Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; State & Local Government Finance Collections, 18608-18609 [2017-07950]

Download as PDF 18608 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 75 / Thursday, April 20, 2017 / Notices notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Sheleen Dumas, PRA Department Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–07951 Filed 4–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; State & Local Government Finance Collections The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: U.S. Census Bureau. Title: State & Local Government Finance Collections. OMB Control Number: 0607–0585. Form Number(s): F–5, F–11, F–12, F– 13, F–28, F–29, F–32. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Number of Respondents: 26,447. Average Hours per Response: 2 hours and 51 minutes. Burden Hours: 75,150. Needs and Uses: The State & Local Government Finance program is the only known comprehensive source of state and local government finance data collected on a nationwide scale using uniform definitions, concepts, and procedures. The Census Bureau implements this program through conducting a full census every five years (years ending in 2 and 7) and annual sample surveys in the interim years. The Census Bureau has conducted the Census of Governments every five years since 1957 and phased in the annual surveys over the subsequent years. Currently, we are requesting approval to conduct the 2017 Census of Governments: Finance component and the 2018 and 2019 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections, Annual Survey of State Government Finances, the Annual Survey of Local Government Finances, and the Annual Survey of Public Pensions. These surveys collect data on state government finances and estimates of local government revenue, expenditure, debt, assets, and pension systems nationally and within state areas. Data are collected for all agencies, departments, and institutions of the fifty state and approximate 77,000 local governments (counties, municipalities, townships, and special districts) during the census years, and for a sample of the local VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Apr 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 governments (approximately 11,000) for the survey years. An additional 13,000 units of school districts are covered in a separate request. Over the past several years, the programs covered by this request have moved towards eliminating collection by paper form as much as possible. The only exception to this is the F–13 form, which is still sent as a paper form because the small number of respondents does not justify the cost of converting it to an electronic form. Below is a short description of each the forms utilized in our general collection methods: F–5. State governments provide detailed data on their tax collections using a spreadsheet that they receive via email. Much of this detail is not available in the state’s primary source document. An attachment is included with the email providing the respondent with the OMB approval number, authority and confidentiality statements, and burden estimate. F–11 and F–12. State and local government pension systems provide data on their receipts, payments, assets, membership, and beneficiaries. The actuarial content of the F–11 and F–12 forms is in the process of being reviewed to remove outdated questions and replace them with questions that are more relevant based on current accounting standards and data user interest. The current burden estimates of 2 hours for F–11 and 2.5 hours for F– 12 are not expected to change because of these updates. These forms are completed online via electronic collection instrument. F–13. State agencies provide data not included in the audits, electronic files and other primary sources the Census Bureau uses to compile state government financial data. Form F–13 is used to collect data from state insurance trust systems. Respondents to this survey receive a paper form. F–28. Counties, cities, and townships provide data on revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets. These forms are completed online via electronic collection instrument. F–29. Multi-function special district governments provide data on revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets. These forms are completed online via electronic collection instrument. F–32. Single-function special district governments and dependent agencies of local governments provide data on revenues, expenditures, debt and assets. These forms are completed online via electronic collection instrument. In addition to these more traditional collection methods, the Census Bureau also collects electronic data files PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 through arrangements with state governments, central collection arrangements with local governments, and using customized electronic reporting instruments. These data are widely used by Federal, state, and local legislators, policy makers, analysts, economists, and researchers to follow the changing characteristics of the government sector of the economy. The data are also widely used by the media and academia. More specifically, the Census Bureau provides its state and local government finance data annually to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) for use in measuring and developing estimates of the government sector of the economy in the National Income and Product Accounts. The Census Bureau also provides these data to the Federal Reserve Board for constructing the Flow of Funds Accounts. Additionally, the state and local government data are also needed as inputs into the Justice Expenditure and Employment Extract Series, produced by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the National Health Expenditure Accounts produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The data are also published annually in the Digest of Education Statistics produced by National Center for Education Statistics, the Economic Report of the President produced by the Council of Economic Advisors, and the source data are used as input into the State and Local Governments Fiscal Outlook published by the Government Accountability Office. In addition, the data are used by the National Science Foundation as inputs into the state government R&D expenditures. In recent years, state and local government financial information has garnered significant media attention and policy coverage. As such, timely state and local government finance data are critical in light of current financial conditions of state and local governments, as they provide insight into the complex nature and fiscal health of state and local government finances. Beginning with the 1993 annual data series, all data, summary tables, and files have been released on the Internet. At the Internet site, (census.gov/govs/) users will find documentation, summary tables and files. Affected Public: State, local or Tribal government. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 161 and 182. E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 75 / Thursday, April 20, 2017 / Notices This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Sheleen Dumas, PRA Department Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–07950 Filed 4–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Renewal of Currently Approved Information Collection; Comment Request; Limited Access Death Master File Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Commerce. Title: (A) ‘‘Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) Accredited Conformity Assessment Body Systems Safeguards Attestation Form’’ (ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form). (B) ‘‘Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) State or Local Government Auditor General (AG) or Inspector General (IG) Systems Safeguards Attestation Form’’ (AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form). OMB Control Number: 0692–0016. Form Number(s): NTIS FM100A and NTIS FM100B. Type of Request: Renewal of a currently approved information collection. Number of Respondents: ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to receive approximately 500 ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms from Persons and Certified Persons annually. AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: NTIS expects to receive approximately 60 AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Forms from Persons and Certified Persons annually. Average Hours per Response: ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 3 hours. AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 3 hours. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Apr 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 Burden Hours: ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 1,500 (500 x 3 hours = 1,500 hours). AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form: 180 (60 x 3 hours=180 hours). Needs and Uses: NTIS issued a final rule establishing a program through which persons may become eligible to obtain access to Death Master File (DMF) information about an individual within three years of that individual’s death. The final rule was promulgated under Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, Public Law 113–67 (Act). The Act prohibits the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) from disclosing DMF information during the three-year period following an individual’s death (Limited Access DMF), unless the person requesting the information has been certified to access the Limited Access DMF pursuant to certain criteria in a program that the Secretary establishes. The Secretary delegated the authority to carry out Section 203 to the Director of NTIS. On December 30, 2014, NTIS initially described a ‘‘Limited Access Death Master File Systems Safeguards Attestation Form’’ in the notice of proposed rulemaking (79 FR 78314 at 78321). To accommodate the requirements of the final rule, NTIS is using both the ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form and the AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form. The ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form requires an ‘‘Accredited Conformity Assessment Body’’ (ACAB), as defined in the final rule, to attest that a Person seeking certification or a Certified Person seeking renewal of certification has information security systems, facilities and procedures in place to protect the security of the Limited Access DMF, as required under Section 1110.102(a)(2) of the final rule. The ACAB Systems Safeguards Attestation Form collects information based on an assessment by the ACAB conducted within three years prior to the date of the Person or Certified Person’s submission of a completed certification statement under Section 1110.101(a) of the final rule. This collection includes specific requirements of the final rule, which the ACAB must certify are satisfied, and the provision of specific information by the ACAB, such as the date of the assessment and the auditing standard(s) used for the assessment. Section 1110.501(a)(2) of the final rule provides that a state or local government office of AG or IG and a Person or Certified Person that is a department or PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18609 agency of the same state or local government, respectively, are not considered to be owned by a common ‘‘parent’’ entity under Section 1110.501(a)(1)(ii) for the purpose of determining independence, and attestation by the AG or IG is possible. The AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form is for the use of a state or local government AG or IG to attest on behalf of a state or local government department or agency Person or Certified Person. The AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form requires the state or local government AG or IG to attest that a Person seeking certification or a Certified Person seeking renewal of certification has information security systems, facilities and procedures in place to protect the security of the Limited Access DMF, as required under Section 1110.102(a)(2) of the final rule. The AG or IG Systems Safeguards Attestation Form collects information based on an assessment by the state or local government AG or IG conducted within three years prior to the date of the Person or Certified Person’s submission of a completed certification statement under Section 1110.101(a) of the final rule. This collection includes specific requirements of the final rule, which the state or local government AG or IG must certify are satisfied, and the provision of specific information by the state or local government AG or IG, such as the date of the assessment. Affected Public: Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies and state or local government Auditors General or Inspectors General attesting that a Person seeking certification or a Certified Person seeking renewal of certification under the final rule for the ‘‘Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File’’ has information security systems, facilities and procedures in place to protect the security of the Limited Access DMF, as required by the final rule. Frequency: Once every three years. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory for a Person seeking certification or renewal of certification for access to the Limited Access DMF to have an Accredited Conformity Assessment Body or state or local government Auditor General or Inspector General submit this attestation. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 75 (Thursday, April 20, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18608-18609]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; State & Local 
Government Finance Collections

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35).
    Agency: U.S. Census Bureau.
    Title: State & Local Government Finance Collections.
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0585.
    Form Number(s): F-5, F-11, F-12, F-13, F-28, F-29, F-32.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Number of Respondents: 26,447.
    Average Hours per Response: 2 hours and 51 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 75,150.
    Needs and Uses: The State & Local Government Finance program is the 
only known comprehensive source of state and local government finance 
data collected on a nationwide scale using uniform definitions, 
concepts, and procedures. The Census Bureau implements this program 
through conducting a full census every five years (years ending in 2 
and 7) and annual sample surveys in the interim years. The Census 
Bureau has conducted the Census of Governments every five years since 
1957 and phased in the annual surveys over the subsequent years.
    Currently, we are requesting approval to conduct the 2017 Census of 
Governments: Finance component and the 2018 and 2019 Annual Survey of 
State Government Tax Collections, Annual Survey of State Government 
Finances, the Annual Survey of Local Government Finances, and the 
Annual Survey of Public Pensions. These surveys collect data on state 
government finances and estimates of local government revenue, 
expenditure, debt, assets, and pension systems nationally and within 
state areas. Data are collected for all agencies, departments, and 
institutions of the fifty state and approximate 77,000 local 
governments (counties, municipalities, townships, and special 
districts) during the census years, and for a sample of the local 
governments (approximately 11,000) for the survey years. An additional 
13,000 units of school districts are covered in a separate request.
    Over the past several years, the programs covered by this request 
have moved towards eliminating collection by paper form as much as 
possible. The only exception to this is the F-13 form, which is still 
sent as a paper form because the small number of respondents does not 
justify the cost of converting it to an electronic form. Below is a 
short description of each the forms utilized in our general collection 
methods:
    F-5. State governments provide detailed data on their tax 
collections using a spreadsheet that they receive via email. Much of 
this detail is not available in the state's primary source document. An 
attachment is included with the email providing the respondent with the 
OMB approval number, authority and confidentiality statements, and 
burden estimate.
    F-11 and F-12. State and local government pension systems provide 
data on their receipts, payments, assets, membership, and 
beneficiaries. The actuarial content of the F-11 and F-12 forms is in 
the process of being reviewed to remove outdated questions and replace 
them with questions that are more relevant based on current accounting 
standards and data user interest. The current burden estimates of 2 
hours for F-11 and 2.5 hours for F-12 are not expected to change 
because of these updates. These forms are completed online via 
electronic collection instrument.
    F-13. State agencies provide data not included in the audits, 
electronic files and other primary sources the Census Bureau uses to 
compile state government financial data. Form F-13 is used to collect 
data from state insurance trust systems. Respondents to this survey 
receive a paper form.
    F-28. Counties, cities, and townships provide data on revenues, 
expenditures, debt, and assets. These forms are completed online via 
electronic collection instrument.
    F-29. Multi-function special district governments provide data on 
revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets. These forms are completed 
online via electronic collection instrument.
    F-32. Single-function special district governments and dependent 
agencies of local governments provide data on revenues, expenditures, 
debt and assets. These forms are completed online via electronic 
collection instrument.
    In addition to these more traditional collection methods, the 
Census Bureau also collects electronic data files through arrangements 
with state governments, central collection arrangements with local 
governments, and using customized electronic reporting instruments.
    These data are widely used by Federal, state, and local 
legislators, policy makers, analysts, economists, and researchers to 
follow the changing characteristics of the government sector of the 
economy. The data are also widely used by the media and academia.
    More specifically, the Census Bureau provides its state and local 
government finance data annually to the Bureau of Economic Analysis 
(BEA) for use in measuring and developing estimates of the government 
sector of the economy in the National Income and Product Accounts. The 
Census Bureau also provides these data to the Federal Reserve Board for 
constructing the Flow of Funds Accounts.
    Additionally, the state and local government data are also needed 
as inputs into the Justice Expenditure and Employment Extract Series, 
produced by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the National Health 
Expenditure Accounts produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services. The data are also published annually in the Digest of 
Education Statistics produced by National Center for Education 
Statistics, the Economic Report of the President produced by the 
Council of Economic Advisors, and the source data are used as input 
into the State and Local Governments Fiscal Outlook published by the 
Government Accountability Office. In addition, the data are used by the 
National Science Foundation as inputs into the state government R&D 
expenditures.
    In recent years, state and local government financial information 
has garnered significant media attention and policy coverage. As such, 
timely state and local government finance data are critical in light of 
current financial conditions of state and local governments, as they 
provide insight into the complex nature and fiscal health of state and 
local government finances.
    Beginning with the 1993 annual data series, all data, summary 
tables, and files have been released on the Internet. At the Internet 
site, (census.gov/govs/) users will find documentation, summary tables 
and files.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal government.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 161 and 182.

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    This information collection request may be viewed at 
www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce 
collections currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395-5806.

Sheleen Dumas,
PRA Department Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-07950 Filed 4-19-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-07-P