Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; NCER-NPSAS Grant Study-Connecting Students with Financial Aid (CSFA) 2017: Testing the Effectiveness of FAFSA Interventions on College Outcomes, 22652-22653 [2017-09964]

Download as PDF nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES 22652 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 17, 2017 / Notices 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: U.S. Department of Education Grant Performance Report Form (ED 524B). OMB Control Number: 1894–0003. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 5,300. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 118,400. Abstract: The ED 524B form and instructions are used in order for grantees to meet Department of Education (ED) deadline dates for submission of performance reports for ED discretionary grant programs. Recipients of multi-year discretionary grants must submit an annual performance report for each year funding has been approved in order to receive a continuation award. The annual performance report should demonstrate whether substantial progress has been made toward meeting the approved goals and objectives of the project. ED program offices may also require recipients of ‘‘forward funded’’ grants that are awarded funds for their entire multi-year project up-front in a single grant award to submit the ED 524B on an annual basis. In addition, ED program offices may also require recipients to use the ED 524B to submit their final performance reports to demonstrate project success, impact and outcomes. In both the annual and final performance reports, grantees are VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:18 May 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 required to provide data on established performance measures for the grant program (e.g., Government Performance and Results Act measures) and on project performance measures that were included in the grantee’s approved grant application. The ED 524B also contains a number of questions related to project financial data such as Federal and nonFederal expenditures and indirect cost information. Performance reporting requirements are found in 34 CFR 74.51, 75.118, 75.253, 75.590 and 80.40 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations. Dated: May 11, 2017. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2017–09913 Filed 5–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2017–ICCD–0065] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; NCER– NPSAS Grant Study—Connecting Students with Financial Aid (CSFA) 2017: Testing the Effectiveness of FAFSA Interventions on College Outcomes Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision to a currently approved information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 17, 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– 2017–ICCD–0065. 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, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 224–82, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Kashka Kubzdela, 202–245–7377. 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: NCER–NPSAS Grant Study—Connecting Students with Financial Aid (CSFA) 2017: Testing the Effectiveness of FAFSA Interventions on College Outcomes. OMB Control Number: 1850–0931. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 52,300. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 5,534. Abstract: In 2010, the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), both within the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), began collaborating on an education grant opportunity related to the crosssectional National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS). NPSAS is a large, nationally-representative sample E:\FR\FM\17MYN1.SGM 17MYN1 nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 17, 2017 / Notices of postsecondary institutions and students that contains student-level records on student demographics and family background, work experience, expectations, receipt of financial aid, and postsecondary enrollment (see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/npsas/ about.asp; (OMB #1850–0666)). Since 1987, NPSAS has been fielded every 3 to 4 years, most recently during the 2015–16 academic year. The goal of the NCER–NPSAS grant opportunity collaboration is to provide researchers with the possibility of developing unique research projects pertaining to college persistence and completion that utilize a subset of the NPSAS sample that is not already set aside for one of the NPSAS-based longitudinal studies (BPS or B&B). Under the NCER–NPSAS grant opportunity, researchers can submit applications to the Postsecondary and Adult Education topic within the Education Research Grants program (CFDA 84.305A), under either the Exploration or Efficacy and Replication research goal. Consistent with these two goals, NCER supports research projects using NPSAS to: (1) Explore relationships between malleable factors (e.g., information on benefits of financial aid and FAFSA renewal) and postsecondary persistence and completion, as well as the mediators and moderators of those relationships; and (2) evaluate the efficacy of interventions aimed at improving persistence and completion of postsecondary education (e.g., financial aid and FAFSA renewal advice delivered via text messaging). Researchers approved for funding through this program can obtain indirect access to a subsample of the national NPSAS sample (after the study’s student interviews are completed) in order to conduct unique research projects that adhere to the guidelines set forth in the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Education Research Grants Program, as well as guidelines set forth by NCES and the NPSAS program. This request is to conduct, in 2017, the ‘‘Connecting Students with Financial Aid (CSFA) 2017: Testing the Effectiveness of FAFSA Interventions on College Outcomes’’ study, funded by the NCER– NPSAS grant and designed to measure the effectiveness of an intervention that will provide financial aid information and reminders to college students who were initially interviewed as part of NPSAS:16 was approved in January 2017 (OMB# 1850–0931 v.1). Cognitive interviews on the survey items were conducted in March 2017 to examine whether college students correctly understand the question wording and VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:18 May 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 whether their answers get adequately captured in multiple-choice questions of the survey instrument to be administered after the end of the intervention. The results of cognitive testing were used to revise the CSFA survey. This request is for approval of these revisions for the survey that will begin in September 2017. Dated: May 12, 2017. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2017–09964 Filed 5–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2017–ICCD–0023] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; EDGAR Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 16, 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– 2017–ICCD–0023. 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 224–82, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Alfreida Pettiford, 202–245–6110. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22653 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: EDGAR Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements. OMB Control Number: 1894–0009. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Governments, Not-forprofit Institutions. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 4,988. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 22,448. Abstract: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) contain several requirements that grantees maintain certain types of records related to their grants and to report or submit certain information to the Department. Part 74 of EDGAR applies to Institutions of Higher Education, nonprofit organizations, and hospitals. Additionally, under 34 CFR 75.261, all types of grantees including State Educational Agencies, Local Educational Agencies, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments may follow the regulations in 34 CFR 74.25(e)(2) regarding extension of a project period. Section 74.25(e)(2) allows grantees to initiate a one-time extension of their projects’ expiration date of up to 12 months without prior approval from the Department of Education. These grantee requirements E:\FR\FM\17MYN1.SGM 17MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No. ED-2017-ICCD-0065]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; NCER-
NPSAS Grant Study--Connecting Students with Financial Aid (CSFA) 2017: 
Testing the Effectiveness of FAFSA Interventions on College Outcomes

AGENCY: Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Department of Education 
(ED).

ACTION: Notice.

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

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
July 17, 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-2017-ICCD-
0065. 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 224-82, 
Washington, DC 20202-4537.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact Kashka Kubzdela, 202-245-7377.

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: NCER-NPSAS Grant Study--Connecting Students 
with Financial Aid (CSFA) 2017: Testing the Effectiveness of FAFSA 
Interventions on College Outcomes.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0931.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 52,300.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 5,534.
    Abstract: In 2010, the National Center for Education Research 
(NCER) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), both 
within the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education 
Sciences (IES), began collaborating on an education grant opportunity 
related to the cross-sectional National Postsecondary Student Aid Study 
(NPSAS). NPSAS is a large, nationally-representative sample

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of postsecondary institutions and students that contains student-level 
records on student demographics and family background, work experience, 
expectations, receipt of financial aid, and postsecondary enrollment 
(see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/npsas/about.asp; (OMB #1850-0666)). 
Since 1987, NPSAS has been fielded every 3 to 4 years, most recently 
during the 2015-16 academic year. The goal of the NCER-NPSAS grant 
opportunity collaboration is to provide researchers with the 
possibility of developing unique research projects pertaining to 
college persistence and completion that utilize a subset of the NPSAS 
sample that is not already set aside for one of the NPSAS-based 
longitudinal studies (BPS or B&B). Under the NCER-NPSAS grant 
opportunity, researchers can submit applications to the Postsecondary 
and Adult Education topic within the Education Research Grants program 
(CFDA 84.305A), under either the Exploration or Efficacy and 
Replication research goal. Consistent with these two goals, NCER 
supports research projects using NPSAS to: (1) Explore relationships 
between malleable factors (e.g., information on benefits of financial 
aid and FAFSA renewal) and postsecondary persistence and completion, as 
well as the mediators and moderators of those relationships; and (2) 
evaluate the efficacy of interventions aimed at improving persistence 
and completion of postsecondary education (e.g., financial aid and 
FAFSA renewal advice delivered via text messaging). Researchers 
approved for funding through this program can obtain indirect access to 
a subsample of the national NPSAS sample (after the study's student 
interviews are completed) in order to conduct unique research projects 
that adhere to the guidelines set forth in the Request for Applications 
(RFA) for the Education Research Grants Program, as well as guidelines 
set forth by NCES and the NPSAS program. This request is to conduct, in 
2017, the ``Connecting Students with Financial Aid (CSFA) 2017: Testing 
the Effectiveness of FAFSA Interventions on College Outcomes'' study, 
funded by the NCER-NPSAS grant and designed to measure the 
effectiveness of an intervention that will provide financial aid 
information and reminders to college students who were initially 
interviewed as part of NPSAS:16 was approved in January 2017 (OMB# 
1850-0931 v.1). Cognitive interviews on the survey items were conducted 
in March 2017 to examine whether college students correctly understand 
the question wording and whether their answers get adequately captured 
in multiple-choice questions of the survey instrument to be 
administered after the end of the intervention. The results of 
cognitive testing were used to revise the CSFA survey. This request is 
for approval of these revisions for the survey that will begin in 
September 2017.

    Dated: May 12, 2017.
Stephanie Valentine,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of 
the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2017-09964 Filed 5-16-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4000-01-P