Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey, 7835-7836 [2015-02868]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 29 / Thursday, February 12, 2015 / Notices The information collected by the COS is used to maintain and update the BR. The BR serves two fundamental purposes: • First and most important, it provides sampling populations and enumeration lists for the Census Bureau’s economic surveys and censuses, and it serves as an integral part of the statistical foundation underlying those programs. Essential for this purpose is the BR’s ability to identify all known United States business establishments and their parent companies. Further, the BR must accurately record basic business attributes needed to control sampling and enumeration. These attributes include industry and geographic classifications, measures of size and economic activity, ownership characteristics, and contact information (for example, name and address). • Second, it provides establishment data that serve as the basis for the annual County Business Patterns (CBP) statistical series. The CBP reports present data on number of establishments, first quarter payroll, annual payroll, and mid-March employment summarized by industry and employment size class for the United States, the District of Columbia, island areas, counties, and countyequivalents. No other annual or more frequent series of industry statistics provides comparable detail, particularly for small geographic areas Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; Not-for-profit institutions; Farms; State, local or tribal governments. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Legal Authority: Title 13 United States Code, Sections 182, 195, 224, and 225. 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: February 6, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–02865 Filed 2–11–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:54 Feb 11, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey 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, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). 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 Karla Allen, U.S. Census Bureau, EID HQ–8K183A, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233–6500, (301) 763–7208 (or via the Internet at Karla.l.Allen@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MARTS) provides an early indication of monthly sales for firms located in the United States and classified in the Retail Trade or Food Services sectors as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The MARTS sample is comprised of approximately 4,900 firms selected from the larger Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MRTS) sample of about 12,000 firms (OMB Control Number: 0607–0717). Firms are selected into the MARTS sample using a stratified design where the strata are defined by industry and size. The MARTS sample is re-selected, generally at 21⁄2 to 3 year intervals, to ensure it is representative of the target population. The survey requests sales and e-commerce sales for the month just ending. If reporting data for a period other than the calendar month, the PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7835 survey asks for the period’s length (4 or 5 weeks) and the date on which the period ended. The survey also asks for the number of establishments covered by the data provided and whether or not the sales data provided are estimates or more accurate ‘‘book’’ figures. Survey results are published approximately 9 working days after the end of the reference month. There would be a delay in the availability of these results if the survey were not conducted, as results from the MRTS are not published until approximately 6 weeks after the end of the reference month. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) uses the survey results as critical inputs to the calculation of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Policymakers such as the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) need to have the timeliest estimates in order to anticipate economic trends and act accordingly. The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) and other government agencies and businesses use the survey results to formulate and make decisions about economic policy. II. Method of Collection We will collect this information by mail, FAX, telephone follow-up, and Internet. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0104. Form Number: SM–44(12)A, SM– 44(12)AE, SM–44(12)AS, and SM– 72(12)A. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Retail and Food Services firms in the United States. Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,900. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,900. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Section 182. 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 E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1 7836 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 29 / Thursday, February 12, 2015 / Notices I. Abstract transportation and warehousing (except rail transportation and postal); information; finance and insurance (except funds, trusts, and other financial vehicles); real estate and rental and leasing; professional, scientific, and technical services (except offices of notaries); administrative and support and waste management and remediation services; educational services (except elementary and secondary schools, junior colleges, and colleges, universities, and professional schools); health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation; and other services (except public administration). The primary estimates produced from the QSS are quarterly estimates of total operating revenue and the percentage of revenue by source. The survey also produces estimates of total operating expenses from tax-exempt firms in industries that have a large not-for-profit component. For hospitals, the survey produces estimates of the number of inpatient days and discharges, and for select industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector, the survey produces estimates of admissions revenue. Firms are selected for the QSS using a stratified design with strata defined by industry, tax status, and estimated size based on annual revenue. The sample consists of approximately 19,000 firms and is a subsample of firms from the larger Service Annual Survey (OMB #0607–0422). Each quarter the QSS sample is updated to reflect the addition of new businesses and the removal of firms that have gone out-of-business. The Bureau of Economic Analysis uses the survey results as input to its quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and GDP by industry estimates. The estimates provide the Federal Reserve Board and Council of Economic advisors with timely information to assess current economic performance. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services use the QSS estimates to develop hospital-spending estimates for the National Accounts. Other government and private stakeholders also benefit from a better understanding of important cyclical components of the U.S. service economy. The Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) covers employer firms with establishments located in the United States and classified in select service industries as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The QSS coverage currently includes all or parts of the following NAICS sectors: Utilities (excluding government owned); II. Method of Collection We will collect this information by Internet, mail, facsimile, and telephone follow-up. Approximately half of the QSS respondents are mailed a full paper form that provides the option for submission by Internet, mail, or facsimile. The remaining half of respondents are mailed only their username and password providing for 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 6, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–02868 Filed 2–11–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Quarterly Services Survey 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 Aidan Smith, U.S. Census Bureau, 8K175, Washington, DC 20233– 6500, 301–763–2972, or Aidan.D.Smith@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:54 Feb 11, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 submission by Internet. Respondents that report via the Internet in any given quarter are only mailed a username and password in subsequent quarters. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0907. Form Number(s): QSS–0A, QSS–0E, QSS–1A, QSS–1E, QSS–1PA, QSS–1PE, QSS–2A, QSS–2E, QSS–3A, QSS–3E, QSS–3SA, QSS–3SE, QSS–4A, QSS–4E, QSS–4FA, QSS–4FE, QSS–4SA, QSS– 4SE, QSS–5A, QSS–5E, QSS–6A, QSS– 6E, QSS–7A, QSS–7E, QSS–8A, QSS– 8E, QSS–9A, QSS–9E. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations, not-for-profit institutions, and government hospitals. Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,500. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes: QSS–0A, QSS–0E, QSS–1A, QSS–1E, QSS–1PA, QSS–1PE, QSS–2A, QSS–2E, QSS–3A, QSS–3E, QSS–3SA, QSS–3SE, QSS–5A, QSS–5E, QSS–6A, QSS–6E, QSS–7A, QSS–7E, QSS–8A, QSS–8E, QSS–9A, QSS–9E. 10 minutes: QSS–4A, QSS–4E, QSS– 4FA, QSS–4FE, QSS–4SA, QSS–4SE. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 17,400. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 182. 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 6, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 29 (Thursday, February 12, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7835-7836]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-02868]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Advance Monthly 
Retail Trade Survey

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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)).

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 Karla Allen, U.S. Census Bureau, EID HQ-8K183A, 
4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233-6500, (301) 763-7208 (or 
via the Internet at Karla.l.Allen@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MARTS) provides an early 
indication of monthly sales for firms located in the United States and 
classified in the Retail Trade or Food Services sectors as defined by 
the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
    The MARTS sample is comprised of approximately 4,900 firms selected 
from the larger Monthly Retail Trade Survey (MRTS) sample of about 
12,000 firms (OMB Control Number: 0607-0717). Firms are selected into 
the MARTS sample using a stratified design where the strata are defined 
by industry and size. The MARTS sample is re-selected, generally at 
2\1/2\ to 3 year intervals, to ensure it is representative of the 
target population.
    The survey requests sales and e-commerce sales for the month just 
ending. If reporting data for a period other than the calendar month, 
the survey asks for the period's length (4 or 5 weeks) and the date on 
which the period ended. The survey also asks for the number of 
establishments covered by the data provided and whether or not the 
sales data provided are estimates or more accurate ``book'' figures.
    Survey results are published approximately 9 working days after the 
end of the reference month. There would be a delay in the availability 
of these results if the survey were not conducted, as results from the 
MRTS are not published until approximately 6 weeks after the end of the 
reference month. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) uses the survey 
results as critical inputs to the calculation of the Gross Domestic 
Product (GDP). Policymakers such as the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) 
need to have the timeliest estimates in order to anticipate economic 
trends and act accordingly. The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) and 
other government agencies and businesses use the survey results to 
formulate and make decisions about economic policy.

II. Method of Collection

    We will collect this information by mail, FAX, telephone follow-up, 
and Internet.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0104.
    Form Number: SM-44(12)A, SM-44(12)AE, SM-44(12)AS, and SM-72(12)A.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Retail and Food Services firms in the United 
States.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,900.
    Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,900.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Section 182.

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

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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 6, 2015.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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