Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Home Visiting Budget Assistance Tool, OMB No. 0906-0025-Revision

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 148 (Thursday, August 1, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 148 (Thursday, August 1, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 37655-37656]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-16376]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Health Resources and Services Administration
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection:
Public Comment Request; Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home
Visiting Program Home Visiting Budget Assistance Tool, OMB No. 0906-
0025--Revision
AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department
of Health and Human Services.
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public
comment on proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995, HRSA announces plans to submit an Information Collection
Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the
public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the
ICR.
DATES: Comments on this ICR must be received no later than September
30, 2019.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to [email protected] or mail the HRSA
Information Collection Clearance Officer, 14N136B, 5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, Maryland 20857.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and
draft instruments, email [email protected] or call Lisa Wright-
Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301)
443-1984.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting
information, please include the information request collection title
for reference.
    Information Collection Request Title: Maternal, Infant, and Early
Childhood Home Visiting Program Home Visiting Budget Assistance Tool,
OMB No. 0906-0025--Revision.
    Abstract: HRSA is requesting continued approval and revision to the
Home Visiting Budget Assistance Tool (HV-BAT) based on results of the
previous pilot test. The tool collects information on standardized cost
metrics from programs that deliver home visiting services, as outlined
in the HV-BAT. Prior to Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, entities receiving
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) formula
funds that are states, jurisdictions, territories, and nonprofit
awardees may submit cost data using the HV-BAT to HRSA. HRSA will
review the data submitted for accuracy and quality control, to test the
tool's capacity to support state program functions such as program
planning and budgeting, and to collect data to estimate national
program costs. Beginning in FY 2021, HRSA will require reporting of HV-
BAT data for one-third of awardees in each year for the purpose of
informing program planning and budgeting described in awardee
submissions of the annual formula funding application.
    MIECHV Program, authorized by section 511 of the Social Security
Act, 42 U.S.C. 711, and administered by HRSA in partnership with the
Administration for Children and Families, supports voluntary, evidence-
based home visiting services during pregnancy and to parents with young
children up to kindergarten entry. States, Tribal entities, and certain
nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive funding from the MIECHV
Program and have the flexibility to tailor the program to serve the
specific needs of their communities. Funding recipients may subaward
grant funds to local implementing agencies (LIAs) in order to provide
services to eligible families in at-risk communities.
    HRSA revised the intended purpose of the data collection using the
HV-BAT. Original clearance under this OMB control number was for pilot
testing the reliability of a standardized cost reporting tool among
evidence-based home visiting programs. HRSA revised the data collection
tool to reflect findings and recommendations from the pilot study to
ensure ease of use among LIAs. Changes were made to instructions and
definitions based on feedback collected from participants in the pilot
study. As this revision seeks to continue collection of comprehensive
home visiting cost data for all LIAs in each state, the data can be
aggregated to produce state and national cost estimates in addition to
supporting procurement activities and sub-recipient monitoring. The
burden increased as the pilot study identified a longer average amount
of time to complete the tool than was originally estimated.
    Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Immediately following OMB
clearance, HRSA intends to make the tool available as an optional
resource for all awardees. If awardees choose to immediately use the
HV-BAT as an optional tool, awardees will be required to submit the
data collected with the tool to HRSA. This will allow HRSA to test the
feasibility of collecting comprehensive cost data at the state level;
estimate national level costs for use in conducting research and
analysis of home visiting costs; understand cost variation; assess how
comprehensive program cost data can inform other policy priorities,
such as innovative financing strategies; review the data to ensure
accuracy; and analyze the data for the purpose of federal research.
    Beginning in FY 2021, HRSA will require reporting of HV-BAT data
for one-third of awardees in each year for the purpose of informing
program planning and budgeting described in awardee submissions of the
annual formula funding application. HRSA anticipates that one-third of
the awardees will participate in this data collection each year and
HRSA will identify which third of the awardees will be required to
submit HV-BAT data in that year. This process will ease burden on
awardees by requiring data collection for each awardee once every 3
years and allowing HRSA to capture a national data set every three
years.
    Likely Respondents: MIECHV Program awardees (n=19).
    Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the
information requested. This includes the time needed to review
instructions; to develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating, and verifying
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and
providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to
a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and
review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise
disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for
this Information Collection Request are summarized in the table below.
    Total Estimated Annualized burden hours:
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                                                     Number of                    Average burden
            Form name                Number of     responses per       Total       per response    Total burden
                                    respondents     respondent       responses      (in hours)         hours
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Home Visiting Budget Assistance               19              13             247              11           2,717
 Tool (HV-BAT)..................
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    Total.......................              19  ..............             247  ..............           2,717
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Note: The burden estimate assumes that \1/3\ of all MIECHV awardees will respond in each year. On average
  awardees have 13 LIAs (based on 2018 MIECHV program data) that will complete the HV-BAT, and on average it
  took LIAs 11 hours to complete the HV-BAT in the pilot study (OMB Control No. 0906-0025) of the tool.
    HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and
utility of the proposed information collection for the proper
performance of the agency's functions, (2) the accuracy of the
estimated burden, (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity
of the information to be collected, and (4) the use of automated
collection techniques or other forms of information technology to
minimize the information collection burden.
Maria G. Button,
Director, Division of the Executive Secretariat.
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