Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Current Population Surveys (CPS)-Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), 3610-3611 [2011-1095]

Download as PDF 3610 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 13 / Thursday, January 20, 2011 / Notices 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: January 14, 2011. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–1116 Filed 1–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances 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 March 21, 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 Jeff Barnett, Chief, Local Government Finance and Statistics Branch, Governments Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC 20233–6800 [(301) 763–2787] (or via the mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:24 Jan 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 Internet at Jeffrey.L.Barnett@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to request clearance for the forms necessary to conduct the public finance program which consists of an annual collection of information and a quinquennial collection in the census years ending in ‘‘2’’ and ‘‘7’’. During the upcoming three years, we intend to conduct the 2011 and 2013 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances and the 2012 Census of Governments: Finance. The Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finance collects data on state government finances and estimates of local government revenue, expenditure, debt, and assets, nationally and within state areas. Data are collected for all agencies, departments, and institutions of the fifty state governments and for a sample of all local governments (counties, municipalities, townships, and special districts). Data for school districts are collected under a separate survey. In the census year, equivalent data are collected from all local governments. Results of this survey are used by the Bureau of Economic Analysis to develop the public sector components of the National Income and Product Accounts. Other Federal agencies that make frequent use of these data include the Federal Reserve Board, the Congressional Research Service, the Government Accountability Office, and the Department of Justice. Other users include state and local government executives and legislators, policy makers, economists, researchers, and the general public. II. Method of Collection These surveys use multiple modes for data collection including: Web collection, mail canvass, telephone, e-reporting and central collection. Canvass methodology primarily consists of a mail out/mail back questionnaire. Responses will be scanned, and then put into an electronic format. Other methods used to collect data and maximize response include collecting local government data from central state sources and compiling from submitted financial audits, comprehensive financial reports, and public Internet outputs. Also, the finance forms can be completed on-line. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0585. Form Number: F–5, F–11, F–12, F– 12(S), F–13, F–25, F–28, F–29, F–32, and F–42. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State and local governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 11,589 (Annual) 50,613 (Census). Estimated Time per Response: 2.965 hours (Annual), 2.892 hours (Census). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 34,367 (Annual), 146,379 (Census). Estimated Total Annual Cost: Cost to respondents is estimated to be $788,433 (Annual) $3,358,214 (Census) Note: Based upon the average hourly pay for full-time employment for the financial administration function within the 2007 Census of state and local government employment. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 161 and 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: January 14, 2011. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–1115 Filed 1–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Current Population Surveys (CPS)—Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS) U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 13 / Thursday, January 20, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 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 March 21, 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 David Sheldon, U.S. Census Bureau, 7H108D, Washington, DC 20233–8400, (301) 763–7327. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau is requesting clearance for the collection of data concerning the HVS. The current clearance expires July 31, 2011. The HVS has been conducted in conjunction with the CPS since 1956 and serves a broad array of data users as described below. We conduct the HVS interviews with landlords or other knowledgeable people concerning vacant housing units identified in the monthly CPS sample and meeting certain criteria. The HVS provides the only quarterly and annual statistics on rental vacancy rates and homeownership rates for the United States, the four census regions, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the 75 largest metropolitan areas (MAs). Private and public sector organizations use these rates extensively to gauge and analyze the housing market with regard to supply, cost, and affordability at various points in time. In addition, the rental vacancy rate is a component of the index of leading economic indicators published by the Department of Commerce. Policy analysts, program managers, budget analysts, and congressional staff use these data to advise the executive and legislative branches of government with respect to the number and characteristics of units available for occupancy and the suitability of housing initiatives. Several other government agencies use these data on a continuing basis in calculating consumer expenditures for housing as a VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:24 Jan 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 component of the gross national product; to project mortgage demands; and to measure the adequacy of the supply of rental and homeowner units. In addition, investment firms use the HVS data to analyze market trends and for economic forecasting. II. Method of Collection Field representatives collect this HVS information by personal-visit interviews in conjunction with the regular monthly CPS interviewing. We collect HVS data concerning units that are vacant and intended for year-round occupancy as determined during the CPS interview. Approximately 7,260 units in the CPS sample meet these criteria each month. All interviews are conducted using computer-assisted interviewing. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0179. Form Number: HVS–600 (Fact Sheet for the Housing Vacancy Survey), CPS– 263 (MIS–1) (L) (Introductory letter explaining the need for the survey and answering frequently asked questions) and BC–1428RV (Brochure—The U.S. Census Bureau Respects Your Privacy and Keeps Your Personal Information Confidential). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals who have knowledge of the vacant sample unit (e.g., landlord, rental agents, neighbors). Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,260 per month. Estimated Time per Response: 3 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,477 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: There is no cost to the respondents other than their time. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C., 182, and Title 29, U.S.C., 1–9. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3611 included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 13, 2011. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–1095 Filed 1–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting The Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee will meet on February 10, 2011, 9:30 a.m., in the Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 3884, 14th Street between Constitution & Pennsylvania Avenues, NW., Washington, DC. The Committee advises the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration with respect to technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to transportation and related equipment or technology. Public Session 1. Welcome and Introductions. 2. Review Status of Working Groups. 3. Proposals from the Public. Closed Session 4. Discussion of matters determined to be exempt from the provisions relating to public meetings found in 5 U.S.C. app. 2 §§ 10(a)(1) and 10(a)(3). The open session will be accessible via teleconference to 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis. To join the conference, submit inquiries to Ms. Yvette Springer at Yspringer@bis.doc.gov no later than February 3, 2011. A limited number of seats will be available during the public session of the meeting. Reservations are not accepted. To the extent time permits, members of the public may present oral statements to the Committee. The public may submit written statements at any time before or after the meeting. However, to facilitate distribution of public presentation materials to Committee members, the Committee suggests that presenters forward the public presentation materials prior to the meeting to Ms. Springer via e-mail. The Assistant Secretary for Administration, with the concurrence of the delegate of the General Counsel, E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Current 
Population Surveys (CPS)--Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS)

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing

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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 March 21, 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 David Sheldon, U.S. Census Bureau, 7H108D, 
Washington, DC 20233-8400, (301) 763-7327.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau is requesting clearance for the collection of 
data concerning the HVS. The current clearance expires July 31, 2011. 
The HVS has been conducted in conjunction with the CPS since 1956 and 
serves a broad array of data users as described below.
    We conduct the HVS interviews with landlords or other knowledgeable 
people concerning vacant housing units identified in the monthly CPS 
sample and meeting certain criteria. The HVS provides the only 
quarterly and annual statistics on rental vacancy rates and 
homeownership rates for the United States, the four census regions, the 
50 states and the District of Columbia, and the 75 largest metropolitan 
areas (MAs). Private and public sector organizations use these rates 
extensively to gauge and analyze the housing market with regard to 
supply, cost, and affordability at various points in time.
    In addition, the rental vacancy rate is a component of the index of 
leading economic indicators published by the Department of Commerce.
    Policy analysts, program managers, budget analysts, and 
congressional staff use these data to advise the executive and 
legislative branches of government with respect to the number and 
characteristics of units available for occupancy and the suitability of 
housing initiatives. Several other government agencies use these data 
on a continuing basis in calculating consumer expenditures for housing 
as a component of the gross national product; to project mortgage 
demands; and to measure the adequacy of the supply of rental and 
homeowner units. In addition, investment firms use the HVS data to 
analyze market trends and for economic forecasting.

II. Method of Collection

    Field representatives collect this HVS information by personal-
visit interviews in conjunction with the regular monthly CPS 
interviewing. We collect HVS data concerning units that are vacant and 
intended for year-round occupancy as determined during the CPS 
interview. Approximately 7,260 units in the CPS sample meet these 
criteria each month. All interviews are conducted using computer-
assisted interviewing.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0179.
    Form Number: HVS-600 (Fact Sheet for the Housing Vacancy Survey), 
CPS-263 (MIS-1) (L) (Introductory letter explaining the need for the 
survey and answering frequently asked questions) and BC-1428RV 
(Brochure--The U.S. Census Bureau Respects Your Privacy and Keeps Your 
Personal Information Confidential).
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals who have knowledge of the vacant 
sample unit (e.g., landlord, rental agents, neighbors).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,260 per month.
    Estimated Time per Response: 3 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,477 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: There is no cost to the respondents 
other than their time.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C., 182, and Title 29, U.S.C., 1-9.

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: January 13, 2011.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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