Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Revision of and Renewal of Previously Approved Collection; Comments Requested; Electronic Applications for the Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 242 (Tuesday, December 17, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 242 (Tuesday, December 17, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68946-68947]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-27123]
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
[OMB Number 1105-0086]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection
eComments Requested; Revision of and Renewal of Previously Approved
Collection; Comments Requested; Electronic Applications for the
Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program
AGENCY: Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, Department of
Justice.
ACTION: 30-Day notice.
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SUMMARY: The Department of Justice (DOJ), Justice Management Division,
Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM), will be
submitting the following information collection request to the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
DATES: The Department of Justice encourages public comment and will
accept input until January 16, 2020.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have additional comments,
especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time,
suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection
instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact
Deana Willis, Assistant Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and
Management, 450 5th Street NW, Suite 10200, Washington, DC 20530;
[email protected]; (202) 514-8902. Written comments and/or
suggestions can also be sent to the Office of Management and Budget,
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention Department of
Justice Desk Officer, Washington, DC 20503 or sent to
[email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Written comments and/or suggestions from the
public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of
information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of
the following four points:
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
necessary
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for the proper performance of the functions of the Office of Attorney
Recruitment and Management, including whether the information will have
practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used;
    (3) Evaluate whether, and if so, how, the quality, utility, and
clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic
submission of responses.
Overview of This Information Collection
    1. Type of information collection: Renewal of a Currently Approved
Collection.
    2. The title of the form/collection: Electronic Applications for
the Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program.
    3. The agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of
the department sponsoring the collection: There is no agency form
number for this collection. The applicable component within the
Department of Justice is the Office of Attorney Recruitment and
Management, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
    4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as
well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. Other:
None. The Department of Justice Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program
(ASLRP) is an agency recruitment and retention incentive program based
on 5 U.S.C. 5379, as amended, and 5 CFR part 537. Individuals currently
employed as a DOJ attorney and incoming hires for attorney positions
within the Department may request consideration for the ASLRP. The
Department selects new participants during an annual open season each
spring and renews current beneficiaries (DOJ employees) who remain
qualified for these benefits, subject to availability of funds. There
are two application forms--one for new requests, and the other for
renewal requests. A justification form (applicable to new requests
only) and a loan continuation form complete the collection. The ``new
request'' form is submitted voluntarily, by current DOJ employees as
well as by incoming DOJ attorney hires who, if selected, do not receive
benefits until they are a DOJ employee. Renewal requests are submitted
by only by current DOJ employees--no non-employees would qualify.
    5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of
time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: The
Department anticipates about 275 respondents annually will complete the
new request form and justification form and apply for participation in
the ASLRP. Of those, an average of 10 or less are incoming attorney
hires who have not yet entered on duty with the DOJ. In addition, each
year the Department expects to receive approximately 110 applications
from current employees (DOJ attorneys) requesting renewal of the
benefits they received in the preceding year. It is estimated that each
new request (including justification) will take two (2) hours to
complete, and each renewal request approximately 20 minutes to
complete.
    6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated
with the collection:
    a. The estimated burden associated with this collection is 586
hours, 40 minutes. It is estimated that new applicants will take 2
hours to complete the request form and justification and that
previously selected recipients requesting continued funding will take
20 minutes to complete a renewal form. The burden hours for collecting
respondent data, 586 hours, 40 minutes, are calculated as follows: 275
new respondents x 2 hours = 550 hours, plus 110 renewing respondents x
20 minutes = 36 hours, 40 minutes.
    b. An estimate of the public burden focusing only incoming hires
and excluding current DOJ employees is 20 hours, calculated as follows:
10 new respondents (incoming hires) x 2 hours = 20 hours.
    If additional information is required, please contact: Melody
Braswell, Department Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Justice,
Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two
Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE, Room 3E.405B, Washington, DC
20530.
    Dated: December 12, 2019.
Melody Braswell,
Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice.
[FR Doc. 2019-27123 Filed 12-16-19; 8:45 am]
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