60 Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: ConnectHome Use and Benefits Telephone Survey, 6036 [2016-02180]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 23 (Thursday, February 4, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Page 6036]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02180]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5915-N-01]


60 Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: ConnectHome Use 
and Benefits Telephone Survey

AGENCY: Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD.

ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection.

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SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment 
from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. 
The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: April 4, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB 
Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports 
Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 
451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410-5000; telephone 
202-402-3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at 
Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other 
available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may 
access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay 
Service at (800) 877-8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management 
Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at 
Colette.Pollard@hud.gov or telephone 202-402-3400. This is not a toll-
free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this 
number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 
(800) 877-8339.
    Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from 
Ms. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is 
seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in 
Section A.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: ConnectHome Use and Benefits 
Telephone Survey.
    OMB Approval Number: Pending.
    Type of Request: New.
    Form Number: Survey.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: 
President Barack Obama and Secretary Juli[aacute]n Castro announced 
ConnectHome on July 15, 2015, as the next step in the Obama 
Administration's efforts to increase access to high-speed Internet 
access for all Americans. Through public-private partnerships, 
nonprofits, businesses, and Internet service providers (ISPs) 
ConnectHome will offer high-speed Internet service, devices, technical 
training, and digital literacy programs to residents of HUD assisted 
housing in 28 pilot communities, including the Choctaw Nation of 
Oklahoma.
    As communities begin to implement ConnectHome in 2016 and connect 
residents to internet within their homes, this telephone survey will 
illuminate how families are taking advantage of ConnectHome. The 
telephone survey will explore ConnectHome subscribers' previous 
broadband access, current and planned use patterns, and current and 
anticipated benefits of their at-home high-speed Internet access. The 
survey will particularly focus on educational Internet use such as 
completing homework, connecting parents with educators, and applying to 
college.
    Respondents (i.e. affected public): Residents in the 28 communities 
who have secured at-home Internet access through the ConnectHome 
program.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,800.
    Frequency of Response: One time.
    Average Hours Per Response: 0.5 hours (30 minutes).
    Total Estimated Burden: 1,400 hours.
    Respondents' Obligation: Voluntary.

B. Solicitation of Public Comment

    This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affected parties concerning the collection of information described in 
Section A on the following:
    (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information;
    (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.
    HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to 
these questions.

    Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

    Dated: January 22, 2016.
 Katherine M. O'Regan,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development and Research.
[FR Doc. 2016-02180 Filed 2-3-16; 8:45 am]
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