Annual Trade Survey, 8765-8766 [05-3391]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Notices Officer either by fax (202–395–7245) or e-mail (susan_schechter@omb.eop.gov). Dated: February 16, 2005. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–3390 Filed 2–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–U DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request DOC has submitted 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 of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Bureau: International Trade Administration. Title: U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialist Counseling Session Survey. Agency Form Number: ITA–XXXX. OMB Number: 0625–XXXX. Type of Request: Regular Submission. Burden: 170 hours. Number of Respondents: 1700. Avg. Hours Per Response: 10 minutes. Needs and Uses: The International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service is mandated by Congress to help U.S. businesses, particularly small and medium-sized companies, export their products and services to global markets. As part of its mission, the U.S. Commercial Service uses ‘‘Quality Assurance Surveys’’ to collect feedback from the U.S. business clients it serves. The subject survey deals with a particular aspect of service provided by U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists. These specialists counsel clients about their international marketing needs and work with the clients to provide ‘‘global trade solutions.’’ The subject survey asks clients whether they are satisfied with the counseling they have received from U.S. Commercial Service domestic trade specialists. Results from the survey will be used to make improvements to the agency’s business processes, in order to provide better and more effective export assistance to U.S. companies. Affected Public: U.S. companies who have participated in counseling sessions with U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists. Frequency: Twice a year. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, (202) 395–7340. Copies of the above information collection can be obtained by writing Diana Hynek, Department Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of VerDate jul<14>2003 16:28 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 Commerce, Room 6625, 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 or e-mail: dHynek@doc.gov. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer at: David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov or fax: (202) 395–7285, within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Dated: February 16, 2005. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–3392 Filed 2–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request DOC has submitted 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: Business and Professional Classification Report. Form Number(s): SQ–CLASS. Agency Approval Number: 0607– 0189. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Burden: 10,835 hours. Number of Respondents: 50,000. Avg. Hours Per Response: 13 minutes. Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau sponsors the SQ–CLASS, ‘‘Business and Professional Classification Report,’’ to collect information needed to keep the retail, wholesale, and services samples current with the business universe. Because of rapid changes in the marketplace caused by the emergence of new businesses, the death of others, and changes in company organization, the Census Bureau canvasses a sample of new Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Each firm selected in this sample is canvassed once for data on the establishment(s) associated with the new EIN. A different sample of EINs is canvassed four times a year. We are revising the layout and wording of Item 9 of the SQ–CLASS form and the corresponding section of the instruction sheet to improve the assignment of kind-of-business codes based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). We do PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8765 not expect these changes to increase burden. The completed SQ–CLASS form provides sales, receipts, or revenue; company organization; new or refined NAICS codes; and other key information needed for sampling to maintain proper coverage of the universe. Based on the collected information, EINs meeting the criteria for inclusion in the Census Bureau’s retail, wholesale, or service surveys are subjected to second sampling. The retail and wholesale EINs selected in this second sampling are placed on a panel to report in our monthly surveys. Additional panels of selected units are included in the annual surveys. The selected service EINs report on an annual basis. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; Not-for-profit institutions. Frequency: Respondents are contacted only once. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: 13 U.S.C. 182. OMB Desk Officer: Susan Schechter, (202) 395–5103. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482–0266, Department of Commerce, room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dhynek@doc.gov). Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to Susan Schechter, OMB Desk Officer either by fax ((202) 395–7245) or e-mail (susan_schechter@omb.eop.gov). Dated: February 16, 2005. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–3393 Filed 2–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Annual Trade Survey ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 8766 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Notices Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 25, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at DHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to John Trimble, Bureau of the Census, Room 2682–FOB 3, Washington, DC 20233–6500, (301) 763– 2703. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to expand the currently approved Annual Trade Survey (ATS) to include agents, brokers and electronic markets (AGBR). The expanded survey will include a selected sample of firms operating offices facilitating sales between businesses in the United States. Data will be collected annually on sales, commissions, value of sales arranged for others, e-commerce sales, and operating expenses. Initially, we will request two years of data for the AGBR. Afterwards, we will request one year of data. The expanded survey will be mailed to a sample of firms on a company basis to reduce respondent burden. In order to set up reporting arrangements for companies we will contact them by phone and by mail. We will request data for calendar year. Two report forms will be developed to collect AGBR data. Two forms are needed to accommodate both large and small firms. The mailings will be conducted in January following the survey year requested. Respondents will have thirty days to complete the report form before a follow-up form is sent. Later, as needed, an additional follow-up form will be sent, and a telephone follow-up will be conducted. This expansion of the ATS survey is being conducted to obtain a missing component of wholesale data. The current ATS collects data for merchant wholesalers, and MSBO, but does not obtain data for AGBRs. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has made repeated requests for these data that they consider vital to accurately measuring sales for wholesale trade, and important inputs to BEA’s preparation of National Income and Product accounts and their annual input-output tables. This expansion to ATS will provide annual data for the entire VerDate jul<14>2003 16:28 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 wholesale sector. Data will be published at the United States summary level for selected wholesale industries. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE II. Method of Collection Export Trade Certificate of Review We will collect this information by mail, Fax, and telephone follow-up. ACTION: Notice of issuance of an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review, Application No.: 97–8A003. III. Data OMB Number: 0607–0195. Additional Form Numbers: SA– 42(AGBR) and SA–42A(AGBR). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Estimated Number of Additional Respondents: 659. Estimated Time for Additional Response: 23 minutes (avg.). Estimated Additional Annual Burden Hours: 253. Estimated Additional Annual Cost: The cost to the respondent is estimated to be $5,968 based on an annual response burden of 253 hours and a rate of $23.59 per hour to complete the form. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 182, 224, and 225. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: February 16, 2005. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–3391 Filed 2–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 International Trade Administration SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Commerce issued an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review to the Association for the Administration of Rice Quotas, Inc. (‘‘AARQ’’) on February 14, 2005. The Certificate has been amended eight times. The most recent previous amendment was issued to AARQ on March 3, 2004, and published in the Federal Register March 18, 2004 (69 FR 12831). The original Export Trade Certificate of Review No. 97– 00003 was issued to AARQ on January 21, 1998, and published in the Federal Register on January 28, 1998 (63 FR 4220). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Anspacher, Director, Export Trading Company Affairs, International Trade Administration, by telephone at (202) 482–5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or by e-mail at oetca@ita.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (15 U.S.C. 4001–21) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. The regulations implementing Title III are found at 15 CFR part 325 (2005). Export Trading Company Affairs is issuing this notice pursuant to 15 CFR 325.6(b), which requires the Department of Commerce to publish a summary of the certification in the Federal Register. Under section 305(a) of the Act and 15 CFR 325.11(a), any person aggrieved by the Secretary’s determination may, within 30 days of the date of this notice, bring an action in any appropriate district court of the United States to set aside the determination on the ground that the determination is erroneous. Description of Amended Certificate AARQ’s Export Trade Certificate of Review has been amended to: 1. Reflect the name, address, and corporate changes as follows: ‘‘American Rice, Inc., Houston, Texas’’ is amended to read ‘‘American Rice, Inc., Houston Texas (a subsidiary of SOS Cuetara USA, Inc.)’’ due to a corporate acquisition. ‘‘Kitoku America, Inc., Davis, California (a subsidiary of Kitoku Shinryo Co., Ltd.)’’ is amended to read ‘‘Kitoku America, Inc., Burlingame, California (a subsidiary of Kitoku Shinryo Co., Ltd. (Japan))’’ due E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 35 (Wednesday, February 23, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8765-8766]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-3391]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Annual Trade Survey

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,

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Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 25, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at DHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to John Trimble, Bureau of the Census, Room 2682-FOB 
3, Washington, DC 20233-6500, (301) 763-2703.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau plans to expand the currently approved Annual 
Trade Survey (ATS) to include agents, brokers and electronic markets 
(AGBR). The expanded survey will include a selected sample of firms 
operating offices facilitating sales between businesses in the United 
States. Data will be collected annually on sales, commissions, value of 
sales arranged for others, e-commerce sales, and operating expenses. 
Initially, we will request two years of data for the AGBR. Afterwards, 
we will request one year of data. The expanded survey will be mailed to 
a sample of firms on a company basis to reduce respondent burden. In 
order to set up reporting arrangements for companies we will contact 
them by phone and by mail. We will request data for calendar year. Two 
report forms will be developed to collect AGBR data. Two forms are 
needed to accommodate both large and small firms. The mailings will be 
conducted in January following the survey year requested. Respondents 
will have thirty days to complete the report form before a follow-up 
form is sent. Later, as needed, an additional follow-up form will be 
sent, and a telephone follow-up will be conducted.
    This expansion of the ATS survey is being conducted to obtain a 
missing component of wholesale data. The current ATS collects data for 
merchant wholesalers, and MSBO, but does not obtain data for AGBRs. The 
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has made repeated requests for these 
data that they consider vital to accurately measuring sales for 
wholesale trade, and important inputs to BEA's preparation of National 
Income and Product accounts and their annual input-output tables. This 
expansion to ATS will provide annual data for the entire wholesale 
sector. Data will be published at the United States summary level for 
selected wholesale industries.

II. Method of Collection

    We will collect this information by mail, Fax, and telephone 
follow-up.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0607-0195.
    Additional Form Numbers: SA-42(AGBR) and SA-42A(AGBR).
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Estimated Number of Additional Respondents: 659.
    Estimated Time for Additional Response: 23 minutes (avg.).
    Estimated Additional Annual Burden Hours: 253.
    Estimated Additional Annual Cost: The cost to the respondent is 
estimated to be $5,968 based on an annual response burden of 253 hours 
and a rate of $23.59 per hour to complete the form.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 182, 224, 
and 225.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: February 16, 2005.
Madeleine Clayton,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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