Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 32957-32958 [2015-14117]

Download as PDF 32957 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 111 / Wednesday, June 10, 2015 / Notices ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Youth Outcome Survey ................................................................................... Data File .......................................................................................................... Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 152,606. In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: infocollection@ acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to Number of responses per respondent 20,667 52 comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–14140 Filed 6–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families [OMB No.: 0970–0414] Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Title: Assets for Independence (AFI) Program Evaluation. Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing a data collection activity as part of an experimental evaluation of the Assets for Independence (AFI) Program. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of participation in AFI-funded individual development account (IDA) projects on the savings, asset purchases, and economic well-being of low-income individuals and families. The primary research question is: What is the impact of AFI project participation on outcomes such as savings, asset purchases, and material hardship? While some evaluations suggest that IDAs help low-income families save, rigorous experimental research is limited. Few studies have focused on AFI-funded IDAs, and few have tested alternative design features. 1 2 Average burden hours per response 0.5 1,368 Total burden hours 10,334 142,272 The Assets for Independence Evaluation is the first experimental evaluation of IDA projects operating under the Assets for Independence Act, and will contribute importantly to understanding the effects of IDA project participation on project participants. The evaluation was launched in fall 2011 in two sites, with the random assignment of AFI-eligible cases to program and control groups. OMB approved three data collection efforts related to this project in October 2012, including approval of a baseline survey, 12-month follow-up survey, and implementation study protocols. This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on a proposed new information collection activity: the AFI Evaluation second follow-up survey (at 36 months postrandom assignment) of both treatment and control group members. The purpose of the AFI Evaluation 36-month follow-up survey is to follow-up with study participants to document their intermediate savings and savings patterns, asset purchases, and other economic outcomes. The evaluation consists of both an impact study and an implementation study. Data collection activities will span a three-year period. Data collection activities to submit in a future information collection request include a third follow-up survey for AFI Evaluation study participants approximately 60 months after study enrollment. Respondents: Individuals enrolled in AFI programs, individuals who have left AFI programs, and control group members. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Total number of respondents Instrument asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Follow-Up Survey: AFI-eligible participants ......................... Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 136. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:46 Jun 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 Annual number of respondents 814 271 Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number of responses per respondent 1 Average burden hours per response 0.5 Annual burden hours 136 to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 32958 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 111 / Wednesday, June 10, 2015 / Notices OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Robert Sargis, ACF Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–14117 Filed 6–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–26–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families [CFDA Number: 93.568] The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Announces the State Median Income Estimates for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Office of Community Services, ACF, HHS. ACTION: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), announces the State Median Income Estimates for a Four-Person Household for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 State Median Income Estimates for Use in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). AGENCY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance (DEA) announces the SUMMARY: estimated median income of four-person households in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for FFY 2016 (October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016). DATES: These estimates become effective at any time between the date of this publication and the later of (1) October 1, 2015; or (2) the beginning of a grantee’s fiscal year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Edelman, Program Analyst, Office of Community Services, 5th Floor West, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447. Telephone: 202–401–5292; Email: peter.edelman@ acf.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces to grantees of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) the estimated median income of four-person households in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for FFY 2016 (October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016). LIHEAP grantees that choose to base their income eligibility criteria on these state median income (SMI) estimates may adopt these estimates (up to 60 percent) on their date of publication in the Federal Register or on a later date as discussed in the DATES section. This enables grantees to implement this notice during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, 2015, or the beginning of the grantee’s fiscal year, whichever is later, such grantees must adjust their income eligibility criteria so that they are in accord with the FFY 2016 SMI. Sixty percent of SMI for each LIHEAP grantee, as annually established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is one of the income criteria that LIHEAP grantees may use in determining a household’s income eligibility for LIHEAP. The last time LIHEAP was authorized was by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109–58, which was enacted on August 8, 2005. This authorization expired on September 30, 2007, and reauthorization remains pending. The SMI estimates in this notice are 3-year estimates derived from the American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau). For additional information about the ACS state median income estimates, including the definition of income and the derivation of medians see http:// www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/ data_documentation/ SubjectDefinitions/2013_ ACSSubjectDefinitions.pdf under ‘‘Income in the Past 12 Months.’’ For additional information about using the ACS 3-year estimates versus using the 1year or 5-year estimates, see http:// www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_ for_data_users/estimates/. For additional information about the ACS in general, see http://www.census.gov/acs/ www/ or contact the Census Bureau’s Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division at (301) 763–3243. These SMI estimates, like those derived from any survey, are subject to two types of errors: (1) Non-sampling Error, which consists of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-random errors that consistently shift the data in a specific direction; and (2) Sampling Error, which consists of the error that arises from the use of probability sampling to create the sample. For additional information about the accuracy of the ACS SMI estimates, see http://www.census.gov/ acs/www/Downloads/data_ documentation/Accuracy/ MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2013.pdf. In the state-by-state listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a four-person family for FFY 2016, LIHEAP grantees must regard ‘‘family’’ to be the equivalent of ‘‘household’’ with regards to setting their income eligibility criteria. This listing describes the method for adjusting SMI for households of different sizes, as specified in regulations applicable to LIHEAP (45 CFR 96.85(b)). These regulations were published in the Federal Register on March 3, 1988, (53 FR 6827) and amended on October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55858). asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ESTIMATED STATE MEDIAN INCOME FOR FOUR-PERSON FAMILIES, BY STATE, FOR FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR (FFY) 2016, FOR USE IN THE LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) Estimated state median income for four-person families 1 States Alabama ................................................................................................................................................ Alaska .................................................................................................................................................... Arizona .................................................................................................................................................. Arkansas ............................................................................................................................................... California ............................................................................................................................................... Colorado ................................................................................................................................................ Connecticut ........................................................................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:46 Jun 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM $66,253 90,307 65,138 58,262 77,106 85,915 106,193 10JNN1 60 percent of estimated state median income for four-person families 2 3 $39,752 54,184 39,083 34,957 46,264 51,549 63,716

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 111 (Wednesday, June 10, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32957-32958]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-14117]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families

[OMB No.: 0970-0414]


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Assets for Independence (AFI) Program Evaluation.
    Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 
Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing a data 
collection activity as part of an experimental evaluation of the Assets 
for Independence (AFI) Program. The purpose of this study is to assess 
the impact of participation in AFI-funded individual development 
account (IDA) projects on the savings, asset purchases, and economic 
well-being of low-income individuals and families. The primary research 
question is: What is the impact of AFI project participation on 
outcomes such as savings, asset purchases, and material hardship?
    While some evaluations suggest that IDAs help low-income families 
save, rigorous experimental research is limited. Few studies have 
focused on AFI-funded IDAs, and few have tested alternative design 
features.
    The Assets for Independence Evaluation is the first experimental 
evaluation of IDA projects operating under the Assets for Independence 
Act, and will contribute importantly to understanding the effects of 
IDA project participation on project participants. The evaluation was 
launched in fall 2011 in two sites, with the random assignment of AFI-
eligible cases to program and control groups. OMB approved three data 
collection efforts related to this project in October 2012, including 
approval of a baseline survey, 12-month follow-up survey, and 
implementation study protocols.
    This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on 
a proposed new information collection activity: the AFI Evaluation 
second follow-up survey (at 36 months post-random assignment) of both 
treatment and control group members. The purpose of the AFI Evaluation 
36-month follow-up survey is to follow-up with study participants to 
document their intermediate savings and savings patterns, asset 
purchases, and other economic outcomes. The evaluation consists of both 
an impact study and an implementation study. Data collection activities 
will span a three-year period.
    Data collection activities to submit in a future information 
collection request include a third follow-up survey for AFI Evaluation 
study participants approximately 60 months after study enrollment.
    Respondents: Individuals enrolled in AFI programs, individuals who 
have left AFI programs, and control group members.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
           Instrument              Total number    Annual number   responses per     hours per     Annual burden
                                  of respondents  of respondents    respondent       response          hours
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Follow-Up Survey: AFI-eligible               814             271               1             0.5             136
 participants...................
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 136.
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., 
Washington, DC 20447, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email 
address:

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OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by 
the title of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection 
of information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.

Robert Sargis,
ACF Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-14117 Filed 6-9-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4184-26-P