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Proposed Survey Instrument: State Grants for Assistive Technology Program Annual Progress Report

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on ACL’s intention to collect information necessary to determine grantee compliance with Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (AT Act).  Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the proposed action.  This notice solicits comments on a proposed revision to an existing data collection related to the State Grants for Assistive Technology Program Annual Progress Report (AT APR), formerly the 572 Report (0985-0042). 

Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to: Robert.Groenendaal@acl.hhs.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information by mail to Robert Groenendaal, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, 330 C Street, SW, Room 1317B Washington, D.C.  20201.

Documents:

Proposed Survey Instrument:  National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP)

The formal announcement of the opportunity to comment on these materials was published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2017.

ACL has submitted the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance, as required under the Paperwork Reduction Act. This instrument will be used to conduct a three-year survey of participants in programs funded by the Older Americans Act.  These national surveys provide a portrait of who receives these services and how they assess the quality of the services received.

The proposed survey instrument was published for public comment in the Federal Register in Vol. 82, No. 13457 on March 13, 2017.  ACL received comments from 89 organizations and just over 13,900 individuals. The majority of the comments requested that ACL retain demographic questions on sexual orientation/ gender identity. In addition, comments addressed: a) methodological, survey design, and sampling considerations; b) concern about the survey length; and c) recommendations to modify and/or add clarifying questions throughout the survey.

Based on this input, ACL has made minor changes to the survey instrument. These changes include:

  • Retaining the primary question regarding sexual orientation
  • Clarifying language about Family Caregiver Services
  • Clarifying the meaning of "calcium-rich soy products" in the surveys of recipients of both congregate and home-delivered meals
  • Adding language to explain that "home delivered meals" and "Meals on Wheels" may be used interchangeably in survey questions

The public now has the opportunity to provide input on the revised survey instrument to OMB. To be considered, comments on the proposed survey instrument must be received by OMB by July 24, 2017.  Comments may be submitted by:

 

Proposed changes to the Title III (of the Older Americans Act) Supplemental Form to the Financial Status Report

The formal announcement of the opportunity to comment on these materials was published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2017.

The Title III Supplemental Form to the Financial Status Report (SF-425) is used to collect additional information about how projects funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act are being administered, and to ensure compliance with legislative requirements and federal regulations/guidance. Specifically, this form collects details on non-federal required match, administration expenditures, Older Relative Caregivers expenditures, and Long-Term Care Ombudsman expenditures.

Minor changes are being proposed to it to reflect changes in statutory language found in the 2016 reauthorization of the OAA. Specifically, the phrase “Grandparents Only” has been changed to “Older Relative Caregivers,” the new term in the OAA that describes this population of eligible service recipients. Similarly, the accompanying instructions for completing the Title III Supplemental Form to the Financial Status Report were also modified to include this same language. References in the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) have been updated addressing financial reporting requirements and non-substantive technical edits have been made to the instructions.

To be considered, comments on the proposed revisions must be received by August 21, 2017.

Please send electronic comments on the information collection proposal to jesse.moore@acl.hhs.gov. Written comments on the information collection proposal should be mailed to the following address:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration for Community Living,
Washington DC 20201,
Attention: Jesse Moore

For further information contact Jesse E. Moore, Jr. at (202) 795-7578.

Proposed Revisions of the Older Americans Act Title III and VII, Chapters 3 and 4 Annual State Program Performance Report (SPR)

On June 1, 2017, ACL released the proposed revisions for the Older Americans Act Title III and VII, Chapters 3 and 4 Annual State Program Performance Report (SPR) for public comment. The Notice of Comment Request is now published in the Federal Register (Vol. 82, No. 104, page 25293 -25294) and will be open for public comment until July 31, 2017.

Review the proposed State Program Performance Report Requirements Draft 2017 (DOCX, 141KB) and proposed State Program Performance Report Attachment A Definitions Draft 2017 (DOCX, 141KB) found at ACL’s data website AGID (https://agid.acl.gov/) under the “What’s New” section.

The SPR and the software system used to submit the SPR are being redesigned for the first time since 2005. The proposed redesigned SPR will collect quantitative data from State Units on Aging (SUAs) on the Older Americans Act Title III and Title VII Chapters 3 and 4 programs. The purpose of this data collection is to fulfill requirements of the Older Americans Act and the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (GPRA Modernization Act) of 2010 and related program performance activities.

These reporting requirements are a revision of those which are currently in effect (2016-2019). The factors that influenced the revision of the SPR, include: 1) the need to modernize the data structure to allow for more efficient reporting and the ability to use current technology for reporting and analysis; 2) the interest in aligning data elements within and across data collections; 3) the need to consider alternative data elements that reflect the current Aging Network and long-term care services and supports; and 4) the need to reduce reporting burden while enhancing data quality. The revised SPR reduces the number of data elements reported by 70% compared to the 2016-2019 SPR.

To be considered, comments on the proposed revisions must be received by July 31, 2017.

Please send electronic comments on the information collection proposal to SPRredesign.comment@acl.hhs.gov. Written comments on the information collection proposal should be mailed to the following address:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration for Community Living,
Washington DC 20201,
Attention: Jennifer Klocinski

For further information contact Jennifer Klocinski by telephone at (202) 795-7377 or by email at SPRredesign.comments@acl.hhs.gov.

Data Collection Materials for the Evaluation of ACL's American Indian, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Programs (OAA Title VI)

The formal announcement of the opportunity to comment on these materials was published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2017.

The evaluation of these programs will allow ACL to document the value of the Title VI programs for individuals, families, communities and tribes/tribal organizations. The data for this evaluation will be collected through focus groups for elders and caregiver program participants, interviews with Title VI staff, and a survey for caregiver program participants. The data collection materials are as follows:

- Moderator Guides for Focus Groups with tribal elderscaregivers, and program staff.
- Guides for interviews with tribal elders and program staff.
Caregiver Survey.

The data collection materials were available for public comment for 60 days (as published in the Federal Register on Feb. 23, 2017); none were received. 

Comments may be submitted as follows:

Fax:  202-395-5806
Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL
Mail to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, New Executive Office Bldg., 725 17th St. N.W., rm. 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL.

To be considered, comments on the proposed revisions must be received by July 20, 2017.

For additional information, please contact: Kristen Hudgins at 202-795-7732 or via email at kristen.hudgins@acl.hhs.gov.

 

 

Forms for Annual Performance Reports and Final Reports by NIDILRR Grantees

The formal announcement of the opportunity to comment on these materials was published in the Federal Register on May 24, 2017.

The Web-based system used for Reporting Year 2016 reporting incorporated a number of features to meet NIDILRR’s information needs while minimizing burden. To further reduce burden, the proposed form is designed so that, instead of describing their accomplishments, grantees simply select their most important accomplishments from among the outputs they report. Data from grant applications, such as contact and budget information, are preloaded for efficiency. To facilitate grantee and NIDILRR staff review of information submitted, the system includes system-generated tables that summarize information entered in specific sections. The Web-based system also carries forward information from one section of the form to the next; for example, information on outcome-oriented goals is carried forward for convenient linkage with projects/activities and publications.

NIDILRR and HHS will use the information gathered to support program evaluation and oversight and to provide Congress and OMB with required data.  Data collected from the 10 grant programs will provide a national description of the research activities of approximately 275 NIDILRR grantees per year in fiscal years 2017 - 2019.

The data collection materials were available for public comment for 60 days (as published in the Federal Register on Jan. 24, 2017); none were received. The Annual Performance Report form and Final Report form have now been submitted to OMB for final clearance; that process includes a 30-day public comment period. 

Comments may be submitted as follows:

Fax:  202-395-5806

Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL

To be considered, comments on the proposed revisions must be received by June 23, 2017

For additional information, please contact: Mary Darnell, (202) 795-7337; Mary.Darnell@acl.hhs.gov

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities Annual Program Performance Report

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on ACL’s intention to collect information necessary to determining grantee compliance with Part B of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the proposed action. This notice solicits comments on a proposed revision to an existing data collection related to the State Councils on Developmental Disabilities Annual Program Performance Report (PPR). On an annual basis, the Council must submit a Program Performance Report (PPR) to described the extent to which annual progress is being achieved on the 5 year state plan goals. The PPR will be used by (1) the Council as a planning document to track progress made in meeting state plan goals; (2) the citizenry of the State as a mechanism for monitoring progress and activities on the plans of the Council; (3) the Department as a stewardship tool, for ensuring compliance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, as one basis for monitoring and providing technical assistance (e.g., during site visits), and as a support for management decision making.

PPR Template for Comments (PDF)

Comments can be submitted by e-mail to Sara Newell-Perez at Sara.Newell-Perez@acl.hhs.gov.

 


Last modified on 07/17/2017