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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 27 / Tuesday, February 10, 2015 / Notices or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) How To File a Complaint If you wish to file an employment complaint, you must contact your agency’s EEO Counselor within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act, event, or in the case of a personnel action. Additional information can be found online at http:// www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_ file.html. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http:// www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_ cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632–9992 to request the form. 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Jasper Schneider, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2015–02680 Filed 2–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:20 Feb 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Annual Survey of Business Owners 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 April 13, 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 Patrice Norman, U.S. Census Bureau, EWD, 6K071, Washington, DC 20233–6600, (301) 763– 7198, Patrice.C.Norman@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to conduct the Annual Survey of Business Owners (ASBO) for employer businesses. In the ASBO, respondents will be asked questions about their businesses as well as several questions about the gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status of the principal owner(s). This survey will be the first annual collection of information on the characteristics of U.S. businesses by ownership categories, i.e., by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. The survey will be conducted as a joint project with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit corporation and a private foundation exempt from taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The ASBO will supplement the five-year Survey of Business Owners program and provide more timely updates on the status, nature, and scope of women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses. The ASBO statistics will be used by government program officials, industry organization leaders, economic PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7411 and social analysts, and business entrepreneurs. Examples of data uses include: • To assess business assistance needs and allocate available program resources. • To establish and evaluate contract procurement practices affecting small and disadvantaged businesses. • To create a framework for planning, directing, and assessing programs that promote the activities of disadvantaged groups. • To assess minority-owned businesses by industry and area and to educate industry associations, corporations, and government entities. • To analyze economic and demographic shifts and differences in ownership and performance among geographic areas. • To analyze business operations in comparison to similar firms, compute market share, and assess business growth and future prospects. The ASBO will be based on the quinquennial 2012 Survey of Business Owners long form (SBO–1) with 19 additional questions, including a set of questions on the sources of capital used for expansion, which will be asked each year, and a rotating panel of questions that will be determined prior to data collection each year. Each year the new panel of questions will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a revision to the current data collection’s OMB approval. The following changes will be made to the 2012 SBO: • An additional question on where the business’s customers are located in relation to the business. • An additional question on the reasons for owning the business. • An additional question on whether the business had profits, losses, or broke even. • An additional question on where the owner would like the company to be in five years. • An additional question on issues that have negatively impacted the profitability of the business. • The question on what sources of capital were used for expansion or capital improvements to the business during the reference year has been expanded into seven questions. The new questions ask: Æ The total amount of money put into the business in 2014. Æ The total amount of money that the owner personally put into the business. Æ The total amount of money received from family, friends, and employees that was put into the business. Æ The total amount of money received from any formal debit E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1 rljohnson on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 7412 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 27 / Tuesday, February 10, 2015 / Notices financing from a bank or other financial institution, a business credit card carrying a balance, or a business line of credit. Æ The total amount of financial capital received from angel investors, venture capitalists, or other businesses in return for a share(s) of ownership in the business. Æ What types of funding the owner tried to get and whether or not the owner received the funds. Æ Whether the business needed financing but did not apply and why the business did not apply. • The 2014 ASBO’s rotating panel of questions will focus on Innovation and Research and Development and is modeled after questions asked on the Microbusiness Innovation Science and Technology Survey (MIST). The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently conducting a pilot for the MIST during 2015. The sample size is limited to 4,000 businesses and only covers the manufacturing and professional and technical services industries. Expanding the ASBO to include these questions will significantly increase the industry coverage by including all NAICS industries except 111, 112, 481111, 482, 491, 525, 813, 814, and 92. This section will consist of eight questions that will only be asked on the 2014 survey. A new set of questions will be asked on the 2015 survey. The 2014 new questions consist of the following: Æ During 2014, were any of the following improvements made to the goods and/or services sold by this business: D Sold a new good or service that no company has ever offered before. D Sold a new good or service that your company has never offered before. D Improved good’s performance by making changes in materials, equipment, components, or software. D Developed a new use for a good or service. D Added a new feature to a good or service. D Made it easier for customers to use a good or service. D Don’t know. D Did not make any innovations to the goods and/or services sold by this business. Æ During 2014, were any of the following improvements made to the production processes used by this business? D Applied a new way of purchasing, accounting, computing, maintenance, inventory control, or other support activities. D Reduced costs by changing the way a good or service was distributed. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:20 Feb 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 D Upgraded a technique, equipment, or software to significantly improve a good or service. D Made a significant improvement in a technique or process by increasing automation, decreasing energy consumption, or using better software. D Decreased production costs by improving the materials, software, or other components. D Changed a delivery method to be faster or more reliable. D Don’t know. D Did not make any improvements to the production processes used by this business. Æ Did this business conduct any of the following research and development activities in 2014: D Conducted work that might lead to a patent. D Developed and tested prototypes that were derived from scientific research or technical findings. D Produced findings that could be published in academic journals or presented at scientific conferences. D Applied scientific or technical knowledge in a way that has never been done before. D Created new scientific or technical solutions that can be generalized to other situations. D Conducted work to discover previously unknown scientific facts, structures, or relationships. D Conducted work to extend the understanding of scientific facts, relationships or principles in ways that could be useful to others. Æ What was the total cost paid for research and development activities? Æ How much of the total cost was used for research and development activities performed by this business? Æ How much of the cost for research and development performed by this business was spent on the following: D Employee payroll. D Equipment purchases. D Software and licensing purchases. D Other expenses. Æ How much of the cost for research and development performed by this business was paid for by the following: D This business. D Another U.S. business. D U.S. college or university. D U.S. nonprofit organization. D U.S. federal government. D U.S. state or local government. D Other. Æ How many of each type of worker worked on the research and development activities: D Owners. D Paid employees. D Other paid workers. D Unpaid workers. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Businesses which reported any business activity on any one of the following Internal Revenue Service tax forms will be eligible for selection: 1040 (Schedule C), ‘‘Profit or Loss from Business (Sole Proprietorship); 1065, ‘‘U.S. Return of Partnership Income’’; 941, ‘‘Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return’’; 944, ‘‘Employer’s Annual Federal Tax Return’’; or any one of the 1120 corporate tax forms. Current plans will only request responses from businesses filing the 941, 944, or 1120 tax forms. Estimates for businesses filing the 1040 or 1065 tax returns will be created using statistical modeling of administrative data and will only provide data by race, gender, ethnicity, and veteran status by geography, industry, and size of firm. We will seek separate clearance from OMB to test our proposed ASBO questionnaire. We intend to conduct cognitive interviews with between 15 and 20 businesses in two rounds. Cognitive interviews will begin in January 2015 and will continue through March 2015. Upon completion of each round of interviews, the interview team will meet and decide on the recommended changes to the questionnaire. The questionnaire will be revised after each round and the interview protocol updated to reflect the new version of the questionnaire. We will also conduct usability testing of the electronic instrument. We intend to conduct interviews with between 10 and 12 businesses in two rounds. These interviews will be conducted in July 2015. The 2014 data collection of the ASBO will begin in September 2015 and will continue through January 2016. The 2015 data collection will begin in June 2016 and will continue through September 2016 and the 2016 data collection will begin in June 2017 and will continue through September 2017. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will use a letteronly mailout with an electronic-only data collection. The mailout will be conducted from our National Processing Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Two mail follow-ups to nonrespondents will be conducted at approximately onemonth intervals. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–XXXX (this is a new collection). Form Number(s): ASBO–1, Annual Survey of Business Owners. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Large and small businesses. E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 27 / Tuesday, February 10, 2015 / Notices Estimated Number of Respondents: 200,000. Estimated Time per Response: 35 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 116,667. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 8(b), 131, 193, and 224. 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: February 5, 2015 Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. The proposed subzone (14.45 acres) is located at 107 Scott Drive, Leominster, Massachusetts. A notification of proposed production activity has been submitted and will be published separately for public comment. In accordance with the FTZ Board’s regulations, Kathleen Boyce of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to review the application and make recommendations to the FTZ Board. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the FTZ Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is March 23, 2015. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to April 6, 2015. A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the FTZ Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Kathleen Boyce at Kathleen.Boyce@ trade.gov or (202) 482–1346. Dated: February 4, 2015. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–02736 Filed 2–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P [FR Doc. 2015–02734 Filed 2–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [A–570–001] Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–6–2015] rljohnson on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Foreign-Trade Zone 27; Boston, Massachusetts; Application for Subzone Spectro Coating Corporation d/b/a Claremont Flock, LLC; Leominster, Massachusetts An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board by the Massachusetts Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 27, requesting subzone status for the facility of Spectro Coating Corporation d/b/a Claremont Flock, LLC, located in Leominster, Massachusetts. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u), and the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on February 3, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:20 Feb 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 Potassium Permanganate From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: In response to a request by Pacific Accelerator Limited (‘‘PAL’’), the Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty (‘‘AD’’) order on potassium permanganate from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’) for the period of review (‘‘POR’’) January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. The Department has preliminarily determined that PAL had no reviewable entries of subject merchandise during the POR. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DATES: 7413 Effective Date: February 10, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexander Montoro, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0238. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope of the Order Imports covered by the order are shipments of potassium permanganate, an inorganic chemical produced in freeflowing, technical, and pharmaceutical grades. Potassium permanganate is currently classifiable under item 2841.61.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS item number is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise remains dispositive. Background On February 28, 2014, based on a timely request for review by PAL 1, the Department initiated an administrative review of the antidumping order on potassium permanganate from the PRC.2 On March 20, 2014, the Department issued Section A, C, and D questionnaires to PAL.3 On April 24, May 16, and May 23, 2014, we received Section A, C and D questionnaire responses from PAL, respectively. On July 10, 2014, the Department issued a supplemental questionnaire asking PAL to confirm whether it had any entries of subject merchandise during the POR.4 On September 5, 2014, we extended the preliminary results to December 3, 2014.5 On November 18, 2014, we fully 1 See letter from Pacific Accelerator Limited entitled, ‘‘Request for Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Potassium Permanganate from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated January 30, 2014. 2 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 79 FR 11401 (February 28, 2014). 3 See the Department’s letter to Pacific Accelerator Limited entitled, ‘‘Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Potassium Permanganate from the People’s Republic of China: Questionnaire,’’ dated March 20, 2014 (‘‘Questionnaire’’). 4 See the Department’s letter to Pacific Accelerator Limited entitled, ‘‘Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Potassium Permanganate from the People’s Republic of China: Supplemental Section C Questionnaire,’’ dated July 10, 2014 (‘‘Section C Supplemental’’). 5 See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary, through James Doyle, Office Director, from Alexander Montoro, International Trade Compliance Analyst, ‘‘Potassium Permanganate from the People’s Republic of China; E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM Continued 10FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Annual Survey 
of Business Owners

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before April 13, 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 Patrice Norman, U.S. Census Bureau, EWD, 6K071, 
Washington, DC 20233-6600, (301) 763-7198, Patrice.C.Norman@census.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau plans to conduct the Annual Survey of Business 
Owners (ASBO) for employer businesses. In the ASBO, respondents will be 
asked questions about their businesses as well as several questions 
about the gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status of the principal 
owner(s). This survey will be the first annual collection of 
information on the characteristics of U.S. businesses by ownership 
categories, i.e., by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. The 
survey will be conducted as a joint project with the Ewing Marion 
Kauffman Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit corporation and a private 
foundation exempt from taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal 
Revenue Code. The ASBO will supplement the five-year Survey of Business 
Owners program and provide more timely updates on the status, nature, 
and scope of women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses. The ASBO 
statistics will be used by government program officials, industry 
organization leaders, economic and social analysts, and business 
entrepreneurs. Examples of data uses include:
     To assess business assistance needs and allocate available 
program resources.
     To establish and evaluate contract procurement practices 
affecting small and disadvantaged businesses.
     To create a framework for planning, directing, and 
assessing programs that promote the activities of disadvantaged groups.
     To assess minority-owned businesses by industry and area 
and to educate industry associations, corporations, and government 
entities.
     To analyze economic and demographic shifts and differences 
in ownership and performance among geographic areas.
     To analyze business operations in comparison to similar 
firms, compute market share, and assess business growth and future 
prospects.
    The ASBO will be based on the quinquennial 2012 Survey of Business 
Owners long form (SBO-1) with 19 additional questions, including a set 
of questions on the sources of capital used for expansion, which will 
be asked each year, and a rotating panel of questions that will be 
determined prior to data collection each year. Each year the new panel 
of questions will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) as a revision to the current data collection's OMB approval. The 
following changes will be made to the 2012 SBO:
     An additional question on where the business's customers 
are located in relation to the business.
     An additional question on the reasons for owning the 
business.
     An additional question on whether the business had 
profits, losses, or broke even.
     An additional question on where the owner would like the 
company to be in five years.
     An additional question on issues that have negatively 
impacted the profitability of the business.
     The question on what sources of capital were used for 
expansion or capital improvements to the business during the reference 
year has been expanded into seven questions. The new questions ask:
    [cir] The total amount of money put into the business in 2014.
    [cir] The total amount of money that the owner personally put into 
the business.
    [cir] The total amount of money received from family, friends, and 
employees that was put into the business.
    [cir] The total amount of money received from any formal debit

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financing from a bank or other financial institution, a business credit 
card carrying a balance, or a business line of credit.
    [cir] The total amount of financial capital received from angel 
investors, venture capitalists, or other businesses in return for a 
share(s) of ownership in the business.
    [cir] What types of funding the owner tried to get and whether or 
not the owner received the funds.
    [cir] Whether the business needed financing but did not apply and 
why the business did not apply.
     The 2014 ASBO's rotating panel of questions will focus on 
Innovation and Research and Development and is modeled after questions 
asked on the Microbusiness Innovation Science and Technology Survey 
(MIST). The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently conducting a 
pilot for the MIST during 2015. The sample size is limited to 4,000 
businesses and only covers the manufacturing and professional and 
technical services industries. Expanding the ASBO to include these 
questions will significantly increase the industry coverage by 
including all NAICS industries except 111, 112, 481111, 482, 491, 525, 
813, 814, and 92. This section will consist of eight questions that 
will only be asked on the 2014 survey. A new set of questions will be 
asked on the 2015 survey. The 2014 new questions consist of the 
following:
    [cir] During 2014, were any of the following improvements made to 
the goods and/or services sold by this business:
    [ssquf] Sold a new good or service that no company has ever offered 
before.
    [ssquf] Sold a new good or service that your company has never 
offered before.
    [ssquf] Improved good's performance by making changes in materials, 
equipment, components, or software.
    [ssquf] Developed a new use for a good or service.
    [ssquf] Added a new feature to a good or service.
    [ssquf] Made it easier for customers to use a good or service.
    [ssquf] Don't know.
    [ssquf] Did not make any innovations to the goods and/or services 
sold by this business.
    [cir] During 2014, were any of the following improvements made to 
the production processes used by this business?
    [ssquf] Applied a new way of purchasing, accounting, computing, 
maintenance, inventory control, or other support activities.
    [ssquf] Reduced costs by changing the way a good or service was 
distributed.
    [ssquf] Upgraded a technique, equipment, or software to 
significantly improve a good or service.
    [ssquf] Made a significant improvement in a technique or process by 
increasing automation, decreasing energy consumption, or using better 
software.
    [ssquf] Decreased production costs by improving the materials, 
software, or other components.
    [ssquf] Changed a delivery method to be faster or more reliable.
    [ssquf] Don't know.
    [ssquf] Did not make any improvements to the production processes 
used by this business.
    [cir] Did this business conduct any of the following research and 
development activities in 2014:
    [ssquf] Conducted work that might lead to a patent.
    [ssquf] Developed and tested prototypes that were derived from 
scientific research or technical findings.
    [ssquf] Produced findings that could be published in academic 
journals or presented at scientific conferences.
    [ssquf] Applied scientific or technical knowledge in a way that has 
never been done before.
    [ssquf] Created new scientific or technical solutions that can be 
generalized to other situations.
    [ssquf] Conducted work to discover previously unknown scientific 
facts, structures, or relationships.
    [ssquf] Conducted work to extend the understanding of scientific 
facts, relationships or principles in ways that could be useful to 
others.
    [cir] What was the total cost paid for research and development 
activities?
    [cir] How much of the total cost was used for research and 
development activities performed by this business?
    [cir] How much of the cost for research and development performed 
by this business was spent on the following:
    [ssquf] Employee payroll.
    [ssquf] Equipment purchases.
    [ssquf] Software and licensing purchases.
    [ssquf] Other expenses.
    [cir] How much of the cost for research and development performed 
by this business was paid for by the following:
    [ssquf] This business.
    [ssquf] Another U.S. business.
    [ssquf] U.S. college or university.
    [ssquf] U.S. nonprofit organization.
    [ssquf] U.S. federal government.
    [ssquf] U.S. state or local government.
    [ssquf] Other.
    [cir] How many of each type of worker worked on the research and 
development activities:
    [ssquf] Owners.
    [ssquf] Paid employees.
    [ssquf] Other paid workers.
    [ssquf] Unpaid workers.
    Businesses which reported any business activity on any one of the 
following Internal Revenue Service tax forms will be eligible for 
selection: 1040 (Schedule C), ``Profit or Loss from Business (Sole 
Proprietorship); 1065, ``U.S. Return of Partnership Income''; 941, 
``Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return''; 944, ``Employer's Annual 
Federal Tax Return''; or any one of the 1120 corporate tax forms. 
Current plans will only request responses from businesses filing the 
941, 944, or 1120 tax forms. Estimates for businesses filing the 1040 
or 1065 tax returns will be created using statistical modeling of 
administrative data and will only provide data by race, gender, 
ethnicity, and veteran status by geography, industry, and size of firm.
    We will seek separate clearance from OMB to test our proposed ASBO 
questionnaire. We intend to conduct cognitive interviews with between 
15 and 20 businesses in two rounds. Cognitive interviews will begin in 
January 2015 and will continue through March 2015. Upon completion of 
each round of interviews, the interview team will meet and decide on 
the recommended changes to the questionnaire. The questionnaire will be 
revised after each round and the interview protocol updated to reflect 
the new version of the questionnaire. We will also conduct usability 
testing of the electronic instrument. We intend to conduct interviews 
with between 10 and 12 businesses in two rounds. These interviews will 
be conducted in July 2015.
    The 2014 data collection of the ASBO will begin in September 2015 
and will continue through January 2016. The 2015 data collection will 
begin in June 2016 and will continue through September 2016 and the 
2016 data collection will begin in June 2017 and will continue through 
September 2017.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will use a letter-only mailout with an 
electronic-only data collection. The mailout will be conducted from our 
National Processing Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Two mail follow-
ups to nonrespondents will be conducted at approximately one-month 
intervals.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-XXXX (this is a new collection).
    Form Number(s): ASBO-1, Annual Survey of Business Owners.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Large and small businesses.

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    Estimated Number of Respondents: 200,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 35 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 116,667.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 8(b), 131, 193, and 224.

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: February 5, 2015
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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