Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Collection of State Level Data on Nutrition Assistance, 37782-37783 [2013-14987]

Download as PDF 37782 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 121 / Monday, June 24, 2013 / Notices (signing the form) is authorized to do so, and make them consistent with other certification statements on other forms. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Annually, semi-annually, monthly and on occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482–0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Dated: June 19, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–14978 Filed 6–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Survey of Coastal Managers to Assess Needs for Ecological Forecasts. OMB Control Number: None. Form Number(s): NA. Type of Request: Regular submission (request for a new information collection). Number of Respondents: 100. Average Hours per Response: 20 minutes. Burden Hours: 33. Needs and Uses: This request is for a new survey of coastal managers to determine their needs and potential uses for ecological forecasts or scenarios. Coastal managers would be staff from state agencies who deal with issues such as coastal water quality and habitat management. The survey will be conducted under a cooperative agreement between the NOAA National VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:13 Jun 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and HDR, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. NOAA has a long history of conducting operational modeling and forecasting, mostly in the National Weather Service for weather and climate and the National Ocean Service for tides and currents. Expanding this capacity to include forecasting of ecological trends and conditions can be critical to many coastal management applications. This survey will help to assess coastal managers’ needs for ecological forecasts and scenarios, and how such forecasts may be used in management contexts. Affected Public: State, local or tribal governments, not-for-profit institutions. Frequency: One time. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482–0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Dated: June 19, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–14994 Filed 6–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Collection of State Level Data on Nutrition Assistance U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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)). PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before August 23, 2013. 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 Amy O’Hara, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Room 6H007, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the Internet at Amy.B.OHara@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Abstract The Census Bureau’s Demonstration of Administrative Records Improving Surveys (DARIS) research project began in 2006 during the redesign of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The purpose of DARIS was to analyze direct and indirect uses of administrative data to enhance survey data. DARIS builds upon ten years of administrative data research that has demonstrated its value to State and Federal Agencies. Projects including the Medicaid Undercount Project, Earned Income Participation Rate Project, and research by the Chapin Hall Center at the University of Chicago have compared survey and program data. The Census Bureau benefits from these projects and the DARIS program by improving survey frames, developing model-based edits and allocations, and evaluating data quality over time. Collaborating agencies have benefited through access to reports and tabulations to better administer their programs. Both the Census Bureau and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would like to build on the successes of the DARIS project by encouraging State and District of Columbia Agencies to share Nutrition Assistance data with the Census Bureau. Data sharing and analysis of linked files are solely for statistical purposes, not for enforcement purposes. The Nutrition Assistance data are and will remain confidential, whether in their original form or when comingled or linked. The Census Bureau will link the Nutrition Assistance data with other records at the Census Bureau, including but not limited to data from the SIPP, Current Population Survey, and the American Community Survey. The E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 121 / Monday, June 24, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES linked data will be used to conduct research designed to help the Census Bureau improve its methods of collecting program participation data, as well as its record linking methods. This linkage will be accomplished using a unique linkage identifier called a Protected Identification Key (PIK). After the linkage is achieved, Personally Identifiable Information will be removed from the linked files. Processing to assign a PIK to each person record involves matching based on name, address, sex, date of birth, and Social Security Number (SSN) data. While States may share SSN for Nutrition Assistance recipients to improve the quality of the matching process, most Census Bureau surveys do not collect SSN thereby precluding an exact match. The validation of data processing and PIK process has been used by other internal and external Census Bureau research projects. Only Census Bureau staff conducting the record linkage will have access to files with the Personally Identifiable Information, and access to those files assigned a PIK will be limited to those with a need to know. The Census Bureau will return tabulated Nutrition Assistance data to the FNS and the participating State Agencies. This information will help FNS and the State Agencies develop better measures of poverty, analyze the demographic characteristics of participants, review enrollment rates for those eligible for assistance, and analyze the effects of state programs on a variety of outcomes. The Census Bureau will benefit by using the Nutrition Assistance data to improve its Title 13, U.S. Code (U.S.C), authorized censuses and surveys. The Census Bureau will evaluate the quality of the linked data to: Improve Census Bureau household survey coverage; provide a basis for improving Census Bureau demographic survey program participation questions; gain a greater understanding of data quality collected in Census Bureau household surveys on food assistance program participation, household composition and income; and evaluate and improve data linking software and techniques in USDA food assistance program participation research. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will contact the State Agencies to discuss the research proposal and use of state agency administrative records. The State Agencies will set up agreements with the Census Bureau to provide Nutrition Assistance data. The State Agency will transfer State nutrition administrative records to the Census Bureau via secure VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:13 Jun 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 File Transfer Protocol or appropriately encrypted CD–ROM or DVD–ROM. When the Census Bureau receives data from the source files, the data are processed to validate identifying information and unique person and address-matching identifiers appended. The administrative records data are then compared to current demographic survey data to evaluate coverage of the survey frame, assess data quality, and produce research papers. The Nutrition Assistance data will also be integrated into the Center for Administrative Records, Research and Applications (CARRA) administrative records infrastructure. III. Data OMB Control Number: None. Form Number: Information will be collected in the form of a data transfer to the Census Bureau. No form will be used. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 51. Estimated Time per Response: 75 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,825 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $80,325. Respondents Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 6 and 8(b). 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: June 19, 2013. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–14987 Filed 6–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37783 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Bureau of the Census Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Internet Nonprobability Panel Pretesting U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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)). To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before August 23, 2013. 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 instruments(s) and instructions should be directed to Jennifer Hunter Childs, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233–9150, (202) 603–4827 (or via the Internet at jennifer.hunter.childs@census.gov). DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to request a new OMB generic clearance to conduct a variety of medium-scale iterative Internet research pretesting activities. A block of hours will be dedicated to these activities for each of the next three years. OMB will be informed in writing of the purpose and scope of each of these activities, as well as the time frame and number of burden hours used. The number of hours used will not exceed the number set aside for this purpose. The Census Bureau is committed to conducting research in a cost efficient manner. Currently, there are several stages of testing that occur in any research project the U.S. Census Bureau conducts. As a first stage of research, the Census Bureau pretests questions on surveys or censuses and evaluates the usability and ease of use of Web sites E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1

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[FR Doc No: 2013-14987]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Collection of 
State Level Data on Nutrition Assistance

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 August 23, 2013.

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 Amy O'Hara, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill 
Road, Room 6H007, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the Internet at 
Amy.B.OHara@census.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau's Demonstration of Administrative Records 
Improving Surveys (DARIS) research project began in 2006 during the 
redesign of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The 
purpose of DARIS was to analyze direct and indirect uses of 
administrative data to enhance survey data. DARIS builds upon ten years 
of administrative data research that has demonstrated its value to 
State and Federal Agencies. Projects including the Medicaid Undercount 
Project, Earned Income Participation Rate Project, and research by the 
Chapin Hall Center at the University of Chicago have compared survey 
and program data. The Census Bureau benefits from these projects and 
the DARIS program by improving survey frames, developing model-based 
edits and allocations, and evaluating data quality over time. 
Collaborating agencies have benefited through access to reports and 
tabulations to better administer their programs.
    Both the Census Bureau and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of 
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would like to build 
on the successes of the DARIS project by encouraging State and District 
of Columbia Agencies to share Nutrition Assistance data with the Census 
Bureau. Data sharing and analysis of linked files are solely for 
statistical purposes, not for enforcement purposes. The Nutrition 
Assistance data are and will remain confidential, whether in their 
original form or when comingled or linked.
    The Census Bureau will link the Nutrition Assistance data with 
other records at the Census Bureau, including but not limited to data 
from the SIPP, Current Population Survey, and the American Community 
Survey. The

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linked data will be used to conduct research designed to help the 
Census Bureau improve its methods of collecting program participation 
data, as well as its record linking methods. This linkage will be 
accomplished using a unique linkage identifier called a Protected 
Identification Key (PIK). After the linkage is achieved, Personally 
Identifiable Information will be removed from the linked files. 
Processing to assign a PIK to each person record involves matching 
based on name, address, sex, date of birth, and Social Security Number 
(SSN) data. While States may share SSN for Nutrition Assistance 
recipients to improve the quality of the matching process, most Census 
Bureau surveys do not collect SSN thereby precluding an exact match. 
The validation of data processing and PIK process has been used by 
other internal and external Census Bureau research projects. Only 
Census Bureau staff conducting the record linkage will have access to 
files with the Personally Identifiable Information, and access to those 
files assigned a PIK will be limited to those with a need to know.
    The Census Bureau will return tabulated Nutrition Assistance data 
to the FNS and the participating State Agencies. This information will 
help FNS and the State Agencies develop better measures of poverty, 
analyze the demographic characteristics of participants, review 
enrollment rates for those eligible for assistance, and analyze the 
effects of state programs on a variety of outcomes. The Census Bureau 
will benefit by using the Nutrition Assistance data to improve its 
Title 13, U.S. Code (U.S.C), authorized censuses and surveys. The 
Census Bureau will evaluate the quality of the linked data to: Improve 
Census Bureau household survey coverage; provide a basis for improving 
Census Bureau demographic survey program participation questions; gain 
a greater understanding of data quality collected in Census Bureau 
household surveys on food assistance program participation, household 
composition and income; and evaluate and improve data linking software 
and techniques in USDA food assistance program participation research.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will contact the State Agencies to discuss the 
research proposal and use of state agency administrative records. The 
State Agencies will set up agreements with the Census Bureau to provide 
Nutrition Assistance data. The State Agency will transfer State 
nutrition administrative records to the Census Bureau via secure File 
Transfer Protocol or appropriately encrypted CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. When 
the Census Bureau receives data from the source files, the data are 
processed to validate identifying information and unique person and 
address-matching identifiers appended. The administrative records data 
are then compared to current demographic survey data to evaluate 
coverage of the survey frame, assess data quality, and produce research 
papers. The Nutrition Assistance data will also be integrated into the 
Center for Administrative Records, Research and Applications (CARRA) 
administrative records infrastructure.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: Information will be collected in the form of a data 
transfer to the Census Bureau. No form will be used.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: State governments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 51.
    Estimated Time per Response: 75 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,825 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $80,325.
    Respondents Obligation: Voluntary.

    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 6 and 8(b).

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: June 19, 2013.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-14987 Filed 6-21-13; 8:45 am]
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