[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 135 (Monday, July 17, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32710-32711]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-14960]



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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Community Living


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Public Comment Request; State Grants for Assistive Technology Program 
Annual Progress Report (AT APR)

AGENCY: Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and 
Human Services.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an 
opportunity for the public to comment on ACL's intention to collect 
information necessary to determine grantee compliance with Section 4 of 
the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (AT Act). Under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Federal agencies are required to 
publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed 
collection of information, including each proposed extension of an 
existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public 
comment in response to the proposed action. This notice solicits 
comments on a proposed revision to an existing data collection related 
to the State Grants for Assistive Technology Program Annual Progress 
Report (AT APR), formerly the 572 Report (0985-0042).

DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of 
information by September 15, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information 
to: [email protected]. Submit written comments on the 
collection of information by mail to Robert Groenendaal, U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community 
Living, 330 C Street SW., Room 1317B, Washington, DC 20201.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Groenendaal at (202) 795-7356 
or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal 
agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. 
``Collection of information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 
1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of 
the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a 
third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) 
requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal 
Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including 
each proposed extension or update of an existing collection of 
information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. The 
proposed data collection represents a revision of a currently approved 
collection (ICR-Rev). In order to comply with the above requirement, 
ACL is requesting approval of a revision of a previously approved 
collection, the State Grants for Assistive Technology Program Annual 
Progress Report (AT APR), formerly known as the 572 report (0985-0042).
    The AT APR is submitted annually by all State Grantees for AT 
programs receiving formula funds under Section 4 of the Assistive 
Technology Act of 1998, as Amended (AT Act). The AT APR is used by ACL 
to assess grantees' compliance with Section 4 of the AT Act and with 
applicable provisions of the HHS regulations at 45 CFR part 75. The AT 
APR enables ACL to analyze qualitative and quantitative data to track 
performance outcomes and efficiency measures of the State Grants for AT 
programs; support budget requests; comply with the GPRA Modernization 
Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) reporting requirements; provide national benchmark 
information; and inform program development and management activities. 
This information collection has 3 pieces: (A) a web-based system that 
collects data from states; (B) a performance measure survey on the 
access and acquisition of AT devices and services that states collect 
from individuals; and, (C) a customer satisfaction survey that states 
collect from individuals on their experiences accessing and acquiring 
AT through the State AT program. The burden table below identifies the 
data collection activities for the three surveys above as well as the 
estimates for record keeping and entry of aggregate data. In addition 
to submitting a State Plan every three years, states and outlying areas 
are required to submit annual progress reports on their activities. The 
data required for these progress reports is specified in Section 4(f) 
of the AT Act. The State Grants for AT program conduct the following 
state-level and state leadership activities: state financing, device 
demonstration, device loans, device reutilization, training and 
technical assistance, public awareness, and information and referral.
    The proposed State Grants for Assistive Technology Program Annual 
Progress Report may be found on the ACL Web site at: https://www.acl.gov/about-acl/public-input.

Burden Estimates

    ACL estimates the burden of this collection of information as 
follows:
    The total estimated hour burden per respondent for the proposed AT 
APR will decrease from the 406 hours per respondent estimated in FY 
2014 to 404 hours estimated for FY 2017, an estimated reduction of two 
hours per respondent or 112 in total. These are in addition to 
substantial reductions made during the last information collection 
process. The reduction in burden is a result of a data collection 
workgroup composed of State AT program staff that met to suggest 
revisions to the current instrument. The workgroup solicited feedback 
from all of the grantees through face-to-face meetings and webinar 
presentations. The number of hours is multiplied by 56 AT State Grants 
programs, resulting in a total estimated hour burden of 22,624 hours.

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                                                     Number of     Responses per     Hours per     Annual burden
       Respondent/data collection activity          respondents     respondent       response          hours
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State Grants for AT Annual Progress Report (AT                56               1            80.0           4,480
 APR)...........................................
Performance Measure Surveys.....................              56               1            54.0           3,024
Customer Satisfaction Surveys...................              56               1            54.0           3,024
Data Entry for the Instruments..................              56               1           208.0          11,648
Record Keeping Burden...........................              56               1             8.0             448
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    Total.......................................              56               1           404.0          22,624
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    Dated: July 10, 2017.
Mary Lazare,
Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging.
[FR Doc. 2017-14960 Filed 7-14-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4154-01-P