Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Current Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplement, 5097-5098 [2016-01725]
[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 20 (Monday, February 1, 2016)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01725]
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Current
Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplement
AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.
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: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on
or before April 1, 2016.
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
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions
should be directed to Kyra Linse, U.S. Census Bureau, 7H045,
Washington, DC 20233-8400 at (301) 763-9280.
The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request clearance for the
collection of data concerning the Voting and Registration Supplement to
be conducted in conjunction with the November 2016 CPS and November
2018 CPS. The Census Bureau sponsors the supplement questions, which
were previously collected in November biennially since 1964.
This survey has provided statistical information for tracking
historical trends of voter and nonvoter characteristics in each
Presidential or Congressional election since 1964. The data collected
from the November supplement relates demographic characteristics (age,
sex, race, education, occupation, and income) to voting and nonvoting
behavior. The November CPS supplement is the only source of data that
provides a comprehensive set of voter and nonvoter characteristics
distinct from independent surveys, media polls, or other outside
agencies. Federal, state, and local election officials use these data
policies relating to the voting and registration process. College
institutions, political party committees, research groups, and other
private organizations also use the voting and registration data.
II. Method of Collection
The voting and registration information will be collected by both
personal visit and telephone interviews in conjunction with the regular
November CPS interviewing. All interviews are conducted using computer-
OMB Control Number: 0607-0466.
Form Number: There are no forms. We conduct all interviewing on
Type of Review: Regular submission.
Affected Public: Households.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 48,000.
Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 minutes.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,200.
Estimated Total Annual Cost: There are no costs to the respondents
other than their time to answer the CPS questions.
Respondents Obligation: Voluntary.
Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 141 and 182; and Title
29, U.S.C., Sections 1-9.
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
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.
Departmental PRA Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-01725 Filed 1-29-16; 8:45 am]
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