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Based on that examination, the Department eliminated two collections (reporting on numbers of service personnel and types of early intervention services) for the section 618 data collection. It is not appropriate to condense or merge additional data elements at this time because the data currently collected are either (1) required by section 618 of the Act, or (2) expressly authorized under the Act and necessary for the Secretary to ensure proper implementation of the Part C program and to measure program performance under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.

We decline to add, as requested by the commenter, data collection requirements for the Part C program in these regulations at this time because we are sensitive to the concerns of States and local entities about increasing data collection burden. We believe that the data States must collect under the regulations will enable the Secretary to effectively monitor and measure the implementation of the Part C program. We are not convinced that the benefits associated with collecting additional data, including that data suggested by the commenter, would outweigh the burden on States and local entities required to collect the data.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter recommended that §303.721(b) be