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reasonable and necessary. The Department’s position is

that §303.724 is consistent with the requirement in section

618 of the Act that allows States to use sampling when collecting section 618 data because, pursuant to the OMB- approved information collection forms for section 618 State-reported data, States are required to ensure collection of accurate data when they use sampling and have a plan approved by the Department prior to collecting data through sampling.

We agree with commenters that in some States with electronic systems for collecting and maintaining data, the State lead agency does not use EIS providers to collect State child count data. However, in those States where EIS providers still play a key role in collecting State child count data, it is appropriate for each EIS provider to certify that the data it reports to the lead agency are unduplicated and accurate. Therefore, we have revised

§303.724 to only require that, as one of the commenters

suggested, the EIS provider certify the accuracy and nonduplication of data that the EIS provider is required to collect and report to the lead agency.

Changes: We have added to the lead-in to §303.724 the

following language “conduct its own child count or use EIS

providers to complete its child count. If the lead agency