[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56714-56715]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22310]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Permanency Innovations Initiative Evaluation: Phase 3.
    OMB No.: 0970-0408.
    Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to collect 
data for an evaluation of the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII). 
This 5-year initiative, funded by the Children's Bureau (CB) within 
ACF, is intended to build the evidence base for innovative 
interventions that enhance well-being and improve permanency outcomes 
for particular groups of children and youth who are at risk for long-
term foster care and who experience the most serious barriers to timely 
permanency.
    Data collection for the PII evaluation includes a number of 
components being launched at different points in time. Phase 1 
(approved August 2012, OMB 0970-0408) included data collection 
for a cross-site implementation evaluation and site-specific 
evaluations of two PII grantees (Washoe County, Nevada, and the State 
of Kansas). Phase 2 (approved August 2013) included data collection for 
two more PII grantees (Illinois DCFS and one of two interventions 
offered by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's Recognize Intervene 
Support Empower [RISE] project).
    Phase 3 will include data collection for evaluations of two PII 
grantee interventions and two additional cross-site PII studies. The 
two grantee interventions are the California Department of Social 
Services' California Partnership for Permanency (CAPP) project and a 
second RISE intervention, the Care Coordination Team (CCT). The two PII 
cross-site studies are a cost study and an administrative data study. 
The administrative data study does not impose any new data collection 
requirements and will use data currently reported by states through the 
Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) (OMB 
Control  0980-0267) and the National Child Abuse and Neglect 
Data System (NCANDS) (OMB Control  0980-0229), as well as data 
maintained in State Automated Child Welfare Information Systems 
(SACWIS).
    Respondents: Youth, foster parents, permanency resources, 
biological parents, legal guardians, team facilitators, caseworkers, 
supervisors, and state agency workers.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
           Instrument              Total number    Annual number   responses per     hours per     Total annual
                                  of respondents  of respondents    respondent       response      burden hours
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CAPP:
    Parent/Guardian Interview...            1791             597               1             0.5             299
    Caseworker Data Extraction..             894             298               1             0.5             149
    CAPP annual burden hours....  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............             448
RISE CCT:
    Youth Interview.............             120              40               2             1.3             104
    Qualitative Youth Interview.              60              20               1             1.2              24
    Interview with Permanency                120              40               2             1.0              80
     Resource...................
    Interview with Current                   120              40               2             0.6              48
     Caregiver..................
    Current Caregiver                         60              20               1             1.0              20
     Qualitative Interview......
    CCT Facilitators Emotional                12               4               5             0.2               4
     Permanency Pretest.........
    CCT Facilitators Emotional                12               4               5             0.2               4
     Permanency Posttest........
    CAFAS pretest...............              12               4               5             1.0              20
    Caseworker discussion for                 60              20               1             0.5              10
     CAFAS pretest completion...
    CAFAS posttest..............              12               4               5             1.0              20
    Caseworker discussion for                 60              20               1             0.5              10
     CAFAS posttest completion..
    CCT Facilitators Permanent                12               4               1             0.2               1
     Connections Inventory
     Pretest....................
    CCT Facilitators Permanent                12               4               1             0.2               1
     Connections Inventory
     Posttest...................
    RISE CCT annual burden hours  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............             346
Cost Study:
    Cost Focus Group............              27               9               1               7              63
    Weekly Casework Activity Log             369             123              52             0.4           2,558
    Weekly Supervision Activity              117              39              52             0.4             811
     Log........................
    Monthly Management/                       90              30              12             0.5             180
     Administration Log.........
    Cost Study annual burden      ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............           3,612
     hours......................
Administrative Data Study:

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    Data file submission........              15               5               4             0.6              12
Administrative Data Study annual  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............              12
 burden hours...................
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        OVERALL ANNUAL BURDEN     ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............           4,418
         HOURS..................
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    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., 
Washington, DC 20447, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email 
address: OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be 
identified by the title of the information collection.
    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.

Steven M. Hanmer,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-22310 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]
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