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Download as PDF 13980 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2012 Economic Census Covering the Information, etc. 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 May 16, 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 Jack R. Drago, U.S. Census Bureau, Service Sector Statistics Division, HQ–8K059, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233–0001 (301–763–7190 or via the Internet at scb@census.gov). DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The economic census, conducted under authority of Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), is the primary source of facts about the structure and functioning of the Nation’s economy. Economic statistics serve as part of the framework for the national accounts and provide essential information for government, business, and the general public. Economic data are the Census Bureau’s primary program commitment during nondecennial census years. The 2012 Economic Census covering the Information; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Management of Companies and Enterprises; Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services; Educational Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; and Other Services (Except Public Administration) sectors VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Mar 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 (as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)) will measure the economic activity of approxiamately 3.0 million establishments. The information collected will produce basic statistics by kind of business on the number of establishments, receipts/revenue, expenses, payroll, and employment. It will also yield a variety of subject statistics, including receipts/revenue by product line, receipts/revenue by class of customer, and other industry-specific measures. Primary strategies for reducing burden in Census Bureau economic data collections are to increase reporting through standardized questionnaires and broader electronic data collection methods. II. Method of Collection Mail Selection Procedures Establishments for the mail canvass will be selected from the Census Bureau’s Business Register. To be eligible for selection, an establishment will be required to satisfy the following conditions: (i) It must be classified in the Information; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Management of Companies and Enterprises; Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services; Educational Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; or Other Services (except Public Administration) sector; (ii) it must be an active operating establishment of a multi-establishment firm (i.e., a firm that operates at more than one physical location), or it must be a single-establishment firm with payroll (i.e., a firm that operates at only one physical location); and (iii) it must be located in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. Mail selection procedures will distinguish the following groups of establishments: 1. Establishments of MultiEstablishment Firms All active operating establishments of multi-establishment firms will be included in the mail component of the potential respondent universe. We estimate that the 2012 Economic Census mail canvasses will include approximately 598,698 establishments of multi-establishment firms. 2. Single-Establishment Firms With Payroll As an initial step in the selection process, we will conduct a study of the potential respondent universe. This study will produce a set of industryspecific payroll cutoffs that we will use to distinguish large versus small single- PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 establishment firms within each industry or kind of business. This payroll size distinction will affect selection as follows: a. Large Single-Establishment Firms All single-establishment firms having annualized payroll (from Federal administrative records) that equals or exceeds the cutoff for their industry will be included in the mail component of the potential respondent universe. We estimate that the 2012 Economic Census mail canvasses will include approximately 595,742 large singleestablishment firms. b. Small Single-Establishment Firms A sample of single-establishment firms having annualized payroll below the cutoff for their industry will be included in the mail component of the potential respondent universe. Sampling strata and corresponding probabilities of selection will be determined by a study of the potential respondent universe conducted shortly before the mail selection operations begin. We estimate that the 2012 Economic Census mail canvasses will include approximately 195,662 small single-establishment firms selected in this sample. All remaining single-establishment firms with payroll will be represented in the census by data from Federal administrative records. Generally, we will not include these small employers in the census mail canvasses. However, administrative records sometimes have fundamental industry classification deficiencies that make them unsuitable for use in producing detailed industry statistics by geographic area. When we find such a deficiency, we will mail the firm a census classification form. We estimate that the 2012 Economic Census mail canvasses will include approximately 348,402 small singleestablishment firms that receive these forms. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0934. Form Number: The 85 standard forms, 22 classification forms, and six ownership or control fliers used to collect information from businesses in these sectors of the Economic Census are tailored to specific business practices and are too numerous to list separately in this notice. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State or local governments, businesses, or other for profit or non-profit institutions or organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,542,829. E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2011 / Notices Estimated Time per Response: .95 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,462,751 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $42,434,751. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 131 and 224. 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: March 10, 2011. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–5980 Filed 3–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2012 Economic Census Covering the Construction Sector U.S. Census Bureau. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: 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)). srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before May 16, 2011. DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Mar 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 Julius Smith, Jr., U.S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing and Construction Division, Room 7K055, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, telephone (301) 763–7662 (or via the Internet at julius.smith.jr@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract The Census Bureau is the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. Economic data are the Census Bureau’s primary program commitment during non-decennial census years. The economic census, conducted under authority of Title 13, United States Code, is the primary source of facts about the structure and functioning of the Nation’s economy and features unique industry and geographic detail. Economic census statistics serve as part of the framework for the national accounts and provide essential information for government, business and the general public. The 2012 Economic Census covering the Construction Sector (as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)) is a sample survey that will measure the economic activity of almost 650,000 establishments engaged in building construction and land subdivision and land development, heavy construction (except buildings), such as highways, power plants, pipelines; and construction activity by special trade contractors. The information collected from businesses in this sector of the economic census will produce basic statistics by industry for number of establishments, value of construction work, payroll, employment, selected costs, depreciable assets, inventories, and capital expenditures. It also will yield a variety of subject statistics, including estimates of type of construction work done, kind of business activity, size of establishments and other industry-specific measures. Primary strategies for reducing burden in Census Bureau economic data collections are to increase electronic reporting through broader use of PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13981 computerized self-administered census questionnaires, on-line questionnaires and other electronic data collection methods. II. Method of Collection The construction industry sector of the economic census will select establishments for its mail canvass from a sample frame extracted from the Census Bureau’s Business Register. To be eligible for selection, an establishment will be required to satisfy the following conditions: (i) It must be classified in the construction industry sector; (ii) it must be an active operating establishment of a multi-establishment firm, or it must be a singleestablishment firm with payroll for at least one quarter of calendar year 2012; and (iii) it must be located in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. Mail selection procedures will distinguish the following groups of establishments: A. Establishments of MultiEstablishment Firms Selection procedures will assign all active construction establishments of multi-establishment firms to the mail component of the potential respondent universe. We estimate that the mail canvass for the 2012 construction sector will include approximately 18,000 establishments of multi-establishment firms. B. Single-Establishment Firms With Payroll In the fall of 2011, the Census Bureau will conduct a limited classification refile operation (see Federal Register Notice issued December 2010, 2012 Economic Census Classification Report for Construction, Manufacturing, and Mining Sectors). Within the construction sector, this refile will be directed to single-establishment firms in the Business Register with a NAICS industry code within the 236 subsector. This specific subsector was problematic in the 2007 Economic Census. The goal of the refile is to obtain accurate 6-digit NAICS industry codes for these singleestablishment firms prior to the sampling operation. We are not aware of other systematic coding issues that need to be addressed via this refile. The primary goal is to produce reliable State level estimates for each NAICS industry. We will use a stratified probability-proportionate-to-size (PPS) sample strategy for selecting the sample of single-establishment firms. The population of eligible singleestablishment firms will be partitioned into State by NAICS strata. Within each stratum, each establishment will be E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

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 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2012 Economic 
Census Covering the Information, etc.

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 May 16, 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 Jack R. Drago, U.S. Census Bureau, Service Sector 
Statistics Division, HQ-8K059, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 
20233-0001 (301-763-7190 or via the Internet at scb@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The economic census, conducted under authority of Title 13, United 
States Code (U.S.C.), is the primary source of facts about the 
structure and functioning of the Nation's economy. Economic statistics 
serve as part of the framework for the national accounts and provide 
essential information for government, business, and the general public. 
Economic data are the Census Bureau's primary program commitment during 
nondecennial census years. The 2012 Economic Census covering the 
Information; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; 
Management of Companies and Enterprises; Administrative and Support and 
Waste Management and Remediation Services; Educational Services; Health 
Care and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; and 
Other Services (Except Public Administration) sectors (as defined by 
the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)) will measure 
the economic activity of approxiamately 3.0 million establishments. The 
information collected will produce basic statistics by kind of business 
on the number of establishments, receipts/revenue, expenses, payroll, 
and employment. It will also yield a variety of subject statistics, 
including receipts/revenue by product line, receipts/revenue by class 
of customer, and other industry-specific measures. Primary strategies 
for reducing burden in Census Bureau economic data collections are to 
increase reporting through standardized questionnaires and broader 
electronic data collection methods.

II. Method of Collection

Mail Selection Procedures

    Establishments for the mail canvass will be selected from the 
Census Bureau's Business Register. To be eligible for selection, an 
establishment will be required to satisfy the following conditions: (i) 
It must be classified in the Information; Professional, Scientific, and 
Technical Services; Management of Companies and Enterprises; 
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation 
Services; Educational Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; 
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; or Other Services (except Public 
Administration) sector; (ii) it must be an active operating 
establishment of a multi-establishment firm (i.e., a firm that operates 
at more than one physical location), or it must be a single-
establishment firm with payroll (i.e., a firm that operates at only one 
physical location); and (iii) it must be located in one of the 50 
States or the District of Columbia. Mail selection procedures will 
distinguish the following groups of establishments:
1. Establishments of Multi-Establishment Firms
    All active operating establishments of multi-establishment firms 
will be included in the mail component of the potential respondent 
universe. We estimate that the 2012 Economic Census mail canvasses will 
include approximately 598,698 establishments of multi-establishment 
firms.
2. Single-Establishment Firms With Payroll
    As an initial step in the selection process, we will conduct a 
study of the potential respondent universe. This study will produce a 
set of industry-specific payroll cutoffs that we will use to 
distinguish large versus small single-establishment firms within each 
industry or kind of business. This payroll size distinction will affect 
selection as follows:
a. Large Single-Establishment Firms
    All single-establishment firms having annualized payroll (from 
Federal administrative records) that equals or exceeds the cutoff for 
their industry will be included in the mail component of the potential 
respondent universe. We estimate that the 2012 Economic Census mail 
canvasses will include approximately 595,742 large single-establishment 
firms.
b. Small Single-Establishment Firms
    A sample of single-establishment firms having annualized payroll 
below the cutoff for their industry will be included in the mail 
component of the potential respondent universe. Sampling strata and 
corresponding probabilities of selection will be determined by a study 
of the potential respondent universe conducted shortly before the mail 
selection operations begin. We estimate that the 2012 Economic Census 
mail canvasses will include approximately 195,662 small single-
establishment firms selected in this sample.
    All remaining single-establishment firms with payroll will be 
represented in the census by data from Federal administrative records. 
Generally, we will not include these small employers in the census mail 
canvasses. However, administrative records sometimes have fundamental 
industry classification deficiencies that make them unsuitable for use 
in producing detailed industry statistics by geographic area. When we 
find such a deficiency, we will mail the firm a census classification 
form. We estimate that the 2012 Economic Census mail canvasses will 
include approximately 348,402 small single-establishment firms that 
receive these forms.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0934.
    Form Number: The 85 standard forms, 22 classification forms, and 
six ownership or control fliers used to collect information from 
businesses in these sectors of the Economic Census are tailored to 
specific business practices and are too numerous to list separately in 
this notice.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: State or local governments, businesses, or other 
for profit or non-profit institutions or organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,542,829.

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    Estimated Time per Response: .95 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,462,751 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $42,434,751.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 131 and 224.

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: March 10, 2011.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-5980 Filed 3-14-11; 8:45 am]
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