Agency Information Collection Activities: National Mail Voter Registration Form

CourtElection Assistance Commission
Citation86 FR 46232
Publication Date18 Aug 2021
Record Number2021-17733
Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 18, 2021 / Notices
should specifically address: (a) Whether
the 2019 NAEP Science Framework
needs to be updated; (b) if the
framework needs to be updated, why a
revision is needed; and (c) what should
a revision to the framework include?
This notice sets forth the review
schedule and provides information for
accessing additional materials that will
be informative and useful for this
Assessment and Item Specifications
elaborate on the framework as guidance
for item development conducted by the
National Center for Education Statistics
(NCES) and the NAEP assessment
development contractor(s). The
framework development and update
process also produces recommendations
for contextual variables, which supports
NCES’ development of the
questionnaires administered to students,
teachers, and schools to help the public
understand the achievement results in
each subject. By engaging NAEP’s
audiences, partners, and stakeholders in
the panels that provide
recommendations for NAEP frameworks
and by seeking public comment, NAEP
frameworks reflect content valued by
the public as important to measure.
Additional information on the
Governing Board’s work in developing
NAEP Frameworks and Specifications
can be found at
All responses will be taken into
consideration before finalizing the
recommendations for updating the
NAEP Science Assessment Framework.
Once finalized, recommendations will
be used to guide a framework update
process, if an update is needed for the
2028 NAEP Science Assessment.
Comments shall be submitted via
email to with the email
subject header NAEP Science
Framework no later than 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Time on Thursday, September
30. It is anticipated that public
comments will be shared and discussed
publicly in upcoming Governing Board
meetings and materials. When providing
comment, please indicate if you are not
comfortable with your name and
affiliation being included with the
comments that will be shared publicly
by the Governing Board in its
Additional information (including the
materials referenced below) can be
found on the project website at https://
Existing Science Framework for the
The existing framework (adopted in
2005) can be downloaded from the
Governing Board website at https://
Governing Board’s Periodic Review and
Updating of NAEP Frameworks
Governing Board policy articulates
the Board’s commitment to a
comprehensive, inclusive, and
deliberative process to determine and
update the content and format of all
NAEP assessments. For each NAEP
assessment, this process results in a
NAEP framework, outlining what is to
be measured and how it will be
measured. Periodically, the Governing
Board reviews existing NAEP
frameworks to determine if changes are
warranted. Each NAEP framework
development and update process
considers a wide set of factors,
including but not limited to reviews of
recent research on teaching and
learning, changes in state and local
standards and assessments, and the
latest perspectives on the nation’s future
needs and desirable levels of
In 2021, the Board is initiating a
preliminary review of the NAEP Science
Framework. The Governing Board’s
NAEP Science Framework review will
use general public comment collected
through this notice as well as expert
commentary to determine whether a
framework update is required and the
type of updates that may be needed.
Learn more about framework update
processes at
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Authority: Pub. L. 107–279, Title III—
National Assessment of Educational
Progress § 301.
Lesley Muldoon,
Executive Director, National Assessment
Governing Board (NAGB), U. S. Department
of Education.
[FR Doc. 2021–17676 Filed 8–17–21; 8:45 am]
Agency Information Collection
Activities: National Mail Voter
Registration Form
: U.S. Election Assistance
: Notice of emergency
: As part of its continuing effort
to reduce paperwork burdens, and as
required by the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995 (PRA), the U.S. Election
Assistance Commission (EAC) gives
notice that it is requesting from the
Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) an emergency reinstatement of
the National Mail Voter Registration
form. Section 9(a) of the NVRA and
Section 802 of HAVA requires the
responsible agency to maintain a
national mail voter registration form for
U.S. citizens that want to register to
vote, to update registration information
due to a change of name, make a change
of address or to register with a political
party by returning the form to their state
election office.
: Comments must be received no
later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
on August 31, 2021.
: You may submit written
statements with respect to the
reinstatement of the National Mail Voter
Registration form no later than 5 p.m. on
August 31, 2021. Statements may be
sent via email to and
via standard mail addressed to the U.S.
Election Assistance Commission, 633
3rd Street NW, Suite 200, Washington,
DC 20001.
Nichelle Williams, Telephone: (202)
I. National Mail Voter Registration
Persons wishing to register to vote
may use the National Mail Voter
Registration form (‘‘Federal form’’ or
‘‘form’’) to apply for voter registration.
After completing the form, an applicant
submits her/his form to their respective
state election office for processing.
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States covered by the NVRA process the
information from the form to register an
applicant to vote. Neither EAC nor any
other Federal agency processes or
collects any information from the
Federal form that a registration
applicant submits to a state. Rather,
EAC prescribes the Federal form, and
states collect and record the information
applicants submit. The Federal form is
composed of the registration
application, instructions for completing
the application (General Instructions
and Application Instructions), and
State-specific instructions that identify
each state’s particular requirements. A
copy of the current form in English and
14 additional translated languages is
available on EAC’s website, at https://
Nichelle Williams,
Director of Research, U.S. Election Assistance
[FR Doc. 2021–17733 Filed 8–17–21; 8:45 am]
Assessing the National and
International Standing of BER Basic
: Office of Science, Biological
and Environmental Research Program,
Department of Energy.
: Request for information.
: The Biological and
Environmental Research (BER) Program,
as DOE’s coordinating office for research
on biological systems, bioenergy,
environmental science, and Earth
system science, is seeking input on
technical and logistical pathways that
would enhance the BER research
portfolio in comparison to similar
international research efforts.
: Written comments and
information are requested on or before
October 31, 2021.
: Interested persons may
submit comments by email only.
Comments must be sent to BERACRFI@ with the subject line
‘‘BER research benchmarking’’.
: Dr.
Tristram O. West, (301) 903–5155,
: A charge
was issued from the Director of Office
of Science on October 8, 2020, to the
BER Advisory Committee (BERAC) to
assess BER’s standing in relation to
related research efforts nationally and
internationally, and to consider
strategies that would increase BER’s
ability to conduct world-class science in
core BER research areas. The Director’s
charge letter may be found here: https://
The information collected through
this request, in addition to other
informational sources, may be used by
BERAC to develop strategies to further
strengthen BER’s research capabilities.
The conclusions drawn from BERAC’s
effort are expected to serve as a
benchmark for BER’s standing in core
research areas and provide strategies for
improvement where appropriate.
Request for Information
The objective of this request for
information is to gather information on
BER’s standing in relation to related
research efforts occurring nationally and
internationally, and how BER might
increase its stature in conducting world-
class basic science currently supported
by BER (
Research). Supported research includes
Atmospheric Science; Earth and
Environmental System Modeling;
Environmental Science; Bioenergy and
Bioproducts; Plant and Microbial
Genomics; Data Analytics and
Management; and Scientific User-
focused Infrastructure (i.e., DOE User
Facilities, Computational
Knowledgebase Platforms, Community
Observational and Analytical
Resources). Information is specifically
requested on the status of current
capabilities, partnerships, funding
mechanisms, and workforce
development specific to one or more of
the aforementioned research areas.
Answers or information related, but not
limited, to the following questions are
specifically requested:
Within the BER-supported topical
research areas and facility capabilities,
in which areas and capabilities,
presently or in the foreseeable future,
does BER lead in the international
community, and in which areas does
leadership require strengthening? In
identifying these areas, please consider
their critical mission relevance, recent
history, the status quo, observable
trends, and evidence-based projections.
Are there key international
partnerships that could strengthen BER
science output and increase global
visibility of BER?
Is there a preferred optimization for
organizing research, collaboration, and
funding mechanisms among labs,
universities, and other federal agencies
to preserve and foster U.S. leadership
with resource constraints? Are there
other key efficiencies and balances that
should be considered and modified to
improve U.S. leadership in BER
research areas?
How can BER programs and
facilities be structured and managed to
create incentives that will attract and
retain talented people deciding whether
to pursue a scientific career, as well as
mid-career scientists considering
whether to stay in the U.S.?
What are the key opportunities for
BER in attracting and enhancing careers
in BER-supported scientific fields?
While the questions provided above
can help guide thinking on this topic,
any input is welcome which may help
DOE assess BER’s international standing
in the core research areas. The
information provided through this
request should be presented as specific
strategies which DOE Office of Science
could implement and track.
Signing Authority
This document of the Department of
Energy was signed on August 11, 2021,
by Dr. J. Stephen Binkley, Acting
Director, Office of Science, pursuant to
delegated authority from the Secretary
of Energy. The document with the
original signature and date is
maintained by DOE. For administrative
purposes only, and in compliance with
requirements of the Office of the Federal
Register, the undersigned DOE Federal
Register Liaison Officer has been
authorized to sign and submit the
document in electronic format for
publication, as an official document of
the Department of Energy. This
administrative process in no way alters
the legal effect of this document upon
publication in the Federal Register.
Signed in Washington, DC, on August 12,
Treena V. Garrett,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S.
Department of Energy.
[FR Doc. 2021–17658 Filed 8–17–21; 8:45 am]
Federal Energy Regulatory
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KEI (Maine) Power Management (III)
LLC; Notice of Application Tendered
for Filing With the Commission and
Soliciting Additional Study Requests
and Establishing Procedural Schedule
for Relicensing and a Deadline for
Submission of Final Amendments
Take notice that the following
hydroelectric application has been filed
with the Commission and is available
for public inspection.
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