Notice of Intent To Request New Information Collection, 53398-53400 [2011-21848]

Download as PDF 53398 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2011 / Notices electronic, mechanical, or other technical collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Dated: August 8, 2011. Edward Knipling, Administrator, ARS. [FR Doc. 2011–21847 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–03–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Economic Research Service Notice of Intent To Request New Information Collection Economic Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to send comments regarding any aspect of this proposed information collection. This is a new collection for the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey. DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received on or before October 25, 2011 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Tim Wojan, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1800 M St., NW., Room N4110, Washington, DC 20036–5801. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Tim Wojan at 202–694–5756 or via e-mail to twojan@ers.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Economic Research Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 1800 M St., NW., Room N4110, Washington, DC 20036–5801. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments and replies will be a matter of public record. 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 of the emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:37 Aug 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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 those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Tim Wojan at the address in the preamble. Tel. 202– 694–5419. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Rural Establishment Innovation Survey. OMB Number: 0536–XXXX. Expiration Date: Three years from the date of approval. Type of Request: New collection. Abstract: This survey of business establishments, funded through USDA’s Rural Development Mission Area, will be conducted over a 6-month period with up to 30,000 respondents to collect information on rural tradable business sectors such as manufacturing and professional services. This information will contribute to a better understanding of how rural businesses and their communities are dealing with the increasing competitive pressures and opportunities associated with the spread of new information technologies through our economy and the business and community characteristics associated with effective response to these pressures and opportunities. This information is critical to the Rural Development Mission Area’s aim of creating jobs, developing new markets and increasing competitiveness for rural businesses and communities. The information to be collected by the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey is necessary to understand: (1) The adoption of innovative practices and their contribution to firm productivity; (2) the availability and use of local and regional assets (such as workforce education, local financial institutions, strong local business and other economic associations, and transportation infrastructure) and the association of these assets with successful adjustment; and (3) the extent and importance of participation in Federal, State and local programs designed to promote rural business vitality and growth. This need is made more urgent by increased international competition in goods and some service markets, particularly from low labor cost countries. The traditional cost advantage of domestic rural PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 establishments has been significantly eroded by these developments, requiring emphasis on new products, new processes, new marketing channels and improved customer service. A thorough understanding of the viability of the rural business sector requires collecting information on the capability for innovation. As the first collection of information devoted specifically to innovation in rural business establishments, the proposed survey will complement other Federal efforts in gauging innovative activity in the private sector. Information on formal research and development (R&D) activities is collected by the National Science Foundation using the Business R&D and Innovation Survey. While some of this formal research and development activity takes place in nonmetropolitan counties, it is anticipated that the great majority of rural innovation occurs less through the creation of new patentable products than through the adoption of new practices and niche marketing. The emphasis of the proposed collection will be on understanding the process of innovation in business establishments as opposed to measuring R&D inputs. Another difference between this and other Federal surveys on innovative activity will be the focus on constraints to innovation stemming from nonmetropolitan locations. Information on the availability of skilled workers and the ability to recruit managers and professionals will inform possible human capital impediments to innovation. Information on access to credit needed for business formation and development will allow for assessing financing impediments to innovation. Information on the availability of broadband Internet service and how this capability affects business strategy will allow assessing infrastructure impediments to innovation. Information on interaction with suppliers, customers, competitors, business associations and other local institutions providing real services to the establishment will inform the importance of regional clusters to innovation. The survey will collect data from about 30,000 business establishments in tradable sectors that will include mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, finance and insurance, professional/scientific/technical services, arts, and management of businesses. Only businesses with 5 or more employees will be included in the sample. While the focus of the survey will be on establishments in nonmetropolitan counties, E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2011 / Notices emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES establishments from metropolitan counties will be sampled in adequate numbers to allow comparative analysis. Businesses will be selected at random from strata defined by establishment size categories, industry and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan status of the county. The sample will be selected from the business establishment list maintained by state employment security departments where state approval is granted, and from a proprietary business establishment list frame for those states where approval is not granted. The much more comprehensive coverage of new and small establishments available in state administrative data provides a compelling argument for this hybrid sample frame approach, as these establishments are critical to examining processes of entrepreneurship and innovation. The interview protocol will include a screening interview to identify the most knowledgeable person in the establishment to respond to questions regarding innovative activities of the entity. Screening greatly improves the quality and effectiveness of the contact information. The most appropriate phone number, e-mail address and mailing address will be collected at this time to allow efficient distribution of a multi-modal survey instrument to the most appropriate respondent for the business. Respondents will have the flexibility to respond to a Web questionnaire, a mail questionnaire, or a telephone survey based on their personal preference. This protocol will reduce respondent burden by using the survey mode which is most efficient for a given respondent. Past research has demonstrated that multi-modal surveys also increase survey response rates. A limited number of control surveys will be used to assess any mode bias. Social exchange theory will also be invoked as this is seen as integral to the tailored design methodology (Dillman et al., 2009) that will be employed in this study to increase response rate. In addition to offering mixed survey modes, the design will integrate multiple and mutually supportive ways to appeal to the diversity of respondents VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:37 Aug 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 in this business population. The following are some examples of these design elements: • The survey request will be distinguishable from other surveys and will emphasize how the information will be used and describe the benefits back to the population for responding to the survey. • Survey appeals in contacts will show positive regard and call on the norms of social responsibility by asking for respondents’ help and advice, as some respondents feel rewarded when they know they have helped others. • Survey contacts will be personally addressed, toll free numbers will be provided for answering questions and providing help. Confidentiality of responses will be ensured and respondents will know how to contact the surveyor if they have questions on security or other issues. • All contacts will be personalized and will emphasize why the study is important and express appreciation for respondents’ help. They will be formally thanked for promptly completing questionnaires. • Small tangible token rewards provided in advance and at the time of the survey request will be further tested with small businesses to encourage response. Previous survey research has shown that small cash token incentives provided with the survey significantly increase response rates and do much better than promised rewards or nonmonetary rewards. A key component of tailored survey design is considering and balancing how features of questions, questionnaires, mailings, interviewing, and the context of the survey will influence trust, cost, and rewards associated with the survey circumstances and respondents. All study instruments will be kept as simple and respondent-friendly as possible. Responses are voluntary and confidential. Responses will be used to produce statistics and for no other purpose. Data files from the survey will not be released to the public. Affected Public: Respondents include business establishments with at least 5 employees in both nonmetropolitan and metropolitan counties. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53399 Estimated Number of Respondents The survey is cross-sectional and will be completed at one point in time. The survey will have a complex mixed survey administration to include telephone screening, pre-notification letter with Web access, multi-contact telephone interviewing, follow-up nonrespondent mail questionnaires, and simultaneous Web questionnaires offered during all contacts. Completion time for each questionnaire, based on comparisons with similar mixed modes is estimated at 30 minutes per completion, including time for reading correspondence, returning an eligibility postcard or responding to a screening call, reviewing instructions, gathering data needed, and responding to questionnaire items. It is also expected that those choosing not to participate will require 10 minutes to review the materials and decide not to participate. Full Study: The initial sample size for the full study is 30,000 businesses. The expected overall response rate is 80 percent for firms in the main study. The total estimated response burden for all of those participating in the study is 12,000 hours (30,000 respondents × 80 percent response rate × 0.50 hours) and for the non-responding business is 1,000 hours (6,000 respondents × 10 minutes). Pilot Study: A pilot test of the survey will be done in advance of the full study survey. The purpose of the pilot is to evaluate the survey protocol, and test instruments and questionnaires. The initial sample size for this phase of the research is 4,000 businesses. The expected response rate is 80% of firms. The total estimated response burden for the pilot testing is 1,600 hours (4,000 respondents × 80 percent × 0.5 hours). Non-responding businesses will experience 133 hours of burden (800 respondents × 10 minutes). Total respondent burden is estimated at 14,733 hours (see table below). Testing will be limited to a maximum of 9 businesses which will be consulted on the questionnaire and asked to complete the questionnaire in a cognitive interview test. E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 53400 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2011 / Notices [FR Doc. 2011–21848 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Black Hills National Forest, SD; Thunder Basin National Grassland, WY; Teckla-Osage-Rapid City Transmission 230 kV Project Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposal by Black Hills Power (BHP) to construct and operate a 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the Teckla and Osage Substations in northeastern Wyoming to the Lange Substation in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be a cooperating agency on this EIS. The Teckla-Osage-Rapid City Transmission 230 kV Project would be approximately 150 miles long. It would cross portions of the Black Hills National Forest and private lands in South Dakota and portions of the Thunder Basin National Grasslands, private lands, BLM lands, and state lands in Wyoming. The line would be constructed on wood or steel H-frame structures for most of its length with possibly some steel monopole structures in the Rapid City area. The structures would be 65 to75 feet tall and the line would require a right-of-way approximately 125 feet wide. DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis would be most useful if received by 30 days following the date of this notice. The draft environmental impact statement is expected to be available for public review by November 2012 and the final environmental impact statement is expected to be completed by June 2013. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Dave Slepnikoff, Project Manager, Black Hills National Forest, 8221 South emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:37 Aug 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 Highway 16, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702; or Geri Proctor, Thunder Basin National Grasslands, 2250 East Richards Street, Douglas, WY 82633–8922. Send comments via e-mail to commentsrocky-mountain-black-hillsmystic@fs.fed.us with ‘‘Teckla–Osage– Rapid City Transmission Project’’ as the subject. Electronic comments must be readable in Word, Rich Text or PDF formats. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Those with questions or needing additional information should contact Dave Slepnikoff, Team Leader and Project Manager, at the Mystic Ranger District office in Rapid City at (605) 343–1567, or Geri Proctor at the Thunder Basin National Grasslands in Douglas, WY at (307) 358–4690. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The actions proposed are in direct response to an application submitted to the Black Hills National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland by Black Hills Power (BHP) to construct and operate a 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the Teckla and Osage Substations in northeast Wyoming and the Lange Substation in Rapid City, South Dakota. The project area covers parts of Campbell and Weston Counties in Wyoming, and Pennington, Meade, and Lawrence Counties in South Dakota. • Approximately 135 miles of transmission line. • Require a 125 foot right-of-way. • Construction of wood or steel Hframe structures 65–75 feet in height. This proposal also includes specific actions needed for interim and final reclamation. Purpose and Need for Action The purpose of the Teckla-OsageRapid City Transmission Project is to: • Strengthen the regional transmission network. • Improve the reliability of the transmission system. • Provide additional transmission capacity to help meet the growing demand for electricity and economic development in the region. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. Comments and input regarding the proposal will be received via direct mailing from the public, other groups, and agencies during the initial public comment period through October 28, 2011. Public meetings are scheduled for September 13, 2011 between 4–7 pm at the Hell Canyon Ranger District Office, 1225 Washington Boulevard in Newcastle, WY; and September 20, 2011 between 6–8 pm at the Mystic Ranger District office, 8221 South Highway 16 Proposed Action The proposed action is to construct the Teckla-Osage-Rapid City 230 kV transmission line as described below: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Lead and Cooperating Agencies The Bureau of Land Management will be a cooperating agency on this EIS. Responsible Officials Craig Bobzien, Forest Supervisor, Black Hills National Forest, 1019 N. 5th Street, Custer, SD 57730; and Richard A. Cooksey, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Medicine Bow—Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland, 2250 East Richards Street, Douglas, WY 82633–8922. Nature of Decision To Be Made The Forest Supervisors will decide whether the proposed action will proceed as proposed or as modified by an alternative; which recommended mitigation measures and monitoring requirements will be applied; and whether a Forest Plan Amendment is required. Preliminary Issues Anticipated issues include effects of the project on plants and wildlife including sensitive species such as sage grouse, goshawks, and other raptors; archaeological sites; hydrology and water quality; and scenic integrity and visual resources. E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 EN26AU11.014</GPH> Dated: July 14, 2011. Katherine R. Smith, Administrator, Economic Research Service.

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[Pages 53398-53400]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-21848]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Economic Research Service


Notice of Intent To Request New Information Collection

AGENCY: Economic Research Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice invites the general public and other public agencies to send 
comments regarding any aspect of this proposed information collection. 
This is a new collection for the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey.

DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received on or before 
October 25, 2011 to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Tim Wojan, 
Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 1800 M St., NW., Room N4110, Washington, DC 
20036-5801. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of 
Tim Wojan at 202-694-5756 or via e-mail to twojan@ers.usda.gov. 
Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. 
Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions 
for submitting comments electronically.
    All written comments will be open for public inspection at the 
office of the Economic Research Service during regular business hours 
(8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 1800 M St., NW., Room 
N4110, Washington, DC 20036-5801.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments and 
replies will be a matter of public record. 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 of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (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 those who are to respond, including use of 
appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Tim 
Wojan at the address in the preamble. Tel. 202-694-5419.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Rural Establishment Innovation Survey.
    OMB Number: 0536-XXXX.
    Expiration Date: Three years from the date of approval.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    Abstract: This survey of business establishments, funded through 
USDA's Rural Development Mission Area, will be conducted over a 6-month 
period with up to 30,000 respondents to collect information on rural 
tradable business sectors such as manufacturing and professional 
services. This information will contribute to a better understanding of 
how rural businesses and their communities are dealing with the 
increasing competitive pressures and opportunities associated with the 
spread of new information technologies through our economy and the 
business and community characteristics associated with effective 
response to these pressures and opportunities. This information is 
critical to the Rural Development Mission Area's aim of creating jobs, 
developing new markets and increasing competitiveness for rural 
businesses and communities.
    The information to be collected by the Rural Establishment 
Innovation Survey is necessary to understand: (1) The adoption of 
innovative practices and their contribution to firm productivity; (2) 
the availability and use of local and regional assets (such as 
workforce education, local financial institutions, strong local 
business and other economic associations, and transportation 
infrastructure) and the association of these assets with successful 
adjustment; and (3) the extent and importance of participation in 
Federal, State and local programs designed to promote rural business 
vitality and growth. This need is made more urgent by increased 
international competition in goods and some service markets, 
particularly from low labor cost countries. The traditional cost 
advantage of domestic rural establishments has been significantly 
eroded by these developments, requiring emphasis on new products, new 
processes, new marketing channels and improved customer service. A 
thorough understanding of the viability of the rural business sector 
requires collecting information on the capability for innovation.
    As the first collection of information devoted specifically to 
innovation in rural business establishments, the proposed survey will 
complement other Federal efforts in gauging innovative activity in the 
private sector. Information on formal research and development (R&D) 
activities is collected by the National Science Foundation using the 
Business R&D and Innovation Survey. While some of this formal research 
and development activity takes place in nonmetropolitan counties, it is 
anticipated that the great majority of rural innovation occurs less 
through the creation of new patentable products than through the 
adoption of new practices and niche marketing. The emphasis of the 
proposed collection will be on understanding the process of innovation 
in business establishments as opposed to measuring R&D inputs.
    Another difference between this and other Federal surveys on 
innovative activity will be the focus on constraints to innovation 
stemming from nonmetropolitan locations. Information on the 
availability of skilled workers and the ability to recruit managers and 
professionals will inform possible human capital impediments to 
innovation. Information on access to credit needed for business 
formation and development will allow for assessing financing 
impediments to innovation. Information on the availability of broadband 
Internet service and how this capability affects business strategy will 
allow assessing infrastructure impediments to innovation. Information 
on interaction with suppliers, customers, competitors, business 
associations and other local institutions providing real services to 
the establishment will inform the importance of regional clusters to 
innovation.
    The survey will collect data from about 30,000 business 
establishments in tradable sectors that will include mining, 
manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, 
information, finance and insurance, professional/scientific/technical 
services, arts, and management of businesses. Only businesses with 5 or 
more employees will be included in the sample. While the focus of the 
survey will be on establishments in nonmetropolitan counties,

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establishments from metropolitan counties will be sampled in adequate 
numbers to allow comparative analysis. Businesses will be selected at 
random from strata defined by establishment size categories, industry 
and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan status of the county. The sample 
will be selected from the business establishment list maintained by 
state employment security departments where state approval is granted, 
and from a proprietary business establishment list frame for those 
states where approval is not granted. The much more comprehensive 
coverage of new and small establishments available in state 
administrative data provides a compelling argument for this hybrid 
sample frame approach, as these establishments are critical to 
examining processes of entrepreneurship and innovation.
    The interview protocol will include a screening interview to 
identify the most knowledgeable person in the establishment to respond 
to questions regarding innovative activities of the entity. Screening 
greatly improves the quality and effectiveness of the contact 
information. The most appropriate phone number, e-mail address and 
mailing address will be collected at this time to allow efficient 
distribution of a multi-modal survey instrument to the most appropriate 
respondent for the business. Respondents will have the flexibility to 
respond to a Web questionnaire, a mail questionnaire, or a telephone 
survey based on their personal preference. This protocol will reduce 
respondent burden by using the survey mode which is most efficient for 
a given respondent. Past research has demonstrated that multi-modal 
surveys also increase survey response rates. A limited number of 
control surveys will be used to assess any mode bias.
    Social exchange theory will also be invoked as this is seen as 
integral to the tailored design methodology (Dillman et al., 2009) that 
will be employed in this study to increase response rate. In addition 
to offering mixed survey modes, the design will integrate multiple and 
mutually supportive ways to appeal to the diversity of respondents in 
this business population. The following are some examples of these 
design elements:
     The survey request will be distinguishable from other 
surveys and will emphasize how the information will be used and 
describe the benefits back to the population for responding to the 
survey.
     Survey appeals in contacts will show positive regard and 
call on the norms of social responsibility by asking for respondents' 
help and advice, as some respondents feel rewarded when they know they 
have helped others.
     Survey contacts will be personally addressed, toll free 
numbers will be provided for answering questions and providing help. 
Confidentiality of responses will be ensured and respondents will know 
how to contact the surveyor if they have questions on security or other 
issues.
     All contacts will be personalized and will emphasize why 
the study is important and express appreciation for respondents' help. 
They will be formally thanked for promptly completing questionnaires.
     Small tangible token rewards provided in advance and at 
the time of the survey request will be further tested with small 
businesses to encourage response. Previous survey research has shown 
that small cash token incentives provided with the survey significantly 
increase response rates and do much better than promised rewards or 
nonmonetary rewards.
    A key component of tailored survey design is considering and 
balancing how features of questions, questionnaires, mailings, 
interviewing, and the context of the survey will influence trust, cost, 
and rewards associated with the survey circumstances and respondents.
    All study instruments will be kept as simple and respondent-
friendly as possible. Responses are voluntary and confidential. 
Responses will be used to produce statistics and for no other purpose. 
Data files from the survey will not be released to the public.
    Affected Public: Respondents include business establishments with 
at least 5 employees in both nonmetropolitan and metropolitan counties.

Estimated Number of Respondents

    The survey is cross-sectional and will be completed at one point in 
time. The survey will have a complex mixed survey administration to 
include telephone screening, pre-notification letter with Web access, 
multi-contact telephone interviewing, follow-up nonrespondent mail 
questionnaires, and simultaneous Web questionnaires offered during all 
contacts. Completion time for each questionnaire, based on comparisons 
with similar mixed modes is estimated at 30 minutes per completion, 
including time for reading correspondence, returning an eligibility 
postcard or responding to a screening call, reviewing instructions, 
gathering data needed, and responding to questionnaire items. It is 
also expected that those choosing not to participate will require 10 
minutes to review the materials and decide not to participate.
    Full Study: The initial sample size for the full study is 30,000 
businesses. The expected overall response rate is 80 percent for firms 
in the main study. The total estimated response burden for all of those 
participating in the study is 12,000 hours (30,000 respondents x 80 
percent response rate x 0.50 hours) and for the non-responding business 
is 1,000 hours (6,000 respondents x 10 minutes).
    Pilot Study: A pilot test of the survey will be done in advance of 
the full study survey. The purpose of the pilot is to evaluate the 
survey protocol, and test instruments and questionnaires. The initial 
sample size for this phase of the research is 4,000 businesses. The 
expected response rate is 80% of firms. The total estimated response 
burden for the pilot testing is 1,600 hours (4,000 respondents x 80 
percent x 0.5 hours). Non-responding businesses will experience 133 
hours of burden (800 respondents x 10 minutes). Total respondent burden 
is estimated at 14,733 hours (see table below).
    Testing will be limited to a maximum of 9 businesses which will be 
consulted on the questionnaire and asked to complete the questionnaire 
in a cognitive interview test.

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    Dated: July 14, 2011.
Katherine R. Smith,
Administrator, Economic Research Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-21848 Filed 8-25-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-18-P