Agency Information Collection Activities: Business Transformation-Automated Integrated Operating Environment (IOE), New Information Collection; Comment Request, 63941-63942 [2011-26653]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 199 / Friday, October 14, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IOE to the USCIS ‘‘Electronic Immigration System’’ (ELIS). This notice provides the general public and Federal agencies with notice of the name change to the information collection request. The name change does not materially change the collection that was posted for comment. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 14, 2011. ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS, Chief, Regulatory Products Division, Office of the Executive Secretariat, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20529–2020. Comments may also be submitted to DHS via facsimile to 202–272–0997 or via e-mail at USCISFRComment@dhs.gov. When submitting comments by e-mail, please be sure to add ‘‘USCIS ELIS’’ in the subject box. Please do not submit requests for individual case status inquiries to this address. If you are seeking information about the status of your individual case, please check ‘‘My Case Status’’ online at: https:// egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do, or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1–800–375–5283. If you need a copy of this information collection instrument, please visit the Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/ or call the Regulatory Products Division at (202) 272–8377. Citizenship and Immigration Services Background prescribes that FEMA must annually adjust the maximum amount for assistance provided under the Individuals and Households (IHP) Program. FEMA gives notice that the maximum amount of IHP financial assistance provided to an individual or household under section 408 of the Stafford Act with respect to any single emergency or major disaster is $31,400. The increase in award amount as stated above is for any single emergency or major disaster declared on or after October 1, 2011. In addition, in accordance with 44 CFR 61.17(c), this adjustment includes the maximum amount of available coverage under any Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP) issued for those disasters. FEMA bases the adjustment on an increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers of 3.8 percent for the 12-month period ended in August 2011. The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor released the information on September 15, 2011. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.048, Individuals and Households— Housing; 97.049, Individuals and Households—Disaster Housing Operations; 97.050, Individuals and Households—Other Needs. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2011–26613 Filed 10–13–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–23–P Agency Information Collection Activities: Business Transformation— Automated Integrated Operating Environment (IOE), New Information Collection; Comment Request 30-Day notice of information collection under review: Business Transformation—Electronic Immigration System (ELIS). ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), on March 28, 2011, USCIS published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register at 76 FR 1745, seeking comment on USCIS’s information collection request for the Automated Integrated Operating Environment (IOE). The comment period expired May 27, 2011. USCIS is reviewing all comments received and will address those comments in a separate notice. USCIS has decided to change the name of the tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:20 Oct 13, 2011 Jkt 226001 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is transforming its business processes and systems to improve operational efficiency and customer service, and to strengthen the security and integrity of the immigration system. As part of this effort, USCIS may modify its data collection practices to eventually convert all data collections to e-filing in the USCIS ELIS. The intent of this change is to improve the consistency and timeliness of its immigration benefit adjudications, as well as to support identity management, evaluate benefit eligibility, promote customer service, and manage national security and benefit risk. This change will also serve to bring USCIS in to compliance with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Public Law 105–277, tit. XVII, section 1703, 112 Stat. 2681, 2681–749 (Oct. 21, 1998), 44 U.S.C. 3504 note, and the EGovernment Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107– PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63941 347, 116 Stat. 2899, 44 U.S.C. 3601 note). GPEA provides that Federal agencies use electronic forms, electronic filing, and electronic submissions, when possible, to conduct agency business with the public. The E-Government Act promotes the use of the Internet by federal agencies through efforts like USCIS’ Business Transformation initiative. The USCIS ELIS will be implemented by USCIS and made available in increments for the public to submit various benefit requests over the next few years USCIS has termed these increments ‘‘releases’’ and ‘‘phases.’’ As each phase is implemented, DHS will announce each benefit request type that has been converted to an e-filing format in the USCIS ELIS, if the USCIS ELIS will be the sole filing option available, or if the option of filing a paper form will remain available for that benefit for all or certain groups that may seek to submit the applicable request. In general, the USCIS ELIS will follow the immigration ‘‘lifecycle’’ to first include nonimmigrant benefits, proceeding eventually to applications for naturalization. The first benefit type available in the automated USCIS ELIS under Release A, Phase 1, will be the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Beginning in December 2011, USCIS customers will be able to apply for an extension or change of their nonimmigrant status using the USCIS ELIS or continue to use the current paper Form I–539 (OMB Control No. 1615–0003). In the future, however, USCIS may allow the current paper Form I–539 to expire, eliminate the option of filing on a paper form, and instead require this benefit application to be filed through the automated USCIS ELIS. USCIS is very interested in receiving comments concerning mandatory e-filing of this benefit and any future benefits that are added to the automated ELIS. USCIS also welcomes comments on which groups, individuals, or businesses for which it would be the most appropriate for USCIS to require (or not require) electronic filing of all benefit requests. The supporting statement for this information collection contains a more detailed description of the USCIS Business Transformation initiative and wizard technology. The supporting statement can be viewed at: http:// www.regulations.gov/. USCIS is also interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the E:\FR\FM\14OCN1.SGM 14OCN1 63942 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 199 / Friday, October 14, 2011 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: New information collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Business Transformation—USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS). (3) Agency Form Number, if any, and the Applicable Component of the Department of Homeland Security Sponsoring the Collection: No form number; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). (4) Affected Public Who Will Be Asked or Required to Respond, as Well as a Brief Abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. As part of the Business Transformation initiative, USCIS is developing an automated Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). The USCIS ELIS will use wizard technology and will allow e-filing. Wizard technology gives USCIS the ability to electronically interact with its customers by guiding them through the application process and assisting them to file complete and accurate benefit requests. (5) An Estimate of the Total Number of Respondents and the Amount of Time Estimated for an Average Respondent to Respond: 58,500 responses at an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes per response. (6) An Estimate of the Total Public Burden (In Hours) Associated With the Collection: 131,625 annual burden hours. The information collection request contains selected screen shots that demonstrate the look and feel of the automated USCIS ELIS, and a decision tree to show the sequence of questions that the public will be asked by the wizard and the order in which the questions will be asked. For example, when the user answers the question ‘‘What is your First Name?’’ then he or she will be prompted with the question: ‘‘What is your Given Name?’’ If you VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:20 Oct 13, 2011 Jkt 226001 need to review this information collection instrument, please visit the Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/. Dated: October 11, 2011. Sunday Aigbe, Chief, Regulatory Products Division, Office of the Executive Secretariat, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2011–26653 Filed 10–13–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Notice of Issuance of Final Determination Concerning a Surgical Mask With a Protective Eye Shield U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice of final determination. AGENCY: This document provides notice that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of a Surgical Mask with a Protective Eye Shield. Based upon the facts presented, CBP has concluded in the final determination that Turkey is the country of origin of the Surgical Mask with a Protective Eye Shield, for purposes of U.S. Government procurement. SUMMARY: The final determination was issued on October 5, 2011. A copy of the final determination is attached. Any party-at-interest, as defined in 19 CFR 177.22(d), may seek judicial review of this final determination on or before November 14, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Dinerstein, Valuation and Special Programs Branch: (202) 325– 0132. DATES: Notice is hereby given that on October 5, 2011, pursuant to subpart B of part 177, Customs Regulations (19 CFR part 177, subpart B), CBP issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of the Surgical Mask with a Protective Eye Shield, which may be offered to the U.S. Government under an undesignated government procurement contract. This final determination, in HQ H175429, was issued at the request of Berkley Surgical Company, Inc. under procedures set forth at 19 CFR part 177, subpart B, which implements Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511–18). In the final determination, CBP explained that, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 because the surgical mask is classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) as a textile product, its country of origin is governed by the country of origin rules for textile products, which is set forth in 19 U.S.C. 3592. The country of origin rules for textile products are implemented by the CBP Regulations at 19 CFR 102.21. Applying the specific rule of origin in 19 CFR 102.21 for products classified in subheading 6370.90, HTSUS, we determined that because the manufacturing process involved in producing the surgical face mask occurs in Turkey, the country of origin of the surgical mask with an eyeshield for purposes of government procurement is Turkey. Section 177.29, Customs Regulations (19 CFR 177.29), provides that notice of final determinations shall be published in the Federal Register within 60 days of the date the final determination is issued. Section 177.30, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 177.30), provides that any party-at-interest, as defined in 19 CFR 177.22(d), may seek judicial review of a final determination within 30 days of publication of such determination in the Federal Register. Dated: October 5, 2011. Sandra L. Bell, Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade. Attachment HQ H175429 October 5, 2011 MAR–02 OT:RR:CTF:VS H175429 RSD CATEGORY: MARKING Mr. Domenic Tommarello, Vice President Berkley Surgical Company 49 Virginia Avenue Uniontown, Pennsylvania 15401 RE: Final Determination; U.S. Government Procurement; Country of Origin of a Surgical Face Mask with a Protective Eye Shield; 19 CFR § 177.21; Textile Rules of Origin, 19 CFR § 102.21(c)(4) Dear Tommarello: This is in response to a letter dated June 27, 2011, requesting a final determination pursuant to subpart B Part 177, Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) Regulations (19 CFR § 177.21 et. seq.). Under these regulations, which implement Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (codified at 19 U.S.C. § 2511 et seq.), CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final determinations on whether an article is or would be a product of a designated country or instrumentality for the purpose of granting waivers of certain ‘‘Buy American’’ restrictions in U.S. law or practice for products offered for sale to the U.S. Government. This final determination concerns the country of origin of a fluid resistant surgical face mask with an eye shield. We note that Berkley Surgical Company (Berkley) is a party-at-interest E:\FR\FM\14OCN1.SGM 14OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 199 (Friday, October 14, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63941-63942]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-26653]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Citizenship and Immigration Services


Agency Information Collection Activities: Business 
Transformation--Automated Integrated Operating Environment (IOE), New 
Information Collection; Comment Request

ACTION: 30-Day notice of information collection under review: Business 
Transformation--Electronic Immigration System (ELIS).

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 
on March 28, 2011, USCIS published a 60-day notice in the Federal 
Register at 76 FR 1745, seeking comment on USCIS's information 
collection request for the Automated Integrated Operating Environment 
(IOE). The comment period expired May 27, 2011. USCIS is reviewing all 
comments received and will address those comments in a separate notice. 
USCIS has decided to change the name of the IOE to the USCIS 
``Electronic Immigration System'' (ELIS). This notice provides the 
general public and Federal agencies with notice of the name change to 
the information collection request. The name change does not materially 
change the collection that was posted for comment.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
November 14, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) 
contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public 
burden and associated response time, should be directed to the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS, Chief, Regulatory 
Products Division, Office of the Executive Secretariat, 20 
Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20529-2020. Comments may also 
be submitted to DHS via facsimile to 202-272-0997 or via e-mail at 
USCISFRComment@dhs.gov. When submitting comments by e-mail, please be 
sure to add ``USCIS ELIS'' in the subject box. Please do not submit 
requests for individual case status inquiries to this address. If you 
are seeking information about the status of your individual case, 
please check ``My Case Status'' online at: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do, or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-
800-375-5283. If you need a copy of this information collection 
instrument, please visit the Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/or 
call the Regulatory Products Division at (202) 272-8377.

Background

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is transforming 
its business processes and systems to improve operational efficiency 
and customer service, and to strengthen the security and integrity of 
the immigration system. As part of this effort, USCIS may modify its 
data collection practices to eventually convert all data collections to 
e-filing in the USCIS ELIS. The intent of this change is to improve the 
consistency and timeliness of its immigration benefit adjudications, as 
well as to support identity management, evaluate benefit eligibility, 
promote customer service, and manage national security and benefit 
risk. This change will also serve to bring USCIS in to compliance with 
the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Public Law 105-277, 
tit. XVII, section 1703, 112 Stat. 2681, 2681-749 (Oct. 21, 1998), 44 
U.S.C. 3504 note, and the E-Government Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-347, 
116 Stat. 2899, 44 U.S.C. 3601 note). GPEA provides that Federal 
agencies use electronic forms, electronic filing, and electronic 
submissions, when possible, to conduct agency business with the public. 
The E-Government Act promotes the use of the Internet by federal 
agencies through efforts like USCIS' Business Transformation 
initiative.
    The USCIS ELIS will be implemented by USCIS and made available in 
increments for the public to submit various benefit requests over the 
next few years USCIS has termed these increments ``releases'' and 
``phases.'' As each phase is implemented, DHS will announce each 
benefit request type that has been converted to an e-filing format in 
the USCIS ELIS, if the USCIS ELIS will be the sole filing option 
available, or if the option of filing a paper form will remain 
available for that benefit for all or certain groups that may seek to 
submit the applicable request. In general, the USCIS ELIS will follow 
the immigration ``lifecycle'' to first include nonimmigrant benefits, 
proceeding eventually to applications for naturalization.
    The first benefit type available in the automated USCIS ELIS under 
Release A, Phase 1, will be the Application to Extend/Change 
Nonimmigrant Status. Beginning in December 2011, USCIS customers will 
be able to apply for an extension or change of their nonimmigrant 
status using the USCIS ELIS or continue to use the current paper Form 
I-539 (OMB Control No. 1615-0003). In the future, however, USCIS may 
allow the current paper Form I-539 to expire, eliminate the option of 
filing on a paper form, and instead require this benefit application to 
be filed through the automated USCIS ELIS. USCIS is very interested in 
receiving comments concerning mandatory e-filing of this benefit and 
any future benefits that are added to the automated ELIS. USCIS also 
welcomes comments on which groups, individuals, or businesses for which 
it would be the most appropriate for USCIS to require (or not require) 
electronic filing of all benefit requests.
    The supporting statement for this information collection contains a 
more detailed description of the USCIS Business Transformation 
initiative and wizard technology. The supporting statement can be 
viewed at: http://www.regulations.gov/.
    USCIS is also interested in public comment addressing the following 
issues:
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the

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functions of the agency, including whether the information will have 
practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.

Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection: New information collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Business Transformation--USCIS 
Electronic Immigration System (ELIS).
    (3) Agency Form Number, if any, and the Applicable Component of the 
Department of Homeland Security Sponsoring the Collection: No form 
number; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
    (4) Affected Public Who Will Be Asked or Required to Respond, as 
Well as a Brief Abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. As part 
of the Business Transformation initiative, USCIS is developing an 
automated Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). The USCIS ELIS 
will use wizard technology and will allow e-filing. Wizard technology 
gives USCIS the ability to electronically interact with its customers 
by guiding them through the application process and assisting them to 
file complete and accurate benefit requests.
    (5) An Estimate of the Total Number of Respondents and the Amount 
of Time Estimated for an Average Respondent to Respond: 58,500 
responses at an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes per response.
    (6) An Estimate of the Total Public Burden (In Hours) Associated 
With the Collection: 131,625 annual burden hours.
    The information collection request contains selected screen shots 
that demonstrate the look and feel of the automated USCIS ELIS, and a 
decision tree to show the sequence of questions that the public will be 
asked by the wizard and the order in which the questions will be asked. 
For example, when the user answers the question ``What is your First 
Name?'' then he or she will be prompted with the question: ``What is 
your Given Name?'' If you need to review this information collection 
instrument, please visit the Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/.

     Dated: October 11, 2011.
Sunday Aigbe,
Chief, Regulatory Products Division, Office of the Executive 
Secretariat, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2011-26653 Filed 10-13-11; 8:45 am]
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