Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2009-2011 Company Organization Survey, 27012-27013 [E9-13153]

Download as PDF 27012 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 107 / Friday, June 5, 2009 / Notices Janet E. Heinzen, Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. E9–13168 Filed 6–4–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2009–2011 Company Organization Survey 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)). 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 Cynthia M. WrennYorker, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8K319, Washington, DC 20233–6100 (or by e-mail at Cynthia.M.WrennYorker@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES I. Abstract The Census Bureau conducts the annual Company Organization Survey (COS) to update and maintain a central, multipurpose Business Register (BR). In particular, the COS supplies critical information on the composition, organizational structure, and operating characteristics of multi-location companies. The BR serves two fundamental purposes: —First, and most important, it provides sampling populations and enumeration lists for the Census Bureau’s economic surveys and censuses, and it serves as an integral part of the statistical foundation VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:06 Jun 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 underlying those programs. Essential for this purpose is the BR’s ability to identify all known United States business establishments and their parent companies. Further, the BR must accurately record basic business attributes needed to control sampling and enumeration. These attributes include industrial and geographic classifications, and name and address information. —Second, it provides establishment data that serve as the basis for the annual County Business Patterns (CBP) statistical series. The CBP reports present data on number of establishments, first quarter payroll, annual payroll, and mid-March employment summarized by industry and employment size class for the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, counties, and county-equivalents. No other annual or more frequent series of industry statistics provides comparable detail, particularly for small geographic areas. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will conduct the 2009–2011 COS in a similar manner as the 2008 COS. These collections will direct inquiries to approximately 43,000 multi-establishment companies, which operate over 1.2 million establishments. This panel will be drawn from the BR universe of nearly 200,000 multiestablishment companies, which operate 1.6 million establishments. Additionally, the panel will include approximately 5,000 large singleestablishment companies that may have added locations during the year. The mailing list for the 2009–2011 COS will include a certainty component, consisting of all multiestablishment companies with 250 or more employees, and those multiestablishment companies with administrative record values that indicate organizational changes. A noncertainty component will be drawn from the remaining multi-establishment companies based on employment size. The mailing list also will include entities that are most likely to have added establishments at other locations. The primary collection medium for the COS is a paper questionnaire; however, many enterprises will submit automated/electronic COS reports. For 2009–2011, electronic reporting will be available to all COS respondents. Companies will receive and return responses by secure Internet transmission. Companies that cannot use the Internet will receive a CD–ROM containing their electronic data. All respondents will be allowed to mail the PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 data via diskette or CD–ROM or submit their response data via the Internet. COS data is identical for all of the operating modes. The instrument will include inquiries on ownership or control by domestic or foreign parents, ownership of foreign affiliates, and leased employment. Further, the instrument will list an inventory of establishments belonging to the company and its subsidiaries, and request updates to these inventories, including additions, deletions, and changes to information on EIN, name and address, and industrial classification, end-of-year operating status, mid-March employment, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. Additionally, the Census Bureau will ask certain questions in the 2009–2011 COS in order to enhance content. We will include questions on leased employees working in the company, questions on research and development activities performed by the company, and questions on new or significantly improved methods of manufacturing, producing, delivering or distributing goods or services within the company. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0444. Form Number: NC–99001 and NC– 99007 (for single-location companies). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses and notfor-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 48,000 enterprises. Estimated Time per Response: 1.59 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 127,517. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $3,643,161. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 of U.S.C. Sections 182, 195, 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 E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1 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

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 107 (Friday, June 5, 2009)]
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[FR Doc No: E9-13153]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2009-2011 
Company Organization Survey

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 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 Cynthia M. Wrenn-Yorker, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 
8K319, Washington, DC 20233-6100 (or by e-mail at Cynthia.M.Wrenn-Yorker@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau conducts the annual Company Organization Survey 
(COS) to update and maintain a central, multipurpose Business Register 
(BR). In particular, the COS supplies critical information on the 
composition, organizational structure, and operating characteristics of 
multi-location companies.
    The BR serves two fundamental purposes:

--First, and most important, it provides sampling populations and 
enumeration lists for the Census Bureau's economic surveys and 
censuses, and it serves as an integral part of the statistical 
foundation underlying those programs. Essential for this purpose is the 
BR's ability to identify all known United States business 
establishments and their parent companies. Further, the BR must 
accurately record basic business attributes needed to control sampling 
and enumeration. These attributes include industrial and geographic 
classifications, and name and address information.
--Second, it provides establishment data that serve as the basis for 
the annual County Business Patterns (CBP) statistical series. The CBP 
reports present data on number of establishments, first quarter 
payroll, annual payroll, and mid-March employment summarized by 
industry and employment size class for the United States, the District 
of Columbia, Puerto Rico, counties, and county-equivalents. No other 
annual or more frequent series of industry statistics provides 
comparable detail, particularly for small geographic areas.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will conduct the 2009-2011 COS in a similar 
manner as the 2008 COS. These collections will direct inquiries to 
approximately 43,000 multi-establishment companies, which operate over 
1.2 million establishments. This panel will be drawn from the BR 
universe of nearly 200,000 multi-establishment companies, which operate 
1.6 million establishments. Additionally, the panel will include 
approximately 5,000 large single-establishment companies that may have 
added locations during the year.
    The mailing list for the 2009-2011 COS will include a certainty 
component, consisting of all multi-establishment companies with 250 or 
more employees, and those multi-establishment companies with 
administrative record values that indicate organizational changes. A 
non-certainty component will be drawn from the remaining multi-
establishment companies based on employment size. The mailing list also 
will include entities that are most likely to have added establishments 
at other locations.
    The primary collection medium for the COS is a paper questionnaire; 
however, many enterprises will submit automated/electronic COS reports. 
For 2009-2011, electronic reporting will be available to all COS 
respondents. Companies will receive and return responses by secure 
Internet transmission. Companies that cannot use the Internet will 
receive a CD-ROM containing their electronic data. All respondents will 
be allowed to mail the data via diskette or CD-ROM or submit their 
response data via the Internet. COS data is identical for all of the 
operating modes.
    The instrument will include inquiries on ownership or control by 
domestic or foreign parents, ownership of foreign affiliates, and 
leased employment. Further, the instrument will list an inventory of 
establishments belonging to the company and its subsidiaries, and 
request updates to these inventories, including additions, deletions, 
and changes to information on EIN, name and address, and industrial 
classification, end-of-year operating status, mid-March employment, 
first quarter payroll, and annual payroll.
    Additionally, the Census Bureau will ask certain questions in the 
2009-2011 COS in order to enhance content. We will include questions on 
leased employees working in the company, questions on research and 
development activities performed by the company, and questions on new 
or significantly improved methods of manufacturing, producing, 
delivering or distributing goods or services within the company.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0444.
    Form Number: NC-99001 and NC-99007 (for single-location companies).
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Businesses and not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 48,000 enterprises.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.59 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 127,517.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $3,643,161.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 of U.S.C. Sections 182, 195, 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

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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