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States must report data in their SPP/APR submissions according to required measurements and from specified data sources. In addition to the percentages required in the indicators, lead agencies are required to provide the actual numbers used in their calculations. The

Department’s position is that these SPP/APR requirements

address the commenter’s concern that States document how

they verify the validity and reliability of the data they report under the indicators in their APRs.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter recommended that the Secretary not be permitted to impose additional data collection requirements on States unless existing data collection elements are eliminated.

Discussion: The majority of the information collected by the Secretary under Part C of the Act is required by sections 616 and 618 of the Act (as those sections are modified by section 642 of the Act). Restricting the

Secretary’s ability to collect information, as requested by

the commenter, is not appropriate because the Secretary needs the flexibility to collect information necessary to ensure the effective operation and implementation of the Part C program. This responsibility comes not only from

the Act, but also from the Department’s inherent authority