Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Information and Communication Technology Survey, 50374-50375 [2013-20039]

Download as PDF 50374 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 160 / Monday, August 19, 2013 / Notices TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES uses these data in refining and evaluating annual estimates of investment in structures and equipment in the national income and product accounts, compiling annual inputoutput tables, and computing gross domestic product by industry. The Federal Reserve Board uses these data to improve estimates of investment indicators for monetary policy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses these data to improve estimates of capital stocks for productivity analysis. Industry analysts use these data for market analysis, economic forecasting, identifying business opportunities, product development, and business planning. Changes from the previous ACES are the elimination of detailed capital expenditures by type of structure and type of equipment. These data, collected once every five years, were collected in the 2012 ACES and will not be collected again until the 2017 ACES, which is not included in the scope of the present request for comments. II. Method of Collection For the 2012 and prior ACES data collection; the Census Bureau used mail out/mail back survey forms to collect data. Companies were able to respond via Centurion (The Bureau’s online reporting system), by mail, or by using our toll-free number to reply via secure facsimile machine. Companies were asked to respond to the survey within 30 days of the initial mailing. Letters and/or telephone calls encouraging participation were directed to companies that had not responded by the designated time. Employer companies were mailed one of three forms based on their diversity of operations and number of industries with payroll. Companies that operated in only one industry received an ACE– 1(S) form. Companies that operated in more than one, but less than nine industries received an ACE–1(M) form. And, companies that operated in nine or more industries received an ACE–1(L). All nonemployer companies received an ACE–2 form. The Census Bureau is considering collecting the 2013 ACES data from employer companies primarily through electronic reporting. Employer companies would receive a notification letter containing their User ID and password, and would be directed to report online through the Census Bureau’s Business Help Site. The online reporting instrument would be an electronic version of the paper data collection instrument and would be based on their diversity of operations and number of industries with payroll. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Aug 16, 2013 Jkt 229001 Companies operating in only one industry would access an ACE–1(S) form or electronic instrument. Companies operating in more than one, but less than nine industries would access an ACE–1(M) form or electronic instrument. And, companies that operate in nine or more industries would access an ACE–1(L) form or electronic instrument. Companies would be able to print the form through online services or request a paper form by mail. The Census Bureau would continue to use mail out/mail back survey forms to collect data from nonemployer companies. All nonemployer companies would receive an ACE–2 form. Nonemployer companies would have the option to respond by mail or online through the Census Bureau’s Business Help Site using the User ID and password provided to them on their form. The Census Bureau would continue to ask both companies with employees and nonemployer companies to respond to the survey within 30 days. Reminder letters and/or telephone calls encouraging participation would continue to be directed to all companies that had not responded by the designated time. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0782. Form Number: ACE–1(S), ACE–1(M), ACE–1(L) and ACE–2. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations, non-profit institutions, small businesses or organizations, and self-employed individuals. Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 75,000 (45,000 employer companies, and 30,000 nonemployer businesses). Estimated Time per Response: The average for all respondents is 1.96 hours. For employer companies completing form ACE–1, the range is 2 to 16 hours, averaging 2.59 hours. For companies completing form ACE–2, the range is less than 1 hour to 2 hours, averaging 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 147,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost: The total cost to all respondents is estimated to be $4.5 million. Respondents’ Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 United States Code, Sections 182, 224, and 225. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: August 13, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–20038 Filed 8–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Information and Communication Technology 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)). SUMMARY: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before October 18, 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 Valerie Mastalski, U.S. Census Bureau, Room HQ–6K171, Washington, DC 20233; (301) 763–3317 DATES: E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 160 / Monday, August 19, 2013 / Notices (or via the Internet at Valerie.Cherry.Mastalski@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2013 through 2015 Information and Communication Technology Survey (ICTS). The annual survey collects data on two categories of non-capitalized expenses (purchases; and operating leases and rental payments) for four types of information and communication technology equipment and software (computers and peripheral equipment; ICT equipment, excluding computers and peripherals; electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus; and computer software, including payroll associated with software development). The survey also collects capital expenditures data on the four types of ICT equipment and software cited above. Only non-farm, non-governmental companies, organizations, and associations operating in the United States are included in this survey. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Federal Reserve Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics and industry analysts use these data to evaluate productivity and economic growth prospects. In addition, the ICTS provides improved source data significant to BEA’s estimate of the investment component of Gross Domestic Product, capital stock estimates, and capital flow tables. II. Method of Collection For the 2012 and prior ICT data collection, the Census Bureau used mail out/mail back survey forms to collect data. Companies were able to respond via Centurion (The Bureau’s online reporting system), by mail, or by using our toll-free number to reply via secure facsimile machine. Companies were asked to respond to the survey within 30 days of the initial mailing. Letters and/or telephone calls encouraging participation were directed to companies that had not responded by the designated time. Employer companies were mailed one of three forms based on their diversity of operations and number of industries with payroll. Companies that operated in only one industry received an ICT– 1(S) form. Companies that operated in more than one, but less than nine industries received an ICT–1(M) form. And, companies that operated in nine or more industries received an ICT–1(L). The Census Bureau is considering collecting the 2013 ICT data primarily through electronic reporting. Companies would receive a notification letter containing their User ID and password, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Aug 16, 2013 Jkt 229001 and would be directed to report online through the Census Bureau’s Business Help Site. The online reporting instrument would be an electronic version of the paper data collection instrument and would be based on their diversity of operations and number of industries with payroll. Companies operating in only one industry will access an ICT–1(S) form or electronic instrument. Companies operating in more than one, but less than nine industries will access an ICT–1(M) form or electronic instrument. And, companies that operate in nine or more industries would access an ICT–1(L) form or electronic instrument. Companies would be able to print the form through online services or request a paper form be mailed. The Census Bureau would continue to ask companies to respond to the survey within 30 days. Reminder letters and/or telephone calls encouraging participation would continue to be directed to all companies that have not responded by the designated time. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0909. Form Number: ICT–1(S), ICT–1(M), and ICT–1(L). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations, non-profit institutions, small businesses or organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 45,000 employer companies. Estimated Time per Response: The average for all respondents is 1.80 hours with the range from less than 1 hour to 21 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 79,610. Estimated Total Annual Cost: The total cost to all respondents is estimated to be $2.4 million. Respondents’ Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 182, 224, and 225. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50375 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: August13, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–20039 Filed 8–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–78–2013] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 141— Monroe County, New York; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; American Tactical Imports (Deconstruction of Firearms); Rochester, New York American Tactical Imports submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board for its facility in Rochester, New York within FTZ 141. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on July 29, 2013. The American Tactical Imports facility is located within Site 13 of FTZ 141. The facility is used for the deconstruction of firearms through the removal of the barrel and receiver. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board. Production under FTZ procedures could exempt American Tactical Imports from customs duty payments on the foreign status components used in export production. On its domestic sales, American Tactical Imports would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to sporting, hunting or target-shooting rifle kits (duty rate 3.1%) for the foreign status input noted below. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign status production equipment. The components and materials sourced from abroad include: rifles (duty rate 4.7%). Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Information and 
Communication Technology 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 October 18, 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 Valerie Mastalski, U.S. Census Bureau, Room HQ-
6K171, Washington, DC 20233; (301) 763-3317

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(or via the Internet at Valerie.Cherry.Mastalski@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2013 through 2015 
Information and Communication Technology Survey (ICTS). The annual 
survey collects data on two categories of non-capitalized expenses 
(purchases; and operating leases and rental payments) for four types of 
information and communication technology equipment and software 
(computers and peripheral equipment; ICT equipment, excluding computers 
and peripherals; electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus; and 
computer software, including payroll associated with software 
development). The survey also collects capital expenditures data on the 
four types of ICT equipment and software cited above. Only non-farm, 
non-governmental companies, organizations, and associations operating 
in the United States are included in this survey.
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Federal Reserve Board, 
Bureau of Labor Statistics and industry analysts use these data to 
evaluate productivity and economic growth prospects. In addition, the 
ICTS provides improved source data significant to BEA's estimate of the 
investment component of Gross Domestic Product, capital stock 
estimates, and capital flow tables.

II. Method of Collection

    For the 2012 and prior ICT data collection, the Census Bureau used 
mail out/mail back survey forms to collect data. Companies were able to 
respond via Centurion (The Bureau's online reporting system), by mail, 
or by using our toll-free number to reply via secure facsimile machine. 
Companies were asked to respond to the survey within 30 days of the 
initial mailing. Letters and/or telephone calls encouraging 
participation were directed to companies that had not responded by the 
designated time.
    Employer companies were mailed one of three forms based on their 
diversity of operations and number of industries with payroll. 
Companies that operated in only one industry received an ICT-1(S) form. 
Companies that operated in more than one, but less than nine industries 
received an ICT-1(M) form. And, companies that operated in nine or more 
industries received an ICT-1(L).
    The Census Bureau is considering collecting the 2013 ICT data 
primarily through electronic reporting. Companies would receive a 
notification letter containing their User ID and password, and would be 
directed to report online through the Census Bureau's Business Help 
Site. The online reporting instrument would be an electronic version of 
the paper data collection instrument and would be based on their 
diversity of operations and number of industries with payroll. 
Companies operating in only one industry will access an ICT-1(S) form 
or electronic instrument. Companies operating in more than one, but 
less than nine industries will access an ICT-1(M) form or electronic 
instrument. And, companies that operate in nine or more industries 
would access an ICT-1(L) form or electronic instrument. Companies would 
be able to print the form through online services or request a paper 
form be mailed.
    The Census Bureau would continue to ask companies to respond to the 
survey within 30 days. Reminder letters and/or telephone calls 
encouraging participation would continue to be directed to all 
companies that have not responded by the designated time.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0909.
    Form Number: ICT-1(S), ICT-1(M), and ICT-1(L).
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations, non-
profit institutions, small businesses or organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 45,000 employer 
companies.
    Estimated Time per Response: The average for all respondents is 
1.80 hours with the range from less than 1 hour to 21 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 79,610.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: The total cost to all respondents is 
estimated to be $2.4 million.
    Respondents' Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 182, 224, and 225.

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: August13, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-20039 Filed 8-16-13; 8:45 am]
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