Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 3324-3325 [2017-00433]

Download as PDF 3324 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 11, 2017 / Notices [FR Doc. 2017–00435 Filed 1–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8070–70–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project ‘‘AHRQ Research Reporting System (ARRS).’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by March 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Proposed Project AHRQ Research Reporting System (ARRS) AHRQ has developed a systematic method for its grantees and vendors to report project progress and important preliminary findings for grants and contracts funded by the Agency. This system, the AHRQ Research Reporting System (ARRS), previously known as the Grants Reporting System (GRS), was last approved by OMB on May 16, 2014. The system addressed the shortfalls in the previous reporting process and established a consistent and comprehensive grants reporting solution for AHRQ. The ARRS provides a centralized repository of grants and contract research progress and additional information that can be used to support initiatives within the Agency. This includes future research planning and support for administrative activities such as performance monitoring, budgeting, dissemination and strategic planning. This project has the following goals: (1) To promote the transfer of critical information more frequently and efficiently and enhance the Agency’s ability to support research designed to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its costs, and broaden access to effective services (2) To increase the efficiency of the Agency in responding to ad-hoc information requests (3) To support Executive Branch requirements for increased transparency and public reporting (4) To establish a consistent approach throughout the Agency for information collection regarding grant and contract progress and a systematic basis for oversight and for facilitating potential collaborations among grantees (5) To decrease the inconvenience and burden on grantees and vendors of unanticipated ad-hoc requests for information by the Agency in response to particular one-time internal and external requests for information This study is being conducted by AHRQ pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct and support research on health care and on systems for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of health care services and with respect to quality measurement and improvement. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2). Method of Collection To achieve the goals of this project the following data collections will be implemented: AHRQ Research Reporting System (ARRS)—Grantees and vendors use the ARRS system to report project progress and important preliminary findings for grants and contracts funded by the Agency. Grantees and vendors submit progress reports on a monthly or quarterly basis which are reviewed by AHRQ personnel. All users access the ARRS system through a secure online interface which requires a user I.D. and password entered through the ARRS login screen. When status reports are due AHRQ notifies principal investigators and vendors via email. The ARRS is an automated userfriendly resource that is utilized by AHRQ staff for preparing, distributing, and reviewing reporting requests to grantees and vendors for the purpose of information sharing. AHRQ personnel are able to systematically search the information collected and stored in the ARRS database. Personnel will also use the information to address internal and/ or external requests for information regarding grant progress, preliminary findings, and other requests, such as Freedom of Information Act requests, and producing responses related to federally mandated programs and regulations. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the respondents. It will take grantees and vendors an estimated 10 minutes to enter the necessary data into the ARRS System and reporting will occur four times annually. The total annualized burden hours are estimated to be 333 hours. Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for the respondents. The total estimated cost burden for respondents is $12,454. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Form name Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Data entry into ARRS ...................................................................................... 500 4 10/60 333 Total .......................................................................................................... 500 N/A N/A 333 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Jan 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 3325 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 11, 2017 / Notices EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST BURDEN Number of respondents Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden Data entry into ARRS ...................................................................................... 500 333 $37.40 $12,454 Total .......................................................................................................... 500 333 N/A $12,454 * Based upon the average wages for Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations (29–0000), ‘‘National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May 2015,’’ U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ nat.htm#29-0000. Request for Comments In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ health care research and health care information dissemination functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the Agency’s subsequent request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Sharon B. Arnold, Deputy Director. [FR Doc. 2017–00433 Filed 1–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–10265] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. ACTION: Notice. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS’ intention to collect information from the public. Under the SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Jan 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information (including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information) and to allow 60 days for public comment on the proposed action. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. DATES: Comments must be received by March 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: When commenting, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in any one of the following ways: 1. Electronically. You may send your comments electronically to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for ‘‘Comment or Submission’’ or ‘‘More Search Options’’ to find the information collection document(s) that are accepting comments. 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number llll, Room C4–26– 05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244–1850. To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following: 1. Access CMS’ Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995. PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov. 3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786–1326. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786– 1326. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Contents This notice sets out a summary of the use and burden associated with the following information collections. More detailed information can be found in each collection’s supporting statement and associated materials (see ADDRESSES). CMS–10265 Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Act of 2007 Under the 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. The term ‘‘collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires federal agencies to publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice. Information Collection 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Act of 2007; Use: The CMS E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 7 (Wednesday, January 11, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection 
project ``AHRQ Research Reporting System (ARRS).'' In accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the 
public to comment on this proposed information collection.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by March 13, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov.
    Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection 
instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be 
obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Proposed Project

AHRQ Research Reporting System (ARRS)

    AHRQ has developed a systematic method for its grantees and vendors 
to report project progress and important preliminary findings for 
grants and contracts funded by the Agency. This system, the AHRQ 
Research Reporting System (ARRS), previously known as the Grants 
Reporting System (GRS), was last approved by OMB on May 16, 2014. The 
system addressed the shortfalls in the previous reporting process and 
established a consistent and comprehensive grants reporting solution 
for AHRQ. The ARRS provides a centralized repository of grants and 
contract research progress and additional information that can be used 
to support initiatives within the Agency. This includes future research 
planning and support for administrative activities such as performance 
monitoring, budgeting, dissemination and strategic planning.
    This project has the following goals:

(1) To promote the transfer of critical information more frequently and 
efficiently and enhance the Agency's ability to support research 
designed to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its 
costs, and broaden access to effective services
(2) To increase the efficiency of the Agency in responding to ad-hoc 
information requests
(3) To support Executive Branch requirements for increased transparency 
and public reporting
(4) To establish a consistent approach throughout the Agency for 
information collection regarding grant and contract progress and a 
systematic basis for oversight and for facilitating potential 
collaborations among grantees
(5) To decrease the inconvenience and burden on grantees and vendors of 
unanticipated ad-hoc requests for information by the Agency in response 
to particular one-time internal and external requests for information
    This study is being conducted by AHRQ pursuant to AHRQ's statutory 
authority to conduct and support research on health care and on systems 
for the delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the 
quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of health 
care services and with respect to quality measurement and improvement. 
42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2).

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goals of this project the following data collections 
will be implemented:
    AHRQ Research Reporting System (ARRS)--Grantees and vendors use the 
ARRS system to report project progress and important preliminary 
findings for grants and contracts funded by the Agency. Grantees and 
vendors submit progress reports on a monthly or quarterly basis which 
are reviewed by AHRQ personnel. All users access the ARRS system 
through a secure online interface which requires a user I.D. and 
password entered through the ARRS login screen. When status reports are 
due AHRQ notifies principal investigators and vendors via email.
    The ARRS is an automated user-friendly resource that is utilized by 
AHRQ staff for preparing, distributing, and reviewing reporting 
requests to grantees and vendors for the purpose of information 
sharing. AHRQ personnel are able to systematically search the 
information collected and stored in the ARRS database. Personnel will 
also use the information to address internal and/or external requests 
for information regarding grant progress, preliminary findings, and 
other requests, such as Freedom of Information Act requests, and 
producing responses related to federally mandated programs and 
regulations.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
respondents. It will take grantees and vendors an estimated 10 minutes 
to enter the necessary data into the ARRS System and reporting will 
occur four times annually. The total annualized burden hours are 
estimated to be 333 hours.
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden for the 
respondents. The total estimated cost burden for respondents is 
$12,454.

                                  Exhibit 1--Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                     Number of
                    Form name                        Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Data entry into ARRS............................             500               4           10/60             333
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    Total.......................................             500             N/A             N/A             333
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                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cost Burden
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                                                     Number of     Total burden   Average hourly    Total cost
                    Form name                       respondents        hours        wage rate *       burden
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Data entry into ARRS............................             500             333          $37.40         $12,454
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................             500             333             N/A         $12,454
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* Based upon the average wages for Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations (29-0000), ``National
  Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, May 2015,'' U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of
  Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#29-0000.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on AHRQ's 
information collection are requested with regard to any of the 
following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ health care research and 
health care information dissemination functions, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ's 
estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed 
collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the Agency's subsequent request for OMB approval of the 
proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

Sharon B. Arnold,
Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. 2017-00433 Filed 1-10-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4160-90-P