Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization, 20354-20355 [2012-8048]

Download as PDF 20354 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 4, 2012 / Notices by this Act fees to cover the costs of administering the Act.’’ The application fee for original issuance, reissuance, or duplication of a license for EFAC is $100 for each license issued. A license, and the corresponding licensing agreement, may cover multiple locations under one license, subject the approval of the FSA Deputy Administrator for Commodity Operations (DACO). Signed on December 7, 2011. Carolyn B. Cooksie, Acting Administrator, Farm Service Agency. Annual User Fees Meetings; Sunshine Act [FR Doc. 2012–8079 Filed 4–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces that it will hold a public meeting on April 19, 2012, in Buffalo, New York, to present the findings from its investigation of a flammable vapor explosion on November 9, 2010, at the E.I DuPont de Nemours and Co. Inc. chemical plant in Buffalo, New York. The incident involved a contract welder and foreman who were repairing an agitator support atop an atmospheric storage tank containing flammable vinyl Inspection Fees fluoride (VF). The VF vapor from Inspection fees are assessed to recover interconnected, in-service process tanks the costs of administering the USWA. flowed undetected into the tank and The inspection fees are assessed for site ignited when the welder was repairing visits to determine initial suitability for the agitator support assembly. The storage of EFAC. Fees will be assessed welder died instantly and the foreman for each original examination or was burned. inspection and for amendment The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at examinations to modify an existing the Embassy Suites Buffalo Downtown, license. The inspection fee will be Room: Encore I, II, and III, 200 Delaware $1000 for 1 to 3 locations, plus $300 for Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202 (716–842– each additional location operated under 1000). The meeting is free and open to the same licensing agreement. Fees for the public. Pre-registration is not additional or special examination required, but to assure adequate seating, services, including requested attendees are encouraged to pre-register examinations or examinations due to by emailing their names and affiliations adverse conditions, will be assessed at to publicmeeting@csb.gov by April 14, an hourly rate as determined by FSA. 2012. At the meeting CSB staff will present USWA fees for EFAC are provided in to the Board the results of their the following table: investigation into this incident. Key issues involved in the investigation UNITED STATES WAREHOUSE ACT concern flammable gas monitoring, tank [Fee Schedule—Export Food Aid Commodities isolation and hot work permits and sign(EFAC)] offs. Following the presentation of the Licensing Fee ................................... $100 CSB’s findings and safety Inspection Fee, 1 to 3 Locations ...... 1,000 recommendations, the Board will hear comments from the public. Inspection Fee, each additional At the conclusion of the public location over 3 ....................... 300 Annual User Fee, 1 to 3 Locations .. 1,500 comment period, the Board will Annual User Fee, each addiconsider whether to approve the final tional location over 3 ............. 300 case study and recommendations. All staff presentations are preliminary and General information about FSA are intended solely to allow the Board administration of its responsibilities to consider in a public forum the issues related to the USWA is available on and factors involved in this case. No FSA’s Web site, at the following link: factual analyses, conclusions or findings https://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/ presented by staff should be considered webapp?area=home&subject=coop& final. Only after the Board has topic=was-ua. In addition to useful considered the final staff presentation, information such as policy and listened to the public comments and procedural details, the Web site approved the staff case study will there includes a listing of licensed be an approved final record of this warehouses. incident. emcdonald on DSK29S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Annual user fees are assessed based on the cost for site visits to conduct warehouse examinations to determine continued compliance with the terms of the licensing agreement and the USWA. Annual user fees will be assessed independently of application fees and inspection fees. The annual user fee will be $1500 for 1 to 3 locations, plus $300 for each additional location operated under the same licensing agreement. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:28 Apr 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Board will also consider whether to approve the CSB’s draft 2012–2016 Strategic Plan, which includes strategic goals, objectives, and associated measures for managing and evaluating agency operations. The draft plan is available for public comment until April 12, 2012 at www.csb.gov. All comments can be submitted via email to strategicplan@csb.gov. Please notify CSB if a translator or interpreter is needed, at least 5 business days prior to the public meeting. For more information, please contact the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board at (202) 261–7600, or visit our Web site at: www.csb.gov. Daniel Horowitz, Managing Director. [FR Doc. 2012–8142 Filed 4–2–12; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 6350–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization 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 June 4, 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(s) and instructions should be directed to Mary C. Potter, U.S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing and Construction Division, Room 7K157, Washington, DC 20233, (301) 763–4207 (or via the Internet at mary.catherine.potter@census.gov). DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 4, 2012 / Notices I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to continue the current OMB clearance for the Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC). The QPC is conducted quarterly, collecting from manufacturing plants and publishers, the value of actual production, the value of production that could have been achieved if operating at ‘‘full production’’ levels, and the value of production that could have been achieved if operating at ‘‘national emergency’’ levels. The survey also collects data on work patterns by shift. These data include hours in operation, production workers, and plant hours worked. The primary users of these data will be the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The FRB will use these data in several ways. First, the capital workweek data will be used as an indicator of capital use in the estimation of monthly output (industrial production). Second, the workweek data will be used to improve the projections of labor productivity that are used to align industrial production (IP) with comprehensive benchmark information in the Economic Census, Manufacturing and Annual Survey of Manufactures. Third, the utilization rate data will assist in the assessment of recent changes in IP, as most of the high-frequency movement in utilization rates reflect production changes rather than capacity changes. The DLA will use these data to assess readiness to meet demand for goods under selected national emergency scenarios. emcdonald on DSK29S0YB1PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will use the mail out/mail back survey forms to collect the data. We also offer an electronic version of the form for reporting via the Internet. Companies will be asked to respond within 20 days of the initial mailing. This due date will be imprinted at the top of the form. Letters encouraging participation will be mailed to companies that have not responded by the designated time. Subsequent to the letter, we will conduct a telephone follow-up. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0175. Form Number: MQ–C2. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Manufacturing and publishing plants. Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,500 per quarter. Estimated Time per Response: 2.00 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 60,000. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:28 Apr 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 Estimated Total Annual Cost: $1,989,000. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S. Code, Sections 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: March 30, 2012. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–8048 Filed 4–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Economic Development Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Award Amendment Requests and Project Service Maps Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of 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, as amended. SUMMARY: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 4, 2012. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20355 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 John Cobb, Program Analyst, Office of Regional Affairs, Room 7009, Economic Development Administration, Washington, DC 20230, telephone (202) 482–0951, facsimile (202) 482–2838 (or via the Internet at John.f.cobb@eda.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The mission of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the Federal economic agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. In order to effectively administer and monitor its economic development assistance programs, EDA collects certain information from applications for, and recipients of, EDA investment assistance. A recipient must submit a written request to EDA to amend an investment award and provide such information and documentation as EDA deems necessary to determine the merit of altering the terms of an award (see 13 CFR 302.7(a) of EDA’s regulations). EDA may require a recipient to submit a project service map and information from which to determine whether services are provided to all segments of the region being assisted (see CFR 302.16(c) of EDA’s regulations). II. Method of Collection Paper Report. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0610–0102. Agency Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Current recipients of EDA assistance, to include (1) cities or other political subdivisions of a state, including a special purpose unit of state or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (2) states; (3) institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; (4) public or private non-profit organizations or associations; (5) District Organizations; and (6) Indian Tribes or a consortia of Indian Tribes; and (7) (for training, research, and technical assistance awards only) individuals and for-profit businesses. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 632 (600 requests for E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1

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[FR Doc No: 2012-8048]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Quarterly 
Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization

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 June 4, 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(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Mary C. Potter, U.S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing 
and Construction Division, Room 7K157, Washington, DC 20233, (301) 763-
4207 (or via the Internet at mary.catherine.potter@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau plans to continue the current OMB clearance for 
the Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC). The QPC is 
conducted quarterly, collecting from manufacturing plants and 
publishers, the value of actual production, the value of production 
that could have been achieved if operating at ``full production'' 
levels, and the value of production that could have been achieved if 
operating at ``national emergency'' levels. The survey also collects 
data on work patterns by shift. These data include hours in operation, 
production workers, and plant hours worked.
    The primary users of these data will be the Federal Reserve Board 
(FRB) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The FRB will use these 
data in several ways. First, the capital workweek data will be used as 
an indicator of capital use in the estimation of monthly output 
(industrial production). Second, the workweek data will be used to 
improve the projections of labor productivity that are used to align 
industrial production (IP) with comprehensive benchmark information in 
the Economic Census, Manufacturing and Annual Survey of Manufactures. 
Third, the utilization rate data will assist in the assessment of 
recent changes in IP, as most of the high-frequency movement in 
utilization rates reflect production changes rather than capacity 
changes. The DLA will use these data to assess readiness to meet demand 
for goods under selected national emergency scenarios.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will use the mail out/mail back survey forms to 
collect the data. We also offer an electronic version of the form for 
reporting via the Internet. Companies will be asked to respond within 
20 days of the initial mailing. This due date will be imprinted at the 
top of the form. Letters encouraging participation will be mailed to 
companies that have not responded by the designated time. Subsequent to 
the letter, we will conduct a telephone follow-up.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0175.
    Form Number: MQ-C2.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Manufacturing and publishing plants.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,500 per quarter.
    Estimated Time per Response: 2.00 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 60,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $1,989,000.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S. Code, Sections 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: March 30, 2012.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-8048 Filed 4-3-12; 8:45 am]
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