Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 54764-54765 [2015-22897]

Download as PDF 54764 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 176 / Friday, September 11, 2015 / Notices Summary of Collection: Under the authority of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (ACT), as amended 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq., the Administrator is authorized and empowered to make loans under certain specified circumstances for rural electrification and the furnishing of electric energy to persons in rural areas and for the purpose of furnishing and improving telephone service in rural areas. RUS, in representing the Federal Government as Mortgagee, relies on the information provided by the borrowers in their financial statements to make lending decisions as to borrowers’ credit worthiness and to assure that loan funds are approved, advanced and disbursed for proper Act purposes. Borrowers are required to furnish a full and complete report of their financial condition, operations and cash flows, in form and substance satisfactory to RUS. Need and Use of the Information: RUS will collect information to evaluate borrowers’ financial performance, determine whether current loans are at financial risk, and determine the credit worthiness of future losses. If information is not collected, it would delay RUS’ analysis of the borrowers’ financial strength, thereby adversely impacting current lending decisions. Description of Respondents: Not-forprofit institutions; Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 1,340. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 14,914. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Rural Utilities Service Title: 7 CFR 1751 Subpart B/State Telecommunications Modernization Plan. OMB Control Number: 0572–0104. Summary of Collection: The Rural Electrification Loan Restructuring Act (RELRA, Pub. L. 103–129), November 1, 1993, amended the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq. (the RE Act). RELRA required that a State Telecommunications Modernization Plan (Modernization Plan or Plan), meet all the statutory requirements of RELRA (Part 1751, Subpart B). The plan at a minimum must provide for: (1) The elimination of party line service; (2) the availability of telecommunications services for improved business, educational, and medical services; (3) must encourage computer networks and information highways for subscribers in rural areas; (4) must provide for subscribers in rural areas to be able to receive through telephone lines: (a) Conference calling; (b) video images; and (c) data at a rate of 1 million bits of information per second; and, the VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:14 Sep 10, 2015 Jkt 235001 proper routing of information to subscribers. Need and Use of the Information: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) telecommunications program staff will review the Modernization Plan and approve the plans, if it complies with the requirements of the regulation. If the proposed Modernization Plan is approved, RUS will notify the developer of the approval. If not, RUS will make specific written comments and suggestions for modifying the proposed Modernization Plan so that it will comply with the requirements of the regulation. If the information is not collected, RUS’ authority to make loans under the Rural Electrification Act will be restricted. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions. Number of Respondents: 1. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 350. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–22947 Filed 9–10–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P 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: Public Employment & Payroll Forms. OMB Control Number: 0607–0452. Form Number(s): E–1 through E–10. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Number of Respondents: 44,088. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour and 5 minutes. Burden Hours: 47,903. Needs and Uses: This information collection request covers the questionnaires needed to conduct the public employment program for the 2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, the 2016 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, and the 2017 Census of Governments: Employment. The Census of Governments: Employment and its related program, the Annual Survey of Public PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Employment & Payroll, provide a rich source of data on state and local government employment and payroll in the United States. Data have been collected annually since 1957. A census is conducted every five years (years ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’). A sample of state and local governments is used to collect data in the intervening years, with a new sample selected every five years (years ending in ‘4’ and ‘9’). The survey provides state and local government data on full-time and part-time employment, part-time hours worked, full-time equivalent employment, and payroll statistics by governmental function (e.g., elementary and secondary education, higher education, police protection, fire protection, financial administration, central staff services, judicial and legal, highways, public welfare, etc.). The 10 questionnaires for collecting the data are each tailored to the unique characteristics of the type and size of government or government agency to be surveyed. The type of employment and payroll data to be collected No changes will be made to the form content as currently approved. However, formatting changes will be made to the forms to facilitate data capture using current technology, Integrated Computer Assisted Data Entry (iCADE), and to clarify wording and form flow with respondents such as integrating the instruction in bullet form into the questions. These changes were cognitively tested. The Census of Governments: Employment and its related program, the Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, provide data on state and local government employment and payroll in the United States. Census Bureau staff apply a standard set of criteria while classifying government employment activity in order to provide what is perhaps the only complete and uniform set of data on the employment activities of governments in the United States. Statistics compiled from data gathered using these forms are used in several important Federal government programs. Economists at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) use the statistics for developing the National Income and Product Accounts. According to the Chief Statistician of BEA, ‘‘The data obtained from these forms are critical to BEA for maintaining reliable estimates. Specifically, BEA uses national, state, local, and type-ofgovernment aggregate data by function for full-time and part-time employees, payroll, and number of part-time hours worked to prepare estimates of functional payrolls for the public sector E:\FR\FM\11SEN1.SGM 11SEN1 rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 176 / Friday, September 11, 2015 / Notices of the gross domestic product (GDP). BEA also uses these data to prepare estimates of state and local government compensation of employees in both the annual and benchmark input-output accounts.’’ BEA also uses the Census of Governments and the Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll to derive state-level estimates of the employment and wages and salaries of students and their spouses who are employed by public institutions of higher education in which the students are enrolled. There is no other national or state source for information on student workers at state institutions of higher education. The employment data are used for two other data collection efforts currently conducted by the Census Bureau. The Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS) collects data for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on health plans offered to state and local government employees. The MEPS sample of public employees is drawn from the Census of Governments: Employment component universe and employment data from the survey are used in statistical methods for creating national estimates on health plans. The Criminal Justice Employment and Expenditure program (CJEE), sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), uses employment data to provide employee and payroll statistics on police protection and correctional activities. State and local government officials use these employment data to analyze and assess individual government labor force and wage levels. Both management and labor consult these data during wage and salary negotiations. Public interest groups of many types produce analyses of public sector activities using these data. User organizations representing state and local government include the Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures, Government Research Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, and the National Association of Towns and Townships. Another category of users, having a more specific focus on government activities, includes organizations such as the National School Boards Association and the National Sheriffs Association. A variety of private sector organizations and individuals make use of these employment and payroll data. Notable research organizations include the Brookings Institution and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:14 Sep 10, 2015 Jkt 235001 Both public and private universities utilize these data. Instructors, researchers, and students in schools of public administration, political science, management, and industrial relations as well as other members of the public also use employment data. Affected Public: State, local or tribal government; Federal government. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C., Section 161 and 182. 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: September 8, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–22897 Filed 9–10–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P 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: Quarterly Financial Report. OMB Control Number: 0607–0432. Form Number(s): QFR–200(MT), QFR–201(MG), QFR–300(S). Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Number of Respondents: 11,890. Average Hours per Response: 2 hours and 8 minutes. Burden Hours: 101,258. Needs and Uses: The Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) program has published up-to-date aggregate statistics on the financial results and position of U.S. corporations since 1947. The program currently collects and publishes financial data for the manufacturing, mining, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, and professional, scientific, and technical services (except legal) sectors. The survey is a principal economic indicator that provides financial data essential to calculation of key U.S. government PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54765 measures of national economic performance. The importance of this data collection is reflected by the granting of specific authority to conduct the program in Title 13 of the United States Code, Section 91, which requires that financial statistics of business operations be collected and published quarterly. Public Law 109–79, Section 91 extended the authority of the Secretary of Commerce to conduct the QFR program through September 30, 2015. Currently, QFR is in the process of reauthorizing this public law. The Census Bureau is requesting approval to continue collection of the QFR program. QFR’s last submission for forms approval included an announcement of an expansion of its coverage to include four new service sectors. The new sectors included subsectors in Sector 53 (Real Estate and Rental and Leasing), excluding subsector 533 (Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets); Sector 56 (Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services); Sector 62 (Health Care and Social Assistance); and Sector 72 (Accommodation and Food Services) based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). However, on June 9, 2014, the QFR ceased collection of these additional sectors due to sample restrictions and budget constraints. Notification of this change was announced on the QFR Business Help Site (BHS) Web site and the QFR Publication. Furthermore, we are pursing funding to get the expansion reinstated. The survey forms used to conduct the QFR are: QFR–200 (MT) Long Form (manufacturing, mining, wholesale trade, and retail trade); QFR–201 (MG) Short Form (manufacturing); and the QFR–300 (S) Long Form (services). The primary purpose of the QFR is to provide timely, accurate data on business financial conditions for use by Government and private-sector organizations and individuals. The primary public users include the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Trade Commission, Small Business Administration, U.S. Treasury-Office of Tax Analysis, and the Joint Committee on Taxation. These same organizations play a major role in providing guidance, advice, and support to the QFR program. The primary private-sector data users are a diverse group including universities, financial analysts, unions, trade associations, public libraries, banking institutions, and U.S. and foreign corporations. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Frequency: Quarterly. 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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: Public Employment & Payroll Forms.
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0452.
    Form Number(s): E-1 through E-10.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Number of Respondents: 44,088.
    Average Hours per Response: 1 hour and 5 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 47,903.
    Needs and Uses: This information collection request covers the 
questionnaires needed to conduct the public employment program for the 
2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, the 2016 Annual 
Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, and the 2017 Census of 
Governments: Employment.
    The Census of Governments: Employment and its related program, the 
Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, provide a rich source of 
data on state and local government employment and payroll in the United 
States. Data have been collected annually since 1957. A census is 
conducted every five years (years ending in `2' and `7'). A sample of 
state and local governments is used to collect data in the intervening 
years, with a new sample selected every five years (years ending in `4' 
and `9'). The survey provides state and local government data on full-
time and part-time employment, part-time hours worked, full-time 
equivalent employment, and payroll statistics by governmental function 
(e.g., elementary and secondary education, higher education, police 
protection, fire protection, financial administration, central staff 
services, judicial and legal, highways, public welfare, etc.).
    The 10 questionnaires for collecting the data are each tailored to 
the unique characteristics of the type and size of government or 
government agency to be surveyed. The type of employment and payroll 
data to be collected No changes will be made to the form content as 
currently approved. However, formatting changes will be made to the 
forms to facilitate data capture using current technology, Integrated 
Computer Assisted Data Entry (iCADE), and to clarify wording and form 
flow with respondents such as integrating the instruction in bullet 
form into the questions. These changes were cognitively tested.
    The Census of Governments: Employment and its related program, the 
Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, provide data on state and 
local government employment and payroll in the United States. Census 
Bureau staff apply a standard set of criteria while classifying 
government employment activity in order to provide what is perhaps the 
only complete and uniform set of data on the employment activities of 
governments in the United States.
    Statistics compiled from data gathered using these forms are used 
in several important Federal government programs. Economists at the 
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) use the statistics for developing the 
National Income and Product Accounts. According to the Chief 
Statistician of BEA, ``The data obtained from these forms are critical 
to BEA for maintaining reliable estimates. Specifically, BEA uses 
national, state, local, and type-of-government aggregate data by 
function for full-time and part-time employees, payroll, and number of 
part-time hours worked to prepare estimates of functional payrolls for 
the public sector

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of the gross domestic product (GDP). BEA also uses these data to 
prepare estimates of state and local government compensation of 
employees in both the annual and benchmark input-output accounts.''
    BEA also uses the Census of Governments and the Annual Survey of 
Public Employment & Payroll to derive state-level estimates of the 
employment and wages and salaries of students and their spouses who are 
employed by public institutions of higher education in which the 
students are enrolled. There is no other national or state source for 
information on student workers at state institutions of higher 
education.
    The employment data are used for two other data collection efforts 
currently conducted by the Census Bureau. The Medical Expenditures 
Panel Survey (MEPS) collects data for the Department of Health and 
Human Services (HHS) on health plans offered to state and local 
government employees. The MEPS sample of public employees is drawn from 
the Census of Governments: Employment component universe and employment 
data from the survey are used in statistical methods for creating 
national estimates on health plans. The Criminal Justice Employment and 
Expenditure program (CJEE), sponsored by the Bureau of Justice 
Statistics (BJS), uses employment data to provide employee and payroll 
statistics on police protection and correctional activities.
    State and local government officials use these employment data to 
analyze and assess individual government labor force and wage levels. 
Both management and labor consult these data during wage and salary 
negotiations.
    Public interest groups of many types produce analyses of public 
sector activities using these data. User organizations representing 
state and local government include the Council of State Governments, 
the National Conference of State Legislatures, Government Research 
Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of 
Counties, National League of Cities, and the National Association of 
Towns and Townships. Another category of users, having a more specific 
focus on government activities, includes organizations such as the 
National School Boards Association and the National Sheriffs 
Association.
    A variety of private sector organizations and individuals make use 
of these employment and payroll data. Notable research organizations 
include the Brookings Institution and the Nelson A. Rockefeller 
Institute of Government.
    Both public and private universities utilize these data. 
Instructors, researchers, and students in schools of public 
administration, political science, management, and industrial relations 
as well as other members of the public also use employment data.
    Affected Public: State, local or tribal government; Federal 
government.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C., Section 161 and 182.
    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: September 8, 2015.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-22897 Filed 9-10-15; 8:45 am]
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