Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations, 6274-6275 [2016-02174]


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 24 (Friday, February 5, 2016)]
[Pages 6274-6275]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2016-02174]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60Day-16-0106; Docket No. CDC-2016-0017]

Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and 

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice with comment period.


SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part 
of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the 
utility of government information, invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or 
continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed 
revision of the information collection project entitled ``Preventive 
Health and Health Services Block Grant''.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before April 5, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2016-
0017 by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review 
Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road 
NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted 
without change to, including any personal information 
provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to

    Please note: All public comment should be submitted through the 
Federal eRulemaking portal ( or by U.S. mail to the 
address listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan 
and instruments, contact the Information Collection Review Office, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-
D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of 
information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires 
Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new 
proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of 
information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information 
collection before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To 
comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a 
proposed data collection as described below.
    Comments are invited 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) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (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; and (e) estimates of capital or start-
up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services 
to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or 
financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, 
disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This 
includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, 
install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of 
collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and 
maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to 
train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of 
information, to search data sources, to complete and review the 
collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the 

Proposed Project

    Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (OMB Control No. 
0920-0106, exp. 8/31/2016)--Revision--Office for State, Tribal, Local 
and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    The management of the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) 
Block Grant program has transitioned from the National Center for 
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to the Office for 
State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). The Program 
continues to provide awardees with a source of flexible funding for 
health promotion and disease prevention programs. Currently, 61 
awardees (50 states, the District of Columbia, two American Indian 
Tribes, and eight U.S. territories) receive Block Grants to address 
locally-defined public health needs in innovative ways. Block Grants 
allow awardees to prioritize the use of funds and to fill funding gaps 
in programs that deal with the leading causes of death and disability. 

[[Page 6275]]

Grant funding also provides awardees with the ability to respond 
rapidly to emerging health issues, including outbreaks of diseases or 
pathogens. The PHHS Block Grant program is authorized by sections 1901-
1907 of the Public Health Service Act.
    CDC currently collects information from Block Grant awardees to 
monitor their objectives and activities (Preventive Health and Health 
Services Block Grant, OMB No. 0920-0106, exp. 8/31/2016). Each awardee 
is required to submit an annual application for funding (Work Plan) 
that describes its objectives and the populations to be addressed, and 
an Annual Report that describes activities, progress toward objectives, 
and Success Stories which highlight the improvements Block Grant 
programs have made and the value of program activities. Information is 
submitted electronically through the web-based Block Grant Information 
Management System (BGMIS).
    CDC PHHS Block Grant program has benefited from this system by 
efficiently collecting mandated information in a format that allows 
data to be easily retrieved in standardized reports. The electronic 
format verifies completeness of data at data entry prior to submission 
to CDC, reducing the number of re-submissions that are required to 
provide concise and complete information.
    The Work Plan and Annual Report are designed to help Block Grant 
awardees attain their goals and to meet reporting requirements 
specified in the program's authorizing legislation. Each Work Plan 
objective is defined in SMART format (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, 
Realistic and Time-based), and includes a specified start date and end 
date. Block Grant activities adhere to the Healthy People (HP) 
framework established by the Department of Health and Human Services 
(HHS). The current version of the BGMIS associates each awardee-defined 
activity with a specific HP National Objective, and identifies the 
location where funds are applied. Although there are no substantive 
changes to the information collected (Attachment 4A), the Work Plan 
guidance document for users (Attachments 4B) has been updated to 
improve their usability and the clarity of instructions provided to 
BGMIS users. These changes are summarized in Attachments 4C.
    There are no changes to the number of Block Grant awardees 
(respondents), or the estimated burden per response for the Work Plan 
or the Annual Report. At this time, the BGMIS does not collect data 
related to performance measures, but a future information collection 
request may outline additional reporting requirements related to 
performance measures.
    The PHHS Block Grant program must continue to collect data in order 
to remain in compliance with legislative mandates. The system allows 
CDC and Grantees to measure performance, identifying the extent to 
which objectives were met and identifying the most highly successful 
program interventions. CDC requests OMB approval to continue the Block 
Grant information collection for three years. CDC will continue to use 
the BGMIS to monitor awardee progress, identify activities and 
personnel supported with Block Grant funding, conduct compliance 
reviews of Block Grant awardees, and promote the use of evidence-based 
guidelines and interventions. There are no changes to the number of 
respondents or the estimated annual burden per respondent. The Work 
Plan and the Annual Report will be submitted annually. The estimated 
burden per response for the Work Plan is 20 hours and the estimated 
burden per response for the Annual Report is 15 hours.
    Participation in this information collection is required for Block 
Grant awardees. There are no costs to respondents other than their 
time. Awardees continue to submit Success Stories with their Annual 
Progress reports through BGMIS, without changes.

                                                            Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                                                             Number of    Average burden
              Type of respondents                               Form name                    Number of     responses per   per response    Total burden
                                                                                            respondents     respondent      (in hours)      (in hours)
Block Grant Awardees...........................  Work Plan..............................              61               1              20           1,220
                                                 Annual Report..........................              61               1              15             915
    Total......................................  .......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............           2,135

Leroy A. Richardson,
Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific 
Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the 
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2016-02174 Filed 2-4-16; 8:45 am]
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