Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery, 35876-35877 [2017-16122]

Download as PDF 35876 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 146 / Tuesday, August 1, 2017 / Notices amended on March 3, 2015 (80 FR 11525). [FR Doc. 2017–16083 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0209] Agency Information Collection Activity: Application for Work Study Allowance; Student Work-Study Agreement (Advance Payment); Extended Student Work-Study Agreement; Student Work-Study Agreement Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before October 2, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at www.Regulations.gov or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M33), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420 or email to nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0209,’’ in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Harvey-Pryor at (202) 461– 5870. SUMMARY: Under the PRA of 1995, Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. This request for comment is being made pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA. With respect to the following collection of information, VBA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Jul 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VBA’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of VBA’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 respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology. Authority: Section 3485 of title 38, United States Code, and section 21.4145 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations necessitate these collections of information. Title: Application for Work Study Allowance; Student Work-Study Agreement (Advance Payment); Extended Student Work-Study Agreement; Student Work-Study Agreement VA Forms 22–8691, 22– 8692, 22–8692a, and 22–8692b. OMB Control Number: 2900–0209. Type of Review: Renewal of a currently approved collection. Abstract: VA uses the information collected to determine the individual’s eligibility for the work-study allowance, the number of hours the individual will work, the amount payable, whether the individual desires an advance payment, and whether the individual wants to extend the work-study contract. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Estimated Annual Burden: 17,865 hours. Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 15, 5 and 3 = (23) minutes. Frequency of Response: Once. Estimated Number of Respondents: 113,851. By direction of the Secretary. Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Department Clearance Officer, Office of Privacy and Records Management, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2017–16123 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0770] Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery The Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden and it includes the actual data collection instrument. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 31, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through www.Regulations.gov, or to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attn: VA Desk Officer; 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503 or sent through electronic mail to oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0770’’ in any correspondence. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Enterprise Records Service (005R1B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461–5870 or email cynthia.harveypryor@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0770’’ in any correspondence. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Public Law 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3501–3501. Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery. OMB Control Number: 2900–0770. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: The proposed information collection activity provides a means to garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback we mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide an early warning of issues with service, or focus attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between the Agency and its customers and E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 146 / Tuesday, August 1, 2017 / Notices mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management. The solicitation of feedback will target areas such as: Timeliness, appropriateness, accuracy of information, courtesy, efficiency of service delivery, and resolution of issues with service delivery. Responses will be assessed to plan and inform efforts to improve or maintain the quality of service offered to the public. If this information is not collected, vital feedback from customers and stakeholders on the Agency’s services will be unavailable. The Agency will only submit a collection for approval under this generic clearance if it meets the following conditions: • The collections are voluntary; • The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or burden-hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents and the Federal Government; • The collections are noncontroversial and do not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies; • Any collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions from respondents who have experience with the program or may have experience with the program in the near future; • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected only to the extent necessary and is not retained; • Information gathered will be used only internally for general service improvement and program management purposes and is not intended for release outside of the agency; • Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of substantially informing influential policy decisions; and • Information gathered will yield qualitative information; the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically reliable results or used VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Jul 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 as though the results are generalizable to the population of study. Feedback collected under this generic clearance provides useful information, but it does not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such data uses require more rigorous designs that address: The target population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing potential nonresponse bias, the protocols for data collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior to fielding the study. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results. As a general matter, information collections will not result in any new system of records containing privacy information and will not ask questions of a sensitive nature, such as sexual behavior and attitudes, religious beliefs, and other matters that are commonly considered private. 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. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published at 82 FR 83 on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, pages 20535 and 20536. Affected Public: Individuals and Households, Businesses and PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 35877 Organizations, State, Local or Tribal Government. Estimated Annual Burden: 214,167 hours. Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 66,667. Focus Groups: 30,000. Customer Comment Cards: 5,000. Small Discussion Groups: 2,500. Cognitive Laboratory Studies: 30,000. Qualitative Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 37,500. In-Person Observation Testing: 5,000. Patient Surveys: 37,500. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 40 minutes. Focus Groups: 60 minutes. Customer Comment Cards: 30 minutes. Small Discussion Groups: 30 minutes. Cognitive Laboratory Studies: 60 minutes. Qualitative Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 30 minutes. In-Person Observation Testing: 30 minutes. Patient Surveys: 30 minutes. Frequency of Response: Once. Estimated Number of Respondents: 335,000. Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 100,000. Focus Groups: 30,000. Customer Comment Cards: 10,000. Small Discussion Groups: 5,000. Cognitive Laboratory Studies: 30,000. Qualitative Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 75,000. In-Person Observation Testing: 10,000. Patient Surveys: 75,000. By direction of the Secretary. Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Department Clearance Officer, Enterprise Records Service, Office of Quality and Compliance, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2017–16122 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

[OMB Control No. 2900-0770]


Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Generic 
Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service 
Delivery

AGENCY: The Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 
this notice announces that the Department of Veterans Affairs, will 
submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission 
describes the nature of the information collection and its expected 
cost and burden and it includes the actual data collection instrument.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 31, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information 
through www.Regulations.gov, or to Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attn: VA Desk Officer; 725 
17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503 or sent through electronic mail to 
oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Please refer to ``OMB Control No. 2900-
0770'' in any correspondence.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Enterprise 
Records Service (005R1B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461-5870 or email 
cynthia.harvey-pryor@va.gov. Please refer to ``OMB Control No. 2900-
0770'' in any correspondence.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Authority: Public Law 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3501-3501.
    Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback 
on Agency Service Delivery.
    OMB Control Number: 2900-0770.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: The proposed information collection activity provides a 
means to garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an 
efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration's 
commitment to improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback we 
mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and 
opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative 
results that can be generalized to the population of study. This 
feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder 
perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide an early warning of 
issues with service, or focus attention on areas where communication, 
training or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or 
services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and 
actionable communications between the Agency and its customers and

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stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the 
improvement of program management.
    The solicitation of feedback will target areas such as: Timeliness, 
appropriateness, accuracy of information, courtesy, efficiency of 
service delivery, and resolution of issues with service delivery. 
Responses will be assessed to plan and inform efforts to improve or 
maintain the quality of service offered to the public. If this 
information is not collected, vital feedback from customers and 
stakeholders on the Agency's services will be unavailable.
    The Agency will only submit a collection for approval under this 
generic clearance if it meets the following conditions:
     The collections are voluntary;
     The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on 
considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or 
burden-hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents 
and the Federal Government;
     The collections are noncontroversial and do not raise 
issues of concern to other Federal agencies;
     Any collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions 
from respondents who have experience with the program or may have 
experience with the program in the near future;
     Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected 
only to the extent necessary and is not retained;
     Information gathered will be used only internally for 
general service improvement and program management purposes and is not 
intended for release outside of the agency;
     Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of 
substantially informing influential policy decisions; and
     Information gathered will yield qualitative information; 
the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically 
reliable results or used as though the results are generalizable to the 
population of study.
    Feedback collected under this generic clearance provides useful 
information, but it does not yield data that can be generalized to the 
overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative 
information will not be used for quantitative information collections 
that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as 
monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such 
data uses require more rigorous designs that address: The target 
population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, 
the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the 
precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed 
sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing 
potential nonresponse bias, the protocols for data collection, and any 
testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior to fielding 
the study. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely 
to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for 
other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative 
results.
    As a general matter, information collections will not result in any 
new system of records containing privacy information and will not ask 
questions of a sensitive nature, such as sexual behavior and attitudes, 
religious beliefs, and other matters that are commonly considered 
private.
    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. The Federal Register Notice with a 
60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of 
information was published at 82 FR 83 on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, pages 
20535 and 20536.
    Affected Public: Individuals and Households, Businesses and 
Organizations, State, Local or Tribal Government.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 214,167 hours.
    Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 66,667.
    Focus Groups: 30,000.
    Customer Comment Cards: 5,000.
    Small Discussion Groups: 2,500.
    Cognitive Laboratory Studies: 30,000.
    Qualitative Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 37,500.
    In-Person Observation Testing: 5,000.
    Patient Surveys: 37,500.
    Estimated Average Burden per Respondent:
    Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 40 minutes.
    Focus Groups: 60 minutes.
    Customer Comment Cards: 30 minutes.
    Small Discussion Groups: 30 minutes.
    Cognitive Laboratory Studies: 60 minutes.
    Qualitative Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 30 minutes.
    In-Person Observation Testing: 30 minutes.
    Patient Surveys: 30 minutes.
    Frequency of Response: Once.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 335,000.
    Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 100,000.
    Focus Groups: 30,000.
    Customer Comment Cards: 10,000.
    Small Discussion Groups: 5,000.
    Cognitive Laboratory Studies: 30,000.
    Qualitative Customer Satisfaction Surveys: 75,000.
    In-Person Observation Testing: 10,000.
    Patient Surveys: 75,000.

    By direction of the Secretary.
Cynthia Harvey-Pryor,
Department Clearance Officer, Enterprise Records Service, Office of 
Quality and Compliance, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2017-16122 Filed 7-31-17; 8:45 am]
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