Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions-Subpart J-Approval of Independently Administered Tests

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 232 (Tuesday, December 3, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 232 (Tuesday, December 3, 2019)]
[Page 66177]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-26080]
[Docket No.: ED-2019-ICCD-0150]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request;
Student Assistance General Provisions--Subpart J--Approval of
Independently Administered Tests
AGENCY: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED).
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is
proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
February 3, 2020.
ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the
information collection listed in this notice, please use by searching the Docket ID number ED-2019-ICCD-
0150. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal
mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the
site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily
accept comments at [email protected]. Please include the docket ID
number and the title of the information collection request when
requesting documents or submitting comments. Please note that comments
submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period
will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments
submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the
Director of the Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and
Strategy Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW,
LBJ, Room 6W208, D, Washington, DC 20202-4537.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to
collection activities, please contact Beth Grebeldinger, 202-377-4018.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C.
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing
collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in
the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed
information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The
Department of Education is especially interested in public comment
addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to
the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be
processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden
accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility,
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the
Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents,
including through the use of information technology. Please note that
written comments received in response to this notice will be considered
public records.
    Title of Collection: Student Assistance General Provisions--Subpart
J--Approval of Independently Administered Tests.
    OMB Control Number: 1845-0049.
    Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector; Individuals or
Households; State, Local, and Tribal Governments.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 48,779.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 6,340.
    Abstract: This request is for an extension without change of the
approval for the reporting and recordkeeping requirements that are
contained in the information collection 1845-0049 for Student
Assistance General Provision in the regulations in Subpart J-Approval
of Independently Administered Tests; Specification of Passing Score;
Approval of State Process. There are no forms or formats established by
the Department for the reporting or recordkeeping requirements. These
regulations govern the application for and approval by the Secretary of
assessments by a private test publisher or State that are used to
measure a student's skills and abilities. The administration of
approved ability to benefit (ATB) tests may be used to determine a
student's eligibility for assistance for the Title IV student financial
assistance programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965,
as amended (HEA) when, among other conditions, the student does not
have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. The language
of the current statute and regulations have not changed.
    Dated: November 27, 2019.
Kate Mullan,
PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and
Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-26080 Filed 12-2-19; 8:45 am]