Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Connecting Minorities Communities Pilot Program

CourtNational Telecommunications And Information Administration
Citation87 FR 8802
Record Number2022-03367
Published date16 February 2022
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 32 (Wednesday, February 16, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 32 (Wednesday, February 16, 2022)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 8802-8803]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-03367]
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                DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
                National Telecommunications and Information Administration
                Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the
                Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment
                Request; Connecting Minorities Communities Pilot Program
                AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
                (NTIA), Commerce.
                ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment.
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                SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, following the Paperwork Reduction
                Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the public and other Federal agencies to
                comment on proposed and continuing information collections, which helps
                us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and
                minimize the public's reporting burden. This Notice of Information
                Collection is for the Connecting Minorities Communities Pilot Program
                Baseline Report, Performance Report and Annual Report. The purpose of
                this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding the
                submission of the collection to OMB.
                DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed
                information collection must be received on or before April 18, 2022.
                ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by
                mail to Jennifer Duane, Director, Grants Management, Administration,
                and Compliance, Office of internet Connectivity and Growth, National
                Telecommunication and Information Administration, U.S. Department of
                Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4887, Washington, DC 20230,
                or by email to [email protected]. Please reference CMC Data
                Collection in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit
                Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected
                information.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
                specific questions related to collection activities should be directed
                Jennifer Duane, Director, Grants Management, Administration, and
                Compliance, via email at [email protected]; [email protected]; or via
                telephone at (202) 482-2048.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                I. Abstract
                 The Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program (CMC), authorized
                by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Division N, Title IX,
                Section 902 (c), Public Law 116-260, 134 stat. 1182 Dec. 27, 2020)
                (Act), aims to address the lack of broadband access, connectivity,
                adoption, and equity to Historically Black Colleges and Universities
                (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority Serving
                Institutions (MSIs), and their surrounding anchor communities. NTIA
                will make up to 268,000,000 available for federal assistance to
                eligible entities and programs to facilitate educational instruction
                and learning, purchase or lease eligible equipment and devices for
                student or patron use and hire and train information technology
                personnel who are a part of the eligible anchor institution, MBE, or
                tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
                 On August 3, 2021, NTIA published the program's Notice of Funding
                Opportunity (NOFO) on Grants.gov to describe the requirements under
                which it will award grants for the CMC.\1\ The NOFO required award
                recipients to submit financial reports, performance (technical)
                reports, and annual reports to the NTIA Federal Program Officer and the
                NOAA Grants Officer and Grants Specialist. Award recipients must follow
                the reporting requirements described in Sections A.01, Reporting
                Requirement, of the Department of Commerce Financial Assistance
                Standard Terms and Conditions (dated November 12, 2020). Additionally,
                in accordance with 2 CFR part 170, all recipients of a federal wared
                were made on or after October 1, 2010, must comply with reporting
                requirements under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency
                Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-282).
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                 \1\ See Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Notice of Funding
                Opportunity (NOFO) (August 3, 2021), https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html (available under the ``Related Documents''
                tab).
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                 NTIA will use the information collected from each award recipient
                to effectively administer and monitor the grant program to ensure the
                achievement of CMC program purposes and account for the expenditure of
                federal funds to deter waste, fraud, and abuse.
                II. Method of Collection
                Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program
                 Award recipients will submit financial and performance reports on a
                semi-annual basis for the periods ending March 31st and September 30th
                of each year, and an annual report no later than one year after
                receiving grant funds and until they have expended all funds. The
                Baseline Report is a one-time collection of information from award
                recipients covering project plans and details about key outputs and
                outcomes that is due within 45 days of the issuance of the award. NTIA
                will collect data through electronic submission.
                III. Data
                 OMB Control Number: 06XX-XXXX.
                 Form Number(s): TBD.
                 Type of Review: New information collection.
                 Affected Public: Grant award recipients consisting of Historically
                Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs); Tribal Colleges or Universities
                (TCUs); Minority-serving institutions (MSIs); or consortiums that are
                led by a historically Black college or university, Tribal College or
                University, or Minority-serving institution and that also include: (a)
                An MBE; or (b) an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the
                Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a)
                of such Code).
                 Estimated Number of Respondents: 183.
                 Estimated Time Per Response: 33.22.
                 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 17,055.7.
                 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $447,712.13.
                 Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
                 Legal Authority: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Division N,
                Title IX, Section 905, Public Law 116-260, 134 Stat. 1182 (Dec. 27,
                2020).
                IV. Request for Comments
                 We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau
                to:
                 (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is
                necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether
                the information will have practical utility.
                 (b) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost
                burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the
                methodology and assumptions used.
                 (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of
                the information to be collected.
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                 (d) Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond,
                including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of
                information technology.
                 Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of
                public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request
                to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone
                number, email address, or other personal identifying information in
                your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including
                your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available
                at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your
                personal identifying information from public review, we cannot
                guarantee that we will be able to do so.
                Sheleen Dumas,
                Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information
                Officer, Commerce Department.
                [FR Doc. 2022-03367 Filed 2-15-22; 8:45 am]
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