Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request: Women's Health Initiative Observational Study
Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI),0020the National Institutes of Health, has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2013 on pages 8152-8153 and allowed 60-days for public comment. One comment was received and an appropriate response was made. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The NHLBI, National Institutes of Health, may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer. Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.
Announcement of the Award of 12 Single-Source Program Expansion Supplement Grants to Unaccompanied Alien Children's Shelter Care Grantees
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of twelve single-source program expansion supplement grants to the following ten current grantees, for a total of $33,653,092.
Request for Information About Diethanolamine (CAS No. 111-42-2)
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) intends to evaluate the scientific data on diethanolamine, and develop appropriate communication documents, such as a Criteria Document, which will convey the potential health risks, recommended measures for safe handling, and establish an updated Recommended Exposure Limit (REL). The current NIOSH REL for diethanolamine is 3 parts per million (ppm) as a time-weighted average (TWA) concentration for up to a 10-hr work shift during a 40-hr workweek. NIOSH is requesting information on the following: (1) Published and unpublished reports and findings from in vitro and in vivo toxicity studies with diethanolamine; (2) information on possible health effects observed in workers exposed to diethanolamine, including exposure data and the method(s) used for sampling and analyzing exposures; (3) description of work tasks and scenarios with a potential for exposure to diethanolamine; (4) information on control measures (e.g. engineering controls, work practices, personal protective equipment, exposure data before and after implementation of control measures) that are being used in workplaces with potential exposure to diethanolamine; and (5) surveillance findings including protocol, methods, and results. Public Comment Period: Comments must be received by June 24, 2013.
Draft Guidance for Industry on Safety Considerations for Container Labels and Carton Labeling Design To Minimize Medication Errors; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled ``Safety Considerations for Container Labels and Carton Labeling Design to Minimize Medication Errors.'' The draft guidance focuses on safety aspects of the container label and carton labeling design for prescription drug and biological products. The draft guidance provides sponsors of new drug applications (NDAs), biologics licensing applications (BLAs), abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs), and prescription drugs marketed without an approved NDA or ANDA with a set of principles and recommendations for ensuring that critical elements of product container labels and carton labeling are designed to promote safe dispensing, administration, and use of the product to minimize medication errors.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Protection of Human Subjects: Informed Consent; Institutional Review Boards
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal Agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the regulations that provide protection for human subjects of clinical investigations conducted in support of applications or submissions to FDA for FDA-regulated products. The regulations provide protection of the rights, safety, and welfare of human subjects involved in research activities within FDA's jurisdiction.
HIPAA Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama announced a series of Executive Actions to reduce gun violence in the United States, including efforts to improve the Federal government's background check system for the sale or transfer of firearms by licensed dealers, called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Among those persons disqualified from possessing or receiving firearms under Federal law are individuals who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution; found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity; or otherwise have been determined, through a formal adjudication process, to have a severe mental condition that results in the individuals presenting a danger to themselves or others or being incapable of managing their own affairs (referred to below as the ``mental health prohibitor''). Concerns have been raised that, in certain states, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule may be a barrier to States' reporting the identities of individuals subject to the mental health prohibitor to the NICS. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or ``the Department''), which administers the HIPAA regulations, is issuing this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit public comments on such barriers to reporting and ways in which these barriers can be addressed. In particular, we are considering creating an express permission in the HIPAA rules for reporting the relevant information to the NICS by those HIPAA covered entities responsible for involuntary commitments or the formal adjudications that would subject individuals to the mental health prohibitor, or that are otherwise designated by the States to report to the NICS. In addition, we are soliciting comments on the best methods to disseminate information on relevant HIPAA policies to State level entities that originate or maintain information that may be reported to NICS. Finally, we are soliciting public input on whether there are ways to mitigate any unintended adverse consequences for individuals seeking needed mental health services that may be caused by creating express regulatory permission to report relevant information to NICS. The Department will use the information it receives to determine how best to address these issues.
Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
This notice sets forth termination dates for several processes under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) in preparation for the January 1, 2014 program sunset date. These operational processes, which involve plan sponsors and other parties, include: the submission of changes to information in a plan sponsor's ERRP application; the reporting of plan sponsor change of ownership; the submission of reimbursement requests; the reporting and correction of data inaccuracies; and the request for reopenings of reimbursement determinations.
Pilot Program for Early Feasibility Study Investigational Device Exemption Applications; Extending the Duration of the Program
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the extension of the Early Feasibility Study Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Applications pilot program to May 8, 2014, for sponsors who have already been accepted for the program.
Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request: The Agricultural Health Study: A Prospective Cohort Study of Cancer and Other Disease Among Men and Women in Agriculture (NCI)
In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. To Submit Comments and for Further Information: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, submit comments in writing, or request more information on the proposed project contact: Jane Hoppin, Sc.D., Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, PO Box 12233, MD A3-05, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, or call non-toll-free number 919-541- 7622, or email your request, including your address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing. Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication. Proposed Collection: The Agricultural Health Study: A Prospective Cohort Study of Cancer and Other Disease Among Men and Women in Agriculture, 0925-0406, Expiration Date 5/31/2013, REVISION, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Need and Use of Information Collection: The purpose of this information collection is to request initiation of a new dust specimen component as part of the ongoing Study of Biomarkers of Exposures and Effects in Agriculture (BEEA) as well as continue and complete phase IV (2013-2015) of the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) and continue buccal cell collection. Phase IV will continue to update the occupational and environmental exposure information as well as medical history information for licensed pesticide applicators and their spouses enrolled in the AHS. The new BEEA dust component will include a brief paper-and-pen questionnaire mailed to the participant in advance of the home visit; at the home visit, the study phlebotomist will to collect and review the questionnaire, and collect the participant's disposable vacuum bag (or empty the dust from vacuums without disposable bags). The dust component will use similar procedures to ones that have been employed on other NCI studies to obtain information about the dust specimen and to collect and ship the dust specimen. The primary objectives of the study are to determine the health effects resulting from occupational and environmental exposures in the agricultural environment. Secondary objectives include evaluating biological markers that may be associated with agricultural exposures and risk of certain types of cancer. Phase IV questionnaire data are collected by using self-administered computer assisted web survey (CAWI); self- administered paper-and-pen (Paper/pen); or an interviewer administered computer assisted telephone interview (CATI) and in-person interview (CAPI) systems for telephone screeners and home visit interviews, respectively. Some respondents are also asked to participate in the collection of biospecimens and environmental samples, including blood, urine, buccal cells (loose cells from the respondent's mouth), and vacuum dust. The findings will provide valuable information concerning the potential link between agricultural exposures and cancer and other chronic diseases among Agricultural Health Study cohort members, and this information may be generalized to the entire agricultural community. OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 10,679.
Privacy Act of 1974; Report of a New Routine Use for Selected CMS Systems of Records
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), CMS is adding a new routine use for emergency preparedness and response to eight CMS systems of records. The new routine use will authorize CMS to disclose beneficiary-identifiable records to public health authorities and entities acting under a delegation of authority of a public health authority requesting such information for the purpose of identifying vulnerable individuals who may need health assistance in the event of an incident, emergency or disaster, and for purposes of planning and providing such assistance. Disclosures made pursuant to the new routine use will be limited to the minimum data necessary to carry out statutorily-authorized public health-related emergency preparedness and response activities, as provided in Section 1106 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1306) and the HIPAA Privacy Rule at 45 CFR Sec. Sec. 154.502, 164.512(b), 164.502(b) and 164.514(d)(3)(iii)(A). Requests and disclosures made pursuant to the routine use will be coordinated through HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The eight systems of records that will include the new routine use are: the National Claims History (NCH), System No. 09-70-0558; Medicare Integrated Data Repository (IDR), System No. 09-70-0571; Common Working Files (CWF), System No. 09-70-0526; Enrollment Database (EDB), System No. 09-70-0502; Medicare Beneficiary Database (MBD), System No. 09-70- 0536; Medicare Drug Data Processing System (DDPS), System No. 09-70- 0553; Long Term Care-Minimum Data Set (MDS), System No. 09-70-0528; and Home Health Agency (HHA) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS), System No. 09-70-0522.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Announcement of Office of Management and Budget Approval; Experimental Study: Examination of Corrective Direct-to-Consumer Television Advertising
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a collection of information entitled ``Experimental Study: Examination of Corrective Direct-to-Consumer Television Advertising'' has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Announcement of Office of Management and Budget Approval; Investigational Device Exemptions Reports and Records
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a collection of information entitled ``Investigational Device Exemptions Reports and Records'' has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Announcement of Office of Management and Budget Approval; Reporting Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents in Tobacco Products and Tobacco Smoke Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a collection of information entitled ``Reporting Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents in Tobacco Products and Tobacco Smoke Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act'' has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Use of International Standard ISO-10993, “Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices Part 1: Evaluation and Testing”; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of the draft guidance entitled ``Use of International Standard ISO-10993, `Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices Part 1: Evaluation and Testing.' '' FDA has developed this guidance document to assist industry in preparing premarket applications (PMAs), humanitarian device exemptions (HDEs), investigational device applications (IDEs), premarket notifications (510(k)s), and de novo requests for medical devices that come into direct or indirect contact with the human body in order to determine the potential toxicity resulting from contact of the component materials of the device with the body. The purpose of this guidance is to provide further clarification and updated information on the use of the Office of Device Evaluation (ODE) General Program Memorandum G95-1 entitled ``Use of International Standard ISO-10993, `Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices Part 1: Evaluation and Testing,' '' dated May 1, 1995. When final, this guidance will therefore replace G95-1. This draft guidance is not final nor is it in effect at this time.
Establishment of the Discretionary Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces establishment of the Discretionary Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children.
Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Extension of Public Comment Period
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is reopening the comment period, thus amending the due date for responses to its Request for Public Comments, published in Vol. 78, No. 29, of the Federal Register on February 12, 2013. The due date has been extended to May 3, 2013, to allow more time for review. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-7570 or send comments to Kimberly Lane, 1600 Clifton Road, MS D-74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an email to email@example.com.
Notice of Final Issuance on the Adoption of Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Program Policies and Procedures
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is issuing final interpretive rules, general statements of policy and rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice relating to the following Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs): Social and Economic Development Strategies (hereinafter referred to as SEDS), SEDSNative Asset Building Initiative (hereinafter referred to as NABI), Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (hereinafter referred to as SEEDS), Native Language Preservation and Maintenance (hereinafter referred to as Language Preservation), Native Language Preservation and MaintenanceEsther Martinez Initiative (hereinafter referred to as LanguageEMI), and Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (hereinafter referred to as ERE). This notice also provides information about how ANA will administer these programs.