Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions, 73310-73311 [E7-24981]

Download as PDF 73310 Notices Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 247 Thursday, December 27, 2007 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 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: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey. OMB Approval Number: 0648–0052. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular submission. Burden Hours: 272 new burden hours. Number of Respondents: 3,750 new respondents. Average Hours per Response: 1 minute for anglers with no trips in past year; 7 minutes for anglers with trips in past year. Needs and Uses: Recent amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require that the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) be upgraded and that future fishing surveys target anglers licensed or registered at the State or Federal level. This revision is requested to expand previously approved angler license directory surveys (ALDS) into North Carolina, which recently implemented a saltwater fishing license. Information collected through the ALDS will be integrated with data collected through the MRFSS Coastal Household Telephone Survey in a dual-frame approach to provide more complete coverage of the angling population. The results of this data collection effort will be used to calculate bi-monthly estimates of marine recreational fishing participation, effort and catch. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Frequency: Annually. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:00 Dec 26, 2007 Jkt 214001 Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, (202) 395–3897. 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 David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, Fax number (202) 395–7285, or David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov. Dated: December 19, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–24980 Filed 12–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions U.S. Census Bureau. Notice. AGENCY: 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)). To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before February 25, 2008. 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 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Erica Filipek, U.S. Census Bureau, MCD, CENHQ Room 7K181, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, telephone (301) 763–5161 (or via the Internet at Erica.Mary.Filipek@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request a revision of the current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of the Survey of Housing Starts, Sales and Completions, also known as the Survey of Construction (SOC). The SOC collects monthly data on new residential construction from a sample of owners or builders. The Census Bureau uses the ComputerAssisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) electronic questionnaires SOC–QI/SF.1 and SOC–QI/MF.1 to collect data on start and completion dates of construction, physical characteristics of the structure (floor area, number of bathrooms, type of heating system, etc), and if applicable, date of sale, sales price, and type of financing. The SOC provides widely used measures of construction activity, including the economic indicators Housing Starts and Housing Completions, which are from the New Residential Construction series, and New Residential Sales. The current clearance for this survey is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2009. We are rewriting the CAPI questionnaire software and are requesting approval to begin using the revised questionnaire in the field in early summer of 2008. The revised questionnaire will include about 5 new data items requested by data users. Other information which is no longer needed will be eliminated from the questionnaire. The overall length of the interview will not change. Census samples about 1,850 new buildings each month (22,200) per year. We inquire about the progress of each building multiple times until it is completed (and a sales contract is signed, if it is a single-family house that is built for sale). We conduct an average of 7.9 interviews for each building sampled. The total number of interviews conducted each year is about 175,380. Each interview takes 5 minutes on E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 247 / Thursday, December 27, 2007 / Notices average. Therefore the total annual burden is 14,615 hours. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau uses its field representatives to collect the data. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0110. Form Number: SOC–QI/SF.1 and SOC–QI/MF.1. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 22,200. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,615. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 182. 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: December 19, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–24981 Filed 12–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Questionnaire for Building Permit Official U.S. Census Bureau. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:00 Dec 26, 2007 Jkt 214001 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: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before February 25, 2008. 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 Erica Filipek, U.S. Census Bureau, MCD, CENHQ Room 7K181, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, telephone (301)763–5161 (or via the Internet at Erica.Mary.Filipek@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request a revision of the current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of the Questionnaire for Building Permit Official (SOC–QBPO). The Census Bureau uses the Computer– Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) electronic questionnaire SOC–QBPO to collect information from state and local building permit officials on: (1) The types of permits they issue, (2) the length of time a permit is valid, (3) how they store permits, and (4) the geographic coverage of the permit system. This information is needed to carry out the sampling for the Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions (OMB number 0607–0110), also known as Survey of Construction (SOC). The SOC provides widely used measures of construction activity, including the economic indicators Housing Starts, Housing Completions, and New Housing Sales. The current clearance for this survey is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2009. Census is rewriting the CAPI questionnaire software and requesting approval to begin using the revised questionnaire in the field in the summer of 2008. The revised questionnaire will include some additional information about how permits are issued that will improve the sampling for the Survey of PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73311 Construction. Other information which is no longer needed will be eliminated from the questionnaire. The overall length of the interview will not change. The sample size also will not change. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau uses its field representatives to obtain information on the operating procedures of a permit office. The field representative visits the permit office, conducts the interview, and completes the electronic form. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0125. Form Number: SOC–QBPO. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State or Local Government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 900. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 225. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C., Section 182. 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: December 19, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–24982 Filed 12–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of 
Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau.

ACTION: Notice.

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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: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before February 25, 2008.

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 Requests for additional information or copies of 
the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be 
directed to Erica Filipek, U.S. Census Bureau, MCD, CENHQ Room 7K181, 
4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, telephone (301) 763-5161 
(or via the Internet at Erica.Mary.Filipek@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request a revision of the current 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of the Survey of 
Housing Starts, Sales and Completions, also known as the Survey of 
Construction (SOC). The SOC collects monthly data on new residential 
construction from a sample of owners or builders. The Census Bureau 
uses the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) electronic 
questionnaires SOC-QI/SF.1 and SOC-QI/MF.1 to collect data on start and 
completion dates of construction, physical characteristics of the 
structure (floor area, number of bathrooms, type of heating system, 
etc), and if applicable, date of sale, sales price, and type of 
financing. The SOC provides widely used measures of construction 
activity, including the economic indicators Housing Starts and Housing 
Completions, which are from the New Residential Construction series, 
and New Residential Sales.
    The current clearance for this survey is scheduled to expire on 
June 30, 2009. We are rewriting the CAPI questionnaire software and are 
requesting approval to begin using the revised questionnaire in the 
field in early summer of 2008. The revised questionnaire will include 
about 5 new data items requested by data users. Other information which 
is no longer needed will be eliminated from the questionnaire. The 
overall length of the interview will not change.
    Census samples about 1,850 new buildings each month (22,200) per 
year. We inquire about the progress of each building multiple times 
until it is completed (and a sales contract is signed, if it is a 
single-family house that is built for sale). We conduct an average of 
7.9 interviews for each building sampled. The total number of 
interviews conducted each year is about 175,380. Each interview takes 5 
minutes on

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average. Therefore the total annual burden is 14,615 hours.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau uses its field representatives to collect the 
data.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0110.
    Form Number: SOC-QI/SF.1 and SOC-QI/MF.1.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 22,200.
    Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,615.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 182.

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: December 19, 2007.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E7-24981 Filed 12-26-07; 8:45 am]
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