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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 32 / Tuesday, February 18, 2014 / Notices Request for Comments In accordance with the above-cited Paperwork Reduction Act legislation, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ health care research, quality improvement and information dissemination functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) 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 upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the Agency’s subsequent request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: February 6, 2014. Richard Kronick, AHRQ Director. [FR Doc. 2014–03484 Filed 2–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘AHRQ Grants Reporting System (GRS).’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:58 Feb 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on December 6th, 2013 and allowed 60 days for public comment. One comment was received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by March 20, 2014. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project AHRQ Grants Reporting System (GRS) AHRQ has developed a systematic method for its grantees to report project progress and important preliminary findings for grants funded by the Agency. This system, the Grants Reporting System (GRS), was first approved by OMB on November 10, 2004. The system addressed the shortfalls in the previous reporting process and established a consistent and comprehensive grants reporting solution for AHRQ. The GRS provides a centralized repository of grants research progress and additional information that can be used to support initiatives within the Agency. This includes future research planning and support to administration activities such as performance monitoring, budgeting, knowledge transfer as well as strategic planning. This Project has the following goals: (1) To promote the transfer of critical information more frequently and efficiently and enhance the Agency’s ability to support research designed to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its costs, and broaden access to effective services; (2) To increase the efficiency of the Agency in responding to ad-hoc information requests; and (3) To support Executive Branch requirements for increased transparency and public reporting; PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9211 (4) To establish a consistent approach throughout the Agency for information collection regarding grant progress and a systematic basis for oversight and for facilitating potential collaborations among grantees; and, (5) To decrease the inconvenience and burden on grantees of unanticipated adhoc requests for information by the Agency in response to particular (onetime) internal and external requests for information. Method of Collection Grants Reporting System—Grantees use the GRS to report project progress and important preliminary findings for grants funded by the Agency. Grantees submit a progress report on a quarterly basis which is reviewed by AHRQ personnel. All users access the GRS system through a secure online interface which requires a user id and password entered through the GRS Login screen. When status reports are due, AHRQ notifies Principle Investigators (PI) and Vendors via email. The GRS is an automated userfriendly resource that is utilized by AHRQ staff for preparing, distributing, and reviewing reporting requests to grantees for the purpose of information sharing. AHRQ personnel are able to systematically search on the information collected and stored in the GRS database. Personnel will also use the information to address internal and/or external requests for information regarding grant progress, preliminary findings, and other requests, such as Freedom of Information Act requests, and producing responses related to federally mandated programs and regulations. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the respondents. It will take grantees an estimated 10 minutes to enter the necessary data into the Grant Reporting System (GRS) and reporting will occur four times annually. The total annualized burden hours are estimated to be 333 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for the respondents. The total estimated cost burden for respondents is $11,772. E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1 9212 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 32 / Tuesday, February 18, 2014 / Notices EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Data entry into GRS ........................................................................................ 500 4 10/60 333 Total .......................................................................................................... 500 na na 333 EXHIBIT 2. ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden Data entry into GRS ........................................................................................ 500 333 $35.35 $11,772 Total .......................................................................................................... 500 333 na $11,772 * Based upon the average wages for Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations (29–0000), ‘‘National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May 2012,’’ U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Request for Comments In accordance with the above-cited Paperwork Reduction Act legislation, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ healthcare research and healthcare information dissemination functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) 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 upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the Agency’s subsequent request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: February 6, 2014. Richard Kronick, AHRQ Director. [FR Doc. 2014–03487 Filed 2–14–14; 8:45 am] tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4160–90–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:58 Feb 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Health care Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Health care Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Assessing the Impact of the National Implementation of TeamSTEPPS Master Training Program.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on August 27th, 2013 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by March 20, 2014. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ’s OMB Desk Officer by fax at (202) 395–6974 (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer) or by email at OIRA_submission@ omb.eop.gov (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer). Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project Assessing the Impact of the National Implementation of TeamSTEPPS Master Training Program As part of their effort to fulfill their mission goals, AHRQ, in collaboration with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Tricare Management Activity (TMA), developed TeamSTEPPS® (aka Team Strategies and Tools for Enhancing Performance and Patient Safety) to provide an evidence-based suite of tools and strategies for training teamworkbased patient safety to health care professionals. In 2007, AHRQ and DoD coordinated the national implementation of the TeamSTEPPS program. The main objective of this program is to improve patient safety by training a select group of stakeholders such as Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) personnel, High Reliability Organization (HRO) staff, and health care system staff in various teamwork, communication, and patient safety concepts, tools, and techniques and ultimately helping to build national capacity for supporting teamwork-based patient safety efforts in health care organizations and at the state level. The implementation includes the availability of voluntary training of Master Trainers in various health care systems capable of stimulating the utilization and adoption of TeamSTEPPS in their health care delivery systems, providing technical assistance and consultation on E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 32 (Tuesday, February 18, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9211-9212]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03487]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection 
project: ``AHRQ Grants Reporting System (GRS).'' In accordance with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520, AHRQ invites the public 
to comment on this proposed information collection.
    This proposed information collection was previously published in 
the Federal Register on December 6th, 2013 and allowed 60 days for 
public comment. One comment was received. The purpose of this notice is 
to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by March 20, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov.
    Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection 
instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be 
obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed Project

AHRQ Grants Reporting System (GRS)

    AHRQ has developed a systematic method for its grantees to report 
project progress and important preliminary findings for grants funded 
by the Agency. This system, the Grants Reporting System (GRS), was 
first approved by OMB on November 10, 2004. The system addressed the 
shortfalls in the previous reporting process and established a 
consistent and comprehensive grants reporting solution for AHRQ. The 
GRS provides a centralized repository of grants research progress and 
additional information that can be used to support initiatives within 
the Agency. This includes future research planning and support to 
administration activities such as performance monitoring, budgeting, 
knowledge transfer as well as strategic planning.
    This Project has the following goals:
    (1) To promote the transfer of critical information more frequently 
and efficiently and enhance the Agency's ability to support research 
designed to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its 
costs, and broaden access to effective services;
    (2) To increase the efficiency of the Agency in responding to ad-
hoc information requests; and
    (3) To support Executive Branch requirements for increased 
transparency and public reporting;
    (4) To establish a consistent approach throughout the Agency for 
information collection regarding grant progress and a systematic basis 
for oversight and for facilitating potential collaborations among 
grantees; and,
    (5) To decrease the inconvenience and burden on grantees of 
unanticipated ad-hoc requests for information by the Agency in response 
to particular (one-time) internal and external requests for 
information.

Method of Collection

    Grants Reporting System--Grantees use the GRS to report project 
progress and important preliminary findings for grants funded by the 
Agency. Grantees submit a progress report on a quarterly basis which is 
reviewed by AHRQ personnel. All users access the GRS system through a 
secure online interface which requires a user id and password entered 
through the GRS Login screen. When status reports are due, AHRQ 
notifies Principle Investigators (PI) and Vendors via email.
    The GRS is an automated user-friendly resource that is utilized by 
AHRQ staff for preparing, distributing, and reviewing reporting 
requests to grantees for the purpose of information sharing. AHRQ 
personnel are able to systematically search on the information 
collected and stored in the GRS database. Personnel will also use the 
information to address internal and/or external requests for 
information regarding grant progress, preliminary findings, and other 
requests, such as Freedom of Information Act requests, and producing 
responses related to federally mandated programs and regulations.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
respondents. It will take grantees an estimated 10 minutes to enter the 
necessary data into the Grant Reporting System (GRS) and reporting will 
occur four times annually. The total annualized burden hours are 
estimated to be 333 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for the 
respondents. The total estimated cost burden for respondents is 
$11,772.

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                                  Exhibit 1--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                   Number of
                   Form name                       Number of     responses per      Hours per      Total  burden
                                                  respondents      respondent        response          hours
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Data entry into GRS...........................             500               4            10/60              333
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    Total.....................................             500              na               na              333
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                                   Exhibit 2. Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                                    Number of     Total  burden  Average  hourly    Total cost
                   Form name                       respondents        hours        wage  rate *       burden
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Data entry into GRS............................             500             333          $35.35          $11,772
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    Total......................................             500             333              na          $11,772
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* Based upon the average wages for Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations (29-0000), ``National
  Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May 2012,'' U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of
  Labor Statistics.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with the above-cited Paperwork Reduction Act 
legislation, comments on AHRQ's information collection are requested 
with regard to any of the following: (a) whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
AHRQ healthcare research and healthcare information dissemination 
functions, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ's estimate of burden (including hours 
and costs) of the proposed collection(s) 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 upon the respondents, including the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the Agency's subsequent request for OMB approval of the 
proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Dated: February 6, 2014.
Richard Kronick,
AHRQ Director.
[FR Doc. 2014-03487 Filed 2-14-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4160-90-P