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Dec 22 -- The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education, asks OMB to approve changes in the National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) for 2019-2021 due to COVID-19 and invites the public to provide comments to OMB by January 21, 2021.
The NPEFS is the Nation's only source of annual statistical information about total revenues and expenditures for public elementary and secondary education at the state level. NPEFS provides detailed finance data at the state level, including average daily attendance; school district revenues by source (local, state, and federal); and expenditures by function (instruction, support services, and non-instruction), sub function (e.g., school administration), and object (e.g., salaries). This survey also includes capital outlay and debt service expenditures. The NPEFS includes data on all public schools from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. NPEFS serves as both a statistical and an administrative collection used for a number of federal program funding allocations.
As a direct result of the COVID-19 circumstances, NCES is requesting OMB to approve several changes in the NPEFS, as described in this letter to OMB https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/DownloadDocument?objectID=107288000
NPEFS website: https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/stfis.asp
NPEFS package submitted to OMB:  https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202012-1850-009  Click on IC List for proposed revised survey instrument, View Supporting Statement for supplementary documents describing and explaining changes
FR notice inviting comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/22/2020-28257/agency-information-collection-activities-submission-to-the-office-of-management-and-budget-for
Point of contact:  Stephen Q. Cornman, Statistician, Common Core of Data, NCES [(202) 245-7753, stephen.cornman@ed.gov

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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