Name of Information Collection: Financial Assistant Awards/Grants and Cooperative Agreements

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 157 (Wednesday, August 14, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 157 (Wednesday, August 14, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40438-40439]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-17362]
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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
[Notice 19-045]
Name of Information Collection: Financial Assistant Awards/Grants
and Cooperative Agreements
AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
ACTION: Notice of information collection; renewal.
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SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as part of
its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden,
invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this
opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information
collections.
DATES: All comments should be submitted within 30 calendar days from
the date of this publication.
ADDRESSES: All comments should be addressed to Gatrie Johnson, National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC
20546-0001.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions
should be directed to Gatrie Johnson, NASA Clearance Officer, NASA
Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, JF0000, Washington, DC 20546 or email
[email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Abstract
    This is a request to renew OMB control number 2700-0092. This
collection is required to ensure proper accounting of Federal funds and
property provided under financial assistance awards (grants and
cooperative agreements). Reporting and recordkeeping are prescribed at
2 CFR part 1800 for awards issued to nonprofits, institutions of higher
educations, government, and commercial firms when cost sharing is not
required and 14 CFR part 1274 for awards issued to commercial firms
when cost sharing is required.
II. Methods of Collection
    Proposals are submitted through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal
Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) or Grants.gov. The
use of these systems reduces the need for proposers to submit multiple
copies to the agency. It allows proposers to submit multiple proposals
to different funding announcements without registering each time.
Electronic funds transfer is used for payment under Treasury guidance,
for commercial firms and through the HHS Payment Management System
(PMS) for other recipients. In addition, NASA encourages the use of
computer technology and is participating in Federal efforts to extend
the use of information technology to more Government processes.
Basis of Estimate
    Approximately 6,100 NASA financial assistance awards are open at
any one time. It is estimated that out of the 7,100 proposals received
each year, NASA awards approximately 1,600 new awards. The period of
performance for each financial assistance award is usually three to
five years. NASA had approximately 120 awards with commercial firms.
Commercial firms submit quarterly payment requests directly to NASA,
while other recipients submit the Federal Financial Reports (SF 425) on
a quarterly basis to the HHS PMS. Performance, Property, and Patent
Reports are filed annually. Historical records indicate that, on
average, 1,625 changes are submitted annually. The total number of
respondents is based on the average number of proposals that are
received each year and the average number of active grants that are
managed each year. The total number of hours spent on each task was
estimated through historical records and experience of former
recipients. Using past calculations, the total cost was estimated using
the average salary (wages and benefits) for a GS-12 step 5.
III. Data
    Title: Financial Assistant Awards/Grants and Cooperative
Agreements.
    OMB Number: 2700-0092.
    Type of Review: Renewal of a previously approved information
collection.
    Affected Public: Non-profits, institutions of higher educations,
government, and commercial firms.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 13,600.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 717,641.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Respondents: $25,131,787.82.
IV. Request for Comments
    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of
NASA, including whether the information collected has practical
utility; (2) the accuracy of NASA's estimate of the burden (including
hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be
collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of
information on respondents, including automated collection techniques
or the use of other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized
and included in the request for OMB approval of this information
collection. They will also become a matter of public record.
Gatrie Johnson,
NASA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-17362 Filed 8-13-19; 8:45 am]
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