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Download as PDF 1620 Notices Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 8 Tuesday, January 13, 2015 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DD–1A(E/S) DD–33A DD–33 DD–33(U) DD–6A(IN)(E/S) DD–6A(1)(IN) DD–6A(1)(IN)(E/S) DD–8A DD–8A(E/S) Advance Letter for BYOD Field Items DD–5(L)(2015b) DD–26A Notice of Visit DD–26B Notice of Visit DD–26B(C) Notice of Visit—English/ Chinese DD–26B(K) Notice of Visit—English/ Korean DD–26B(V) Notice of Visit—English/ Vietnamese DD–31 Confidentiality Notice DD–3309 Language ID flashcard NRFU Instrument Spec Internet Instrument Spec EFU Instrument Spec EFU Letter/Flyer Wording for Emails and Text Messages Type of Request: New Collection. Number of Respondents: 470,000. Average Hours per Response: 0.2. Burden Hours: 98,086. Instruction Card Questionnaire Cover Letters DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: U.S. Census Bureau. Title: 2015 Census Test. OMB Control Number: 0607–xxxx. Form Number(s): Questionnaire DD–1 DD–16(L)(1) DD–16(L)(1)(E/S) DD–16(L)(2) DD–17(L)(1) DD–17(L)(1)(E/S) DD–17(L)(3) Postcards DD–9(REG) DD–9(U) DD–9 DD–9(E/S) DD–9(2A) DD–9(2A)(E/S) DD–9(2D) Envelopes BC–1325 DD–6A(IN) ESTIMATED BURDEN HOURS FOR 2015 CENSUS TEST SAVANNAH SITE [Savannah, GA and adjacent areas in South Carolina] Estimated number of respondents Estimated time per response Estimated total annual burden hours Savannah Sample = 90,000 households plus respondents from awareness campaign Self-Response Enumeration ...................................................................... 305,000 12 minutes ....................................... 61,000 Subset of Savannah Sample (Not counted toward total respondents but included in burden hours) ‘‘Notify Me’’ ................................................................................................ Focus Groups Selection ............................................................................ Focus Groups ............................................................................................ 100,000 144 80 3 minutes ......................................... 3 minutes ......................................... 2 hours ............................................ 5,000 8 160 305,000 Total Burden Hours ......................... 66,168 Totals Total Respondents ..................................................................................... ESTIMATED BURDEN HOURS FOR 2015 CENSUS TEST MARICOPA SITE asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Maricopa County, AZ] Estimated number of respondents Estimated time per response Estimated total annual burden hours Maricopa County Sample = 160,000 households Self Response ........................................................................................... Non Response Follow-up (NRFU) ............................................................. 90,000 70,000 12 minutes ....................................... 10 minutes ....................................... Subset of Maricopa Sample (Not counted toward total respondents but included in burden hours) VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jan 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 18,000 11,667 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 8 / Tuesday, January 13, 2015 / Notices 1621 ESTIMATED BURDEN HOURS FOR 2015 CENSUS TEST MARICOPA SITE—Continued [Maricopa County, AZ] Estimated number of respondents Evaluation Follow-up ................................................................................. Focus Groups Selection ............................................................................ Focus Groups ............................................................................................ Estimated time per response Estimated total annual burden hours 5,000 144 80 15 minutes ....................................... 3 minutes ......................................... 2 hours ............................................ 1,250 8 160 5,000 10 minutes ....................................... 833 165,000 Total Burden Hours ......................... 31,918 Additional Bring Your Own Device Sample (Maricopa County) = 5,000 households BYOD Follow-up ........................................................................................ Totals asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total Respondents ..................................................................................... Needs and Uses: During the years preceding the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will pursue its commitment to reduce the cost of conducting the next decennial census while still providing the highest data quality possible. A primary decennial census cost driver is the collection of data in person from addresses for which the Census Bureau received no reply via initially offered response options. We refer to these as nonresponse cases, and to the in-person visits to them as Nonresponse Followup, or NRFU. Increasing the number of people who take advantage of selfresponse options (such as completing Internet alternatives, or responding via telephone, or a paper questionnaire and mailing it back to the Census Bureau can contribute to a less costly census. The Census Bureau is committed to using the Internet as a primary response option in the 2020 Census, so we need to study ways to offer and promote the Internet as a self-response option for the 2020 Census. In addition to increasing and optimizing self-response through the Internet, the Census Bureau plans to incorporate the use of new technologies, such as advertising via social media, encouraging the use of the Internet as the primary response mode and allowing respondents to submit a paper or electronic questionnaire without a unique identification code. We are focusing on studying these outreach and self-response approaches in a 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, GA area. Another 2015 Census Test will be in the Maricopa County, AZ area, and will study alternative methods that are designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs while conducting NRFU operations. The test objectives in this site also include studying the use of administrative records to reduce field visits and costs. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jan 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 2015 Census Test—Savannah Site [Optimizing Self-Response (OSR) Testing] The 2015 Census Test in selected counties in and surrounding Savannah, GA, and adjacent counties in South Carolina, will allow the Census Bureau to study a variety of new methods and advanced technologies that are under consideration for the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau will conduct this test in the Savannah Media Market, which includes 20 counties, 17 in Georgia and 3 in South Carolina. This media market has diversity in demographics, address types, and Internet penetration and usage. We primarily selected this market because we consider it fairly selfcontained, which will limit bleed-over of advertising efforts into neighboring media markets, while conducting a full outreach and advertising effort for all households in the test area. Additionally, it is cost effective for the Census Bureau to advertise in this medium-sized market area. To improve Internet self-response, the Census Bureau plans to continue testing multiple contact and notification strategies that we studied in the 2014 Census Test. For example, we will implement an Internet-push strategy, which proved to be an effective strategy in the 2014 Census Test. We will also include a ‘‘Notify Me’’ campaign, which allows respondents to register their email address or cell phone number through a Web site and to provide their mode preference for future contacts, by email or text message. In the 2014 Census Test, the participation rate for ‘‘Notify Me’’ was very low, so we are investigating methods for improving the understanding of and participation in this opportunity for early engagement. As mentioned above, this test will include a communications component to increase awareness and encourage Internet participation by potential PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 respondents, including the ‘‘Notify Me’’ component of the test. Traditional advertising and outreach efforts used for the decennial census will be supplemented with targeted digital marketing for groups that we know to be hard-to-count from past censuses and surveys. We will use our planning database to identify hard-to-count groups at the block or tract level, and place advertisements with targeted messaging on digital sites frequented by these groups. In addition to the Internet, respondents will have an opportunity to respond via paper questionnaires or telephone interviews. Because the focus of this test is optimizing self-response, we will not conduct a NRFU operation in this test site. The 2015 Census Test in the Savannah site also will continue Census Bureau efforts to make it easier for respondents to respond by allowing them to do so without providing a preassigned User Identification (ID) number associated with their address. This ‘‘non-ID’’ option was successfully implemented in the 2014 Census Test, but the response rates were lower for the non-ID panels in that test. However, the response rates for non-ID cases were determined not only by the respondent participation, but also on our ability to match the respondent-provided address information to the sample address from the Master Address File (MAF). In the Savannah site, building on the work from the 2014 Census Test, we will test our ability to improve the non-ID process by conducting real-time processing of responses lacking a preassigned User ID. In the 2014 Census Test, this was done via back-end processing; not while respondents were on-line. In the 2015 Census Test, for respondents who do not have an ID or do not use a pre-assigned User ID to complete their census form online, we will attempt to search for their address in the MAF to determine if it matches E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1622 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 8 / Tuesday, January 13, 2015 / Notices an existing MAF record. If the initial attempt to match the respondentprovided address is unsuccessful, but we are able to determine that further respondent input might be able to assist us, the Internet response instrument will prompt the respondent for additional information. In all instances where a MAF match is not found, we will attempt to assign the respondent address to a census block, and then the respondent will be asked to confirm or correct that location via an integrated map interface with the Census questionnaire. This real-time processing methodology should increase our matching rates, thereby helping us to realize higher self-response rates for the non-ID universe. In addition, if we are able to match a respondent’s provided address information to our MAF in real time, it will permit us to remove the address from the NRFU universe immediately, thereby reducing the field workload and cost. The Test in the Savannah site is comprised of four phases: Communication, ‘‘Notify Me,’’ Selfresponse, and Focus groups. Communication—In the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah area, communication strategies will include broadcast and cable/satellite television, radio ads, print ads, influencer phone calls to remind households to participate, earned media, and social media. Additionally this test will also explore the use of digital (an online ad for the general population) and targeted digital (an online ad placed and catered to harder-to-count audiences) advertising. The first phase of advertising will run through the duration of ‘‘Notify Me,’’ and messaging will educate residents about the test and the option to pre register. The second phase of advertising runs through the duration of OSR data collection and will include additional test information while motivating self-response with call to action messaging. ‘‘Notify Me’’—Similar to the what we studied in the 2014 Census Test, this early engagement provides an opportunity to make people aware of the Test and to provide them the opportunity to voluntarily select their preferred mode for future invitations and reminders (i.e., how to ‘‘Notify Me’’ when it is time to complete the Census form—email or text message). The communications campaign in the Savannah site will seek to educate the public on the benefits of the ‘‘Notify Me’’ opportunity and to encourage them to participate. Self-response—For the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah site, we will implement our current standard VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jan 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 ‘‘Internet Push’’ contact strategy, which involves a letter inviting people to respond via the Internet with up to two postcard reminders, and ultimately a paper questionnaire. The Census Bureau will directly contact up to 90,000 housing units to notify them of the survey. A subsample of these notifications will provide a User ID for the respondent to use for their Internet response, and the remaining sample will not provide an ID, so we can test processing these non-ID cases. Additionally, respondents that have not been directly contacted but have become aware of the Test (and the Internet site) via some of the planned outreach and advertising, can also selfrespond via the Internet without the need for a User ID. These two sets of non-ID respondents will allow us to study real-time non-ID processing, as described above. Additionally, we will test a mechanism (using an independent source) for validating all non-ID respondents in order to identify duplicate or potentially fraudulent responses. This validation testing will not involve additional contact with respondents, so that there will be no further respondent burden. For people responding via the Internet or on paper, we will offer telephone questionnaire assistance. On-line respondents will be able to do this directly through the Internet instrument, or by phoning the telephone questionnaire assistance number. People who prefer not to respond via a paper form or on the Internet also can call this number and complete the questionnaire for their household with a telephone agent. Focus Groups—To evaluate the ‘‘Notify Me’’ strategy being tested in the 2015 Census Test Savannah site, the Census Bureau will conduct four focus groups, comprised of various categories of respondents and non-respondents. These focus groups are intended to gather information about respondent perspectives regarding this notification; whether they thought that the ‘‘Notify Me’’ component was the actual participation or response to the Census Test; and whether they had a preference to wait for Census Day without registering a contact preference. In these focus groups, participants will be asked about their experiences with the 2015 Census Test, including: Their reactions and thoughts about being contacted by the Census Bureau by email and text messages, the perceived legitimacy of these contacts; their opinions on the use of administrative records by the Census Bureau; and the use of targeted Internet advertisements. Participants will also be PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 asked about their general concerns with government collection and protection of confidential data. We will try to ascertain and discuss the outreach, promotion, media/mode or method that informed the respondent about the ‘‘Notify Me’’ option and/or the Census Test. We also will ask if the ability to respond without having to provide a pre-assigned User ID made the respondent more likely to participate. At the end of the focus groups, we may be asking participants for whom we have acquired additional data from a commercial third party to verify whether this information is accurate. The Census Bureau Phone Center will recruit for these focus groups using existing phone number information we have for a sample of addresses in the 2015 Census Test. Phone Center staff will use screener questions that include the following requirements: (1) Focus group participants are required to have personally responded to the 2015 Census Test, (2) to be employed outside the Federal Government, and (3) to speak English. The focus groups will be conducted in person, and all interviews will be taperecorded to facilitate later analyses of the results. Participants will be asked to sign consent forms and give permission to be recorded. All participants will be informed that their response is voluntary and that the information they provide is confidential. Respondents will receive a $75 stipend after the group concludes. 2015 Census Test—Maricopa County Site (Nonresponse Follow-up (NRFU) Operation Testing) The 2015 Census Test to be conducted in portions of Maricopa County, AZ will test alternative methods for conducting NRFU operations that are designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Rapid changes in technology over the past decade now provide the Census Bureau with an opportunity to use automation to conduct NRFU field operations during the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is researching and testing the best contact strategies and methods for field data collection, case assignment management, and field staff administrative functions. In addition, the research in utilizing administrative records, including government and third party sources, seeks to test and determine the best methodologies for using administrative records in support of NRFU, adaptive design, and enumeration. Self-response—For the 2015 Census Test in the Maricopa site, we also will E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 8 / Tuesday, January 13, 2015 / Notices implement our current standard ‘‘Internet Push’’ contact strategy, which involves a letter inviting people to respond via the Internet; up to two postcard reminders; and ultimately, a paper questionnaire. Because the test area is not a self-contained media market, and because not all households in the test area will be requested to respond, we will not be conducting the same types of outreach and promotion efforts being used in the Savannah site. The estimated sample size for the Maricopa site will be 165,000 housing units, and we estimate 70,000 of these will be fall into the NRFU operation. Nonresponse Follow-up (NRFU)—As part of the 2015 Census Test in Maricopa, data will be collected on automated enumeration devices (or smart phones). We will use an automated questionnaire similar to the one used in the 2014 Census Test NRFU operations. This data collection will be conducted using government-owned, commercially provided mobile devices. As in the 2014 Census Test, the ‘‘notice of visit’’ letters left at the door when a respondent is not home will contain information on how a respondent can self-respond via the Internet or by calling the Census Bureau’s telephone questionnaire assistance line. For the 2015 Census Test, the notice of visit will be translated into four non-English languages which is a change from previous years where the notice was only provided in English and Spanish. The intent is to reduce the number of inperson enumerator return visits by encouraging respondents to complete their questionnaire online or by telephone. We also will be studying rules for determining which non-responding units will be visited, and how to collect information from households that do not self-respond. For instance, the Census Bureau will vary the approach to visiting households that have administrative records to determine the housing unit status (i.e., whether it is vacant or occupied) or to enumerate the people living at the address once we know the status for cases that do not respond. In both panels, units identified as vacant based on administrative record information will be identified and no NRFU visits will be conducted. For units identified as occupied with a determined population based on administrative records, they will be handled differently in each of the experimental panels. In one panel, they will be identified before NRFU starts and no NRFU visits will be conducted. In the second panel, they will be identified but we will attempt one interview at the unit before utilizing VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jan 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 administrative records information. Also, to study adaptive design principles, the Census Bureau will vary the number of personal visit attempts to in different geographic areas based on hard-to-count criteria like response rates. We also will study when it is feasible to discontinue attempts to collect information from each nonresponding household and instead move to attempting to collect information from a householder’s neighbor or another knowledgeable source. NRFU Evaluation Follow-up (EFU)— The goal of the Evaluation Follow-up is to obtain the most accurate Census Day status of each housing unit in this study by revisiting addresses where we find discrepancies between the NRFU results and administrative records information for the address. This mostly will include those addresses where information collected during NRFU conflicts with information we have from administrative records for that address. We also will include some addresses in this study where information from governmental administrative record and/or third party sources have had possible changes in household composition over a two-year period. Content Testing—The 2015 Census Test questionnaire for both sites will include questions on housing tenure, household roster, age, date of birth, race and Hispanic origin, and relationship. The 2015 Census Test will include a combined race and Hispanic origin question that is similar to one used in the 2014 Census Test. This combined question provides examples and writein areas for each major response category. Respondents will be asked to self-identify by selecting one or more checkboxes, and reporting a specific origin for each checkbox selected. The inclusion of the combined question will allow the Census Bureau to conduct imputation research using this combined format in a setting when there are self-responses, administrative records and NRFU enumerator responses (Maricopa site only). This will allow the Census Bureau to learn how imputation approaches for the combined question might need to be different than approaches used in the past when the questions were asked separately. For the relationship question, the 2015 Census Test will include new response categories recommended by OMB for opposite-sex and same-sex husband/wife/spouse households, and for the category for unmarried partner. The Census Bureau is currently considering the inclusion of new categories for same-sex couples on the decennial census questionnaire. In August 2009, the Secretary of Commerce PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1623 requested that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) establish the interagency task force [Measuring Relationship in Federal Household Surveys] to research issues related to improving the collection and tabulation of marriage and relationship data. One focus of the research was family relationships, particularly with respect to same-sex couples who report being married. The first phase of research involved focus groups conducted primarily with persons cohabiting in same-sex relationships. The focus groups explored the meaning and interpretation of the current decennial Census and American Community Survey (ACS) relationship and marital status items. The second phase of qualitative research was conducted by the Census Bureau under the auspices of the OMB working group. As a result of the focus groups and expert panel review, two alternatives were developed for recommended wording to be further tested in larger-scale quantitative content tests. The 2015 Census Test includes testing the new relationship question that used these new same-sex response categories. In addition, the 2015 Census Test will include a question on the internet instrument that will allow respondents to report that a housing unit they own is vacant as of Census Day, and to provide the reason for the vacancy status (e.g., a seasonal or rental unit). This new question will enable the Census Bureau to identify some vacant housing units during selfresponse so they can be removed from NRFU operations. The materials mailed to the respondents will inform them that the survey is mandatory in accordance with Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 193. This information also will be available via a hyperlink from within the Internet instrument. The results of the 2015 Census Test from both sites will help guide the design of additional 2020 Decennial Census testing later this decade. Testing in 2015 is necessary to build on the findings from the 2014 Census Test and to establish recommendations for contact strategies, response options, and field operation efficiencies that can be further refined and tested in later studies. At this point in the decade, the Census Bureau needs to acquire evidence showing whether the strategies being tested can reduce the cost per housing unit during a decennial census, while still providing high quality and accuracy of the census data. Along with other results, the response rates to paper and Internet collection will be used to help inform 2020 Decennial program planning and E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1624 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 8 / Tuesday, January 13, 2015 / Notices metrics determination. Several demographic questions and coverage probes are included in this test to combine with results from other recent testing opportunities to achieve optimal coverage for decennial censuses and surveys. The specific goal for the Non-ID Processing research is to continue evaluating enhancements to the Census Bureau’s process to collect address information needed for real-time matching and geocoding of Non-ID responses. Testing enhancements to Non-ID processing will inform planning for the 2020 Census design, as well as the infrastructure required to support large scale, real-time processing of electronic Non-ID response data submitted via the Internet or a Censusprovided questionnaire application designed for mobile devices. The goal of the advertising and outreach component of the Savannah site Test is twofold; first, we are supporting the entire OSR test by educating respondents and motivating self-response in an effort increase response rates. Secondarily, this is our first opportunity to evaluate the effects of new advertising media on response rates. Specifically we are interested in assessing digital and targeted digital advertising, mediums the Census Bureau did not employ in the 2010 Census but that are now available due to the evolution of technology. Results of this test will inform additional tests and will help the Census Bureau begin planning for the 2020 Census communications campaign. The data collected from households and individuals during the 2015 Census Test will be used to research and evaluate new methodologies and systems to plan the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau will not publish any tabulations or population estimates using the results from this test. However, methodological papers may be written that include summary tallies of response characteristics or problems identified, and responses may be used to inform future research studies building upon the results of these tests. The Census Bureau plans to make the evaluation results of this study available to the general public. In the Maricopa County site, where the Census Bureau will conduct NRFU, the 2015 Census Test is designed to collect information to: • Research the cost and quality impacts of differing approaches to removing workload from the NRFU universe through the use of administrative records information. • Research the cost and quality impacts of new NRFU contact strategies VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jan 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 that make use of adaptive design and a re-engineered management structure employing an Area Operations Support Center housed at the Regional Office, automated payroll, automated training, and minimal face-to-face contact between enumerators and supervisors. For these experimental panels enumerators also provide work-time availability in advance, and the system assigns them the optimal number of cases to attempt each day, as well as the routing they should employ. We are continuing our research on differing approaches to removing workload from the NRFU universe. In one approach we will remove all cases (both occupied and vacant) from the NRFU workload when we have administrative records data for the address. In a second approach we will make one contact attempt (for those cases considered occupied based on administrative records) before removing them from NRFU. The goal is to determine how these approaches vary regarding costs and quality measures. Results from both of these alternative strategies will be compared to a control panel that will conduct NRFU operations similar to how it was done in the 2010 Census. The testing will also obtain detailed data on when and how enumerators use proxy respondents. The Census Bureau will conduct an additional NRFU data collection activity in the Maricopa site with enumeratorowned commercially provided mobile devices. The use of employee owned equipment/services is commonly referred to as ‘‘Bring Your Own Device’’ or BYOD. After selecting enumerators for this study, a sample of up to 5,000 households will be contacted at the end of the NRFU field operation using this methodology. These will be additional households not included in the other test activities (e.g., the self-response phase). The objectives of this component of the test are to: • Design, develop, deploy, and support secure software solutions that can be installed on employee’s personally owned commercially available mobile devices; • Conduct interviews of respondents using these employee owned mobile devices; and • Capture lessons learned for future operations, including: focus groups with a sub-set of the respondents, questionnaires for the enumerators, and collecting feedback from the local census office. Focus groups also will be conducted in the Maricopa site to ask respondents about their experiences with the 2015 Census Test. Respondents will be recruited into groups with regard to PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 their treatment and demographic characteristics (e.g., age, education). For example, respondents will be recruited into one of the groups of 8–12 participants by age and education as well as whether they were NRFU respondents or non-respondents. Participants also will be asked about their general concerns with government collection and protection of confidential data. For the Nonresponse Follow-up groups only, we will ask participants their reactions to enumerators using personal devices when conducting Census interviews. At the end of the focus groups, we will be asking participants for whom we have acquired additional data to verify whether this information is accurate. All focus groups will be tape-recorded to facilitate a summary of the results. Participants will be asked to sign consent forms and give permission to be recorded. All participants will be informed that their response is voluntary and that the information they provide is confidential. Respondents will receive a $75 stipend after the focus group concludes. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Frequency: One time. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 193. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202)395–5806. Dated: January 8, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35).
    Agency: U.S. Census Bureau.
    Title: 2015 Census Test.
    OMB Control Number: 0607-xxxx.
    Form Number(s):

Questionnaire

DD-1
DD-1A(E/S)

Instruction Card

DD-33A
DD-33
DD-33(U)

Advance Letter for BYOD

DD-5(L)(2015b)

Questionnaire Cover Letters

DD-16(L)(1)
DD-16(L)(1)(E/S)
DD-16(L)(2)
DD-17(L)(1)
DD-17(L)(1)(E/S)
DD-17(L)(3)

Postcards

DD-9(REG)
DD-9(U)
DD-9
DD-9(E/S)
DD-9(2A)
DD-9(2A)(E/S)
DD-9(2D)

Envelopes

BC-1325
DD-6A(IN)
DD-6A(IN)(E/S)
DD-6A(1)(IN)
DD-6A(1)(IN)(E/S)
DD-8A
DD-8A(E/S)

Field Items

DD-26A Notice of Visit
DD-26B Notice of Visit
DD-26B(C) Notice of Visit--English/Chinese
DD-26B(K) Notice of Visit--English/Korean
DD-26B(V) Notice of Visit--English/Vietnamese
DD-31 Confidentiality Notice
DD-3309 Language ID flashcard

NRFU Instrument Spec
Internet Instrument Spec
EFU Instrument Spec
EFU Letter/Flyer
Wording for Emails and Text Messages

    Type of Request: New Collection.
    Number of Respondents: 470,000.
    Average Hours per Response: 0.2.
    Burden Hours: 98,086.

                            Estimated Burden Hours for 2015 Census Test Savannah Site
                               [Savannah, GA and adjacent areas in South Carolina]
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                                                   number of       Estimated time per response     total annual
                                                  respondents                                      burden hours
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Savannah Sample = 90,000 households plus respondents from awareness campaign
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Self-Response Enumeration.....................         305,000  12 minutes......................          61,000
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Subset of Savannah Sample (Not counted toward total respondents but included in burden hours)
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``Notify Me''.................................         100,000  3 minutes.......................           5,000
Focus Groups Selection........................             144  3 minutes.......................               8
Focus Groups..................................              80  2 hours.........................             160
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Totals
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Total Respondents.............................         305,000  Total Burden Hours..............          66,168
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                            Estimated Burden Hours for 2015 Census Test Maricopa Site
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                                                   Estimated                                         Estimated
                                                   number of       Estimated time per response     total annual
                                                  respondents                                      burden hours
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Maricopa County Sample = 160,000 households
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Self Response.................................          90,000  12 minutes......................          18,000
Non Response Follow-up (NRFU).................          70,000  10 minutes......................          11,667
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Subset of Maricopa Sample (Not counted toward total respondents but included in burden hours)
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Evaluation Follow-up..........................           5,000  15 minutes......................           1,250
Focus Groups Selection........................             144  3 minutes.......................               8
Focus Groups..................................              80  2 hours.........................             160
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Additional Bring Your Own Device Sample (Maricopa County) = 5,000 households
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BYOD Follow-up................................           5,000  10 minutes......................             833
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Totals
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Total Respondents.............................         165,000  Total Burden Hours..............          31,918
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    Needs and Uses: During the years preceding the 2020 Census, the 
Census Bureau will pursue its commitment to reduce the cost of 
conducting the next decennial census while still providing the highest 
data quality possible. A primary decennial census cost driver is the 
collection of data in person from addresses for which the Census Bureau 
received no reply via initially offered response options. We refer to 
these as nonresponse cases, and to the in-person visits to them as 
Nonresponse Follow-up, or NRFU. Increasing the number of people who 
take advantage of self-response options (such as completing Internet 
alternatives, or responding via telephone, or a paper questionnaire and 
mailing it back to the Census Bureau can contribute to a less costly 
census. The Census Bureau is committed to using the Internet as a 
primary response option in the 2020 Census, so we need to study ways to 
offer and promote the Internet as a self-response option for the 2020 
Census.
    In addition to increasing and optimizing self-response through the 
Internet, the Census Bureau plans to incorporate the use of new 
technologies, such as advertising via social media, encouraging the use 
of the Internet as the primary response mode and allowing respondents 
to submit a paper or electronic questionnaire without a unique 
identification code. We are focusing on studying these outreach and 
self-response approaches in a 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, GA 
area.
    Another 2015 Census Test will be in the Maricopa County, AZ area, 
and will study alternative methods that are designed to increase 
efficiency and reduce costs while conducting NRFU operations. The test 
objectives in this site also include studying the use of administrative 
records to reduce field visits and costs.

2015 Census Test--Savannah Site

[Optimizing Self-Response (OSR) Testing]

    The 2015 Census Test in selected counties in and surrounding 
Savannah, GA, and adjacent counties in South Carolina, will allow the 
Census Bureau to study a variety of new methods and advanced 
technologies that are under consideration for the 2020 Census. The 
Census Bureau will conduct this test in the Savannah Media Market, 
which includes 20 counties, 17 in Georgia and 3 in South Carolina. This 
media market has diversity in demographics, address types, and Internet 
penetration and usage. We primarily selected this market because we 
consider it fairly self-contained, which will limit bleed-over of 
advertising efforts into neighboring media markets, while conducting a 
full outreach and advertising effort for all households in the test 
area. Additionally, it is cost effective for the Census Bureau to 
advertise in this medium-sized market area.
    To improve Internet self-response, the Census Bureau plans to 
continue testing multiple contact and notification strategies that we 
studied in the 2014 Census Test. For example, we will implement an 
Internet-push strategy, which proved to be an effective strategy in the 
2014 Census Test. We will also include a ``Notify Me'' campaign, which 
allows respondents to register their email address or cell phone number 
through a Web site and to provide their mode preference for future 
contacts, by email or text message. In the 2014 Census Test, the 
participation rate for ``Notify Me'' was very low, so we are 
investigating methods for improving the understanding of and 
participation in this opportunity for early engagement. As mentioned 
above, this test will include a communications component to increase 
awareness and encourage Internet participation by potential 
respondents, including the ``Notify Me'' component of the test. 
Traditional advertising and outreach efforts used for the decennial 
census will be supplemented with targeted digital marketing for groups 
that we know to be hard-to-count from past censuses and surveys. We 
will use our planning database to identify hard-to-count groups at the 
block or tract level, and place advertisements with targeted messaging 
on digital sites frequented by these groups. In addition to the 
Internet, respondents will have an opportunity to respond via paper 
questionnaires or telephone interviews. Because the focus of this test 
is optimizing self-response, we will not conduct a NRFU operation in 
this test site.
    The 2015 Census Test in the Savannah site also will continue Census 
Bureau efforts to make it easier for respondents to respond by allowing 
them to do so without providing a pre-assigned User Identification (ID) 
number associated with their address. This ``non-ID'' option was 
successfully implemented in the 2014 Census Test, but the response 
rates were lower for the non-ID panels in that test. However, the 
response rates for non-ID cases were determined not only by the 
respondent participation, but also on our ability to match the 
respondent-provided address information to the sample address from the 
Master Address File (MAF). In the Savannah site, building on the work 
from the 2014 Census Test, we will test our ability to improve the non-
ID process by conducting real-time processing of responses lacking a 
pre-assigned User ID. In the 2014 Census Test, this was done via back-
end processing; not while respondents were on-line. In the 2015 Census 
Test, for respondents who do not have an ID or do not use a pre-
assigned User ID to complete their census form online, we will attempt 
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an existing MAF record. If the initial attempt to match the respondent-
provided address is unsuccessful, but we are able to determine that 
further respondent input might be able to assist us, the Internet 
response instrument will prompt the respondent for additional 
information. In all instances where a MAF match is not found, we will 
attempt to assign the respondent address to a census block, and then 
the respondent will be asked to confirm or correct that location via an 
integrated map interface with the Census questionnaire. This real-time 
processing methodology should increase our matching rates, thereby 
helping us to realize higher self-response rates for the non-ID 
universe. In addition, if we are able to match a respondent's provided 
address information to our MAF in real time, it will permit us to 
remove the address from the NRFU universe immediately, thereby reducing 
the field workload and cost.
    The Test in the Savannah site is comprised of four phases: 
Communication, ``Notify Me,'' Self-response, and Focus groups.
    Communication--In the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah area, 
communication strategies will include broadcast and cable/satellite 
television, radio ads, print ads, influencer phone calls to remind 
households to participate, earned media, and social media. Additionally 
this test will also explore the use of digital (an online ad for the 
general population) and targeted digital (an online ad placed and 
catered to harder-to-count audiences) advertising. The first phase of 
advertising will run through the duration of ``Notify Me,'' and 
messaging will educate residents about the test and the option to pre 
register. The second phase of advertising runs through the duration of 
OSR data collection and will include additional test information while 
motivating self-response with call to action messaging.
    ``Notify Me''--Similar to the what we studied in the 2014 Census 
Test, this early engagement provides an opportunity to make people 
aware of the Test and to provide them the opportunity to voluntarily 
select their preferred mode for future invitations and reminders (i.e., 
how to ``Notify Me'' when it is time to complete the Census form--email 
or text message). The communications campaign in the Savannah site will 
seek to educate the public on the benefits of the ``Notify Me'' 
opportunity and to encourage them to participate.
    Self-response--For the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah site, we 
will implement our current standard ``Internet Push'' contact strategy, 
which involves a letter inviting people to respond via the Internet 
with up to two postcard reminders, and ultimately a paper 
questionnaire. The Census Bureau will directly contact up to 90,000 
housing units to notify them of the survey. A subsample of these 
notifications will provide a User ID for the respondent to use for 
their Internet response, and the remaining sample will not provide an 
ID, so we can test processing these non-ID cases. Additionally, 
respondents that have not been directly contacted but have become aware 
of the Test (and the Internet site) via some of the planned outreach 
and advertising, can also self-respond via the Internet without the 
need for a User ID. These two sets of non-ID respondents will allow us 
to study real-time non-ID processing, as described above. Additionally, 
we will test a mechanism (using an independent source) for validating 
all non-ID respondents in order to identify duplicate or potentially 
fraudulent responses. This validation testing will not involve 
additional contact with respondents, so that there will be no further 
respondent burden.
    For people responding via the Internet or on paper, we will offer 
telephone questionnaire assistance. On-line respondents will be able to 
do this directly through the Internet instrument, or by phoning the 
telephone questionnaire assistance number. People who prefer not to 
respond via a paper form or on the Internet also can call this number 
and complete the questionnaire for their household with a telephone 
agent.
    Focus Groups--To evaluate the ``Notify Me'' strategy being tested 
in the 2015 Census Test Savannah site, the Census Bureau will conduct 
four focus groups, comprised of various categories of respondents and 
non-respondents. These focus groups are intended to gather information 
about respondent perspectives regarding this notification; whether they 
thought that the ``Notify Me'' component was the actual participation 
or response to the Census Test; and whether they had a preference to 
wait for Census Day without registering a contact preference.
    In these focus groups, participants will be asked about their 
experiences with the 2015 Census Test, including: Their reactions and 
thoughts about being contacted by the Census Bureau by email and text 
messages, the perceived legitimacy of these contacts; their opinions on 
the use of administrative records by the Census Bureau; and the use of 
targeted Internet advertisements. Participants will also be asked about 
their general concerns with government collection and protection of 
confidential data. We will try to ascertain and discuss the outreach, 
promotion, media/mode or method that informed the respondent about the 
``Notify Me'' option and/or the Census Test. We also will ask if the 
ability to respond without having to provide a pre-assigned User ID 
made the respondent more likely to participate. At the end of the focus 
groups, we may be asking participants for whom we have acquired 
additional data from a commercial third party to verify whether this 
information is accurate.
    The Census Bureau Phone Center will recruit for these focus groups 
using existing phone number information we have for a sample of 
addresses in the 2015 Census Test. Phone Center staff will use screener 
questions that include the following requirements: (1) Focus group 
participants are required to have personally responded to the 2015 
Census Test, (2) to be employed outside the Federal Government, and (3) 
to speak English.
    The focus groups will be conducted in person, and all interviews 
will be tape-recorded to facilitate later analyses of the results. 
Participants will be asked to sign consent forms and give permission to 
be recorded. All participants will be informed that their response is 
voluntary and that the information they provide is confidential. 
Respondents will receive a $75 stipend after the group concludes.

2015 Census Test--Maricopa County Site

(Nonresponse Follow-up (NRFU) Operation Testing)

    The 2015 Census Test to be conducted in portions of Maricopa 
County, AZ will test alternative methods for conducting NRFU operations 
that are designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Rapid 
changes in technology over the past decade now provide the Census 
Bureau with an opportunity to use automation to conduct NRFU field 
operations during the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is researching and 
testing the best contact strategies and methods for field data 
collection, case assignment management, and field staff administrative 
functions. In addition, the research in utilizing administrative 
records, including government and third party sources, seeks to test 
and determine the best methodologies for using administrative records 
in support of NRFU, adaptive design, and enumeration.
    Self-response--For the 2015 Census Test in the Maricopa site, we 
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implement our current standard ``Internet Push'' contact strategy, 
which involves a letter inviting people to respond via the Internet; up 
to two postcard reminders; and ultimately, a paper questionnaire. 
Because the test area is not a self-contained media market, and because 
not all households in the test area will be requested to respond, we 
will not be conducting the same types of outreach and promotion efforts 
being used in the Savannah site. The estimated sample size for the 
Maricopa site will be 165,000 housing units, and we estimate 70,000 of 
these will be fall into the NRFU operation.
    Nonresponse Follow-up (NRFU)--As part of the 2015 Census Test in 
Maricopa, data will be collected on automated enumeration devices (or 
smart phones). We will use an automated questionnaire similar to the 
one used in the 2014 Census Test NRFU operations. This data collection 
will be conducted using government-owned, commercially provided mobile 
devices. As in the 2014 Census Test, the ``notice of visit'' letters 
left at the door when a respondent is not home will contain information 
on how a respondent can self-respond via the Internet or by calling the 
Census Bureau's telephone questionnaire assistance line. For the 2015 
Census Test, the notice of visit will be translated into four non-
English languages which is a change from previous years where the 
notice was only provided in English and Spanish. The intent is to 
reduce the number of in-person enumerator return visits by encouraging 
respondents to complete their questionnaire online or by telephone.
    We also will be studying rules for determining which non-responding 
units will be visited, and how to collect information from households 
that do not self-respond. For instance, the Census Bureau will vary the 
approach to visiting households that have administrative records to 
determine the housing unit status (i.e., whether it is vacant or 
occupied) or to enumerate the people living at the address once we know 
the status for cases that do not respond. In both panels, units 
identified as vacant based on administrative record information will be 
identified and no NRFU visits will be conducted. For units identified 
as occupied with a determined population based on administrative 
records, they will be handled differently in each of the experimental 
panels. In one panel, they will be identified before NRFU starts and no 
NRFU visits will be conducted. In the second panel, they will be 
identified but we will attempt one interview at the unit before 
utilizing administrative records information. Also, to study adaptive 
design principles, the Census Bureau will vary the number of personal 
visit attempts to in different geographic areas based on hard-to-count 
criteria like response rates. We also will study when it is feasible to 
discontinue attempts to collect information from each non-responding 
household and instead move to attempting to collect information from a 
householder's neighbor or another knowledgeable source.
    NRFU Evaluation Follow-up (EFU)--The goal of the Evaluation Follow-
up is to obtain the most accurate Census Day status of each housing 
unit in this study by revisiting addresses where we find discrepancies 
between the NRFU results and administrative records information for the 
address. This mostly will include those addresses where information 
collected during NRFU conflicts with information we have from 
administrative records for that address. We also will include some 
addresses in this study where information from governmental 
administrative record and/or third party sources have had possible 
changes in household composition over a two-year period.
    Content Testing--The 2015 Census Test questionnaire for both sites 
will include questions on housing tenure, household roster, age, date 
of birth, race and Hispanic origin, and relationship. The 2015 Census 
Test will include a combined race and Hispanic origin question that is 
similar to one used in the 2014 Census Test. This combined question 
provides examples and write-in areas for each major response category. 
Respondents will be asked to self-identify by selecting one or more 
checkboxes, and reporting a specific origin for each checkbox selected. 
The inclusion of the combined question will allow the Census Bureau to 
conduct imputation research using this combined format in a setting 
when there are self-responses, administrative records and NRFU 
enumerator responses (Maricopa site only). This will allow the Census 
Bureau to learn how imputation approaches for the combined question 
might need to be different than approaches used in the past when the 
questions were asked separately. For the relationship question, the 
2015 Census Test will include new response categories recommended by 
OMB for opposite-sex and same-sex husband/wife/spouse households, and 
for the category for unmarried partner. The Census Bureau is currently 
considering the inclusion of new categories for same-sex couples on the 
decennial census questionnaire. In August 2009, the Secretary of 
Commerce requested that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
establish the interagency task force [Measuring Relationship in Federal 
Household Surveys] to research issues related to improving the 
collection and tabulation of marriage and relationship data. One focus 
of the research was family relationships, particularly with respect to 
same-sex couples who report being married. The first phase of research 
involved focus groups conducted primarily with persons cohabiting in 
same-sex relationships. The focus groups explored the meaning and 
interpretation of the current decennial Census and American Community 
Survey (ACS) relationship and marital status items. The second phase of 
qualitative research was conducted by the Census Bureau under the 
auspices of the OMB working group. As a result of the focus groups and 
expert panel review, two alternatives were developed for recommended 
wording to be further tested in larger-scale quantitative content 
tests. The 2015 Census Test includes testing the new relationship 
question that used these new same-sex response categories. In addition, 
the 2015 Census Test will include a question on the internet instrument 
that will allow respondents to report that a housing unit they own is 
vacant as of Census Day, and to provide the reason for the vacancy 
status (e.g., a seasonal or rental unit). This new question will enable 
the Census Bureau to identify some vacant housing units during self-
response so they can be removed from NRFU operations.
    The materials mailed to the respondents will inform them that the 
survey is mandatory in accordance with Title 13, United States Code, 
Sections 141 and 193. This information also will be available via a 
hyperlink from within the Internet instrument.
    The results of the 2015 Census Test from both sites will help guide 
the design of additional 2020 Decennial Census testing later this 
decade. Testing in 2015 is necessary to build on the findings from the 
2014 Census Test and to establish recommendations for contact 
strategies, response options, and field operation efficiencies that can 
be further refined and tested in later studies. At this point in the 
decade, the Census Bureau needs to acquire evidence showing whether the 
strategies being tested can reduce the cost per housing unit during a 
decennial census, while still providing high quality and accuracy of 
the census data.
    Along with other results, the response rates to paper and Internet 
collection will be used to help inform 2020 Decennial program planning 
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metrics determination. Several demographic questions and coverage 
probes are included in this test to combine with results from other 
recent testing opportunities to achieve optimal coverage for decennial 
censuses and surveys.
    The specific goal for the Non-ID Processing research is to continue 
evaluating enhancements to the Census Bureau's process to collect 
address information needed for real-time matching and geocoding of Non-
ID responses. Testing enhancements to Non-ID processing will inform 
planning for the 2020 Census design, as well as the infrastructure 
required to support large scale, real-time processing of electronic 
Non-ID response data submitted via the Internet or a Census-provided 
questionnaire application designed for mobile devices.
    The goal of the advertising and outreach component of the Savannah 
site Test is twofold; first, we are supporting the entire OSR test by 
educating respondents and motivating self-response in an effort 
increase response rates. Secondarily, this is our first opportunity to 
evaluate the effects of new advertising media on response rates. 
Specifically we are interested in assessing digital and targeted 
digital advertising, mediums the Census Bureau did not employ in the 
2010 Census but that are now available due to the evolution of 
technology. Results of this test will inform additional tests and will 
help the Census Bureau begin planning for the 2020 Census 
communications campaign.
    The data collected from households and individuals during the 2015 
Census Test will be used to research and evaluate new methodologies and 
systems to plan the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau will not publish any 
tabulations or population estimates using the results from this test. 
However, methodological papers may be written that include summary 
tallies of response characteristics or problems identified, and 
responses may be used to inform future research studies building upon 
the results of these tests. The Census Bureau plans to make the 
evaluation results of this study available to the general public.
    In the Maricopa County site, where the Census Bureau will conduct 
NRFU, the 2015 Census Test is designed to collect information to:
     Research the cost and quality impacts of differing 
approaches to removing workload from the NRFU universe through the use 
of administrative records information.
     Research the cost and quality impacts of new NRFU contact 
strategies that make use of adaptive design and a re-engineered 
management structure employing an Area Operations Support Center housed 
at the Regional Office, automated payroll, automated training, and 
minimal face-to-face contact between enumerators and supervisors. For 
these experimental panels enumerators also provide work-time 
availability in advance, and the system assigns them the optimal number 
of cases to attempt each day, as well as the routing they should 
employ.
    We are continuing our research on differing approaches to removing 
workload from the NRFU universe. In one approach we will remove all 
cases (both occupied and vacant) from the NRFU workload when we have 
administrative records data for the address. In a second approach we 
will make one contact attempt (for those cases considered occupied 
based on administrative records) before removing them from NRFU. The 
goal is to determine how these approaches vary regarding costs and 
quality measures. Results from both of these alternative strategies 
will be compared to a control panel that will conduct NRFU operations 
similar to how it was done in the 2010 Census. The testing will also 
obtain detailed data on when and how enumerators use proxy respondents.
    The Census Bureau will conduct an additional NRFU data collection 
activity in the Maricopa site with enumerator-owned commercially 
provided mobile devices. The use of employee owned equipment/services 
is commonly referred to as ``Bring Your Own Device'' or BYOD. After 
selecting enumerators for this study, a sample of up to 5,000 
households will be contacted at the end of the NRFU field operation 
using this methodology. These will be additional households not 
included in the other test activities (e.g., the self-response phase). 
The objectives of this component of the test are to:
     Design, develop, deploy, and support secure software 
solutions that can be installed on employee's personally owned 
commercially available mobile devices;
     Conduct interviews of respondents using these employee 
owned mobile devices; and
     Capture lessons learned for future operations, including: 
focus groups with a sub-set of the respondents, questionnaires for the 
enumerators, and collecting feedback from the local census office.
    Focus groups also will be conducted in the Maricopa site to ask 
respondents about their experiences with the 2015 Census Test. 
Respondents will be recruited into groups with regard to their 
treatment and demographic characteristics (e.g., age, education). For 
example, respondents will be recruited into one of the groups of 8-12 
participants by age and education as well as whether they were NRFU 
respondents or non-respondents. Participants also will be asked about 
their general concerns with government collection and protection of 
confidential data. For the Nonresponse Follow-up groups only, we will 
ask participants their reactions to enumerators using personal devices 
when conducting Census interviews. At the end of the focus groups, we 
will be asking participants for whom we have acquired additional data 
to verify whether this information is accurate.
    All focus groups will be tape-recorded to facilitate a summary of 
the results. Participants will be asked to sign consent forms and give 
permission to be recorded. All participants will be informed that their 
response is voluntary and that the information they provide is 
confidential. Respondents will receive a $75 stipend after the focus 
group concludes.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Frequency: One time.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 
193.
    This information collection request may be viewed at 
www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce 
collections currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax to (202)395-5806.

    Dated: January 8, 2015.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-00321 Filed 1-12-15; 8:45 am]
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