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Download as PDF 52248 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 167 / Friday, August 28, 2015 / Notices letter submission to the Committee Liaison Officer, October 2015 NAC Meeting, Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H185, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233. If you plan to attend the meeting, please register by Monday, October 5. You may access the online registration from the following link (please use Mozilla Firefox as your browser): https://www.regonline.com/nac_ oct2015_meeting. Seating is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Committee point of contact as soon as possible, preferably two weeks prior to the meeting. Due to increased security and for access to the meeting, please call 301– 763–9906 upon arrival at the Census Bureau on the day of the meeting. A photo ID must be presented in order to receive your visitor’s badge. Visitors are not allowed beyond the first floor. Dated: August 24, 2015. John H. Thompson, Director, Bureau of the Census. [FR Doc. 2015–21330 Filed 8–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: U.S. Census Bureau. Title: Annual Survey of School System Finances. OMB Control Number: 0607–0700. Form Number(s): F–33, F–33–L1, F– 33–L2, F–33–L3. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Number of Respondents: 3,709. Average Hours per Response: 1.02 hours. Burden Hours: 3,789. Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), requests an extension of approval for the Annual Survey of School System Finances, OMB Number 0607–0700. The Census Bureau’s collection of school VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:19 Aug 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 district finance data and associated publications are the most comprehensive sources for prekindergarten through grade 12 finance data. These data are collected from the universe of school districts using uniform definitions and concepts of revenue, expenditure, debt, and assets as defined by the Financial Accounting for Local and State School Systems. This survey and the Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances (OMB No. 0607–0585) are conducted as part of the Census Bureau’s State and Local Government Finance program. Data collected from cities, counties, states, and special district governments are combined with data collected from local school systems to produce state and national totals of government spending. Local school system spending comprises a significant portion of total government spending. In 2012, public elementary-secondary expenditures accounted for 33.6 percent of local government spending. This comprehensive and ongoing, time series collection of local education agency finances maintains historical continuity in the state and local government statistics community. Elementary-secondary education related spending is the single largest financial activity of state and local governments. Education finance statistics provided by the Census Bureau allow for analyses of how public elementary-secondary school systems receive and spend funds. Increased focus on education has led to a demand for data reflecting student performance, graduation rates, and school finance policy—all of which are related to the collection of this local education finance data. State legislatures, local leaders, university researchers, and parents increasingly rely on data to make substantive decisions about education. School district finance is a vital sector of the education data spectrum used by stakeholders to form policy and to develop new education strategies. The Census Bureau uses an announcement letter and form to collect state and local government public education finance data. We mail the letter electronically to respondents at the beginning of each survey period soliciting the assistance of the state education agencies (SEAs) in providing data centrally for their public school systems. The letter officially announces the opening of the collection period and requests administrative data, such as estimated date of submission, changes to reporting format from prior year, and updated contact information for the state coordinator. Census Bureau staff PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 use the response to this letter to plan for the processing of state education agency data submissions. The form (F–33) contains the elementary-secondary education finance items. In practice, this form serves more as a data processing guide rather than as a data collection instrument. The Census Bureau relies heavily on collecting this public school system finance data centrally from state education agencies. All states provide significant amounts of these data centrally to the Census Bureau via the Internet using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Supplemental forms are sent to school systems in states where the state education agency cannot provide information on assets (F–33–L1), indebtedness (F–33–L2), or both (F–33–L3). The Census Bureau facilitates central collection by accepting states’ data in one of two formats. Currently, 21 states provide the Census Bureau electronic copies of state-specific detailed education finance data files. The Census Bureau maintains programs for converting these data from the state agency format to the Census Bureau F– 33 format. Thirty states reformat statespecific data files into the Census Bureau’s format prior to submitting the data electronically to the Census Bureau. The education finance data collected and processed by the Census Bureau are an essential component of the agency’s state and local government finance collection and provide unique products for users of education finance data. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) uses data from the survey to develop figures for the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). F–33 data items specifically contribute to the estimates for National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA), Input-Output accounts (I–O), and gross domestic investments. BEA also uses the data to assess other public fiscal spending trends and events. The Census Bureau’s Government Finances program has disseminated comprehensive and comparable public fiscal data since 1902. School finance data, which comprised 33.6 percent of all local government spending in 2012, is currently incorporated into the local government statistics reported on the Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances. The report contains benchmark statistics on public revenue, expenditure, debt, and assets. They are widely used by economists, legislators, social and political scientists, and government administrators. The Census Bureau makes available detailed files for all school systems from E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 167 / Friday, August 28, 2015 / Notices its Internet Web site, www.census.gov/ govs/school. That Web site currently contains data files and statistical tables for the 1992 through 2012 fiscal year surveys. Historical files and publications prior to 1992 are also available upon request for data users engaged in longitudinal studies. In addition to numerous academic researchers who use F–33 products, staff receive inquiries from state government officials, legislatures, public policy analysts, local school officials, nonprofit organizations, and various Federal agencies. The NCES use these annual data as part of the Common Core of Data (CCD) program. The education finance data collected by the Census Bureau are the sole source of school district fiscal information for the CCD. NCES data users utilize electronic tools to search CCD databases for detailed fiscal and non-fiscal variables. Additionally, NCES uses F–33 education finance files to publish annual reports on the fiscal state of education. Affected Public: State, local, or Tribal government. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., sections 8(b), 161 and 182; and title 20 U.S.C., sections 9543–44. 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: August 24, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–21286 Filed 8–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: National Institute of Technology and Standards (NIST). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:19 Aug 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 Title: SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) Program Student Information Application. OMB Control Number: 0693–0042. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular Submission (renewal with changes of currently approved information collection instrument). Number of Respondents: 650. Average Hours Per Response: 1 hour. Burden Hours: 650. Needs and Uses: The SURF Program provides an opportunity for the NIST laboratories to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in science and engineering. The program also provides research opportunities for students to work with internationally known NIST scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research, and promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering. This is a request to revise the previously, approved information collection, as NIST will be consolidating two ‘‘collection instruments’’ into one application for both Gaithersburg and Boulder locations. The purpose of this collection is to gather information requested on behalf of the NIST SURF Program for both Gaithersburg and Boulder locations. The information is submitted by the university on behalf of the student applicants. The student information is utilized by laboratory program coordinators and technical evaluators to determine student eligibility, select students to appropriate research projects, which match their needs, interests, and academic preparation, and ultimately, make offers to participate in the program. The information includes: Student name, host institution, email address/contact information, permanent address, choice of SURF-specific location (Boulder and/or Gaithersburg), class standing, research preference for NIST laboratories/projects they wish to apply to (for Boulder, 6 project choices and for Gaithersburg, 2 laboratory choices), previous SURF participation/ mentor identification, academic major/ minor, current overall GPA, need for housing and gender (for housing purposes only), special skills (laboratory, computer programming etc.), availability dates, resume, personal statement of commitment and research interests, two letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, ability to verify U.S. citizenship or permanent legal residency, acknowledgement of housing request, background check, and requirements for REAL ID Act. Frequency: Annually. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52249 Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. This information collection request may be viewed at 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: August 25, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–21307 Filed 8–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology [Docket No.: 150813711–5711–01] Cryogenic Flow Meter Calibrations: Request for Information and Notice of Public Workshop National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for information. AGENCY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, plans to discontinue the operation of its Cryogenic Flow Measurement Facility (Facility), located on NIST’s campus in Boulder, Colorado, on September 30, 2015. NIST publishes this notice to request information on the industry’s interest and needs in (1) cryogenic flow calibrations, (2) research areas of mutual interest to advance cryogenic flow calibrations, and (3) the re-establishment of the Facility at a different location. NIST will hold a public workshop to discuss these issues on Monday, September 28, 2015, on NIST’s campus in Boulder, Colorado. Members of the public may register to participate in the public workshop in person or virtually by web conferencing. DATES: NIST will accept responses to this request for information until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 28, 2015. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 167 (Friday, August 28, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52248-52249]
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[FR Doc No: 2015-21286]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35).
    Agency: U.S. Census Bureau.
    Title: Annual Survey of School System Finances.
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0700.
    Form Number(s): F-33, F-33-L1, F-33-L2, F-33-L3.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Number of Respondents: 3,709.
    Average Hours per Response: 1.02 hours.
    Burden Hours: 3,789.
    Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau, on behalf of the U.S. 
Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics 
(NCES), requests an extension of approval for the Annual Survey of 
School System Finances, OMB Number 0607-0700. The Census Bureau's 
collection of school district finance data and associated publications 
are the most comprehensive sources for pre-kindergarten through grade 
12 finance data.
    These data are collected from the universe of school districts 
using uniform definitions and concepts of revenue, expenditure, debt, 
and assets as defined by the Financial Accounting for Local and State 
School Systems. This survey and the Annual Surveys of State and Local 
Government Finances (OMB No. 0607-0585) are conducted as part of the 
Census Bureau's State and Local Government Finance program. Data 
collected from cities, counties, states, and special district 
governments are combined with data collected from local school systems 
to produce state and national totals of government spending. Local 
school system spending comprises a significant portion of total 
government spending. In 2012, public elementary-secondary expenditures 
accounted for 33.6 percent of local government spending.
    This comprehensive and ongoing, time series collection of local 
education agency finances maintains historical continuity in the state 
and local government statistics community. Elementary-secondary 
education related spending is the single largest financial activity of 
state and local governments. Education finance statistics provided by 
the Census Bureau allow for analyses of how public elementary-secondary 
school systems receive and spend funds. Increased focus on education 
has led to a demand for data reflecting student performance, graduation 
rates, and school finance policy--all of which are related to the 
collection of this local education finance data. State legislatures, 
local leaders, university researchers, and parents increasingly rely on 
data to make substantive decisions about education. School district 
finance is a vital sector of the education data spectrum used by 
stakeholders to form policy and to develop new education strategies.
    The Census Bureau uses an announcement letter and form to collect 
state and local government public education finance data. We mail the 
letter electronically to respondents at the beginning of each survey 
period soliciting the assistance of the state education agencies (SEAs) 
in providing data centrally for their public school systems. The letter 
officially announces the opening of the collection period and requests 
administrative data, such as estimated date of submission, changes to 
reporting format from prior year, and updated contact information for 
the state coordinator. Census Bureau staff use the response to this 
letter to plan for the processing of state education agency data 
submissions. The form (F-33) contains the elementary-secondary 
education finance items. In practice, this form serves more as a data 
processing guide rather than as a data collection instrument. The 
Census Bureau relies heavily on collecting this public school system 
finance data centrally from state education agencies. All states 
provide significant amounts of these data centrally to the Census 
Bureau via the Internet using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). 
Supplemental forms are sent to school systems in states where the state 
education agency cannot provide information on assets (F-33-L1), 
indebtedness (F-33-L2), or both (F-33-L3).
    The Census Bureau facilitates central collection by accepting 
states' data in one of two formats. Currently, 21 states provide the 
Census Bureau electronic copies of state-specific detailed education 
finance data files. The Census Bureau maintains programs for converting 
these data from the state agency format to the Census Bureau F-33 
format. Thirty states reformat state-specific data files into the 
Census Bureau's format prior to submitting the data electronically to 
the Census Bureau.
    The education finance data collected and processed by the Census 
Bureau are an essential component of the agency's state and local 
government finance collection and provide unique products for users of 
education finance data.
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) uses data from the survey to 
develop figures for the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). F-33 data items 
specifically contribute to the estimates for National Income and 
Product Accounts (NIPA), Input-Output accounts (I-O), and gross 
domestic investments. BEA also uses the data to assess other public 
fiscal spending trends and events.
    The Census Bureau's Government Finances program has disseminated 
comprehensive and comparable public fiscal data since 1902. School 
finance data, which comprised 33.6 percent of all local government 
spending in 2012, is currently incorporated into the local government 
statistics reported on the Annual Surveys of State and Local Government 
Finances. The report contains benchmark statistics on public revenue, 
expenditure, debt, and assets. They are widely used by economists, 
legislators, social and political scientists, and government 
administrators.
    The Census Bureau makes available detailed files for all school 
systems from

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its Internet Web site, www.census.gov/govs/school. That Web site 
currently contains data files and statistical tables for the 1992 
through 2012 fiscal year surveys. Historical files and publications 
prior to 1992 are also available upon request for data users engaged in 
longitudinal studies. In addition to numerous academic researchers who 
use F-33 products, staff receive inquiries from state government 
officials, legislatures, public policy analysts, local school 
officials, non-profit organizations, and various Federal agencies.
    The NCES use these annual data as part of the Common Core of Data 
(CCD) program. The education finance data collected by the Census 
Bureau are the sole source of school district fiscal information for 
the CCD. NCES data users utilize electronic tools to search CCD 
databases for detailed fiscal and non-fiscal variables. Additionally, 
NCES uses F-33 education finance files to publish annual reports on the 
fiscal state of education.
    Affected Public: State, local, or Tribal government.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., sections 8(b), 161 and 182; and 
title 20 U.S.C., sections 9543-44.
    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: August 24, 2015.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-21286 Filed 8-27-15; 8:45 am]
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