Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE-11, Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad, 41031-41032 [2013-16330]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 9, 2013 / Notices clearance will be published for its own sake. Because the questionnaires being tested under this clearance are still in the process of development, the data that result from these collections are not considered official statistics of the Census Bureau or other Federal agencies. Data will be included in research reports prepared for sponsors inside and outside of the Census Bureau. The results may also be prepared for presentations related to survey methodology at professional meetings or publications in professional journals. Affected Public: Individuals or households, business or other for-profit. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Data collection for this project is authorized under the authorizing legislation for the questionnaire being tested. This may be Title 13, Sections 131, 141, 161, 181, 182, 193, and 301 for Census Bureausponsored surveys, and Title 13 and 15 for surveys sponsored by other Federal agencies. We do not now know what other titles will be referenced, since we do not know what survey questionnaires will be pretested during the course of the clearance. OMB Desk Officer: Brian HarrisKojetin, (202) 395–7314. 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 Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB Desk Officer either by fax (202–395– 7245) or email (bharrisk@omb.eop.gov). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated: July 3, 2013. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–16489 Filed 7–8–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Jul 08, 2013 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Economic Analysis Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE–11, Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad Bureau of Economic Analysis, 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 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 September 9, 2013. SUMMARY: 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 Sarahelen Thompson, Acting Chief, Direct Investment Division (BE– 50), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; phone: (202) 606–9660; fax: (202) 606–5318; or via email at Sally.Thompson@bea.gov. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Abstract The Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad (Form BE–11) obtains financial and operating data covering the operations of U.S. parents and their foreign affiliates, 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. The survey is a sample survey that covers all foreign affiliates above a size-exemption level and their U.S. parents. The sample data are used to derive universe estimates in nonbenchmark years from similar data reported in the BE–10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad, which is conducted every five years. The data are needed to measure the size and economic PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41031 significance of direct investment abroad, measure changes in such investment, and assess its impact on the U.S. and foreign economies. No changes to the survey forms or reporting requirements are proposed. II. Method of Collection Survey forms are sent to potential respondents in March of each year; responses covering a reporting company’s fiscal year ending during the previous calendar year are due by May 31. A report must be filed by each U.S. person that has a direct and/or indirect ownership interest of at least 10 percent of the voting stock (or the equivalent) in a foreign business enterprise and that meets the additional conditions detailed in Form BE–11. As an alternative to filing paper forms, BEA offers an electronic filing option, the eFile system, for use in reporting on Form BE–11. For more information about eFile, go to www.bea.gov/efile. Potential respondents are those U.S. parents that reported owning foreign business enterprises in the 2009 benchmark survey of U.S. direct investment abroad, along with entities that subsequently entered the direct investment universe. The data collected are sample data. Universe estimates are developed from the reported sample data. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0608–0053. Form Number: BE–11. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,900 U.S. parents filing for their U.S. operations and for 18,700 foreign affiliates. Estimated Time per Response: 91 hours is the average, but may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in company structure, size, and complexity. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 172,600. 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 E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1 41032 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 9, 2013 / Notices 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: July 2, 2013. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of Chief Information Officer. II. Method of Collection Submitted on paper forms. [FR Doc. 2013–16330 Filed 7–8–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Special Comprehensive License Bureau of Industry and Security. 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 September 9, 2013. SUMMARY: 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 Larry Hall, BIS ICB Liaison, (202) 482–4895, Lawrence.Hall@bis.doc.gov. ADDRESSES: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES shipments of items from the U.S. or from approved consignees abroad who are approved in advance by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to conduct the following activities: servicing, support services, stocking spare parts, maintenance, capital expansion, manufacturing, support scientific data acquisition, reselling and reexporting in the form received, and other activities as approved on a caseby-case basis. An application for an SCL requires submission of additional supporting documentation, such as the company’s internal control program. This additional information is needed by BIS to ensure that the requirements and the restrictions of this procedure are strictly observed. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0694–0089. Form Number(s): BIS–752P, BIS– 752A. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 64. Estimated Time Per Response: 30 minutes to 40 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 542. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Special Comprehensive License (SCL) procedure authorizes multiple Dated: July 2, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–16302 Filed 7–8–13; 8:45 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Jul 08, 2013 Jkt 229001 BILLING CODE 3510–33–P PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Foreign Availability Procedures Bureau of Industry and Security, 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. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 9, 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 and instructions should be directed to Larry Hall, BIS ICB Liaison, (202) 482–4895, Lawrence.Hall@bis.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This information is collected in order to respond to requests by Congress and industry to make foreign availability determinations in accordance with Section 768 of the Export Administration Regulations. Exporters are urged to voluntarily submit data to support the contention that items controlled for export for national security reasons are available-in-fact, from a non-U.S. source, in sufficient quantity and of comparable quality so as to render the control ineffective. II. Method of Collection Submitted electronically or on paper. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0694–0004. Form Number(s): N/A. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2. Estimated Time per Response: 255 hours. E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1

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 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of Economic Analysis


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Direct 
Investment Surveys: BE-11, Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment 
Abroad

AGENCY: Bureau of Economic Analysis, 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 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 September 9, 
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 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 Sarahelen Thompson, Acting Chief, Direct Investment 
Division (BE-50), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; phone: (202) 606-9660; fax: (202) 606-
5318; or via email at Sally.Thompson@bea.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Abstract

    The Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad (Form BE-11) 
obtains financial and operating data covering the operations of U.S. 
parents and their foreign affiliates, 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. The survey is a sample 
survey that covers all foreign affiliates above a size-exemption level 
and their U.S. parents. The sample data are used to derive universe 
estimates in nonbenchmark years from similar data reported in the BE-
10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad, which is 
conducted every five years. The data are needed to measure the size and 
economic significance of direct investment abroad, measure changes in 
such investment, and assess its impact on the U.S. and foreign 
economies.
    No changes to the survey forms or reporting requirements are 
proposed.

II. Method of Collection

    Survey forms are sent to potential respondents in March of each 
year; responses covering a reporting company's fiscal year ending 
during the previous calendar year are due by May 31. A report must be 
filed by each U.S. person that has a direct and/or indirect ownership 
interest of at least 10 percent of the voting stock (or the equivalent) 
in a foreign business enterprise and that meets the additional 
conditions detailed in Form BE-11.
    As an alternative to filing paper forms, BEA offers an electronic 
filing option, the eFile system, for use in reporting on Form BE-11. 
For more information about eFile, go to www.bea.gov/efile.
    Potential respondents are those U.S. parents that reported owning 
foreign business enterprises in the 2009 benchmark survey of U.S. 
direct investment abroad, along with entities that subsequently entered 
the direct investment universe. The data collected are sample data. 
Universe estimates are developed from the reported sample data.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0608-0053.
    Form Number: BE-11.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,900 U.S. parents filing for 
their U.S. operations and for 18,700 foreign affiliates.
    Estimated Time per Response: 91 hours is the average, but may vary 
considerably among respondents because of differences in company 
structure, size, and complexity.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 172,600.
    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

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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: July 2, 2013.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of Chief Information Officer.
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