2007 Economic Census Covering the Construction Sector, 28305-28306 [E6-7429]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 94 / Tuesday, May 16, 2006 / Notices Type of Review: Regular. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Estimated Number of Respondents: In the first track, during the period March 1 through May 31, 2007 we plan to contact 30,000 residential addresses and approximately 20,000 responding addresses will be contacted for Content Follow-up. In the second track, we plan to mail to 18,000 households in the U.S. in April 2007; We will mail to 6,000 households in Puerto Rico in July 2007; In September 2007, we will mail to 20,000 households in the U.S. Estimated Time per Response: Estimated 38 minutes per residential address, 12 minutes per residential address for Content Follow-Up. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 50,867. Estimated Total Annual Cost: Except for their time, there is no cost to respondents. Respondent Obligation: Mandatory. Authority: 13 U.S.C. 141 and 193. 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: May 11, 2006. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–7423 Filed 5–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Census Bureau 2007 Economic Census Covering the Construction Sector ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:06 May 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 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, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 17, 2006. 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 Mary S. Bucci, U.S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing and Construction Division, (301) 763–4639, Room 2231, Building #4, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the Internet at mary.susan.bucci@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau is the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. Economic data are the Census Bureau’s primary program commitment during nondecennial census years. The economic census, conducted under authority of Title 13, United States Code, is the primary source of facts about the structure and functioning of the Nation’s economy and features unique industry and geographic detail. Economic census statistics serve as part of the framework for the national accounts and provide essential information for government, business and the general public. The 2007 Economic Census covering the Construction Sector (as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is a sample survey that will measure the economic activity of almost 700,000 establishments engaged in building construction and land subdivision and land development, heavy construction (except buildings), such as highways, power plants, pipelines; and construction activity by special trade contractors. The information collected from businesses in this sector of the economic census will produce basic statistics by industry for number of establishments, value of construction PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28305 work, payroll, employment, selected costs, depreciable assets, inventories, and capital expenditures. It also will yield a variety of subject statistics, including estimates of type of construction work done, kind of business activity, size of establishments and other industry-specific measures. Primary strategies for reducing burden in Census Bureau economic data collections are to increase electronic reporting through broader use of computerized self-administered census questionnaires, on-line questionnaires and other electronic data collection methods. II. Method of Collection The construction industry sector of the economic census will select establishments for its mail canvass from a sample frame extracted from the Census Bureau’s Business Register. To be eligible for selection, an establishment will be required to satisfy the following conditions: (i) It must be classified in the construction industry sector; (ii) it must be an active operating establishment of a multi-establishment firm, or it must be a singleestablishment firm with payroll for at least one quarter of calendar year 2007; and (iii) it must be located in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Mail selection procedures will distinguish the following groups of establishments: A. Establishments of MultiEstablishment Firms Selection procedures will assign all active construction establishments of multi-establishment firms to the mail component of the potential respondent universe. We estimate that the mail canvass for the 2007 construction sector will include approximately 11,000 establishments of multi-establishment firms. B. Single-Establishment Firms With Payroll In the fall of 2006 the Census Bureau will conduct a limited classification refile operation (see Federal Register Notice dated October 26, 2005, 2007 Economic Census Classification Report for Construction, Manufacturing, and Mining Sectors). Within the construction sector, this refile will be directed to single-establishment firms in the Business Register with a NAICS industry code within the 236 subsector. This specific subsector was problematic in the 2002 Economic Census. The goal of the refile is to obtain accurate 6-digit NAICS industry codes for these singleestablishment firms prior to the E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 28306 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 94 / Tuesday, May 16, 2006 / Notices sampling operation. We are not aware of other systematic coding issues that need to be addressed via this refile. The primary goal is to produce reliable State level estimates for each NAICS industry. We will use a stratified probability-proportionate-to-size (PPS) sample strategy for selecting the sample of single-establishment firms. The population of eligible singleestablishment firms will be partitioned into State by NAICS strata. Within each stratum, each establishment will be assigned a probability of selection that is a function of its relative size within the stratum (payroll) and a stratumspecific reliability constraint. The larger establishments in a stratum may have probabilities equal to 1.00. Within each stratum, an independent sample will be selected. We will use a fixed sample size selection method for selecting the sample. This technique considerably improves the reliability of the resulting survey estimates by eliminating the variability associated with a variable sample size. The impact of the multiestablishment firms within each stratum will be taken into account in deriving the target sample size from the singleestablishment firm population. We estimate that the mail canvass for the 2007 construction sector will include approximately 119,000 establishments of single-establishment firms. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES III. Data OMB Number: Not available. Form Number: CC–23601, CC–23701, CC–23702, CC–23801, CC–23802, CC– 23803, CC–23804. Type of Review: Regular review. Affected Public: Businesses or other for profit, non-profit institutions or organizations, and State or local governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 130,000. Estimated Time per Response: 2.3 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 299,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $7,376,330. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131 and 224. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:06 May 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 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: May 11, 2006. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–7429 Filed 5–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Fastener Quality Act Requirements ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (DOC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the continuing and proposed information collection, 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 July 17, 2006. 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 instruments and instructions should be directed to Wayne Stiefel, International Legal Metrology Group, 301–975–4011, or stiefel@nist.gov. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION I. Abstract The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a component of the Technology Administration reporting to the Under Secretary for Technology, under the Fastener Quality Act (the Act) (Pub. L. 101–592 amended by Pub. L. 104–113, Pub. L. 105–234 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Pub. L. 106–34) is required to accept an affirmation from laboratory accreditation bodies and quality system registrar accreditation bodies. They are required to meet International Organization for Standardization/ International Electro-Technical Commission (ISO/IEC) Guide 17011 (replaced ISO/IEC Guides 58 and 61). An organization having made such an affirmation to NIST may accredit either fastener testing laboratories or quality system registrars for fastener manufacturers in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Fastener Quality Act. NIST will solicit information declarations from U.S. and foreign private accreditation bodies. The information collected will enable NIST to compile a list of accreditation bodies able to provide accreditations meeting all the requirements of the Act and of the procedures, 15 CFR part 280. Section 10 of the Act requires NIST to accept petitions from persons publishing a document setting forth guidance or requirements providing equal or greater rigor and reliability compared to ISO/IEC Guide 17025 (replaced ISO/IEC Guide 25), ISO/IEC 17011 or ISO/IEC Guide 62. The petitions to consider a document as an alternative to one of the ISO/IEC documents may be accepted by the Director of NIST for use provided the document provides equal or greater rigor and reliability as compared to the ISO/IEC document. II. Method of collection Applicants submit required information in paper form. III. Data OMB Number: 0693–0015. Form Numbers: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business and other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2. Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour and 30 minutes per accreditation, and 20 hours per petition. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 22. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $442. 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 will 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 E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


2007 Economic Census Covering the Construction Sector

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

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 17, 2006.

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 Mary S. Bucci, U.S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing 
and Construction Division, (301) 763-4639, Room 2231, Building 
4, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the Internet at 
mary.susan.bucci@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau is the preeminent collector and provider of 
timely, relevant and quality data about the people and economy of the 
United States. Economic data are the Census Bureau's primary program 
commitment during nondecennial census years. The economic census, 
conducted under authority of Title 13, United States Code, is the 
primary source of facts about the structure and functioning of the 
Nation's economy and features unique industry and geographic detail. 
Economic census statistics serve as part of the framework for the 
national accounts and provide essential information for government, 
business and the general public. The 2007 Economic Census covering the 
Construction Sector (as defined by the North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS) is a sample survey that will measure the 
economic activity of almost 700,000 establishments engaged in building 
construction and land subdivision and land development, heavy 
construction (except buildings), such as highways, power plants, 
pipelines; and construction activity by special trade contractors.
    The information collected from businesses in this sector of the 
economic census will produce basic statistics by industry for number of 
establishments, value of construction work, payroll, employment, 
selected costs, depreciable assets, inventories, and capital 
expenditures. It also will yield a variety of subject statistics, 
including estimates of type of construction work done, kind of business 
activity, size of establishments and other industry-specific measures.
    Primary strategies for reducing burden in Census Bureau economic 
data collections are to increase electronic reporting through broader 
use of computerized self-administered census questionnaires, on-line 
questionnaires and other electronic data collection methods.

II. Method of Collection

    The construction industry sector of the economic census will select 
establishments for its mail canvass from a sample frame extracted from 
the Census Bureau's Business Register. To be eligible for selection, an 
establishment will be required to satisfy the following conditions: (i) 
It must be classified in the construction industry sector; (ii) it must 
be an active operating establishment of a multi-establishment firm, or 
it must be a single-establishment firm with payroll for at least one 
quarter of calendar year 2007; and (iii) it must be located in one of 
the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Mail selection procedures 
will distinguish the following groups of establishments:

A. Establishments of Multi-Establishment Firms

    Selection procedures will assign all active construction 
establishments of multi-establishment firms to the mail component of 
the potential respondent universe.
    We estimate that the mail canvass for the 2007 construction sector 
will include approximately 11,000 establishments of multi-establishment 
firms.

B. Single-Establishment Firms With Payroll

    In the fall of 2006 the Census Bureau will conduct a limited 
classification refile operation (see Federal Register Notice dated 
October 26, 2005, 2007 Economic Census Classification Report for 
Construction, Manufacturing, and Mining Sectors). Within the 
construction sector, this refile will be directed to single-
establishment firms in the Business Register with a NAICS industry code 
within the 236 subsector. This specific subsector was problematic in 
the 2002 Economic Census. The goal of the refile is to obtain accurate 
6-digit NAICS industry codes for these single-establishment firms prior 
to the

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sampling operation. We are not aware of other systematic coding issues 
that need to be addressed via this refile.
    The primary goal is to produce reliable State level estimates for 
each NAICS industry. We will use a stratified probability-
proportionate-to-size (PPS) sample strategy for selecting the sample of 
single-establishment firms. The population of eligible single-
establishment firms will be partitioned into State by NAICS strata. 
Within each stratum, each establishment will be assigned a probability 
of selection that is a function of its relative size within the stratum 
(payroll) and a stratum-specific reliability constraint. The larger 
establishments in a stratum may have probabilities equal to 1.00. 
Within each stratum, an independent sample will be selected. We will 
use a fixed sample size selection method for selecting the sample. This 
technique considerably improves the reliability of the resulting survey 
estimates by eliminating the variability associated with a variable 
sample size. The impact of the multi-establishment firms within each 
stratum will be taken into account in deriving the target sample size 
from the single-establishment firm population. We estimate that the 
mail canvass for the 2007 construction sector will include 
approximately 119,000 establishments of single-establishment firms.

III. Data

    OMB Number: Not available.
    Form Number: CC-23601, CC-23701, CC-23702, CC-23801, CC-23802, CC-
23803, CC-23804.
    Type of Review: Regular review.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for profit, non-profit 
institutions or organizations, and State or local governments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 130,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 2.3 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 299,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $7,376,330.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131 and 
224.

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: May 11, 2006.
Madeleine Clayton,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
 [FR Doc. E6-7429 Filed 5-15-06; 8:45 am]
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