[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 64 (Wednesday, April 3, 2013)]
[Pages 20109-20110]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07736]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a 
list of information collection requests under review by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call 
(404) 639-7570 or send an email to omb@cdc.gov. Send written comments 
to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 
20503 or by fax to (202) 395-5806. Written comments should be received 
within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System 
(NVEAIS)--New--National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    The CDC is requesting a three-year OMB approval for a National 
Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS) to 
collect data from foodborne illness outbreak environmental assessments 
routinely conducted by local, state, territorial, or tribal food safety 
programs during outbreak investigations. Environmental assessment data 
are not currently collected at the national level. The data reported 
through this information system will provide timely data on the causes 
of outbreaks, including environmental factors associated with 
outbreaks, and are essential to

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environmental public health regulators' efforts to respond more 
effectively to outbreaks and prevent future, similar outbreaks.
    The information system was developed by the Environmental Health 
Specialists Network (EHS-Net), a collaborative project of federal and 
state public health agencies. The EHS-Net has developed a standardized 
instrument for reporting data relevant to foodborne illness outbreak 
environmental assessments.
    State, local, tribal, and territorial food safety programs are the 
primary respondents for this data collection. Although it is not 
possible to determine how many programs will choose to participate, as 
NVEAIS is voluntary, the maximum potential number of program 
respondents is approximately 3,000.
    These programs will be reporting data on outbreaks and factors 
related to outbreaks, not their programs or personnel. It is not 
possible to determine exactly how many outbreaks will occur in the 
future, nor where they will occur. However, we estimate, based on 
existing data, that a maximum of 1,400 foodborne illness outbreaks will 
occur annually. Only programs in the jurisdictions in which these 
outbreaks occur would report to NVEAIS. Assuming each outbreak occurs 
in a different jurisdiction, there will be one respondent per outbreak.
    There are two data collection activities. The first is entering all 
requested environmental assessment data into NVEAIS. This will be done 
once for each outbreak by food safety program personnel. This will take 
approximately 60 minutes per outbreak.
    The second data collection activity is the manager interview that 
will be conducted at each establishment associated with an outbreak by 
the state food safety programs. Most outbreaks are associated with only 
one establishment; however, some are associated with multiple 
establishments. We estimate that a maximum average of 4 manager 
interviews will be conducted per outbreak. Each interview will take 
about 20 minutes.
    Additionally, all food safety program personnel participating in 
NVEAIS will be required to attend a LiveMeeting (i.e., webinar) 
training session conducted by CDC staff. We estimate the burden of this 
training to be a maximum of 2 hours. Respondents will only have to take 
this training one time. Assuming a maximum number of outbreaks of 
1,400, the estimated burden for this training is 2,800 hours.
    The total estimated annual burden is 6,067 hours. There is no cost 
to the respondents other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                     Number of        Number        burden  per
          Type of respondent                    Form name           respondents   responses  per   response  (in
                                                                                     respondent        hrs)
Food safety program personnel.........  NVEAIS Data Reporting              1,400               1               1
Retail food personnel.................  NVEAIS Manager interview           5,600               1           20/60
Food safety program personnel.........  NVEAIS Food safety                 1,400               1               2
                                         program personnel

    Dated: March 20, 2013.
Ron A. Otten,
Director, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate 
Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2013-07736 Filed 4-2-13; 8:45 am]