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Download as PDF rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 63162 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 216 / Thursday, November 8, 2007 / Notices self coding. Companies that operate in more than one but less than nine industries will receive an ACE–1(M) form. Companies that operate in nine or more industries will receive an ACE– 1(L) form. All ACE–1 forms request sales and receipts information to calculate industry investment to sales ratios and to assist in verifying that consolidated company data are being reported. Asset and depreciation information, also collected, assists in measuring changes in the Nation’s capital stock estimates. Capital expenditures data are also collected annually from a small sample of nonemployer enterprises using Form ACE–2. This collection is intended to better represent the total capital expenditures activity of all firms. The ACES is an integral part of the Federal Government’s effort to improve the quality and usefulness of National economic statistics. Federal agencies, including the Census Bureau, use these data to improve and supplement ongoing statistical programs. The Census Bureau uses the data to improve the quality of monthly economic indicators of investment. The Bureau’s Value of New Construction Put in Place survey currently uses the ACES data to benchmark its industrial buildings data. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) uses the data in refining and evaluating annual estimates of investment in structures and equipment in the national income and product accounts, compiling annual inputoutput tables, and computing gross domestic product by industry. The Federal Reserve Board uses the data to improve estimates of investment indicators for monetary policy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the data to improve estimates of capital stocks for productivity analysis. In addition, industry analysts use the data for market analysis, economic forecasting, product development, and business planning. Affected Public: Business or other for profit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 182, 224, & 225. OMB Desk Officer: Brian HarrisKojetin, (202) 395–7314. 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). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:54 Nov 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB Desk Officer either by fax (202) 395– 7245) or e-mail (bharrisk@omb.eop.gov). Dated: November 2, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–21932 Filed 11–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the emergency provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Title: Certification for Retailers to Accept and Redeem Coupons for the Purchase of a Digital-to-Analog Converter Box. OMB Approval Number: 0660–0020. Agency Form Number: DTV–1. Type of Request: Emergency submission. Burden Hours: 2,000. Average Time per Response: 30 minutes. Number of Respondents: 4,000. Needs and Uses: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) proposes to add additional questions to the retailer certification form for the digital-toanalog converter box coupon program. In March 2007, NTIA published a Final Rule that outlined the parameters of the coupon program for consumers, retailers, and manufacturers.1 As part of that rulemaking, NTIA discussed its information requirements for consumers, manufacturers and retailers.2 NTIA received approval from OMB on its information collection certification for retailers, but has determined that additional information is needed to ensure that the program is run efficiently. The additional information required from retailers will ensure, among other things, that: (1) Retailers are timely reimbursed; (2) there is consumer 1 See Rules to Implement and Administer a Coupon Program for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes (Final Rule), 72 FR 12097 (March 15, 2007). 2 Id. at p. 12113. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information regarding the availability of converter boxes; (3) retailers are complying with program regulations; (4) there is information available as to the geographic location of converter boxes; and (5) the program is able to minimize waste, fraud, and abuse. An agreement will be on a retailer Web site that will enable retailers to provide the information previously approved by OMB as part of the information collection. This agreement, which is also available to retailers in a hard copy format, also requires additional information from retailers. Affected Public: Business and other for-profit organizations. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. OMB Desk Officer: Jasmeet K. Seehra, (202) 395–3123. 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. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent by November 14, 2007 to Jasmeet K. Seehra, OMB Desk Officer, FAX number (202) 395–5167 or via the Internet at Jasmeet_K._Seehra@omb.eop.gov. Dated: November 5, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–21944 Filed 11–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit 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: Information and Communication Technology Survey. Form Number(s): ICT–1(S), ICT–1(M), ICT–1(L). OMB Control Number: 0607–0909. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Burden Hours: 80,040. Number of Respondents: 46,000. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour and 45 minutes. Needs and Uses: Economic policymakers are concerned about the E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 216 / Thursday, November 8, 2007 / Notices lack of available data related to ebusiness infrastructure investment. Such data are critical for evaluating productivity growth, changes in industrial capacity, and current economic developments. Rapid advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment have resulted in these assets having short useful lives and being replaced much more quickly than other types of equipment. Companies are expensing the full cost of such assets during the current annual period rather than capitalizing the value of such assets and expensing the cost over two or more years. In some cases this is due not only to the short useful life of the asset, but also to the fact that companies have varying dollar levels for capitalization. The Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) (OMB Project 0607– 0782) currently collects summary data on business capital expenditures annually and detailed data on types of structures and equipment every five years. The fact that the ACES program does not include non-capitalized expenditures for e-business infrastructure and infrequently collects detailed data on types of structures and equipment creates serious data gaps. To fill these gaps and as a supplement to the ACES survey, the Census Bureau created the Information and Communication Technology Survey (ICTS). The ICTS uses the ACES sampling, follow-up and estimation methodologies including mailing to the same employer companies. Data users tell us that they need comprehensive and consistent data on investment by all private nonfarm businesses in capitalized and noncapitalized ICT equipment and software. The objectives of the ICTS are: (a) To provide estimates of capitalized and non-capitalized ICT equipment expenditures for all private nonfarm sectors of the economy at 3-digit and selected 4-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) levels; (b) To base the survey on a probability sample that yields measures of statistical reliability of the survey estimates; (c) To establish an annual enterprise level data series with the level of detail, coverage and quality which was previously unavailable; (d) To provide detail data on capitalized and non-capitalized ICT expenditures for estimating the national income and product accounts, estimating the productivity of U.S. industries, evaluating fiscal and monetary policy, and conducting VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:54 Nov 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 research using capitalized and noncapitalized expenditures data; and (e) To provide industry analysts with necessary data for market analysis, economic forecasting, product development, and business planning. This request is for a continuation of a currently approved collection covering the 2007–2009 ICTS (conducted in fiscal years 2008–2010). The only change from the previous ICTS is the incorporation of the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) into the 2009 ICTS. For both the 2007 and 2008 ICTS, data will be collected and published based on the 2002 NAICS. Beginning with the 2009 ICTS, however, we will collect and publish data based on the 2007 NAICS. Industries will comprise 3-digit and selected 4-digit NAICS codes. The annual ICTS survey collects data on two categories of non-capitalized expenses (purchases; and operating leases and rental payments), for four types of information and communication technology equipment and software (computers and peripheral equipment; ICT equipment, excluding computers and peripherals; electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus; and computer software, including payroll associated with software development). The survey also collects capital expenditures data on the four types of ICT equipment and software cited above. Only nonfarm, non-governmental companies, organizations, and associations operating in the United States are included in this survey. To collect data, the Census Bureau will rely primarily on mail out/mail back survey forms. Employer companies will be mailed one of three forms based on their diversity of operations, i.e. the number of industries in which they have payroll. All employer forms will have the 3-digit or selected 4-digit NAICS industries imprinted on the form to minimize the need for industry self coding. Companies will be asked to report data for industries in which they operate and incurred capitalized and non-capitalized expenditures. Companies that operate in only one industry will receive an ICT–1(S) form. These companies will not be asked to report ICT expenditures by industry, this will eliminate the need for industry self coding. Companies that operate in more than one, but less than nine industries will receive an ICT–1(M) form. Companies that operate in nine or more industries will receive an ICT–1(L) form. The ICTS is an important part of the Federal Government’s effort to improve and supplement ongoing statistical PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63163 programs. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Federal Reserve Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics and industry analysts use these data to evaluate productivity and economic growth prospects. In addition, the ICTS provides improved source data significant to BEA’s estimate of the investment component of Gross Domestic Product, capital stock estimates, and capital flow tables. Other Federal agencies, private industry organizations, and academic researchers use the survey results for analyzing and studying: Past and current economic performance; Short-term economic forecasts; Productivity; Long-term economic growth; Tax policy; Capacity utilization; Business fixed capital stocks and capital formation; International competitiveness and trade policy; Market research; and Financial analysis. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 182, 224 & 225. OMB Desk Officer: Brian HarrisKojetin, (202) 395–7314. 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 Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB Desk Officer either by fax (202–395– 7245) or e-mail (bharrisk@omb.eop.gov). Dated: November 2, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–21947 Filed 11–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security [Docket Nos. 04–BIS–15] In the Matters of: S.P. Equipamentos de Protecao ao Trabalho Ltda., Rua Visconde de Inhauma, 386–Saude 04146–030 Sao Paulo, Brazil, Respondent; Decision and Order on Petition to Set Aside Default Order On February 26, 2007, the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit 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: Information and Communication Technology Survey.
    Form Number(s): ICT-1(S), ICT-1(M), ICT-1(L).
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0909.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Burden Hours: 80,040.
    Number of Respondents: 46,000.
    Average Hours per Response: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
    Needs and Uses: Economic policymakers are concerned about the

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lack of available data related to e-business infrastructure investment. 
Such data are critical for evaluating productivity growth, changes in 
industrial capacity, and current economic developments. Rapid advances 
in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment have 
resulted in these assets having short useful lives and being replaced 
much more quickly than other types of equipment. Companies are 
expensing the full cost of such assets during the current annual period 
rather than capitalizing the value of such assets and expensing the 
cost over two or more years. In some cases this is due not only to the 
short useful life of the asset, but also to the fact that companies 
have varying dollar levels for capitalization.
    The Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) (OMB Project 0607-
0782) currently collects summary data on business capital expenditures 
annually and detailed data on types of structures and equipment every 
five years. The fact that the ACES program does not include non-
capitalized expenditures for e-business infrastructure and infrequently 
collects detailed data on types of structures and equipment creates 
serious data gaps. To fill these gaps and as a supplement to the ACES 
survey, the Census Bureau created the Information and Communication 
Technology Survey (ICTS). The ICTS uses the ACES sampling, follow-up 
and estimation methodologies including mailing to the same employer 
companies.
    Data users tell us that they need comprehensive and consistent data 
on investment by all private nonfarm businesses in capitalized and non-
capitalized ICT equipment and software. The objectives of the ICTS are:
    (a) To provide estimates of capitalized and non-capitalized ICT 
equipment expenditures for all private nonfarm sectors of the economy 
at 3-digit and selected 4-digit North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS) levels;
    (b) To base the survey on a probability sample that yields measures 
of statistical reliability of the survey estimates;
    (c) To establish an annual enterprise level data series with the 
level of detail, coverage and quality which was previously unavailable;
    (d) To provide detail data on capitalized and non-capitalized ICT 
expenditures for estimating the national income and product accounts, 
estimating the productivity of U.S. industries, evaluating fiscal and 
monetary policy, and conducting research using capitalized and non-
capitalized expenditures data; and
    (e) To provide industry analysts with necessary data for market 
analysis, economic forecasting, product development, and business 
planning.
    This request is for a continuation of a currently approved 
collection covering the 2007-2009 ICTS (conducted in fiscal years 2008-
2010). The only change from the previous ICTS is the incorporation of 
the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) into the 
2009 ICTS. For both the 2007 and 2008 ICTS, data will be collected and 
published based on the 2002 NAICS. Beginning with the 2009 ICTS, 
however, we will collect and publish data based on the 2007 NAICS. 
Industries will comprise 3-digit and selected 4-digit NAICS codes.
    The annual ICTS survey collects data on two categories of non-
capitalized expenses (purchases; and operating leases and rental 
payments), for four types of information and communication technology 
equipment and software (computers and peripheral equipment; ICT 
equipment, excluding computers and peripherals; electromedical and 
electrotherapeutic apparatus; and computer software, including payroll 
associated with software development). The survey also collects capital 
expenditures data on the four types of ICT equipment and software cited 
above. Only nonfarm, non-governmental companies, organizations, and 
associations operating in the United States are included in this 
survey.
    To collect data, the Census Bureau will rely primarily on mail out/
mail back survey forms. Employer companies will be mailed one of three 
forms based on their diversity of operations, i.e. the number of 
industries in which they have payroll. All employer forms will have the 
3-digit or selected 4-digit NAICS industries imprinted on the form to 
minimize the need for industry self coding. Companies will be asked to 
report data for industries in which they operate and incurred 
capitalized and non-capitalized expenditures.
    Companies that operate in only one industry will receive an ICT-
1(S) form. These companies will not be asked to report ICT expenditures 
by industry, this will eliminate the need for industry self coding. 
Companies that operate in more than one, but less than nine industries 
will receive an ICT-1(M) form. Companies that operate in nine or more 
industries will receive an ICT-1(L) form.
    The ICTS is an important part of the Federal Government's effort to 
improve and supplement ongoing statistical programs. The Bureau of 
Economic Analysis (BEA), Federal Reserve Board, Bureau of Labor 
Statistics and industry analysts use these data to evaluate 
productivity and economic growth prospects. In addition, the ICTS 
provides improved source data significant to BEA's estimate of the 
investment component of Gross Domestic Product, capital stock 
estimates, and capital flow tables. Other Federal agencies, private 
industry organizations, and academic researchers use the survey results 
for analyzing and studying: Past and current economic performance; 
Short-term economic forecasts; Productivity; Long-term economic growth; 
Tax policy; Capacity utilization; Business fixed capital stocks and 
capital formation; International competitiveness and trade policy; 
Market research; and Financial analysis.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; Not-
for-profit institutions.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 182, 224 & 225.
    OMB Desk Officer: Brian Harris-Kojetin, (202) 395-7314.
    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 Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB Desk Officer either by fax (202-395-7245) 
or e-mail (bharrisk@omb.eop.gov).

    Dated: November 2, 2007.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E7-21947 Filed 11-7-07; 8:45 am]
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