Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 47212-47213 [2017-21885]

Download as PDF 47212 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 11, 2017 / Notices • Unduplicated number of households that had restoration of home energy service, and • Unduplicated number of households that had prevention of loss of home energy. Based on the data collected in the LPDF: • ACF will provide reliable and complete LIHEAP fiscal and household data to Congress in the Department’s annual LIHEAP Report to Congress. • ACF will calculate LHEAP performance measures and report the results through the annual budget development process and in LIHEAP’s annual Congressional Justification (CJ) under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. • ACF and grantees will be informed about the impact LIHEAP has with respect to LIHEAP households’ home energy burden (the proportion of their income spent towards their home heating and cooling bills), including information on the difference between the average recipient and high burden recipients, restoring home energy service, and preventing loss of home energy service. • ACF will be able to respond to questions on sources and uses of LIHEAP funds from the Congress, Department, OMB, White House, and other interested parties in a timely manner. • LIHEAP grantees will be able to compare their own results to the results for other states, as well as to regional and national results, through the Data Warehouse of the LIHEAP Performance Management Web site as they manage their programs. Respondents: State Governments and the District of Columbia. Annual Burden Estimates The table below shows the estimated data collection and reporting burden for the LPDF as reported in 2014. These Number of respondents Instrument estimates are based on a small number of interviews conducted in 2014 with grantees, sub-grantees, and energy vendors. In support of this submission requesting comments, ACF is currently re-assessing the level of effort to collect and report the required data in order to develop updated burden estimates. The original 2014 estimates were based on grantee reporting capabilities at that time and included time and costs for initial system development. However, since most grantees have improved their reporting capabilities, many grantees have completed their system development, and ACF has furnished reporting resources and technical assistance to assist grantees, it is expected that the time and costs associated with reporting are lower than the original 2014 estimates show below. Average burden hours per response Number of responses per respondent Total burden hours Module 1: Grantee Survey Grantees .......................................................................................... 51 ................................... 1 3.5 .................. 178.50 Module 2: Performance Measures 51 ................................... 200 (estimate) ................ 1,530 (estimate) ............. 1 1 1 100 ................. 80 hours ......... 40 hours ......... 5,100 16,000 61,200 200 ................................. 1 10 ................... 2,000 Total Annual Burden Hours ..................................................... asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Grantees .......................................................................................... Sub-Grantees (in states with sub-grantee managed systems) ...... Large Energy Vendors (largest 5 electric, 5 gas, 10 fuel oil, and 10 propane vendors per state—average). Small Energy Vendors (excluded except in special circumstances). 2,032 .............................. 1 Varies ............. 84,478 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 168,956.50. In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. Chap 35), the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20201. Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:58 Oct 10, 2017 Jkt 244001 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) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Mary Jones, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–21774 Filed 10–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–80–P PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families [OMB No. 0970–0356] Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Title: Formative Data Collections for ACF Research and Program Support Description: The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew a generic clearance to conduct a variety of formative data collections with more than nine respondents. The data collections will inform future research and program E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1 47213 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 11, 2017 / Notices support but will not be highly systematic nor intended to be statistically representative. ACF programs promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. OPRE studies ACF programs, and the populations they serve, through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low income children and families, research syntheses and descriptive and exploratory studies. OPRE’s research serves to provide further understanding of current programs and service populations, explore options for program improvement, and assess alternative policy and program designs. OPRE anticipates undertaking a variety of new research projects related to welfare, employment and selfsufficiency, Head Start, child care, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, family and youth services, home visiting, and child welfare. Many ACF program offices find a need to learn more about funded program services to inform internal decision making and to provide adequate support. Some program offices conduct their own research and evaluation projects. Under this generic clearance, ACF would engage in a variety of formative data collections with researchers, practitioners, TA providers, service providers and program participants throughout the field to fulfill the following goals: (1) Inform the development of ACF research, (2) maintain a research agenda that is rigorous and relevant, (3) ensure that research products are as current and responsive to audience needs as possible and (4) inform the provision of technical assistance. ACF envisions using a variety of techniques including semi-structured discussions, focus groups, and telephone or in-person interviews, in order to reach these goals. Following standard OMB requirements, OPRE will submit a change request for each individual data collection activity under this generic clearance. Each request will include the individual instrument(s), a justification specific to the individual information collection, and any supplementary documents. OMB should review requests within 10 days of submission. Under this generic IC information will not be collected with the primary purpose of publication, but findings are meant to inform ACF activities and may be incorporated into documents or presentations that are made public. The following are some examples of ways in which we may disseminate information resulting from these data collections: Research design documents or reports; research or technical assistance plans; background materials for technical workgroups; concept maps, process maps, or conceptual frameworks; contextualization of research findings from a follow-up data collection that has full PRA approval; informational reports to stakeholders such as funders, grantees, local implementing agencies, and/or TA providers. In presenting findings, we will describe the study methods and limitations with regard to generalizability and as a basis for policy recommendations. Respondents: Key stakeholder groups involved in ACF projects and programs, state or local government officials, service providers, participants in ACF programs or similar comparison groups; experts in fields pertaining to ACF research and programs, or others involved in conducting ACF research or evaluation projects. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Estimated total number of respondents Instrument type asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Semi-Structured Discussions, Focus Groups .................................................. Interviews ......................................................................................................... Questionnaires/Surveys ................................................................................... Total Estimated Burden Hours: 4,500. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: OPREinfocollection@ acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:58 Oct 10, 2017 Jkt 244001 Estimated number of responses per respondent 1,750 750 500 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) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. 1 1 1 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3,500 750 250 Agency Information Collection Activities: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Bureau of Primary Health Care Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915–0193— Revision ACTION: Frm 00043 2 1 .5 Health Resources and Services Administration [FR Doc. 2017–21885 Filed 10–10–17; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Estimated total burden hours DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Mary Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. BILLING CODE 4184–79–P Average burden hours per response Notice. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families

[OMB No. 0970-0356]


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Formative Data Collections for ACF Research and Program 
Support
    Description: The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation 
(OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to request 
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew a 
generic clearance to conduct a variety of formative data collections 
with more than nine respondents. The data collections will inform 
future research and program

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support but will not be highly systematic nor intended to be 
statistically representative.
    ACF programs promote the economic and social well-being of 
families, children, individuals and communities. OPRE studies ACF 
programs, and the populations they serve, through rigorous research and 
evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, 
evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low income children and 
families, research syntheses and descriptive and exploratory studies. 
OPRE's research serves to provide further understanding of current 
programs and service populations, explore options for program 
improvement, and assess alternative policy and program designs. OPRE 
anticipates undertaking a variety of new research projects related to 
welfare, employment and self-sufficiency, Head Start, child care, 
healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, family and youth services, 
home visiting, and child welfare. Many ACF program offices find a need 
to learn more about funded program services to inform internal decision 
making and to provide adequate support. Some program offices conduct 
their own research and evaluation projects.
    Under this generic clearance, ACF would engage in a variety of 
formative data collections with researchers, practitioners, TA 
providers, service providers and program participants throughout the 
field to fulfill the following goals: (1) Inform the development of ACF 
research, (2) maintain a research agenda that is rigorous and relevant, 
(3) ensure that research products are as current and responsive to 
audience needs as possible and (4) inform the provision of technical 
assistance. ACF envisions using a variety of techniques including semi-
structured discussions, focus groups, and telephone or in-person 
interviews, in order to reach these goals.
    Following standard OMB requirements, OPRE will submit a change 
request for each individual data collection activity under this generic 
clearance. Each request will include the individual instrument(s), a 
justification specific to the individual information collection, and 
any supplementary documents. OMB should review requests within 10 days 
of submission.
    Under this generic IC information will not be collected with the 
primary purpose of publication, but findings are meant to inform ACF 
activities and may be incorporated into documents or presentations that 
are made public. The following are some examples of ways in which we 
may disseminate information resulting from these data collections: 
Research design documents or reports; research or technical assistance 
plans; background materials for technical workgroups; concept maps, 
process maps, or conceptual frameworks; contextualization of research 
findings from a follow-up data collection that has full PRA approval; 
informational reports to stakeholders such as funders, grantees, local 
implementing agencies, and/or TA providers. In presenting findings, we 
will describe the study methods and limitations with regard to 
generalizability and as a basis for policy recommendations.
    Respondents: Key stakeholder groups involved in ACF projects and 
programs, state or local government officials, service providers, 
participants in ACF programs or similar comparison groups; experts in 
fields pertaining to ACF research and programs, or others involved in 
conducting ACF research or evaluation projects.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                     Estimated       Estimated
                                                   total  number     number of        Average        Estimated
                 Instrument type                        of         responses per   burden hours    total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent     per response        hours
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Semi-Structured Discussions, Focus Groups.......           1,750               1               2           3,500
Interviews......................................             750               1               1             750
Questionnaires/Surveys..........................             500               1              .5             250
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    Total Estimated Burden Hours: 4,500.
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 
20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: 
OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by 
the title of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments 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) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (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. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.

Mary Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-21885 Filed 10-10-17; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-79-P