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performance of each EIS program located in the State in relation to the targets in its SPP no later than 60 days

following the State’s submission of its APR to the

Secretary. One commenter supported this 60-day timeline. Another commenter disagreed, stating that the 60-day reporting timeline is not realistic. This commenter recommended that the lead agency be required to report to the public as soon as practicable, but not later than the

end of the calendar year in which the State’s APR is due to

the Secretary.

Discussion: We believe that it is important for the public to be informed in a timely manner regarding the performance

of each EIS program in meeting the targets in the State’s

SPP. States are generally required to submit their APRs to

the Secretary by February 1st following the end of the

Federal fiscal reporting period. For example, the FFY 2006 APR, which requires data to be reported for the period July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007 for the FFY 2006 reporting year, was due February 1, 2008. Some data reported in the February 2008 APR submission were collected by States in the fall of 2006. To ensure the usefulness of these data, we agree with the commenter that States must make the data publicly available as soon as practicable.

We also agree with the commenter that additional time