[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 197 (Friday, October 13, 2017)]
[Pages 47743-47744]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22206]

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60Day-17-0900; Docket No. CDC-2017-0091]

Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and 

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice with comment period.


SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part 
of its continuing effort to reduce public burden and maximize the 
utility of government information, invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a proposed and/or 
continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed 
information collection project titled Contact Investigation Outcome 
Reporting Forms, a collection that facilitates CDC working with state 
and local health departments in conducting contact investigations of 
individuals exposed to a communicable illness during travel.

DATES: CDC must receive written comments on or before December 12, 

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2017-
0091 by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review 
Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road 
NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and Docket Number. CDC will post, without change, all relevant comments 
to Regulations.gov.
    Please note: Submit all Federal comments through the Federal 
eRulemaking portal (regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address 
listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan 
and instruments, contact Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection 
Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton 
Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(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. In addition, the PRA also requires 
Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new 
proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of 
information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information 
collection before submitting the collection to the OMB for approval. To 
comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a 
proposed data collection as described below.
    The OMB is particularly interested in comments that will help:
    1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.
    5. Assess information collection costs.

Proposed Project

    Contact Investigation Outcome Reporting Forms (OMB Control Number 
0920-0900, Expiration 6/30/2018)--Revision--National Center for 
Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    This is a request for revision to a currently approved information 
collection, OMB Control Number 0920-0900, Contact Investigation Outcome 
Reporting Forms. CDC requests a three-year approval for contact 
investigation outcome reporting information collection tools to 
continue the CDC routine contact investigation activities.
    To understand which pieces of data are critical to understanding 
outcomes, CDC bases all revisions on reassessments of data from the 
past three years.
    CDC proposes to collect passenger-level, epidemiologic, 
demographic, and health status data from state/local Health Departments 
and maritime operators at the conclusion of contact investigations of 
individuals believed to have had exposure to a communicable disease 
during travel. The health departments or maritime operators would 
obtain the CDC requested information while conducting the contact 
investigation according to their established policies and procedures, 
and would report the information to CDC on a voluntary basis. This 
information will assist CDC in fulfilling its regulatory responsibility 
to prevent the importation of communicable diseases from foreign 
countries (42 CFR part 71) and interstate control of communicable 
diseases in humans (42 CFR part 70).
    CDC provides state and local health departments and maritime 
conveyance operators with information to notify and contact individuals 
and further investigate this exposure by contacting others with 
potential exposure to disease. However, there currently is no 
standardized tool or form to collect pertinent information regarding 
the outcome of such investigations.
    To address the need to inform CDC of additional actions that may be 
needed to further protect public health based on the outcome of the 
contact investigations, CDC has developed forms to assist health 
departments and maritime conveyance operators in reporting to CDC. The 
forms are specific to the nature of the investigation: Tuberculosis 
(TB), Measles, Rubella, or the General form for other diseases of 
public health concern. The purpose of the forms is the same: To collect 
information to help CDC quarantine officials fully understand the 
extent of disease spread and transmission during travel and to inform 
the development and/or refinement of investigative protocols aimed at 
reducing the spread of communicable disease.
    Respondents are state and local health departments and maritime 
conveyance operators. Respondents may use these standardized forms to 
submit data voluntarily to CDC for each individual contacted via a 
secure means of their choice, e.g., web-based application, fax, or 
    In the past three years, CDC has used these forms to investigate TB 
cases on aircrafts and on cruise ships, as well as

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during measles cases that have occurred in the U.S. associated with 
    The respondents are Cruise Ship Medical Staff/Cargo Ship Managers 
and State/local health department staff. There is no cost to 
respondents other than their time to complete the form and submit the 
data to CDC.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                     Number of    Average burden
      Type of respondents           Form name        Number of     responses per   per response    Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent      (in hours)      (in hours)
Cruise Ship Physicians/Cargo    Clinically                    15               1           20/60               5
 Ship Managers.                  Active TB
                                 Reporting Form--
                                Varicella                     29               1           20/60              10
                                 Reporting Form.
                                Influenza Like                45               1           20/60              15
                                 Reporting Form.
State/Local public health       General Contact               34               1            5/60               3
 staff.                          Investigation
                                 Reporting Form--
                                TB Contact                   547               1            5/60              46
                                 Reporting Form--
                                Measles Contact              324               1            5/60              27
                                 Reporting Form--
                                Rubella Contact               27               1            5/60               3
                                 Reporting Form--
                                General Contact               15               1            5/60               2
                                 Reporting Form--
    Total.....................  ................  ..............  ..............  ..............             111

Leroy A. Richardson,
Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific 
Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the 
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2017-22206 Filed 10-12-17; 8:45 am]