[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 8 (Thursday, January 12, 2017)]
[Pages 3797-3798]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-00570]



Administration for Children and Families

Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program: Third 
Follow-Up Data Collection.
    OMB No.: 0970-0394.
    Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing data 
collection activities as part of the Health Profession Opportunity 
Grant (HPOG) program. The proposed data collection activities are for 
the Impact Study of the first round of HPOG grants (HPOG-Impact). The 
goal of HPOG-Impact is to evaluate the effectiveness of approaches used 
by 20 of the 27 non-tribal HPOG grantees to provide TANF recipients and 
other low-income individuals with opportunities for education, 
training, and advancement within the healthcare field. It is also 
intended to evaluate variation in participant impact that may be 
attributable to different HPOG program components and models.
    HPOG-Impact is one project within the broader portfolio of research 
that the ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is 
utilizing to assess the success of career pathways programs and models. 
This strategy includes a multi-pronged research and evaluation approach 
for the HPOG program to better understand and assess the activities and 
their results as well as the Pathways for Advancing Careers and 
Education (PACE) project. In order to maximize learning across the 
portfolio, survey development for the HPOG and PACE baseline and 
follow-up surveys has been coordinated, and the majority of the data 
elements collected in these surveys are similar. (See OMB Control 
#0970-0397 for PACE data collection.)
    Four data collection efforts have been approved for HPOG research: 
One for approval of a Performance Reporting System (PRS) (approved 
September 2011); a second for collection of baseline data (approved 
October 2012); a third for a follow-up survey of participants 
administered approximately 15 months after random assignment and for 
implementation study data collection (approved August 2013); and a 
fourth for a second follow-up survey of participants administered 36 
months after random assignment (approved December 2014).
    This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on 
a proposed new information collection activity for HPOG-Impact--a third 
follow-up survey for HPOG-Impact participants approximately 72 months 
after program enrollment. The purpose of the survey is to follow-up 
with study participants to document their education and training 
experiences; employment experiences including their advancement in 
their career; economic well-being; student debt and repayment status; 
and parenting practices and child outcomes for participants with 
children. Previously approved collection activities under 0970-0394 
will continue under this new request, specifically the 36-Month Follow-
Up Survey and the Follow-Up Survey Contact Information Update Letters.
    Respondents: Random sample of individuals enrolled in the HPOG-
Impact Study.

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                                                                                                          Number of     Average  burden
                             Instrument                              Total number of   Annual  number   responses per      hours  per     Annual burden
                                                                       respondents    of  respondents     respondent        response          hours
72-Month Follow-Up Survey..........................................           2,000              667                1             0.75              500

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 500.
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(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, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 
20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: 
[email protected]. 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.

Mary Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-00570 Filed 1-11-17; 8:45 am]