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National Institutes of Health

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery

SUMMARY: As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), has submitted a Generic Information Collection Request (Generic ICR): "Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery" to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501et seq.).
DATES: Comments must be submitted within 30-days after publication of this notice in theFederal Register.
ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs,OIRA_submission@omb.eop.govor by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Brandie K. Taylor, MA, Strategic Planning and Evaluation Branch, Office of Strategic Planning and Initiative Development, NIAID, NIH, 6610 Rockledge Drive, Room 2502, MSC, 6620, Bethesda, MD 20892, by phone at (301) 451-3068 or Email your request, including your address to:taylorbr@niaid.nih.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title:Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery (NIAID) .

Abstract:The information collection activity will garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration's commitment to improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback we mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights intocustomer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide an early warning of issues with service, or focus attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between the Agency and its customers and stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management.

Feedback collected under this generic clearance will provide useful information, but it will not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such data uses require more rigorous designs that address: the target population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing potential non-response bias, the protocols for data collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior fielding the study. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results.

The Agency received no comments in response to the 60-day notice published in theFederal Registerof December 22, 2010 (75 FR 80542).

Below we provide the NIAID's projected average estimates for the next three years:

Current Actions:New collection of information.

Type of Review:New Collection.

Affected Public:Individuals and Households, Businesses and Organizations, State, Local or Tribal Government.

Average Expected Annual Number of activities:25.

Respondents:28,000.

Annual responses:28,000.

Frequency of Response:Once per request.

Average minutes per response:Ranges from 15 minutes to 120 minutes.

Burden hours:16,100 hours.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget control number.

Dated: November 27, 2012. Shamay D. Knox, NIAID Project Clearance Liaison.