Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Census Employment Inquiry, 27572 [2014-10967]
[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-10967]
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Census
AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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
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.
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.
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-10967 Filed 5-13-14; 8:45 am]
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