30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Education and Cultural Affairs Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative, 53899-53900 [2020-19148]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 169 / Monday, August 31, 2020 / Notices Following a review of the available information, and in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, the Secretary of State has determined that the following certain types of materials are used in connection with the nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs of Iran: ALUMINIUM 319 ALUMINIUM 1100 ALUMINIUM 225 ALUMINIUM 6061 ALUMINIUM 6063 ALUMINIUM 6082 ALUMINIUM 7075 ALUMINIUM BROZE ALLOY UNS C63600 (CDA alloy 636) ALUMINIUM OXIDE (Al2O3) STEEL 302 STEEL 4130 STAINLESS STEEL 321 STAINLES SSTEEL 316 A877 STEEL A228 STEEL 100Cr6–52100 STEEL 350 MARAGING STEEL (also known as MARAGING STEEL350) 300 MARAGING STEEL (also known as MARAGING STEEL300) UNS Cl7200–TD01 [BERYLLIUM COPPER] UNS C37000—CuZn38Pb1 TUNGSTEN COPPER ALUMINIUM POWDER with purity above 98 percent Gonzalo O. Suarez, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2020–19118 Filed 8–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–27–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 11192] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Education and Cultural Affairs Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of proposed collection of information. ACTION: The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 days for public comment. DATES: Submit comments up to September 30, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:26 Aug 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to Natalie Donahue, Chief of Evaluation, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, who may be reached at ECAEvaluation@state.gov or at 202– 632–6193. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: • Title of Information Collection: Monitoring Data for ECA (MODE) Framework. • OMB Control Number: None. • Type of Request: New collection. • Originating Office: Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/P/V). • Form Number: No form. • Respondents: ECA program participants, alumni, and host/home communities. • Estimated Number of Participant Post-Program Survey Respondents: 66,691. • Estimated Number of Participant Post-Program Survey Responses: 50,532. • Average Time per Participant PostProgram Survey: 8 minutes. • Total Estimate Participant PostProgram Survey Burden Time: 6,738 hours. • Estimated Number of Alumni Survey Respondents: 13,591. • Estimated Number of Alumni Survey Responses: 6,063. • Average Time per Alumni Survey: 30 minutes. • Total Estimated Alumni Survey Burden Time: 3,032 hours. • Estimated Number of Host/Home Community Survey Respondents: 5,000. • Estimated Number of Host/Home Community Survey Responses: 500. • Average Time per Host/Home Community Survey: 20 minutes. • Total Estimated Host/Home Community Survey Burden Time: 167 hours. • Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 57,095. • Total Estimated Burden Time: 9,937 hours annual hours. • Frequency: For participants, once after program participation; for Alumni, once every one, three and five years; for host/home communities, once every year. • Obligation to Respond: Voluntary We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to: PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53899 • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department. • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review. Abstract of Proposed Collection The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) regularly monitors and evaluates its programs through the collection of data about program accomplishments in order to enable program staff to assess the results of its programs, where improvements may be necessary, and to modify/plan future programs. In order to more systematically assess the efficacy and impact of ECA fundedprograms and to address the requirements of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA) and the Department of State’s updated monitoring and evaluation guidance (18 FAM 300), ECA’s Evaluation Division has created a robust performance monitoring framework that is responsive to these directives, measures programmatic goals and objectives, and provides a comprehensive view of overall Bureau activities. The Monitoring Data for ECA (MODE) Framework (https:// eca.state.gov/impact/eca-evaluationdivision/monitoring-data-eca-modeframework) includes a results framework with indicators designed to track program performance and the direction, pace, and magnitude of change of ECA programs—leading to strengthened feedback mechanisms resulting in more effective programs. Each of these indicators has corresponding data collection questions defined so data will be collected uniformly whether by the program office, the Evaluation Division, or an award recipient. Implementation of the MODE Framework will enable ECA to standardize and utilize its data in the following ways: E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 53900 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 169 / Monday, August 31, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES • Assess data and performance metrics to enhance program performance • Inform strategic planning activities at the Bureau, division, and individual exchange program levels • Supplement the information ECA program officers receive from their award recipients and exchange participants to provide a comprehensive view of programmatic activities • Respond quickly and reliably to adhoc requests from Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and internal Department of State stakeholders In order to collect data for the MODE Framework, the ECA Evaluation Division intends to conduct ongoing surveys of program participants, alumni, and participant host and home communities to monitor program performance, assess impact, and identify issues for further evaluation. Specifically, ECA will coordinate with award recipients to provide standard survey questions for both foreign national and U.S. citizen exchange participants immediately after completing the exchange (‘‘Participant Post-Program Survey’’). ECA’s Evaluation Division also intends to administer standard surveys to foreign national and U.S. citizen exchange alumni roughly one year, three years and five years after completing their exchange experience. Conducting postprogram surveys, particularly after three and five years, will provide information on the impact of ECA programs and insight into the achievements of participants. To examine multiplier effects of ECA exchange programs on foreign and U.S. communities and institutions that sponsor, support, or provide exchange programs support or services, ECA intends to administer standard surveys to foreign and U.S. host community members (individuals or institutions) where feasible. Methodology In previous years, the ECA Evaluation Division surveyed foreign alumni from a sample of 10 ECA programs. The suggested MODE Framework data collections represent an expansion to include American participants and standardization of the data collection tools. Additionally, ECA has not collected these data in a systematic manner from U.S. and foreign host community members in the past. Currently, ECA award recipients administer post- program surveys to their participants as part of their internal program monitoring data collection approach. ECA intends to VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:30 Aug 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 leverage this ongoing survey process by providing program awardees standard indicators (we estimate anywhere from 10–15 for each award) and corresponding data collection questions, depending on the program orientation. In many instances, these standard indicators and questions will supplant existing awardee defined comparable indicators and questions with ECA defined uniform data requirements. This will ensure the data ECA gathers are valid and reliable across the range of exchange programs. and nationals of arrest and long-term detention representing imminent danger to their physical safety, as defined in 22 CFR 51.63(a)(3). Accordingly, all United States passports shall remain invalid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK unless specially validated for such travel under the authority of the Secretary of State. This extension to the restriction of travel to the DPRK shall be effective on September 1, 2020, and shall expire August 31, 2021 unless extended or revoked by the Secretary of State. Zachary Parker, Director. Dated: August 18, 2020. Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State. [FR Doc. 2020–19148 Filed 8–28–20; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2020–19167 Filed 8–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P BILLING CODE 4710–06–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY [Public Notice:11168] United States Passports Invalid for Travel to, in, or Through the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Department of State. Notice of extension of passport travel restriction. AGENCY: ACTION: On September 1, 2017, all United States passports were declared invalid for travel to, in, or through the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) unless specially validated for such travel. The restriction was extended for one year in 2018 and 2019, and, if not renewed, the restriction is set to expire on August 31, 2020. This notice extends the restriction until August 31, 2021 unless extended or revoked by the Secretary of State. DATES: The extension of the travel restriction is in effect on September 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anita Mody, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services, Office of Legal Affairs, 202–485–6500. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 1, 2017, pursuant to the authority of 22 U.S.C. 211a and Executive Order 11295 (31 FR 10603), and in accordance with 22 CFR 51.63(a)(3), all United States passports were declared invalid for travel to, in, or through the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) unless specially validated for such travel. The restriction was renewed on September 1, 2018 and again for another year effective September 1, 2019. If not renewed again, the restriction is set to expire on August 31, 2020. The Department of State has determined that there continues to be serious risk to United States citizens SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Privacy Act of 1974: Notice of Systems of Records Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). ACTION: Notice of a new System of Records. AGENCY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) proposes to establish a new system of records entitled Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests and Administrative Appeals Files to cover both electronic and paper files created during the processing of access requests and appeals under the FOIA. DATES: This notice will be effective without further notice on October 30, 2020. unless modified by a subsequent notice to incorporate comments received from the public. Written or electronic comments must be received on or before September 30, 2020 to be assured consideration. ADDRESSES: Comments should be directed to the Senior Privacy Program Manager: Christopher A. Marsalis, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr. (WT 5D), Knoxville, Tennessee 37902–1401; telephone (865) 632–2467 or by email at camarsalis@ tva.gov. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher A. Marsalis at (865) 632– 2467 or camarsalis@tva.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FOIA system contains electronic information of each request and administrative appeal made to TVA pursuant to the FOIA, as well as correspondence related to the requests and appeals. In addition, the system allows the public to submit FOIA requests and appeals. E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 169 (Monday, August 31, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 11192]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Education and 
Cultural Affairs Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative

ACTION: Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of 
proposed collection of information.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State has submitted the information 
collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we 
are requesting comments on this collection from all interested 
individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 
30 days for public comment.

DATES: Submit comments up to September 30, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional 
information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including 
requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and 
supporting documents, to Natalie Donahue, Chief of Evaluation, Bureau 
of Educational and Cultural Affairs, who may be reached at 
[email protected] or at 202-632-6193.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
     Title of Information Collection: Monitoring Data for ECA 
(MODE) Framework.
     OMB Control Number: None.
     Type of Request: New collection.
     Originating Office: Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/
P/V).
     Form Number: No form.
     Respondents: ECA program participants, alumni, and host/
home communities.
     Estimated Number of Participant Post-Program Survey 
Respondents: 66,691.
     Estimated Number of Participant Post-Program Survey 
Responses: 50,532.
     Average Time per Participant Post-Program Survey: 8 
minutes.
     Total Estimate Participant Post-Program Survey Burden 
Time: 6,738 hours.
     Estimated Number of Alumni Survey Respondents: 13,591.
     Estimated Number of Alumni Survey Responses: 6,063.
     Average Time per Alumni Survey: 30 minutes.
     Total Estimated Alumni Survey Burden Time: 3,032 hours.
     Estimated Number of Host/Home Community Survey 
Respondents: 5,000.
     Estimated Number of Host/Home Community Survey Responses: 
500.
     Average Time per Host/Home Community Survey: 20 minutes.
     Total Estimated Host/Home Community Survey Burden Time: 
167 hours.
     Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 57,095.
     Total Estimated Burden Time: 9,937 hours annual hours.
     Frequency: For participants, once after program 
participation; for Alumni, once every one, three and five years; for 
host/home communities, once every year.
     Obligation to Respond: Voluntary
    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to:
     Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is 
necessary for the proper functions of the Department.
     Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost 
burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used.
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected.
     Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are 
public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you 
should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your 
personal information, will be available for public review.

Abstract of Proposed Collection

    The Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural 
Affairs (ECA) regularly monitors and evaluates its programs through the 
collection of data about program accomplishments in order to enable 
program staff to assess the results of its programs, where improvements 
may be necessary, and to modify/plan future programs. In order to more 
systematically assess the efficacy and impact of ECA funded-programs 
and to address the requirements of the Foreign Aid Transparency and 
Accountability Act (FATAA) and the Department of State's updated 
monitoring and evaluation guidance (18 FAM 300), ECA's Evaluation 
Division has created a robust performance monitoring framework that is 
responsive to these directives, measures programmatic goals and 
objectives, and provides a comprehensive view of overall Bureau 
activities. The Monitoring Data for ECA (MODE) Framework (https://eca.state.gov/impact/eca-evaluation-division/monitoring-data-eca-mode-framework) includes a results framework with indicators designed to 
track program performance and the direction, pace, and magnitude of 
change of ECA programs--leading to strengthened feedback mechanisms 
resulting in more effective programs. Each of these indicators has 
corresponding data collection questions defined so data will be 
collected uniformly whether by the program office, the Evaluation 
Division, or an award recipient. Implementation of the MODE Framework 
will enable ECA to standardize and utilize its data in the following 
ways:

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     Assess data and performance metrics to enhance program 
performance
     Inform strategic planning activities at the Bureau, 
division, and individual exchange program levels
     Supplement the information ECA program officers receive 
from their award recipients and exchange participants to provide a 
comprehensive view of programmatic activities
     Respond quickly and reliably to ad-hoc requests from 
Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and internal 
Department of State stakeholders
    In order to collect data for the MODE Framework, the ECA Evaluation 
Division intends to conduct ongoing surveys of program participants, 
alumni, and participant host and home communities to monitor program 
performance, assess impact, and identify issues for further evaluation. 
Specifically, ECA will coordinate with award recipients to provide 
standard survey questions for both foreign national and U.S. citizen 
exchange participants immediately after completing the exchange 
(``Participant Post-Program Survey''). ECA's Evaluation Division also 
intends to administer standard surveys to foreign national and U.S. 
citizen exchange alumni roughly one year, three years and five years 
after completing their exchange experience. Conducting post-program 
surveys, particularly after three and five years, will provide 
information on the impact of ECA programs and insight into the 
achievements of participants.
    To examine multiplier effects of ECA exchange programs on foreign 
and U.S. communities and institutions that sponsor, support, or provide 
exchange programs support or services, ECA intends to administer 
standard surveys to foreign and U.S. host community members 
(individuals or institutions) where feasible.

Methodology

    In previous years, the ECA Evaluation Division surveyed foreign 
alumni from a sample of 10 ECA programs. The suggested MODE Framework 
data collections represent an expansion to include American 
participants and standardization of the data collection tools. 
Additionally, ECA has not collected these data in a systematic manner 
from U.S. and foreign host community members in the past.
    Currently, ECA award recipients administer post- program surveys to 
their participants as part of their internal program monitoring data 
collection approach. ECA intends to leverage this ongoing survey 
process by providing program awardees standard indicators (we estimate 
anywhere from 10-15 for each award) and corresponding data collection 
questions, depending on the program orientation. In many instances, 
these standard indicators and questions will supplant existing awardee 
defined comparable indicators and questions with ECA defined uniform 
data requirements. This will ensure the data ECA gathers are valid and 
reliable across the range of exchange programs.

Zachary Parker,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2020-19148 Filed 8-28-20; 8:45 am]
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