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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 15, 2010 / Notices Officer, (202) 482–0266, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 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 OIRA_Submission@omb.eop. gov. Dated: December 9, 2010. Brenda Dolan, U.S. Department of Commerce, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Officer. Dated: December 10, 2010. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Questionnaire for Building Permit Official [FR Doc. 2010–31422 Filed 12–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: [FR Doc. 2010–31464 Filed 12–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–HR–P 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)). SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket No. 101207607–0607–02] Privacy Act System of Records U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: Notice of amended Privacy Act System of Records: COMMERCE/ CENSUS–8, Statistical Administrative Records System. ACTION: The Department of Commerce publishes this notice to announce the effective date of a Privacy Act System of Records notice entitled COMMERCE/ CENSUS–8, Statistical Administrative Records System. SUMMARY: The system of records becomes effective on December 15, 2010. DATES: For a copy of the system of records please mail requests to: Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Room HQ–8H168, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233–3700. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Room HQ–8H168, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233–3700, 301–763– 6560. On October 27, 2010, the Department of Commerce published and requested comments on a proposed Privacy Act System of Records notice entitled COMMERCE/CENSUS–8, Statistical Administrative Records System (75 FR 66061). No comments were received in response to the request for comments. By this notice, the Department is adopting the proposed system as final without changes effective December 15, 2010. hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:10 Dec 14, 2010 Jkt 223001 To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before February 14, 2011. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 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). DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request an extension 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 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78211 geographic coverage of the permit system. We need this information 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 of SOC–QBPO is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2011. We will continue to use the current CAPI questionnaire without any revisions and are requesting approval of continual use of the existing questionnaire in the field. There are no revisions to the current questionnaire. The overall length of the interview and 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 using the SOC–QBPO. The field representative visits the permit office, conducts the interview, and completes this electronic form. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0125. Form Number: SOC–QBPO. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State and local Government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 900. Estimated Time Per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 225 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: The cost to the respondents is estimated to be $5,475 based on an average hourly salary of $24.34 for local government employees. This estimate was taken from the Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Government Employment for 2009. 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 E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 78212 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 15, 2010 / Notices 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 10, 2010. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–31466 Filed 12–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Center for Economic Studies Research Proposal Process and Project Management U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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)). SUMMARY: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before February 14, 2011. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 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 Dr. Brian P. Holly, Project Review Coordinator, Center for Economic Studies, U.S Census Bureau, Room 2K139, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20746 (or via the Internet at brian.p.holly@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES DATES: I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau through its network of Census Research Data Centers (RDCs) supports and encourages VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:10 Dec 14, 2010 Jkt 223001 research activity using Census Bureau microdata to improve Census Bureau programs. The RDCs provide access to researchers, federal agencies, and other institutions meeting the requirements of Title 13 United States Code, Section 23(c) to non-publicly available Census Bureau data files. The Center for Economic Studies operates the RDC system on behalf of the Census Bureau. The objective of the Center for Economic Studies (CES) and the Research Data Centers (RDCs) is to increase the utility and quality of Census Bureau data products. The external research program supported by CES and the RDCs increases the quality and utility of Census data in several ways. First, access to microdata encourages knowledgeable researchers to become familiar with Census data products and Census collection methods. More importantly, providing qualified researchers access to confidential microdata enables research projects that would not be possible without access to respondent-level information. This increases the value of data that has been collected. Access to the microdata also allows for data linking not possible with aggregates, both cross-survey linkages and longitudinal linkages. These linkages leverage the value of preexisting data. Creative use of microdata can address important policy questions without the need for additional data collections. In addition, the best means by which the Census Bureau can check on the quality of the data it collects, edits, and tabulates is to make its micro records available in a controlled, secure environment to sophisticated users who, by employing the micro records in the course of rigorous analysis, will uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the micro records. Each set of observations is the end result of dozens upon dozens of decision rules covering definitions, classifications, coding procedures, processing rules, editing rules, disclosure rules, and so on. The validity and consequences of all these decision rules only become evident when the Census Bureau’s micro databases are tested in the course of analysis. Exposing to the light of research the conceptual and processing assumptions that are embedded in the Census Bureau’s micro databases constitutes a core element in the Census Bureau’s commitment to quality. CES and the RDCs conduct, facilitate, and support microdata research. The Proposal Process Persons wishing to conduct research at a Research Data Center must submit a research proposal using the CES Web PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 site (http://www.ces.census.gov). Detailed guidelines describe the research proposal submission process. There are two distinct steps to submit a research proposal. The first step is the development of a preliminary proposal. The second step is the submission of a final proposal. Preliminary Proposal Development Researchers who wish to develop a proposal to conduct research at one of the Census Bureau’s Research Data Centers (RDC) initially contact the RDC administrator at the center where the research will be conducted. The researcher discusses the proposed project with the administrator to determine whether the research fits with the Bureau’s mission, is feasible, and is likely to provide benefits to Census Bureau programs under Title 13, Chapter 5 of the U.S. Code. The researcher registers as a user with CES by opening an account through the Center’s Web site (http:// www.ces.census.gov). All researchers must have a user account in order to submit preliminary and final proposals to CES. Working closely with the RDC administrator, researchers develop a preliminary research proposal that includes information about the researcher(s), RDC location(s) where the research will be carried out, purpose of the research, funding source, requested datasets, desired software, a brief narrative description of the research project and proposed benefits to the Census Bureau. The researcher enters this information via the CES on-line proposal management system accessible on the CES Web site. Once a preliminary proposal has been submitted, the RDC administrator reviews it and advises the researcher of any suggestions for improvement. The administrator must approve the preliminary proposal before the researcher can submit a final proposal to CES. Final Proposal Submission The final proposal consists of three separate documents in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF): (1) Abstract of the proposal, (2) Project description (full proposal), and (3) Statement of benefits to the Census Bureau. The submitter uploads the final documents to the CES management system via his or her user account and submits for Census Review by clicking on the Submit link button. This locks the project entry to prevent further edits or document uploads. Document length varies by type. The abstract is limited to one page, the E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 240 (Wednesday, December 15, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 78211-78212]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-31466]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Questionnaire 
for Building Permit Official

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 February 14, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 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 an extension 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. We need this information 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 of SOC-QBPO is scheduled to expire on July 
31, 2011. We will continue to use the current CAPI questionnaire 
without any revisions and are requesting approval of continual use of 
the existing questionnaire in the field. There are no revisions to the 
current questionnaire. The overall length of the interview and 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 using the 
SOC-QBPO. The field representative visits the permit office, conducts 
the interview, and completes this electronic form.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0125.
    Form Number: SOC-QBPO.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: State and local Government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 900.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 225 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: The cost to the respondents is 
estimated to be $5,475 based on an average hourly salary of $24.34 for 
local government employees. This estimate was taken from the Census 
Bureau's Annual Survey of Government Employment for 2009.
    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

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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 10, 2010.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-31466 Filed 12-14-10; 8:45 am]
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