Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2008 Business Research and Development Survey Pilot: The Redesigned Survey of Industrial Research and Development, 21309-21310 [E8-8429]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 77 / Monday, April 21, 2008 / Notices Mandatory surveys Voluntary surveys MA333N—Fluid Power Products for Motion Control (Including Aerospace) MA335F—Major Household Appliances MA335K—Wiring Devices and Supplies MA314Q—Carpets and Rugs MA321T—Lumber Production and Mill Stocks MA325G—Pharmaceutical Preparations, except Biologicals MA333P—Pumps and Compressors MA335E—Electric Housewares and Fans MA335J—Insulated Wire and Cable MA336G—Aerospace Industry M311H—Fats and Oils (Warehouse) M311L—Fats and Oils (Renderers) M311M—Fats and Oils (Consumers) M311N—Fats and Oils (Producers) MA327E—Consumer, Scientific, Technical, and Industrial Glassware MA333D—Construction Machinery MA333F—Mining, Machinery and Mineral Processing Equipment MA334C—Control Instruments MA334D—Defense, Navigational, & Aerospace Electronics MA334T—Meters & Test Devices MA334M—Consumer Electronics MA334Q—Semiconductors, Printed Circuit Boards, and Other Electronic Components MA336G—Aerospace Industry M311J—Oilseeds, Beans, and Nuts (Primary Producers) M313N—Cotton and Raw Linters in Public Storage M313P—Consumption on the Cotton System and Stocks MQ313A—Textiles MQ315A—Apparel MQ333W—Metalworking Machinery M311C—Corn (Wet & Dry Producers of Ethanol) II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will use mail out/ mail back survey forms to collect data. It is requested that respondents return monthly report forms within 10 days, quarterly report forms within 15 days, and annual report forms within 30 days of the initial mailing. Telephone calls and/or letters encouraging participation will be mailed to respondents who have not responded by the designated time. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0476. Form Number: See Chart Above. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,184. Estimated Time per Response: 49 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 28,280. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory, voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, sections 61, 182, 224, and 225. MQ325F—Paint, Varnish, and Lacquer MQ334P—Telecommunications MQ334R—Computers & Peripheral Equipment *These voluntary surveys have mandatory annual counterparts. 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: April 15, 2008. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E8–8426 Filed 4–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2008 Business Research and Development Survey Pilot: The Redesigned Survey of Industrial Research and Development AGENCY: ACTION: U.S. Census Bureau. Notice. 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 June 20, 2008. DATES: 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). Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance 16:59 Apr 18, 2008 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ADDRESSES: IV. Request for Comments VerDate Aug<31>2005 21309 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 21310 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 77 / Monday, April 21, 2008 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Richard Hough, U.S. Census Bureau, MCD HQ–7K150A, 4600 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland, MD 20746, (301) 763–4823 (or via the internet at richard.s.hough@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), plans to conduct a pilot of the new Business Research and Development Survey (BRDS) for the 2008 survey year. The BRDS represents a revision to the currently approved annual collection of the Survey of Industrial Research and Development. The Census Bureau has conducted the Survey of Industrial Research and Development (SIRD) since 1957, collecting primarily financial information on the systematic work companies were undertaking with the goal of discovering new knowledge or using existing knowledge to develop new or improved goods and services. During the past 50 years, the NSF and Census Bureau have made changes to the content of the SIRD based on input from companies responding to the survey as well as users of the data. The fundamental concepts of the survey were largely untouched. More recently, prompted by recommendations from the 2005 Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) Report, Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Economy, the NSF and Census Bureau began a full-scale redesign of the SIRD. The goal of the redesign was to produce high-quality, relevant data on R&D in the business sector that took into account the changing reality of R&D and innovation. An inter-agency team evaluated the need for different types of data as well as the availability of those data within company records. This evaluation has resulted in numerous proposed changes. The content changes include but are not limited to: • Adopting a definition of R&D based on accounting standards. • Collecting worldwide R&D of domestic companies. • Collecting business segment detail. • Collecting R&D related capital expenditures. • Collecting more detailed data about the R&D workforce. • Gauging the R&D strategy of companies, and the potential impact of R&D on the market. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:59 Apr 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 • Identifying R&D directed to application areas of particular national interest. • Measuring intellectual property and technology transfer. Because of the broad scope of the data that will be requested, it is unlikely that a single point of contact within each company will be best able to answer all the questions. The BRDS will utilize a modular instrument that will facilitate obtaining of information from various contacts within each company that have the best understanding of the concepts and definitions being presented as well as access to the information necessary to provide the most accurate response. The modules have been defined by grouping questions based on subject matter areas within the company and currently include: A financial module focused on company R&D expenses; a human resources module; an R&D strategy and management module; an IP and technology transfer module; and a module focused on R&D that is funded or paid for by third parties. A web version of the survey is also being developed using this same approach. This modular instrument design is a departure from the SIRD and poses unique challenges in terms of contact strategies. Only companies identified as having a significant amount of R&D expenses will receive the modular version of the BRDS. All other companies will receive a shorter version of the survey. The 2008 BRDS pilot will be mailed to the entire sample. A comprehensive response analysis study will be conducted prior to the 2009 survey year. We will utilize the historic time series to evaluate data items that are intended to collect the same concepts presented in the SIRD. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will use mail out/ mail back survey forms and a web based collection for the pilot. Companies will be asked to respond within 60 days of the initial mail out. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0912. Form Number: BRD1 & BRD1A. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; not for-profit institutions; r-profit; non-farm companies with 5 or more employees. Estimated Number of Respondents: 40,000. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes to 24 hours (Average time: 4 hours). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 155,300. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. 182, 224, and 225. 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: April 15, 2008. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E8–8429 Filed 4–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Applications for Duty–Free Entry of Scientific Instruments Pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89–651, as amended by Pub. L. 106– 36; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301), we invite comments on the question of whether instruments of equivalent scientific value, for the purposes for which the instruments shown below are intended to be used, are being manufactured in the United States. Comments must comply with 15 CFR 301.5(a)(3) and (4) of the regulations and be postmarked on or before May 12, 2008. Address written comments to Statutory Import Programs Staff, Room 2104, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230. Applications may be examined between 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Room 2104. Docket Number: 08–010. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 77 (Monday, April 21, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21309-21310]
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[FR Doc No: E8-8429]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2008 Business 
Research and Development Survey Pilot: The Redesigned Survey of 
Industrial Research and Development

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 June 20, 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).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Richard Hough, U.S. Census Bureau, MCD HQ-7K150A, 
4600 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland, MD 20746, (301) 763-4823 (or via the 
internet at richard.s.hough@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from the National Science 
Foundation (NSF), plans to conduct a pilot of the new Business Research 
and Development Survey (BRDS) for the 2008 survey year. The BRDS 
represents a revision to the currently approved annual collection of 
the Survey of Industrial Research and Development.
    The Census Bureau has conducted the Survey of Industrial Research 
and Development (SIRD) since 1957, collecting primarily financial 
information on the systematic work companies were undertaking with the 
goal of discovering new knowledge or using existing knowledge to 
develop new or improved goods and services. During the past 50 years, 
the NSF and Census Bureau have made changes to the content of the SIRD 
based on input from companies responding to the survey as well as users 
of the data. The fundamental concepts of the survey were largely 
untouched. More recently, prompted by recommendations from the 2005 
Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) Report, Measuring Research 
and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Economy, the NSF and Census 
Bureau began a full-scale redesign of the SIRD. The goal of the 
redesign was to produce high-quality, relevant data on R&D in the 
business sector that took into account the changing reality of R&D and 
innovation.
    An inter-agency team evaluated the need for different types of data 
as well as the availability of those data within company records. This 
evaluation has resulted in numerous proposed changes. The content 
changes include but are not limited to:
     Adopting a definition of R&D based on accounting 
standards.
     Collecting worldwide R&D of domestic companies.
     Collecting business segment detail.
     Collecting R&D related capital expenditures.
     Collecting more detailed data about the R&D workforce.
     Gauging the R&D strategy of companies, and the potential 
impact of R&D on the market.
     Identifying R&D directed to application areas of 
particular national interest.
     Measuring intellectual property and technology transfer.
    Because of the broad scope of the data that will be requested, it 
is unlikely that a single point of contact within each company will be 
best able to answer all the questions. The BRDS will utilize a modular 
instrument that will facilitate obtaining of information from various 
contacts within each company that have the best understanding of the 
concepts and definitions being presented as well as access to the 
information necessary to provide the most accurate response. The 
modules have been defined by grouping questions based on subject matter 
areas within the company and currently include: A financial module 
focused on company R&D expenses; a human resources module; an R&D 
strategy and management module; an IP and technology transfer module; 
and a module focused on R&D that is funded or paid for by third 
parties. A web version of the survey is also being developed using this 
same approach. This modular instrument design is a departure from the 
SIRD and poses unique challenges in terms of contact strategies. Only 
companies identified as having a significant amount of R&D expenses 
will receive the modular version of the BRDS. All other companies will 
receive a shorter version of the survey.
    The 2008 BRDS pilot will be mailed to the entire sample. A 
comprehensive response analysis study will be conducted prior to the 
2009 survey year. We will utilize the historic time series to evaluate 
data items that are intended to collect the same concepts presented in 
the SIRD.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will use mail out/ mail back survey forms and a 
web based collection for the pilot. Companies will be asked to respond 
within 60 days of the initial mail out.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0912.
    Form Number: BRD1 & BRD1A.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; not 
for-profit institutions; r-profit; non-farm companies with 5 or more 
employees.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 40,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes to 24 hours (Average time: 
4 hours).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 155,300.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. 182, 224, and 225.

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: April 15, 2008.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
 [FR Doc. E8-8429 Filed 4-18-08; 8:45 am]
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