Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request, 8197-8199 [2014-02896]

Download as PDF 8197 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR. DATES: Comments on this Information Collection Request must be received within 60 days of this notice. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 10–29, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft SUMMARY: instruments, email paperwork@hrsa.gov or call the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443–1984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the information request collection title for reference. Information Collection Request Title: Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program. OMB No. 0915–xxxx—New. Abstract: The purpose of the Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program is to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists. This program will also provide support to rural health networks that can leverage and enhance existing HIT training materials to develop formal training programs, which will provide instructional opportunities to current health care staff, local displaced workers, rural residents, veterans, and other potential students. These formal training programs will result in the development of a cadre of HIT workers who can help rural hospitals and clinics implement and maintain systems, such as electronic health records (EHR), telehealth, home monitoring, and mobile health technology; and meet EHR meaningful use standards. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: For this program, performance measures were drafted to provide data useful to the program and to enable HRSA to provide aggregate program data required by Congress under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 (Pub. L. 103–62). These measures cover the principal topic areas of interest to the Office of Rural Health Policy, including: (a) Access to care; (b) the underinsured and uninsured; (c) workforce recruitment and retention; (d) sustainability; (e) health information technology; (f) network development; and (g) health related clinical measures. Several measures will be used for this program. These measures will speak to the Office’s progress toward meeting the goals set. Likely Respondents: Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Program award recipients. Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below. TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours 15 1 15 3.6 54 Total .............................................................................. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Program Performance Measures .................................................... 15 1 15 3.6 54 HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, 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. Dated: January 31, 2014. Bahar Niakan, Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination. [FR Doc. 2014–02898 Filed 2–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS. AGENCY: ACTION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM Notice. 11FEN1 8198 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2014 / Notices In compliance with Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period. DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received within 30 days of this notice. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, including the Information Collection Request Title, to the desk officer for HRSA, either by email to OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202–395–5806. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443–1984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Information Collection Request Title: Questionnaire and Data Collection Testing, Evaluation, and Research for the Health Resources and Services Administration. OMB No.: 0915–xxxx—New. Abstract: The purpose of collections under this generic clearance is to obtain formative information from respondents to develop new questions, questionnaires, and tools and to identify problems in instruments currently in use. This clearance request is limited to formative research activities emphasizing data collection, toolkit development, and estimation procedures and reports for internal decision-making and development purposes; and does not extend to the collection of data for public release or policy formation. It is anticipated that these studies will rely heavily on qualitative techniques to meet their objective. In general, these activities are not designed to yield results that meet generally accepted standards of statistical rigor; rather, these activities are designed to obtain valuable formative information to develop more effective and efficient data collection tools that will yield more accurate results and decrease nonresponse. HRSA conducts cognitive interviews, focus groups, usability tests, field tests/ pilot interviews, and experimental research in laboratory and field settings, both for applied questionnaire development and evaluation, as well as tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 more basic research on response errors in surveys.HRSA staff use various techniques to evaluate interviewer administered, self-administered, telephone, Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (CASI), Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI), and web-based questionnaires. Professionally recognized procedures will be followed in each information collection activity to ensure high quality data. Examples of these procedures are likely to include: • A certain percent of telephone interviews will be monitored by supervisory staff of a certain percent of telephone interviews; • Cognitive interviewing techniques will be conducted, including thinkaloud techniques and debriefings; • Data-entry from mail or paper-andpencil surveys will be computerized through scannable forms or checked through double-key entry; • Observers will monitor focus groups, and focus group proceedings will be recorded; and • Data submitted through on-line surveys will be subjected to statistical validation techniques to ensure accuracy (such as disallowing out-ofrange values). Each request under this generic clearance will specify the procedures to be used. Participation will be fully voluntary, and non-participation will not affect eligibility for, or receipt of, future HRSA health services research activities, grant awards, recruitment, or participation. Specific testing and evaluation procedures will be described when we notify OMB about each new request. Consent procedures will be customized for each information collection activity, but will include assurances of confidentiality and the legislative authority for the activity. If the encounter is to be recorded, the respondent’s permission to record will be obtained before beginning the interview. Recruitment—Respondents will be recruited by means of advertisements in public venues or through techniques that replicate prospective data collection activities that are the focus of the project. For instance, a survey on physician communication, designed to be administered following an office visit, might be pretested using the same procedure. Each submission to OMB will specify the specific recruitment procedure to be used. Screening—When screening is required (e.g., quota sampling), the screening will be as brief as possible, PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and the screening questionnaire will be provided as part of the submission to OMB. Collection methods—The particular information collection methods used will vary, but may include the following: • Individual in-depth interviews—Indepth interviews will commonly be used to ensure that the meaning of a questionnaire or strategy is understood by the respondent. When in-depth interviewing is used, the interview guide will be provided to OMB for review. • Focus groups—Focus groups will be used to obtain insights into beliefs and understandings of the target audience early in the development of a questionnaire or tool. When focus groups are used, the focus group discussion guide will be provided to OMB for review. • Expert/Gatekeeper review of tools— In some instances, tools designed for patients may be reviewed in-depth by medical providers or other gatekeepers to provide feedback on the acceptability and usability of a particular tool. This would usually be in addition to pretesting of the tool by the actual patient or other user. • Record abstractions—On occasion, the development of a tool or other information collection requires review and interaction with records rather than individuals. • ‘‘Dress rehearsal’’ of a specific protocol—In some instances, the proposed pretesting will constitute a walkthrough of the intended data collection procedure. In these instances, the request will mirror what is expected to occur for the larger scale data collection. Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below. E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1 8199 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2014 / Notices TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Type of information collection Number of responses per respondent Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours Mail/email 1 ........................................................................... Telephone ............................................................................ Web-based ........................................................................... Focus Groups ...................................................................... In-person .............................................................................. Automated 2 .......................................................................... Cognitive Interviewing .......................................................... 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 30,000 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 30,000 0.5 0.5 0.5 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 5,000 5,000 5,000 20,000 10,000 10,000 60,000 Total .............................................................................. 90,000 ........................ 90,000 ........................ 115,000 1 May 2 May include telephone non-response follow-up in which case the burden will not change. include testing of database software, CAPI software, or other automated technologies. Dated: February 5, 2014. Bahar Niakan, Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination. [FR Doc. 2014–02896 Filed 2–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period. SUMMARY: Comments on this ICR should be received within 30 days of this notice. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, including the Information Collection Request Title, to the desk officer for HRSA, either by email to OIRA_ submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202–395–5806. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443–1984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Information Collection Request Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)— Program Specific Data Form OMB No. 0915–xxxx—NEW. Abstract: This clearance request is for approval of the new Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) Program Specific Data Form. The form was previously approved under OMB Approval No: 0915–0061, Expiration date: June 30, 2013. The data form was discontinued under the old approval number. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The NFLP Program Specific Data Form is included as an electronic attachment with the required application materials. The data provided in the form are essential for the formula-based criteria used to determine the award amount to the DATES: applicant schools. Approval of the new NFLP Program Specific Data Form will facilitate our current effort to address the specific program goal of capturing data to efficiently generate the formulabased award. The electronic data collection capability will streamline the application submission process, enable an efficient award determination process, and serve as a data repository to facilitate reporting on the use of funds and analysis of program outcomes. Likely Respondents: Likely Respondents are NFLP applicants. Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below. TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Form name Number of responses per respondent Total responses Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours NFLP-Program Specific Data From ..................................... 150 1 150 8 1,200 Total Burden ................................................................. 150 1 150 8 1,200 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 28 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8197-8199]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02896]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Public Comment Request

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Resources and Services Administration 
(HRSA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments 
submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided 
to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the 
review and approval period.

DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received within 30 days of this 
notice.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, including the Information Collection 
Request Title, to the desk officer for HRSA, either by email to OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-5806.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance 
requests submitted to OMB for review, email the HRSA Information 
Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443-
1984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Information Collection Request Title: Questionnaire and Data 
Collection Testing, Evaluation, and Research for the Health Resources 
and Services Administration.
    OMB No.: 0915-xxxx--New.
    Abstract: The purpose of collections under this generic clearance 
is to obtain formative information from respondents to develop new 
questions, questionnaires, and tools and to identify problems in 
instruments currently in use. This clearance request is limited to 
formative research activities emphasizing data collection, toolkit 
development, and estimation procedures and reports for internal 
decision-making and development purposes; and does not extend to the 
collection of data for public release or policy formation.
    It is anticipated that these studies will rely heavily on 
qualitative techniques to meet their objective. In general, these 
activities are not designed to yield results that meet generally 
accepted standards of statistical rigor; rather, these activities are 
designed to obtain valuable formative information to develop more 
effective and efficient data collection tools that will yield more 
accurate results and decrease non-response.
    HRSA conducts cognitive interviews, focus groups, usability tests, 
field tests/pilot interviews, and experimental research in laboratory 
and field settings, both for applied questionnaire development and 
evaluation, as well as more basic research on response errors in 
surveys.HRSA staff use various techniques to evaluate interviewer 
administered, self-administered, telephone, Computer Assisted Personal 
Interviewing (CAPI), Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (CASI), Audio 
Computer-Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI), and web-based 
questionnaires.
    Professionally recognized procedures will be followed in each 
information collection activity to ensure high quality data. Examples 
of these procedures are likely to include:
     A certain percent of telephone interviews will be 
monitored by supervisory staff of a certain percent of telephone 
interviews;
     Cognitive interviewing techniques will be conducted, 
including think-aloud techniques and debriefings;
     Data-entry from mail or paper-and-pencil surveys will be 
computerized through scannable forms or checked through double-key 
entry;
     Observers will monitor focus groups, and focus group 
proceedings will be recorded; and
     Data submitted through on-line surveys will be subjected 
to statistical validation techniques to ensure accuracy (such as 
disallowing out-of-range values).
    Each request under this generic clearance will specify the 
procedures to be used. Participation will be fully voluntary, and non-
participation will not affect eligibility for, or receipt of, future 
HRSA health services research activities, grant awards, recruitment, or 
participation. Specific testing and evaluation procedures will be 
described when we notify OMB about each new request. Consent procedures 
will be customized for each information collection activity, but will 
include assurances of confidentiality and the legislative authority for 
the activity. If the encounter is to be recorded, the respondent's 
permission to record will be obtained before beginning the interview.
    Recruitment--Respondents will be recruited by means of 
advertisements in public venues or through techniques that replicate 
prospective data collection activities that are the focus of the 
project. For instance, a survey on physician communication, designed to 
be administered following an office visit, might be pretested using the 
same procedure. Each submission to OMB will specify the specific 
recruitment procedure to be used.
    Screening--When screening is required (e.g., quota sampling), the 
screening will be as brief as possible, and the screening questionnaire 
will be provided as part of the submission to OMB.
    Collection methods--The particular information collection methods 
used will vary, but may include the following:
     Individual in-depth interviews--In-depth interviews will 
commonly be used to ensure that the meaning of a questionnaire or 
strategy is understood by the respondent. When in-depth interviewing is 
used, the interview guide will be provided to OMB for review.
     Focus groups--Focus groups will be used to obtain insights 
into beliefs and understandings of the target audience early in the 
development of a questionnaire or tool. When focus groups are used, the 
focus group discussion guide will be provided to OMB for review.
     Expert/Gatekeeper review of tools--In some instances, 
tools designed for patients may be reviewed in-depth by medical 
providers or other gatekeepers to provide feedback on the acceptability 
and usability of a particular tool. This would usually be in addition 
to pretesting of the tool by the actual patient or other user.
     Record abstractions--On occasion, the development of a 
tool or other information collection requires review and interaction 
with records rather than individuals.
     ``Dress rehearsal'' of a specific protocol--In some 
instances, the proposed pretesting will constitute a walkthrough of the 
intended data collection procedure. In these instances, the request 
will mirror what is expected to occur for the larger scale data 
collection.
    Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by 
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the 
information requested. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and 
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to 
a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and 
review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise 
disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for 
this Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below.

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                                     Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                                      Average
                                     Number of       Number of         Total        burden per     Total burden
 Type of information collection     respondents   responses  per     responses     response  (in       hours
                                                     respondent                       hours)
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Mail/email \1\..................          10,000               1          10,000             0.5           5,000
Telephone.......................          10,000               1          10,000             0.5           5,000
Web-based.......................          10,000               1          10,000             0.5           5,000
Focus Groups....................          10,000               1          10,000             2.0          20,000
In-person.......................          10,000               1          10,000             1.0          10,000
Automated \2\...................          10,000               1          10,000             1.0          10,000
Cognitive Interviewing..........          30,000               1          30,000             2.0          60,000
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    Total.......................          90,000  ..............          90,000  ..............         115,000
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\1\ May include telephone non-response follow-up in which case the burden will not change.
\2\ May include testing of database software, CAPI software, or other automated technologies.


    Dated: February 5, 2014.
Bahar Niakan,
Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.
[FR Doc. 2014-02896 Filed 2-10-14; 8:45 am]
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