2007 Census Bilingual Form Study, 51571-51572 [E6-14358]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 30, 2006 / Notices In addition to revenue, we also collect total operating expenses from taxexempt firms in industries that have a large not-for-profit component. Operating expenses provide a better measure of the economic activity of these firms. Expense estimates produced by the QSS, in addition to inpatient days and discharges for the hospital industry, are used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to project and study hospital regulation, Medicare payment adequacy, and other related projects. Beginning in January 2007, the Census Bureau will expand the QSS to include coverage of truck transportation; couriers and messengers; warehousing and storage; rental and leasing; ambulatory healthcare services; social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation; repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; grant making, civic, professional, and similar organizations from employer businesses. The QSS expansion will be based on data collection from four new forms: QSS–4(A); QSS–4(E); QSS–5(A); and QSS–5(E). The QSS–4(A/E) will only ask for quarterly revenue. The QSS–5(A/ E) will ask for quarterly revenue and the percentage of admissions revenue. In year 2007, for select questionnaires, we may replace select questions with industry specific variable content. This questionnaire adjustment was proposed by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). According to the BEA, an implementation of such proposed changes would assist them in making better use of the QSS data and lead to improved estimates of Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) services. The BEA is the primary Federal user of data collected in the QSS. The BEA utilizes this timely data to make improvements to the national accounts for service industries. In the National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA), the quarterly data allow more accurate estimates of both PCE and private fixed investment. For example, recently published revisions to the quarterly NIPA estimates resulted from the incorporation of new source data from the QSS. Revenue data from the QSS are also used to produce estimates of gross output by industry that allow BEA to produce a much earlier version of the gross domestic product by industry estimates. Estimates produced from the QSS are used by the BEA as a component of quarterly GDP estimates. The estimates also provide the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) with timely information on current economic performance. All VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:39 Aug 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 estimates collected from this survey are used extensively by various government agencies and departments on economic policy decisions; private businesses; trade organizations; professional associations; academia; and other various business research and analysis organizations The CMS uses the QSS data to develop hospital spending estimates in the National Accounts. In addition, the QSS data improve their ability to analyze hospital spending trends. They also use the data in their healthcare indicator analysis publication; ten-year health spending forecast estimates; and studies in hospital regulation and Medicare policy, procedures, and trends. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) utilizes the QSS data to assess payment adequacy in the current Medicare program. The FRB and the CEA use the QSS information to better assess current economic performance. In addition, other government agencies, businesses, and investors use the QSS data for market research, industry growth, business planning and forecasting. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit, non-profit institutions. Frequency: Quarterly. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Section 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: August 24, 2006. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–14369 Filed 8–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51571 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau 2007 Census Bilingual Form Study 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, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(C)(2)(A)). Written comments must be submitted on or before October 30, 2006. DATES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, 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 Kathleen Styles, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 3H075, Washington, DC 20233–9200, 301–763–3460 (or via the Internet at Kathleen.M.Styles@census.gov). ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract In September 2005, the Census Bureau conducted the 2005 National Census Test (NCT) to evaluate a variety of short form questionnaire content and design modification, and the effect of a bilingual questionnaire on response rates and data quality. For more information on the 2005 NCT, see Federal Register: November 1, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 210). For the 2005 NCT, the bilingual questionnaire had a ‘‘swim lane’’ design that provided two response columns, one in English and one in Spanish, each containing the same questions and response categories. This form was mailed to a randomly selected set of 10,000 housing units across the United States. Based on the results from the 2005 NCT concerning the effects of the bilingual census form, the Census Bureau is conducting the 2007 Census Bilingual Form Study (CBiFS). Results from the 2005 NCT show that the bilingual form significantly increased the self response rate nationally (by 2.2 percentage points for paper response, E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 51572 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 30, 2006 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES and 1.1 percentage points for total response), and more specifically, in areas where there is a high concentration of non-White and Hispanic populations. Moreover, the response to the bilingual form resulted in a higher proportion of Hispanic persons than the English-only form. However, item nonresponse rates for the bilingual form were higher for all household level items and Hispanic origin compared to the English-only form. There are many potential reasons for these item nonresponse discrepancies, including forms design, question wording, translation, and differences in the responding population. The purpose of the 2007 CBiFS is to determine if the item nonresponse issues can be resolved by improved form design and utilization of the questions that will be on the form in the 2008 Census Dress Rehearsal. Moreover, this study provides the opportunity to analyze the impact of the bilingual form in areas that contain a heavy concentration of Spanish-speaking people with limited English proficiency. Additionally, this study will provide the opportunity to verify the 2005 NCT finding of increased response to the bilingual census form. II. Method of Collection This study will include two experimental bilingual form panels, and one control panel. Each panel will have the same questionnaire content (i.e., the content selected for dress rehearsal). The control panel will be the Englishonly form. The two experimental panels will contain variations of the bilingual form design to try to improve on the design that was used in the 2005 NCT. The first experimental panel will be the bilingual form that will be used in the dress rehearsal. The second experimental panel will contain an experimental format alternative to the first panel. We expect to mail each form to roughly 10,000 housing units, for a total of 30,000 housing units in the study. In early April 2007, the Census Bureau will mail an advance letter to every housing unit in this study. The advance letter will explain why we are conducting the 2007 CBiFS. The letter also will inform households that they will soon receive a request to complete a questionnaire. The advance letter for the two bilingual panels will have a dual language design. The second mailing will be the initial questionnaire package. Housing units will receive a paper questionnaire and a first-class postage-paid return envelope. Included in the mailing VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:39 Aug 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 package will be a letter from the Census Bureau’s Director that encourages households to respond. Households selected for the bilingual panels will receive one of the bilingual questionnaires, and households selected for the control panel will receive the English form. Respondents will be asked to mail back their completed questionnaire by Census Day, May 1, 2007. The third mailing will be a reminder mailing. The reminder mailing asks households to respond to the census test if they have not already done so. The reminder mailing will be an Englishonly postcard for the control panel and a letter for the bilingual panels since the Spanish translation requires more space than is available on the postcard. Beginning May 2007, a replacement questionnaire will be sent to all housing units that have not responded by a predetermined date. Accompanying the questionnaire will be a letter from the Census Bureau’s Director urging response. The replacement questionnaire will be the English form for all panels, including the bilingual panels. There will be no field follow-up for the 2007 CBiFS. III. Data OMB Number: Not available. Form Number(s): DE–1, DE–1(E/S), DE–2(E/S). Type of Review: Regular. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 30,000. Estimated Time Per Response: 10 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,000 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: There is no cost to respondents except for their time to respond. Respondent Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 of the United States Code, Sections 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 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: August 24, 2006. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–14358 Filed 8–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board Scope Clarification Request—ForeignTrade Subzone 122K (Alumina Production) Sherwin Alumina Company—Gregory, TX A request for clarification of scope has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by Sherwin Alumina Company (Sherwin), operator of Foreign-Trade Subzone 122K. A grant of authority for Sherwin’s subzone was issued on December 30, 1988, for the manufacture of alumina and aluminum hydrate. In its original application, Sherwin indicated that its foreignsourced input would be bauxite, imported duty-free under subheading 2606.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), to be used in the production of alumina and aluminum hydrate. Sherwin now seeks clarification as to whether its scope includes authority to further refine 24,500 metric tons of the bauxite into smaller particles of aluminum hydrate than is currently being produced. There will be no increase in imports of bauxite used in the refining process nor in total production of alumina at the Sherwin plant as a result of the new manufacturing activity. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address listed below. The closing period for their receipt is September 29, 2006. A copy of the request is available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1115, 1401 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230. E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 168 (Wednesday, August 30, 2006)]
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[Pages 51571-51572]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


2007 Census Bilingual Form Study

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 October 30, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, 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 Kathleen Styles, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 3H075, 
Washington, DC 20233-9200, 301-763-3460 (or via the Internet at 
Kathleen.M.Styles@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    In September 2005, the Census Bureau conducted the 2005 National 
Census Test (NCT) to evaluate a variety of short form questionnaire 
content and design modification, and the effect of a bilingual 
questionnaire on response rates and data quality. For more information 
on the 2005 NCT, see Federal Register: November 1, 2004 (Volume 69, 
Number 210). For the 2005 NCT, the bilingual questionnaire had a ``swim 
lane'' design that provided two response columns, one in English and 
one in Spanish, each containing the same questions and response 
categories. This form was mailed to a randomly selected set of 10,000 
housing units across the United States.
    Based on the results from the 2005 NCT concerning the effects of 
the bilingual census form, the Census Bureau is conducting the 2007 
Census Bilingual Form Study (CBiFS). Results from the 2005 NCT show 
that the bilingual form significantly increased the self response rate 
nationally (by 2.2 percentage points for paper response,

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and 1.1 percentage points for total response), and more specifically, 
in areas where there is a high concentration of non-White and Hispanic 
populations. Moreover, the response to the bilingual form resulted in a 
higher proportion of Hispanic persons than the English-only form. 
However, item nonresponse rates for the bilingual form were higher for 
all household level items and Hispanic origin compared to the English-
only form. There are many potential reasons for these item nonresponse 
discrepancies, including forms design, question wording, translation, 
and differences in the responding population.
    The purpose of the 2007 CBiFS is to determine if the item 
nonresponse issues can be resolved by improved form design and 
utilization of the questions that will be on the form in the 2008 
Census Dress Rehearsal. Moreover, this study provides the opportunity 
to analyze the impact of the bilingual form in areas that contain a 
heavy concentration of Spanish-speaking people with limited English 
proficiency. Additionally, this study will provide the opportunity to 
verify the 2005 NCT finding of increased response to the bilingual 
census form.

II. Method of Collection

    This study will include two experimental bilingual form panels, and 
one control panel. Each panel will have the same questionnaire content 
(i.e., the content selected for dress rehearsal). The control panel 
will be the English-only form. The two experimental panels will contain 
variations of the bilingual form design to try to improve on the design 
that was used in the 2005 NCT. The first experimental panel will be the 
bilingual form that will be used in the dress rehearsal. The second 
experimental panel will contain an experimental format alternative to 
the first panel. We expect to mail each form to roughly 10,000 housing 
units, for a total of 30,000 housing units in the study.
    In early April 2007, the Census Bureau will mail an advance letter 
to every housing unit in this study. The advance letter will explain 
why we are conducting the 2007 CBiFS. The letter also will inform 
households that they will soon receive a request to complete a 
questionnaire. The advance letter for the two bilingual panels will 
have a dual language design.
    The second mailing will be the initial questionnaire package. 
Housing units will receive a paper questionnaire and a first-class 
postage-paid return envelope. Included in the mailing package will be a 
letter from the Census Bureau's Director that encourages households to 
respond. Households selected for the bilingual panels will receive one 
of the bilingual questionnaires, and households selected for the 
control panel will receive the English form. Respondents will be asked 
to mail back their completed questionnaire by Census Day, May 1, 2007.
    The third mailing will be a reminder mailing. The reminder mailing 
asks households to respond to the census test if they have not already 
done so. The reminder mailing will be an English-only postcard for the 
control panel and a letter for the bilingual panels since the Spanish 
translation requires more space than is available on the postcard.
    Beginning May 2007, a replacement questionnaire will be sent to all 
housing units that have not responded by a pre-determined date. 
Accompanying the questionnaire will be a letter from the Census 
Bureau's Director urging response. The replacement questionnaire will 
be the English form for all panels, including the bilingual panels.
    There will be no field follow-up for the 2007 CBiFS.

III. Data

    OMB Number: Not available.
    Form Number(s): DE-1, DE-1(E/S), DE-2(E/S).
    Type of Review: Regular.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 30,000.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,000 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: There is no cost to respondents except 
for their time to respond.
    Respondent Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 of the United States Code, Sections 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: August 24, 2006.
Madeleine Clayton,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E6-14358 Filed 8-29-06; 8:45 am]
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