2007 Survey of Business Owners (SBO), 28950-28951 [E7-9868]

Download as PDF 28950 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 23, 2007 / Notices Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, FAX number (202) 395–7285, or David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov. Dated: May 17, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–9863 Filed 5–22–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau 2007 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) Proposed information collection; comment request. ACTION: 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 July 23, 2007. 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 Valerie Strang, U.S. Census Bureau, CSD, Room 6K072E, Washington, DC 20233–6400, (301) 763– 3317. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2007 Survey of Business Owners (SBO). In the SBO, businesses are asked several questions about their business as well as several questions about the gender, Hispanic or Latino origin, and race of the principal owner(s). This survey provides the only comprehensive, regularly collected source of information on the characteristics of U.S. businesses by ownership category, i.e., by gender, VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:32 May 22, 2007 Jkt 211001 Hispanic or Latino origin, and race. The survey is conducted as part of the economic census program which is required by law to be taken every 5 years under Title 13 of the United States Code, Sections 131, 193, and 224. Businesses which reported any business activity on any one of the following Internal Revenue Service tax forms will be eligible for selection: 1040 (Schedule C), ‘‘Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship); 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income; 941, ‘‘Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return’’; or any one of the 1120 corporate tax forms. The following changes have been made to the 2007 SBO: • The survey form was expanded to collect a variety of characteristics for up to four individual owners. There was space for up to three owners in 2002, but this was found not to be sufficient in determining equal male-/femaleownership. • The race question has been modified to meet OMB guidelines to allow respondents to select the ‘‘Some Other Race’’ category. • Examples are provided for the ‘‘Other Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin,’’ ‘‘Other Asian’’, and ‘‘Other Pacific Islander’’ write-in categories. • Twenty-two new questions have been added to our questionnaire. There are four new questions that are asked of each owner: 1. How did the owner acquire ownership of the business? 2. When did the owner acquire ownership of the business? 3. Prior to establishing, purchasing, or acquiring the business, had the owner ever owned a business or been selfemployed? 4. Was the owner born in the United States? There are eighteen new business questions: 1. Was the business jointly owned by a husband and wife? 2. How many owners were there in the business? 3. Did a franchiser own more than 50% of the business? 4. What was the total amount of capital used to start or acquire the business? 5. Did the business forego expansion or capital improvement due to a lack of access to capital? 6. What percent of the business’s total sales of goods and/or services consisted of exports outside the United States? 7. What geographic area(s) best describes the market where the business’s goods and/or services were sold? 8. In which language(s) did the business conduct transactions? PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9. Did the business establish operations outside the United States? 10. Did the business outsource or transfer any business function or service to a company outside the United States? 11. Which of the following techniques were used to attract, develop and/or retain workers? 12. Did the business have a Web site? 13. Did the business make purchases online? 14. Did the business have e-commerce sales? 15. What percent of the business’s goods and/or services were e-commerce sales? 16. What characteristic(s) describe the self-employment or business activity? 17. Is the business currently operating? 18. If no, did the business cease operating for any of the following reasons? These items will address important concerns of many data users, including the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the Small Business Administration, and the Center for Women’s Business Research. We received clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to test our newly proposed 2007 SBO questionnaire. Cognitive interviews with fourteen businesses were conducted between December 5–15, 2006. These interviews continued on January 29, 2007 through February 1, 2007. Upon completion of the first round of interviews, the interview team met and decided on the recommended changes to the form. The form was revised and a second round of interviews began on April 9, 2007, through April 27, 2007. The team met again after the second round and the form was revised again. On May 29, 2007 a third and final round of testing began. This testing continues as this presubmission notice is processed. There are plans to make final changes to the form by June 15. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will use a mailout/mailback survey form to collect the data. The questionnaires will be mailed from our National Processing Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Three mail follow-ups to non-respondents will be conducted at approximately onemonth intervals. Upon closeout of the survey, the response data will be edited and reviewed. III. Data OMB Number: None. Form Number: SBO–1, 2007 Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons. E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 23, 2007 / Notices Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business and other for-profit organizations, and non-profit organizations, and publicly held corporations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2.3 million. Estimated Time Per Response: 12 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 460,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $11,546,000. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131, 193, 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 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 collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 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 17, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–9868 Filed 5–22–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau 2008 Coverage Followup Telephone Operation Proposed information collection; comment request. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES ACTION: 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)). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:32 May 22, 2007 Jkt 211001 28951 Written comments must be submitted on or before July 23, 2007. 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 Frank Vitrano, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 3H174, Washington, DC 20233–9200, 301–763– 3961 (or via e-mail at frank.a.vitrano@census.gov). move often and people whose residence is complicated or ambiguous. Coverage interviews in the decennial censuses traditionally involve a second interview with the respondent to determine if changes should be made to their household roster as reported on their initial census return. The questions in the CFU interview attempt to determine if people were missed, and/or counted incorrectly. The corrections to the roster are made, if necessary, based on the 2008 Dress Rehearsal Residence Rules. The 2008 CFU telephone operation will be conducted May 1, 2008 through July 25, 2008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION The CFU telephone operation will be administered using computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI). Approximately 66,000 households will be included in the 2008 CFU telephone universe. This universe is selected based on the following criteria: • Initial census housing unit returns that responded ‘‘yes’’ to either coverage question; • Initial census returns that have a count discrepancy between the reported household population count and the actual number of persons recorded on the census form; • Initial census returns containing more than six persons; • Initial returns that are matched against an administrative records database to identify potential undercount; and • Initial census returns that are computer matched to determine possible duplicate person links. The 2008 CFU telephone operation will be conducted in the two 2008 Census Dress Rehearsal sites: San Joaquin County, California and South Central North Carolina, including Fayetteville and nine surrounding counties (Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond and Scotland). The CFU interview includes probes about: • Types of missing people, • Where college students live, • Where children in custody arrangements spend most of their time, • Where those who vacation spend most of their time, • If anyone else in the household stays anywhere else any part of the time, and • If anyone stayed in a facility where groups of people stay. When anyone is identified as potentially counted or omitted in error, we then ask questions to establish the appropriate census residence of that DATES: I. Abstract The 2008 Census Dress Rehearsal is the final step in the decennial cycle of research and testing leading up to the implementation of the 2010 Census. The 2008 Census Dress Rehearsal will provide an opportunity to see how well the Census Bureau integrates the various operations and procedures planned for the 2010 Census under as close to census-like conditions as possible. In order to meet our constitutional and legislative mandates, we must implement a re-engineered 2010 Census that is cost-effective, improves coverage, and reduces operational risk. Achieving these strategic goals requires an iterative series of tests to provide an opportunity to evaluate new or improved question wording, methodology, technology, and questionnaire design. The Census Bureau previously completed three related studies designed to evaluate the efficacy of modified procedures for improving coverage (how well the Census Bureau counts people and housing units in the census) of the population and housing: (1) The 2004 Census Test Coverage Research Followup (OMB Approval Number 0607–0910; (2) the 2005 National Census Test Coverage Followup (OMB Approval Number 0607–0916 and (3) the 2006 Census Test Coverage Followup (OMB Approval Number 0607–0923.) In support of the Census Bureau’s goals, the 2008 Coverage Followup (CFU) telephone operation will serve to clarify initial enumeration responses in an effort to improve within household coverage by identifying erroneous enumerations and omissions. Historically, the decennial census has been affected by undercounts that affect certain demographic groups (e.g. babies and minorities), and people in certain living situations, such as renters who PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


2007 Survey of Business Owners (SBO)

ACTION: Proposed information 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 23, 2007.

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 Valerie Strang, U.S. Census Bureau, CSD, Room 
6K072E, Washington, DC 20233-6400, (301) 763-3317.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2007 Survey of Business 
Owners (SBO). In the SBO, businesses are asked several questions about 
their business as well as several questions about the gender, Hispanic 
or Latino origin, and race of the principal owner(s). This survey 
provides the only comprehensive, regularly collected source of 
information on the characteristics of U.S. businesses by ownership 
category, i.e., by gender, Hispanic or Latino origin, and race. The 
survey is conducted as part of the economic census program which is 
required by law to be taken every 5 years under Title 13 of the United 
States Code, Sections 131, 193, and 224.
    Businesses which reported any business activity on any one of the 
following Internal Revenue Service tax forms will be eligible for 
selection: 1040 (Schedule C), ``Profit or Loss From Business (Sole 
Proprietorship); 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income; 941, 
``Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return''; or any one of the 1120 
corporate tax forms.
    The following changes have been made to the 2007 SBO:
     The survey form was expanded to collect a variety of 
characteristics for up to four individual owners. There was space for 
up to three owners in 2002, but this was found not to be sufficient in 
determining equal male-/female-ownership.
     The race question has been modified to meet OMB guidelines 
to allow respondents to select the ``Some Other Race'' category.
     Examples are provided for the ``Other Hispanic, Latino, or 
Spanish origin,'' ``Other Asian'', and ``Other Pacific Islander'' 
write-in categories.
     Twenty-two new questions have been added to our 
questionnaire.
    There are four new questions that are asked of each owner:
    1. How did the owner acquire ownership of the business?
    2. When did the owner acquire ownership of the business?
    3. Prior to establishing, purchasing, or acquiring the business, 
had the owner ever owned a business or been self-employed?
    4. Was the owner born in the United States?
    There are eighteen new business questions:
    1. Was the business jointly owned by a husband and wife?
    2. How many owners were there in the business?
    3. Did a franchiser own more than 50% of the business?
    4. What was the total amount of capital used to start or acquire 
the business?
    5. Did the business forego expansion or capital improvement due to 
a lack of access to capital?
    6. What percent of the business's total sales of goods and/or 
services consisted of exports outside the United States?
    7. What geographic area(s) best describes the market where the 
business's goods and/or services were sold?
    8. In which language(s) did the business conduct transactions?
    9. Did the business establish operations outside the United States?
    10. Did the business outsource or transfer any business function or 
service to a company outside the United States?
    11. Which of the following techniques were used to attract, develop 
and/or retain workers?
    12. Did the business have a Web site?
    13. Did the business make purchases online?
    14. Did the business have e-commerce sales?
    15. What percent of the business's goods and/or services were e-
commerce sales?
    16. What characteristic(s) describe the self-employment or business 
activity?
    17. Is the business currently operating?
    18. If no, did the business cease operating for any of the 
following reasons?
    These items will address important concerns of many data users, 
including the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' 
Affairs, the Small Business Administration, and the Center for Women's 
Business Research.
    We received clearance from the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) to test our newly proposed 2007 SBO questionnaire. Cognitive 
interviews with fourteen businesses were conducted between December 5-
15, 2006. These interviews continued on January 29, 2007 through 
February 1, 2007. Upon completion of the first round of interviews, the 
interview team met and decided on the recommended changes to the form. 
The form was revised and a second round of interviews began on April 9, 
2007, through April 27, 2007. The team met again after the second round 
and the form was revised again. On May 29, 2007 a third and final round 
of testing began. This testing continues as this presubmission notice 
is processed. There are plans to make final changes to the form by June 
15.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will use a mailout/mailback survey form to 
collect the data. The questionnaires will be mailed from our National 
Processing Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Three mail follow-ups to 
non-respondents will be conducted at approximately one-month intervals. 
Upon closeout of the survey, the response data will be edited and 
reviewed.

III. Data

    OMB Number: None.
    Form Number: SBO-1, 2007 Survey of Business Owners and Self-
Employed Persons.

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    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business and other for-profit organizations, and 
non-profit organizations, and publicly held corporations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2.3 million.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 12 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 460,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $11,546,000.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131, 193, 
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 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 collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including 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 17, 2007.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
 [FR Doc. E7-9868 Filed 5-22-07; 8:45 am]
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