Comment Request for Information Collection for the Evaluation of the Youth CareerConnect Grant Program, New Collection, 62467-62469 [2014-24676]

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In accordance with Commission policy, subject matter listed above, not disposed of at the scheduled meeting, may be carried over to the agenda of the following meeting. By order of the Commission. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issued: October 15, 2014. William R. Bishop, Supervisory Hearings and Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–24892 Filed 10–15–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Comment Request for Information Collection for the Evaluation of the Youth CareerConnect Grant Program, New Collection Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Labor. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance 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 collection requirements on respondents is properly assessed. Currently, the Department of Labor is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data about the Evaluation of the Youth CareerConnect (YCC) Grant Program [SGA/DFA PY– 13–01]. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addressee section of this notice. SUMMARY: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee’s section below on or before December 7, 2014. DATES: MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: [USITC SE–14–036] VerDate Sep<11>2014 October 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. 62467 You may submit comments by either one of the following methods: Email: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov; Mail or Courier: Chief Evaluation Office, OASP, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–2312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Molly Irwin by telephone at 202–693– 5091 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at ChiefEvaluationOffice@ dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 62468 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 201 / Friday, October 17, 2014 / Notices I. Background The proposed information collection activities described in this notice will provide data for an impact and implementation evaluation of the Youth CareerConnect program. In spring 2014, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded a total of $107 million to 24 grantees to implement the YCC program. The program is a high school based initiative aimed at improving students’ college and career readiness in particular employment sectors. The programs are redesigning the high school experience through partnerships with colleges and employers to provide skill-developing and work-based learning opportunities to help students prepare for jobs in high-demand occupations. The evaluation will address three main research questions: (1) What was the impact of the YCC programs on students’ short-term outcomes? (2) How were the YCC programs implemented? and (3) Did the effectiveness of YCC programs vary by student and grantee characteristics? The impact study will employ a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to estimate program effectiveness and will be carried out in a subset of YCC grantees. The implementation study will draw on data gathered from all YCC grantees. This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on four proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the YCC evaluation: (1) Parental consent and student assent forms. For the impact study, active consent will be obtained from a parent, guardian, or other adult who has responsibility for students in sites recruited for the impact study. Additionally, students for whom written parental consent has been obtained will be asked to assent to data collection. (2) Baseline Information Forms (BIFs) will be completed by students and parents. The student BIF will collect information on experiences at school, behavior in school, activities, employment experience, and plans for future education. The parent BIF will collect information on household characteristics and education expectations for their children. BIFs will also provide detailed contact information to be used to locate participants for the follow-up survey. Whenever possible, BIFs will be integrated into the application process to limit respondent burden. (3) Grantee survey. A grantee survey will provide information about all grantees funded for YCC programs. It will collect details on service delivery models, staffing, staff development, partnerships, and the implementation of the main program elements. (4) Site visit protocols. Site visits will occur at three points in time and will collect information on program design, implementation, and challenges, as well as how program models change over time. A future information collection request will include a 36-month follow up survey of members of the treatment and control groups. II. Review Focus Currently, DOL is soliciting comments concerning the above data collection for the evaluation of YCC. DOL is particularly interested in comments that do the following: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate of the proposed information collection, 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 to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (for example, permitting electronic submissions of responses). III. Current Actions At this time, DOL is requesting clearance for the parental consent and student assent forms, student and parent BIFs, grantee surveys, and site visit protocols. Type of Review: New collection. Title: Youth Career Connect (YCC) grant program. OMB Number: OMB Control Number 1205–0NEW. ESTIMATED TOTAL BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden time per response (minutes) Total burden hours Consent, Assent, and Baseline Enrollment Forms Students (including assent) ............................................................................. Parents (including consent) ............................................................................. YCC Staff ......................................................................................................... a 4,000 b 50 1 1 80 18 10 5 1,200 667 333 24 2 30 24 c 170 1 1 60 60 170 60 1 1 30 60 85 60 c 60 1 1 30 60 85 60 8,764 90 ........................ 2,744 a 4,000 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Grantee Survey and Site Visits Grantee survey ................................................................................................ Site visits: Round 1: Staff ................................................................................................... Students ............................................................................................ Round 2: Staff ................................................................................................... Students ............................................................................................ Round 3: Staff ................................................................................................... Students ............................................................................................ Total ........................................................................................... c 60 c 170 c 60 c 170 a The figures correspond to 200 treatment and 200 control group students in each of 10 study sites. figures assume 5 staff members at each of 10 sites. c Assumes 17 staff and 6 students are interviewed at each of 10 sites. b The VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Oct 16, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 62469 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 201 / Friday, October 17, 2014 / Notices Affected Public: Students and parents applying for YCC program, YCC program staff, and students in YCC program. Form(s): Total annual respondents: 4,000 students; 4,000 parents; and 244 staff. Annual Frequency: One time for the consent, assent, and BIFs, one time for each round of site visits, and two times for the grantee survey. Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. (MCC) is publishing a summary of the Millennium Challenge Compact between the United States of America, acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Republic of El Salvador. Representatives of the United States Government and El Salvador executed the Compact documents on September 30, 2014. The complete text of the Compact has been posted at http://www.mcc.gov/ documents/agreements/compact112906-elsalvador.pdf. Dated: October 14, 2014. Thomas G. Hohenthaner, Acting Vice President and General Counsel, Millennium Challenge Corporation. Summary of Millennium Challenge Compact With the Republic of El Salvador Dated: October 8, 2014. James H. Moore, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. 1. Overview [FR Doc. 2014–24676 Filed 10–16–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–23–P MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION [MCC FR 14–08] Notice of Entering Into a Compact With the Republic of El Salvador Millennium Challenge Corporation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with Section 610(b)(2) of the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7701–7718), the Millennium Challenge Corporation SUMMARY: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (‘‘MCC’’) has signed a fiveyear, $277 million compact with the Republic of El Salvador aimed at reducing poverty and accelerating economic growth (the ‘‘Compact’’). The Compact is intended to assist the Government of El Salvador (‘‘GoES’’) to strengthen the investment climate, enhance the role of public-private partnerships in delivering key services, and improve the country’s productivity and competitiveness in international markets. Through intensive policy reforms and an integrated set of investments in the institutional capital, human capital, and physical capital of El Salvador, MCC expects that the Compact will help set the foundation for lasting economic growth and poverty reduction. 2. Background This Compact will build on GoES reforms and initiatives and is informed by consultations with over 200 businesses. First, the Compact will invest in the institutional capital of El Salvador in order to enhance the investment climate by streamlining the regulatory environment and supporting the implementation of public-private partnerships. Second, the Compact will support policy reforms and invest in human capital to improve education quality and better match workforce skills with the demands of the labor market. Third, the Compact will invest in physical capital to reduce logistics and transportation costs by improving key road segments and border infrastructure in major transport corridors. The Compact’s three projects represent a total investment of $365.2 million, of which MCC will contribute $277 million, and the GoES will commit $88.2 million—a 32 percent matching contribution that is well above the 15 percent country contribution required for second compacts with lower-middle income countries. 3. Program Overview and Budget Below is a summary describing the components of the Compact. The budget and expected impacts are preliminary based on due diligence and project appraisal. COMPACT BUDGET OVERVIEW MCC Funding Project GoES Funding Total investment Portion of budget (percent) Millions of US$ Investment Climate Project .............................................................................. Human Capital Project ..................................................................................... Logistical Infrastructure Project ....................................................................... Monitoring and Evaluation ............................................................................... Program Administration ................................................................................... 42.4 100.7 109.6 4.3 20.0 50.0 15.0 15.7 ........................ 7.5 92.4 115.7 125.3 4.3 27.5 25.3 31.7 34.3 1.2 7.5 Total .......................................................................................................... $277.0 $88.2 $365.2 100 4. Summary of Projects and Activities mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Investment Climate Project The constraints to economic growth analysis and consultations with investors identified excessive ‘‘red tape’’ and discretionary application of rules as negatively affecting the investment climate in El Salvador. Firms also identified the need for key public VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Oct 16, 2014 Jkt 235001 infrastructure to increase productivity, but tight fiscal constraints and weak institutional capacity limit the ability of the GoES to provide such infrastructure. The Investment Climate Project seeks to address these deficiencies in El Salvador’s investment climate by improving the regulatory environment and the GoES’s capacity to provide key public services in partnership with the PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 private sector through the following two activities: • The Regulatory Improvement Activity will prioritize and promote investment climate reforms with the goal of creating a more efficient and profitable business environment. MCC will support the development of an institutional framework and system, including an independent institution E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR


Comment Request for Information Collection for the Evaluation of 
the Youth CareerConnect Grant Program, New Collection

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of 
Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance 
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 
collection requirements on respondents is properly assessed. Currently, 
the Department of Labor is soliciting comments concerning the 
collection of data about the Evaluation of the Youth CareerConnect 
(YCC) Grant Program [SGA/DFA PY-13-01]. A copy of the proposed 
Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the 
office listed in the addressee section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addressee's section below on or before December 7, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following 
methods: Email: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov; Mail or Courier: Chief 
Evaluation Office, OASP, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-2312, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Molly Irwin by telephone at 202-693-
5091 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at 
ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Background

    The proposed information collection activities described in this 
notice will provide data for an impact and implementation evaluation of 
the Youth CareerConnect program. In spring 2014, the Employment and 
Training Administration (ETA) in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) 
awarded a total of $107 million to 24 grantees to implement the YCC 
program. The program is a high school based initiative aimed at 
improving students' college and career readiness in particular 
employment sectors. The programs are redesigning the high school 
experience through partnerships with colleges and employers to provide 
skill-developing and work-based learning opportunities to help students 
prepare for jobs in high-demand occupations.
    The evaluation will address three main research questions: (1) What 
was the impact of the YCC programs on students' short-term outcomes? 
(2) How were the YCC programs implemented? and (3) Did the 
effectiveness of YCC programs vary by student and grantee 
characteristics? The impact study will employ a randomized controlled 
trial (RCT) to estimate program effectiveness and will be carried out 
in a subset of YCC grantees. The implementation study will draw on data 
gathered from all YCC grantees.
    This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on 
four proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the YCC 
evaluation:
    (1) Parental consent and student assent forms. For the impact 
study, active consent will be obtained from a parent, guardian, or 
other adult who has responsibility for students in sites recruited for 
the impact study. Additionally, students for whom written parental 
consent has been obtained will be asked to assent to data collection.
    (2) Baseline Information Forms (BIFs) will be completed by students 
and parents. The student BIF will collect information on experiences at 
school, behavior in school, activities, employment experience, and 
plans for future education. The parent BIF will collect information on 
household characteristics and education expectations for their 
children. BIFs will also provide detailed contact information to be 
used to locate participants for the follow-up survey. Whenever 
possible, BIFs will be integrated into the application process to limit 
respondent burden.
    (3) Grantee survey. A grantee survey will provide information about 
all grantees funded for YCC programs. It will collect details on 
service delivery models, staffing, staff development, partnerships, and 
the implementation of the main program elements.
    (4) Site visit protocols. Site visits will occur at three points in 
time and will collect information on program design, implementation, 
and challenges, as well as how program models change over time.
    A future information collection request will include a 36-month 
follow up survey of members of the treatment and control groups.

II. Review Focus

    Currently, DOL is soliciting comments concerning the above data 
collection for the evaluation of YCC. DOL is particularly interested in 
comments that do the following:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's burden estimate of 
the proposed information collection, 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 to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology (for example, 
permitting electronic submissions of responses).

III. Current Actions

    At this time, DOL is requesting clearance for the parental consent 
and student assent forms, student and parent BIFs, grantee surveys, and 
site visit protocols.
    Type of Review: New collection.
    Title: Youth Career Connect (YCC) grant program.
    OMB Number: OMB Control Number 1205-0NEW.

                                          Estimated Total Burden Hours
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                                                                                  Average burden
                                                     Number of       Number of       time per      Total burden
                   Respondents                      respondents    responses per     response          hours
                                                                    respondent       (minutes)
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                                 Consent, Assent, and Baseline Enrollment Forms
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Students (including assent).....................       \a\ 4,000               1              18           1,200
Parents (including consent).....................       \a\ 4,000               1              10             667
YCC Staff.......................................          \b\ 50              80               5             333
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                                         Grantee Survey and Site Visits
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Grantee survey..................................              24               2              30              24
Site visits:
    Round 1:
        Staff...................................         \c\ 170               1              60             170
        Students................................          \c\ 60               1              60              60
    Round 2:
        Staff...................................         \c\ 170               1              30              85
        Students................................          \c\ 60               1              60              60
    Round 3:
        Staff...................................         \c\ 170               1              30              85
        Students................................          \c\ 60               1              60              60
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
            Total...............................           8,764              90  ..............           2,744
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\a\ The figures correspond to 200 treatment and 200 control group students in each of 10 study sites.
\b\ The figures assume 5 staff members at each of 10 sites.
\c\ Assumes 17 staff and 6 students are interviewed at each of 10 sites.


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    Affected Public: Students and parents applying for YCC program, YCC 
program staff, and students in YCC program.
    Form(s): Total annual respondents: 4,000 students; 4,000 parents; 
and 244 staff.
    Annual Frequency: One time for the consent, assent, and BIFs, one 
time for each round of site visits, and two times for the grantee 
survey.
    Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be 
summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and 
Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also 
become a matter of public record.

    Dated: October 8, 2014.
James H. Moore, Jr.,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 2014-24676 Filed 10-16-14; 8:45 am]
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