Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Application (MBNQA), 53114-53115 [2015-21735]

Download as PDF 53114 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 170 / Wednesday, September 2, 2015 / Notices We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: August 27, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2015–21773 Filed 9–1–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Application (MBNQA) National Institute of Standards and Technology, 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: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 2, 2015. SUMMARY: 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 and instructions should be directed to Dawn Bailey, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD, 20899, 301–975–3074, dawn.bailey@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The Department of Commerce is responsible for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA), the nation’s highest award for organizational performance excellence. Directly associated with this award is the Board of Examiners, an integral volunteer workforce for BPEP. NIST manages BPEP. An applicant organization for the MBNQA is required to perform two VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:04 Sep 01, 2015 Jkt 235001 steps: (1) The applicant organization self-certifies that it meets eligibility requirements with an eligibility form; and (2) the applicant organization prepares and completes an application package. BPEP will assist with or offer advice on any questions or issues that the applicant may have concerning the eligibility or application processes; this includes BPEP staff manning a hotline during the week and on weekends for organizations to call or email. With the help of the Board of Examiners, BPEP will use the eligibility forms and application package to assess and provide feedback on the applicant’s performance excellence practices. These practices could lead to a MBNQA awarded by the President of the United States or his delegate. Per Public Law 100–107 (Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987), the MBNQA helps to stimulate American companies to improve quality and productivity for the pride of recognition while obtaining a competitive edge through increased profits; recognizes the achievements of those companies that improve the quality of their goods and services and provide an example to others; establishes guidelines and criteria that can be used by business, industrial, governmental, and other organizations in evaluating their own quality improvement efforts; and provides specific guidance for other American organizations that wish to learn how to manage for high quality by making available detailed information on how winning organizations were able to change their cultures and achieve eminence. The application to be a member of the Board of Examiners is a one-step, secure, online process. Each year, BPEP recruits highly skilled experts in the fields of manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education, and nonprofit, the six Award eligibility categories, to evaluate the applications that BPEP receives. Examiners serve for a one-year term; participation on the board is entirely voluntary. Examiners receive three- to four-days of free on-site training (depending on experience level); this training has been nationally recognized for two consecutive years as part of the number-one leadership development program in the military/ government category of the Leadership 500 Awards, sponsored by HR.com. BPEP’s mission to improve the competitiveness and performance of U.S. organizations for the benefit of all U.S. residents. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Method of Collection MBNQA applicant organizations must comply in writing according to the Eligibility Certification Form and Baldrige Award Application Form available at http://www.nist.gov/ baldrige/enter/how_to_apply.cfm. Information on the application for the Board of Examiners can be found at http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/ examiners/index.cfm. BPEP will electronically send a unique user ID and password (separate emails) on how applicants to the Board of Examiners can apply to the secure system. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0693–0006. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review:. Revision of a current information collection. Affected Public: Business, health care, education, or other for-profit organizations; health care, education, and other nonprofit organizations; and individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 580 (30 Applications for MBNQA and 550 Applicants for the Board of Examiners). Estimated Time per Response: 74 hours for applications for MBNQA, and 1 hour for applications for the Board of Examiners. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,770 (MBNQA = 2,220 and Board of Examiners = 550). Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: MBNQA = $1,610–$79,610 (application and site visit fees vary depending on profit nature of organization and its sector [e.g., smallest fee is for a nonprofit K–12 school, largest fee is for a global manufacturer]; additionally, only 25% of applications pay site visit fees that again vary depending on number of sites and sector of the organization) and Board of Examiners: $0. 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. E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 170 / Wednesday, September 2, 2015 / Notices 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: August 28, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–21735 Filed 9–1–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE118 Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has found that the following four stocks of Pacific salmon are subject to overfishing: Chinook salmon—Columbia River Basin: Upper River Summer; Chinook salmon—Washington Coast: Willapa Bay Fall Natural; Chinook salmon— Washington Coast: Grays Harbor Fall; and Coho salmon—Washington Coast: Hoh. In addition, NMFS has found that the North Pacific swordfish stock in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, which is jointly managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, is subject to overfishing. NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, notifies the appropriate fishery management council (Council) whenever it determines that overfishing is occurring, a stock is in an overfished condition, a stock is approaching an overfished condition, or when a rebuilding plan has not resulted in adequate progress toward ending overfishing and rebuilding affected fish stocks. None of these stocks is in an overfished condition. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Spallone, (301) 427–8568. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to sections 304(e)(2) and (e)(7) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1854(e)(2) and (e)(7), and implementing regulations at 50 CFR 600.310(e)(2), NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, must mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:04 Sep 01, 2015 Jkt 235001 notify Councils whenever it determines that a stock or stock complex is overfished or approaching an overfished condition; or if an existing rebuilding plan has not ended overfishing or resulted in adequate rebuilding progress. NMFS also notifies Councils when it determines a stock or stock complex is subject to overfishing. Section 304(e)(2) further requires NMFS to publish these notices in the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that four stocks of Pacific salmon are now subject to overfishing: 1. Chinook salmon—Columbia River Basin: Upper River Summer; 2. Chinook salmon—Washington Coast: Willapa Bay Fall Natural; 3. Chinook salmon— Washington Coast: Grays Harbor Fall; and 4. Coho salmon—Washington Coast: Hoh. The Pacific Fishery Management Council has been informed that they must take action to end overfishing immediately on these stocks. In addition, NMFS has determined that the North Pacific swordfish stock in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) is subject to overfishing and is not in an overfished condition. This determination was based on an assessment conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC), in conjunction with NOAA scientists. NMFS has confirmed that section 304(i) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) applies because (1) the overfishing condition of swordfish is due largely to excessive international fishing pressure, and (2) there are no management measures (or efficiency measures) to end overfishing under an international agreement to which the U.S. is a party. NMFS has informed the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Pacific Fishery Management Council of their obligations for international and domestic management under MagnusonStevens Act sections 304(i) and 304(i)(2) to address international and domestic impacts, respectively. The Councils must develop domestic regulations to address the relative impact of the domestic fishing fleet on the stock, and develop recommendations to the Secretary of State and Congress for international actions to end overfishing on North Pacific swordfish EPO. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53115 Dated: August 27, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–21676 Filed 9–1–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE057 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Pier Replacement Project National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to construction activities as part of a pier replacement project. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the Navy to incidentally take marine mammals, by Level B Harassment only, during the specified activity. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than October 2, 2015. SUMMARY: Comments on the application should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Physical comments should be sent to 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and electronic comments should be sent to ITP.Laws@noaa.gov. Instructions: NMFS is not responsible for comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period. Comments received electronically, including all attachments, must not exceed a 25megabyte file size. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel or Adobe PDF file formats only. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to the Internet at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/incidental/construction.htm ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 170 (Wednesday, September 2, 2015)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-21735]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Malcolm 
Baldrige National Quality Award Application (MBNQA)

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, 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: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 2, 
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 and instructions should 
be directed to Dawn Bailey, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, 
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD, 20899, 301-975-3074, 
dawn.bailey@nist.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Department of Commerce is responsible for the Baldrige 
Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) and the Malcolm Baldrige National 
Quality Award (MBNQA), the nation's highest award for organizational 
performance excellence. Directly associated with this award is the 
Board of Examiners, an integral volunteer workforce for BPEP. NIST 
manages BPEP. An applicant organization for the MBNQA is required to 
perform two steps: (1) The applicant organization self-certifies that 
it meets eligibility requirements with an eligibility form; and (2) the 
applicant organization prepares and completes an application package. 
BPEP will assist with or offer advice on any questions or issues that 
the applicant may have concerning the eligibility or application 
processes; this includes BPEP staff manning a hotline during the week 
and on weekends for organizations to call or email. With the help of 
the Board of Examiners, BPEP will use the eligibility forms and 
application package to assess and provide feedback on the applicant's 
performance excellence practices. These practices could lead to a MBNQA 
awarded by the President of the United States or his delegate.
    Per Public Law 100-107 (Malcolm Baldrige National Quality 
Improvement Act of 1987), the MBNQA helps to stimulate American 
companies to improve quality and productivity for the pride of 
recognition while obtaining a competitive edge through increased 
profits; recognizes the achievements of those companies that improve 
the quality of their goods and services and provide an example to 
others; establishes guidelines and criteria that can be used by 
business, industrial, governmental, and other organizations in 
evaluating their own quality improvement efforts; and provides specific 
guidance for other American organizations that wish to learn how to 
manage for high quality by making available detailed information on how 
winning organizations were able to change their cultures and achieve 
eminence.
    The application to be a member of the Board of Examiners is a one-
step, secure, online process. Each year, BPEP recruits highly skilled 
experts in the fields of manufacturing, service, small business, health 
care, education, and nonprofit, the six Award eligibility categories, 
to evaluate the applications that BPEP receives. Examiners serve for a 
one-year term; participation on the board is entirely voluntary. 
Examiners receive three- to four-days of free on-site training 
(depending on experience level); this training has been nationally 
recognized for two consecutive years as part of the number-one 
leadership development program in the military/government category of 
the Leadership 500 Awards, sponsored by HR.com.
    BPEP's mission to improve the competitiveness and performance of 
U.S. organizations for the benefit of all U.S. residents.

II. Method of Collection

    MBNQA applicant organizations must comply in writing according to 
the Eligibility Certification Form and Baldrige Award Application Form 
available at http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/how_to_apply.cfm. 
Information on the application for the Board of Examiners can be found 
at http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/examiners/index.cfm. BPEP will 
electronically send a unique user ID and password (separate emails) on 
how applicants to the Board of Examiners can apply to the secure 
system.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0693-0006.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review:. Revision of a current information collection.
    Affected Public: Business, health care, education, or other for-
profit organizations; health care, education, and other nonprofit 
organizations; and individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 580 (30 Applications for MBNQA and 
550 Applicants for the Board of Examiners).
    Estimated Time per Response: 74 hours for applications for MBNQA, 
and 1 hour for applications for the Board of Examiners.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,770 (MBNQA = 2,220 and Board 
of Examiners = 550).
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: MBNQA = $1,610-$79,610 
(application and site visit fees vary depending on profit nature of 
organization and its sector [e.g., smallest fee is for a nonprofit K-12 
school, largest fee is for a global manufacturer]; additionally, only 
25% of applications pay site visit fees that again vary depending on 
number of sites and sector of the organization) and Board of Examiners: 
$0.

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.

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    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: August 28, 2015.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-21735 Filed 9-1-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-13-P