Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Federal Statistical System Public Opinion Survey, 51302-51303 [2014-20418]

Download as PDF 51302 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 167 / Thursday, August 28, 2014 / Notices Rd., Room 7K157, Washington, DC 20233–6913, (301) 763–4207 or via the Internet at mary.catherine.potter@ census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request an extension of the current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of the Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders (M3) survey. The Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey requests data from domestic manufacturers on form M–3 (SD), which will be mailed at the end of each month. Data requested are shipments, new orders, unfilled orders, total inventory, materials and supplies, work-in-process, and finished goods. It is currently the only survey that provides broad-based monthly statistical data on the economic conditions in the domestic manufacturing sector. The M3 survey is designed to measure current industrial activity and to provide an indication of future production commitments. The value of shipments measures the value of goods delivered during the month by domestic manufacturers. Estimates of new orders serve as an indicator of future production commitments and represent the current sales value of new orders received during the month, net of cancellations. Substantial accumulation or depletion of unfilled orders measures excess or deficient demand for manufactured products. The level of inventories, especially in relation to shipments, is frequently used to monitor the business cycle. We do not plan any changes to the M– 3 (SD) form. The estimated total annual burden hours will remain 17,200. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection Respondents submit data on form M– 3 (SD) via mail, or via the Internet. Analysts call respondents who usually report, to obtain data in time for preparing the monthly estimates. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0008. Form Number(s): M–3 (SD). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses, large and small, or other for profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,300. Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 17,200. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:14 Aug 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. 131 and 182. 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: August 22, 2014. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–20440 Filed 8–27–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Federal Statistical System Public Opinion 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 27, 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 at jjessup@doc.gov). DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Jennifer Hunter Childs, Jennifer.hunter.childs@census.gov 202– 603–4827, U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Survey Measurement, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract From December 2009 through April 2010, the Census Bureau contracted the Gallup Organization to conduct a nightly poll of the public’s opinion toward the 2010 Census, public awareness of Census promotional efforts, and intent to mail back their Census forms. The nationally representative, probability-based, sample of 200 respondents per night, sampled from RDD and cell frames, estimates, based on aggregating these data over week-long time periods provided nearly immediate feedback on public reaction to national events that could possibly influence response to the 2010 Census, and on the success or failure of our communications campaign messaging. The Census Bureau used this feedback to make communication campaign decisions during data collection that contributed to achieving a mail-back participation rate of 74%, despite increased vacancy rates due to the economic downturn, increased public skepticism about the role of the Federal Government, and a general decline in survey response rates during the decade that crossed both public and private sector surveys. From February 2012 through March 2014, the Gallup Organization conducted the Federal Statistical System (FSS) Public Opinion Survey conducted under a contract with the U.S. Census Bureau. The mission critical objective was to track public opinion toward statistics produced by the Federal Government. During this time, we saw a relatively stable level of trust in Federal statistics until several events became headlines in the news, including scandals involving the IRS and NSA and then the Government shutdown of 2013. As these events progressed, we saw a downturn in trust in Federal statistics, which also happened to correlate with a decrease in response rates to several Census Bureau surveys. Without being able to determine causal factors, we are interested in pursuing further data collection to try to understand these possible causal relationships. To date, the data have been gathered nightly from small (n = 200) independent cross- E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 167 / Thursday, August 28, 2014 / Notices pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES section samples of individuals participating in a general multi-topic Random Digit Dial (RDD) telephone survey. We collected 200 cases per night, leading up to 1,400 cases per week and 6,000 cases per month, etc. The nightly sample data was aggregated over weeks or months to examine trends in attitudes towards the FSS. The crosssectional design offered the opportunity to examine large marginal shifts in attitudes on a daily basis. The crosssectional design precluded examination of small daily marginal changes in attitudes, as well as any change at the individual level. The design also limited our ability to relate events in the news, such as the IRS and NSA stories, to shifts in opinion toward Federal statistics. The objective of the planned study is to conduct a nationally representative sample survey of public opinion, primarily on attitudes toward the FSS and the use of Federal statistics. The collected data will be used to track changes in attitudes towards the FSS and in data use. The data will also enable the Census Bureau to assess how news events related to the statistical system or government and public perceptions of these events affects usage of and attitudes towards Federal statistics. The methodology for the planned survey is very similar to the recently conducted FSS Public Opinion Survey, however with a smaller weekly sample with additional questions that will allow us to examine possible causal factors over time. The smaller sample size makes this data collection cheaper, and thus possible to continue this survey for a longer period of time. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau plans to add a minimum of 7 and up to 25 questions at a time to a sample of cases in the Gallup Daily Tracking, which is an ongoing daily survey asking U.S. adults about various political, economic, and well-being topics. The initial 7 questions will allow us to continue the time series began under the previous study and to add open-ended questions which will allow us to measure change in the basis of attitudes. The additional questions will allow us to investigate other issues that could be related to trust and other perceptions of the FSS. The survey methodology for the planned collection is the same as the past collection. It includes sample coverage in Alaska and Hawaii, and relies on a three-call design to reach respondents not contacted on the initial attempt. The survey methods for the Gallup Daily Tracking rely on live interviews, dual-frame sampling (which VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:14 Aug 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 includes listed landline interviewing as well as cell phone sampling to reach those in cell phone-only households, cell phone-mostly households, and unlisted landline-only households), and a random selection method for choosing respondents within the household. The Census Bureau will ask questions of 850 respondents a week who participate in the Gallup Daily Tracking from March 1, 2015 through October 31, 2019. OMB Control Number: 0607–0969. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals. Estimated Number of Respondents: 44,200. Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,367. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Chapter 5. 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: August 22, 2014. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–20418 Filed 8–27–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P Frm 00009 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Public Employment and Payroll Forms 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. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before October 27, 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 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 Paul W. Villena, Acting Chief, Employment and Benefit Statistics Branch, Governments Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233–6800 (301–763– 7286 or Paul.W.Villena@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: III. Data PO 00000 51303 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to request clearance for the forms necessary to conduct the public employment and payroll program, which consists of an annual collection of information and a quinquennial collection in a census environment in years ending in ‘‘2’’ or ‘‘7’’. During the upcoming three years, we intend to conduct the 2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, the 2016 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, and the 2017 Census of Governments: Employment. Under Title 13, Section 161, of the United States Code, the Secretary of Commerce is authorized to conduct the public employment and payroll program, which collects and disseminates data by function for fulltime and part-time employees, payroll, and number of part-time hours worked. The number and content of the data items collected are the same in the annual and census cycles. E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 167 (Thursday, August 28, 2014)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Federal 
Statistical System Public Opinion 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 27, 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 
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 Jennifer Hunter Childs, 
Jennifer.hunter.childs@census.gov 202-603-4827, U.S. Census Bureau, 
Center for Survey Measurement, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 
20233.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    From December 2009 through April 2010, the Census Bureau contracted 
the Gallup Organization to conduct a nightly poll of the public's 
opinion toward the 2010 Census, public awareness of Census promotional 
efforts, and intent to mail back their Census forms. The nationally 
representative, probability-based, sample of 200 respondents per night, 
sampled from RDD and cell frames, estimates, based on aggregating these 
data over week-long time periods provided nearly immediate feedback on 
public reaction to national events that could possibly influence 
response to the 2010 Census, and on the success or failure of our 
communications campaign messaging.
    The Census Bureau used this feedback to make communication campaign 
decisions during data collection that contributed to achieving a mail-
back participation rate of 74%, despite increased vacancy rates due to 
the economic downturn, increased public skepticism about the role of 
the Federal Government, and a general decline in survey response rates 
during the decade that crossed both public and private sector surveys.
    From February 2012 through March 2014, the Gallup Organization 
conducted the Federal Statistical System (FSS) Public Opinion Survey 
conducted under a contract with the U.S. Census Bureau. The mission 
critical objective was to track public opinion toward statistics 
produced by the Federal Government. During this time, we saw a 
relatively stable level of trust in Federal statistics until several 
events became headlines in the news, including scandals involving the 
IRS and NSA and then the Government shutdown of 2013. As these events 
progressed, we saw a downturn in trust in Federal statistics, which 
also happened to correlate with a decrease in response rates to several 
Census Bureau surveys. Without being able to determine causal factors, 
we are interested in pursuing further data collection to try to 
understand these possible causal relationships. To date, the data have 
been gathered nightly from small (n = 200) independent cross-

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section samples of individuals participating in a general multi-topic 
Random Digit Dial (RDD) telephone survey. We collected 200 cases per 
night, leading up to 1,400 cases per week and 6,000 cases per month, 
etc. The nightly sample data was aggregated over weeks or months to 
examine trends in attitudes towards the FSS. The cross-sectional design 
offered the opportunity to examine large marginal shifts in attitudes 
on a daily basis. The cross-sectional design precluded examination of 
small daily marginal changes in attitudes, as well as any change at the 
individual level. The design also limited our ability to relate events 
in the news, such as the IRS and NSA stories, to shifts in opinion 
toward Federal statistics.
    The objective of the planned study is to conduct a nationally 
representative sample survey of public opinion, primarily on attitudes 
toward the FSS and the use of Federal statistics. The collected data 
will be used to track changes in attitudes towards the FSS and in data 
use. The data will also enable the Census Bureau to assess how news 
events related to the statistical system or government and public 
perceptions of these events affects usage of and attitudes towards 
Federal statistics. The methodology for the planned survey is very 
similar to the recently conducted FSS Public Opinion Survey, however 
with a smaller weekly sample with additional questions that will allow 
us to examine possible causal factors over time. The smaller sample 
size makes this data collection cheaper, and thus possible to continue 
this survey for a longer period of time.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau plans to add a minimum of 7 and up to 25 
questions at a time to a sample of cases in the Gallup Daily Tracking, 
which is an ongoing daily survey asking U.S. adults about various 
political, economic, and well-being topics. The initial 7 questions 
will allow us to continue the time series began under the previous 
study and to add open-ended questions which will allow us to measure 
change in the basis of attitudes. The additional questions will allow 
us to investigate other issues that could be related to trust and other 
perceptions of the FSS.
    The survey methodology for the planned collection is the same as 
the past collection. It includes sample coverage in Alaska and Hawaii, 
and relies on a three-call design to reach respondents not contacted on 
the initial attempt. The survey methods for the Gallup Daily Tracking 
rely on live interviews, dual-frame sampling (which includes listed 
landline interviewing as well as cell phone sampling to reach those in 
cell phone-only households, cell phone-mostly households, and unlisted 
landline-only households), and a random selection method for choosing 
respondents within the household. The Census Bureau will ask questions 
of 850 respondents a week who participate in the Gallup Daily Tracking 
from March 1, 2015 through October 31, 2019.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0969.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 44,200.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,367.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Chapter 5.

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: August 22, 2014.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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