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Proposed Agency Information Collection

August 19, 2014



Notice and Request for Comments.

Citation: "79 FR 49075"

Page Number: "49075"

"Notices"

SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance, a proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science (SC) has chosen to leverage the use of Government, Off-the-Shelf (GOTS) software capabilities to implement a new consolidated system called Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS). Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. This notice is being republished due to the time lapsed from original publication.

   DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before October 20, 2014. If you anticipate difficulty in submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed in ADDRESSES as soon as possible.

   ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent to Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) Information Collection Request (ICR) by email at pams-irc-comments@science.doe.gov.

   FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Marina Amoroso by email at marina.amoroso@science.doe.gov.

   SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request contains:

   (1) OMB No.: New.

   (2) Information Collection Request Title: Information Collection Request Title: Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) Submissions for Letter of Intent (LOI), Pre-proposals, Interagency Proposals, and DOE National Laboratory Proposals; System Registration by External Users.

   (3) Type of Request: New.

   (4) Purpose: This new system is based on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Electronic Handbooks software. Discretionary financial assistance proposals continue to be collected using Grants.gov but are imported into PAMS for use by the program offices. Under the proposed information collection, an external interface will be implemented in PAMS to allow two other types of proposal submission: DOE National Laboratories will be able to submit proposals for technical work authorizations directly into PAMS, while other Federal Agencies will be able to submit Proposals for interagency awards directly into PAMS. External users from all institution types will be able to submit Solicitation Letters of Intent and Pre-proposals directly into PAMS. All applicants, whether they submitted through Grants.gov or PAMS, will be able to register with PAMS to view the proposals that were submitted. They will also be able to maintain a minimal amount of information in their personal profile. The proposed collection will automate and streamline the submission, tracking, and correspondence portions of financial award pre-review processes. The information collected will be used by DOE to select applicants and projects for financial awards.

   (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: The following numbers are calculated using the average of the number of financial assistance proposals received in fiscal year 2006 through fiscal year 2010. 9,920 PAMS registrants, who are to include 8,000 submitters of lab proposals, interagency proposals, pre-proposals, and Letters Of Intent (LOI) (assuming one person per estimated submission) and 1,920 reviewers of proposals submitted through Grants.gov.

   (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: The Office of Science receives about 1,000 DOE national laboratory and interagency proposals per year, based on an average of estimated submission numbers (fiscal year 2006 through fiscal year 2014) and about 7,000 pre-proposals and letters of intent per year, based on an estimate of about 200 per solicitation and the number of solicitations per year (about 35, based on an average between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2014).

   (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: The time it takes to complete a form depends upon the type of form being completed. External users will need to register with PAMS in order to access the system. It takes approximately 30 minutes for external users to complete the forms required to become a registered PAMS user. Both LOI and pre-proposal forms take 15 minutes each, whereas completing a lab/interagency proposal will take about 2 hours. The reviewers require about 1 hour of analysis, per submission. Based on the annual estimated number of responses, broken down by DOE national laboratory, letter of intent and pre-proposal, the annual estimated time required for reviewers to complete analysis or responses and the time required for external users to register with PAMS, the estimated annual number of burden hours is 10,630.

   Total number of unduplicated respondents: 9,920.

   Reports filed per person: 1.

   Total annual responses: 9,920.

   Total annual burden hours: 10,630.

   (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $0.

   Statutory Authority:

   Section 641 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. 7251.

   Issued in Washington, DC, on August 12, 2014.

Marina Amoroso,

Deputy Project Manager for Information Technology and Services Office of Science.

[FR Doc. 2014-19676 Filed 8-18-14; 8:45 am]

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