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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2016 / Notices Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Title: Importation of Baby Corn and Baby Carrots from Zambia. OMB Control Number: 0579–0284. Summary of Collection: Under the Plant Protection Act (PPA) (7 U.S.C. 7701—et seq.) the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to carry out operations or measures to detect, eradicate, suppress, control, prevent, or retard the spread of plant pests new to the United States or not known to be widely distributed throughout the United States. Regulations authorized by the PPA concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world are contained in ‘‘Subpart Fruits and Vegetables’’ (7 CFR 319.56–8 through 319.56–50). The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulations allow the importation into the continental United States of fresh, dehusked immature (baby) sweet corn and fresh baby carrots from Zambia. As a condition of entry, both commodities are subject to inspection at the port of first arrival and must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the commodity has been inspected and found free of the quarantine pest listed in the certificate. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS requires that some plants or plant products are accompanied by a photosanitary inspection certificate that is completed by plant health officials in the originating or transiting country. APHIS uses the information on the certificate to determine the pest condition of the shipment at the time of inspection in the foreign country. This information is used as a guide to the intensity of the inspection APHIS conducts when the shipment arrives. Description of Respondents: Federal Government; Businesses or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 3. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 14. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–04892 Filed 3–4–16; 8:45 am] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Dixie Resource Advisory Committee Meeting AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Mar 04, 2016 Jkt 238001 ACTION: Notice of meeting. The Dixie Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Cedar City, Utah. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http:// cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/FSSRS/ RAC_page?id=001t0000002Jcv8AAC. DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at 1789 North Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City City, UT 84721, in the Dixie National Forest Supervisors Office, in the SO Conference Room. The meeting will also a have a VTC feed to the Powell Ranger District office, Main Conference room, in Panguitch, UT 84759, with the address of, 225 East Center Street. A conference call line will also be available. The phone number will be 888–844–9904 with an access code of 6404629. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at 1789 North Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, UT 84721. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Hamilton, Resource Advisory Committee Coordinator, by phone at 435–865–3794 or via email at jdhamilton@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the meeting is to: 1. Listen to Dixie Resource Advisory Committee, Title II project proposals, and for the Resource Advisory Committee to vote and recommend SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11739 projects to be approved by the Designated Federal Officer on the Dixie National Forest. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by Friday, March 25th, 2016 to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time to make oral comments must be sent to Jason Hamilton, 1789 North Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, UT 84721; by email to jdhamilton@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 435–865–3791. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, or other reasonable accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. Dated: February 26, 2016. Angelita S. Bulletts, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2016–04969 Filed 3–4–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–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: Survey of State Government Research and Development. OMB Control Number: 0607–0933. Form Number(s): Survey Frame Review Module; SRD–1 (State Agency Web Form). Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Number of Respondents: 604. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour and 45 minutes. Burden Hours: 1,056. Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau is requesting clearance to conduct the Survey of State Government Research and Development (SGRD) for the 2016– E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 11740 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2016 / Notices 2018 survey years with the revisions outlined in this document. The Census Bureau conducts this survey on behalf of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The NSF Act of 1950 includes a statutory charge to ‘‘provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies in the Federal Government.’’ Under the aegis of this legislative mandate, NCSES and its predecessors have sponsored surveys of research and development (R&D) since 1953, including the SGRD since 2006. This survey has helped to expand the scope of R&D collections to include state governments, where previously there had been no regularly established collection efforts, and thus a gap in the national portfolio of R&D statistics. NCSES sponsors surveys of R&D activities of Federal agencies, higher education institutions, and private industries. The results of these surveys provide a consistent information base for both federal and state government officials, industry professionals, and researchers to use in formulating public policy and planning in science and technology. These surveys allow for the analysis of current and historical trends of R&D in the U.S. and in international comparisons of R&D with other countries. The data collected from the SGRD fills a void that previously existed for collection of R&D activities. Although NCSES conducted periodic data collections of state government R&D in 1995, 1988 and 1987, more frequent collection was necessary to account for the changing dynamic of state governments’ role in performing and funding R&D and their role as fiduciary intermediaries of federal funds for R&D. The survey is a census of state government departments, agencies, commissions, public authorities, and other dependent entities as defined by the Census Bureau’s Census of Governments program, that performed or funded R&D activities in a given fiscal year. The Census Bureau, serving as collection agent, employs a methodology similar to the one used to collect information from state and local governments on other established censuses and surveys. This methodology involves identifying a central coordinator in each state who will assist Census Bureau staff in identifying appropriate state agencies to be surveyed. Since not all state agencies have the budget authority or operational VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Mar 04, 2016 Jkt 238001 capacity to perform or fund R&D, NCSES and Census Bureau staffs have identified those agencies most likely to perform or fund R&D based on state session laws, authorizing legislation, budget authority, previous R&D activities, and reports issued by state government agencies. The state coordinators, based on their knowledge of the state government’s own activities and priorities, are asked to confirm which of the selected agencies identified should be sent the survey for a given fiscal year or to add additional agencies to the survey frame. These state coordinators also verify the final responses at the end of the data collection cycle and may assist with nonresponse follow-up with individual state agencies. The collection approach using a central state coordinator is used successfully at the Census Bureau in surveys of local school districts, as well as the annual surveys of state and local government finance. As part of the President’s FY 2014 Budget Request to Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recommended NCSES receive an additional ‘‘$500,000 to increase the frequency of the Survey of State Government Research and Development.’’ Starting with the FY 2016 survey cycle, NCSES will collect data on an annual basis instead of a biennial format that was used for state government fiscal years 2010 and 2011, 2012 and 2013, and 2014 and 2015. This change from biennial to annual collection will increase the frequency and timeliness of survey results; thus increasing the utility of the statistics for data users, including the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the state governments themselves, while also allowing for the annual inclusion of these data in NCSES’s own National Patterns of R&D report. Currently, NCSES must develop estimates for the non-Federal government component of the National Patterns data during the survey’s off-year. Increasing the frequency by changing to an annual data collection cycle will allow for more accurate National Patterns of R&D. Results from the National Patterns are used by OMB during the budget formulation process, as well as by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and others interested in science and technology investments, and international competitiveness of R&D. The 2016 survey will follow the same content that was collected during the FY 2014 and FY 2015 Survey of State Government R&D. The survey announcements and forms used in the SGRD are: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Survey Announcement. The Governor’s letter is mailed to the Governor’s Office to announce the survey collection and to solicit assignment of a State Coordinator. The State Coordinator’s Announcement is sent electronically at the beginning of each survey period to solicit assistance in identifying state agencies which may perform or fund R&D activities. Later, state coordinators are asked to review final data submitted by state agencies. Form SRD–1. This form contains item descriptions and definitions of the research and development items collected by the Census Bureau on behalf of the NSF. It is used primarily as a worksheet and instruction guide by the state agencies. All state agencies supply their data by electronic means. Final survey results produced by NCSES contain state and national estimates and are useful to a variety of data users interested in R&D performance, including: The National Science Board; the OMB; the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other science policy makers; institutional researchers; and private organizations; and many state governments. Legislators, policy officials, and researchers rely on statistics to make informed decisions about R&D investment at the Federal, state, and local level. These statistics are derived from the existing NCSES sponsored surveys of Federal agencies, higher education institutions, and private industry. The total picture of R&D expenditures, however, had been incomplete due to the lack of data from state governments prior to this implementation of the SGRD in 2006, which now fills that void. State government officials and policy makers garner the most benefit from the results of this survey. Governors and legislatures need a reliable, comprehensive source of data to help in evaluating how best to attract the hightech R&D industries to their state. Officials are able to evaluate their investment in R&D based on comparisons with other states. These comparisons include the sources of funding, the type of R&D being conducted, and the type of R&D performer. State governments serve a unique role within the national portfolio of R&D. Not only are they both performers and funders of R&D like other sectors such as the Federal Government, higher education, or industry, but they also serve as fiduciary intermediaries between the Federal Government and other R&D performers while also providing state specific funds for R&D. E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2016 / Notices The information collected from the SGRD provides data users with perspective on this complex flow of funds. Survey results are used at the Federal level to assess and direct investment in technology and economic issues. Congressional committees and the Congressional Research Service use results of the R&D surveys. The BEA uses these data to estimate the contribution of state agency-funded R&D to the overall impact of treating R&D as an investment in BEA’s statistics of gross domestic product by state-area. NSF also uses data from this survey in various publications produced about the state of R&D in the U.S. The Science and Engineering Indicators, for example, is a biennial report mandated by Congress and describes quantitatively the condition of the country’s R&D efforts, and includes data from the SGRD. Survey results are also included in the National Patterns of Research and Development report’s tabulations. The availability of state R&D survey results are posted to NSF’s Web page allowing for public access from a variety of other data users as well. Media, university researchers, nonprofit organizations, and foreign government officials are also consumers of state R&D statistics. All users are able to utilize this information in an attempt to better understand the Nation’s R&D resources. Affected Public: State, local, or tribal government. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b) and Title 42, United States Code, Sections 1861–76 (National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended). 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: March 2, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–04993 Filed 3–4–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Mar 04, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–79–2015] Authorization of Production Activity; Foreign-Trade Subzone 38A; BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC; (Motor Vehicle Body Parts and Lithium-Ion Batteries); Spartanburg, South Carolina On October 27, 2015, BMW Manufacturing Company, LLC, operator of Subzone 38A, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board for its facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The notification was processed in accordance with the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR part 400), including notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment (80 FR 72948, November 23, 2015). The FTZ Board has determined that no further review of the activity is warranted at this time. The production activity described in the notification is authorized, subject to the FTZ Act and the FTZ Board’s regulations, including Section 400.14, and further subject to a restriction requiring that foreign status textilebased polyester fleece vent pads (classified within HTSUS Subheading 5911.90) be admitted to the zone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41). Dated: March 1, 2016. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–05012 Filed 3–4–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–533–865] Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products From India: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) preliminarily determines that certain cold-rolled steel flat products (‘‘cold-rolled steel’’) from India are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’), as provided in section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11741 amended (‘‘the Act’’). The period of investigation (‘‘POI’’) is July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. The collapsed entity JSW Steel Limited (‘‘JSWSL’’)/ JSW Coated Products Limited (‘‘JSCPL’’) (collectively ‘‘JSW’’) is the sole mandatory respondent in this investigation. The estimated weightedaverage dumping margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective March 7, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick O’Connor or Jeffrey Pedersen, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0989 or (202) 482–2769, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Department published the notice of initiation of this investigation on August 24, 2015.1 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum that is dated concurrently with this determination and is hereby adopted by this notice.2 A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (‘‘ACCESS’’). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic 1 See Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products From Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 80 FR 51198 (August 24, 2015) (‘‘Initiation Notice’’). 2 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Less-Than-Fair Value Investigation of Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products from India’’ (‘‘Preliminary Decision Memorandum’’), dated concurrently with this notice. E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1

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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: Survey of State Government Research and Development.
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0933.
    Form Number(s): Survey Frame Review Module; SRD-1 (State Agency Web 
Form).
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Number of Respondents: 604.
    Average Hours per Response: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 1,056.
    Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau is requesting clearance to 
conduct the Survey of State Government Research and Development (SGRD) 
for the 2016-

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2018 survey years with the revisions outlined in this document. The 
Census Bureau conducts this survey on behalf of the National Science 
Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering 
Statistics (NCSES). The NSF Act of 1950 includes a statutory charge to 
``provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, 
and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources and to 
provide a source of information for policy formulation by other 
agencies in the Federal Government.'' Under the aegis of this 
legislative mandate, NCSES and its predecessors have sponsored surveys 
of research and development (R&D) since 1953, including the SGRD since 
2006. This survey has helped to expand the scope of R&D collections to 
include state governments, where previously there had been no regularly 
established collection efforts, and thus a gap in the national 
portfolio of R&D statistics.
    NCSES sponsors surveys of R&D activities of Federal agencies, 
higher education institutions, and private industries. The results of 
these surveys provide a consistent information base for both federal 
and state government officials, industry professionals, and researchers 
to use in formulating public policy and planning in science and 
technology. These surveys allow for the analysis of current and 
historical trends of R&D in the U.S. and in international comparisons 
of R&D with other countries. The data collected from the SGRD fills a 
void that previously existed for collection of R&D activities. Although 
NCSES conducted periodic data collections of state government R&D in 
1995, 1988 and 1987, more frequent collection was necessary to account 
for the changing dynamic of state governments' role in performing and 
funding R&D and their role as fiduciary intermediaries of federal funds 
for R&D. The survey is a census of state government departments, 
agencies, commissions, public authorities, and other dependent entities 
as defined by the Census Bureau's Census of Governments program, that 
performed or funded R&D activities in a given fiscal year.
    The Census Bureau, serving as collection agent, employs a 
methodology similar to the one used to collect information from state 
and local governments on other established censuses and surveys. This 
methodology involves identifying a central coordinator in each state 
who will assist Census Bureau staff in identifying appropriate state 
agencies to be surveyed. Since not all state agencies have the budget 
authority or operational capacity to perform or fund R&D, NCSES and 
Census Bureau staffs have identified those agencies most likely to 
perform or fund R&D based on state session laws, authorizing 
legislation, budget authority, previous R&D activities, and reports 
issued by state government agencies. The state coordinators, based on 
their knowledge of the state government's own activities and 
priorities, are asked to confirm which of the selected agencies 
identified should be sent the survey for a given fiscal year or to add 
additional agencies to the survey frame. These state coordinators also 
verify the final responses at the end of the data collection cycle and 
may assist with nonresponse follow-up with individual state agencies. 
The collection approach using a central state coordinator is used 
successfully at the Census Bureau in surveys of local school districts, 
as well as the annual surveys of state and local government finance.
    As part of the President's FY 2014 Budget Request to Congress, the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recommended NCSES receive an 
additional ``$500,000 to increase the frequency of the Survey of State 
Government Research and Development.'' Starting with the FY 2016 survey 
cycle, NCSES will collect data on an annual basis instead of a biennial 
format that was used for state government fiscal years 2010 and 2011, 
2012 and 2013, and 2014 and 2015. This change from biennial to annual 
collection will increase the frequency and timeliness of survey 
results; thus increasing the utility of the statistics for data users, 
including the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the state governments 
themselves, while also allowing for the annual inclusion of these data 
in NCSES's own National Patterns of R&D report. Currently, NCSES must 
develop estimates for the non-Federal government component of the 
National Patterns data during the survey's off-year. Increasing the 
frequency by changing to an annual data collection cycle will allow for 
more accurate National Patterns of R&D. Results from the National 
Patterns are used by OMB during the budget formulation process, as well 
as by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and others 
interested in science and technology investments, and international 
competitiveness of R&D.
    The 2016 survey will follow the same content that was collected 
during the FY 2014 and FY 2015 Survey of State Government R&D.
    The survey announcements and forms used in the SGRD are:
    Survey Announcement. The Governor's letter is mailed to the 
Governor's Office to announce the survey collection and to solicit 
assignment of a State Coordinator. The State Coordinator's Announcement 
is sent electronically at the beginning of each survey period to 
solicit assistance in identifying state agencies which may perform or 
fund R&D activities. Later, state coordinators are asked to review 
final data submitted by state agencies.
    Form SRD-1. This form contains item descriptions and definitions of 
the research and development items collected by the Census Bureau on 
behalf of the NSF. It is used primarily as a worksheet and instruction 
guide by the state agencies. All state agencies supply their data by 
electronic means.
    Final survey results produced by NCSES contain state and national 
estimates and are useful to a variety of data users interested in R&D 
performance, including: The National Science Board; the OMB; the Office 
of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other science policy 
makers; institutional researchers; and private organizations; and many 
state governments.
    Legislators, policy officials, and researchers rely on statistics 
to make informed decisions about R&D investment at the Federal, state, 
and local level. These statistics are derived from the existing NCSES 
sponsored surveys of Federal agencies, higher education institutions, 
and private industry. The total picture of R&D expenditures, however, 
had been incomplete due to the lack of data from state governments 
prior to this implementation of the SGRD in 2006, which now fills that 
void.
    State government officials and policy makers garner the most 
benefit from the results of this survey. Governors and legislatures 
need a reliable, comprehensive source of data to help in evaluating how 
best to attract the high-tech R&D industries to their state. Officials 
are able to evaluate their investment in R&D based on comparisons with 
other states. These comparisons include the sources of funding, the 
type of R&D being conducted, and the type of R&D performer.
    State governments serve a unique role within the national portfolio 
of R&D. Not only are they both performers and funders of R&D like other 
sectors such as the Federal Government, higher education, or industry, 
but they also serve as fiduciary intermediaries between the Federal 
Government and other R&D performers while also providing state specific 
funds for R&D.

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The information collected from the SGRD provides data users with 
perspective on this complex flow of funds. Survey results are used at 
the Federal level to assess and direct investment in technology and 
economic issues. Congressional committees and the Congressional 
Research Service use results of the R&D surveys. The BEA uses these 
data to estimate the contribution of state agency-funded R&D to the 
overall impact of treating R&D as an investment in BEA's statistics of 
gross domestic product by state-area.
    NSF also uses data from this survey in various publications 
produced about the state of R&D in the U.S. The Science and Engineering 
Indicators, for example, is a biennial report mandated by Congress and 
describes quantitatively the condition of the country's R&D efforts, 
and includes data from the SGRD. Survey results are also included in 
the National Patterns of Research and Development report's tabulations.
    The availability of state R&D survey results are posted to NSF's 
Web page allowing for public access from a variety of other data users 
as well. Media, university researchers, nonprofit organizations, and 
foreign government officials are also consumers of state R&D 
statistics. All users are able to utilize this information in an 
attempt to better understand the Nation's R&D resources.
    Affected Public: State, local, or tribal government.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b) and 
Title 42, United States Code, Sections 1861-76 (National Science 
Foundation Act of 1950, as amended).
    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: March 2, 2016.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-04993 Filed 3-4-16; 8:45 am]
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