Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the 2020 Census Field Tests, 18790-18791 [2012-7431]

Download as PDF 18790 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2012 / Notices Dated: March 23, 2012. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–7467 Filed 3–27–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the 2020 Census Field Tests U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). SUMMARY: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before May 29, 2012. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482–0336 (or via the Internet at jjessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Erin Love, Census Bureau, HQ–3H468E, Washington, DC 20233; (301) 763–2034 (or via the Internet at erin.s.love@census.gov). DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to conducting research towards a 2020 Census that costs less while maintaining high quality results. The Census Bureau plans to conduct a series of small-scale tests to research and evaluate how the use of automation can improve field data collection activities. These tests will explore how the Census Bureau can use automated processes to improve efficiency, improve data quality, and reduce respondent burden. Examples of census operations that might be included are: mapping and address listing; enumeration; and quality control checks. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:29 Mar 27, 2012 Jkt 226001 This information collection will operate as a generic clearance. The estimated number of respondents and annual reporting hours requested cover both the known and yet to be determined tests. A generic clearance is needed for these tests because though each share similar methodology, the exact number of tests and the explicit details of each test to be performed has yet to be determined. The Census Bureau plans to conduct each test in small geographic areas. Once information collection plans are defined, they will be submitted on an individual basis in order to keep OMB informed as these tests progress. The Census Bureau plans to test the use of mobile computing devices and applications in field data collection tasks. Field data collection tasks can include: Address listing and mapping, enumeration functions (including the administration of a questionnaire, scheduling of visits, collecting housing unit status, and adding new households); and quality control functions for both listing and enumeration. Address Listing and Mapping Tasks The scope of these tests will research using a mobile computing device and applications to: Create, add, delete, and correct an address list; load work assignments; measure production, record GPS coordinates; transmit and download data; and use geographic information obtained from other data sources. The overall goal of the tests is to improve accuracy and productivity in field activities while collecting the necessary data. Address and feature information will be primarily collected by observation. In cases where address or feature information is not observable or verifiable, a household or other knowledgeable respondent may be contacted to collect this information. Enumeration Functions The enumeration functions research will focus on using various applications and mobile computing devices to enumerate households and persons. The research and evaluation may include: developing an automated enumeration questionnaire, usability issues; conducting interviews; scheduling return visits; recording contact outcomes, recording the status of a housing unit (such as occupied or vacant); adding addresses; making work assignments; measuring production; ability to toggle to a Spanish instrument; enumerator routing; and transmission of data. To test enumeration functions, the Census Bureau may conduct the enumeration directly with a household PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 member or knowledgeable respondent. The Census Bureau has not yet determined the questions to ask households or knowledgeable respondents but will inform OMB as tests are developed. Quality Control Functions The quality control functions research is to test quality control functions and applications on different mobile computing devices for both listing and enumeration. The scope of the tests may include: revisiting areas and households to verify information collected in previous operations; correcting and adding map features, addresses, and households; apply pass/fail requirements; and to use and record map spots in GPS and manual modes. The Census Bureau has not yet determined the questions to ask households or knowledgeable respondents to test quality control functions but will inform OMB as tests are developed. II. Method of Collection The information will be collected on mobile computing devices through observations, face-face interviews, and/or telephone interviews. III. Data OMB Control Number: None. Form Number: Not yet determined. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 13,000 total. Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 723 hours annual average, total estimate of 2,167. Estimated Total Annual Cost: There is no cost to the respondent other than time to answer the information request. Respondents Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 141 and 193. 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 E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2012 / Notices or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 23, 2012. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–7431 Filed 3–27–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [Application No. 97–11A003] Export Trade Certificate of Review Notice of Issuance of Application No. 97–11A003 of an Amended Export Trade Certificate to the Association for the Administration of Rice Quotas, Inc. ACTION: The U.S. Department of Commerce issued an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review to the Association for the Administration of Rice Quotas, Inc., (‘‘AARQ’’) on December 16, 2011. The previous amendment was issued to AARQ on March 11, 2010 and published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2010 (75 FR 14567). This is the eleventh amendment to the Certificate. The Association for the Administration of Rice Quotas, Inc. (‘‘AARQ’’) original Certificate was issued on January 21, 1998 (63 FR 31738, June 10, 1998). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Flynn, Director, Office of Competition and Economic Analysis, International Trade Administration, (202) 482–5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at etca@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (15 U.S.C. 4001–21) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Competition and Economic Analysis (‘‘OCEA’’) is issuing this notice pursuant to 15 CFR 325.6(b), which requires the Secretary of Commerce to publish a summary of the issuance in the Federal Register. Under Section 305(a) of the Export Trading Company Act (15 U.S.C. 4012(b)(1)) and 15 CFR 325.11(a), any person aggrieved by the Secretary’s determination may, within 30 days of the date of this notice, bring tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:29 Mar 27, 2012 Jkt 226001 an action in any appropriate district court of the United States to set aside the determination on the ground that the determination is erroneous. Description of Amended Certificate AARQ’s Export Trade Certificate of Review has been amended to update the list of Members and to reflect changes in ownership, corporate structures, names and locations: 1. ‘‘American Rice, Inc., Houston, Texas (a subsidiary of SOS Corporation Alimentaria, SA)’’ was amended to read ‘‘American Rice, Inc., Houston, Texas (a subsidiary of Ebro Foods, S.A. (Spain))’’. 2. ‘‘Associated Rice Marketing Cooperative, Durham, California’’ was amended to read ‘‘Associated Rice Marketing Cooperative (ARMCO), Richvale, California’’. 3. ‘‘Busch Agricultural Resources, LLC, St. Louis, Missouri, and its subsidiary, Pacific International Rice Mills, LLC, Woodland, California’’ was amended to read ‘‘Bunge Milling, Saint Louis, Missouri (a subsidiary of Bunge North America, White Plains, New York), dba PIRMI (Pacific International Rice Mills), Woodland, California’’. 4. ‘‘Gulf Rice Arkansas, LLC (a subsidiary of Ansera Marketing, Inc.), Houston, Texas’’ was deleted, as Gulf Rice Arkansas II, LLC, a successor to Gulf Rice Arkansas, LLC, is now a subsidiary of another member, TRC Trading Corporation (see below). 5. ‘‘Louis Dreyfus Corporation, Wilton, Connecticut’’ was amended to read ‘‘LD Commodities Rice Merchandising LLC, Wilton, Connecticut, and LD Commodities Interior Rice Merchandising LLC, Kansas City, Missouri (subsidiaries of Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC, Wilton, Connecticut)’’. 6. ‘‘Nidera, Inc., Wilton, Connecticut (a subsidiary of Nidera Handelscompagnie BV (Netherlands))’’ was amended to read ‘‘Nidera US LLC, Wilton, Connecticut (a subsidiary of Nidera Handelscompagnie BV (Netherlands))’’ . 7. ‘‘Noble Logistics USA Inc., Portland, Oregon’’ was corrected to read ‘‘Noble Logistic USA Inc., Portland, Oregon’’. 8. ‘‘PS International, Ltd., Chapel Hill, North Carolina’’ was amended to read ‘‘PS International LLC dba PS International, Ltd., Chapel Hill, North Carolina (jointly owned by Seaboard Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri, and PS Trading Inc., Chapel Hill, North Carolina)’’. 9. ‘‘Riviana Foods Inc., Houston, Texas (a subsidiary of Ebro Puleva, S.A. (Spain)’’ was amended to read ‘‘Riviana Foods Inc., Houston, Texas (a subsidiary of Ebro Foods, S.A. (Spain))’’. 10. ‘‘TRC Trading Corporation, Roseville, California (a subsidiary of The Rice Company)’’ was amended to read ‘‘TRC Trading Corporation, Roseville, California (a subsidiary of TRC Group, Inc., Roseville, California) and its subsidiary, Gulf Rice Arkansas II, LLC, Houston, Texas’’. 11. ‘‘Veetee Rice, Inc., Springfield, Virginia (a subsidiary of Veetee Investments (Bahamas))’’ was amended to read ‘‘Veetee Rice Inc., Great Neck, New York (a subsidiary of Veetee Investments Corporation (Bahamas))’’. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18791 The effective date of the amended certificate is December 16, 2011, the date on which AARQ’s application to amend was deemed submitted. A copy of the amended certificate will be kept in the International Trade Administration’s Freedom of Information Records Inspection Facility, Room 4001, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Dated: March 22, 2012. Joseph E. Flynn, Director, Office of Competition and Economic Analysis. [FR Doc. 2012–7458 Filed 3–27–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; NIST Associates Information System National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 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. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 29, 2012. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at jjessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Mary Clague, 301–975–4188, mary.clague@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract NIST Associates (NA) will include guest researchers, research associates, contractors, and other non-NIST employees that require access to the NIST campuses or NIST resources. The NIST Associates Information System (NAIS) information collection instrument(s) are completed by incoming NAs. The NAs will be E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 28, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18790-18791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7431]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Generic 
Clearance for the 2020 Census Field Tests

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before May 29, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482-0336 (or 
via the Internet at jjessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Erin Love, Census Bureau, HQ-3H468E, Washington, 
DC 20233; (301) 763-2034 (or via the Internet at 
erin.s.love@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to conducting research towards 
a 2020 Census that costs less while maintaining high quality results. 
The Census Bureau plans to conduct a series of small-scale tests to 
research and evaluate how the use of automation can improve field data 
collection activities. These tests will explore how the Census Bureau 
can use automated processes to improve efficiency, improve data 
quality, and reduce respondent burden. Examples of census operations 
that might be included are: mapping and address listing; enumeration; 
and quality control checks.
    This information collection will operate as a generic clearance. 
The estimated number of respondents and annual reporting hours 
requested cover both the known and yet to be determined tests. A 
generic clearance is needed for these tests because though each share 
similar methodology, the exact number of tests and the explicit details 
of each test to be performed has yet to be determined. The Census 
Bureau plans to conduct each test in small geographic areas. Once 
information collection plans are defined, they will be submitted on an 
individual basis in order to keep OMB informed as these tests progress.
    The Census Bureau plans to test the use of mobile computing devices 
and applications in field data collection tasks. Field data collection 
tasks can include: Address listing and mapping, enumeration functions 
(including the administration of a questionnaire, scheduling of visits, 
collecting housing unit status, and adding new households); and quality 
control functions for both listing and enumeration.

Address Listing and Mapping Tasks

    The scope of these tests will research using a mobile computing 
device and applications to: Create, add, delete, and correct an address 
list; load work assignments; measure production, record GPS 
coordinates; transmit and download data; and use geographic information 
obtained from other data sources. The overall goal of the tests is to 
improve accuracy and productivity in field activities while collecting 
the necessary data. Address and feature information will be primarily 
collected by observation. In cases where address or feature information 
is not observable or verifiable, a household or other knowledgeable 
respondent may be contacted to collect this information.

Enumeration Functions

    The enumeration functions research will focus on using various 
applications and mobile computing devices to enumerate households and 
persons. The research and evaluation may include: developing an 
automated enumeration questionnaire, usability issues; conducting 
interviews; scheduling return visits; recording contact outcomes, 
recording the status of a housing unit (such as occupied or vacant); 
adding addresses; making work assignments; measuring production; 
ability to toggle to a Spanish instrument; enumerator routing; and 
transmission of data. To test enumeration functions, the Census Bureau 
may conduct the enumeration directly with a household member or 
knowledgeable respondent. The Census Bureau has not yet determined the 
questions to ask households or knowledgeable respondents but will 
inform OMB as tests are developed.

Quality Control Functions

    The quality control functions research is to test quality control 
functions and applications on different mobile computing devices for 
both listing and enumeration. The scope of the tests may include: 
revisiting areas and households to verify information collected in 
previous operations; correcting and adding map features, addresses, and 
households; apply pass/fail requirements; and to use and record map 
spots in GPS and manual modes. The Census Bureau has not yet determined 
the questions to ask households or knowledgeable respondents to test 
quality control functions but will inform OMB as tests are developed.

II. Method of Collection

    The information will be collected on mobile computing devices 
through observations, face-face interviews, and/or telephone 
interviews.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: Not yet determined.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 13,000 total.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 723 hours annual average, 
total estimate of 2,167.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: There is no cost to the respondent 
other than time to answer the information request.
    Respondents Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 141 and 193.

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

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or other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: March 23, 2012.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-7431 Filed 3-27-12; 8:45 am]
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