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AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1 3214 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 14 / Thursday, January 22, 2015 / Notices Notice. The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before March 23, 2015. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at jjessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Cheryl Chambers, Rm. 3K067, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office, Washington, DC 20233, by FAX to (301) 763–8070 or email at acso.communications@census.gov. SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The American Community Survey (ACS) collects detailed socioeconomic data from about 3.5 million addresses in the United States and 36,000 in Puerto Rico each year. The ACS also collects detailed socioeconomic data from about 195,000 residents living in Group Quarter (GQ) facilities. Resulting tabulations from that data collection are provided on a yearly basis. The ACS allows the Census Bureau to provide timely and relevant housing and socioeconomic statistics, even for low levels of geography. An ongoing data collection effort with an annual sample of this magnitude requires that the ACS continue research, testing and evaluations aimed at improving data quality, achieving survey cost efficiencies, and improving ACS questionnaire content and related data collection materials. The ACS Methods Panel is a research program that is designed to address and respond to survey issues and needs. During the 2016–2018 period, the Methods Panel may include testing methods for increasing survey efficiencies, reducing survey cost, lessening respondent burden, and improving response rates. Testing may also include methods to improve data quality. At this time, plans are in place to propose several tests: a 2016 ACS VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Jan 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 Content Test, a 2016 mail messaging test, a 2017 self-response test with the potential to test both mail messaging as well as questionnaire content, a 2018 self-response test building on the previous tests, as well as tests of Internet data collection enhancements in 2017 and 2018. Since the ACS Methods Panel is designed to address emerging issues, we may conduct additional testing as needed. Any additional testing would focus on methods for reducing data collection costs, improving data quality, revising content, or testing new questions that have an urgent need to be included on the ACS. In response to Federal agencies’ requests for new and revised ACS questions, the Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2016 ACS Content Test. In 2014, the Office of Management and Budget Interagency Committee for the ACS identified candidate versions of the requested new and revised questions, to be finalized in 2015. The objective of the 2016 ACS Content Test, for both new and existing questions, is to determine the impact of changing question wording and response categories, and redefining underlying constructs, on the quality of the data collected. The Census Bureau proposes to evaluate changes to the questions by comparing the revised questions to the current ACS questions, or for new questions, to compare the performance of two question versions to each other as well as to other well-known sources of such information. In response to declining response rates and increasing costs, the Census Bureau plans to study methods to increase self-response, the least expensive mode of data collection, especially Internet response. The tests would include changes to messages included in mail materials to motivate the public to respond to the ACS, increase awareness of the ACS, as well as changes to design elements of the materials, including color and graphics. The tests would be conducted in series, in 2016, 2017, and 2018, building on previous tests’ findings. Additionally, the test in 2017, and possibly 2018, may include content changes based on continued review of the ACS content for respondent burden. The Census Bureau will assess the impact on data quality of the changes to the questions. The ACS began collecting data using the Internet in January 2013. To date, the Web site used to collect the data is designed for a desktop computer screen. The Internet tests being proposed would evaluate Internet data collection via mobile devices, examine ways to reduce Internet break-offs, email testing, as well PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 as other improvements to Internet data collection. II. Method of Collection 2016 Content Test—The ACS Content Test data collection protocol will be based on the protocol used in the production ACS. That is, we will collect data across four modes (Internet, mail, Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI), and Computer Assisted Personal Interviews (CAPI). There will also be a Content Follow-up reinterview as part of the content test where we will attempt a follow-up CATI reinterview with all households that responded in the field test and for whom we have a telephone number. This reinterview will focus on the particular questions that we are evaluating in the field test, and will not include every question asked in the original interview. 2016 Mail Messaging Test—We will use the same modes we offer in ACS production in the first month of data collection for the self-response test; that is, Internet and a mail-back paper questionnaire. No CATI or CAPI interviews are necessary for this test. Different strategies to encourage selfresponse may be used, including changes to the number and timing of the mailings as well as the materials included in each mailing. 2017 Self-Response Test—We will use the same modes we offer in ACS production in the first month of data collection for the self-response test; that is, Internet and a paper questionnaire. For the portions of the test that include content changes, CATI and CAPI interviews are necessary. Different mail materials to encourage self-response may be used, including changes to the number of mailings as well as the materials included in each mailing. For the portions of the test that include content changes, a follow-up CATI reinterview will be conducted with all households that responded in the field test and for whom we have a telephone number. This reinterview will focus on the particular questions that we are evaluating in the field test, and will not include every question asked in the original interview. Internet Tests in 2017 and 2018—We will use the same modes we offer in ACS production in the first month of data collection for the Internet tests; that is, we will send a mailing asking sampled units to respond online, with a nonresponse follow-up mailing of a paper questionnaire about two and a half weeks later. There are no plans to conduct CATI or CAPI nonresponse follow-up on test cases. E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 14 / Thursday, January 22, 2015 / Notices 2018 Self-Response Test—We will use Internet and a paper questionnaire for this test and include different mailing strategies. CATI and CAPI interviews, as well as Content Followup, may be necessary for this test if content changes are tested. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0936. Form Number(s): ACS–1, ACS– 1(PR)SP, ACS CATI(HU), ACS CAPI(HU) and ACS RI(HU). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Estimated Number of Respondents: We plan to contact the following number of respondents: 2016 Content Test—70,000 sampled addresses during the field test and 40,000 responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted by telephone. 2016 Mail Messaging Test—60,000 sampled addresses. 2017 Self-Response Test—60,000 sampled addresses and 35,000 responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted by telephone. Internet Tests in 2017 and 2018— 108,000 sampled addresses each. 2018 Self-Response Test—60,000 sampled addresses and 35,000 responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted by telephone. Estimated Time per Response: Estimates are: 2016 Content Test, 40 minutes, Content follow-up, 15 minutes; Mail Messaging Test, 40 minutes; 2017 and 2018 Self-Response Test, 40 minutes, Content follow-up, 15 minutes; Internet Tests, 40 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The estimate is an annual average of 112,722 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: Except for their time, there is no cost to respondents. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 141 and 193. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Jan 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 15, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–00934 Filed 1–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2015 National Survey of Children’s Health Pretest U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before March 23, 2015. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at jjessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Scott Boggess, U.S. Census Bureau, ADDP, HQ–6H063, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233–0001 (301–763–6167 or via the Internet at Scott.Boggess@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) Pretest project plan will consist of several panels to assess data collection mode preferences (Paper-andPencil Interviewing (PAPI) and Internet) of respondents, amount of respondent incentives to gain cooperation and participation in the survey, and telephone as a method of nonresponse follow-up. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3215 The design for the pretest survey data collection is assumed to be two-phase: the first phase will screen for households with children and children with special health care needs; followed by the selection of a single child in households with children and phase two will present age-based topical questions. There are three separate agebased topical surveys that a household could be selected for: 0 to 5 year old children, 6 to 11 year old children, or 12 to 17 year old children. Census staff will develop a sampling plan to select a pretest sample of 16,000 households (addresses) from a vendor-provided sampling frame with split panels to test mode of administration (Mail and Web Push + Mail) and use of cash incentives ($5 or $10). The target overall response rate for the pretest is 70 percent for the screener and 80 percent for the topical questionnaire. The pretest allows for the preparation of a successful first year production survey which enables the MCHB to produce national and state-based estimates on the health and well-being of children, their families, and their communities as well as estimates of the prevalence and impact of children with special health care needs. II. Method of Collection Mailout/Mailback Paper-and-Pencil Interviewing (PAPI) Treatment Groups Plans for the Mailout/Mailback pretest treatment groups include a sample of 8,000 households that will be mailed an English and Spanish language selfadministered PAPI screening instrument (questionnaire) followed by a separate age-based topical instrument (questionnaire). The households selected for this group will all be sent a $5 cash incentive with the initial request to complete the screener instrument. This group will then be further broken down into two different treatment groups: one group will receive a $5 cash incentive with the topical instrument and the other will receive a $10 cash incentive with the topical instrument. The sample sizes for each of these different cash incentive groups is 4,000 households. Web Push + Mail Treatment Groups Plans for the Web Push + Mail pretest treatment group include a sample of 8,000 households that will receive instructions on how to complete an English or Spanish language screening instrument (questionnaire) via the Web. The households selected for the Web Push + Mail pretest treatment group will be taken through the screening instrument to determine if they screen into one of the three topical E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2016-2018 
American Community Survey Methods Panel Testing

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.

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ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before March 23, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at jjessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Cheryl Chambers, Rm. 3K067, U.S. Census Bureau, 
American Community Survey Office, Washington, DC 20233, by FAX to (301) 
763-8070 or email at acso.communications@census.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The American Community Survey (ACS) collects detailed socioeconomic 
data from about 3.5 million addresses in the United States and 36,000 
in Puerto Rico each year. The ACS also collects detailed socioeconomic 
data from about 195,000 residents living in Group Quarter (GQ) 
facilities. Resulting tabulations from that data collection are 
provided on a yearly basis. The ACS allows the Census Bureau to provide 
timely and relevant housing and socioeconomic statistics, even for low 
levels of geography.
    An ongoing data collection effort with an annual sample of this 
magnitude requires that the ACS continue research, testing and 
evaluations aimed at improving data quality, achieving survey cost 
efficiencies, and improving ACS questionnaire content and related data 
collection materials. The ACS Methods Panel is a research program that 
is designed to address and respond to survey issues and needs. During 
the 2016-2018 period, the Methods Panel may include testing methods for 
increasing survey efficiencies, reducing survey cost, lessening 
respondent burden, and improving response rates. Testing may also 
include methods to improve data quality.
    At this time, plans are in place to propose several tests: a 2016 
ACS Content Test, a 2016 mail messaging test, a 2017 self-response test 
with the potential to test both mail messaging as well as questionnaire 
content, a 2018 self-response test building on the previous tests, as 
well as tests of Internet data collection enhancements in 2017 and 
2018. Since the ACS Methods Panel is designed to address emerging 
issues, we may conduct additional testing as needed. Any additional 
testing would focus on methods for reducing data collection costs, 
improving data quality, revising content, or testing new questions that 
have an urgent need to be included on the ACS.
    In response to Federal agencies' requests for new and revised ACS 
questions, the Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2016 ACS Content 
Test. In 2014, the Office of Management and Budget Interagency 
Committee for the ACS identified candidate versions of the requested 
new and revised questions, to be finalized in 2015. The objective of 
the 2016 ACS Content Test, for both new and existing questions, is to 
determine the impact of changing question wording and response 
categories, and redefining underlying constructs, on the quality of the 
data collected. The Census Bureau proposes to evaluate changes to the 
questions by comparing the revised questions to the current ACS 
questions, or for new questions, to compare the performance of two 
question versions to each other as well as to other well-known sources 
of such information.
    In response to declining response rates and increasing costs, the 
Census Bureau plans to study methods to increase self-response, the 
least expensive mode of data collection, especially Internet response. 
The tests would include changes to messages included in mail materials 
to motivate the public to respond to the ACS, increase awareness of the 
ACS, as well as changes to design elements of the materials, including 
color and graphics. The tests would be conducted in series, in 2016, 
2017, and 2018, building on previous tests' findings. Additionally, the 
test in 2017, and possibly 2018, may include content changes based on 
continued review of the ACS content for respondent burden. The Census 
Bureau will assess the impact on data quality of the changes to the 
questions.
    The ACS began collecting data using the Internet in January 2013. 
To date, the Web site used to collect the data is designed for a 
desktop computer screen. The Internet tests being proposed would 
evaluate Internet data collection via mobile devices, examine ways to 
reduce Internet break-offs, email testing, as well as other 
improvements to Internet data collection.

II. Method of Collection

    2016 Content Test--The ACS Content Test data collection protocol 
will be based on the protocol used in the production ACS. That is, we 
will collect data across four modes (Internet, mail, Computer Assisted 
Telephone Interviews (CATI), and Computer Assisted Personal Interviews 
(CAPI). There will also be a Content Follow-up reinterview as part of 
the content test where we will attempt a follow-up CATI reinterview 
with all households that responded in the field test and for whom we 
have a telephone number. This reinterview will focus on the particular 
questions that we are evaluating in the field test, and will not 
include every question asked in the original interview.
    2016 Mail Messaging Test--We will use the same modes we offer in 
ACS production in the first month of data collection for the self-
response test; that is, Internet and a mail-back paper questionnaire. 
No CATI or CAPI interviews are necessary for this test. Different 
strategies to encourage self-response may be used, including changes to 
the number and timing of the mailings as well as the materials included 
in each mailing.
    2017 Self-Response Test--We will use the same modes we offer in ACS 
production in the first month of data collection for the self-response 
test; that is, Internet and a paper questionnaire. For the portions of 
the test that include content changes, CATI and CAPI interviews are 
necessary. Different mail materials to encourage self-response may be 
used, including changes to the number of mailings as well as the 
materials included in each mailing. For the portions of the test that 
include content changes, a follow-up CATI reinterview will be conducted 
with all households that responded in the field test and for whom we 
have a telephone number. This reinterview will focus on the particular 
questions that we are evaluating in the field test, and will not 
include every question asked in the original interview.
    Internet Tests in 2017 and 2018--We will use the same modes we 
offer in ACS production in the first month of data collection for the 
Internet tests; that is, we will send a mailing asking sampled units to 
respond online, with a nonresponse follow-up mailing of a paper 
questionnaire about two and a half weeks later. There are no plans to 
conduct CATI or CAPI nonresponse follow-up on test cases.

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    2018 Self-Response Test--We will use Internet and a paper 
questionnaire for this test and include different mailing strategies. 
CATI and CAPI interviews, as well as Content Followup, may be necessary 
for this test if content changes are tested.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0936.
    Form Number(s): ACS-1, ACS-1(PR)SP, ACS CATI(HU), ACS CAPI(HU) and 
ACS RI(HU).
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals and households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: We plan to contact the following 
number of respondents:
    2016 Content Test--70,000 sampled addresses during the field test 
and 40,000 responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted 
by telephone.
    2016 Mail Messaging Test--60,000 sampled addresses.
    2017 Self-Response Test--60,000 sampled addresses and 35,000 
responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted by 
telephone.
    Internet Tests in 2017 and 2018--108,000 sampled addresses each.
    2018 Self-Response Test--60,000 sampled addresses and 35,000 
responding addresses during the content follow-up conducted by 
telephone.
    Estimated Time per Response: Estimates are: 2016 Content Test, 40 
minutes, Content follow-up, 15 minutes; Mail Messaging Test, 40 
minutes; 2017 and 2018 Self-Response Test, 40 minutes, Content follow-
up, 15 minutes; Internet Tests, 40 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The estimate is an annual 
average of 112,722 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: Except for their time, there 
is no cost to respondents.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 141 and 193.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: January 15, 2015.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-00934 Filed 1-21-15; 8:45 am]
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