Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 80317-80319 [2015-32374]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 247 / Thursday, December 24, 2015 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD 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: Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS). OMB Control Number: 0607–0151. Form Number(s): BAS 1, BAS 2, BAS 3, BAS 5, BAS 6. BASSC. Type of Request: Regular Submission. Number of Respondents: 86,555. Annual Response Notification: 39,400. No Change Response: 25,000. Telephone Follow-up: 14,000. Packages with Changes: 5,000. State Certification Review: 49. State Certification Local Review: 1,000. Boundary Quality Assessment Reconciliation Project (BQARP): 16. Redistricting Data Program (RDP) Reconciliation State Review: 50. RDP Reconciliation Local Review: 2,000. Research Projects: 40. Average Hours per Response: Varies. Annual Response Notification: 30 minutes. No Change Response: 4 hours. Telephone Follow-up: 30 minutes. Packages with Changes: 8 hours. State Certification Review: 10 hours. State Certification Local Review: 2 hours. BQARP: 25 hours. RDP Reconciliation State Review: 20 hours. RDP Reconciliation Local Review: 2 hours. Research Projects: 3 hours. Burden Hours: 174,710. Annual Response Notification: 19,700. No Change Response: 100,000. Telephone Follow-up: 7,000. Packages with Changes: 40,000. State Certification Review: 490. State Certification Local Review: 2,000. BQARP: 400. RDP Reconciliation State Review: 1,000. RDP Reconciliation Local Review: 4,000. Research Projects: 120. Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau conducts the BAS to collect and maintain information about the inventory of legal boundaries and legal VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 Dec 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 actions affecting the boundaries of counties and equivalent entities, incorporated places, minor civil divisions (MCDs), and federally recognized legal American Indian and Alaska Native areas. This information provides an accurate identification of geographic areas for the Census Bureau to use in conducting the Decennial and Economic Censuses and ongoing surveys, preparing population estimates, and supporting other statistical programs of the Census Bureau and the legislative programs of the Federal government. Through the BAS, the Census Bureau asks each government to review materials for its jurisdiction to verify the correctness of the information portrayed. The Census Bureau requests that each government update their boundaries, supply information documenting each legal boundary change, and provide changes in the inventory of governments. The Census Bureau has a national implementation of the BAS, but each state’s laws are reviewed for inclusion in the processing procedures. In addition, if it comes to the Census Bureau’s attention that an area of non-tribal land is in dispute between two or more jurisdictions, the Census Bureau will not make annexations or boundary corrections until the parties come to a written agreement, or there is a documented final court decision regarding the matter and/or dispute. If there is a dispute over an area of tribal land, the Census Bureau will not make additions or boundary corrections until supporting documents are provided, or the U.S. Department of the Interior issues a comment. If necessary, the Census Bureau will request clarification regarding current boundaries, particularly if supporting documentation pre-dates 1990, from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor. The BAS universe and mailing materials vary depending both upon the needs of the Census Bureau in fulfilling its censuses and household surveys and upon budget constraints. Counties or equivalent entities, federally recognized American Indian reservations (AIRs), Off-Reservation Trust Lands (ORTLs), and Tribal Subdivisions are included in every survey. In the years ending in 8, 9 and 0, the BAS includes all governmentally active counties and equivalent entities, incorporated places, legally defined MCDs, and legally defined federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native areas (including the Alaska Native Regional Corporations). Each governmental entity surveyed will PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 80317 receive materials covering its jurisdiction and one or more forms. These three years coincide with the Census Bureau’s preparation for the Decennial Census. There are fewer than 40,000 governments in the universe each year. In all other years, the BAS reporting universe includes all legally defined federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native areas, all governmental counties and equivalent entities, MCDs in the six New England States (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), and those incorporated places that have a population of 2,500 or greater. The reporting universe is approximately 14,000 governments due to budget constraints at the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau only follows up on a subset of governments designated as the reporting universe. In the years ending in 1 through 7, the Census Bureau may enter into agreements with individual states to modify the universe of MCDs and/or incorporated places to include additional entities that are known by that state to have had boundary changes, without regard to population size. Each year, the BAS will also include a single respondent request for municipio, barrio, barrio-pueblo, and subbarrio boundary and status information in Puerto Rico and Hawaiian Homeland boundary and status information in Hawaii. In the years ending in 6 through 9, state participants in the RDP may request coordination between the BAS and RDP submissions for the Block Boundary Suggestion Project (BBSP) and Voting District Project (VTDP). The alignment of the BAS with the BBSP and VTDP will facilitate increased cooperation between state and local governments and provide the opportunity to align their effort with updates from state and local government officials participating in the BAS. No other Federal agency collects these data, nor is there a standard collection of this information at the state level. BAS is a unique survey providing a standard result for use by federal, state, local, and tribal governments and by commercial, private, and public organizations. The Census Bureau has developed and continues to use several methods to collect information on status and updates for legal boundaries. These methods are: • State Certification • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) E:\FR\FM\24DEN1.SGM 24DEN1 80318 • • • • • • Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 247 / Thursday, December 24, 2015 / Notices Consolidation Agreements Annual Response Paper BAS Digital BAS BQARP Research Projects mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES State Certification Through the BAS State Certification program, the Census Bureau invites the Governor-appointed State Certifying Official (SCO) from each state to review the boundary and governmental unit information collected during the previous BAS cycle. The purpose of the State Certification program is to verify the accuracy and validate the BAS information with state governments for incorporated places received from the previous BAS cycle. The Census Bureau requests the SCOs review data files, including the attribute data, legal boundary changes, as well as the legal names and functional statuses of incorporated places and MCDs, and any new incorporations or disincorporations reported through the BAS. A SCO may request that the Census Bureau edit the attribute data, add missing records, or remove invalid records if their state government maintains an official record of all effective changes to legal boundaries and governmental units as mandated by state law. State Certification packages contain a letter to the Governor, a State Certifying Official Letter, a Discrepancy Letter, and a State Certification Respondent Guide. MOU In states with legislation requiring local governments to report all legal boundary updates to a state agency, state officials may enter into a MOU with the Census Bureau. States have the option to report to the Census Bureau the list of governments with known legal boundary changes and the Census Bureau will include in the BAS only those governments with known boundary changes or the state may report the legal boundary changes directly to the Census Bureau on behalf of the governments. The Census Bureau will not survey the local governments if the state reports for them. The Census Bureau will send a reminder email notification to the governments requesting them to report to the state contact, per MOU. The MOU, as agreed upon by the state and the Census Bureau, will outline the terms of the survey and reporting for governments. Consolidation Agreements Consolidation agreements allow state and county government officials, in states where there are no legislative requirements for local governments to VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 Dec 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 report their legal updates to the state or county, the opportunity to reduce the response burden for their local governments. Under a consolidation agreement, a state or county responds to the BAS for the local governments that agree to allow the state or county to respond on their behalf. The Census Bureau sends the BAS materials to the state or county, as appropriate, and sends a reminder notification to the local government to report their updates to their BAS consolidator. Annual Response Annual Response involves an announcement email letter and a onepage form for the state and county governments that do not have a consolidation agreement. Through Annual Response, county, tribal, and local governments indicate whether they have boundary changes to report and provide a current contact person. The Census Bureau requests governments to reply online or through email. The Annual Response method reduces cost and respondent burden through savings on materials and effort. All governments receive this notification regardless of population size. The Census Bureau will conduct telephone follow-up only to governments in the reporting universe due to budget constraints. If a government requests materials through Annual Response, they may choose to download digital materials or have the materials shipped as a traditional paper package or digital media types. Paper BAS For the traditional paper package, the respondent completes the BAS form and draws the boundary updates on the maps using pencils provided in the package. The package contains large format maps, printed forms and supplies to complete the survey. The typical BAS package contains: 1. Introductory letter from the Director of the Census Bureau; 2. Appropriate BAS Form(s) that contains entity-specific identification information; a. BAS–1: Incorporated places and consolidated cities; b. BAS–2: Counties, parishes, and boroughs; c. BAS–3: MCDs; d. BAS–5: American Indian and Alaska Native Areas; and e. BAS–6: Consolidated BAS 3. BAS Respondent Guide; 4. Set of maps; 5. Return postage-paid envelope to submit boundary changes; PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6. Postcard to notify the Census Bureau of no changes to the boundary; and 7. Supplies for updating paper maps. Digital BAS Digital BAS includes options to receive software and spatial data to make boundary updates or to make boundary updates electronically by submitting a digital file. A local contact from each government verifies the legal boundary, and then provides boundary changes and updated contact information. An official signs the materials, verifies the forms, and returns the information to the Census Bureau. The typical Digital BAS package contains: 1. Introductory letter from the Director of the Census Bureau; 2. Appropriate BAS Form(s) that contains entity-specific identification information; a. BAS–1: Incorporated places and consolidated cities; b. BAS–2: Counties, parishes, and boroughs; c. BAS–3: MCDs; d. BAS–5: American Indian and Alaska Native Areas; and e. BAS–6: Consolidated BAS 3. CD or DVD and software CD for Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS); and 4. Postcard to notify the Census Bureau of no changes to the boundary. The key dates for governments are as follows: 1. Annual Response emailed or mailed to the local contact in December of each year. 2. BAS package/materials shipped during the months of December, January, February, March, and April of each year. 3. Requests to change the method of participation (i.e., paper to digital submission and vice versa) are due by April 15th of each year. 4. Responses for inclusion in the American Community Survey (ACS) and Population Estimates Program (PEP) are due by March 1st of each year, with an effective date of January 1st of the year in question or earlier. 5. Responses for inclusion in the following year’s BAS materials are due by May 31st of each year and will include any annexation received from the previous or current year. 6. In year 2020, all legal documentation for inclusion in the 2020 Census must be effective as of January 1, 2020 or earlier. All legal boundary changes will be placed on hold and updated during the 2021 BAS if effective January 2, 2020 or later. E:\FR\FM\24DEN1.SGM 24DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 247 / Thursday, December 24, 2015 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BQARP To improve boundary quality in the Census Bureau’s Master Address File/ Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/ TIGER) System, the Census Bureau is introducing BQARP to support the BAS program. BQARP is a project to assess, analyze, and improve the spatial quality of legal and administrative boundaries within MAF/TIGER. Ensuring quality boundaries is a critical component of the geographic preparations for the 2020 Census and the Census Bureau’s ongoing Geographic Partnership Programs (GPPs) and surveys. In addition, the improvement of boundary quality is an essential element of the Census Bureau’s commitment as the responsible agency for legal boundaries under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A–16. The goal of BQARP is to establish a new, accurate baseline for boundaries within an entire state or county, which the BAS would then continue with the collection of annexations and deannexations on a transaction basis as they occur over time. The estimated work burden for participation is 25 hours per participant. Research Projects BAS continues to work to improve the survey based on feedback received from local governments. The Census Bureau plans to conduct two research projects during 2016. The first research project is for BAS form redesign for potential use for the 2017 BAS Forms. The second research project is to test an option for local governments to provide a list of addresses associated with an annexation to continue to improve data quality in MAF/TIGER. Participation is voluntary for these research projects. The estimated work burden for participation is 3 hours per participant. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C., Section 6. 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: December 18, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–32374 Filed 12–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 Dec 23, 2015 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–905] Polyester Staple Fiber From the People’s Republic of China: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014–2015 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on polyester staple fiber (‘‘PSF’’) from the People’s Republic of China (the ‘‘PRC’’) for the period of review June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015. DATES: Effective Date: December 24, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Javier Barrientos, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2243. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On June 30, 2015, DAK Americas, LLC (‘‘Petitioner’’) submitted a request for administrative review of the antidumping duty order on PSF from the PRC for five companies.1 No other party requested an administrative review. On August 3, 2015, the Department published the notice of initiation of an administrative review of the order for the period of review June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015.2 On September 8, 2015, Petitioner withdrew its requests for review for all five companies.3 Rescission of Review Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if the party or parties that requested a review withdraws the request within 90 days of the publication date of the notice of initiation of the requested review. As noted above, Petitioner withdrew its requests for administrative reviews within 90 days of the publication date of the notice of initiation. No other parties requested an administrative review of the order. Therefore, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), we are rescinding this review in its entirety. Assessment The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of PSF from the PRC. Antidumping duties shall be assessed at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of this notice of rescission of administrative review. Notifications This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. This notice also serves as a final reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (‘‘APO’’) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under an APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: December 9, 2015. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2015–32462 Filed 12–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P 1 See Petitioner’s June 30, 2015 submission. Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 80 FR 45947 (August 3, 2015) (‘‘Initiation Notice’’). 3 See Petitioner’s September 8, 2015 submission. 2 See PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 80319 E:\FR\FM\24DEN1.SGM 24DEN1

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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: Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS).
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0151.
    Form Number(s): BAS 1, BAS 2, BAS 3, BAS 5, BAS 6. BASSC.
    Type of Request: Regular Submission.
    Number of Respondents: 86,555.
    Annual Response Notification: 39,400.
    No Change Response: 25,000.
    Telephone Follow-up: 14,000.
    Packages with Changes: 5,000.
    State Certification Review: 49.
    State Certification Local Review: 1,000.
    Boundary Quality Assessment Reconciliation Project (BQARP): 16.
    Redistricting Data Program (RDP) Reconciliation State Review: 50.
    RDP Reconciliation Local Review: 2,000.
    Research Projects: 40.
    Average Hours per Response: Varies.
    Annual Response Notification: 30 minutes.
    No Change Response: 4 hours.
    Telephone Follow-up: 30 minutes.
    Packages with Changes: 8 hours.
    State Certification Review: 10 hours.
    State Certification Local Review: 2 hours.
    BQARP: 25 hours.
    RDP Reconciliation State Review: 20 hours.
    RDP Reconciliation Local Review: 2 hours.
    Research Projects: 3 hours.
    Burden Hours: 174,710.
    Annual Response Notification: 19,700.
    No Change Response: 100,000.
    Telephone Follow-up: 7,000.
    Packages with Changes: 40,000.
    State Certification Review: 490.
    State Certification Local Review: 2,000.
    BQARP: 400.
    RDP Reconciliation State Review: 1,000.
    RDP Reconciliation Local Review: 4,000.
    Research Projects: 120.
    Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau conducts the BAS to collect and 
maintain information about the inventory of legal boundaries and legal 
actions affecting the boundaries of counties and equivalent entities, 
incorporated places, minor civil divisions (MCDs), and federally 
recognized legal American Indian and Alaska Native areas. This 
information provides an accurate identification of geographic areas for 
the Census Bureau to use in conducting the Decennial and Economic 
Censuses and ongoing surveys, preparing population estimates, and 
supporting other statistical programs of the Census Bureau and the 
legislative programs of the Federal government.
    Through the BAS, the Census Bureau asks each government to review 
materials for its jurisdiction to verify the correctness of the 
information portrayed. The Census Bureau requests that each government 
update their boundaries, supply information documenting each legal 
boundary change, and provide changes in the inventory of governments. 
The Census Bureau has a national implementation of the BAS, but each 
state's laws are reviewed for inclusion in the processing procedures. 
In addition, if it comes to the Census Bureau's attention that an area 
of non-tribal land is in dispute between two or more jurisdictions, the 
Census Bureau will not make annexations or boundary corrections until 
the parties come to a written agreement, or there is a documented final 
court decision regarding the matter and/or dispute. If there is a 
dispute over an area of tribal land, the Census Bureau will not make 
additions or boundary corrections until supporting documents are 
provided, or the U.S. Department of the Interior issues a comment. If 
necessary, the Census Bureau will request clarification regarding 
current boundaries, particularly if supporting documentation pre-dates 
1990, from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the 
Solicitor.
    The BAS universe and mailing materials vary depending both upon the 
needs of the Census Bureau in fulfilling its censuses and household 
surveys and upon budget constraints.
    Counties or equivalent entities, federally recognized American 
Indian reservations (AIRs), Off-Reservation Trust Lands (ORTLs), and 
Tribal Subdivisions are included in every survey.
    In the years ending in 8, 9 and 0, the BAS includes all 
governmentally active counties and equivalent entities, incorporated 
places, legally defined MCDs, and legally defined federally recognized 
American Indian and Alaska Native areas (including the Alaska Native 
Regional Corporations). Each governmental entity surveyed will receive 
materials covering its jurisdiction and one or more forms. These three 
years coincide with the Census Bureau's preparation for the Decennial 
Census. There are fewer than 40,000 governments in the universe each 
year.
    In all other years, the BAS reporting universe includes all legally 
defined federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native areas, 
all governmental counties and equivalent entities, MCDs in the six New 
England States (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode 
Island, and Vermont), and those incorporated places that have a 
population of 2,500 or greater. The reporting universe is approximately 
14,000 governments due to budget constraints at the Census Bureau. The 
Census Bureau only follows up on a subset of governments designated as 
the reporting universe.
    In the years ending in 1 through 7, the Census Bureau may enter 
into agreements with individual states to modify the universe of MCDs 
and/or incorporated places to include additional entities that are 
known by that state to have had boundary changes, without regard to 
population size. Each year, the BAS will also include a single 
respondent request for municipio, barrio, barrio-pueblo, and subbarrio 
boundary and status information in Puerto Rico and Hawaiian Homeland 
boundary and status information in Hawaii.
    In the years ending in 6 through 9, state participants in the RDP 
may request coordination between the BAS and RDP submissions for the 
Block Boundary Suggestion Project (BBSP) and Voting District Project 
(VTDP). The alignment of the BAS with the BBSP and VTDP will facilitate 
increased cooperation between state and local governments and provide 
the opportunity to align their effort with updates from state and local 
government officials participating in the BAS.
    No other Federal agency collects these data, nor is there a 
standard collection of this information at the state level. BAS is a 
unique survey providing a standard result for use by federal, state, 
local, and tribal governments and by commercial, private, and public 
organizations.
    The Census Bureau has developed and continues to use several 
methods to collect information on status and updates for legal 
boundaries. These methods are:

 State Certification
 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

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 Consolidation Agreements
 Annual Response
 Paper BAS
 Digital BAS
 BQARP
 Research Projects

State Certification

    Through the BAS State Certification program, the Census Bureau 
invites the Governor-appointed State Certifying Official (SCO) from 
each state to review the boundary and governmental unit information 
collected during the previous BAS cycle. The purpose of the State 
Certification program is to verify the accuracy and validate the BAS 
information with state governments for incorporated places received 
from the previous BAS cycle. The Census Bureau requests the SCOs review 
data files, including the attribute data, legal boundary changes, as 
well as the legal names and functional statuses of incorporated places 
and MCDs, and any new incorporations or disincorporations reported 
through the BAS. A SCO may request that the Census Bureau edit the 
attribute data, add missing records, or remove invalid records if their 
state government maintains an official record of all effective changes 
to legal boundaries and governmental units as mandated by state law. 
State Certification packages contain a letter to the Governor, a State 
Certifying Official Letter, a Discrepancy Letter, and a State 
Certification Respondent Guide.

MOU

    In states with legislation requiring local governments to report 
all legal boundary updates to a state agency, state officials may enter 
into a MOU with the Census Bureau. States have the option to report to 
the Census Bureau the list of governments with known legal boundary 
changes and the Census Bureau will include in the BAS only those 
governments with known boundary changes or the state may report the 
legal boundary changes directly to the Census Bureau on behalf of the 
governments. The Census Bureau will not survey the local governments if 
the state reports for them. The Census Bureau will send a reminder 
email notification to the governments requesting them to report to the 
state contact, per MOU. The MOU, as agreed upon by the state and the 
Census Bureau, will outline the terms of the survey and reporting for 
governments.

Consolidation Agreements

    Consolidation agreements allow state and county government 
officials, in states where there are no legislative requirements for 
local governments to report their legal updates to the state or county, 
the opportunity to reduce the response burden for their local 
governments. Under a consolidation agreement, a state or county 
responds to the BAS for the local governments that agree to allow the 
state or county to respond on their behalf. The Census Bureau sends the 
BAS materials to the state or county, as appropriate, and sends a 
reminder notification to the local government to report their updates 
to their BAS consolidator.

Annual Response

    Annual Response involves an announcement email letter and a one-
page form for the state and county governments that do not have a 
consolidation agreement. Through Annual Response, county, tribal, and 
local governments indicate whether they have boundary changes to report 
and provide a current contact person. The Census Bureau requests 
governments to reply online or through email. The Annual Response 
method reduces cost and respondent burden through savings on materials 
and effort. All governments receive this notification regardless of 
population size. The Census Bureau will conduct telephone follow-up 
only to governments in the reporting universe due to budget 
constraints.
    If a government requests materials through Annual Response, they 
may choose to download digital materials or have the materials shipped 
as a traditional paper package or digital media types.

Paper BAS

    For the traditional paper package, the respondent completes the BAS 
form and draws the boundary updates on the maps using pencils provided 
in the package. The package contains large format maps, printed forms 
and supplies to complete the survey.
    The typical BAS package contains:
    1. Introductory letter from the Director of the Census Bureau;
    2. Appropriate BAS Form(s) that contains entity-specific 
identification information;
    a. BAS-1: Incorporated places and consolidated cities;
    b. BAS-2: Counties, parishes, and boroughs;
    c. BAS-3: MCDs;
    d. BAS-5: American Indian and Alaska Native Areas; and
    e. BAS-6: Consolidated BAS
    3. BAS Respondent Guide;
    4. Set of maps;
    5. Return postage-paid envelope to submit boundary changes;
    6. Postcard to notify the Census Bureau of no changes to the 
boundary; and
    7. Supplies for updating paper maps.

Digital BAS

    Digital BAS includes options to receive software and spatial data 
to make boundary updates or to make boundary updates electronically by 
submitting a digital file. A local contact from each government 
verifies the legal boundary, and then provides boundary changes and 
updated contact information. An official signs the materials, verifies 
the forms, and returns the information to the Census Bureau.
    The typical Digital BAS package contains:
    1. Introductory letter from the Director of the Census Bureau;
    2. Appropriate BAS Form(s) that contains entity-specific 
identification information;
    a. BAS-1: Incorporated places and consolidated cities;
    b. BAS-2: Counties, parishes, and boroughs;
    c. BAS-3: MCDs;
    d. BAS-5: American Indian and Alaska Native Areas; and
    e. BAS-6: Consolidated BAS
    3. CD or DVD and software CD for Geographic Update Partnership 
Software (GUPS); and
    4. Postcard to notify the Census Bureau of no changes to the 
boundary.
    The key dates for governments are as follows:
    1. Annual Response emailed or mailed to the local contact in 
December of each year.
    2. BAS package/materials shipped during the months of December, 
January, February, March, and April of each year.
    3. Requests to change the method of participation (i.e., paper to 
digital submission and vice versa) are due by April 15th of each year.
    4. Responses for inclusion in the American Community Survey (ACS) 
and Population Estimates Program (PEP) are due by March 1st of each 
year, with an effective date of January 1st of the year in question or 
earlier.
    5. Responses for inclusion in the following year's BAS materials 
are due by May 31st of each year and will include any annexation 
received from the previous or current year.
    6. In year 2020, all legal documentation for inclusion in the 2020 
Census must be effective as of January 1, 2020 or earlier. All legal 
boundary changes will be placed on hold and updated during the 2021 BAS 
if effective January 2, 2020 or later.

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BQARP

    To improve boundary quality in the Census Bureau's Master Address 
File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/
TIGER) System, the Census Bureau is introducing BQARP to support the 
BAS program. BQARP is a project to assess, analyze, and improve the 
spatial quality of legal and administrative boundaries within MAF/
TIGER. Ensuring quality boundaries is a critical component of the 
geographic preparations for the 2020 Census and the Census Bureau's 
ongoing Geographic Partnership Programs (GPPs) and surveys. In 
addition, the improvement of boundary quality is an essential element 
of the Census Bureau's commitment as the responsible agency for legal 
boundaries under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-
16. The goal of BQARP is to establish a new, accurate baseline for 
boundaries within an entire state or county, which the BAS would then 
continue with the collection of annexations and deannexations on a 
transaction basis as they occur over time. The estimated work burden 
for participation is 25 hours per participant.

Research Projects

    BAS continues to work to improve the survey based on feedback 
received from local governments. The Census Bureau plans to conduct two 
research projects during 2016. The first research project is for BAS 
form redesign for potential use for the 2017 BAS Forms. The second 
research project is to test an option for local governments to provide 
a list of addresses associated with an annexation to continue to 
improve data quality in MAF/TIGER. Participation is voluntary for these 
research projects. The estimated work burden for participation is 3 
hours per participant.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C., Section 6.
    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: December 18, 2015.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-32374 Filed 12-23-15; 8:45 am]
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