Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 4060-4061 [2018-01545]

Download as PDF 4060 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 19 / Monday, January 29, 2018 / Notices Leroy A. Richardson, Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 2018–01584 Filed 1–26–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Title: Continued Use of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Performance Data Form (LPDF). OMB No.: 0970–0449. Description: In response to the 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program—Greater Fraud Prevention Controls are Needed (GAO– 10–621), and in consideration of the recommendations issued by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Performance Measures Implementation Work Group, the Office of Community Services (OCS) required the collection and reporting of the new performance measures by state LIHEAP grantees and the District of Columbia. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the LIHEAP Performance Data Form (LPDF) in November 2014 (OMB Clearance No. 0970–0449) which expired on October 31, 2017. The LPDF provides for the collection of the following LIHEAP performance measures which are considered to be developmental as part of the Form.): 1. The benefit targeting index for high burden households receiving LIHEAP fuel assistance; 2. The burden reduction targeting index for high burden households receiving LIHEAP fuel assistance; 3. The number of instances where LIHEAP prevented a potential home energy crisis; and 4. The number of instances where LIHEAP benefits restored home energy. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Jan 26, 2018 Jkt 244001 All State LIHEAP grantees and the District of Columbia are required to complete the LPDF data through the Administration for Children and Families’ web-based, data collection and reporting system, the Online Data Collection (OLDC) which is available at https://home.grantsolutions.gov/home. The reporting requirements will be described through OLDC. The previously OMB-approved LIHEAP Grantee Survey on sources and uses of LIHEAP funds was added in 2014 to the LPDF in addition to the LIHEAP performance data. No substantive changes are being proposed for this data collection activity. A sample of the draft form is available for viewing here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ ocs/resource/funding-applications. Module 1. LIHEAP Grantee Survey (Required Reporting) Module 1 of the LPDF will continue to require the following data from each state for the federal fiscal year: • Grantee information, • sources and uses of LIHEAP funds, • average LIHEAP household benefits, and • maximum income cutoffs for 4person households for each type of LIHEAP assistance provided by each grantee for the fiscal year. Module 2. LIHEAP Performance Measures (Required Reporting) Module 2 of the LPDF will continue to require the following data from each state for the federal fiscal year: • Grantee information, • energy burden targeting, • restoration of home energy service, and • prevention of loss of home energy. Module 3. LIHEAP Performance Measures (Optional Reporting) Module 3 of the LPDF will continue to voluntarily collect the following additional information from each interested grantee for the federal fiscal year: • Average annual energy usage, • Unduplicated number of households using supplemental heating fuel and air conditioning, • Unduplicated number of households that had restoration of home energy service, and PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 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 website as they manager their programs. ACF published a Federal Register notice on October 11, 2017 soliciting 60 days of public comment on the renewal of the LIHEAP Performance Data Form without any changes and the continuation of requiring State grantees and the District of Columbia to collection the data collection annually. No comments were received during this timeframe. Respondents: 50 State LIHEAP Grantees plus the District of Columbia LIHEAP Grantee are the direct respondents. The table below shows the estimated annual reporting burden for the LPDF. These estimates are based on a small number of interviews with grantees. E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 19 / Monday, January 29, 2018 / Notices 4061 ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours Module 1: Grantee Survey Grantees .......................................................................................... 51 ................................... 1 30 ................... 1,530 Module 2: Performance Measures Grantees .......................................................................................... 51 ................................... 1 150 ................. 7,650 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). 100 ................................. 1,530 (estimate) ............. 1 1 8 ..................... 8 ..................... 800 12,240 Total Annual Burden Hours ..................................................... 1,732 .............................. 1 Varies ............. 22,220 (HHS/ACF/OPRE), is providing notice of a re-established matching program between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and State Public Assistance Agencies (SPAAs), ‘‘Information Comparisons and Disclosure to Assist in Administering the Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS) Program.’’ The matching program provides VA pay and pension data to SPAAs, which SPAAs use to identify individual public assistance clients (applicants and recipients) who are receiving compensation and pension payments from VA, in order to determine their eligibility for benefits under HHS’ Medicaid and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs and the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). HHS/ACF/ OPRE facilitates the matching program, with computer assistance from the Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center (DOD/DMDC). DATES: The deadline for comments on this notice is February 28, 2018. The reRobert Sargis, established matching program will Reports Clearance Officer. commence not sooner than 30 days after [FR Doc. 2018–01545 Filed 1–26–18; 8:45 am] publication of this notice, provided no BILLING CODE 4184–01–P comments are received that warrant a change to this notice. The matching program will be conducted for an initial DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND term of 18 months (approximately HUMAN SERVICES February 25, 2018 through July 25, Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program 2019) and within 3 months of expiration may be renewed for one additional year AGENCY: Administration for Children if the parties make no change to the and Families, Department of Health and matching program and certify that the Human Services. program has been conducted in ACTION: Notice of a new matching compliance with the matching program. agreement. SUMMARY: In accordance with subsection ADDRESSES: Interested parties may (e)(12) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as submit written comments on this notice, amended, the Department of Health and by mail or email, to the Director, Human Services, Administration for Division of Data and Improvement, Children and Families, Office of HHS/ACF Office of Planning, Research Planning, Research and Evaluation and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW, sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained 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. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. Email address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: OIRA_ SUBMISSION@OMB.EOP.GOV, Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration for Children and Families. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Jan 26, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Washington, DC 20024, thomas.miller@ acf.hhs.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General questions about the matching program may be submitted to the Director, Division of Data and Improvement, HHS/ACF Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 401–7237. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a), provides certain protections for individuals applying for and receiving federal benefits. The law governs the use of computer matching by federal agencies when records in a system of records (meaning, federal agency records about individuals retrieved by name or other personal identifier) are matched with records of other federal or non-federal agencies. The Privacy Act requires agencies involved in a matching program to: 1. Enter into a written agreement, which must be prepared in accordance with the Privacy Act, approved by the Data Integrity Board of each source and recipient federal agency, provided to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and made available to the public, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(o), (u)(3)(A), and (u)(4). 2. Notify the individuals whose information will be used in the matching program that the information they provide is subject to verification through matching, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(o)(1)(D). 3. Verify match findings before suspending, terminating, reducing, or making a final denial of an individual’s benefits or payments or taking other adverse action against the individual, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(p). 4. Report the matching program to Congress and the OMB, in advance and E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 19 (Monday, January 29, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4060-4061]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-01545]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: Continued Use of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance 
Program (LIHEAP) Performance Data Form (LPDF).
    OMB No.: 0970-0449.
    Description: In response to the 2010 Government Accountability 
Office (GAO) report, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program--Greater 
Fraud Prevention Controls are Needed (GAO-10-621), and in consideration 
of the recommendations issued by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance 
Program (LIHEAP) Performance Measures Implementation Work Group, the 
Office of Community Services (OCS) required the collection and 
reporting of the new performance measures by state LIHEAP grantees and 
the District of Columbia. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
approved the LIHEAP Performance Data Form (LPDF) in November 2014 (OMB 
Clearance No. 0970-0449) which expired on October 31, 2017. The LPDF 
provides for the collection of the following LIHEAP performance 
measures which are considered to be developmental as part of the 
Form.):
    1. The benefit targeting index for high burden households receiving 
LIHEAP fuel assistance;
    2. The burden reduction targeting index for high burden households 
receiving LIHEAP fuel assistance;
    3. The number of instances where LIHEAP prevented a potential home 
energy crisis; and
    4. The number of instances where LIHEAP benefits restored home 
energy.
    All State LIHEAP grantees and the District of Columbia are required 
to complete the LPDF data through the Administration for Children and 
Families' web-based, data collection and reporting system, the Online 
Data Collection (OLDC) which is available at https://home.grantsolutions.gov/home. The reporting requirements will be 
described through OLDC.
    The previously OMB-approved LIHEAP Grantee Survey on sources and 
uses of LIHEAP funds was added in 2014 to the LPDF in addition to the 
LIHEAP performance data. No substantive changes are being proposed for 
this data collection activity. A sample of the draft form is available 
for viewing here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/resource/funding-applications.

Module 1. LIHEAP Grantee Survey (Required Reporting)

    Module 1 of the LPDF will continue to require the following data 
from each state for the federal fiscal year:
     Grantee information,
     sources and uses of LIHEAP funds,
     average LIHEAP household benefits, and
     maximum income cutoffs for 4-person households for each 
type of LIHEAP assistance provided by each grantee for the fiscal year.

Module 2. LIHEAP Performance Measures (Required Reporting)

    Module 2 of the LPDF will continue to require the following data 
from each state for the federal fiscal year:
     Grantee information,
     energy burden targeting,
     restoration of home energy service, and
     prevention of loss of home energy.

Module 3. LIHEAP Performance Measures (Optional Reporting)

    Module 3 of the LPDF will continue to voluntarily collect the 
following additional information from each interested grantee for the 
federal fiscal year:
     Average annual energy usage,
     Unduplicated number of households using supplemental 
heating fuel and air conditioning,
     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 website as they manager their programs.
    ACF published a Federal Register notice on October 11, 2017 
soliciting 60 days of public comment on the renewal of the LIHEAP 
Performance Data Form without any changes and the continuation of 
requiring State grantees and the District of Columbia to collection the 
data collection annually. No comments were received during this 
timeframe.
    Respondents: 50 State LIHEAP Grantees plus the District of Columbia 
LIHEAP Grantee are the direct respondents.
    The table below shows the estimated annual reporting burden for the 
LPDF. These estimates are based on a small number of interviews with 
grantees.

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                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                 Number of      Average burden
         Instrument               Number of  respondents       responses per       hours per       Total burden
                                                                respondent         response            hours
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                                            Module 1: Grantee Survey
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Grantees....................  51............................               1  30................           1,530
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                                         Module 2: Performance Measures
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Grantees....................  51............................               1  150...............           7,650
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Sub-Grantees (in states with  100...........................               1  8.................             800
 sub-grantee managed
 systems).
Large Energy Vendors          1,530 (estimate)..............               1  8.................          12,240
 (largest 5 electric, 5 gas,
 10 fuel oil, and 10 propane
 vendors per state--average).
                             -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Annual Burden       1,732.........................               1  Varies............          22,220
     Hours.
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    Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be 
obtained 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. All requests 
should be identified by the title of the information collection. Email 
address: [email protected].
    OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the 
collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of 
this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best 
assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of 
publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office 
of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: 
[email protected], Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration 
for Children and Families.

Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-01545 Filed 1-26-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4184-01-P