Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 58059-58061 [2020-20469]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 181 / Thursday, September 17, 2020 / Notices Notice and request for comments. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, DoD, GSA, and NASA invite the public to comment on a revision and renewal concerning contract financing. OMB approved this information collection for use through December 31, 2020. DoD, GSA, and NASA propose that OMB extend its approval for use for three additional years beyond the current expiration date. SUMMARY: DoD, GSA, and NASA will consider all comments received by November 16, 2020. ADDRESSES: DoD, GSA, and NASA invite interested persons to submit comments on this collection through http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions on the site. This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or attach a file for lengthier comments. If there are difficulties submitting comments, contact the GSA Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202– 501–4755 or GSARegSec@gsa.gov Instructions: All items submitted must cite Information Collection 9000– 0138, Contract Financing. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two-to-three days after submission to verify posting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, at telephone 202–969–7207, or zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: A. OMB Control Number, Title, and any Associated Form(s) 9000–0138, Contract Financing. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES B. Need and Uses This clearance covers the information that offerors and contractors must submit to comply with the following Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements: FAR 52.232–28, Invitation to Propose Performance-Based Payments. This provision requires an offeror, when invited to propose terms under which the Government will make performance-based contract financing payments during contract performance, to include the following: the proposed contractual language describing the performance-based payments; VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Sep 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 information addressing the contractor’s investment in the contract and a listing of— (i) The projected performance-based payment dates and the projected payment amounts; and (ii) The projected delivery date and the projected payment amount. FAR 52.232–29, Terms for Financing of Purchases of Commercial Items. FAR 52.232–30, Installment Payments for Commercial Items. These clauses require contractors, under commercial purchases pursuant to FAR part 12, to include with their payment requests an appropriately itemized statement of the financing payments requested and other supporting information, prepared in concert with the contracting officer. FAR 52.232–31, Invitation to Propose Financing Terms. This provision requires an offeror, when invited to propose terms under which the Government will make contract financing payments during contract performance under commercial purchases pursuant to FAR part 12, to include the following: the proposed contractual language describing the contract financing; and a listing of the earliest date and greatest amount at which each contract financing payment may be payable and the amount of each delivery payment. FAR 52.232–32, Performance-Based Payments. This clause requires the contractor’s request for performancebased payment to include any information and documentation as required by the contract’s description of the basis for payment; and a certification by a contractor official authorized to bind the contractor. The contracting officer uses the required information to review and approve contract financing requests, and establish and administer contract financing terms. C. Common Form This information collection is being converted into a common form. The General Services Administration is the sponsor agency of this common form. All executive agencies covered by the Federal Acquisition Regulation will use this common form. Each executive agency will report their agency burden separately, and the reported information will be available at Reginfo.gov. D. Annual Burden General Services Administration Respondents: 83. Total Annual Responses: 506. Total Burden Hours: 1,012. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58059 E. Public Comment DoD, GSA, and NASA invite comments on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of Federal Government acquisitions, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Obtaining Copies: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the GSA Regulatory Secretariat Division by calling 202–501–4755 or emailing GSARegSec@gsa.gov. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000– 0138, Contract Financing. William F. Clark, Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–20521 Filed 9–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Generic Clearance for Questionnaire and Data Collection Testing, Evaluation, and Research for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.’’ This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 10th, 2020 and allowed 60 days for public comment. AHRQ received one comment. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 19, 2020. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1 58060 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 181 / Thursday, September 17, 2020 / Notices 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: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Proposed Project Generic Clearance for Questionnaire and Data Collection Testing, Evaluation, and Research for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reapprove generic pre-testing Clearance 0935–0124 for three years to facilitate AHRQ’s efforts to (1) employ evaluation-type methods and techniques to improve AHRQ’s current data collection and estimation procedures, (2) develop new collections and procedures, including toolkits, and (3) revise existing collections and procedures. AHRQ believes that developing, testing, and evaluating data collection and estimation procedures using survey methods and other techniques in anticipation of agencysponsored studies can improve its information collection efforts, and the products it develops and allow AHRQ to be more responsive to fast-changing developments in the health care research field. AHRQ uses techniques to simplify data collection and estimation procedures, reduce respondent burden, and improve efficiencies to meet the needs of individuals and small business respondents who may have reduced budgets and staff. This clearance request is limited to research on data collection, toolkit development, and estimation procedures and reports and does not extend to the collection of data for public release or policy formation. The current Clearance (0935–0124) was granted on November 3, 2017, and expires on November 30, 2020. This generic clearance will allow AHRQ to draft and test toolkits, survey instruments and other data collection and estimation procedures more quickly and with greater lead time, thereby managing project time more efficiently and improving the quality of the data AHRQ collects. In some instances, the ability to test and evaluate toolkits, data collection and estimation procedures in anticipation of work or early in a project may result in the decision not to proceed with additional activities, which could save both public and private resources and eliminate respondent burden. This generic clearance will facilitate AHRQ’s response to a changing environment. Many of the tools AHRQ develops are made available to the private sector to assist in improving health care quality. The health and health care environment changes rapidly and requires a quick response from AHRQ to provide refined tools. These preliminary research activities will not be used by AHRQ to regulate or sanction its customers. They will be entirely voluntary and the confidentiality of respondents and their responses will be preserved. Proposed information collections submitted under this generic clearance will be submitted for review by OMB with a response expected in 14 days. Method of Collection The information collected through preliminary research activities under this generic clearance will be used by AHRQ to employ techniques to (1) improve AHRQ’s current data collection and estimation procedures, (2) develop new collections and procedures, including toolkits, and (3) revise existing collections and procedures in anticipation or in response to changes in the health or health care field. The end result will be improvement in AHRQ’s data collections and procedures and the quality of data collected, a reduction or minimization of respondent burden, increased agency efficiency, and improved responsiveness to the public. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated burden hours, over the full 3 years of this clearance, for the respondents’ time to participate in the research activities that may be conducted under this generic clearance. Mail surveys will be conducted with about 6,000 persons (2,000 per year for 3 years) and are estimated to average 20 minutes. Mail surveys may also be sent to respondents via email, and may include a telephone non-response follow-up. Telephone non-response follow-up for mailed surveys is not counted as a telephone survey in Exhibit 1. Not more than 600 persons, over 3 years, will participate in telephone surveys that will take about 40 minutes. Web-based surveys will be conducted with no more than 3,000 persons and will require no more than 10 minutes to complete. About 1,500 persons will participate in focus groups which may last up to two hours, while in-person interviews will be conducted with 600 persons and will take about 50 minutes. Automated data collection will be conducted for about 1,500 persons and could take up to 1 hour. Cognitive testing will be conducted with about 600 persons and is estimated to take 11⁄2 hours to complete. The total burden over 3 years is estimated to be 8,900 hours (about 2,967 hours per year). Exhibit 2 shows the estimated cost burden over 3 years, based on the respondents’ time to participate in these research activities. The total cost burden is estimated to be $357,869. EXHIBIT 1—ESTIMATED BURDEN HOURS OVER 3 YEARS Number of respondents jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Type of information collection Number of responses per respondent Hours per response Total burden hours Mail/email * ....................................................................................................... Telephone ........................................................................................................ Web-based ....................................................................................................... Focus Groups .................................................................................................. In-person .......................................................................................................... Automated ** .................................................................................................... Cognitive Testing *** ........................................................................................ 6,000 600 3,000 1,500 600 1,500 600 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 20/60 40/60 10/60 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 2,000 400 500 3,000 600 1,500 900 Totals ........................................................................................................ 13,800 na na 8,900 * May include telephone non-response follow-up in which case the burden will not change ** May include testing of database software, CAPI software or other automated technologies. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Sep 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1 58061 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 181 / Thursday, September 17, 2020 / Notices *** May include cognitive interviews for questionnaire or toolkit development, or ‘‘think aloud’’ testing of prototype websites. EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED COST BURDEN OVER 3 YEARS Number of respondents Type of information collection Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate * Total cost burden Mail/email ....................................................................................................... Telephone ...................................................................................................... Web-based ..................................................................................................... Focus Groups ................................................................................................ In-person ........................................................................................................ Automated ...................................................................................................... Cognitive Testing ........................................................................................... 6,000 600 3,000 1,500 600 1,500 600 2,000 400 500 3,000 600 1,500 900 $40.21 40.21 40.21 40.21 40.21 40.21 40.21 $80,420 16,084 20,105 120,630 24,126 60,315 36,189 Totals ...................................................................................................... 13,800 8,900 na 357,869 * Bureau of Labor & Statistics on ‘‘Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019’’ found at the following URL: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#b29-0000.htm for the respondents. Request for Comments In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ health care research and health care information dissemination functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the Agency’s subsequent request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: September 11, 2020. Marquita Cullom-Stott, Associate Director. [FR Doc. 2020–20469 Filed 9–16–20; 8:45 am] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4160–90–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Sep 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery.’’ This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 11th, 2020 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 19, 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: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Project Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery The information collection activity will 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 stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management. The current clearance was approved on November 3, 2017 (OMB Control Number 0935–0179) and will expire on November 30, 2020. Feedback collected under this generic clearance will provide useful information, but it will 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 E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 181 (Thursday, September 17, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health and Human 
Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection 
project: ``Generic Clearance for Questionnaire and Data Collection 
Testing, Evaluation, and Research for the Agency for Healthcare 
Research and Quality.'' This proposed information collection was 
previously published in the Federal Register on June 10th, 2020 and 
allowed 60 days for public comment. AHRQ received one comment. The 
purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public 
comment.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 19, 2020.

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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: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by email at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed Project

Generic Clearance for Questionnaire and Data Collection Testing, 
Evaluation, and Research for the Agency for Healthcare Research and 
Quality

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests that 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reapprove generic pre-testing 
Clearance 0935-0124 for three years to facilitate AHRQ's efforts to (1) 
employ evaluation-type methods and techniques to improve AHRQ's current 
data collection and estimation procedures, (2) develop new collections 
and procedures, including toolkits, and (3) revise existing collections 
and procedures. AHRQ believes that developing, testing, and evaluating 
data collection and estimation procedures using survey methods and 
other techniques in anticipation of agency-sponsored studies can 
improve its information collection efforts, and the products it 
develops and allow AHRQ to be more responsive to fast-changing 
developments in the health care research field. AHRQ uses techniques to 
simplify data collection and estimation procedures, reduce respondent 
burden, and improve efficiencies to meet the needs of individuals and 
small business respondents who may have reduced budgets and staff.
    This clearance request is limited to research on data collection, 
toolkit development, and estimation procedures and reports and does not 
extend to the collection of data for public release or policy 
formation. The current Clearance (0935-0124) was granted on November 3, 
2017, and expires on November 30, 2020.
    This generic clearance will allow AHRQ to draft and test toolkits, 
survey instruments and other data collection and estimation procedures 
more quickly and with greater lead time, thereby managing project time 
more efficiently and improving the quality of the data AHRQ collects. 
In some instances, the ability to test and evaluate toolkits, data 
collection and estimation procedures in anticipation of work or early 
in a project may result in the decision not to proceed with additional 
activities, which could save both public and private resources and 
eliminate respondent burden.
    This generic clearance will facilitate AHRQ's response to a 
changing environment. Many of the tools AHRQ develops are made 
available to the private sector to assist in improving health care 
quality. The health and health care environment changes rapidly and 
requires a quick response from AHRQ to provide refined tools.
    These preliminary research activities will not be used by AHRQ to 
regulate or sanction its customers. They will be entirely voluntary and 
the confidentiality of respondents and their responses will be 
preserved. Proposed information collections submitted under this 
generic clearance will be submitted for review by OMB with a response 
expected in 14 days.

Method of Collection

    The information collected through preliminary research activities 
under this generic clearance will be used by AHRQ to employ techniques 
to (1) improve AHRQ's current data collection and estimation 
procedures, (2) develop new collections and procedures, including 
toolkits, and (3) revise existing collections and procedures in 
anticipation or in response to changes in the health or health care 
field. The end result will be improvement in AHRQ's data collections 
and procedures and the quality of data collected, a reduction or 
minimization of respondent burden, increased agency efficiency, and 
improved responsiveness to the public.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated burden hours, over the full 3 years 
of this clearance, for the respondents' time to participate in the 
research activities that may be conducted under this generic clearance. 
Mail surveys will be conducted with about 6,000 persons (2,000 per year 
for 3 years) and are estimated to average 20 minutes. Mail surveys may 
also be sent to respondents via email, and may include a telephone non-
response follow-up. Telephone non-response follow-up for mailed surveys 
is not counted as a telephone survey in Exhibit 1. Not more than 600 
persons, over 3 years, will participate in telephone surveys that will 
take about 40 minutes. Web-based surveys will be conducted with no more 
than 3,000 persons and will require no more than 10 minutes to 
complete. About 1,500 persons will participate in focus groups which 
may last up to two hours, while in-person interviews will be conducted 
with 600 persons and will take about 50 minutes. Automated data 
collection will be conducted for about 1,500 persons and could take up 
to 1 hour. Cognitive testing will be conducted with about 600 persons 
and is estimated to take 1\1/2\ hours to complete. The total burden 
over 3 years is estimated to be 8,900 hours (about 2,967 hours per 
year).
    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated cost burden over 3 years, based on 
the respondents' time to participate in these research activities. The 
total cost burden is estimated to be $357,869.

                                 Exhibit 1--Estimated Burden Hours Over 3 Years
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                                                                     Number of
         Type of information collection              Number of     responses per     Hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Mail/email *....................................           6,000               1           20/60           2,000
Telephone.......................................             600               1           40/60             400
Web-based.......................................           3,000               1           10/60             500
Focus Groups....................................           1,500               1             2.0           3,000
In-person.......................................             600               1             1.0             600
Automated **....................................           1,500               1             1.0           1,500
Cognitive Testing ***...........................             600               1             1.5             900
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    Totals......................................          13,800              na              na           8,900
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* May include telephone non-response follow-up in which case the burden will not change
** May include testing of database software, CAPI software or other automated technologies.

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*** May include cognitive interviews for questionnaire or toolkit development, or ``think aloud'' testing of
  prototype websites.


                                  Exhibit 2--Estimated Cost Burden Over 3 Years
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                                                    Number of     Total burden    Average hourly    Total cost
         Type of information collection            respondents        hours        wage rate *        burden
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Mail/email.....................................           6,000           2,000           $40.21         $80,420
Telephone......................................             600             400            40.21          16,084
Web-based......................................           3,000             500            40.21          20,105
Focus Groups...................................           1,500           3,000            40.21         120,630
In-person......................................             600             600            40.21          24,126
Automated......................................           1,500           1,500            40.21          60,315
Cognitive Testing..............................             600             900            40.21          36,189
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    Totals.....................................          13,800           8,900               na         357,869
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* Bureau of Labor & Statistics on ``Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019'' found at the following URL:
  https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#b29-0000.htm for the respondents.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-
3520, comments on AHRQ's information collection are requested with 
regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ health care 
research and health care information dissemination functions, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy 
of AHRQ's estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the 
proposed collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the Agency's subsequent request for OMB approval of the 
proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Dated: September 11, 2020.
Marquita Cullom-Stott,
Associate Director.
[FR Doc. 2020-20469 Filed 9-16-20; 8:45 am]
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