Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 2018) Field Test Questionnaires Change Request, 90354-90355 [2016-29925]

Download as PDF 90354 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / Notices room 3W242, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453–6987 or by email: OpeningDoors@ed.gov. If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. VIII. Other Information Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or PDF. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Dated: December 8, 2016. Ann Whalen, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Delegated the Duties of Assistant Secretary, for Elementary and Secondary Education. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES An applicant that is applying as part of a consortium must enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or other binding agreement with each member of the consortium. At a minimum, each MOU or other binding agreement must include the following key elements, each of which is described in detail below: (1) Terms and conditions; and (2) signatures. 1. Terms and conditions: In accordance with the Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities application requirements and the requirements for group applicants under 34 CFR 75.127–129, the MOU must: a. Designate one member of the group to apply for the grant or establish a separate legal entity to apply for the grant; b. Detail the activities that each party plans to perform; c. Bind each party to every statement and assurance made by the applicant in the application; 18:45 Dec 13, 2016 Jkt 241001 [FR Doc. 2016–29936 Filed 12–13–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2016–ICCD–0139] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 2018) Field Test Questionnaires Change Request Department of Education (ED), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Appendix: Memorandum of Understanding or Other Binding Agreement Requirements for Consortia Applicants VerDate Sep<11>2014 d. State that the applicant for the consortium (the lead LEA) is legally responsible for: i. The use of all grant funds; ii. Ensuring that the project is carried out by the partners or consortium in accordance with Federal requirements; iii. Ensuring that the indirect costs are determined as required under 34 CFR 75.564(e); iv. Carrying out the activities it has agreed to perform; and v. Using the funds that it receives under the MOU or other binding agreement in accordance with the Federal requirements that apply to the Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities grant. e. State that each member of the consortium is legally responsible for: i. Carrying out the activities it has agreed to perform; and ii. Using the funds that it receives under the MOU or other binding agreement in accordance with the Federal requirements that apply to the Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities grant. 2. Signatures: Each MOU must be signed by each party’s superintendent or CEO. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 13, 2017. 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–0139. 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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–347, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact NCES Information Collections at NCES.Information.Collections@ed.gov. 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: International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 2018) Field Test Questionnaires Change Request. OMB Control Number: 1850–0929. Type of Review: A reinstatement of a previously approved information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,983. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 2,046. Abstract: The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) is a computer-based international assessment of eighth-grade students’ E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / Notices computer and information literacy (CIL) skills that will provide a comparison of U.S. student performance and technology access and use with those of the international peers. ICILS collects data on eighth-grade students’ abilities to collect, manage, evaluate, and share digital information; their understanding of issues related to the safe and responsible use of electronic information; on student access to, use of, and engagement with ICT at school and at home; school environments for teaching and learning CIL; and teacher practices and experiences with ICT. The data collected through ICILS will also provide information about the nature and extent of the possible ‘‘digital divide’’ and has the potential to inform understanding of the relationship between technology skills and experience and student performance in other core subject areas. ICILS is conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an international collective of research organizations and government agencies that create the assessment framework, assessment, and background questionnaires. In the U.S., the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducts this study. In preparation for the ICILS 2018 main study, NCES will conduct a field test from March through May 2017 to evaluate new assessment items and background questions, to ensure practices that promote low exclusion rates, and to ensure that classroom and student sampling procedures proposed for the main study are successful. The U.S. ICILS main study will be conducted in the spring of 2018. Field recruitment will begin in October 2016 and main study recruitment in May of 2017. The request for the 2017 field test and the 2018 main study recruitment activities and the 2017 field test data collection was approved in August 2016 (OMB# 1850– 0929 v.1). This request (a) amends the approved record with the versions of the ICILS 2018 field test questionnaires that contain the finalized international versions of the questionnaires along with the U.S. adaptations that have been submitted for approval to the IEA, (b) updates respondent burden estimates, and (c) updates the international assessment framework for distribution and naming of dimensions. Because a few new questionnaire items have been added and burden time slightly increased, NCES is announcing in the Federal Register another 30-day public comment period to accompany this change request. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:45 Dec 13, 2016 Jkt 241001 Dated: December 8, 2016. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2016–29925 Filed 12–13–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0731; FRL–9956–64– OAR] Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under EPA’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under EPA’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program’’ (EPA ICR No. 2547.01, OMB Control No. 2060–NEW) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a request for approval of a new collection. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2016–0731, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to a-and-r-Docket@ epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Justin Pryor, Office of Atmospheric SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 90355 Programs, Climate Change Division, (6207A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–343–9258; fax number: 202–343–2342; email address: Pryor.Justin@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA is soliciting comments and information to enable it to: (i) Evaluate 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; (ii) evaluate the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (iv) 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, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. Abstract: The Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program is a voluntary program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provides an innovative voluntary mechanism through which oil and natural gas companies can make specific, ambitious commitments to reduce methane emissions. This Program is an integral part of the EPA’s—and the Administration’s— ongoing commitment to address methane emissions and global climate change. Methane is the primary component of natural gas and a potent E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No.: ED-2016-ICCD-0139]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 
2018) Field Test Questionnaires Change Request

AGENCY: Department of Education (ED), National Center for Education 
Statistics (NCES)

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is 
proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information 
collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
January 13, 2017.

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-
0139. 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-347, 
Washington, DC 20202-4537.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact NCES Information Collections at 
NCES.Information.Collections@ed.gov.

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: International Computer and Information 
Literacy Study (ICILS 2018) Field Test Questionnaires Change Request.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0929.
    Type of Review: A reinstatement of a previously approved 
information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,983.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 2,046.
    Abstract: The International Computer and Information Literacy Study 
(ICILS) is a computer-based international assessment of eighth-grade 
students'

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computer and information literacy (CIL) skills that will provide a 
comparison of U.S. student performance and technology access and use 
with those of the international peers. ICILS collects data on eighth-
grade students' abilities to collect, manage, evaluate, and share 
digital information; their understanding of issues related to the safe 
and responsible use of electronic information; on student access to, 
use of, and engagement with ICT at school and at home; school 
environments for teaching and learning CIL; and teacher practices and 
experiences with ICT. The data collected through ICILS will also 
provide information about the nature and extent of the possible 
``digital divide'' and has the potential to inform understanding of the 
relationship between technology skills and experience and student 
performance in other core subject areas. ICILS is conducted by the 
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement 
(IEA), an international collective of research organizations and 
government agencies that create the assessment framework, assessment, 
and background questionnaires. In the U.S., the National Center for 
Education Statistics (NCES) conducts this study. In preparation for the 
ICILS 2018 main study, NCES will conduct a field test from March 
through May 2017 to evaluate new assessment items and background 
questions, to ensure practices that promote low exclusion rates, and to 
ensure that classroom and student sampling procedures proposed for the 
main study are successful. The U.S. ICILS main study will be conducted 
in the spring of 2018. Field recruitment will begin in October 2016 and 
main study recruitment in May of 2017. The request for the 2017 field 
test and the 2018 main study recruitment activities and the 2017 field 
test data collection was approved in August 2016 (OMB# 1850-0929 v.1). 
This request (a) amends the approved record with the versions of the 
ICILS 2018 field test questionnaires that contain the finalized 
international versions of the questionnaires along with the U.S. 
adaptations that have been submitted for approval to the IEA, (b) 
updates respondent burden estimates, and (c) updates the international 
assessment framework for distribution and naming of dimensions. Because 
a few new questionnaire items have been added and burden time slightly 
increased, NCES is announcing in the Federal Register another 30-day 
public comment period to accompany this change request.

    Dated: December 8, 2016.
Kate Mullan,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of 
the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2016-29925 Filed 12-13-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4000-01-P