Proposed Information Collection Activity; Renewal of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Performance Measures, 14932-14934 [2021-05773]

Download as PDF 14932 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 52 / Friday, March 19, 2021 / Notices 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: Sec. 5106, Pub. L. 111–320, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Reauthorization Act of 2010, and titles IV–B and IV–E of the Social Security Act. Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–05781 Filed 3–18–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–44–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Human Services Programs in Rural Contexts Study Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, HHS. AGENCY: ACTION: Request for public comment. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to collect data on the challenges and unique opportunities of administering human services programs in rural contexts. Case studies of 12 communities, in combination with analysis of administrative data and qualitative comparative analysis of the qualitative data, will provide ACF with a rich description of human services programs in rural contexts and provide ACF opportunities for strengthening human services programs’ capacity to promote the economic and social wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities in rural contexts. DATES: Comments due within 30 days of publication. OMB must make a decision about the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. 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 SUMMARY: ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description: ACF proposes to conduct key informant interviews during site visits to 12 rural communities. While ACF intends to conduct on-site visits, if the current COVID–19 pandemic makes it too difficult to travel safely, we will conduct these interviews virtually. This study will involve four data collection instruments: • Site Visit Planning Template. Each Project Director (or their designee) will complete a Site Visit Planning Template to assist the study team in scheduling site visit interviews. • Three Site Visit Discussion Guides. To systematically capture data on challenges and unique opportunities, the study team will conduct interviews with (1) project directors and leaders from human services organizations, (2) staff from the human services and partner organizations, and (3) staff from nonprofit and partner organizations that support individuals who utilize human services. Respondents: Human services project directors and leadership staff, human services program staff, and staff from nonprofit organizations and partners that provide support to individuals who utilize human services. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents (total over request period) Instrument In-Person Site Visit Planning Template (Instrument 1a); or Virtual Site Visit Planning Template (Instrument 1b) ................................................................... Project Directors and Leaders Site Visit Discussion Guide (Instrument 2) ................................................ Staff Site Visit Discussion Guide (Instrument 3) ......... Nonprofit or Partner Organizations Site Visit Discussion Guide (Instrument 4) ........................................ Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 189. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4184–09–P 24 12 60 108 1 1 2 1.5 120 162 60 81 72 1 1 72 36 Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Renewal of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Performance Measures Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, HHS. 19:13 Mar 18, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00068 Annual burden (in hours) 2 AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 Total burden (in hours) 1 [OMB No. 0970–0449] [FR Doc. 2021–05771 Filed 3–18–21; 8:45 am] Avg. burden per response (in hours) 12 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Authority: 42 U.S.C. 613, 42 U.S.C. 1397, 42 U.S.C. 711, and 42 U.S.C. 603(a)(2). Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. Number of responses per respondent (total over request period) Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Request for public comment. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is requesting reinstatement of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Performance Measures (Office of Management and Budget (OMB) #0970–0449, expiration date March 31, 2021) with changes. Changes include a single addition of a field to capture a potential additional source of funding, and other minor changes to the most recent version of this form. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 52 / Friday, March 19, 2021 / Notices Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ACF is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. ADDRESSES: Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by emailing infocollection@ acf.hhs.gov. Alternatively, copies can also be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests, emailed or written, should be identified by the title of the information collection. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description: The ACF Office of Community Services (OCS) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at the federal level. The LIHEAP Performance Data Form (LPDF) is an annual report in response to Section 2610(b) of the LIHEAP statute (42 U.S.C. 8629(b)), which requires the Secretary of HHS to submit, no later than June 30 of each federal fiscal year, a report to Congress on LIHEAP for the prior federal fiscal year. The completeness, accuracy, consistency, and timeliness of responses to data collections are needed for HHS to do the following: • Provide reliable and complete fiscal and household data to Congress in the Department’s LIHEAP Report to Congress for the federal fiscal year; • Respond to questions from the Congress, Department, OMB, White House, and other interested parties in a timely manner; and • Report LIHEAP performance results as part of the Administration’s annual Congressional Justification. In response to the 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program—Greater Fraud Prevention Controls are Needed (GAO–10–621), and in consideration of the recommendations issued by the LIHEAP Performance Measures Implementation jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:13 Mar 18, 2021 Jkt 253001 Work Group, OCS required the collection and reporting of these performance measures by state LIHEAP grantees, including the District of Columbia. OMB approved the LIHEAP Performance Data Form (LPDF) in November 2014 (OMB Clearance No. 0970–0449) and approved continued collection using the form through March 31, 2021. This request will extend approval to collect information using the LPDF for another 3 years. The LPDF provides for the collection of the following LIHEAP performance measures, which are considered to be developmental as part of the LPDF: 1. The benefit targeting index for high burden households receiving LIHEAP fuel assistance; 2. The burden reduction targeting index for high burden households receiving LIHEAP fuel assistance; 3. The number of households where LIHEAP prevented a potential home energy crisis; and 4. The number of households where LIHEAP benefits restored home energy. All state LIHEAP grantees are required to complete the LPDF data through ACF’s web-based data collection and reporting system, the Online Data Collection (OLDC), which is available at GrantSolutions homepage (https://home.grantsolutions.gov/home). The reporting requirements will be described through the LIHEAP Forms and Funding Applications page (https:// www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/form/liheapforms-and-funding-applications) of ACF’s website. The previous OMB-approved LIHEAP Grantee Survey on sources and uses of LIHEAP funds was added in 2014 to the LPDF as an addition to the LIHEAP performance data. Additional items for separately reporting LIHEAP funds appropriated by the CARES Act (Pub. L. 116–136) were added in 2020. ACF proposes additional changes for this data collection activity. These consist of (1) adding an item for reporting previous-year Residential Energy Assistance Challenge (REACH) funds as a source; (2) reorganizing source items by appropriations source instead of by report; (3) specifying the prior-year nature of CARES Act funds; and (4) minor wording changes. PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14933 The form is divided into the following three modules to add clarity: Module 1. LIHEAP Grantee Survey (Required Reporting) Module 1 of the LPDF will continue to require the following data from each state for the federal fiscal year: • Grantee information; • Sources and uses of LIHEAP funds; • Average LIHEAP household benefits; and • Maximum income cutoffs for 4person households for each type of LIHEAP assistance provided by each grantee for the fiscal year. Module 2. LIHEAP Performance Measures (Required Reporting) Module 2 of the LPDF will continue to require the following data from each state for the federal fiscal year: • Grantee information; • Energy burden targeting; • Restoration of home energy service; and • Prevention of loss of home energy. Module 3. LIHEAP Performance Measures (Optional Reporting) Module 3 of the LIHEAP LPDF will continue to voluntarily collect the following additional information from each interested grantee for the federal fiscal year: • Average annual energy usage; • Unduplicated number of households using supplemental heating fuel and air conditioning; • Unduplicated number of households that had restoration of home energy service; and • Unduplicated number of households that had prevention of loss of home energy. LIHEAP grantees will be able to compare their own results to the results for other states, as well as to regional and national results, through the Data Warehouse of the LIHEAP Performance Management website as they manage their programs. Respondents: State governments, including the District of Columbia; the largest five electricity and natural gas vendors by state; the largest ten fuel oil and propane vendors by state; and state sub-grantees. E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 14934 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 52 / Friday, March 19, 2021 / Notices ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Annual number of responses per Average hour burden per Annual burden hours Module 1 (Grantee Survey) State Grantees ............................................................................................. Energy Vendors (largest 5 electric, 5 natural gas, 10 fuel oil, and 10 propane vendors per state—average) .......................................................... 51 1 36 1,836 1,530 1 1 1,530 51 100 1 1 150 8 7,650 800 * 1,530 1 8.5 13,005 Module 2 (LIHEAP Performance Measures) State Grantees—Part II ............................................................................... Sub-Grantees (in states with sub-grantee managed systems)—Part II ...... Energy Vendors (largest 5 electric, 5 natural gas, 10 fuel oil, and 10 propane vendors per state—average)—Part II ............................................. * (estimate). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24,821. 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: 42 U.S.C. 8629(b); 42 U.S.C. 8624(b); 42 U.S.C. 8623(c). Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–05773 Filed 3–18–21; 8:45 am] Name of Committee: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Special Emphasis Panel; Clinical Trials in Neurology. Date: April 12–13, 2021. Time: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852 (Virtual Meeting). Contact Person: Shanta Rajaram, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities, NINDS/NIH, NSC, 6001 Executive Blvd., Suite 3208, MSC 9529, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 435–6033, rajarams@mail.nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.853, Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders; 93.854, Biological Basis Research in the Neurosciences, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: March 15, 2021. Tyeshia M. Roberson, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. BILLING CODE 4184–80–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES [FR Doc. 2021–05663 Filed 3–18–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P National Institutes of Health jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Notice of Closed Meeting DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, National Institutes of Health VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:13 Mar 18, 2021 Jkt 253001 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed Meeting 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and AIDS Initial Review Group Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Research Review Committee AIDS Chartered Committee Review Meeting. Date: April 14–15, 2021. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 3F40A, Rockville, MD 20892 (Virtual Meeting). Contact Person: Robert C. Unfer, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 3F40A, Rockville, MD 20852 (240) 669–5035, robert.unfer@nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.855, Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research; 93.856, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: March 15, 2021. Tyeshia M. Roberson, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2021–05665 Filed 3–18–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the following meeting. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 52 (Friday, March 19, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14932-14934]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-05773]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families

[OMB No. 0970-0449]


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Renewal of the Low 
Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Performance Measures

AGENCY: Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and 
Families, HHS.

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is 
requesting reinstatement of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance 
Program (LIHEAP) Performance Measures (Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) #0970-0449, expiration date March 31, 2021) with changes. Changes 
include a single addition of a field to capture a potential additional 
source of funding, and other minor changes to the most recent version 
of this form.

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DATES: Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with 
the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ACF is 
soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information 
collection described above.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the proposed collection of information can be 
obtained and comments may be forwarded by emailing 
[email protected]. Alternatively, copies can also be obtained 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), 330 C Street SW, Washington, 
DC 20201, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests, emailed or 
written, should be identified by the title of the information 
collection.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Description: The ACF Office of Community Services (OCS) within the 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers the Low 
Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at the federal level. 
The LIHEAP Performance Data Form (LPDF) is an annual report in response 
to Section 2610(b) of the LIHEAP statute (42 U.S.C. 8629(b)), which 
requires the Secretary of HHS to submit, no later than June 30 of each 
federal fiscal year, a report to Congress on LIHEAP for the prior 
federal fiscal year. The completeness, accuracy, consistency, and 
timeliness of responses to data collections are needed for HHS to do 
the following:
     Provide reliable and complete fiscal and household data to 
Congress in the Department's LIHEAP Report to Congress for the federal 
fiscal year;
     Respond to questions from the Congress, Department, OMB, 
White House, and other interested parties in a timely manner; and
     Report LIHEAP performance results as part of the 
Administration's annual Congressional Justification.
    In response to the 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) 
report, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program--Greater Fraud 
Prevention Controls are Needed (GAO-10-621), and in consideration of 
the recommendations issued by the LIHEAP Performance Measures 
Implementation Work Group, OCS required the collection and reporting of 
these performance measures by state LIHEAP grantees, including the 
District of Columbia. OMB approved the LIHEAP Performance Data Form 
(LPDF) in November 2014 (OMB Clearance No. 0970-0449) and approved 
continued collection using the form through March 31, 2021. This 
request will extend approval to collect information using the LPDF for 
another 3 years. The LPDF provides for the collection of the following 
LIHEAP performance measures, which are considered to be developmental 
as part of the LPDF:
    1. The benefit targeting index for high burden households receiving 
LIHEAP fuel assistance;
    2. The burden reduction targeting index for high burden households 
receiving LIHEAP fuel assistance;
    3. The number of households where LIHEAP prevented a potential home 
energy crisis; and
    4. The number of households where LIHEAP benefits restored home 
energy.
    All state LIHEAP grantees are required to complete the LPDF data 
through ACF's web-based data collection and reporting system, the 
Online Data Collection (OLDC), which is available at GrantSolutions 
homepage (https://home.grantsolutions.gov/home). The reporting 
requirements will be described through the LIHEAP Forms and Funding 
Applications page (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/form/liheap-forms-and-funding-applications) of ACF's website.
    The previous OMB-approved LIHEAP Grantee Survey on sources and uses 
of LIHEAP funds was added in 2014 to the LPDF as an addition to the 
LIHEAP performance data. Additional items for separately reporting 
LIHEAP funds appropriated by the CARES Act (Pub. L. 116-136) were added 
in 2020.
    ACF proposes additional changes for this data collection activity. 
These consist of (1) adding an item for reporting previous-year 
Residential Energy Assistance Challenge (REACH) funds as a source; (2) 
reorganizing source items by appropriations source instead of by 
report; (3) specifying the prior-year nature of CARES Act funds; and 
(4) minor wording changes.
    The form is divided into the following three modules to add 
clarity:

Module 1. LIHEAP Grantee Survey (Required Reporting)

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

Module 2. LIHEAP Performance Measures (Required Reporting)

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

Module 3. LIHEAP Performance Measures (Optional Reporting)

    Module 3 of the LIHEAP LPDF will continue to voluntarily collect 
the following additional information from each interested grantee for 
the federal fiscal year:
     Average annual energy usage;
     Unduplicated number of households using supplemental 
heating fuel and air conditioning;
     Unduplicated number of households that had restoration of 
home energy service; and
     Unduplicated number of households that had prevention of 
loss of home energy.
    LIHEAP grantees will be able to compare their own results to the 
results for other states, as well as to regional and national results, 
through the Data Warehouse of the LIHEAP Performance Management website 
as they manage their programs.
    Respondents: State governments, including the District of Columbia; 
the largest five electricity and natural gas vendors by state; the 
largest ten fuel oil and propane vendors by state; and state sub-
grantees.

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                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                   Number of    Annual number of   Average hour    Annual burden
                                                  respondents     responses per     burden per         hours
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                                            Module 1 (Grantee Survey)
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State Grantees................................              51                 1              36           1,836
Energy Vendors (largest 5 electric, 5 natural            1,530                 1               1           1,530
 gas, 10 fuel oil, and 10 propane vendors per
 state--average)..............................
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                                     Module 2 (LIHEAP Performance Measures)
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State Grantees--Part II.......................              51                 1             150           7,650
Sub-Grantees (in states with sub-grantee                   100                 1               8             800
 managed systems)--Part II....................
Energy Vendors (largest 5 electric, 5 natural          * 1,530                 1             8.5          13,005
 gas, 10 fuel oil, and 10 propane vendors per
 state--average)--Part II.....................
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* (estimate).

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24,821.
    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:  42 U.S.C. 8629(b); 42 U.S.C. 8624(b); 42 U.S.C. 
8623(c).

Mary B. Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-05773 Filed 3-18-21; 8:45 am]
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