Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Data Collection for Full Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Fee Study, 6137-6138 [2012-2720]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 25 / Tuesday, February 7, 2012 / Notices to the burden hours or to CBP Form 3173. Type of Review: Extension (without change) Affected Public: Businesses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,200. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents per Respondent: 14. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 16,800. Estimated Time per Response: 13 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,646. Dated: February 2, 2012. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2012–2765 Filed 2–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency Information Collection Activities: Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Agreement U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: 60-Day Notice and request for comments; Extension of an existing collection of information: 1651–0126. AGENCY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on an information collection requirement concerning the GuamCNMI Visa Waiver Agreement (CBP Form I–760). This request for comment is being made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13). DATES: Written comments should be received on or before April 9, 2012, to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Attn: Tracey Denning, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 799 9th Street NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20229–1177. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Tracey Denning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 799 9th Street NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20229–1177, at (202) 325–0265. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:58 Feb 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)). The comments should address: (a) Whether the 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 estimates of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operations, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. The comments that are submitted will be summarized and included in the CBP request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this document CBP is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection: Title: Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Agreement. OMB Number: 1651–0126. Form Number: CBP Form I–760. Abstract: Carriers are responsible for ensuring that every alien transported to Guam and/or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) pursuant to Public Law 110–229 under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program meets all of the eligibility criteria prior to departure to Guam and/or the CNMI. See 8 CFR 212.1(q). Carriers are liable and subject to fine, pursuant to section 273 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1323), for transporting to the United States any alien who does not have a valid passport and an unexpired visa, if a visa was required. Any transportation line bringing any alien to Guam and/or the CNMI under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program must enter into an agreement with CBP on Form I–760. This form is accessible at http:// forms.cbp.gov/pdf/CBP_Form_i760.pdf. Current Actions: This submission is being made to extend the expiration date with a change to the burden hours as a result of the increase in the number of estimated responses from 10 to 31. There is no change to the information collected or to CBP Form I–760. Type of Review: Extension (with change). Affected Public: Businesses. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6137 Estimated Number of Respondents: 31. Estimated Time per Respondent: 12 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 6.2. Dated: February 2, 2012. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2012–2769 Filed 2–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5609–N–03] Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Data Collection for Full Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Fee Study Office of the Policy Development and Research, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. DATES: Comments Due Date: April 9, 2012. SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control number and should be sent to: Reports Liaison Officer, Office of Policy Development & Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8226, Washington, DC 20410–5000. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marina L. Myhre, (202) 402–5705, for copies of the proposed forms and other available documents. (This is not a tollfree number.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department will submit the proposed information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended). This Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 6138 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 25 / Tuesday, February 7, 2012 / Notices practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (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 collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). This Notice also lists the following information: Title of Proposal: Data Collection for Full Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Fee Study. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This request is for the clearance of on-site and telephone data collection from public housing agencies (PHAs) in support of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Administrative Fee Study. The purpose of the study is to collect accurate information on the costs of administering the HCV program across a national sample of highperforming and efficient PHAs, and to use this information to develop a new administrative fee allocation formula for the HCV program. This request for clearance is the fourth OMB request in support of this study and is for data collection for the full national study. The prior OMB requests have covered the reconnaissance or research design phase of the study, pretesting the full national study design, and conducting additional reconnaissance visits to increase the study sample. For the current OMB request, the research team proposes three main types of data collection: (1) Measuring the time that HCV staff spend working on the various activities required to administer the program over a two-month period; (2) collecting information via interviews and document review on overhead costs, other costs related to HCV program administration that cannot be captured by measuring staff time, and ‘‘transaction counts’’ (the number of times an HCV program activity is completed over a specified period of time) in order to translate the staff time spent on that activity into a time per activity or cost per activity; and (3) a telephone survey of 130 small HCV programs (fewer than 250 vouchers) to understand how smaller agencies administer the HCV program effectively without the benefit of economies of scale that apply to larger programs. The results of the data collection will be used to generate estimates of total cost per activity per PHA and to build a multivariate regression model that tests VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:58 Feb 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 how much the variation across PHAs in administrative costs can be explained by PHA, participant, and market characteristics. The results of the model will be used to inform the development of an administrative fee formula that is based on the average cost per activity and takes into account the most important factors that cause some HCV programs to be more costly to administer than others. OMB Approval Number: Pending. Agency form numbers: None. Members of Affected Public: An average of 25 PHA staff per site at up to 60 PHAs and an average of 2 PHA staff per site at up to 130 PHAs, for a total of 1,760 PHA staff persons across 190 PHAs. Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: The research team plans to collect time measurement and cost data at up to 60 PHAs across the country and to survey an additional 130 PHAs with small HCV programs. There are four data collection activities that involve PHA staff. First, up to 3 staff at each of the 60 PHAs will spend a total of 1,440 hours assembling overhead cost data and preparing for the site visit (3 staff × 8 hours × 60 sites = 1,440 hours). Second, up to 3 staff at each of the 60 PHAs will spend up to 2 days each being interviewed in person or by telephone by the study team about program overhead costs, transaction counts, and recent changes in voucher program operations (3 staff × 16 hours × 60 sites = 2,880 hours). Third, an average of 20 HCV program staff per site will participate in the time measurement data collection. This will entail receiving 2 hours of training (20 staff × 2 hours × 60 sites = 2,400 hours) and responding to notifications via a smart phone provided by the study team on their work activities over a twomonth period (40 working days). Responding to the notifications will take approximately 15 minutes per day per staff, for a total of 10 hours per staff over the 40 working days (20 staff × 10 hours × 60 sites = 12,000 hours). Finally, up to 2 PHA staff at 130 PHAs will participate in the small program telephone survey. These staff will spend up to 2 hours preparing for the telephone survey, including assembling financial statements and other documentation, and an average of 45 minutes completing the survey (2 staff × 2.75 hours × 130 PHAs = 715 hours). The total estimated burden across all proposed data collection activities is 19,435 hours. PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Status of the proposed information collection: Pending OMB approval. Authority: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: January 30, 2012. Erika Poethig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. [FR Doc. 2012–2720 Filed 2–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. FWS–R9–ES–2011–0031; FXES11130900000C6–123—FF09E32000; DOC Docket No. 110131072–1277–01] RIN 1018–AX49; 0648–BA78 Draft Policy on Interpretation of the Phrase ‘‘Significant Portion of Its Range’’ in the Endangered Species Act’s Definitions of ‘‘Endangered Species’’ and ‘‘Threatened Species’’ Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of extension of public comment period. AGENCIES: We, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services), announce a 30-day extension of the period for submission of public comments on the draft policy interpreting the phrase ‘‘significant portion of its range’’ in the Endangered Species Act’s (Act’s) definitions of ‘‘endangered species’’ and ‘‘threatened species.’’ We encourage all interested parties to provide us with information and comments regarding the draft policy. Information previously submitted does not need to be resubmitted, and will be incorporated into the public record and fully considered in our development of a final policy. DATES: We will consider comments and information we receive from all interested parties on or before March 8, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6137-6138]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2720]


=======================================================================
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5609-N-03]


Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: 
Data Collection for Full Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative 
Fee Study

AGENCY: Office of the Policy Development and Research, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement described 
below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department 
is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.

DATES: Comments Due Date: April 9, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB 
Control number and should be sent to: Reports Liaison Officer, Office 
of Policy Development & Research, Department of Housing and Urban 
Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8226, Washington, DC 20410-5000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marina L. Myhre, (202) 402-5705, for 
copies of the proposed forms and other available documents. (This is 
not a toll-free number.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department will submit the proposed 
information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended). This Notice 
is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies 
concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate 
whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information will have

[[Page 6138]]

practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate 
of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (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 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses).
    This Notice also lists the following information:
    Title of Proposal: Data Collection for Full Housing Choice Voucher 
Program Administrative Fee Study.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This 
request is for the clearance of on-site and telephone data collection 
from public housing agencies (PHAs) in support of the Housing Choice 
Voucher (HCV) Program Administrative Fee Study. The purpose of the 
study is to collect accurate information on the costs of administering 
the HCV program across a national sample of high-performing and 
efficient PHAs, and to use this information to develop a new 
administrative fee allocation formula for the HCV program. This request 
for clearance is the fourth OMB request in support of this study and is 
for data collection for the full national study. The prior OMB requests 
have covered the reconnaissance or research design phase of the study, 
pretesting the full national study design, and conducting additional 
reconnaissance visits to increase the study sample. For the current OMB 
request, the research team proposes three main types of data 
collection: (1) Measuring the time that HCV staff spend working on the 
various activities required to administer the program over a two-month 
period; (2) collecting information via interviews and document review 
on overhead costs, other costs related to HCV program administration 
that cannot be captured by measuring staff time, and ``transaction 
counts'' (the number of times an HCV program activity is completed over 
a specified period of time) in order to translate the staff time spent 
on that activity into a time per activity or cost per activity; and (3) 
a telephone survey of 130 small HCV programs (fewer than 250 vouchers) 
to understand how smaller agencies administer the HCV program 
effectively without the benefit of economies of scale that apply to 
larger programs. The results of the data collection will be used to 
generate estimates of total cost per activity per PHA and to build a 
multivariate regression model that tests how much the variation across 
PHAs in administrative costs can be explained by PHA, participant, and 
market characteristics. The results of the model will be used to inform 
the development of an administrative fee formula that is based on the 
average cost per activity and takes into account the most important 
factors that cause some HCV programs to be more costly to administer 
than others.
    OMB Approval Number: Pending.
    Agency form numbers: None.
    Members of Affected Public: An average of 25 PHA staff per site at 
up to 60 PHAs and an average of 2 PHA staff per site at up to 130 PHAs, 
for a total of 1,760 PHA staff persons across 190 PHAs.
    Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the 
information collection including number of respondents, frequency of 
response, and hours of response: The research team plans to collect 
time measurement and cost data at up to 60 PHAs across the country and 
to survey an additional 130 PHAs with small HCV programs. There are 
four data collection activities that involve PHA staff. First, up to 3 
staff at each of the 60 PHAs will spend a total of 1,440 hours 
assembling overhead cost data and preparing for the site visit (3 staff 
x 8 hours x 60 sites = 1,440 hours). Second, up to 3 staff at each of 
the 60 PHAs will spend up to 2 days each being interviewed in person or 
by telephone by the study team about program overhead costs, 
transaction counts, and recent changes in voucher program operations (3 
staff x 16 hours x 60 sites = 2,880 hours). Third, an average of 20 HCV 
program staff per site will participate in the time measurement data 
collection. This will entail receiving 2 hours of training (20 staff x 
2 hours x 60 sites = 2,400 hours) and responding to notifications via a 
smart phone provided by the study team on their work activities over a 
two-month period (40 working days). Responding to the notifications 
will take approximately 15 minutes per day per staff, for a total of 10 
hours per staff over the 40 working days (20 staff x 10 hours x 60 
sites = 12,000 hours). Finally, up to 2 PHA staff at 130 PHAs will 
participate in the small program telephone survey. These staff will 
spend up to 2 hours preparing for the telephone survey, including 
assembling financial statements and other documentation, and an average 
of 45 minutes completing the survey (2 staff x 2.75 hours x 130 PHAs = 
715 hours). The total estimated burden across all proposed data 
collection activities is 19,435 hours.
    Status of the proposed information collection: Pending OMB 
approval.

    Authority: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended.

    Dated: January 30, 2012.
Erika Poethig,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research.
[FR Doc. 2012-2720 Filed 2-6-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4210-67-P