Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions, 53402-53403 [2011-21875]

Download as PDF 53402 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2011 / Notices survey, 5 minutes; follow-up telephone call, 2 minutes; biological survey, 1 minute; headboat survey, 4 minutes. Burden Hours: 2,451. Needs and Uses: This request is for a revision and extension of a current information collection. The Large Pelagic Fishing Survey consists of dockside and telephone surveys of recreational anglers for large pelagic fish (tunas, sharks, and billfish) in the Atlantic Ocean. The survey provides the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with information to monitor catch of bluefin tuna, marlin and other federally-managed species. Catch monitoring in these fisheries and collection of catch and effort statistics for all pelagic fish is required under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The information collected is essential for the United States (U.S.) to meet its reporting obligations to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna. The revision is due to the elimination of two surveys from the collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance 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: August 23, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–21889 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:37 Aug 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: International Trade Administration (ITA). Title: Annual Report from ForeignTrade Zones. OMB Control Number: 0625–0109. Form Number(s): ITA–359P. Type of Request: Regular submission (revision/extension of a currently approved information collection). Burden Hours: 12,815. Number of Respondents: 163. Average Hours per Response: 30 to 190 hours (depending on size and structure of the foreign-trade zone). Needs and Uses: The Foreign-Trade Zone Annual Report is the vehicle by which Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) grantees report annually to the Foreign Trade Zones Board, pursuant to the requirements of the Foreign Trade Zones Act (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u). The annual reports submitted by grantees are the only complete source of compiled information on FTZs. The data and information contained in the reports relates to international trade activity in FTZs. The reports are used by the Congress and the Department to determine the economic effect of the FTZ program. The reports are also used by the FTZ Board and other trade policy officials to determine whether zone activity is consistent with U.S. international trade policy, and whether it is in the public interest. The public uses the information regarding FTZs activities to evaluate their effect on industry sectors. The information contained in annual reports also helps zone grantees in their marketing efforts. Affected Public: State, local, or Tribal governments or not-for-profit institutions. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. OMB Desk Officer: Wendy Liberante, (202) 395–3647. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance 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 Wendy Liberante, OMB Desk Officer, Fax number (202) 395–7285 or via the Internet at Wendy_L._Liberante@omb.eop.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: August 22, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–21761 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions 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 October 25, 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 Erika Becker-Medina, Chief, Employment and Benefit Statistics Branch, Governments Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Headquarters: 6K141, Washington, DC 20233; telephone: 301–763–1494; facsimile: 301–763–6833; e-mail: erika.h.becker.medina@census.gov. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to request an extension for the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions (formerly known as the Finances of Selected Public Employee Retirement Systems). The quarterly survey was initiated by the Census Bureau in 1968 at the request of both the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Reserve Board. The Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions provides national summary data on the revenues, expenditures, and E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2011 / Notices composition of assets of the largest pension systems of state and local governments. These data are used by the Federal Reserve Board to track the public sector portion of the Flow of Funds Accounts. The Bureau of Economic Analysis uses these data as part of the government sector projections in the Gross Domestic Product. Economists and public policy analysts use the data to assess general economic conditions and state and local government financial activities. Data are collected from a panel of defined benefit plans of the 100 largest state and local government pension systems as determined by their total cash and security holdings reported in the 2007 Census of Governments. The defined benefit plans of these 100 largest pension systems comprise 89.4 percent of financial activity among such entities, based on the 2007 Census of Governments. After a census of governments has been taken, it is considered best practice to reselect the 100 largest state and local government pension systems. Starting with the first quarter of 2014, data will reflect the new universe of the 100 largest pension systems, based on the 2012 Census of Governments. A bridge study will be published if there is any change to the universe. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection Survey data will be collected via mailout/mail-back questionnaire which is also available on the Internet. Respondents may choose to mail, fax, or report their data online. Most respondents choose to report their data online. Only six percent of respondents report data via mail or fax. In addition to reporting current quarter data, respondents may report data for the previous two quarters or submit revisions to their previously submitted data. Usable replies are received each quarter from 85 to 95 percent of the systems canvassed. Imputations are developed for each of the remaining systems in the panel from the latest available data. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0143. Form Number: F–10. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State and locallyadministered public pension plans. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100. Estimated Time per Response: 45 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 300. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $6,600. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:37 Aug 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 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: August 23, 2011. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–21875 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [Docket 55–2011] Foreign-Trade Zone 14—Little Rock, AR; Application for Subzone; Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (Wind Turbine Nacelles and Generating Sets); Fort Smith, AR An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, grantee of FTZ 14, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the wind turbine nacelle and generating set manufacturing facility of Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MPSA) located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a– 81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally filed on August 19, 2011. The MPSA facility (90 acres/ approximately 335 employees) is located at 8201 Chad Colley Boulevard in Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Arkansas. The facility, currently under construction, will be used to PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53403 manufacture and distribute wind turbine nacelles, generating sets and related components (up to 250 nacelles, 250 generating sets, and 750 nacelle components (front and rear modules, rotor heads) annually) for the U.S. market and export. Foreign components and materials (representing up to 56% of the finished products’ value) that would be used in the manufacturing activity would include: grease, oils, epoxy/resins, paint, filler, sealants, electrical tape, adhesives, plastic tubes/ pipes, self-adhesive plates/sheets/film of plastics, gaskets/washers/seals of plastics and rubber, articles of plastic and rubber, wire and cable, fasteners (of steel, copper, aluminum), tubes/pipes and related fittings of steel and copper, brackets, flanges, base metal mountings, chain, guide bars, hinges, linear/rotary action cylinders, electrical equipment, connectors, panels, displays, motors, generators, batteries, profile projectors and parts, ducts, clamps, control valves, gears, transmission shafts, flywheels, clutches, couplings, pulleys, springs, pumps, fans, compressors, air/water coolers, evaporators, heat exchangers, filters, balancing weights, plates, controllers, hydraulic assemblies, accumulators, valves, bearings, housings, lighting equipment, windings, electronic components, thermometers, hydrometers, gauges, measuring instruments, heaters, thermostats, regulators, switches, lamps, clock movements, and discharge brushes (duty rate range: free—9.0%; 45¢ ea.+6.4%+25¢/jewel). FTZ procedures could exempt MPSA from customs duty payments on the foreign components and materials used in export production (as much as 25% of annual shipments). On domestic shipments, the company would be able to elect the duty rate that applies to finished wind turbine nacelles, generating sets, and nacelle components (duty rate range: free—3.0%) for the foreign production inputs noted above. MPSA would also be exempt from duty payments on any foreign-origin inputs that become scrap or waste during manufacturing. Subzone status would further allow MPSA to realize logistical benefits through the use of weekly customs entry procedures. The application indicates that the savings from FTZ procedures would help improve the facility’s international competitiveness. In accordance with the Board’s regulations, Pierre Duy of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to evaluate and analyze the facts and information presented in the application and case record and to report findings and recommendations to the Board. E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Quarterly 
Survey of Public Pensions

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 October 25, 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 Erika Becker-Medina, Chief, Employment and 
Benefit Statistics Branch, Governments Division, U.S. Census Bureau, 
Headquarters: 6K141, Washington, DC 20233; telephone: 301-763-1494; 
facsimile: 301-763-6833; e-mail: erika.h.becker.medina@census.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau plans to request an extension for the Quarterly 
Survey of Public Pensions (formerly known as the Finances of Selected 
Public Employee Retirement Systems). The quarterly survey was initiated 
by the Census Bureau in 1968 at the request of both the Council of 
Economic Advisers and the Federal Reserve Board.
    The Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions provides national summary 
data on the revenues, expenditures, and

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composition of assets of the largest pension systems of state and local 
governments. These data are used by the Federal Reserve Board to track 
the public sector portion of the Flow of Funds Accounts. The Bureau of 
Economic Analysis uses these data as part of the government sector 
projections in the Gross Domestic Product. Economists and public policy 
analysts use the data to assess general economic conditions and state 
and local government financial activities.
    Data are collected from a panel of defined benefit plans of the 100 
largest state and local government pension systems as determined by 
their total cash and security holdings reported in the 2007 Census of 
Governments. The defined benefit plans of these 100 largest pension 
systems comprise 89.4 percent of financial activity among such 
entities, based on the 2007 Census of Governments.
    After a census of governments has been taken, it is considered best 
practice to reselect the 100 largest state and local government pension 
systems. Starting with the first quarter of 2014, data will reflect the 
new universe of the 100 largest pension systems, based on the 2012 
Census of Governments. A bridge study will be published if there is any 
change to the universe.

II. Method of Collection

    Survey data will be collected via mail-out/mail-back questionnaire 
which is also available on the Internet. Respondents may choose to 
mail, fax, or report their data online. Most respondents choose to 
report their data online. Only six percent of respondents report data 
via mail or fax. In addition to reporting current quarter data, 
respondents may report data for the previous two quarters or submit 
revisions to their previously submitted data.
    Usable replies are received each quarter from 85 to 95 percent of 
the systems canvassed. Imputations are developed for each of the 
remaining systems in the panel from the latest available data.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0143.
    Form Number: F-10.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: State and locally-administered public pension 
plans.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100.
    Estimated Time per Response: 45 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 300.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $6,600.
    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 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: August 23, 2011.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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