Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Client Focus Groups and Qualitative Interviews, 24685-24686 [2012-9967]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 25, 2012 / Notices telephone number. This reinterview will focus on the particular questions that we are evaluating in the field test, and will not include every question asked in the original interview. Internet Tests—We will use the same modes we offer in ACS production in the first month of data collection for the Internet tests; that is, we will send a mailing asking sampled units to respond online, with a nonresponse follow-up mailing of a paper questionnaire about two and a half weeks later. There are no plans to conduct CATI or CAPI nonresponse follow-up on test cases. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0936. Form Number: ACS–1, ACS–1(PR)SP, ACS CATI(HU), ACS CAPI(HU) and ACS RI(HU). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals, households, and GQ facilities. Estimated Number of Respondents: We plan to contact the following number of respondents: Questionnaire Design Test: 40,000 sampled addresses; 2013–2015 Internet Tests, 200,000 sampled addresses in United States, 4,000 in Puerto Rico; 2015 Content Test: 70,000 sampled addresses during the field test and 40,000 responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted by telephone. Other potential testing includes a second Content Reinterview survey (as a follow-up to the 2012 Content Reinterview Survey) to assess data quality: 90,000 sampled households from ACS production; follow-up testing as needed from the Questionnaire Design Test: 20,000 sampled addresses; and potential testing of methodological changes to the administration of the ACS in Group Quarter facilities (Two tests of 75 facilities each with 15 residents selected in each facility (approximately 1,125 residents in each test)). Estimated Time per Response: Estimates are: Questionnaire Design Test: 40 minutes; Internet Test, 40 minutes; Content Test field test, 40 minutes, Content Test follow-up, 15 minutes; Content Reinterview Study, 20 minutes; other potential test for questionnaire design and Group Quarters testing, 40 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The estimate is an annual average of 87,771 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: Except for their time, there is no cost to respondents. Respondent Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 182. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:14 Apr 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 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: April 20, 2012. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–9939 Filed 4–24–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Client Focus Groups and Qualitative Interviews International Trade Administration (ITA). 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 June 25, 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 Suzan Winters, (202) 482– 6042, suzan.winters@trade.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24685 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service (CS) is mandated by Congress to help U.S. businesses, particularly small and medium-sized companies, export their products and services to global markets. As part of its mission, the CS uses ‘‘Quality Assurance Surveys’’ to collect feedback from the U.S. business clients it serves. These surveys ask the client to evaluate the U.S. Commercial Service on its customer service provision. Results from the surveys are used to make improvements to the agency’s business processes in order to provide better and more effective export assistance to U.S. companies. In addition to collecting client feedback through Quality Assurance Surveys, the CS uses client focus groups as a mechanism to obtain further client feedback and substantiate customer service trends seen in the Surveys. Qualitative client focus group data will enrich the quantitative survey data by providing insights and a descriptive context to explain the trends that emerge in the quantitative data. The CS uses the focus group questions to address quality improvement issues. The focus group discussion guide will enable CS to obtain a better understanding of actions that can be taken to improve the export-related services that CS provide to U.S. firms. In providing these services, the CS promotes the goods and services of small and medium-sized U.S. businesses in foreign markets. II. Method of Collection U.S. firms will be recruited via telephone to participate in focus group discussions. Firms may be current Commercial Service clients or potential clients. Data will be collected through either face-to-face focus group discussion forums (6–8 participants per focus group) and conference calls, or through one-on-one qualitative interviews either in person or via phone. A moderator will facilitate the discussions and notes will be transcribed via computer. All comments from participants will be anonymous. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0625–0254. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 24686 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 25, 2012 / Notices Estimated Number of Respondents: 96. Estimated Time per Response: Surveys, 30–45 minutes; Focus Groups, 1 hour and 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 74. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. 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: April 20, 2012. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–9967 Filed 4–24–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: This notice advises the public that the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Hawaii Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee (REAC) in Honolulu, HI. DATES: The Hawaii REAC meeting will be held Friday, May 11, 2012. For the specific date, times, and agenda for the meeting see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The meeting of the Hawaii REAC will be held at the Council Office, pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:14 Apr 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 1164 Bishop St. Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96814. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; telephone: (808) 522–8220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Schedule and Agenda for the Hawaii Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee Meeting: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012 1. Welcome and Introduction of Members 2. Approval of Draft Agenda 3. REAC Overview and 2011 Meeting Recommendations 4. Agency Protected Species Overview and Updates a. Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) Updates b. State of Hawaii Protected Species Rules, Regulations and Updates 5. Protected Species in Our Ecosystem a. Humpback Whales i. Status of Humpback Whale Hawaii Breeding Population ii. Ecosystem Impacts of Humpback Whales in the North Pacific Foraging Grounds b. Odontocetes (Toothed Whales) i. Marine Mammal Protection Act: What You Should Know ii. List of Fisheries and Hawaii Troll and Charter Fisheries iii. Fishermen’s Perspective on Marine Mammal Interactions iv. Discussion on Monitoring and Addressing Small Vessel Fishery Impacts on Odontocetes c. ESA Petition and Status of Review for Coral i. Coral Status Review ii. REAC Review and Discussion of the Coral Management Report d. ESA Petition for Hawaiian Green Turtles i. Green Turtle Petition & Review Process ii. State of Hawaii Green Turtle Management Plan iii. Discussion on Future Green Turtle Management in Hawaii 6. Public Comments 7. Discussion and Recommendations The order in which agenda items are addressed may change. Public comment periods will be provided throughout each agenda. The REAC will meet as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (808) 522–8220 (voice) or (808) 522– 8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 20, 2012. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–9950 Filed 4–24–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA714 Endangered Species; File No. 15634 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Issuance of permit. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), 3333 N. Torrey Pines Ct., La Jolla, CA 92037, [Responsible Party: Lisa Ballance, Ph.D.] has been issued a permit to take leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) for purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376; Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., BIN C15700, Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115–0700; phone (206) 526–6150; fax (206) 526–6426; and Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4213; phone (562) 980–4001; fax (562) 980–4018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman or Colette Cairns, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 21, 2011, notice was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 58471) that a request for a scientific research permit to take leatherback sea turtles had been submitted by the abovenamed organization. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 80 (Wednesday, April 25, 2012)]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-9967]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Client Focus 
Groups and Qualitative Interviews

AGENCY: International Trade Administration (ITA).

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.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 25, 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 Suzan Winters, (202) 482-6042, suzan.winters@trade.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The International Trade Administration's U.S. Commercial Service 
(CS) is mandated by Congress to help U.S. businesses, particularly 
small and medium-sized companies, export their products and services to 
global markets.
    As part of its mission, the CS uses ``Quality Assurance Surveys'' 
to collect feedback from the U.S. business clients it serves. These 
surveys ask the client to evaluate the U.S. Commercial Service on its 
customer service provision. Results from the surveys are used to make 
improvements to the agency's business processes in order to provide 
better and more effective export assistance to U.S. companies. In 
addition to collecting client feedback through Quality Assurance 
Surveys, the CS uses client focus groups as a mechanism to obtain 
further client feedback and substantiate customer service trends seen 
in the Surveys. Qualitative client focus group data will enrich the 
quantitative survey data by providing insights and a descriptive 
context to explain the trends that emerge in the quantitative data.
    The CS uses the focus group questions to address quality 
improvement issues. The focus group discussion guide will enable CS to 
obtain a better understanding of actions that can be taken to improve 
the export-related services that CS provide to U.S. firms. In providing 
these services, the CS promotes the goods and services of small and 
medium-sized U.S. businesses in foreign markets.

II. Method of Collection

    U.S. firms will be recruited via telephone to participate in focus 
group discussions. Firms may be current Commercial Service clients or 
potential clients. Data will be collected through either face-to-face 
focus group discussion forums (6-8 participants per focus group) and 
conference calls, or through one-on-one qualitative interviews either 
in person or via phone. A moderator will facilitate the discussions and 
notes will be transcribed via computer. All comments from participants 
will be anonymous.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0625-0254.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently 
approved information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

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    Estimated Number of Respondents: 96.
    Estimated Time per Response: Surveys, 30-45 minutes; Focus Groups, 
1 hour and 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 74.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

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: April 20, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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