Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE-15, Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, 58979-58980 [2012-23532]

Download as PDF emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2012 / Notices briefing on ethical behavior for federal advisory committee members, an introduction to the agencies of the USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area, and information on the core functions of those agencies and the impact of the current budget status on their operations. On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 the full Advisory Board will convene at 8:00 a.m. followed shortly thereafter with the appointment of a new Chair of the Advisory Board. The meeting will also include: brief introductions of new Board members, incumbents, and guests; the election of the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board; comments from a variety of distinguished leaders, experts, and departmental personnel; and items of board business. Specific items on the agenda will include a discussion related to the international programs related to the Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area, and a discussion on the role of the Board in advising the Secretary of Agriculture, and Congress. The afternoon session will end by 5 p.m. An evening session will convene at 6 p.m. and include a vote for the fiscal year 2013 executive committee members of the Board. The meeting will adjourn for the day by 8 p.m. On Thursday October 25, 2012, the Board will reconvene at 8 a.m. to: discuss initial recommendations resulting from the meeting and future planning for the Board; to organize the membership of the committees, and working groups of the Advisory Board; and to finalize Board business for the meeting. The Board Meeting will adjourn by 12 p.m. (noon). This meeting is open to the public and any interested individuals wishing to attend. Opportunity for public comment will be offered each day of the meeting. 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[FR Doc. 2012–23610 Filed 9–24–12; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Forest Service Bureau of Economic Analysis Boundary Establishment for the Au Sable, Bear Creek, Manistee, and the Pine Wild and Scenic Rivers, HuronManistee National Forests; Alcona, Oscoda, Manistee, Lake, and Wexford Counties, MI Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE–15, Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States AGENCY: ACTION: Forest Service, USDA. In accordance with Section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary of the Au Sable, Bear Creek, Manistee, and the Pine Wild and Scenic Rivers to Congress. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information may be obtained by contacting Kristen Thrall, Recreation Program Manager, Huron-Manistee National Forests, 1755 South Mitchell, Cadillac, MI 49601, (231) 775–5023, ext. 8756. The Au Sable, Bear Creek, Manistee, and the Pine Wild and Scenic Rivers boundaries are available for review at the following offices: USDA Forest Service, Office of the Chief, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington DC 20024; USDA Forest Service, Easter Region, Suite 400, 626 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 533202 and; HuronManistee National Forests, 1755 South Mitchell, Cadillac, MI 49601. Detailed legal descriptions are available upon request. The Michigan Scenic Rivers Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102–249–March 3, 1992) designated Bear Creek, Manistee River, and Pine River, Michigan, as National Wild and Scenic Rivers, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture. The 1984 Amendment to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Pub. L. 98–444–October 4, 1984) designated the Au Sable River, Michigan, as a National Wild and Scenic River, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture. As specified by law, the boundaries will not be effective until ninety days after Congress receives the transmittal. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: September 18, 2012. Barry Paulson, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2012–23559 Filed 9–24–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P 14:15 Sep 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Economic Analysis. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: 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 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: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 26, 2012. SUMMARY: Notice of availability. BILLING CODE 3410–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 58979 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 email 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 David H. Galler, Chief, Direct Investment Division (BE–50), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; phone: (202) 606–9835; fax: (202) 606– 5318; or via email at david.galler@bea.gov. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States (Form BE–15) obtains sample data on the financial structure and operations of U.S. affiliates of foreign investors. The data are needed to provide reliable, useful, and timely measures of foreign direct investment in the United States, assess its impact on the U.S. economy, and based upon this assessment, make informed policy decisions regarding foreign direct investment in the United States. The data are used to derive annual estimates of the operations of U.S. affiliates of foreign investors, including their balance sheets; income statements; property, plant, and equipment; employment and employee compensation; merchandise trade; sales of goods and services; taxes; and research and development activity. In E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 58980 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2012 / Notices addition, data covering employment are collected by state. The data are also used to update similar data for the universe of U.S. affiliates collected once every five years on the BE–12 benchmark survey. The survey, as proposed, incorporates changes that were made to the 2012 BE– 12, Benchmark Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States. The exemption level for reporting on the proposed survey is unchanged from the previous (2011) survey. II. Method of Collection The BE–15 annual survey is sent to potential respondents in March of each year. A completed report covering a reporting company’s fiscal year ending during the previous calendar year is due by May 31 (or by June 30 for respondents that file using BEA’s eFile system). Reports must be filed by every U.S. business enterprise that is owned 10 percent or more by a foreign investor and that has total assets, sales or gross operating revenues, or net income (or loss) of over $40 million. As an alternative to filing paper forms, BEA offers its electronic filing option, the eFile system, for use in reporting on Form BE–15. For more information about eFile, go to www.bea.gov/efile. Potential respondents are those U.S. business enterprises that reported in the 2012 benchmark survey of foreign direct investment in the United States, along with businesses that subsequently entered the direct investment universe. The BE–15 is a sample survey, as described; universe estimates are developed from the reported sample data. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated: September 19, 2012. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–23532 Filed 9–24–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Announcing an Open Meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) will meet Wednesday, October 10, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Time, and Friday, October 12, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Eastern Time. All sessions will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Time, and Friday, October 12, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Eastern Time. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Courtyard Washington Embassy Row, General Scott Room, 1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20036. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Annie Sokol, Information Technology SUMMARY: III. Data OMB Control Number: 0608–0034. Form Number: BE–15. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,000 annually. Estimated Time per Response: 19 hours, 30 minutes is the average, but may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in company size and complexity. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 77,825. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act (Pub. L. 94–472, 22 U.S.C. 3101–3108, as amended by Pub. L. 98–573 and Pub. L. 101–533). VerDate Mar<15>2010 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 will 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. 14:15 Sep 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8930, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8930, telephone: (301) 975–2006, or by email at: annie.sokol@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., notice is hereby given that the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) will meet Wednesday, October 10, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern Time, and Friday, October 12, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Eastern Time. All sessions will be open to the public. The ISPAB is authorized by 15 U.S.C. 278g–4, as amended, and advises the Secretary of Commerce, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Director of NIST on security and privacy issues pertaining to federal computer systems. Details regarding the ISPAB’s activities are available at https://csrc.nist.gov/groups/SMA/ispab/ index.html. The agenda is expected to include the following items: —Presentation relating to SP 800–53 Revision 4, —Panel discussion with members of the Office of Inspector General relating to NIST guidelines to advance security, —Panel discussion on the latest development of FedRAMP, —Panel discussion/updates on privacy and security risks for medical devices and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), —Presentation on healthcare information technology security, —Cybersecurity Updates from Director of Cybersecurity, White House, —Presentation on Security, Privacy and Information Sharing, —Discussion/presentation on information sharing, cyber and communications across federal agencies with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC, DHS) Director, —Presentation/Discussion on Radios used by federal civilian agencies, and —Update of NIST Computer Security Division. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of Economic Analysis


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Direct 
Investment Surveys: BE-15, Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment 
in the United States

AGENCY: Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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 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: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 26, 
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 email 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 David H. Galler, Chief, Direct Investment Division (BE-
50), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, 
Washington, DC 20230; phone: (202) 606-9835; fax: (202) 606-5318; or 
via email at david.galler@bea.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States 
(Form BE-15) obtains sample data on the financial structure and 
operations of U.S. affiliates of foreign investors. The data are needed 
to provide reliable, useful, and timely measures of foreign direct 
investment in the United States, assess its impact on the U.S. economy, 
and based upon this assessment, make informed policy decisions 
regarding foreign direct investment in the United States. The data are 
used to derive annual estimates of the operations of U.S. affiliates of 
foreign investors, including their balance sheets; income statements; 
property, plant, and equipment; employment and employee compensation; 
merchandise trade; sales of goods and services; taxes; and research and 
development activity. In

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addition, data covering employment are collected by state. The data are 
also used to update similar data for the universe of U.S. affiliates 
collected once every five years on the BE-12 benchmark survey.
    The survey, as proposed, incorporates changes that were made to the 
2012 BE-12, Benchmark Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United 
States. The exemption level for reporting on the proposed survey is 
unchanged from the previous (2011) survey.

II. Method of Collection

    The BE-15 annual survey is sent to potential respondents in March 
of each year. A completed report covering a reporting company's fiscal 
year ending during the previous calendar year is due by May 31 (or by 
June 30 for respondents that file using BEA's eFile system). Reports 
must be filed by every U.S. business enterprise that is owned 10 
percent or more by a foreign investor and that has total assets, sales 
or gross operating revenues, or net income (or loss) of over $40 
million.
    As an alternative to filing paper forms, BEA offers its electronic 
filing option, the eFile system, for use in reporting on Form BE-15. 
For more information about eFile, go to www.bea.gov/efile.
    Potential respondents are those U.S. business enterprises that 
reported in the 2012 benchmark survey of foreign direct investment in 
the United States, along with businesses that subsequently entered the 
direct investment universe. The BE-15 is a sample survey, as described; 
universe estimates are developed from the reported sample data.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0608-0034.
    Form Number: BE-15.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,000 annually.
    Estimated Time per Response: 19 hours, 30 minutes is the average, 
but may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in 
company size and complexity.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 77,825.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

    Legal Authority: International Investment and Trade in Services 
Survey Act (Pub. L. 94-472, 22 U.S.C. 3101-3108, as amended by Pub. 
L. 98-573 and Pub. L. 101-533).

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 will 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: September 19, 2012.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-23532 Filed 9-24-12; 8:45 am]
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