Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request; State Plan for Independent Living Instrument and Instructions OMB Control Number 0985-0044

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 155 (Monday, August 12, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 155 (Monday, August 12, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39854-39855]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-17172]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Community Living
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection;
Public Comment Request; State Plan for Independent Living Instrument
and Instructions OMB Control Number 0985-0044
AGENCY: Administration for Community Living, HHS.
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an
opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed collection of
information listed above. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
(PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal
Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including
each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and
to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
    This Proposed Revision of a Currently Approved Collection (ICR Rev)
solicits comments on the information collection requirements related to
the State Plan for Independent Living.
DATES: Comments on the collection of information must be submitted
electronically by 11:59 p.m. (EST) or postmarked by October 11, 2019.
ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the information collection
request to: Peter Nye at [email protected]. Submit written comments
on the collection of information to Administration for Community
Living, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Peter Nye.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Nye, Administration for
Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, (202) 795-7606, or
[email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each
collection of information they conduct or sponsor, including agency
requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports,
keep records, or provide information to a third party. The PRA requires
Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register
concerning each proposed collection of information, including each
proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before
submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this
requirement, ACL is publishing a notice of the proposed collection of
information set forth in this document. With respect to the following
collection of information, ACL invites comments on our burden estimates
or any other aspect of this collection of information, including:
    (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for
the proper performance of ACL's functions, including whether the
information will have practical utility;
    (2) the accuracy of ACL's estimate of the burden of the proposed
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology
and assumptions used to determine burden estimates;
    (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and
    (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on
respondents, including through the use of automated collection
techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.
    Legal authority for the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) is
contained in Chapter 1 of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
as amended (the Act). Section 704 of the Rehabilitation Act requires
that, to be eligible to receive financial assistance under Chapter 1,
``a State shall submit to the Department, and obtain approval of, a
State plan containing such provisions as the Department may require.''
ACL approval of the SPIL is required for states to receive federal
funding for both the Independent Living Services State grants and
Centers for Independent Living (CIL) programs. Federal statute and
regulations require the collection of this information every three
years.
    The SPIL is jointly developed by the chairperson of the Statewide
Independent Living Council (SILC) and not less than 51% of the
directors of the CILs, after receiving public input from individuals
throughout the State. ACL reviews the SPIL for compliance with the
Rehabilitation Act and its applicable regulations (Sec 704(a)(4); 45
CFR part 1329.17) and approves the SPIL. It serves statewide as a
primary planning document that describe[s] strategies--including how,
and to whom, the state will disburse what funds--for providing
independent living services and designates the Designated State Entity.
The SPIL also assures that all IL grantees in the state will comply
with the Act's requirements. Sec.  704(a)(5) of the Act; 45 CFR
1329.17(a-b), citing sec. 704(m) of the Act. The SPIL Instrument is the
template for SPILs; the SPIL Instructions explain the Instrument and
give tips about how to draft SPILs.
    ACL is proposing this revision because ACL and the technical
assistance provider have been revising the Instrument and Instructions
to address changes to the Act that result from the Workforce Innovation
and Opportunity Act of 2014, 29 U.S.C. 32, and to increase the
Instrument's and Instructions' clarity, conciseness, and precision. For
example,
     The revised Instrument and Instructions will reflect the
core services that WIOA requires.
     The revised Instructions will explain the state matching
requirement, and the revised Instrument will specify how to include the
state match in the financial plan.
     The revised Instrument and Instructions will add legal
basis and certifications and DSE assurances and SILC assurances.
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     The Revised Instrument and Instructions will include a
chart for the financial plan and a chart for the existing centers that
specifies what counties they serve, what entities oversee them, and
what oversight processes apply.
     The Revised Instrument will include a signatures section.
    These revisions were recommended by the technical assistance
provider and analyzed by all the independent living program officers
who work directly with SPILs.
    The proposed data collection tools may be found on the ACL website
for review at https://www.acl.gov/about-acl/public-input.
    Estimated Program Burden: ACL estimates the burden associated with
this collection of information as follows: 56 SILCs will respond to the
requirement for a SPIL every three years. Each state's SILC will take
approximately 240 hours to develop the SPIL for a total of
approximately 13,440 hours. This estimate is based on program
knowledge.
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                                                     Number of     Responses per     Hours per     Annual burden
       Respondent/data collection activity          respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Statewide Independent Living Councils...........              56               1             240          13,440
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    Total.......................................              56               1             240          13,440
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    Dated: August 6, 2019.
Mary Lazare,
Principal Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2019-17172 Filed 8-9-19; 8:45 am]
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