[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 31 (Thursday, February 14, 2013)]
[Pages 10619-10620]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03401]



Office of the Secretary

[Document Identifier HHS-OS-18521-60D]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Public Comment Request

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of 
Health and Human Services, announces plans to submit a new Information 
Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting that ICR to OMB, OS seeks 
comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any 
other aspect of the ICR.

DATES: Comments on the ICR must be received on or before April 15, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to 
[email protected] or by calling (202) 690-6162.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information Collection Clearance 
staff, [email protected] or (202) 690-6162.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting 
information, please include the document identifier HHS-OS-18521-60D 
for reference.
    Information Collection Request Title: Evaluation of Implementation 
of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan.
    Abstract: In response to the viral hepatitis epidemic in the United 
States, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 
Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis 
(Action Plan) in May 2011 to provide a comprehensive strategic plan to 
address viral hepatitis B and C. Implementation of the Action Plan 
requires actions across a variety of agencies including national, 
state/local government, community-based organizations, and the private 
sector. The Evaluation of Implementation of the Viral Hepatitis Action 
Plan will assess state and local response to activities that support 
the Action Plan, identify barriers to implementation and strategies to 
address these barriers, and inform future viral hepatitis efforts.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The purpose of this 
project is to evaluate the state and local response to and 
implementation of the Action Plan and examine viral hepatitis 
activities that are occurring in the four jurisdictions that have been 
pre-selected for the evaluation: Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, and 
Washington State. The information collected through the evaluation will 
position OASH to better understand implementation of the Action Plan at 
the state and local levels and barriers that might be occurring in the 
selected jurisdictions. The evaluation will also serve to examine the 
landscape of viral hepatitis activities that are taking place in the 
selected jurisdictions. The results of the evaluation will enable OASH 
to understand and identify potential strategies to strengthen local 
implementation of the Action Plan, address barriers, and inform future 
implementation efforts.
    Likely Respondents: State Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators 
(CDC-funded state health department staff); other state and local 
health department stakeholders such as HIV and Immunization Program 
staff; national organization representatives who are involved in viral 
hepatitis program development and advocacy; local viral hepatitis 
stakeholders including health care and substance abuse treatment 
providers, non-profit community-based organization staff and 
volunteers, and others identified by the State Viral Hepatitis 
Prevention Coordinator (see above).
    Burden Statement: The estimated burden for data collection involves 
scheduling and conducting key informant interviews among a variety of 
stakeholder groups including the CDC-funded Adult Viral Hepatitis 
Prevention Coordinators, state and local health departments, community-
based organizations, correctional facilities, and healthcare providers. 
These interviews will be conducted in four states (Alabama, 
Massachusetts, New York, and Washington). Up to twelve additional 
interviews will also be conducted with select national-level 
stakeholders. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are 
summarized in the table below.

                                    Total Estimated Annualized Burden--Hours
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per     Total burden
                    Form name                       respondents    responses per   response (in        hours
                                                                    respondent        hours)
Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators...               4               1             1.5               6
State and local health departments..............              16               1           45/60              12
Community-based organizations...................              12               1           30/60               6
National organizations..........................              12               1           30/60               6
Correctional facilities.........................              12               1           30/60               6
Healthcare providers............................              12               1           30/60               6
    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............              42

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    OS specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and utility 
of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of 
the agency's functions, (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (3) 
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected, and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology to minimize the information 
collection burden.

Keith A. Tucker,
Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-03401 Filed 2-13-13; 8:45 am]