Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2010-2012 American Community Survey Methods Panel Testing, 27013-27014 [E9-13130]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 107 / Friday, June 5, 2009 / Notices included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: June 2, 2009. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E9–13153 Filed 6–4–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2010–2012 American Community Survey Methods Panel Testing AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: 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)). DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before August 4, 2009. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 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 Susan Schechter, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office, Washington, DC 20233, by FAX to (301) 763–8620 or e-mail at susan.schechter.bortner@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES I. Abstract Given the rapid demographic changes experienced in recent years and the strong expectation that such changes will continue and accelerate, the oncea-decade data collection approach of a census is no longer acceptable as a source for the housing and socioeconomic data collected on the census long form. To meet the needs and expectations of the country, the Census VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:06 Jun 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 Bureau developed the American Community Survey (ACS). This survey collects detailed socioeconomic data every month and provides tabulations of these data on a yearly basis. The ACS allows the Census Bureau to provide more timely and relevant housing and socio-economic data while also reducing operational risks in the census by eliminating the long form historically given to one in every six addresses. Full implementation of the ACS includes an annual sample of approximately three million residential addresses a year in the 50 States and the District of Columbia, and another 36,000 addresses in Puerto Rico. A sample this large allows for annual production and release of single-year estimates for areas with a population of 65,000 or more. Lower levels of geography require aggregates of three and five years’ worth of data in order to produce estimates of comparable quality to the census long form. An ongoing data collection effort with an annual sample of this magnitude requires that the ACS continue research, testing and evaluations aimed at improving overall ACS data quality, achieving survey cost efficiencies, and developing and improving ACS questionnaire content and related data collection materials. The ACS Methods Panel during the 2010–2012 period may include testing methods for increasing survey and operational efficiencies; alternative methods or procedures may be developed and evaluated that could potentially reduce the overall survey cost, lessen respondent burden, and improve response rates. At this time, specific plans are in place to propose three methods panel tests: a content reinterview study, 2010 ACS Content Test, and an Internet Test. Since the ACS Methods Panel is designed to address emerging issues, we may conduct additional testing as needed. Testing would focus on methods for reducing data collection costs or testing new questions that have an urgent need to be included on the ACS. During the decennial census year, a content reinterview study (CRS) was conducted in conjunction with the long form, which the ACS now replaces. The decennial CRS was an evaluation of the quality of the data collected in the census, focusing on response bias and simple response variance (reliability). The Census Bureau proposes to design and implement a continuous CRS to look at the current ACS production questions on an ongoing basis. This will allow for the identification of problems with reliability. Results from the CRS will provide data users with concrete data quality measures (such as PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27013 reliability or bias measures) for each ACS item. The ACS CRS will allow the Census Bureau to continuously monitor the data quality of the ACS and identify questions that are currently unreliable or that may become unreliable due to changes in the survey climate (e.g., changes in policy that change the definition of what the ACS is trying to measure). The results from the CRS, generated on a yearly basis, would identify which questions require modifications and future testing via a content test, thus providing a more scientific approach to determining the need for content testing of current ACS items. The CRS will be conducted by telephone only with a small sample of cases that responded during production. Second, in response to Federal agencies’ requests for new and revised ACS questions, the Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2010 ACS Content Test. Changes to the current ACS content and the addition of new content were identified through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Interagency Committee for the ACS and through recent or anticipated legislative action. The primary objective of the ACS 2010 Content Test is to test whether changes to question wording, response categories, and redefinition of underlying constructs improve the quality of data collected. The Census Bureau proposes to evaluate changes to the questions by comparing the revised questions to the current ACS questions, or for new questions, to compare the performance of question versions to each other as well as to other wellknown sources of such information. The proposed topics for content testing are new questions to measure computer and Internet access and usage, as well as parental place of birth and revisions to veteran’s identification and period of service, cash public assistance, wages income and property income, and the Food Stamps program name. A third test, the ACS Internet Test, is planned to determine the best methods for informing sample households about an ACS Internet response option and encouraging them to respond. By offering an Internet response option in the ACS, the Census Bureau is taking further steps to comply with the e-gov initiative and potentially reduce data collection costs. The objectives of the Internet Test include: potential improvement in self-response rates; potential cost savings if we can change the distribution of responses by mode (i.e., obtain more responses by Internet); and potential improvement in data quality including a potential reduction in item nonresponse. E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1 27014 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 107 / Friday, June 5, 2009 / Notices erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES II. Method of Collection Continuous ACS CRS—Cases that responded to production ACS from all three ACS response modes (mail, telephone, and personal visit) will be included. Reinterview modules containing a subset of the questions will be created so that the entire ACS questionnaire can be tested over several months. Each question set or module of the CRS will require multiple data collection months to provide enough sample for analysis purposes. Reinterviews will be conducted within 2 to 4 weeks of the original data collection. It is important that the reinterview is close enough timing-wise to the original data collection to minimize the possibility of changes in what is being measured, but far enough away so respondents do not exactly remember previous responses. 2010 Content Test—The field test portion of the ACS content test will be largely based on the data collection methods currently used in the production ACS. Sampled addresses will be mailed a pre-notice letter, a selfadministered paper questionnaire, and a reminder postcard. Households that do not return their initial questionnaire in a timely manner will also be mailed a replacement questionnaire. For households that do not return their mailed questionnaire, we will attempt to collect their data through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing or Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing. There will also be a Content Followup reinterview as part of the content test. That is, we will attempt a followup CATI reinterview with all households that responded in the field test and for whom we have a telephone number. This reinterview will focus on the particular questions that we are evaluating in the field test, and will not include every question asked in the original interview. Internet Test—Currently, the ACS and the Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) collect data using three modes: mailout/mailback of a paper questionnaire, telephone, and personal visit. In the proposed test we will offer a fourth response mode—an Internet self-response option—to respondents in the ACS and the PRCS during the mail data collection phase. Different strategies will be used to inform respondents of the Internet response option. In all strategies, the URL for the secure ACS Internet site and instructions for completing the survey online will be provided to respondents by mail. VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:06 Jun 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 The Census Bureau plans to design four versions of the ACS Internet instrument—an English version and a Spanish version for both the ACS and the PRCS. Households that do not respond by mail or Internet will be contacted for a telephone interview, similar to ACS production, since a voice message could encourage a household to respond by mail or Internet. This test will not include a personal visit operation like ACS production. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0936. Form Number: ACS–1, ACS1(SP), ACS–1(PR), ACS–1(PR)SP, ACS CATI(HU), and ACS RI(HU). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Estimated Number of Respondents: We plan to contact the following number of respondents: Content Reinterview Study, 71,520 responding addresses per year; 2010 Content Test, 70,000 residential addresses during the field test and 40,000 responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted by telephone; Internet Test, 90,000 residential addresses. Other potential content test: 70,000 residential addresses during the field test and 40,000 responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted by telephone. Other potential test of new methods: 30,000 residential addresses. Estimated Time per Response: Estimates are: Content Test field test, 38 minutes, content test follow-up, 15 minutes; Internet Test, 38 minutes; Content Reinterview Study, 15 minutes; other potential test of new methods, 38 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 67,515. Estimated Total Annual Cost: Except for their time, there is no cost to respondents. Respondent Obligation: Mandatory. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: June 2, 2009. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E9–13130 Filed 6–4–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–427–818] Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews: Low Enriched Uranium From France AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. EFFECTIVE DATE: June 5, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myrna Lobo or Justin Neuman, Office of AD/CVD Enforcement VI, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2371 or (202) 482– 0486, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On December 21, 2001, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the antidumping duty order on low enriched uranium from France. See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Low Enriched Uranium From France, 67 FR 6680 (February 13, 2002). On February 4, 2009, the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the antidumping order on low enriched uranium from France for the period of February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 74 FR 6013 (February 4, 2009). On February 19, 2009, USEC timely requested that the Department conduct an administrative review of Eurodif for the period of February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009. USEC was the only party to request this administrative E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2010-2012 
American Community Survey Methods Panel Testing

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.

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 August 4, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 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 Susan Schechter, U.S. Census Bureau, American 
Community Survey Office, Washington, DC 20233, by FAX to (301) 763-8620 
or e-mail at susan.schechter.bortner@census.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    Given the rapid demographic changes experienced in recent years and 
the strong expectation that such changes will continue and accelerate, 
the once-a-decade data collection approach of a census is no longer 
acceptable as a source for the housing and socio-economic data 
collected on the census long form. To meet the needs and expectations 
of the country, the Census Bureau developed the American Community 
Survey (ACS). This survey collects detailed socioeconomic data every 
month and provides tabulations of these data on a yearly basis. The ACS 
allows the Census Bureau to provide more timely and relevant housing 
and socio-economic data while also reducing operational risks in the 
census by eliminating the long form historically given to one in every 
six addresses.
    Full implementation of the ACS includes an annual sample of 
approximately three million residential addresses a year in the 50 
States and the District of Columbia, and another 36,000 addresses in 
Puerto Rico. A sample this large allows for annual production and 
release of single-year estimates for areas with a population of 65,000 
or more. Lower levels of geography require aggregates of three and five 
years' worth of data in order to produce estimates of comparable 
quality to the census long form. An ongoing data collection effort with 
an annual sample of this magnitude requires that the ACS continue 
research, testing and evaluations aimed at improving overall ACS data 
quality, achieving survey cost efficiencies, and developing and 
improving ACS questionnaire content and related data collection 
materials. The ACS Methods Panel during the 2010-2012 period may 
include testing methods for increasing survey and operational 
efficiencies; alternative methods or procedures may be developed and 
evaluated that could potentially reduce the overall survey cost, lessen 
respondent burden, and improve response rates. At this time, specific 
plans are in place to propose three methods panel tests: a content 
reinterview study, 2010 ACS Content Test, and an Internet Test. Since 
the ACS Methods Panel is designed to address emerging issues, we may 
conduct additional testing as needed. Testing would focus on methods 
for reducing data collection costs or testing new questions that have 
an urgent need to be included on the ACS.
    During the decennial census year, a content reinterview study (CRS) 
was conducted in conjunction with the long form, which the ACS now 
replaces. The decennial CRS was an evaluation of the quality of the 
data collected in the census, focusing on response bias and simple 
response variance (reliability). The Census Bureau proposes to design 
and implement a continuous CRS to look at the current ACS production 
questions on an ongoing basis. This will allow for the identification 
of problems with reliability. Results from the CRS will provide data 
users with concrete data quality measures (such as reliability or bias 
measures) for each ACS item.
    The ACS CRS will allow the Census Bureau to continuously monitor 
the data quality of the ACS and identify questions that are currently 
unreliable or that may become unreliable due to changes in the survey 
climate (e.g., changes in policy that change the definition of what the 
ACS is trying to measure). The results from the CRS, generated on a 
yearly basis, would identify which questions require modifications and 
future testing via a content test, thus providing a more scientific 
approach to determining the need for content testing of current ACS 
items. The CRS will be conducted by telephone only with a small sample 
of cases that responded during production.
    Second, in response to Federal agencies' requests for new and 
revised ACS questions, the Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2010 ACS 
Content Test. Changes to the current ACS content and the addition of 
new content were identified through the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) Interagency Committee for the ACS and through recent or 
anticipated legislative action. The primary objective of the ACS 2010 
Content Test is to test whether changes to question wording, response 
categories, and redefinition of underlying constructs improve the 
quality of data collected. The Census Bureau proposes to evaluate 
changes to the questions by comparing the revised questions to the 
current ACS questions, or for new questions, to compare the performance 
of question versions to each other as well as to other well-known 
sources of such information. The proposed topics for content testing 
are new questions to measure computer and Internet access and usage, as 
well as parental place of birth and revisions to veteran's 
identification and period of service, cash public assistance, wages 
income and property income, and the Food Stamps program name.
    A third test, the ACS Internet Test, is planned to determine the 
best methods for informing sample households about an ACS Internet 
response option and encouraging them to respond. By offering an 
Internet response option in the ACS, the Census Bureau is taking 
further steps to comply with the e-gov initiative and potentially 
reduce data collection costs. The objectives of the Internet Test 
include: potential improvement in self-response rates; potential cost 
savings if we can change the distribution of responses by mode (i.e., 
obtain more responses by Internet); and potential improvement in data 
quality including a potential reduction in item nonresponse.

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II. Method of Collection

    Continuous ACS CRS--Cases that responded to production ACS from all 
three ACS response modes (mail, telephone, and personal visit) will be 
included. Reinterview modules containing a subset of the questions will 
be created so that the entire ACS questionnaire can be tested over 
several months. Each question set or module of the CRS will require 
multiple data collection months to provide enough sample for analysis 
purposes. Reinterviews will be conducted within 2 to 4 weeks of the 
original data collection. It is important that the reinterview is close 
enough timing-wise to the original data collection to minimize the 
possibility of changes in what is being measured, but far enough away 
so respondents do not exactly remember previous responses.
    2010 Content Test--The field test portion of the ACS content test 
will be largely based on the data collection methods currently used in 
the production ACS. Sampled addresses will be mailed a pre-notice 
letter, a self-administered paper questionnaire, and a reminder 
postcard. Households that do not return their initial questionnaire in 
a timely manner will also be mailed a replacement questionnaire. For 
households that do not return their mailed questionnaire, we will 
attempt to collect their data through Computer Assisted Telephone 
Interviewing or Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing.
    There will also be a Content Follow-up reinterview as part of the 
content test. That is, we will attempt a follow-up CATI reinterview 
with all households that responded in the field test and for whom we 
have a telephone number. This reinterview will focus on the particular 
questions that we are evaluating in the field test, and will not 
include every question asked in the original interview.
    Internet Test--Currently, the ACS and the Puerto Rico Community 
Survey (PRCS) collect data using three modes: mailout/mailback of a 
paper questionnaire, telephone, and personal visit. In the proposed 
test we will offer a fourth response mode--an Internet self-response 
option--to respondents in the ACS and the PRCS during the mail data 
collection phase.
    Different strategies will be used to inform respondents of the 
Internet response option. In all strategies, the URL for the secure ACS 
Internet site and instructions for completing the survey online will be 
provided to respondents by mail.
    The Census Bureau plans to design four versions of the ACS Internet 
instrument--an English version and a Spanish version for both the ACS 
and the PRCS. Households that do not respond by mail or Internet will 
be contacted for a telephone interview, similar to ACS production, 
since a voice message could encourage a household to respond by mail or 
Internet. This test will not include a personal visit operation like 
ACS production.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0936.
    Form Number: ACS-1, ACS1(SP), ACS-1(PR), ACS-1(PR)SP, ACS CATI(HU), 
and ACS RI(HU).
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals and households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: We plan to contact the following 
number of respondents: Content Reinterview Study, 71,520 responding 
addresses per year; 2010 Content Test, 70,000 residential addresses 
during the field test and 40,000 responding addresses during the 
content follow-up conducted by telephone; Internet Test, 90,000 
residential addresses. Other potential content test: 70,000 residential 
addresses during the field test and 40,000 responding addresses during 
the content follow-up conducted by telephone. Other potential test of 
new methods: 30,000 residential addresses.
    Estimated Time per Response: Estimates are: Content Test field 
test, 38 minutes, content test follow-up, 15 minutes; Internet Test, 38 
minutes; Content Reinterview Study, 15 minutes; other potential test of 
new methods, 38 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 67,515.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: Except for their time, there is no 
cost to respondents.
    Respondent Obligation: Mandatory.
    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: June 2, 2009.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E9-13130 Filed 6-4-09; 8:45 am]
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