Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Manufacturers' Unfilled Orders Survey, 63288-63289 [2012-25326]

Download as PDF 63288 Notices Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 200 Tuesday, October 16, 2012 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES October 10, 2012. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments regarding (a) whether the 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 burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 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 should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8958. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:06 Oct 15, 2012 Jkt 229001 the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Economic Research Service Title: Food Security Supplement to the Current Population Survey. OMB Control Number: 0536–0043. Summary of Collection: The Food Security Supplement is sponsored by USDA as research and evaluation activity authorized under 7 U.S.C. 2026(a)(1) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. This latter section authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into contract with private and public institutions to collect data to undertake research that would improve the administration and effectiveness of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in delivering nutritionrelated benefits. SNAP is currently the primary source of nutrition assistance for low-income Americans enabling households to improve their diet by increasing their food purchasing power. As the nation’s primary public program for ensuring food security and alleviating hunger, the SNAP needs to regularly monitor food security conditions among its target population. This monitoring need requires that USDA continue basic data collection, analysis, and evaluation. Need and Use of the Information: The data collected by the food security supplement will be used to monitor the prevalence of food security, food insecurity, and very low food security within the U.S. population as a whole and in selected population subgroups; conducting research on causes of food insecurity and the role of Federal food and nutrition programs in ameliorating food insecurity; and continuing development and improvement of methods for measuring these conditions. Information will be collected on food spending, use of Federal and community food and nutrition assistance programs, difficulties in obtaining adequate food during the previous 12 months and 30 days due to constrained resources, and conditions that result from inadequate access to food. Description of Respondents: Individuals or Households. Number of Respondents: 53,935. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total Burden Hours: 6,927. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–25399 Filed 10–15–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Manufacturers’ Unfilled Orders Survey 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)). DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before December 17, 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 Chris Savage, U. S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing and Construction Division, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Room 7K071, Washington, DC 20233–6913, (301) 763–4834, or (via the internet at John.C.Savage@census.gov.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey collects monthly data on shipments, inventories, and new and unfilled orders from manufacturing companies. The orders, as well as the shipments and inventory data, are valuable tools for analysts of business cycle E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 200 / Tuesday, October 16, 2012 / Notices conditions, including members of the Council of Economic Advisers, the Treasury Department, and the business community. The monthly M3 Survey estimates are based on a relatively small sample and reflect primarily the month-to-month changes of large companies. There is a clear need for periodic benchmarking of the M3 estimates to reflect the manufacturing universe. The Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) provides annual benchmarks for the shipments and inventory data in this monthly survey. There is no benchmark for unfilled orders. The U.S. Census Bureau plans a reinstatement to an expired collection ‘‘Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders (M3) Supplement: 2006–2007 Unfilled Orders Benchmark Survey,’’ to be renamed the ‘‘Manufacturers’ Unfilled Orders Survey.’’ Over the life of the M3 Survey, there have been four surveys specifically designed to collect unfilled orders. These surveys were conducted in 1976, 1986, 2000, and 2008. After analyzing the results of the 2008 survey, the Census Bureau ascertained the need for an ongoing data collection of unfilled orders data annually. The Manufacturers’ Unfilled Orders Survey will be used as a benchmark for the M3 Survey each year. The Census Bureau will use these data to develop universe estimates of unfilled orders as of the end of the calendar year and adjust the monthly M3 data on unfilled orders to these levels on the NAICS basis. The benchmarked unfilled orders levels will be used to derive estimates of new orders received by manufacturers. The survey data will also be used to determine whether it is necessary to collect unfilled orders data for specific industries on a monthly basis; some industries are not requested to provide unfilled orders data on the M3 Survey. II. Method of Collection tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Census Bureau will use mail out/ mail back survey forms to collect the data. Companies will be asked to respond to the survey within 30 days of receipt. Letters encouraging participation will be mailed to companies that have not responded by the designated time. Telephone followup will be conducted to obtain response from delinquent companies. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0561. Form Number: MA–3000. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses, large and small, or other for-profit organizations. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:06 Oct 15, 2012 Jkt 229001 Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,000. Estimated Time per Response: .50 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $94,950. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 182. Dated: October 10, 2012. Elizabeth Whiteman, Acting Executive Secretary. 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. 63289 [S–107–2012] Dated: October 10, 2012. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–25326 Filed 10–15–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–09–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–51–2012] Foreign-Trade Zone 32—Miami, Florida; Application for Reorganization Under Alternative Site Framework; Amendment of Application A request has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Greater Miami Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of FTZ 32, to amend its application to reorganize FTZ 32 zone under the alternative site framework (77 FR 43048–43049, 7/23/ 2012). The applicant is amending the application to remove existing Site 2 (Beacon Centre Development complex) from the zone. The application otherwise remains unchanged. For further information, contact Camille Evans at Camille.Evans@trade.gov or (202) 482–2350. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FR Doc. 2012–25474 Filed 10–15–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board Foreign-Trade Zone 61—San Juan, PR, Application for Subzone, Coamo Property & Investments, LLC, Coamo, PR An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Puerto Rico Trade & Export Company, grantee of FTZ 61, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the facility of Coamo Property & Investments, LLC, located in Coamo, Puerto Rico. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on October 9, 2012. The proposed subzone (6.09 acres) is located at Carrera 14 Km 25.3, Barrio Los Llanos, Coamo, Puerto Rico. No authorization for production activity has been requested at this time. The proposed subzone would be subject to the existing activation limit of FTZ 61. In accordance with the Board’s regulations, Camille Evans of the FTZ Staff is the designated examiner to review the application and make recommendations to the Executive Secretary. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is November 26, 2012. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to December 10, 2012. A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Camille Evans at Camille.Evans@trade.gov or (202) 482– 2350. E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 200 (Tuesday, October 16, 2012)]
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[Pages 63288-63289]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25326]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Manufacturers' 
Unfilled Orders Survey

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 December 17, 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 Chris Savage, U. S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing 
and Construction Division, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Room 7K071, 
Washington, DC 20233-6913, (301) 763-4834, or (via the internet at 
John.C.Savage@census.gov.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey 
collects monthly data on shipments, inventories, and new and unfilled 
orders from manufacturing companies. The orders, as well as the 
shipments and inventory data, are valuable tools for analysts of 
business cycle

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conditions, including members of the Council of Economic Advisers, the 
Treasury Department, and the business community.
    The monthly M3 Survey estimates are based on a relatively small 
sample and reflect primarily the month-to-month changes of large 
companies. There is a clear need for periodic benchmarking of the M3 
estimates to reflect the manufacturing universe. The Annual Survey of 
Manufactures (ASM) provides annual benchmarks for the shipments and 
inventory data in this monthly survey. There is no benchmark for 
unfilled orders. The U.S. Census Bureau plans a reinstatement to an 
expired collection ``Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders 
(M3) Supplement: 2006-2007 Unfilled Orders Benchmark Survey,'' to be 
renamed the ``Manufacturers' Unfilled Orders Survey.'' Over the life of 
the M3 Survey, there have been four surveys specifically designed to 
collect unfilled orders. These surveys were conducted in 1976, 1986, 
2000, and 2008. After analyzing the results of the 2008 survey, the 
Census Bureau ascertained the need for an ongoing data collection of 
unfilled orders data annually.
    The Manufacturers' Unfilled Orders Survey will be used as a 
benchmark for the M3 Survey each year. The Census Bureau will use these 
data to develop universe estimates of unfilled orders as of the end of 
the calendar year and adjust the monthly M3 data on unfilled orders to 
these levels on the NAICS basis. The benchmarked unfilled orders levels 
will be used to derive estimates of new orders received by 
manufacturers. The survey data will also be used to determine whether 
it is necessary to collect unfilled orders data for specific industries 
on a monthly basis; some industries are not requested to provide 
unfilled orders data on the M3 Survey.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will use mail out/mail back survey forms to 
collect the data. Companies will be asked to respond to the survey 
within 30 days of receipt. Letters encouraging participation will be 
mailed to companies that have not responded by the designated time. 
Telephone follow-up will be conducted to obtain response from 
delinquent companies.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0561.
    Form Number: MA-3000.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Businesses, large and small, or other for-profit 
organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: .50 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $94,950.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 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: October 10, 2012.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-25326 Filed 10-15-12; 8:45 am]
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