Federal Register: May 10, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 91)
DOCID: FR Doc 00-11636
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
ACTION: Agency information collection activities:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.
Survey of Local Government Finances (School Systems), Forms F-33, F-33-1, F-33-L1, F-33-L2, and F33-L3
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 1, 2000.
The Department of Commerce, 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, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 10413 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed collection; comment request,
The Census Bureau collects education finance data as part of its Annual Survey of State and Local Governments. This survey is the only comprehensive source of public fiscal data collected on a nationwide scale using uniform definitions, concepts and procedures. The collection covers the revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets of all public school systems. This data collection has been coordinated with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The NCES uses this collection to satisfy its need for school system level finance data.
Information on the finance of our public schools is vital to assessing their effectiveness. This data collection makes it possible to access a single data base to obtain information on such things as per pupil expenditures and the percent of state, local, and federal funding for each school system. Recently, as exemplified by the establishment of the America 2000 education goals, there has been increased interest in improving the Nation's public schools. One result of this intensified interest has been a significant increase in the demand for school finance data.
The five forms used in the school finance portion of the survey are:
Form F33. This form contains item descriptions and definitions of the elementarysecondary education finance items collected jointly by the Census Bureau and NCES. It is used primarily as a worksheet by the state education agencies that provide school finance data centrally for all of the school systems in their respective states. Most states supply their data by electronic means.
Form F331. This form is used at the beginning of each survey
period to solicit the assistance of the state education agencies. It establishes the
conditions by which the state education agencies provide their school finance data to the Census Bureau.
Form F33L1. This is a supplemental letter sent to the school systems in states where the state education agencies cannot provide information on the assets of individual school systems.
Form F33L2. This is a supplemental letter sent to the school systems in states where the state education agency cannot provide information on the indebtedness of individual school systems.
Form F33L3. This is a supplemental letter sent to the school systems in states where the state education agency cannot provide information on either indebtedness or assets. This letter combines the items requested on the forms F33L1 and F33L2.
The data to be collected is identical to the previous collections except as follows: The request for indebtedness information (Forms F 33L2 and F33L3) is added because some state education agencies have been deleting this information from their data bases. Others have not been editing this information or following up when the school systems fail to report this information to the state.
New special processing items have been added for state payments made on behalf of the school systems in the areas of textbooks, and transportation. These items will make it possible for expenditure data to be more accurately reported at the functional level.
II. Method of Collection
Through central collection arrangements with the state education
agencies, the Census Bureau collects almost all of the finance data for
local school systems from state education agency data bases. The states
transfer most of this information in electronic format on microcomputer
disks and over the Internet. The Census Bureau has facilitated central
collection of school finance data by accepting data in whatever formats the states elect to transmit.
OMB Number: 06070700.
Form Number: F33, F331, F33L1, F33L2, F33L3.
Type of Review: Regular.
Affected Public: State and local governments.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 3500.
Estimated Time Per Response: 1.1 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,737.
Estimated Total Annual Cost: 8,013.
Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., sections 161 and 181. IV. Request for Comments
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 (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (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.
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.
Dated: May 4, 2000.
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 0011636 Filed 5900; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 351007P
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Sharon Meade, Bureau of the Census, Governments Division, Washington, DC 202336800. Her telephone number is 301457 1563.