Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request: Generic Survey Clearance for Import Injury Investigations, 68896-68898 [E7-23598]

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[FR Doc. 07–5948 Filed 12–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MN–M mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request: Generic Survey Clearance for Import Injury Investigations U.S. International Trade Commission. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:57 Dec 05, 2007 Jkt 214001 Notice of proposed collection; comment request. ACTION: SUMMARY: The proposed information collection is a 3-year extension, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) (the ‘‘Act’’), of the current generic survey clearance previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’). The clearance is used by the U.S. International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) to issue information collections (specifically, producer, importer, purchaser, and foreign producer questionnaires and certain institution notices) for a series of import injury investigations that are required by the Tariff Act of 1930 and the Trade Act of 1974. The current generic survey clearance is assigned OMB control No. 3117–0016; it will expire on June 30, 2008. Comments concerning the proposed information collections are requested in accordance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Act; such comments are described in greater detail in the section of this notice entitled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. DATES: Written comments should be received not later than 60 days after publication of this notice on the Federal Register to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Signed comments should be submitted to Marilyn Abbott, Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the proposed information collections may be obtained from: Debra Baker, Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission (telephone No. 202–205–3180; e-mail address: Debra.Baker@usitc.gov). Hearing-impaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202–205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server (http:// www.usitc.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Request for Comments Comments are solicited as to (1) whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) minimization of the burden of the proposed information collection on those who are to respond (including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). Summary of the Proposed Information Collections (1) Need for the Proposed Information Collections The information requested in questionnaires and five-year sunset review institution notices issued under the generic survey clearance is utilized by the Commission in the following statutory investigations: Antidumping duty, countervailing duty, escape clause, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) safeguard, market disruption, and interference-withprograms of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Commission’s generic survey clearance to issue questionnaires will not apply to repetitive questionnaires such as those issued on a quarterly or annual basis or to other investigations and research studies conducted under section 332 of the Trade Act of 1974. The information provided by firms in response to the questionnaires provides the basis for the Commission’s determinations in the above-cited statutory investigations. The submitted data are consolidated by Commission staff and provided to the Commission in the form of a staff report. In addition, in the majority of its investigations, the Commission releases completed questionnaires returned by industry participants to representatives of parties to its investigations under the terms of an administrative protective order, the terms of which safeguard the confidentiality of any business proprietary or business confidential information. Representatives of interested parties also receive a confidential version of the staff report under the administrative protective order. Subsequent party submissions to the Commission during the investigative process are based, in large part, upon their review of the information collected. Included in the proposed generic clearance are the institution notices for the five-year sunset reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty orders and suspended investigations. E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 68897 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 234 / Thursday, December 6, 2007 / Notices Responses to the institution notices will be evaluated by the Commission and form much of the record for its determinations to conduct either expedited or full five-year sunset reviews of existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders. (2) Information Collection Plan Questionnaires for specific investigations are sent to all identified domestic producers manufacturing the product(s) in question. Importer and purchaser questionnaires are also sent to all substantial importers/purchasers of the product(s). Finally, all foreign manufacturers of the product(s) in question that are represented by counsel are sent questionnaires, and, in addition, the Commission attempts to contact any other foreign manufacturers, especially if they export the product(s) in question to the United States. Firms receiving questionnaires include businesses, farms, and/or other forprofit institutions; responses are mandatory. The institution notices for the fiveyear sunset reviews are published in the Federal Register and solicit comment from interested parties (i.e., U.S. producers within the industry in question as well as labor unions or representative groups of workers, U.S. importers and foreign exporters, and involved foreign country governments). (3) Description of the Information To Be Collected Although the content of each questionnaire will differ based on the needs of a particular investigation, questionnaires are based on longestablished, generic formats. Producer questionnaires generally consist of the following four parts: (part I) General questions relating to the organization and activities of the firm; (part II) data on capacity, production, inventories, employment, and the quantity and value of the firm’s shipments and purchases from various sources; (part III) financial data, including income-and-loss data on the product in question, data on asset valuation, research and development expenses, and capital expenditures; and (part IV) pricing and market factors. (Questionnaires may, on occasion, also contain part V, an abbreviated version of the above-listed parts, used for gathering data on additional product categories.) Importer questionnaires generally consist of three parts: (part I) General questions relating to the organization and activities of the firm; (part II) data on the firm’s imports and the shipment and inventories of its imports; and (part III) pricing and market factors similar to that requested in the producer questionnaire. Purchaser questionnaires generally consist of five parts: (part I) General questions relating to the organization and activities of the firm; (part II) data concerning the purchases of the product by the firm; (part III) market characteristics and purchasing practices; (part IV) comparisons between imported and U.S.-produced product; and (part V) actual purchase prices for specific types of domestic and subject imported products and the names of the firm’s vendors. Foreign producer questionnaires generally consist of (part I) general questions relating to the organization and activities of the firm; (part II) data concerning the firm’s manufacturing operations; and may include (part III) market factors. The notices of institution for the fiveyear sunset reviews include 11 specific requests for information that firms are to provide if their response is to be considered by the Commission. (4) Estimated Burden of the Proposed Information Collection The Commission estimates that information collections issued under the requested generic clearance will impose an average annual burden of 183,000 burden hours on 4,900 respondents (i.e., recipients that provide a response to the Commission’s questionnaires or the notices of institution of five-year sunset reviews). Table 1 lists the projected annual burden for each type of information collection for the July 2008–June 2011 period. TABLE 1.—PROJECTED AVERAGE ANNUAL BURDEN DATA, BY TYPE OF INFORMATION COLLECTION, JULY 2008–JUNE 2011 Producer questionnaires 1 Item Importer questionnaires 2 Purchaser questionnaires 3 Foreign producer questionnaires 4 Institution notices for 5year reviews 5 Total Estimated average burden hours imposed annually for July 2008–June 2011 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Number of respondents ........................... Frequency of response ............................ Total annual responses ........................... Hours per response ................................. Total hours ........................................ 1,021 1 1,021 49.2 50,233 1,469 1 1,469 42.5 62,432 1,140 1 1,140 24.5 27,930 1,180 1 1,180 34.5 40,710 86 1 86 14.8 1,273 4,896 1 4,896 37.3 182,578 1 Producer questionnaires.—Estimates based upon the following variables: number of respondents (anticipated caseload (×) number of producer respondents per case) and hours per response (responding firm burden (+) outside review burden (+) third-party disclosure burden). See definitions below. Responding firm burden accounts for 91 percent of the total producer questionnaire burden, outside review burden accounts for 6 percent of the total burden, and third-party disclosure burden accounts for the remaining 3 percent. (The averages per questionnaire of the outside review and third-party disclosure burdens are not listed here since they are incurred only for the questionnaires of parties; such averages for all questionnaires are not meaningful.) 2 Importer questionnaires.—Estimates based upon the following variables: number of respondents (anticipated caseload (×) number of importer respondents per case) and hours per response (responding firm burden (+) outside review burden (+) third-party disclosure burden). See definitions below. Responding firm burden accounts for 98 percent of the total importer questionnaire burden, outside review burden and third-party disclosure burden each account for about 1 percent of the total burden. (The averages per questionnaire of the outside review and third-party disclosure burdens are not listed here since they are incurred only for the questionnaires of parties; such averages for all questionnaires are not meaningful.) 3 Purchaser questionnaires.—Estimates based upon the following variables: number of respondents (anticipated caseload (×) number of purchaser respondents per case) and hours per response (responding firm burden). See definitions below. Purchasers are not interested parties to investigations by statute and typically do not engage outside counsel. Therefore, there is minimal outside review burden nor third-party disclosure burden for purchasers. 4 Foreign producer questionnaires.—Estimates based upon the following variables: number of respondents (anticipated caseload (×) number of foreign producer respondents per case) and hours per response (responding firm burden (+) outside review burden (+) third-party disclosure burden). See definitions below. Responding firm burden accounts for 62 percent of the total foreign producer questionnaire burden, outside review burden accounts for another 20 percent, and third-party disclosure burden accounts for 18 percent of the total burden. 5 Institution notices for 5-year sunset reviews.—Estimates based upon the following variables: anticipated five-year review caseload, number of respondents to each notice, and responding firm burden. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:57 Dec 05, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 68898 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 234 / Thursday, December 6, 2007 / Notices Note.—Above estimates include questionnaires for specific investigations where the mailing list consists of fewer than 10 firms. In such instances the majority or all firms within the industry under investigation may be said to receive questionnaires. Anticipated caseload.—Derived from current Commission budget estimates. Number of respondents per case.—Defined as the number of firms which return completed questionnaires to the Commission. Current estimates of ‘‘number of respondents per case’’ for the questionnaires were derived from the number of respondents to Commission questionnaires issued under the generic clearances previously provided to the Commission. Responding firm burden.—Defined as the time required by the firm which received the questionnaire to review instructions, search data sources, and complete and review its response. Commission questionnaires do not impose the burden of developing, acquiring, installing and utilizing technology and systems, nor require adjusting existing methodology or training personnel. Current estimates of ‘‘responding firm burden’’ for the questionnaires were derived from the actual burden reported by firms that responded to Commission questionnaires issued under the generic clearances previously provided to the Commission. Outside review burden.—Time devoted by outside legal and financial advisors to reviewing questionnaires completed by the responding firms who are their clients prior to submitting them to the Commission. Third-party disclosure burden.—Time required for outside legal advisors to serve their clients’ questionnaires on other parties to the investigation or review under an administrative protective order. (5) Minimization of Burden DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE The Commission periodically reviews its investigative processes, including data collection, to reduce the information burden. Questionnaires clearly state that estimates are acceptable for certain items. They are designed in part with check-in type formats to simplify the response. The reporting burden for smaller firms is reduced in that the sections of the questionnaire that are applicable to their operations are typically more limited. Requests by parties to expand the data collection or add items to the questionnaire for specific investigations may not be accepted if the Commission believes such requests will increase the response burden while not substantially adding to the investigative record. The Commission’s collection of data through its questionnaires does not currently involve the interactive use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. At this time, completed questionnaires are usually returned to the Commission in paper form, although there are several options available for filing electronically. Further, the information provided in response to its notices of institution for the five-year sunset reviews is typically submitted in document form directly to the Office of the Secretary although it may be submitted to the Commission’s Electronic Data Information System (EDIS) and Electronic Docket. [OMB Number 1103–NEW] mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Issued: November 30, 2007. By order of the Commission. Marilyn R. Abbott, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. E7–23598 Filed 12–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:57 Dec 05, 2007 Jkt 214001 Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Requested 30-day notice of information collection under review: COPS nonHiring progress report. ACTION: The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The revision of a currently approved information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 30 days for public comment until January 7, 2008. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. If you have comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Rebekah Dorr, Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 1100 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20530. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: —Evaluate 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; —Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; —Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and —Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: Proposed collection; comments requested. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: COPS Non-Hiring Progress Report. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: None. U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Law enforcement and partner public safety agencies, institutions of higher learning and nonprofit organizations that are recipients of COPS Non-Hiring Grants from Fiscal Year 2007 and forward. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: It is estimated that approximately 2,975 annual, quarterly, and final report respondents can complete the report in an average of one hour. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 3,200 total burden hours. If additional information is required contact: Lynn Bryant, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530. E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request: Generic Survey Clearance for Import Injury 
Investigations

AGENCY: U.S. International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice of proposed collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The proposed information collection is a 3-year extension, 
pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) (the 
``Act''), of the current generic survey clearance previously approved 
by the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB''). The clearance is used 
by the U.S. International Trade Commission (``Commission'') to issue 
information collections (specifically, producer, importer, purchaser, 
and foreign producer questionnaires and certain institution notices) 
for a series of import injury investigations that are required by the 
Tariff Act of 1930 and the Trade Act of 1974. The current generic 
survey clearance is assigned OMB control No. 3117-0016; it will expire 
on June 30, 2008. Comments concerning the proposed information 
collections are requested in accordance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of 
the Act; such comments are described in greater detail in the section 
of this notice entitled supplementary information.

DATES: Written comments should be received not later than 60 days after 
publication of this notice on the Federal Register to be assured of 
consideration.

ADDRESSES: Signed comments should be submitted to Marilyn Abbott, 
Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20436.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the proposed information 
collections may be obtained from: Debra Baker, Office of 
Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission (telephone No. 202-
205-3180; e-mail address: Debra.Baker@usitc.gov). Hearing-impaired 
persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the 
Commission's TDD terminal on 202-205-1810. Persons with mobility 
impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the 
Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000. 
General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by 
accessing its Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Request for Comments

    Comments are solicited as to (1) whether the proposed information 
collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) the quality, utility, and clarity 
of the information to be collected; and (4) minimization of the burden 
of the proposed information collection on those who are to respond 
(including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological forms of information technology, 
e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses).

Summary of the Proposed Information Collections

(1) Need for the Proposed Information Collections

    The information requested in questionnaires and five-year sunset 
review institution notices issued under the generic survey clearance is 
utilized by the Commission in the following statutory investigations: 
Antidumping duty, countervailing duty, escape clause, North American 
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) safeguard, market disruption, and 
interference-with-programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture 
(USDA). The Commission's generic survey clearance to issue 
questionnaires will not apply to repetitive questionnaires such as 
those issued on a quarterly or annual basis or to other investigations 
and research studies conducted under section 332 of the Trade Act of 
1974.
    The information provided by firms in response to the questionnaires 
provides the basis for the Commission's determinations in the above-
cited statutory investigations. The submitted data are consolidated by 
Commission staff and provided to the Commission in the form of a staff 
report. In addition, in the majority of its investigations, the 
Commission releases completed questionnaires returned by industry 
participants to representatives of parties to its investigations under 
the terms of an administrative protective order, the terms of which 
safeguard the confidentiality of any business proprietary or business 
confidential information. Representatives of interested parties also 
receive a confidential version of the staff report under the 
administrative protective order. Subsequent party submissions to the 
Commission during the investigative process are based, in large part, 
upon their review of the information collected.
    Included in the proposed generic clearance are the institution 
notices for the five-year sunset reviews of antidumping and 
countervailing duty orders and suspended investigations.

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Responses to the institution notices will be evaluated by the 
Commission and form much of the record for its determinations to 
conduct either expedited or full five-year sunset reviews of existing 
antidumping and countervailing duty orders.

(2) Information Collection Plan

    Questionnaires for specific investigations are sent to all 
identified domestic producers manufacturing the product(s) in question. 
Importer and purchaser questionnaires are also sent to all substantial 
importers/purchasers of the product(s). Finally, all foreign 
manufacturers of the product(s) in question that are represented by 
counsel are sent questionnaires, and, in addition, the Commission 
attempts to contact any other foreign manufacturers, especially if they 
export the product(s) in question to the United States. Firms receiving 
questionnaires include businesses, farms, and/or other for-profit 
institutions; responses are mandatory.
    The institution notices for the five-year sunset reviews are 
published in the Federal Register and solicit comment from interested 
parties (i.e., U.S. producers within the industry in question as well 
as labor unions or representative groups of workers, U.S. importers and 
foreign exporters, and involved foreign country governments).

(3) Description of the Information To Be Collected

    Although the content of each questionnaire will differ based on the 
needs of a particular investigation, questionnaires are based on long-
established, generic formats. Producer questionnaires generally consist 
of the following four parts: (part I) General questions relating to the 
organization and activities of the firm; (part II) data on capacity, 
production, inventories, employment, and the quantity and value of the 
firm's shipments and purchases from various sources; (part III) 
financial data, including income-and-loss data on the product in 
question, data on asset valuation, research and development expenses, 
and capital expenditures; and (part IV) pricing and market factors. 
(Questionnaires may, on occasion, also contain part V, an abbreviated 
version of the above-listed parts, used for gathering data on 
additional product categories.)
    Importer questionnaires generally consist of three parts: (part I) 
General questions relating to the organization and activities of the 
firm; (part II) data on the firm's imports and the shipment and 
inventories of its imports; and (part III) pricing and market factors 
similar to that requested in the producer questionnaire.
    Purchaser questionnaires generally consist of five parts: (part I) 
General questions relating to the organization and activities of the 
firm; (part II) data concerning the purchases of the product by the 
firm; (part III) market characteristics and purchasing practices; (part 
IV) comparisons between imported and U.S.-produced product; and (part 
V) actual purchase prices for specific types of domestic and subject 
imported products and the names of the firm's vendors.
    Foreign producer questionnaires generally consist of (part I) 
general questions relating to the organization and activities of the 
firm; (part II) data concerning the firm's manufacturing operations; 
and may include (part III) market factors.
    The notices of institution for the five-year sunset reviews include 
11 specific requests for information that firms are to provide if their 
response is to be considered by the Commission.

(4) Estimated Burden of the Proposed Information Collection

    The Commission estimates that information collections issued under 
the requested generic clearance will impose an average annual burden of 
183,000 burden hours on 4,900 respondents (i.e., recipients that 
provide a response to the Commission's questionnaires or the notices of 
institution of five-year sunset reviews). Table 1 lists the projected 
annual burden for each type of information collection for the July 
2008-June 2011 period.

                         Table 1.--Projected Average Annual Burden Data, by Type of Information Collection, July 2008-June 2011
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                                                                                                              Foreign       Institution
                                                             Producer        Importer        Purchaser       producer     notices for 5-
                          Item                            questionnaires  questionnaires  questionnaires  questionnaires   year reviews        Total
                                                                \1\             \2\             \3\             \4\             \5\
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                                                                      Estimated average burden hours imposed annually for July 2008-June 2011
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Number of respondents...................................           1,021           1,469           1,140           1,180              86           4,896
Frequency of response...................................               1               1               1               1               1               1
Total annual responses..................................           1,021           1,469           1,140           1,180              86           4,896
Hours per response......................................            49.2            42.5            24.5            34.5            14.8            37.3
    Total hours.........................................          50,233          62,432          27,930          40,710           1,273         182,578
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\1\ Producer questionnaires.--Estimates based upon the following variables: number of respondents (anticipated caseload (x) number of producer
  respondents per case) and hours per response (responding firm burden (+) outside review burden (+) third-party disclosure burden). See definitions
  below. Responding firm burden accounts for 91 percent of the total producer questionnaire burden, outside review burden accounts for 6 percent of the
  total burden, and third-party disclosure burden accounts for the remaining 3 percent. (The averages per questionnaire of the outside review and third-
  party disclosure burdens are not listed here since they are incurred only for the questionnaires of parties; such averages for all questionnaires are
  not meaningful.)
\2\ Importer questionnaires.--Estimates based upon the following variables: number of respondents (anticipated caseload (x) number of importer
  respondents per case) and hours per response (responding firm burden (+) outside review burden (+) third-party disclosure burden). See definitions
  below. Responding firm burden accounts for 98 percent of the total importer questionnaire burden, outside review burden and third-party disclosure
  burden each account for about 1 percent of the total burden. (The averages per questionnaire of the outside review and third-party disclosure burdens
  are not listed here since they are incurred only for the questionnaires of parties; such averages for all questionnaires are not meaningful.)
\3\ Purchaser questionnaires.--Estimates based upon the following variables: number of respondents (anticipated caseload (x) number of purchaser
  respondents per case) and hours per response (responding firm burden). See definitions below. Purchasers are not interested parties to investigations
  by statute and typically do not engage outside counsel. Therefore, there is minimal outside review burden nor third-party disclosure burden for
  purchasers.
\4\ Foreign producer questionnaires.--Estimates based upon the following variables: number of respondents (anticipated caseload (x) number of foreign
  producer respondents per case) and hours per response (responding firm burden (+) outside review burden (+) third-party disclosure burden). See
  definitions below. Responding firm burden accounts for 62 percent of the total foreign producer questionnaire burden, outside review burden accounts
  for another 20 percent, and third-party disclosure burden accounts for 18 percent of the total burden.
\5\ Institution notices for 5-year sunset reviews.--Estimates based upon the following variables: anticipated five-year review caseload, number of
  respondents to each notice, and responding firm burden.

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Note.--Above estimates include questionnaires for specific investigations where the mailing list consists of fewer than 10 firms. In such instances the
  majority or all firms within the industry under investigation may be said to receive questionnaires.
Anticipated caseload.--Derived from current Commission budget estimates.
Number of respondents per case.--Defined as the number of firms which return completed questionnaires to the Commission. Current estimates of ``number
  of respondents per case'' for the questionnaires were derived from the number of respondents to Commission questionnaires issued under the generic
  clearances previously provided to the Commission.
Responding firm burden.--Defined as the time required by the firm which received the questionnaire to review instructions, search data sources, and
  complete and review its response. Commission questionnaires do not impose the burden of developing, acquiring, installing and utilizing technology and
  systems, nor require adjusting existing methodology or training personnel. Current estimates of ``responding firm burden'' for the questionnaires were
  derived from the actual burden reported by firms that responded to Commission questionnaires issued under the generic clearances previously provided
  to the Commission.
Outside review burden.--Time devoted by outside legal and financial advisors to reviewing questionnaires completed by the responding firms who are their
  clients prior to submitting them to the Commission.
Third-party disclosure burden.--Time required for outside legal advisors to serve their clients' questionnaires on other parties to the investigation or
  review under an administrative protective order.

(5) Minimization of Burden

    The Commission periodically reviews its investigative processes, 
including data collection, to reduce the information burden. 
Questionnaires clearly state that estimates are acceptable for certain 
items. They are designed in part with check-in type formats to simplify 
the response. The reporting burden for smaller firms is reduced in that 
the sections of the questionnaire that are applicable to their 
operations are typically more limited. Requests by parties to expand 
the data collection or add items to the questionnaire for specific 
investigations may not be accepted if the Commission believes such 
requests will increase the response burden while not substantially 
adding to the investigative record.
    The Commission's collection of data through its questionnaires does 
not currently involve the interactive use of automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology. At this time, completed questionnaires are 
usually returned to the Commission in paper form, although there are 
several options available for filing electronically. Further, the 
information provided in response to its notices of institution for the 
five-year sunset reviews is typically submitted in document form 
directly to the Office of the Secretary although it may be submitted to 
the Commission's Electronic Data Information System (EDIS) and 
Electronic Docket.

    Issued: November 30, 2007.

    By order of the Commission.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
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