Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2017 Economic Census, Industry Classification Report, 9424-9425 [2016-03958]

Download as PDF 9424 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 37 / Thursday, February 25, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8958. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Rural Utilities Service Title: 7 CFR 1728, Electric Standards and Specifications for Materials and Construction. OMB Control Number: 0572–0131. Summary of Collection: The Rural Electrification Act of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq., as amended, (RE Act) in Sec. 4 (7 U.S.C. 904) authorizes and empowers the Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to make loans in the several States and Territories of the United States for rural electrification and the furnishing and improving of electric energy to persons in rural areas. RUS’ Administrator is authorized to provide financial assistance to borrowers for purposes provided in the RE Act by guaranteeing loans made by the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, the Federal Financing Bank, and other lending agencies. These loans are for a term of up to 35 years and are secured by a first mortgage on the borrower’s electric system. Manufacturers, wishing to sell their products to RUS electric borrowers, request RUS consideration for acceptance of their products and submit letters of request with certifications as to the origin of manufacture of the products and include certified data demonstrating their products’ compliance with RUS specifications. Need and Use of the Information: Manufacturers submit certified data demonstrating product compliance with RUS specifications, usually in the form of laboratory test results, catalog pages, or drawings. RUS will evaluate the data to determine that the quality of the products are acceptable and that their use will not jeopardize loan security. The information is closely reviewed to be certain that test data; product dimensions and product material compositions fully comply with RUS technical standards and specifications that have been established for the particular product. Without this information, RUS has no means of determining the acceptability of products for use in the rural environment. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 Feb 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 38. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: on occasion. Total Burden Hours: 2,000. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–03974 Filed 2–24–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2017 Economic Census, Industry Classification Report U.S. Census Bureau, 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, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before April 25, 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 at jjessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Scott Handmaker, Chief, Classifications Processing Branch, U.S. Census Bureau, 8K149, Washington, DC 20233, Telephone: 301–763–7107; Email: Scott.P.Handmaker@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract It is important to have a complete North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) based code for each establishment in the Census Bureau’s business register prior to the economic census. The economic census, conducted under authority of Title 13 U.S.C., Section 131 is the primary source of facts about the structure and functioning of the Nation’s economy PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and features unique industry and geographic detail. Economic census statistics serve as part of the framework for the national accounts and provide essential information for government, business, and the general public. The Industry Classification Report collects data from establishments in all NAICS sectors that are covered by the economic census with the purpose of assigning an accurate 8-digit NAICS based code for use in the 2017 Economic Census. The Industry Classification Report collects data about businesses in such areas as: Primary business activity, class of customer (if the establishment is a wholesaler or retailer), and primary goods sold or services provided. This survey, conducted in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, samples approximately 120,000 businesses each year. The Census Bureau will select establishments to receive this survey from the Census Bureau’s business register. The Census Bureau will mail a letter to establishments that have been assigned a partial NAICS code by administrative records or are unclassified in the business register. Additionally, other categories of administrative records may be identified. Collecting this classification information will ensure the mailing list for the targeted sectors is complete and accurate prior to the mailing of the 2017 Economic Census. The information gathered will also be used to determine whether an establishment will be included in the data collection for the 2017 Economic Census, and if so, what are the appropriate North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) product lines to be displayed for that establishment on their 2017 Economic Census questionnaire. Many businesses are small and will not be asked to participate in the 2017 Economic Census. This survey is the only way to obtain an accurate 8-digit NAICS-based code for these small businesses, represented in the census through the use of administrative data only. In other cases, the Census Bureau produces sample estimates. The results of this collection will be used to select a statistically reliable and efficient sample, minimizing the reporting burden on sampled sectors. Proper NAICS classification data ensures high quality economic statistics while reducing respondent burden and overall processing costs. Failure to collect this data will have an adverse effect on the quality and usefulness of economic information provided by the Census Bureau. E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 37 / Thursday, February 25, 2016 / Notices There are no new questions on this survey since it was last conducted in preparation for the 2012 Economic Census. However, there will no longer be a paper form on which to report. Respondents can report over the Internet or by telephone. We will work with individual respondents if reporting on the Internet or by telephone presents difficulties. Minimal changes will be made to the wording and organization of existing questions and instructions. II. Method of Collection We will collect this information over the Internet and by telephone. Respondents will receive a letter directing them to the Internet to report their information. Follow up letters will be mailed for establishments that have not responded by a certain date. Throughout the survey, telephone assistance will be available for respondents with questions and for those that cannot report over the Internet. III. Data OMB Number: None. Form Number: None. The information will be gathered electronically. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses and Organizations (both profit and nonprofit); State and Local Governments; Small Businesses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 125,000 business firms annually. Estimated Time per Response: 7 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,583 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 131 and 193. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 Feb 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. 9425 forward the public presentation materials prior to the meeting to Ms. Springer via email. For more information, call Yvette Springer at (202) 482–2813. Dated: February 19, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Dated: February 19, 2016. Yvette Springer, Committee Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–03958 Filed 2–24–16; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2016–03937 Filed 2–24–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P BILLING CODE 3510–JT–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Bureau of Industry and Security Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; BIS Program Evaluation The Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC) will meet March 23, 2016, 9:00 a.m., Room 3884, in the Herbert C. Hoover Building, 14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues NW., Washington, DC. The Committee advises the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration on implementation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and provides for continuing review to update the EAR as needed. Agenda: AGENCY: Public Session 1. Opening remarks by the Chairman 2. Opening remarks by the Bureau of Industry and Security 3. Presentation of papers or comments by the Public 4. Export Enforcement update 5. Regulations update 6. Working group reports 7. Automated Export System update Closed Session 8. Discussion of matters determined to be exempt from the provisions relating to public meetings found in 5 U.S.C. app. 2 §§ 10(a)(1) and 10(a)(3). The open session will be accessible via teleconference to 25 participants on a first come, first serve basis. To join the conference, submit inquiries to Ms. Yvette Springer at Yvette.Springer@ bis.doc.gov no later than March 16, 2016. A limited number of seats will be available for the public session. Reservations are not accepted. To the extent that time permits, members of the public may present oral statements to the Committee. The public may submit written statements at any time before or after the meeting. However, to facilitate the distribution of public presentation materials to the Committee members, the Committee suggests that presenters PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Industry and Security. ACTION: Notice. 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 April 25, 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 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 Mark Crace, BIS ICB Liaison, (202) 482–8093, Mark.Crace@bis.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This collection of information is necessary to obtain feedback from seminar participants. This information helps BIS determine the effectiveness of its programs and identifies areas for improvement. The gathering of performance measures on the BIS seminar program is also essential in meeting the agency’s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). II. Method of Collection Paper questionnaires III. Data OMB Control Number: 0694–0125. E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 37 (Thursday, February 25, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9424-9425]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03958]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2017 Economic 
Census, Industry Classification Report

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, 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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before April 25, 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 
at jjessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Scott Handmaker, Chief, Classifications 
Processing Branch, U.S. Census Bureau, 8K149, Washington, DC 20233, 
Telephone: 301-763-7107; Email: Scott.P.Handmaker@census.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    It is important to have a complete North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS) based code for each establishment in the 
Census Bureau's business register prior to the economic census. The 
economic census, conducted under authority of Title 13 U.S.C., Section 
131 is the primary source of facts about the structure and functioning 
of the Nation's economy and features unique industry and geographic 
detail. Economic census statistics serve as part of the framework for 
the national accounts and provide essential information for government, 
business, and the general public.
    The Industry Classification Report collects data from 
establishments in all NAICS sectors that are covered by the economic 
census with the purpose of assigning an accurate 8-digit NAICS based 
code for use in the 2017 Economic Census. The Industry Classification 
Report collects data about businesses in such areas as: Primary 
business activity, class of customer (if the establishment is a 
wholesaler or retailer), and primary goods sold or services provided. 
This survey, conducted in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, samples 
approximately 120,000 businesses each year.
    The Census Bureau will select establishments to receive this survey 
from the Census Bureau's business register. The Census Bureau will mail 
a letter to establishments that have been assigned a partial NAICS code 
by administrative records or are unclassified in the business register. 
Additionally, other categories of administrative records may be 
identified.
    Collecting this classification information will ensure the mailing 
list for the targeted sectors is complete and accurate prior to the 
mailing of the 2017 Economic Census. The information gathered will also 
be used to determine whether an establishment will be included in the 
data collection for the 2017 Economic Census, and if so, what are the 
appropriate North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) 
product lines to be displayed for that establishment on their 2017 
Economic Census questionnaire. Many businesses are small and will not 
be asked to participate in the 2017 Economic Census. This survey is the 
only way to obtain an accurate 8-digit NAICS-based code for these small 
businesses, represented in the census through the use of administrative 
data only. In other cases, the Census Bureau produces sample estimates. 
The results of this collection will be used to select a statistically 
reliable and efficient sample, minimizing the reporting burden on 
sampled sectors. Proper NAICS classification data ensures high quality 
economic statistics while reducing respondent burden and overall 
processing costs. Failure to collect this data will have an adverse 
effect on the quality and usefulness of economic information provided 
by the Census Bureau.

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    There are no new questions on this survey since it was last 
conducted in preparation for the 2012 Economic Census. However, there 
will no longer be a paper form on which to report. Respondents can 
report over the Internet or by telephone. We will work with individual 
respondents if reporting on the Internet or by telephone presents 
difficulties.
    Minimal changes will be made to the wording and organization of 
existing questions and instructions.

II. Method of Collection

    We will collect this information over the Internet and by 
telephone. Respondents will receive a letter directing them to the 
Internet to report their information. Follow up letters will be mailed 
for establishments that have not responded by a certain date. 
Throughout the survey, telephone assistance will be available for 
respondents with questions and for those that cannot report over the 
Internet.

III. Data

    OMB Number: None.
    Form Number: None. The information will be gathered electronically.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Businesses and Organizations (both profit and non-
profit); State and Local Governments; Small Businesses.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 125,000 business firms annually.
    Estimated Time per Response: 7 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,583 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 131 and 193.

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.
    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: February 19, 2016.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-03958 Filed 2-24-16; 8:45 am]
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