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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Periodically, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes abstracts of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Office on (301) 443-1129.

The following request has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995:

Proposed Project: Maternal and Child Health Bureau Performance Measures for Discretionary Grants (OMB No. 0915-0298): Revision

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) intends to continue to collect performance data for Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS), Community Integrated Service Systems (CISS), and other grant programs administered by MCHB.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) proposes to continue using reporting requirements for SPRANS projects, CISS projects, and other grant programs administered by MCHB, including national performance measures, previously approved by OMB, and in accordance with the "Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993" (Pub. L. 103-62). This Act requires the establishment of measurable goals for Federal programs that can be reported as part of the budgetary process, thus linking funding decisions with performance. Performance measures for MCHB discretionary grants were initially approved in January 2003. Approval from OMB is being sought to continue the use of these measures. Some of these measures are specific to certain types of programs, and will not apply to all grantees. Furthermore, these measures are based primarily on existing data, thereby minimizing the response burden consistent with program administration and management needs. Through the experience of utilizing these measures, we are enhancing them to better reflect program goals.

The estimated response burden is as follows:

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of this notice to the desk officer for HRSA, either by e-mail to OIRAsubmission@omb.eop.govor by fax to 202-395-6974. Please direct all correspondence to the "attention of the desk officer for HRSA."

Dated: March 18, 2009. Alexandra Huttinger, Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.