Agency Information Collection Activities: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery, 74734-74735 [2014-29351]

Download as PDF 74734 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation Cooperative Agreement (U01) and NIAID Clinical Trail Implementation Grant (R01). Date: January 9, 2015. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852 (Telephone Conference Call). Contact Person: Jane K. Battles, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, DEA/NIAID/NIH/DHHS, 5601 Fishers lane Room F30B, Rockville, MD 20852, 240–669–5029, battlesja@ mail.nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.855, Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research; 93.856, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: December 10, 2014. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–29321 Filed 12–15–14; 8:45 am] and Career Development Application Review. Date: March 11, 2015. Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Cancer Institute Shady Grove, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 7W110, Rockville, MD 20850 (Telephone Conference Call). Contact Person: Robert E. 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[FR Doc. 2014–29320 Filed 12–15–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency Information Collection Activities: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery National Institutes of Health mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis Panel; Training VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Jkt 235001 Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: 30-Day Notice and request for comments; Extension without change of a currently approved collection, 1601– 0014. AGENCY: National Cancer Institute; Notice of Closed Meeting The Department of Homeland Security will submit the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). DHS previously published this information collection request (ICR) in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 79 FR 53435 for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received by DHS. The purpose of this notice is to allow additional 30-days for public comments SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until January 15, 2015. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.1. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to OMB Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security and sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395–5806. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The information collection activity will garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback we mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide an early warning of issues with service, or focus attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between the Agency and its customers and stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management. Feedback collected under this generic clearance will provide useful information, but it will not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such data uses require more rigorous designs that address: the target population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing potential nonresponse bias, the protocols for data collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior fielding the study. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be DATES: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments which: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Analysis Agency: The Department of Homeland Security. Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery. OMB Number: 1601–0014. Frequency: One per Request. Affected Public: Individuals and households, businesses and organizations, State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 500,000. Estimated Time Per Respondent: 10 minutes. Total Burden Hours: 83,350 Hours. Dated: December 9, 2014. Carlene C. Ileto, Executive Director, Enterprise Business Management Office. [FR Doc. 2014–29351 Filed 12–15–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–9B–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [Docket No. DHS–2011–0108] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES RIN 1601–ZA11 Identification of Foreign Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible To Participate in the H–2A and H–2B Nonimmigrant Worker Programs Office of the Secretary, DHS. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Jkt 235001 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may approve petitions for H–2A and H–2B nonimmigrant status only for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has designated by notice published in the Federal Register. That notice must be renewed each year. This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is identifying 68 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2A and H–2B programs for the coming year. DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective January 18, 2015, and shall be without effect at the end of one year after January 18, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Francis Cissna, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, (202) 447–3835. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Generally, USCIS may approve H–2A and H–2B petitions for nationals of only those countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has designated as participating countries. Such designation must be published as a notice in the Federal Register and expires after one year. USCIS, however, may allow a national from a country not on the list to be named as a beneficiary of an H–2A or H–2B petition based on a determination that such participation is in the U.S. interest. See 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5)(i)(F) and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(i)(E). In designating countries to include on the list, the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, will take into account factors including, but not limited to: (1) The country’s cooperation with respect to issuance of travel documents for citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country who are subject to a final order of removal; (2) the number of final and unexecuted orders of removal against citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country; (3) the number of orders of removal executed against citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country; and (4) such other factors as may serve the U.S. interest. See 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5)(i)(F)(1)(i) and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(i)(E)(1). Examples of factors serving the U.S. interest that could result in the non-inclusion of a country or the removal of a country from the list include, but are not limited to, fraud, abuse, and non-compliance with the PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74735 terms and conditions of the H–2 programs by nationals of that country. In December 2008, DHS published in the Federal Register two notices, ‘‘Identification of Foreign Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible to Participate in the H–2A Visa Program,’’ and ‘‘Identification of Foreign Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible to Participate in the H–2B Visa Program,’’ which designated 28 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2A and H–2B programs. See 73 FR 77,043 (Dec. 18, 2008); 73 FR 77,729 (Dec. 19, 2008). The notices ceased to have effect on January 17, 2010 and January 18, 2010, respectively. See 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5)(i)(F)(2) and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(i)(E)(3). In implementing these regulatory provisions, the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has published a series of notices on a regular basis. See 75 FR 2,879 (Jan. 19, 2010) (adding 11 countries); 76 FR 2,915 (Jan. 18, 2011) (removing Indonesia and adding 15 countries); 77 FR 2,558 (Jan. 18, 2012) (adding 5 countries); 78 FR 4,154 (Jan. 18, 2013) (adding 1 country); FR 79 3,214 (Jan.17, 2014) (adding 4 countries). The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, that 63 countries previously designated in the January 17, 2014 notice continue to meet the standards identified in that notice for eligible countries and therefore should remain designated as countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2A and H–2B programs. Further, the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has determined that it is now appropriate to add 5 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2A and H–2B programs. This determination is made taking into account the four regulatory factors identified above. The Secretary of Homeland Security also considered other pertinent factors including, but not limited to, evidence of past usage of the H–2A and H–2B programs by nationals of the country to be added, as well as evidence relating to the economic impact on particular U.S. industries or regions resulting from the addition or continued non-inclusion of specific countries. In consideration of all of the above, this notice designates for the first time the Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden as countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2A and H–2B programs. E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY


Agency Information Collection Activities: Generic Clearance for 
the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery

AGENCY: Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: 30-Day Notice and request for comments; Extension without 
change of a currently approved collection, 1601-0014.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security will submit the following 
Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). DHS 
previously published this information collection request (ICR) in the 
Federal Register on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 79 FR 53435 for a 60-
day public comment period. No comments were received by DHS. The 
purpose of this notice is to allow additional 30-days for public 
comments

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until January 15, 
2015. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.1.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be 
addressed to OMB Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security and sent 
via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 
395-5806.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The information collection activity will 
garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, 
timely manner, in accordance with the Administration's commitment to 
improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback we mean information 
that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not 
statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be 
generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide 
insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and 
expectations, provide an early warning of issues with service, or focus 
attention on areas where communication, training or changes in 
operations might improve delivery of products or services. These 
collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable 
communications between the Agency and its customers and stakeholders. 
It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement 
of program management. Feedback collected under this generic clearance 
will provide useful information, but it will not yield data that can be 
generalized to the overall population. This type of generic clearance 
for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative 
information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable 
results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program 
performance. Such data uses require more rigorous designs that address: 
the target population to which generalizations will be made, the 
sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and 
clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that 
justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods 
for assessing potential nonresponse bias, the protocols for data 
collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken 
prior fielding the study. Depending on the degree of influence the 
results are likely to have, such collections may still be

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eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed 
to yield quantitative results.
    The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in 
comments which:
    1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.

Analysis

    Agency: The Department of Homeland Security.
    Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback 
on Agency Service Delivery.
    OMB Number: 1601-0014.
    Frequency: One per Request.
    Affected Public: Individuals and households, businesses and 
organizations, State, Local or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 500,000.
    Estimated Time Per Respondent: 10 minutes.
    Total Burden Hours: 83,350 Hours.

    Dated: December 9, 2014.
Carlene C. Ileto,
Executive Director, Enterprise Business Management Office.
[FR Doc. 2014-29351 Filed 12-15-14; 8:45 am]
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