Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Cognitive, Pilot and Field Studies for Bureau of Justice Statistics Data Collection Activities, 56867-56868 [2012-22614]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2012 / Notices and usability testing of electronic data collection instruments. Following standard Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, BJS will submit a change request to OMB individually for every group of data collection activities undertaken under this generic clearance. BJS will provide OMB with a copy of the individual instruments or questionnaires (if one is used), as well as other materials describing the project. Currently, BJS anticipates the need to conduct testing and development work on at least ten (10) statistical projects, including the collection of administrative data from courts, law enforcement agencies, state criminal history repositories, social and victim services agencies, and local jails, a selfreport survey of prison inmates, and establishment surveys of law enforcement agencies and corrections departments. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Justice Statistics is soliciting public comment on the information collection described above. If you have comments—especially on the estimated public burden—suggestions, or need additional information about the proposed information collection, please contact Erica Smith, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 810 Seventh St. NW., Washington, DC 20531. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are requested on: • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to 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 collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: BJS Generic Clearance for Cognitive, Pilot, and Field Test Studies. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:39 Sep 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the department sponsoring the collection: Form numbers not available for generic clearance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract. Administrators or staff of state and local agencies or programs in the relevant fields; administrators or staff of non-government agencies or programs in the relevant fields; individuals; policymakers at various levels of government. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: Specific estimates of the number of respondents and the average response time are not known for development work covered under a generic clearance. Estimates of overall burden for the ten (10) identified projects referenced above, as well as for other data collection projects that may benefit from development work under this clearance, are included in item 6 below. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total respondent burden for identified and future projects covered under this generic clearance over the 3-year clearance period is approximately 12,340 hours. If additional information is required, contact: Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Suite 2E–508, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: September 10, 2012. Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, PRA, United States Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2012–22621 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Office of Justice Programs [OMB Number 1121–NEW] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Cognitive, Pilot and Field Studies for Bureau of Justice Statistics Data Collection Activities 60-day notice of information collection under review. ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56867 The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a generic information collection clearance that will allow BJS to conduct a variety of cognitive, pilot, and field test studies. BJS will submit the request for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed notice of information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for ‘‘sixty days’’ until November 13, 2012. This process is in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. Over the next three years, BJS anticipates undertaking a variety of new surveys and data collections, as well as reassessing ongoing statistical projects, across a number of areas of criminal justice, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and victimization. This work will entail development of new survey instruments, redesigning and/or modifying existing surveys, procuring administrative data from state and local government entities, and creating or modifying establishment surveys. In order to inform BJS data collection protocols, to develop accurate estimates of respondent burden, and to minimize respondent burden associated with each new or modified data collection, BJS will engage in cognitive, pilot and field test activities to refine instrumentation and data collection methodologies. BJS envisions using a variety of techniques, including but not limited to tests of different types of survey and data collection operations, focus groups, cognitive testing, pilot testing, exploratory interviews, experiments with questionnaire design, and usability testing of electronic data collection instruments. Following standard Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, BJS will submit a change request to OMB individually for every group of data collection activities undertaken under this generic clearance. BJS will provide OMB with a copy of the individual instruments or questionnaires (if one is used), as well as other materials describing the project. Currently, BJS anticipates the need to conduct testing and development work on at least ten (10) statistical projects, including the collection of administrative data from courts, law enforcement agencies, state criminal history repositories, social and victim services agencies, and local jails, a selfreport survey of prison inmates, and establishment surveys of law E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 56868 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2012 / Notices enforcement agencies and corrections departments. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Justice Statistics is soliciting public comment on the information collection described above. If you have comments—especially on the estimated public burden— suggestions, or need additional information about the proposed information collection, please contact Erica Smith, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 810 Seventh St. NW., Washington, DC 20531. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are requested on: • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to 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 collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: BJS Generic Clearance for Cognitive, Pilot, and Field Test Studies. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the department sponsoring the collection: Form numbers not available for generic clearance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Administrators or staff of state and local agencies or programs in the relevant fields; administrators or staff of non-government agencies or programs in the relevant fields; individuals; and policymakers at various levels of government. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: Specific estimates of the number of respondents and the average response time are not known for VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:39 Sep 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 development work covered under a generic clearance. Estimates of overall burden for the ten (10) identified projects referenced above, as well as for other data collection projects that may benefit from development work under this clearance, are included in item 6 below. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total respondent burden for identified and future projects covered under this generic clearance over the 3-year clearance period is approximately 12,340 hours. If additional information is required, contact: Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Suite 2E–508, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: September 10, 2012. Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, PRA, United States Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2012–22614 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; YouthBuild Impact Evaluation, Youth Follow-Up Surveys ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) proposal titled, ‘‘YouthBuild Impact Evaluation, Youth Follow-Up Surveys,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). DATES: Submit comments on or before October 15, 2012. ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain, on the day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129 (this is not SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a toll-free number) or sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL–ETA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Fax: 202–395–6881 (this is not a toll-free number), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: YouthBuild is a youth and community development program addressing several core issues facing low-income communities: Available housing, youth education, employment, and criminal behavior. The program primarily serves high school dropouts and focuses on helping them attain a high school diploma or general educational development and teaching them construction skills geared toward career placement. The YouthBuild Impact Evaluation will measure core program outcomes including educational attainment, postsecondary planning, employment, earnings, delinquency and involvement with the criminal justice system, and social and emotional development. The evaluation represents an important opportunity for the DOL to add to the growing body of knowledge about the impacts of so-called second chance programs for youth who have dropped out of high school. Data for the study is being collected from YouthBuild grantees and from study participants through several information collections. In this ICR, the ETA seeks OMB approval for three follow-up surveys with youth who were randomly assigned in the 83 sites to either a treatment group or control group during earlier aspects of this ongoing experimental evaluation. The surveys will be fielded 12, 30, and 48 months after random assignment. This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Office of Justice Programs

[OMB Number 1121-NEW]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Cognitive, Pilot and Field 
Studies for Bureau of Justice Statistics Data Collection Activities

ACTION: 60-day notice of information collection under review.

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    The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), 
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) intends to request approval from the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a generic information 
collection clearance that will allow BJS to conduct a variety of 
cognitive, pilot, and field test studies. BJS will submit the request 
for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995. The proposed notice of information collection is published to 
obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are 
encouraged and will be accepted for ``sixty days'' until November 13, 
2012. This process is in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.
    Over the next three years, BJS anticipates undertaking a variety of 
new surveys and data collections, as well as reassessing ongoing 
statistical projects, across a number of areas of criminal justice, 
including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and victimization. This 
work will entail development of new survey instruments, redesigning 
and/or modifying existing surveys, procuring administrative data from 
state and local government entities, and creating or modifying 
establishment surveys. In order to inform BJS data collection 
protocols, to develop accurate estimates of respondent burden, and to 
minimize respondent burden associated with each new or modified data 
collection, BJS will engage in cognitive, pilot and field test 
activities to refine instrumentation and data collection methodologies. 
BJS envisions using a variety of techniques, including but not limited 
to tests of different types of survey and data collection operations, 
focus groups, cognitive testing, pilot testing, exploratory interviews, 
experiments with questionnaire design, and usability testing of 
electronic data collection instruments.
    Following standard Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
requirements, BJS will submit a change request to OMB individually for 
every group of data collection activities undertaken under this generic 
clearance. BJS will provide OMB with a copy of the individual 
instruments or questionnaires (if one is used), as well as other 
materials describing the project. Currently, BJS anticipates the need 
to conduct testing and development work on at least ten (10) 
statistical projects, including the collection of administrative data 
from courts, law enforcement agencies, state criminal history 
repositories, social and victim services agencies, and local jails, a 
self-report survey of prison inmates, and establishment surveys of law

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enforcement agencies and corrections departments.
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Justice Statistics is 
soliciting public comment on the information collection described 
above. If you have comments--especially on the estimated public 
burden-- suggestions, or need additional information about the proposed 
information collection, please contact Erica Smith, Statistician, 
Bureau of Justice Statistics, 810 Seventh St. NW., Washington, DC 
20531.
    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected 
agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are 
requested on:
     Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
     The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and
     Ways to 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 collection.
    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: BJS Generic Clearance for 
Cognitive, Pilot, and Field Test Studies.
    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the 
department sponsoring the collection: Form numbers not available for 
generic clearance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice 
Programs, Department of Justice.
    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract: Administrators or staff of state and local 
agencies or programs in the relevant fields; administrators or staff of 
non-government agencies or programs in the relevant fields; 
individuals; and policymakers at various levels of government.
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount 
of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: Specific 
estimates of the number of respondents and the average response time 
are not known for development work covered under a generic clearance. 
Estimates of overall burden for the ten (10) identified projects 
referenced above, as well as for other data collection projects that 
may benefit from development work under this clearance, are included in 
item 6 below.
    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: The total respondent burden for identified and 
future projects covered under this generic clearance over the 3-year 
clearance period is approximately 12,340 hours.
    If additional information is required, contact: Jerri Murray, 
Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, 
Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two 
Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Suite 2E-508, Washington, DC 
20530.

    Dated: September 10, 2012.
Jerri Murray,
Department Clearance Officer, PRA, United States Department of Justice.
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