Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; International Study of Adult Skills and Learning (ISASL) [Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Cycle II], 45411-45412 [2020-16268]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 145 / Tuesday, July 28, 2020 / Notices the exception of reducing the type or amount of take); and (2) A preliminary monitoring report showing the results of the required monitoring to date and an explanation showing that the monitoring results do not indicate impacts of a scale or nature not previously analyzed or authorized. • Upon review of the request for Renewal, the status of the affected species or stocks, and any other pertinent information, NMFS determines that there are no more than minor changes in the activities, the mitigation and monitoring measures will remain the same and appropriate, and the findings in the initial IHA remain valid. Dated: July 22, 2020. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–16322 Filed 7–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2020–SCC–0121] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; International Study of Adult Skills and Learning (ISASL) [Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Cycle II] National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing change to an existing information collection request. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 27, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for proposed information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please call Carrie Clarady, 202–245–6347 or send an email to NCES.Information.Collections@ed.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Jul 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 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: International Study of Adult Skills and Learning (ISASL) [Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Cycle II]. OMB Control Number: 1850–0870. Type of Review: Change to an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 5,611. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,258. Abstract: The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a cyclical, large-scale study of adult skills and life experiences focusing on education and employment. PIAAC is an international study designed to assess adults in different countries over a broad range of abilities, from simple reading to complex problem-solving skills, and to collect information on individuals’ skill use and background. PIAAC is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and developed by participating countries with the support of the OECD. In the United States, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education (ED) conducts PIAAC. The U.S. participated in the PIAAC Main PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45411 Study data collection in 2012 and conducted national supplement data collections in 2014 and 2017. All three of these collections are part of PIAAC Cycle I. A new PIAAC cycle is to be conducted every 10 years, and PIAAC Cycle II Main Study data collection will be conducted from August 2021 through March 2022. In preparation for the main study collection, PIAAC Cycle II will begin with a Field Test in 2020, in which 34 countries are expected to participate with the primary goal of evaluating newly developed assessment and questionnaire items and to test the PIAAC 2022 planned operations. PIAAC 2022 defines four core competency domains of adult cognitive skills that are seen as key to facilitating the social and economic participation of adults in advanced economies: (1) Literacy, (2) numeracy, (3) reading and numeracy components, and (4) adaptive problem solving. The U.S. will administer all four domains of the PIAAC 2022 assessment to a nationally representative sample of adults, along with a background questionnaire with questions about their education background, work history, the skills they use on the job and at home, their civic engagement, and sense of their health and well-being. The results are used to compare the skills capacities of the workforce-aged adults in participating countries, and to learn more about relationships between educational background, employment, and other outcomes. In addition, in PIAAC 2022, a set of financial literacy questions will be included in the background questionnaire. As in Cycle I, a user-friendly name for PIAAC Cycle II was created—the International Study of Adult Skills and Learning (ISASL)—to represent the program to the public, and will be used on all public-facing materials and reports. As this international program is well-known within the federal and education research communities, we continue to use ‘‘PIAAC’’ in all internal and OMB clearance materials and communications, and use the ‘‘PIAAC’’ name throughout this submission; however all recruitment and communication materials refer to the study as ISASL. The request to conduct the PIAAC Cycle II Field Test in April– June 2020 was approved by OMB in December 2019 (OMB# 1850–0870 v.7– 8). This request updates Part A of the package to reflect a one-year delay in all data collections, due to the global coronavirus pandemic. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 45412 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 145 / Tuesday, July 28, 2020 / Notices Dated: July 22, 2020. Stephanie Valentine, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2020–16268 Filed 7–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC20–15–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–510); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection FERC– 510 (Application for Surrender of a Hydropower License) and submitting the information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due August 27, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on FERC–510 to OMB through www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902–0068) in the subject line of your comments. Comments should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in Docket No. IC20–15–000, by any of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Website: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Jul 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 • U.S. Postal Service Mail: Persons unable to file electronically may mail similar pleadings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. • Effective 7/1/2020, delivery of filings other than by eFiling or the U.S. Postal Service should be delivered to Health and Human Services, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Instructions: OMB submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. Using the search function under the ‘‘Currently Under Review’’ field, select Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; click ‘‘submit,’’ and select ‘‘comment’’ to the right of the subject collection. FERC submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov. For user assistance, contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208–3676 (toll-free). Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov and telephone at (202) 502–8663. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–510, Application for Surrender of a Hydropower License. OMB Control No.: 1902–0068. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–510 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Abstract: The information collected under the requirements of FERC–510 is used by the Commission to implement the statutory provisions of sections 4(e), 6, and 13 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) (16 U.S.C. 797(e), 799 and 806). Section 4(e) gives the Commission authority to issue licenses for the purposes of constructing, operating and maintaining dams, water conduits, reservoirs, powerhouses, transmission lines or other power project works necessary or convenient for developing and improving navigation, transmission and utilization of power using bodies of water over which Congress has PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 jurisdiction. Section 6 gives the Commission the authority to prescribe the conditions of licenses including the revocation or surrender of the license. Section 13 defines the Commission’s authority to delegate time periods for when a license must be terminated if project construction has not begun. Surrender of a license may be desired by a licensee when a licensed project is retired or not constructed or natural catastrophes have damaged or destroyed the project facilities. FERC–510 is the application for the surrender of a hydropower license. The information is used by Commission staff to determine the broad impact of such surrender. The Commission will issue a notice soliciting comments from the public and other agencies and conduct a careful review of the application before issuing an order for Surrender of a License. The order is the result of an analysis of the information produced (i.e., dam safety, public safety, and environmental concerns, etc.), which is examined to determine whether any conditions must be satisfied before granting the surrender. The order implements the existing regulations and is inclusive for surrender of all types of hydropower licenses issued by FERC and its predecessor, the Federal Power Commission. The Commission implements these mandatory filing requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) under 18 CFR 6.1– 6.4. On April 20, 2020, the Commission published a Notice in the Federal Register in Docket No. IC20–15–000 requesting public comments.1 The Commission received no public comments. Type of Respondent: Private or Municipal Hydropower Licensees. Estimate of Annual Burden 2: The Commission estimates the total annual burden and cost 3 for this information collection as follows: 1 85 FR 21846. is the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, refer to Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 3 The Commission staff thinks that the average respondent for this collection is similarly situated to the Commission, in terms of salary plus benefits. The FERC 2019 average salary plus benefits for one FERC full-time equivalent (FTE) is $167,091/year (or $80.00/hour). 2 ‘‘Burden’’ E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 145 (Tuesday, July 28, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 45411-45412]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No.: ED-2020-SCC-0121]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; International Study of Adult Skills and Learning (ISASL) 
[Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 
Cycle II]

AGENCY: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of 
Education (ED).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is 
proposing change to an existing information collection request.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
August 27, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for proposed 
information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of 
publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find 
this particular information collection request by selecting 
``Department of Education'' under ``Currently Under Review,'' then 
check ``Only Show ICR for Public Comment'' checkbox.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please call Carrie Clarady, 202-245-6347 or send 
an email to [email protected].

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: International Study of Adult Skills and 
Learning (ISASL) [Program for the International Assessment of Adult 
Competencies (PIAAC) Cycle II].
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0870.
    Type of Review: Change to an existing information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 5,611.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,258.
    Abstract: The Program for the International Assessment of Adult 
Competencies (PIAAC) is a cyclical, large-scale study of adult skills 
and life experiences focusing on education and employment. PIAAC is an 
international study designed to assess adults in different countries 
over a broad range of abilities, from simple reading to complex 
problem-solving skills, and to collect information on individuals' 
skill use and background. PIAAC is coordinated by the Organization for 
Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and developed by 
participating countries with the support of the OECD. In the United 
States, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the 
U.S. Department of Education (ED) conducts PIAAC. The U.S. participated 
in the PIAAC Main Study data collection in 2012 and conducted national 
supplement data collections in 2014 and 2017. All three of these 
collections are part of PIAAC Cycle I. A new PIAAC cycle is to be 
conducted every 10 years, and PIAAC Cycle II Main Study data collection 
will be conducted from August 2021 through March 2022. In preparation 
for the main study collection, PIAAC Cycle II will begin with a Field 
Test in 2020, in which 34 countries are expected to participate with 
the primary goal of evaluating newly developed assessment and 
questionnaire items and to test the PIAAC 2022 planned operations. 
PIAAC 2022 defines four core competency domains of adult cognitive 
skills that are seen as key to facilitating the social and economic 
participation of adults in advanced economies: (1) Literacy, (2) 
numeracy, (3) reading and numeracy components, and (4) adaptive problem 
solving. The U.S. will administer all four domains of the PIAAC 2022 
assessment to a nationally representative sample of adults, along with 
a background questionnaire with questions about their education 
background, work history, the skills they use on the job and at home, 
their civic engagement, and sense of their health and well-being. The 
results are used to compare the skills capacities of the workforce-aged 
adults in participating countries, and to learn more about 
relationships between educational background, employment, and other 
outcomes. In addition, in PIAAC 2022, a set of financial literacy 
questions will be included in the background questionnaire. As in Cycle 
I, a user-friendly name for PIAAC Cycle II was created--the 
International Study of Adult Skills and Learning (ISASL)--to represent 
the program to the public, and will be used on all public-facing 
materials and reports. As this international program is well-known 
within the federal and education research communities, we continue to 
use ``PIAAC'' in all internal and OMB clearance materials and 
communications, and use the ``PIAAC'' name throughout this submission; 
however all recruitment and communication materials refer to the study 
as ISASL. The request to conduct the PIAAC Cycle II Field Test in 
April-June 2020 was approved by OMB in December 2019 (OMB# 1850-0870 
v.7-8). This request updates Part A of the package to reflect a one-
year delay in all data collections, due to the global coronavirus 
pandemic.


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    Dated: July 22, 2020.
Stephanie Valentine,
PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and 
Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, 
Evaluation and Policy Development.
[FR Doc. 2020-16268 Filed 7-27-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4000-01-P