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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 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 or on-line comments must be submitted on or before August 10, 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 Richard Hough, U.S. Census Bureau, HQ–7K149, 4600 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland, MD 20746, (301) SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 763–4823 (or via the internet at richard.s.hough@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), plans to conduct the Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) for the 2015–2017 survey years. The BRDIS covers all domestic for-profit businesses that have 5 or more paid employees and are classified in certain industries. The BRDIS provides the only comprehensive data on R&D costs and detailed expenses by type and industry. The Census Bureau has conducted an R&D survey since 1957 (the Survey of Industrial Research and Development (SIRD) from 1957–2007 and BRDIS from 2008–present), collecting primarily financial information on the systematic work companies undertake to discover new knowledge or use existing knowledge to develop new or improved goods and services. The 2015–2017 BRDIS will continue to collect the following types of information: • R&D expense based on accepted accounting standards. • Worldwide R&D of domestic companies. • Business segment detail. • R&D-related capital expenditures. • Detailed data about the R&D workforce. • R&D strategy and data on the potential impact of R&D on the market. • R&D directed to application areas of particular national interest. • Data measuring innovation, intellectual property protection activities and technology transfer. The BRDIS utilizes a booklet instrument that facilitates the collection of information from various contacts within each company who have the best understanding of the concepts and definitions being presented as well as access to the information necessary to provide the most accurate response. The sections of the booklet correspond to areas within the company and currently include: A company information section that includes detailed innovation questions; a financial section focused on company R&D expenses; a human resources section; an R&D strategy and management section; an IP and technology transfer section; and a section focused on R&D that is funded or paid for by third parties. A web instrument is also available to respondents. The web instrument incorporates Excel spreadsheets that are provided to facilitate the electronic collection of information from various areas of the companies. Respondents have the capability to download the E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 111 / Wednesday, June 10, 2015 / Notices spreadsheets from the Census Bureau’s Web site. Also provided is a spreadsheet programmed to consolidate the information from the various areas of the company so it can be simply uploaded into the web instrument. Research, development and innovation are important to competitiveness in today’s economy, and domestic and foreign researchers in academia, business, and government analyze and cite data from the BRDIS. Among the federal government users are the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). BEA includes R&D in the system of national accounts that measures the economic well-being of the country. BRDIS data are key inputs into these accounts, which feed into the calculation of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The White House, in 2006, issued the American Competitiveness Initiative to ‘‘increase investments in research and development, strengthen education, and encourage entrepreneurship.’’ In support of this initiative and in response to legislative mandates, data on R&D are delivered to OSTP, primarily in the biennial National Science Board report Science and Engineering Indicators. Also, the National Science Foundation (NSF) produces a series of publications containing R&D data including the National Patterns of R&D Resources series, the S&E State Profile series, and the annual Business R&D and Innovation series. Special reports and other publications are also prepared. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will use a paperless strategy for the standard form (BRDI–1). Respondents will be mailed a letter referring them to the Census Bureau’s Business Help Site where they can complete the questionnaire online. They can also obtain a PDF version of the questionnaire or they can request a paper form be mailed to them. The screener is a mail out/mail back survey form (BRDI–1(S)); a Web-based collection option also will be available. Companies will be asked to respond within 60 days of the initial mail out. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0912. Form Number: BRDI–1 & BRDI–1S. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: All for-profit (public or private), domestic businesses that have 5 or more paid employees and are classified in certain industries. Estimated Number of Respondents: BRDI–1—(Long Form) .......... VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:46 Jun 09, 2015 7,000 Jkt 235001 BRD–1(S)—(Short Form) ..... 32933 38,000 Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Total ............................... 45,000 DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 10, 2015. Estimated Time per Response: ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments BRDI–1—(Long Form) .......... 14.85 hrs to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental BRD–1(S)—(Short Form) ..... .59 hrs Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, Estimated Total Annual Burden 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Hours: 126,500. Washington, DC 20230, or via email at Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0. jjessup@doc.gov. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Requests for additional information or Section 131, 182, 224, and 225. copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether directed to Patricia Abaroa, Chief, Direct Investment Division (BE–50), Bureau of the proposed collection of information Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; phone: (202) 606–9591; or via email at whether the information shall have patricia.abaroa@bea.gov. practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the I. Abstract proposed collection of information; (c) The Annual Survey of Foreign Direct ways to enhance the quality, utility, and Investment in the United States (BE–15) clarity of the information to be obtains sample data on the financial collected; and (d) ways to minimize the structure and operations of foreignburden of the collection of information owned U.S. business enterprises. The on respondents, including through the data are needed to provide reliable, use of automated collection techniques useful, and timely measures of foreign or other forms of information direct investment in the United States to technology. assess its impact on the U.S. economy. Comments submitted in response to The sample data are used to derive this notice will be summarized and/or universe estimates in nonbenchmark included in the request for OMB years from similar data reported in the approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public BE–12 benchmark survey, which is conducted every five years. The data record. collected include balance sheets; Dated: June 5, 2015. income statements; property, plant, and Glenna Mickelson, equipment; employment and employee Management Analyst, Office of the Chief compensation; merchandise trade; sales Information Officer. of goods and services; taxes; and [FR Doc. 2015–14166 Filed 6–9–15; 8:45 am] research and development activity. In BILLING CODE 3510–07–P addition, several data items are collected by state, including employment and property, plant, and DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE equipment. No changes to the survey forms or Bureau of Economic Analysis reporting requirements are proposed. Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE–15, Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, 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 comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Method of Collection BEA contacts potential respondents by mail in March of each year; responses covering a reporting company’s fiscal year ending during the previous calendar year are due by May 31 (or by June 30 for respondents that file using BEA’s eFile system). Reports are required from each U.S. business enterprise in which a foreign person has at least 10 percent of the voting stock in an incorporated business enterprise, or an equivalent interest in an unincorporated business enterprise, and that meets the additional conditions detailed in the BE–15 forms and instructions. Entities required to report E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2015-2017 
Business Research and Development and Innovation Surveys

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 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 or on-line comments must be 
submitted on or before August 10, 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 Richard Hough, U.S. Census Bureau, HQ-7K149, 4600 
Silver Hill Rd., Suitland, MD 20746, (301) 763-4823 (or via the 
internet at richard.s.hough@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from the National Science 
Foundation (NSF), plans to conduct the Business R&D and Innovation 
Survey (BRDIS) for the 2015-2017 survey years. The BRDIS covers all 
domestic for-profit businesses that have 5 or more paid employees and 
are classified in certain industries. The BRDIS provides the only 
comprehensive data on R&D costs and detailed expenses by type and 
industry.
    The Census Bureau has conducted an R&D survey since 1957 (the 
Survey of Industrial Research and Development (SIRD) from 1957-2007 and 
BRDIS from 2008-present), collecting primarily financial information on 
the systematic work companies undertake to discover new knowledge or 
use existing knowledge to develop new or improved goods and services. 
The 2015-2017 BRDIS will continue to collect the following types of 
information:
     R&D expense based on accepted accounting standards.
     Worldwide R&D of domestic companies.
     Business segment detail.
     R&D-related capital expenditures.
     Detailed data about the R&D workforce.
     R&D strategy and data on the potential impact of R&D on 
the market.
     R&D directed to application areas of particular national 
interest.
     Data measuring innovation, intellectual property 
protection activities and technology transfer.
    The BRDIS utilizes a booklet instrument that facilitates the 
collection of information from various contacts within each company who 
have the best understanding of the concepts and definitions being 
presented as well as access to the information necessary to provide the 
most accurate response. The sections of the booklet correspond to areas 
within the company and currently include: A company information section 
that includes detailed innovation questions; a financial section 
focused on company R&D expenses; a human resources section; an R&D 
strategy and management section; an IP and technology transfer section; 
and a section focused on R&D that is funded or paid for by third 
parties. A web instrument is also available to respondents. The web 
instrument incorporates Excel spreadsheets that are provided to 
facilitate the electronic collection of information from various areas 
of the companies. Respondents have the capability to download the

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spreadsheets from the Census Bureau's Web site. Also provided is a 
spreadsheet programmed to consolidate the information from the various 
areas of the company so it can be simply uploaded into the web 
instrument.
    Research, development and innovation are important to 
competitiveness in today's economy, and domestic and foreign 
researchers in academia, business, and government analyze and cite data 
from the BRDIS. Among the federal government users are the Bureau of 
Economic Analysis (BEA) and the White House's Office of Science and 
Technology Policy (OSTP). BEA includes R&D in the system of national 
accounts that measures the economic well-being of the country. BRDIS 
data are key inputs into these accounts, which feed into the 
calculation of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The White House, 
in 2006, issued the American Competitiveness Initiative to ``increase 
investments in research and development, strengthen education, and 
encourage entrepreneurship.'' In support of this initiative and in 
response to legislative mandates, data on R&D are delivered to OSTP, 
primarily in the biennial National Science Board report Science and 
Engineering Indicators. Also, the National Science Foundation (NSF) 
produces a series of publications containing R&D data including the 
National Patterns of R&D Resources series, the S&E State Profile 
series, and the annual Business R&D and Innovation series. Special 
reports and other publications are also prepared.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will use a paperless strategy for the standard 
form (BRDI-1). Respondents will be mailed a letter referring them to 
the Census Bureau's Business Help Site where they can complete the 
questionnaire online. They can also obtain a PDF version of the 
questionnaire or they can request a paper form be mailed to them. The 
screener is a mail out/mail back survey form (BRDI-1(S)); a Web-based 
collection option also will be available. Companies will be asked to 
respond within 60 days of the initial mail out.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0912.
    Form Number: BRDI-1 & BRDI-1S.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: All for-profit (public or private), domestic 
businesses that have 5 or more paid employees and are classified in 
certain industries.
    Estimated Number of Respondents:

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BRDI-1--(Long Form).....................................           7,000
BRD-1(S)--(Short Form)..................................          38,000
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    Total...............................................          45,000
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    Estimated Time per Response:

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BRDI-1--(Long Form).....................................       14.85 hrs
BRD-1(S)--(Short Form)..................................         .59 hrs
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 126,500.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 131, 182, 224, and 225.

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