[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 135 (Monday, July 15, 2013)]
[Page 42082]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16874]



Administration for Children and Families

Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Proposed Projects:
    Title: Renewal of Office of Community Services (OCS) Community 
Economic Development (CED) Standard Reporting Format
    OMB No.: 0970-0386
    Description: The Office of Community Services (OCS) will continue 
collecting key information about projects funded through the Community 
Economic Development (CED) program. The legislative requirement for 
this program is in Title IV of the Community Opportunities, 
Accountability and Training and Educational Services Act (COATS Human 
Services Reauthorization Act) of October 27, 1998, Public Law 105-285, 
section 680(b) as amended. The reporting format, Performance Progress 
Report (PPR), collects information concerning the outcomes and 
management of CED projects. OCS will use the data to critically review 
the overall design and effectiveness of the program.
    The PPR will continue to be administered to all active grantees of 
the CED program. Grantees will be required to use this reporting tool 
for their semi-annual reports to be submitted twice a year. The current 
PPR replaced both the annual questionnaire and other semi-annual 
reporting formats, which resulted in an overall reduction in burden for 
the grantees while significantly improving the quality of the data 
collected by OCS. OCS seeks to renew this PPR to continue to collect 
quality data from grantees. To ensure the burden on grantees is not 
increased, all questions on the current PPR will remain the same--we 
propose adding only one question to the PPR regarding the total number 
of jobs grantees are creating with grant funds. Many grantees have 
asked about this element on the current PPR and currently do not have a 
place to report that information. This is information that most 
grantees are already collecting. Adding this field will allow grantees 
to provide this information in a consistent format and allow OCS to 
more accurately reflect the total number of jobs created through the 
CED program. Since grantees are already familiar with the current 
format and elements, and all questions on the PPR will remain the same 
(with one added question based on grantee feedback), there will be no 
additional burden on grantees.
    Respondents: Current CED grantees.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
                                                                     Number of        Average
                   Instrument                        Number of     responses per   burden hours    Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent     per response        hours
Questionnaire for current OCS-CED grantees......             170               2            1.50             510

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 510
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(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: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email 
address: infocollection@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.

Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-16874 Filed 7-12-13; 8:45 am]