of the public may 
submit comments for further consideration, and are encouraged to 
provide data to support their request for an adjustment.
    Comment: The respondent stated that the agency and OMB should 
assess the need to extend this information collection requirement in 
the context of assessing the total information collection burden. The 
respondent further commented that the ``collective burden of 
compliance'' required of the Government acquisition community annually 
totals over 30 million hours. According to the respondent, the 
collective burden greatly exceeds the agency's estimates and outweighs 
any potential utility of the extension.
    Response: The criteria for extension of an information collection 
requirement must be based primarily on the need and use for the 
required information. It is essential for contractors to report 
violations of the Kickback statute, regardless of whether there are 100 
responses per year or 1000 responses per year. If the agencies have 
determined that the information is essential to comply with statute or 
to protect the interests of the Government, then the extension should 
be approved. If there are questions concerning the validity of the 
estimated burden hours, those can be reviewed and refined as necessary.
    We cannot effectively address the broad allegations with regard to 
the accuracy and utility of the entire collective burden imposed on all 
Federal acquisitions. We can only effectively address each individual 
information collection requirement that is under consideration for OMB 
approval. As stated, the respondent has not pointed out any aspect of 
the Anti-Kickback clause that could be amended to reduce the 
information collection burden imposed by that clause. Further, the 
respondent specifically does not challenge the propriety of the 
underlying information collection requirement. We constantly review 
information collection requirements imposed by FAR regulations for ways 
to reduce the burdens and still achieve the objectives of the 
regulations, whether based on policy or statute. We would welcome any 
specific recommendations as to information collection requirements 
(other than those required by statute) in which the burden is perceived 
to outweigh the benefit, with specific recommendations as to how the 
burden should be reduced.

C. Annual Reporting Burden

    Respondents: 100.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Annual Responses: 100.
    Hours Per Response: 20.
    Total Burden Hours: 2,000.
    Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the 
information collection documents from the General Services 
Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1800 F Street Street, 
NW., Washington, DC 20405-0001, telephone (202) 501-4755. Please cite 
OMB Control No. 9000-0091, Anti-Kickback Procedures, in all 
correspondence.


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    Dated: July 18, 2013.
William Clark,
Acting Director, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy.
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