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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 November 30, 2009. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 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 Census Bureau plans to request a three year extension of a currently approved collection of the Form C–404, Building Permits Survey. The Census Bureau produces statistics used to monitor activity in the large and dynamic construction industry. Given the importance of this industry, several of the statistical series are key economic indicators. Two such series are (a) Housing Units Authorized by Building Permits and (b) Housing Starts. Both are based on data from samples of permitissuing places. These statistics help State and local governments and the Federal Government, as well as private industry, to analyze this important sector of the economy. The Census Bureau uses Form C–404 to collect data to provide estimates of the number and valuation of new residential housing units authorized by building permits. The current form is titled ‘‘Report of New Privately-Owned Residential Building or Zoning Permits Issued’’. We plan to change the title to ‘‘Report of Building or Zoning Permits Issued for New Privately-Owned Housing Units’’ to clarify the data being requested. We use the data, a component of the index of leading economic indicators, to estimate the number of housing units started, completed, and sold, if single-family, and to select samples for the Census Bureau’s demographic surveys. The Census Bureau also uses the detailed geographic data collected from State and local officials on new residential construction authorized by building permits in the development of annual population estimates which are used by government agencies to allocate funding and other resources to local areas. Policymakers, planners, businessmen/ E:\FR\FM\30SEN1.SGM 30SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 188 / Wednesday, September 30, 2009 / Notices women, and others also use the detailed geographic data to monitor growth and plan for local services and to develop production and marketing plans. The Building Permits Survey is the only source of statistics on residential construction for States and smaller geographic areas. Building permits are public records so the information is not subject to disclosure restrictions. 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. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau collects this information by mail; respondents return forms by mail or fax. Some respondents send electronic files or printouts of permit information in lieu of completing the form. We are currently developing a system to provide an option for Webbased reporting which is scheduled to be operational in 2010. The survey universe is comprised of approximately 19,375 local governments that issue building permits. Monthly, we collect this information by mail for about 8,200 permit-issuing jurisdictions and via electronic files or printouts of permits for about 625 jurisdictions. Annually, we collect this information by mail for the remaining 10,550 jurisdictions. Dated: September 24, 2009. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E9–23530 Filed 9–29–09; 8:45 am] III. Data OMB Number: 0607–0094. Form Number: C–404. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State and Local Governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,375. Estimated Time per Response: 8 minutes for monthly respondents who report by mailing or faxing the form, 3 minutes for monthly respondents who send electronic files or printouts, and 23 minutes for annual respondents who report by mailing or faxing the form. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 17,539. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $420,745. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. CPrice-Sewell on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, 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 VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:56 Sep 29, 2009 Jkt 217001 BILLING CODE 3510–09–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Annual Survey of Manufactures Management and Organizational Practices Module 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 November 30, 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 Mendel D. Gayle, Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Rd., Rm 7K055, Washington, DC 20233, (301) 763–4587 or via the Internet at mendel.d.gayle@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to conduct the Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) Management and Organizational Practices Module for survey year 2010 with subsequent data collection PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50163 activities for this survey pending funding. The Census Bureau has conducted the Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) since 1949 to provide key measures of manufacturing activity during intercensal periods. In census years ending in ‘‘2’’ and ‘‘7’’, we mail and collect the ASM as part of the Economic Census covering the Manufacturing Sector. This survey is an integral part of the Government’s statistical program. The ASM furnishes up-to-date estimates of employment and payroll, hours and wages of production workers, value added by manufacture, cost of materials, value of shipments by product class, inventories, and expenditures for both plant and equipment and structures. This survey module would utilize the ASM survey panel collecting information on management and organizational practices at the establishment level. The data obtained from the module will allow us to estimate a firm’s stock of management and organizational assets, specifically the use of decentralized decision rights and greater investments in human capital. The results will provide information on investments in organizational practices thus gain a better understanding of the benefits from these investments when measured in terms of firm productivity or firm market value. A manufacturing sector establishment based survey on management and organizational practices would provide information on the dimensions of organizational capital for this sector not currently available. This ASM clearance request will be for the year 2010. II. Method of Collection The ASM Management and Organizational Practices Module will be mailed separately from the ASM and utilize mail out/mail back survey forms. The mail portion will be comprised of a probability sample of approximately 50,000 manufacturing establishments from a frame of approximately 225,000 establishments. These 225,000 establishments were all manufacturing establishments of multiunit companies (companies with operations at more than one location) and all singlelocation manufacturing companies that were mailed in the 2007 Census of Manufacturing. III. Data OMB Control Number: None. Form Number: MA–10002. Type of Review: Regular submission. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Report of 
Building or Zoning Permits Issued for New Privately-Owned Housing Units 
(Building Permits Survey)

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 November 30, 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 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 Census Bureau plans to request a three year extension of a 
currently approved collection of the Form C-404, Building Permits 
Survey. The Census Bureau produces statistics used to monitor activity 
in the large and dynamic construction industry. Given the importance of 
this industry, several of the statistical series are key economic 
indicators. Two such series are (a) Housing Units Authorized by 
Building Permits and (b) Housing Starts. Both are based on data from 
samples of permit-issuing places. These statistics help State and local 
governments and the Federal Government, as well as private industry, to 
analyze this important sector of the economy.
    The Census Bureau uses Form C-404 to collect data to provide 
estimates of the number and valuation of new residential housing units 
authorized by building permits. The current form is titled ``Report of 
New Privately-Owned Residential Building or Zoning Permits Issued''. We 
plan to change the title to ``Report of Building or Zoning Permits 
Issued for New Privately-Owned Housing Units'' to clarify the data 
being requested. We use the data, a component of the index of leading 
economic indicators, to estimate the number of housing units started, 
completed, and sold, if single-family, and to select samples for the 
Census Bureau's demographic surveys. The Census Bureau also uses the 
detailed geographic data collected from State and local officials on 
new residential construction authorized by building permits in the 
development of annual population estimates which are used by government 
agencies to allocate funding and other resources to local areas. 
Policymakers, planners, businessmen/

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women, and others also use the detailed geographic data to monitor 
growth and plan for local services and to develop production and 
marketing plans. The Building Permits Survey is the only source of 
statistics on residential construction for States and smaller 
geographic areas. Building permits are public records so the 
information is not subject to disclosure restrictions.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau collects this information by mail; respondents 
return forms by mail or fax. Some respondents send electronic files or 
printouts of permit information in lieu of completing the form. We are 
currently developing a system to provide an option for Web-based 
reporting which is scheduled to be operational in 2010.
    The survey universe is comprised of approximately 19,375 local 
governments that issue building permits. Monthly, we collect this 
information by mail for about 8,200 permit-issuing jurisdictions and 
via electronic files or printouts of permits for about 625 
jurisdictions. Annually, we collect this information by mail for the 
remaining 10,550 jurisdictions.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0607-0094.
    Form Number: C-404.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: State and Local Governments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,375.
    Estimated Time per Response: 8 minutes for monthly respondents who 
report by mailing or faxing the form, 3 minutes for monthly respondents 
who send electronic files or printouts, and 23 minutes for annual 
respondents who report by mailing or faxing the form.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 17,539.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $420,745.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, 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: September 24, 2009.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E9-23530 Filed 9-29-09; 8:45 am]
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