Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Generic Clearance To Conduct Pre-Testing of Surveys, 64360 [2014-25723]

Download as PDF 64360 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 209 / Wednesday, October 29, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Generic Clearance To Conduct Pre-Testing of Surveys Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This is a new collection to conduct various procedures to test questionnaires and survey procedures to improve the quality and usability of information collection instruments. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before December 29, 2014. ADDRESSES: 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 of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (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 those who are to respond, including use of SUMMARY: appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Lynnette Thomas, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Lynnette Thomas at 703–305–2017. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Generic Clearance to Conduct Pre-Testing. Form Number: N/A. OMB Number: To be assigned. Expiration Date: To be assigned. Type of Request: New collection. Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a generic clearance that will allow FNS to conduct a variety of data-gathering activities aimed at improving the quality and usability of information collection instruments associated with research and analysis activities. Estimated number respondents Collection instruments Responses annually per respondent The data-gathering activities utilized to this effect include but are not limited to experiments with levels of incentives for study participants, tests of various types of survey operations, focus groups, cognitive laboratory activities, pilot testing, exploratory interviews, experiments with questionnaire design, and usability testing of electronic data collection instruments. FNS envisions using a variety of techniques including field tests, respondent debriefing questionnaires, cognitive interviews, and focus groups in order to identify questionnaire and procedural problems, suggest solutions, and measure the relative effectiveness of alternative solutions. Following standard OMB requirements, FNS will submit a change request to OMB for each data collection activity undertaken under this generic clearance. FNS will provide OMB with the instruments and supporting materials describing the research project and specific pre-testing activities. Affected Public: The respondents will be identified at the time that each change request is submitted to OMB. Respondents will include State, Local and Tribal Government; Individual/ Households; and Businesses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1,500. Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,500 hours. Total annual responses Estimated avg. number of hours per response Estimated total hours Reporting Burden: Pre-testing activities .............................. 1,500 1 1,500 1 1,500 Total Reporting Burden ................................................ 1,500 1 1,500 1 1,500 Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 209 (Wednesday, October 29, 2014)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request--Generic Clearance To Conduct Pre-Testing of Surveys

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment 
on this proposed information collection. This is a new collection to 
conduct various procedures to test questionnaires and survey procedures 
to improve the quality and usability of information collection 
instruments.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before December 29, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: 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 of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions that were used; (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 
those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments may be sent to: Lynnette Thomas, Office of Policy Support, 
Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park 
Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments will also be 
accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments electronically.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
be a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of this information collection should be directed to Lynnette 
Thomas at 703-305-2017.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Generic Clearance to Conduct Pre-Testing.
    Form Number: N/A.
    OMB Number: To be assigned.
    Expiration Date: To be assigned.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) intends to request 
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a generic 
clearance that will allow FNS to conduct a variety of data-gathering 
activities aimed at improving the quality and usability of information 
collection instruments associated with research and analysis 
activities.
    The data-gathering activities utilized to this effect include but 
are not limited to experiments with levels of incentives for study 
participants, tests of various types of survey operations, focus 
groups, cognitive laboratory activities, pilot testing, exploratory 
interviews, experiments with questionnaire design, and usability 
testing of electronic data collection instruments. FNS envisions using 
a variety of techniques including field tests, respondent debriefing 
questionnaires, cognitive interviews, and focus groups in order to 
identify questionnaire and procedural problems, suggest solutions, and 
measure the relative effectiveness of alternative solutions.
    Following standard OMB requirements, FNS will submit a change 
request to OMB for each data collection activity undertaken under this 
generic clearance. FNS will provide OMB with the instruments and 
supporting materials describing the research project and specific pre-
testing activities.
    Affected Public: The respondents will be identified at the time 
that each change request is submitted to OMB. Respondents will include 
State, Local and Tribal Government; Individual/Households; and 
Businesses.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1,500.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,500 hours.

 
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                                     Estimated       Responses     Total annual     avg. number      Estimated
     Collection instruments           number       annually per      responses     of hours per     total hours
                                    respondents     respondent                       response
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Reporting Burden: Pre-testing              1,500               1           1,500               1           1,500
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    Total Reporting Burden......           1,500               1           1,500               1           1,500
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Audrey Rowe,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-25723 Filed 10-28-14; 8:45 am]
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