Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Indian Education Professional Development Grants Program: GPRA and Service Payback Data Collection, 5431-5432 [2016-01844]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 2, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5431-5432]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01844]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No.: ED-2016-ICCD-0012]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Indian 
Education Professional Development Grants Program: GPRA and Service 
Payback Data Collection

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Department 
of Education (ED).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing 
information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
April 4, 2016.

ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the 
information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2016-ICCD-
0012. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted 
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal 
mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments 
submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period 
will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments 
submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the 
Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 2E-115, 
Washington, DC 20202-4537.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact John Cheek, 202-401-0274.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact 
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's 
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in 
the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The 
Department of Education is especially interested in public comment 
addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to 
the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be 
processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden 
accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the 
Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, 
including through the use of information technology. Please note that 
written comments received in response to this notice will be considered 
public records.
    Title of Collection: Indian Education Professional Development 
Grants Program: GPRA and Service Payback Data Collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1810-0698.
    Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Governments.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 5,412.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 2,728.
    Abstract: ``Indian Education--Individual Reporting on Regulatory 
Compliance Related to the Indian Education Professional Development 
Program's Service Obligation and the Government Performance and Results 
Act of 1993 (GPRA).''
    The Indian Education Professional Development program, authorized 
under title VII, part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 
of 1965, as amended (ESEA), is designed to increase the number of, 
provide training to, and improve the skills of American Indian or 
Alaska Natives serving as teachers and school administrators in schools 
serving American Indian or Alaska Native students.
    Section 7122(h) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7442(h)) requires that 
individuals who receive financial assistance through the Indian 
Education Professional Development program subsequently complete a 
service obligation equivalent to the amount of time for which the 
participant received financial assistance. Participants who do not 
satisfy the requirements of the regulations must repay all or a pro-
rated part of the cost of assistance, in accordance with 20 U.S.C. 
7442(h) and 34 CFR 263.8(a)(3). The regulations in part 263 implement 
requirements governing, among other things, the service obligation and 
reporting requirements of the participants in the Indian Education 
Professional Development program, and repayment of financial assistance 
by these participants. In order for the Federal Government to ensure 
that the goals of the program are achieved, certain data collection, 
recordkeeping, and documentation are necessary.
    In addition, GPRA requires Federal agencies to establish 
performance measures for all programs, and the Department has 
established performance measures for the Indian Education Professional 
Development program. Data collection from participants who have 
received financial assistance under the Indian Education Professional 
Development program is a necessary element of the Department's effort 
to evaluate progress on these measures.
    The Department tracks participants who are receiving or have 
previously received support through the Indian Education Professional 
Development program. Participants must sign a payback agreement that 
includes contact

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information. Additionally, the Department receives information about 
participants from institutions of higher education (IHEs) and other 
eligible grantees when participants are no longer receiving assistance 
through the Indian Education Professional Development program. When the 
performance period is complete, the participant data are collected from 
the grantee and also from the participants.

    Dated: January 28, 2016.
Tomakie Washington,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of 
the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
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