[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12739-12740]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5170]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60Day-11-0106]


Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 
Recommendations

    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 Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. 
To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a 
copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 or 
send comments to Carol Walker, Acting Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 
Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail to 
omb@cdc.gov.
    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 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. Written comments should be received 
within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant--Extension--
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 
(NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    The PHHS Block Grant program was established to provide awardees 
with a source of flexible funding for health promotion and disease 
prevention programs. Currently, 61 awardees (50 States, the District of 
Columbia, two American Indian Tribes, and eight U.S. territories) 
receive block grants to address locally-defined public health needs in 
innovative ways. Block Grants allow awardees to prioritize the use of 
funds and to fill funding gaps in programs that deal with the leading 
causes of death and disability. Block Grant funding also provides 
awardees with the ability to respond rapidly to emerging health issues, 
including outbreaks of diseases or pathogens. The PHHS Block Grant 
program is authorized by sections 1901-1907 of the Public Health 
Service Act.
    As specified in the authorizing legislation, CDC currently collects 
information from Block Grant awardees to monitor their objectives and 
activities (Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, OMB No. 
0920-0106, exp. 8/31/2011). Each awardee is required to submit an 
annual application for funding (Work Plan) that describes its 
objectives and the populations to be addressed, and an Annual Report 
that describes activities and progress. Information is submitted 
electronically through the Web-based Block Grant Information Management 
System (BGMIS). The BGMIS is designed to support Block Grant 
requirements specified in the program's authorizing legislation, such 
as adherence to the Healthy People (HP) framework. The current version 
of the BGMIS associates each awardee-defined activity with a specific 
HP National Objective, and identifies the location where funds are 
applied. Information items are broken down into discrete fields. Each 
objective is defined in SMART format (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, 
Realistic and Time-based), and includes a specified start date and end 
date.
    CDC requests OMB approval to continue the information collection, 
without changes, for two years (through 8/31/2013). During this time, 
the CDC Block Grant program office will complete an internal planning 
process and replace the current Healthy People 2010 objectives with 
Healthy People 2020 objectives. CDC plans to submit a Revision request 
when decisions about the new awardee performance measures and updated 
BGMIS data elements are finalized.
    During the period of this two-year Extension request, CDC will 
continue to use the BGMIS, without changes, to monitor awardee 
progress, identify activities and personnel supported with Block Grant 
funding, conduct compliance reviews of Block Grant awardees, and 
promote the use of evidence-based guidelines and interventions. There 
will be no changes to the number of respondents or the BGMIS data 
elements. However, since awardees can prepare upcoming submissions by 
modifying information already entered into the system, the estimated 
annual burden per respondent will decrease from 55 hours to 35 hours (a 
reduction of 5 hours per response for the Work Plan, and 15 hours per

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response for the Annual Report). The total estimated annualized 
reduction in burden is 1,200 hours. There are no costs to respondents 
other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                                      Average
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per     Total burden
          Respondents               Form name       respondents    responses per   response  (in    (in hours)
                                                                    respondent         hrs.)
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Block Grant Awardees..........  Work Plan.......              61               1              20           1,220
                                Annual Report...              61               1              15             915
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    Total.....................  ................  ..............  ..............             122           2,135
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Carol Walker,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2011-5170 Filed 3-7-11; 8:45 am]
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