Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request SHIP COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program Data Collection

CourtHealth Resources And Services Administration
Citation86 FR 74095
Record Number2021-28268
Publication Date29 December 2021
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 247 (Wednesday, December 29, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 247 (Wednesday, December 29, 2021)]
                [Pages 74095-74096]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2021-28268]
                Health Resources and Services Administration
                [OMB No. 0906-0066--Extension]
                Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection:
                Public Comment Request SHIP COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program
                Data Collection
                AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department
                of Health and Human Services.
                ACTION: Notice.
                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
                DATES: Comments on this ICR should be received no later than February
                28, 2022.
                ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to [email protected] or by mail to the
                HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 14N136B, 5600
                Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 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 Samantha Miller,
                the acting HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443-
                [[Page 74096]]
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: When submitting comments or requesting
                information, please include the information collection request title
                for reference.
                 Information Collection Request Title: Small Rural Hospital
                Improvement Program (SHIP) COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program Data
                Collection OMB No. 0906-0066--Extension.
                 Abstract: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub. L. 117-2)
                provided one-time funding for awards that will be carried out under
                Section 711 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 912(b)(5)). The SHIP
                is requesting an extension of an information collection request. State
                grantees will improve health care in rural areas by using the funding
                to provide support to eligible rural hospitals to increase COVID-19
                testing efforts, expand access to testing in rural communities, and
                expand the range of mitigation activities.
                 Need and Proposed Use of the Information: The terms and conditions
                for this program specify that, ``hospitals will be required to report
                on the number of tests provided and categories in which the funding is
                spent.'' The data will allow HRSA to ensure SHIP COVID-19 recipients
                are meeting the terms and conditions of their funding, while providing
                HRSA with information on the effectiveness of funds distributed through
                this program.
                 Likely Respondents: The respondents will be hospital staff and
                designated Representatives, and State Office of Rural Health Staff.
                 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 ICR are summarized in the table below.
                 Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                 Number of Average burden
                 Form name Number of respondents per Total per response Total burden
                 respondents respondent responses (in hours) hours
                SHIP COVID-19 Testing and 1,540.......... 6.............. 9,240 .25 2,310
                 Mitigation Data Reporting. Number of Reported on a Total hours
                 unique quarterly spend on
                 organizations basis during responses for
                 funded through the 18 month all funded
                 the program. program or organization
                 until the end over a 2-year
                 of the public period.
                 (whichever is
                 1,540.......... ............... 9,240 .............. 2,310
                 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, Executive Secretariat.
                 [FR Doc. 2021-28268 Filed 12-28-21; 8:45 am]
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