Bureau of Health Workforce Nurse Corps Supplemental Funding Evaluation

ICR 202309-0915-001

OMB: 0915-0393

Federal Form Document

ICR Details
Received in OIRA
Bureau of Health Workforce Nurse Corps Supplemental Funding Evaluation
New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number)   No
Regular 09/08/2023
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved
7,359 0
3,110 0
0 0

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting OMB approval for a new information collection request to evaluate HRSA’s Nurse Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs. HRSA is obligated to collect performance information on its grants and cooperative agreements as mandated in the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) . The Nurse Corps Programs are governed by Section 846 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 U.S.C. 297n) and Section 846(d)-(i) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (42 U.S C. 297n(d)-(i)), which define specific reporting requirements. HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce seeks to improve the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by strengthening the nation’s health workforce and connecting skilled professionals to communities in need. The Bureau administers the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Programs and Scholarship Program to improve the distribution of nursing graduates and professionals. The Nurse Corps Programs support nursing education and training by providing recruitment and retention incentives to nurses committed to a career in medically underserved communities. These incentives include either a loan repayment or a scholarship award in exchange for service in a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses that is located in a Health Professional Shortage Area. The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program also extends loan repayments to nurse faculty serving in accredited schools of nursing. In Fiscal Year 2023, the Nurse Corps Programs had an annual budget of $92.6 million. Through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Nurse Corps Programs received supplemental funding to carry out section 846 of the Public Health Service Act. The supplemental funding was intended to increase the number of clinicians supported across all Nurse Corps Programs with a special focus on specialty areas including psychiatric nurse practitioners and women’s health. HRSA last conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Nurse Corps Programs in 2006. This information collection request describes plans for conducting an updated program evaluation to understand more recent program successes and challenges, including how COVID-19 affected the programs. Additionally, HRSA seeks to understand the impact of additional funding for the Nurse Corps Programs from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The evaluation will seek information from participants and alumni of the Nurse Corps Programs from 2017-2023 and will assess program outcomes from before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the impact of the American Rescue Plan funds. This mixed-methods evaluation will have three major components: analysis of existing information, a national survey of Nurse Corps participants and alumni, and in-depth interviews with participants and alumni.

US Code: 42 USC 297n Name of Law: Public Health Service Act
   US Code: 42 USC 297n(d)-(i)) Name of Law: Public Health Service Act

Not associated with rulemaking

  88 FR 23091 04/14/2023
88 FR 43361 07/07/2023

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 7,359 0 0 7,359 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 3,110 0 0 3,110 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miscellaneous Actions
There has been an increase in burden, due to the creation of a new ICR.

Yes Part B of Supporting Statement
Joella Roland 301 945-0232 [email protected]


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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