Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request, 75549-75550 [2013-29663]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 239 / Thursday, December 12, 2013 / Notices education, training, and stewardship goals of the reserve; and the plans for future land acquisition and facility development to support reserve operations. The Wells Reserve Management Plan revision will replace the plan approved in 2007. The Wells, Maine National Estuarine Research Reserve takes an integrated approach to management, linking research, education, training and stewardship functions to address high priority issues including the impact of climate change of coastal ecosystems and communities, development pressures, population growth, land-use change, habitat fragmentation, and water quality degradation. Since the last management plan, the reserve implemented its core programs and expanded its monitoring infrastructure to include capabilities for understanding climate impacts; enhanced its facilities, including new Visitor Center exhibits and interpretive trail signs; constructed an environmental chamber for year-round research; and furthered land conservation in the reserve’s targeted watersheds. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding document for the 2,250 acre Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve for the next five years. The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision can be viewed at www.wellsreserve.org. Comments can be provided to Paul Dest, Reserve Director at dest@wellsnerr.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alison Krepp at (301) 563–7105 or Erica Seiden at (301) 563–1172 of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Dated: December 6, 2013. Christopher C. Cartwright, Associate Assistant Administrator for Management and CFO/CAO, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–29673 Filed 12–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P maindgalligan on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), as part of its continuing effort to reduce SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:45 Dec 11, 2013 Jkt 232001 paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of the collection requirement on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, CNCS is soliciting comments on its proposed revised enrollment and exit forms entitled National Service Trust Enrollment Form and National Service Trust Exit Form. The Enrollment Form and Exit Forms are used by AmeriCorps members and program staff to enroll in the National Service Trust and to document the completion of AmeriCorps member’s term of service. AmeriCorps requires these forms in order for members to receive a Segal Education Award. Copies of the forms can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the individual and office listed in the ADDRESSES section by February 10, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the title of the information collection activity, by any of the following methods: (1) By mail sent to: Corporation for National and Community Service, Attention Bruce Kellogg, 8309C, 1201 New York Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20525. (2) By hand delivery or by courier to the CNCS mailroom at Room 8100 at the mail address given in paragraph (1) above, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. (3) Electronically through www.regulations.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY–TDD) may call 1–800–833–3722 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Kellogg, (202) 606–6954, or by email at bkellogg@cns.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CNCS is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75549 functions of CNCS, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are expected to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses). Background The Enrollment Form and Exit Forms are used by AmeriCorps members and program staff to enroll in the National Service Trust and to document the completion of a member’s term of service, a requirement to receiving a Segal Education Award and to meet other legal and program requirements. This information is also entered electronically into the National Service Trust’s database. Current Action CNCS seeks to renew the current information collection with some changes, principally to demographics questions, such as income levels, disability, veteran’s status, citizenship status, and educational levels. The information collection will otherwise be used in the same manner as the existing forms. CNCS also seeks to continue using the current forms until the revised forms are approved by OMB. The current application is due to expire on 05/31/2016. Type of Review: Renewal. Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service. Title: National Service Trust Enrollment and Exit Forms. OMB Number: 3045–0006. Agency Number: None. Affected Public: AmeriCorps members, grantee and other program staff. Total Respondents: 160,000. Frequency: Once per form. Average Time per Response: Averages 10 minutes per form. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 266,667. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): None. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 75550 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 239 / Thursday, December 12, 2013 / Notices included in CNCS’s request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection forms; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: December 5, 2013. Maggie Taylor-Coates, Chief of Trust Operations. [FR Doc. 2013–29663 Filed 12–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6050–28–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tests Determined To Be Suitable for Use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Secretary annually announces tests, test forms, and delivery formats that the Secretary determines to be suitable for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS). SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Meier, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 11161, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–7240. Telephone: (202) 245–7890 or by email: Michelle.Meier@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. On January 14, 2008, we published in the Federal Register final regulations for 34 CFR part 462, Measuring Educational Gain in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS regulations) (73 FR 2306). The NRS regulations established the process the Secretary uses to determine the suitability of tests for use in the NRS by States and local eligible providers. We annually publish in the Federal Register and post on the Internet at http://www.nrsweb.org a list of the names of tests and the educational functioning levels the tests are suitable to measure in the NRS as required by § 462.12(c)(2) of the NRS regulations. On April 16, 2008, we published in the Federal Register a notice inviting test publishers to submit tests for review under the NRS regulations (73 FR 20616). On February 2, 2010, we published in the Federal Register a notice (February 2010 notice) listing the tests and test forms the Secretary determined to be suitable for use in the NRS (75 FR 5303). maindgalligan on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:45 Dec 11, 2013 Jkt 232001 The Secretary determined tests and test forms to be suitable for a period of either seven or three years from the date of the February 2010 notice. A sevenyear approval required no additional action on the part of the publisher, unless the information the publisher submitted as a basis for the Secretary’s review was inaccurate or unless the test is substantially revised. A three-year approval was issued with a set of conditions to be met by the completion of the three-year period. If these conditions were met, the Secretary would approve a period of time for which the test may continue to be used in the NRS. On September 12, 2011, we published in the Federal Register (76 FR 56188) a notice (September 2011 notice) to update the list published in the February 2010 notice, and include suitable test delivery formats. The update clarified that some, but not all, tests using computer-adaptive or computer-based delivery formats are suitable for use in the NRS. On August 6, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 46749) the same list of forms and computer delivery formats for the tests published in the September 2011 notice. We also announced a sunset period during which States and local providers may continue to use tests with three-year NRS approvals otherwise expiring on February 2, 2013, during a transition period ending on June 30, 2014. On January 25, 2013, we announced in the Federal Register (78 FR 5430) an extension of the approval period for tests approved for a three-year period beginning on February 2, 2010. The approval period was extended from February 2, 2013 to September 30, 2013, with the sunset period ending on June 30, 2014 still applicable. The Secretary publishes here the list of tests and test forms determined to be suitable for use in the NRS. These include: (1) Tests previously approved for a seven-year period from February 2, 2010; (2) three tests—previously approved for a three-year conditional period from February 2, 2010—for which the Secretary is extending the approval period through June 30, 2015; and (3) one test—a revised version of a test previously approved for a three-year conditional period from February 2, 2010—for which the Secretary is providing an approval period through June 30, 2015. The extended approval period through June 30, 2015 for these four tests is issued with a set of conditions for each test that a test publisher must meet eby the completion of the extended period. If a test publisher meets these conditions, the PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Secretary approves a period of time for which the test may continue to be used in the NRS. Approved Tests, Forms and Approval Periods Adult education programs must use only the approved forms and computer delivery formats for the tests published in this notice. If a particular test form or computer delivery format is not explicitly specified for a test in this notice, it is not approved for use in the NRS. Tests Determined To Be Suitable for Use in the NRS for Seven Years (a) The Secretary has determined that the following test is suitable for use at all Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) levels and at all English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) levels of the NRS for a period of seven years beginning on February 2, 2010: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) Reading Assessments (Life and Work, Life Skills, Reading for Citizenship, Reading for Language Arts—Secondary Level). Forms 27, 28, 81, 82, 81X, 82X, 83, 84, 85, 86, 185, 186, 187, 188, 310, 311, 513, 514, 951, 952, 951X, and 952X of this test are approved for use on paper and through the computer-based delivery format. Publisher: CASAS, 5151 Murphy Canyon Road, suite 220, San Diego, CA 92123–4339. Telephone: (800) 255–1036. Internet: www.casas.org. (b) The Secretary has determined that the following tests are suitable for use at all ABE and ASE levels of the NRS for a period of seven years beginning on February 2, 2010: (1) Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) Life Skills Math Assessments—Application of Mathematics (Secondary Level). Forms 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 505, and 506 of this test are approved for use on paper and through the computer-based delivery format. Publisher: CASAS, 5151 Murphy Canyon Road, suite 220, San Diego, CA 92123–4339. Telephone: (800) 255–1036. Internet: www.casas.org. (2) Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) for Math. This test is approved for use through a computeradaptive delivery format. Publisher: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Education, 156 Hills South, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003. Telephone: (413) 545–0564. Internet: www.sabes.org/ assessment/mapt.htm. 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CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request

AGENCY: Corporation for National and Community Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), as 
part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the 
general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be 
provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial 
resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, 
and the impact of the collection requirement on respondents can be 
properly assessed.
    Currently, CNCS is soliciting comments on its proposed revised 
enrollment and exit forms entitled National Service Trust Enrollment 
Form and National Service Trust Exit Form. The Enrollment Form and Exit 
Forms are used by AmeriCorps members and program staff to enroll in the 
National Service Trust and to document the completion of AmeriCorps 
member's term of service. AmeriCorps requires these forms in order for 
members to receive a Segal Education Award.
    Copies of the forms can be obtained by contacting the office listed 
in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the individual and office 
listed in the ADDRESSES section by February 10, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the title of the 
information collection activity, by any of the following methods:
    (1) By mail sent to: Corporation for National and Community 
Service, Attention Bruce Kellogg, 8309C, 1201 New York Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20525.
    (2) By hand delivery or by courier to the CNCS mailroom at Room 
8100 at the mail address given in paragraph (1) above, between 9:00 
a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.
    (3) Electronically through www.regulations.gov.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY-
TDD) may call 1-800-833-3722 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern 
Time, Monday through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Kellogg, (202) 606-6954, or by 
email at bkellogg@cns.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    CNCS is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of CNCS, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are expected to respond, including the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting 
electronic submissions of responses).

Background

    The Enrollment Form and Exit Forms are used by AmeriCorps members 
and program staff to enroll in the National Service Trust and to 
document the completion of a member's term of service, a requirement to 
receiving a Segal Education Award and to meet other legal and program 
requirements. This information is also entered electronically into the 
National Service Trust's database.

Current Action

    CNCS seeks to renew the current information collection with some 
changes, principally to demographics questions, such as income levels, 
disability, veteran's status, citizenship status, and educational 
levels.
    The information collection will otherwise be used in the same 
manner as the existing forms. CNCS also seeks to continue using the 
current forms until the revised forms are approved by OMB. The current 
application is due to expire on 05/31/2016.
    Type of Review: Renewal.
    Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service.
    Title: National Service Trust Enrollment and Exit Forms.
    OMB Number: 3045-0006.
    Agency Number: None.
    Affected Public: AmeriCorps members, grantee and other program 
staff.
    Total Respondents: 160,000.
    Frequency: Once per form.
    Average Time per Response: Averages 10 minutes per form.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 266,667.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): None.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or

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included in CNCS's request for Office of Management and Budget approval 
of the information collection forms; they will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Dated: December 5, 2013.
Maggie Taylor-Coates,
Chief of Trust Operations.
[FR Doc. 2013-29663 Filed 12-11-13; 8:45 am]
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