[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 87 (Monday, May 5, 2008)]
[Page 24617]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-9748]



Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Review of a New 
Information Collection: Specific Medical Release (INV 16A) and Customer 
Consent and Authorization for Access to Financial Records (INV 16B)

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. 
L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of 
Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of a NEW information 
collection. The INV 16A, Specific Medical Release, and INV 16B, 
Authorization for Access to Financial Records, are used continuously by 
Federal and contract investigators as a routine part of background 
investigations. The collection is completed when it is determined that 
further inquiry into the respondents' medical record is needed 
pertaining to mental health counseling and/or drug/alcohol treatment OR 
upon an affirmative answer on the Standard Form (SF) 86 or SF 85PS 
regarding mental health. The Customer Consent and Authorization for 
Access to Financial Records (INV 16B) is used by Federal agencies when 
conducting a credit inquiry on federal and contract employees, as well 
as military personnel, who are working in support of Federal Government 
programs and contracts. The INV 16A and INV 16B will replace current 
forms OFI 16A; OPM Form 329; OPM Form 329-A; OPM Form 329-B; and OPM 
329-C. Previous editions of related forms are not usable.
    Comments Are Particularly Invited On:
     Whether this information is necessary for the proper 
performance of functions of the OPM and its Federal Investigative 
Services Division, which administers background investigations;
     Whether our estimate of the public burden of this 
collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions 
and methodology;
     Ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection 
of information on those who are to respond, through the use of 
appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology; and
     Ways in which we can enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected.
    The INV 16A and INV 16B are completed by both employees of the 
Federal Government and individuals not employed with the Federal 
Government, including Federal contractors, and military personnel.
    Federal employees are defined as those individuals who are employed 
as civilians or military personnel with the Federal Government. Non-
Federal employees include members of the general public and all 
individuals employed as Federal and military contractors, or 
individuals otherwise not directly employed by the Federal Government.
    Approximately 45,500 INV 16A and 210,000 INV 16B forms will be 
completed annually by non-Federal individuals. Each form requires 
approximately 5 minutes to complete. The annual estimated burden is 
3,800 and 17,500 hours for the 16A and 16B respectively.
    For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on 
(202) 606-8358, FAX (202) 418-3251 or via E-mail to mbtoomey@opm.gov. 
Please include a mailing address with your request.

DATES: Comments on this proposal should be received within 60 calendar 
days from the date of this publication.

ADDRESSES: Send or deliver comments to--Kathy Dillaman, Associate 
Director, Federal Investigative Services Division, U.S. Office of 
Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Room 5416, Washington, DC 
    For Information Regarding Administrative Coordination--Contact: 
Mary-Kay Brewer, Program Analyst, Standards and Evaluations Group, 
Federal Investigative Services Division, U.S. Office of Personnel 
Management, (202) 606-1835.

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Howard Weizmann,
Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. E8-9748 Filed 5-2-08; 8:45 am]