Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Deeming Sponsorship Application for Free Clinics, OMB No. 0915-0293-Revision, 69628-69629 [2020-24337]

Download as PDF 69628 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 213 / Tuesday, November 3, 2020 / Notices research projects related to welfare, employment and self-sufficiency, Head Start, child care, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, family and youth services, home visiting, child welfare, and other areas of interest to ACF. Under this generic clearance, ACF engages in a variety of formative data collections with researchers, practitioners, technical assistance providers, service providers, and potential participants throughout the field to fulfill the following goals: (1) Inform the development of ACF research, (2) maintain a research agenda that is rigorous and relevant, (3) ensure that research products are as current as possible, and (4) inform the provision of technical assistance. ACF uses a variety of techniques including semi-structured discussions, focus groups, surveys, and telephone or in-person interviews, in order to reach these goals. Following standard OMB requirements, OPRE will submit a change request for each individual data collection activity under this generic clearance. Each request will include the individual instrument(s), a justification specific to the individual information collection, and any supplementary documents. OMB should review requests within 10 days of submission. Respondents: Example respondents include: Key stakeholder groups involved in ACF projects and programs, state or local government officials, service providers, participants in ACF programs or similar comparison groups, experts in fields pertaining to ACF research and programs, or others involved in conducting ACF research or evaluation projects. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Instrument Estimated total number of respondents Number of responses per respondent 3000 1500 1125 1 1 1 Semi-Structured Discussions and Focus Groups ............................................ Interviews ......................................................................................................... Questionnaires/Surveys ................................................................................... Estimated total annual burden hours: 8,063. Comments: The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Authority: Social Security Act, Sec. 1110 [42 U.S.C. 1310]. Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–24266 Filed 11–2–20; 8:45 am] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4184–79–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:55 Nov 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Deeming Sponsorship Application for Free Clinics, OMB No. 0915–0293—Revision Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period. OMB may act on HRSA’s ICR only after the 30 day comment period for this notice has closed. DATES: Comments on this ICR must be received no later than December 3, 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/ SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Average burden hours per response 2 1 .5 Annual burden hours 6000 1500 563 PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email Lisa Wright-Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443– 1984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the information request collection title for reference. Information Collection Request Title: Federal Tort Claims Act Program Deeming Sponsorship Application for Free Clinics, OMB No. 0915–0293— Revision Abstract: Section 224(o) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 233(o)), as amended, authorizes the ‘‘deeming’’ of certain individuals as PHS employees for the purposes of receiving liability protections, including Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage, for the performance of medical, surgical, dental or related functions within the scope of deemed employment. Section 224(o) extends eligibility for deemed PHS employee status to free clinic health professionals including employees, officers, board members, contractors, and volunteers at qualifying free clinics. The Free Clinics FTCA Program is administered by HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care. Sponsoring free E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 69629 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 213 / Tuesday, November 3, 2020 / Notices clinics seeking FTCA coverage for their employees, officers, board members, contractors, and volunteers must submit deeming applications in the specified form and manner on behalf of named individuals for review and approval, resulting in a ‘‘deeming determination’’ that includes associated FTCA coverage for these individuals. HRSA is proposing several changes to the FTCA Program Deeming Applications for Free Clinics, to be used for Free Clinic deeming sponsorship applications for Calendar Year 2021 and thereafter, to improve question clarity and clarify required documentation. Specifically, the Application includes the following proposed changes: • Updated application language: Specifically, throughout the application, alternate terminology was utilized to provide greater clarity and specificity. These changes were based on stakeholder feedback and information received from the HRSA Health Center Program Support. These changes are not substantive in nature. • Added Service Type and clarifications regarding professional designation: Specifically, section VI of the application was updated to include service type which will allow HRSA to verify whether an individual is performing clinical or non-clinical services. In addition to the inclusion of service type, a note was added to request that free clinics include the professional designation for each individual. • Deleted remark in section IX: It has been determined that the information requested in this section, which related to offsite events and particularized determinations is no longer necessary to evaluate eligibility for deeming. The FTCA Program has a web based application system, the Electronic Handbooks. These electronic application forms decrease the time and effort required to complete the older, paper-based OMB approved FTCA application forms. The application includes: Contact Information, Site Information, Information on the Sponsoring Free Clinic Eligibility, Information on the Credentialing and Privileging Systems, Information on the Risk Management Systems, Information on the Free Clinic Volunteer Health Care Professionals, Board Members, Officers, Employees, and Individual Contractors and Patient Visit Data. A 60-day notice was published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2020, vol. 85, No. 152; pp. 47803–04. HRSA received one public comment regarding FTCA coverage of Urban Indian Organizations, which is outside of the scope of this ICR. Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Deeming applications must address certain criteria required by law in order for the Secretary to deem an individual sponsored by a qualifying free clinic as a PHS employee for purposes of liability protections, including FTCA coverage. This determination cannot be made without the collection of this information. Specifically, the deeming sponsorship application form seeks information verifying that the free clinic meets the criteria to sponsor a deeming application and that the individual being sponsored is eligible to be deemed as a PHS employee. The FTCA application form for free clinics has been updated to improve clarity and thereby improve applicants’ and deemed individuals’ compliance with applicable requirements. Likely Respondents: Respondents include free clinics seeking deemed PHS employee status on behalf of their sponsored individuals for purposes of liability protections including FTCA coverage. Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below. TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN—HOURS Number of respondents khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Form name Number of responses per respondent Average burden per response (in hours) Total responses Total burden hours FTCA Program Deeming Application for Free Clinics ......... 374 3 1,122 2 2,244 Total .............................................................................. 374 ........................ 1,122 ........................ 2,244 HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. Maria G. Button, Director, Division of the Executive Secretariat. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection 
Request Title: Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Deeming 
Sponsorship Application for Free Clinics, OMB No. 0915-0293--Revision

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department 
of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
HRSA has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments 
submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided 
to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the 
review and approval period. OMB may act on HRSA's ICR only after the 30 
day comment period for this notice has closed.

DATES: Comments on this ICR must be received no later than December 3, 
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 Review--Open for 
Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance 
requests submitted to OMB for review, email Lisa Wright-Solomon, the 
HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at [email protected] or 
call (301) 443-1984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting 
information, please include the information request collection title 
for reference.
    Information Collection Request Title: Federal Tort Claims Act 
Program Deeming Sponsorship Application for Free Clinics, OMB No. 0915-
0293--Revision
    Abstract: Section 224(o) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 
U.S.C. 233(o)), as amended, authorizes the ``deeming'' of certain 
individuals as PHS employees for the purposes of receiving liability 
protections, including Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage, for the 
performance of medical, surgical, dental or related functions within 
the scope of deemed employment. Section 224(o) extends eligibility for 
deemed PHS employee status to free clinic health professionals 
including employees, officers, board members, contractors, and 
volunteers at qualifying free clinics.
    The Free Clinics FTCA Program is administered by HRSA's Bureau of 
Primary Health Care. Sponsoring free

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clinics seeking FTCA coverage for their employees, officers, board 
members, contractors, and volunteers must submit deeming applications 
in the specified form and manner on behalf of named individuals for 
review and approval, resulting in a ``deeming determination'' that 
includes associated FTCA coverage for these individuals.
    HRSA is proposing several changes to the FTCA Program Deeming 
Applications for Free Clinics, to be used for Free Clinic deeming 
sponsorship applications for Calendar Year 2021 and thereafter, to 
improve question clarity and clarify required documentation. 
Specifically, the Application includes the following proposed changes:
     Updated application language: Specifically, throughout the 
application, alternate terminology was utilized to provide greater 
clarity and specificity. These changes were based on stakeholder 
feedback and information received from the HRSA Health Center Program 
Support. These changes are not substantive in nature.
     Added Service Type and clarifications regarding 
professional designation: Specifically, section VI of the application 
was updated to include service type which will allow HRSA to verify 
whether an individual is performing clinical or non-clinical services. 
In addition to the inclusion of service type, a note was added to 
request that free clinics include the professional designation for each 
individual.
     Deleted remark in section IX: It has been determined that 
the information requested in this section, which related to offsite 
events and particularized determinations is no longer necessary to 
evaluate eligibility for deeming.
    The FTCA Program has a web based application system, the Electronic 
Handbooks. These electronic application forms decrease the time and 
effort required to complete the older, paper-based OMB approved FTCA 
application forms. The application includes: Contact Information, Site 
Information, Information on the Sponsoring Free Clinic Eligibility, 
Information on the Credentialing and Privileging Systems, Information 
on the Risk Management Systems, Information on the Free Clinic 
Volunteer Health Care Professionals, Board Members, Officers, 
Employees, and Individual Contractors and Patient Visit Data.
    A 60-day notice was published in the Federal Register on August 6, 
2020, vol. 85, No. 152; pp. 47803-04. HRSA received one public comment 
regarding FTCA coverage of Urban Indian Organizations, which is outside 
of the scope of this ICR.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Deeming applications must 
address certain criteria required by law in order for the Secretary to 
deem an individual sponsored by a qualifying free clinic as a PHS 
employee for purposes of liability protections, including FTCA 
coverage. This determination cannot be made without the collection of 
this information. Specifically, the deeming sponsorship application 
form seeks information verifying that the free clinic meets the 
criteria to sponsor a deeming application and that the individual being 
sponsored is eligible to be deemed as a PHS employee. The FTCA 
application form for free clinics has been updated to improve clarity 
and thereby improve applicants' and deemed individuals' compliance with 
applicable requirements.
    Likely Respondents: Respondents include free clinics seeking deemed 
PHS employee status on behalf of their sponsored individuals for 
purposes of liability protections including FTCA coverage.
    Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by 
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the 
information requested. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions; to develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and 
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating, and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to 
a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and 
review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise 
disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for 
this ICR are summarized in the table below.

                                    Total Estimated Annualized Burden--Hours
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                                                     Number of                    Average burden
            Form name                Number of     responses per       Total       per response    Total burden
                                    respondents     respondent       responses      (in hours)         hours
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FTCA Program Deeming Application             374               3           1,122               2           2,244
 for Free Clinics...............
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    Total.......................             374  ..............           1,122  ..............           2,244
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    HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and 
utility of the proposed information collection for the proper 
performance of the agency's functions, (2) the accuracy of the 
estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity 
of the information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology to 
minimize the information collection burden.

Maria G. Button,
Director, Division of the Executive Secretariat.
[FR Doc. 2020-24337 Filed 11-2-20; 8:45 am]
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