Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; Generic Survey Clearance for the Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR)

Summary:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewed clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

Comments are invited 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) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; 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.

Dates:

Written comments should be received by August 6, 2004 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

Addresses:

Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 295, Arlington, VA 22030, or by e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov.

For further information contact:

Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Supplementary information:

Title of Collection: EHR Generic Clearance.

OMB Approval Number:3145-0136.

Expiration Date of Approval: November 30, 2004.

Proposed Renewal Project: The EHR Generic Clearance was established in 1995 to integrate management, monitoring and evaluation information pertaining to the NSF's Education and Training (ET) portfolio. Under a generic survey clearance (OMB 3145-0136) data from the NSF administrative databases are incorporated and additional information is available through initiative-, divisional-, and program-specific data collections.

Use of the Information: This information is required for effective administration, program monitoring and evaluation, and for measuring attainment of NSF's program goals, as required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 and the President's Management 2003 agenda as represented by the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART).

Burden of the Public: The total estimate for this collection is 50,000 annual burden hours. This figure is based on the previous 3 years of collecting information under this clearance and anticipated collections. The average annual reporting burden is between .5 and 50 hours per ‘respondent’ depending on whether a respondent is self-reporting or representing a project and reporting on behalf of groups of individuals.

Dated: June 2, 2004. Suzanne H. Plimpton,

Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.

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