Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Census Employment Inquiry, 27572 [2014-10967]


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)]
[Page 27572]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2014-10967]



Census Bureau

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Census 
Employment Inquiry

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.


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.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before July 14, 2014.

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 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Viola Lewis-Willis, Bureau of the Census, 4600 
Silver Hill Road, Room 5H043, Washington, DC 20233, (301) 763-3285 (or 
via the Internet at


I. Abstract

    The BC-170, Census Employment Inquiry, is used to collect 
information such as personal data and work experience from job 
applicants. The BC-170 is used throughout the census and intercensal 
periods for surveys, special censuses, decennial census pretests, and 
dress rehearsals. Applicants completing the form for a census related 
position are applying for temporary jobs in office and field positions 
(clerks, enumerators, crew leaders, supervisors). In addition, as an 
option to the OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, the 
BC-170A may be used when applying for temporary/permanent office and 
field positions (clerks, field representatives, supervisors) on a 
recurring survey in one of the Census Bureau's 6 Regional Offices (ROs) 
throughout the United States. This form is completed by job applicants 
at the time they are tested. Selecting officials review the information 
shown on the form to evaluate an applicant's eligibility for 
employment. During the decennial census and the associated pre-tests, 
the BC-170D is intended to expedite hiring and selection in situations 
requiring large numbers of temporary employees for assignments of a 
limited duration.
    The use of this form is limited to only situations that involve 
special, one-time or recurring survey operations at one of the ROs and/
or which require the establishment of a temporary office. The form has 
been demonstrated to meet our recruitment needs for field workers and 
requires significantly less burden than the Office of Personnel 
Management (OPM) Optional Forms that are available for use by the 
public when applying for Federal positions. Over the next three years, 
we expect to recruit approximately 61,500 applicants for census jobs 
(i.e., one-time censuses, special censuses and decennial pretests and 
dress rehearsals), which would equate to a significant reduction in the 
required paperwork and public burden, as compared to other federal 
application forms.
    The bulk of the proposed changes to the form are related to 
standardizing the information collected across the three variations of 
the forms which we currently utilized and to collect additional 
applicant data to facilitate the processing of the application.

II. Method of Collection

    We collect this information at the time of testing for temporary 
and permanent positions. Potential employees being tested complete a 
four-page to six-page paper application at the time of testing.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0139.
    Form Number(s): BC-170A, BC-170B, BC-170D.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 75,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 18,750.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: The only cost to the 
respondent is his/her time for completing the BC-170A (recurring 
surveys), BC-170B (special censuses), or BC-170D (decennial censuses).
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain a benefit.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C. Section 23.

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 
    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: May 8, 2014.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-10967 Filed 5-13-14; 8:45 am]