[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 177 (Thursday, September 14, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Page 43229]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-19487]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No.: ED-2017-ICCD-0115]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Office 
of State Support Progress Check Quarterly Protocol

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Department 
of Education (ED).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is 
proposing a new information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
November 13, 2017.

ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the 
information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2017-ICCD-
0115. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted 
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal 
mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments 
submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period 
will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments 
submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the 
Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 216-42, 
Washington, DC 20202-4537.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact Patrick Carr, 202-708-8196.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact 
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's 
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in 
the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The 
Department of Education is especially interested in public comment 
addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to 
the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be 
processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden 
accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the 
Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, 
including through the use of information technology. Please note that 
written comments received in response to this notice will be considered 
public records.
    Title of Collection: Office of State Support Progress Check 
Quarterly Protocol.
    OMB Control Number: 1810-NEW.
    Type of Review: A new information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 53.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 636.
    Abstract: The Office of State Support (OSS) administers Title I, 
Sections 1001-1004 (School Improvement); Title I, Part A (Improving 
Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies); Title I, Part B 
(Enhanced Assessments Grants (EAG), and Grants for State Assessments 
and Related Activities); Title II, Part A (Supporting Effective 
Instruction); Title III, Part A (English Language Acquisition, Language 
Enhancement, and Academic Achievement); and School Improvement Grants 
(SIG). Quarterly progress checks, phone or in-person conversations 
every three months of a fiscal year with State directors and 
coordinators, help ensure that State Educational Agencies (SEAs) are 
making progress toward increasing student achievement and improving the 
quality of instruction for all students through regular conversations 
about the quality of SEA implementation of OSS administered programs. 
The information shared with the OSS helps inform the selection and 
delivery of technical assistance to SEAs and aligns structures, 
processes, and routines so the OSS can regularly monitor the connection 
between grant administration and intended outcomes. Progress checks 
also allow the OSS to proactively engage with SEAs to identify any 
issues ahead of formal monitoring visits, decreasing the need for 
enforcement actions and minimizing burden for SEAs. ED will collect 
this data from the 53 grantees that receive the grants listed above to 
inform its review of grantee implementation, outcomes, oversight, and 
accountability. In order to allow for a comprehensive program review of 
OSS grantees, we are requesting a three-year clearance with this form.

    Dated: September 8, 2017.
Tomakie Washington,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of 
the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2017-19487 Filed 9-13-17; 8:45 am]
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