[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 130 (Monday, July 8, 2013)]
[Pages 40728-40729]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16283]



Office of the Secretary

[Docket ID DoD-2013-OS-0149]

Proposed Collection; Comment Request

AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and 
Readiness), DoD.

ACTION: Notice.


    In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel 
and Readiness) announces a proposed public information collection and 
seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. 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 information 
collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of 
the information collection on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 

DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by 
September 6, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and 
title, by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Federal Docket Management Systems Office, 4800 Mark Center 
Drive, 2nd Floor, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency 
name, docket number, and title for this Federal Register document. The 
general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the 
public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without 
change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this 
proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and 
associated collection instruments, please write to the Office of the 
Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and

[[Page 40729]]

Readiness), Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), 4800 Mark 
Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22350 ATTN: Dr. Sandra D. Embler or call 
(571) 372-6006.
    Title and OMB Control Number: ``2013 Speak Up Survey,'' OMB Control 
Number: 0704-TBD.
    Needs and Uses: The Speak-Up National Survey is an annual online 
survey created and administered by Project Tomorrow. DoDEA will 
participate in the survey in order to gather information from students 
and parents of students attending DoDEA schools on the use of 
technology in education throughout the United States. The survey 
provides data on how these groups are using and would like to use 
technology for learning in and out of school. Broad areas of 
information gathered via the surveys include: The benefits of using 
technology for learning; attitudes and interest in math and science, as 
well as career aspirations; how respondents self-assess their 21st 
century skills competencies. The information gathered via the surveys 
does not currently exist, especially in a format that allows 
comparisons between DoDEA and national trends. The data resulting from 
the survey will be used by DoDEA as a planning tool and needs 
assessment. The information from the survey as compared with national 
trends will be effective in assisting DoDEA in providing well-planned 
technology initiatives that meet the needs of our military-connected 
students and other stakeholders. The data will also be used to plan 
training and professional development for DoDEA employees, especially 
teachers, as it will accurately reflect the needs of teachers and other 
staff members alike. The data are essential to meet the President's 
charge in the recent technology-focused ConnectED initiative as well as 
the Presidential Study Directive 9: Strengthening Military Families, 
which states that ``The Department of Defense commits to making DOD 
Education Activity (DODEA) schools a leader in the use of advanced 
learning technologies that have the potential to significantly improve 
student performance.''
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Annual Burden Hours: 431.
    Number of Respondents: 1292.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Average Burden per Response: 20 minutes.
    Frequency: Annually.


Summary of Information Collection

    The Project Tomorrow Speak-Up National Research Project will be 
open to all teachers, administrators, parents/sponsors of students 
attending a DoDEA school, as well as students in grades 3-12. The 
survey does not gather information that would personally identify 
individuals, and participation in the survey is completely voluntary. 
The survey is administered through an online, web-based technology. The 
questions will provide all stakeholders with the opportunity to provide 
input on their educational use of technology as well as their 
experience with technology at schools. The data will be incorporated 
into goals in DoDEA's currently in-process Technology Plan.
    The survey results will be used at all levels of the organization 
to improve programs and services offered to DoDEA's students. The 
survey results will also be used as an outcome measure to monitor 
progress on the goals of the new Technology Plan.

    Dated: June 19, 2013.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2013-16283 Filed 7-5-13; 8:45 am]