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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 68 / Monday, April 10, 2006 / Notices the quarter and production workers. The primary user of these data will be the Federal Reserve Board (FRB). The FRB has already expressed an interest in these data and will use them in several ways. First, the capital workweek data will be used as an indicator of capital use in the estimation of monthly output (industrial production). Second, the workweek data will also be used to improve the projections of labor productivity that are used to align industrial production (IP) with comprehensive benchmark information in the Economic Census covering the Manufacturing sector and Annual Survey of Manufactures. Third, the utilization rate data will assist in the assessment of recent changes in IP, as most of the high-frequency movement in utilization rates reflect production changes rather than capacity changes. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will use mail out/ mail back survey forms to collect the data. For the quarterly survey, we will also offer an electronic version of the form that the respondents can respond to via the Internet. Companies will be asked to respond within 30 days of the initial mailing. This due date will be imprinted at the top of the form. Letters encouraging participation will be mailed to companies that have not responded by the designated time. 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: April 4, 2006. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–5155 Filed 4–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES III. Data Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey OMB Number: 0607–0175. Form Number: MQ–C1 and MQ–C2. Type of Review: Regular. Affected Public: Manufacturing and publishing plants. Estimated Number of Respondents: For the MQ–C2 (quarters one through three), the number of respondents will be approximately 6,000. For the MQ–C1 (the fourth quarter), the number of respondents will remain at 17,000. Estimated Time Per Response: The estimated time per response is 1.5 hours for form MQ–C2 and 2.25 hours for form MQ–C1. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Total annual burden hours for form MQ–C2 is 27,000, and for form MQ–C1, it remains 38,250. The total burden is 62,250. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $1,202,558. Respondents Obligation: Response to the quarterly form, MQ–C2 will be voluntary and response to the annual form, MQ–C1 will remain mandatory. Legal Authority: These surveys are conducted under the authority of Title 13 U.S. Code, sections 182, 224 and 225. ACTION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:48 Apr 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 the proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)). Written comments must be submitted on or before June 9, 2006. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comment 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: Scott Scheleur, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 2626–FOB 3, DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18065 Washington, DC 20233–6500, (301) 763– 2713. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MARTS) provides an early indication of monthly retail sales at the United States level. MARTS also provides estimates of monthly sales of food service establishments and drinking places. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) uses the data as critical inputs to the calculation of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Policymakers such as the Federal Reserve Board need to have the timeliest estimates in order to anticipate economic trends and act accordingly. The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) and other government agencies and businesses use the data to formulate economic policy and make decisions. These estimates have a high BEA priority because of their timeliness. There would be approximately a onemonth delay in the availability of these data if the survey were not conducted. Data are collected monthly from smallsize, medium-size, and large-size businesses which are selected using a stratified random sampling procedure. The MARTS sample is re-selected periodically, generally at two to three year intervals. Small-size and mediumsize retailers are requested to participate for those two or three years, after which they are replaced with new panel respondents. Smaller firms have less of a chance for selection due to our sampling procedure. Firms canvassed in this survey are not required to maintain additional records and carefully prepared estimates are acceptable if book figures are not available. There is no change in response burden. II. Method of Collection We will collect this information by mail, FAX, and telephone follow-up. III. Data OMB Number: 0607–0104. Form Number: SM–44(00)A, SM– 44(00)AE, SM–44(00)AS, and SM– 72(00)A. Type of Review: Regular Submission. Affected Public: Retail and Food Services firms in the United States. Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,500. Estimated Time Per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,500. Estimated Total Annual Cost: The cost to the respondents for the fiscal year 2006 is estimated to be $111,015 based on the median hourly salary of E:\FR\FM\10APN1.SGM 10APN1 18066 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 68 / Monday, April 10, 2006 / Notices $24.67 for accountants and auditors. (Occupational Employment StatisticsBureau of Labor Statistics November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, $24.67 represents the median hourly wage of the full-time wage and salary earnings of accountants and auditors SOC code 13–2011). http://www.bls.gov/ oes/current/oes132011.htm. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, section 182. 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. Editorial Note: This document was received by the Office of the Federal Register April 4, 2006. Dated: April 4, 2005. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–5156 Filed 4–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–357–812] Honey from Argentina: Notice of Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is partially rescinding its administrative review of the antidumping duty order of honey from Argentina for the period December 1, 2004 to November 30, 2005, with respect to 12 companies. This rescission, in part, is based on the timely withdrawal of the request for wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:48 Apr 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 review by the respective interested party that requested the review. A complete list of the companies for which the administrative review is being rescinded is provided in the background section below. EFFECTIVE DATE: April 10, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Cordell or Robert James, AD/CVD Operations, Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 7866, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–0408 and (202) 482–0649, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BACKGROUND: On December 1, 2004, the Department published in the Federal Register its notice of an opportunity to request a review of the antidumping duty order on honey from Argentina. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 70 FR 72109 (December 1, 2005). In response, on December 30, 2005, the American Honey Producers Association and the Sioux Honey Association (collectively, petitioners) requested an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on honey from Argentina for the period December 1, 2004, through November 30, 2005. The petitioners requested that the Department conduct an administrative review of entries of subject merchandise made by 42 Argentine producers/exporters. In addition, the Department received requests for review from four Argentine exporters included in the petitioners’ request. On January 6, 2006, petitioners withdrew their request with respect to 23 companies listed in its original request. On February 1, 2006, the Department initiated a review on the remaining 19 companies for which an administrative review was requested. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 71 FR 5241 (February 1, 2006). On March 10, 2006, petitioners submitted timely withdrawal of requests for review of the following companies: Agroin Las Piedras Ltda., Algodonera Avellaneda S.A., Alimentos Naturales– Natural Foods, Apisur S.A., Baires Logistics SRL, Campos Silvestres S.A., J.L. S.A., Naiman S.A., Nutrin S.A., Pueblanueva S.A.-Miel Emilia, Radix S.r.L., and Ultramar Argentina S.A.. See Letter from petitioners to the Department, Honey From Argentina, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (March 10, 2006), on file in the Central Records Unit (CRU), room B–099 of the main Department building. Scope of the Order The merchandise covered by the order is honey from Argentina. The products covered are natural honey, artificial honey containing more than 50 percent natural honey by weight, preparations of natural honey containing more than 50 percent natural honey by weight, and flavored honey. The subject merchandise includes all grades and colors of honey whether in liquid, creamed, comb, cut comb, or chunk form, and whether packaged for retail or in bulk form. The merchandise under the scope of the order is currently classifiable under subheadings 0409.00.00, 1702.90.90, and 2106.90.99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) purposes, the Department’s written description of the merchandise under this order is dispositive. Rescission in Part, of Administrative Review: The applicable regulation, 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), states that if a party that requested an administrative review withdraws the request within 90 days of the publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review, the Secretary will rescind the review in whole or in part. The petitioners made a timely withdrawal of their requests for an administrative review within the 90day deadline, for the following companies: Agroin Las Piedras Ltda., Algodonera Avellaneda S.A., Alimentos Naturales–Natural Foods, Apisur S.A., Baires Logistics SRL, Campos Silvestres S.A., J.L. S.A., Naiman S.A., Nutrin S.A., Pueblanueva S.A.-Miel Emilia, Radix S.r.L., and Ultramar Argentina S.A. Because the petitioners were the only party to request the administrative review of these companies, we have accepted the withdrawal requests and we are rescinding this administrative review of the antidumping duty order on honey from Argentina covering the period December 1, 2004, through November 30, 2005 for the aforementioned companies. The Department will issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to the CBP within 15 days of the publication of this notice. The Department will direct CBP to assess antidumping duties for these companies at the cash deposit rate in effect on the date of entry for entries during the E:\FR\FM\10APN1.SGM 10APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 68 (Monday, April 10, 2006)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-5156]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Advance Monthly Retail 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 the 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506 
(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 9, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comment 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: Scott Scheleur, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 2626-
FOB 3, Washington, DC 20233-6500, (301) 763-2713.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MARTS) provides an early 
indication of monthly retail sales at the United States level. MARTS 
also provides estimates of monthly sales of food service establishments 
and drinking places. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) uses the 
data as critical inputs to the calculation of Gross Domestic Product 
(GDP). Policymakers such as the Federal Reserve Board need to have the 
timeliest estimates in order to anticipate economic trends and act 
accordingly. The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) and other 
government agencies and businesses use the data to formulate economic 
policy and make decisions. These estimates have a high BEA priority 
because of their timeliness. There would be approximately a one-month 
delay in the availability of these data if the survey were not 
conducted. Data are collected monthly from small-size, medium-size, and 
large-size businesses which are selected using a stratified random 
sampling procedure. The MARTS sample is re-selected periodically, 
generally at two to three year intervals. Small-size and medium-size 
retailers are requested to participate for those two or three years, 
after which they are replaced with new panel respondents. Smaller firms 
have less of a chance for selection due to our sampling procedure. 
Firms canvassed in this survey are not required to maintain additional 
records and carefully prepared estimates are acceptable if book figures 
are not available. There is no change in response burden.

II. Method of Collection

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

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0607-0104.
    Form Number: SM-44(00)A, SM-44(00)AE, SM-44(00)AS, and SM-72(00)A.
    Type of Review: Regular Submission.
    Affected Public: Retail and Food Services firms in the United 
States.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,500.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 5 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,500.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: The cost to the respondents for the 
fiscal year 2006 is estimated to be $111,015 based on the median hourly 
salary of

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$24.67 for accountants and auditors. (Occupational Employment 
Statistics-Bureau of Labor Statistics November 2004 National 
Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, $24.67 represents the 
median hourly wage of the full-time wage and salary earnings of 
accountants and auditors SOC code 13-2011). http://www.bls.gov/oes/
current/oes132011.htm.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, section 182.

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.
    Editorial Note: This document was received by the Office of the 
Federal Register April 4, 2006.

    Dated: April 4, 2005.
Madeleine Clayton,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E6-5156 Filed 4-7-06; 8:45 am]
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