Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commodity Flow Survey, 12868-12869 [2016-05494]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 12868 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2016 / Notices minorities, and veterans in order to provide a framework for assessing and directing federal, state, and local government programs designed to promote the activities of disadvantaged groups. The SBA and the MBDA will use the data to allocate resources for their business assistance programs. The data will also be widely used by private firms and individuals to evaluate their own businesses and markets. Additionally, the data will be used by entrepreneurs to write business plans and loan application letters, by the media for news stories, by researchers and academia for determining firm characteristics, and by the legal profession in evaluating the concentration of minority businesses in particular industries and/or geographic areas. Government program officials, industry organization leaders, economic and social analysts and researchers, and business entrepreneurs are anticipated users of ASE statistics. Examples of data use include: • The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to assess business assistance needs and allocate available program resources. • Local government commissions on small and disadvantaged businesses to establish and evaluate contract procurement practices. • Federal, state and local government agencies as a framework for planning, directing and assessing programs that promote the activities of disadvantaged groups. • The National Women’s Business Council to assess the state of women’s business ownership for policymakers, researchers, and the public at large. • Consultants and researchers to analyze long-term economic and demographic shifts, and differences in ownership and performance among geographic areas. • Individual business owners to analyze their operations in comparison to similar firms, compute their market share, and assess their growth and future prospects. • Researchers and businesses to understand the innovation and research and development activities conducted by entrepreneurs. • Researchers and businesses to understand the record-keeping and management practices implemented by entrepreneurs. • Federal agencies to assess the competitiveness of businesses by ownership characteristics. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Mar 10, 2016 Jkt 238001 • Data users to understand time-series data in certain industries for entrepreneurs. • Business owners or perspective business owners to gain knowledge about the funding of businesses. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit, not-for-profit institutions, State, local or tribal government. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 8(b), 131 and 182. Executive Order 11625, Section 1(a)(3). 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 7, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–05447 Filed 3–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commodity Flow Survey 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)). SUMMARY: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before May 10, 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 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to James Hinckley, Census Bureau, Room 6H051, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the Internet at james.hinckley@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Commodity Flow Survey, a component of the 2017 Economic Census, is the only comprehensive source of multimodal, system-wide data on the volume and pattern of goods movement in the United States. The Commodity Flow Survey is conducted in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation. The Commodity Flow Survey data are used by policy makers and transportation planners in various federal, state, and local agencies to assess the demand for transportation facilities and services, energy use, and safety risks and environmental concerns. Additionally, business owners, private researchers, and analysts use the Commodity Flow Survey data for analyzing trends in the movement of goods, mapping spatial patterns of commodity and vehicle flows, forecasting demands for the movement of goods, and determining needs for associated infrastructure and equipment. The survey provides data on the movement of commodities in the United States from their origin to destination. The survey produces summary statistics on value, tons, ton-miles and average miles by commodity, industry, and mode of transportation. The Census Bureau will publish these shipment characteristics for the nation, census regions and divisions, states, and CFS defined geographical areas. Primary strategies for reducing respondent burden in the Commodity Flow Survey include: employing a stratified random sample of business establishments, requesting data on a limited sample of shipment records from each establishment, accepting estimates of shipping activity, and providing the opportunity for establishments to report electronically. II. Method of Collection The Commodity Flow Survey will be sent to a sample of business establishments in mining, manufacturing, wholesale, and select retail and services industries. The survey will also cover auxiliary establishments (i.e., warehouses and managing offices) of multi- E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2016 / Notices establishment companies. Each selected establishment will receive four questionnaires, one during each calendar quarter of 2017. On each questionnaire, an establishment will be asked to report data for approximately 20–30 shipments for a predefined reporting week. These data will include the value, net weight, commodity, and origin and destination of each selected shipment. A limited number of establishments will be asked to report more than 40 shipments, providing better representation of their shipping activity. Respondents may report via paper questionnaire or via secure electronic reporting. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0932. Form Number: CFS 1000 (2017). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business and other for-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100,000. Estimated Time per Response: 2.5 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,000,000. Estimated Total Cost: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 8(b), 131 and 193; Title 49 U.S.C., Section 6302. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD 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 included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 8, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–05494 Filed 3–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Mar 10, 2016 Jkt 238001 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: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Department of Commerce. Title: Quarterly Survey of Transactions in Selected Services and Intellectual Property with Foreign Persons. OMB Control Number: 0608–0067. Form Number: BE–125. Type of Request: Regular submission. Number of Responses: 8,800 annually (2,200 filed each quarter; 1,700 reporting mandatory data, and 500 that would file other responses). Average Hours per Response: 19 hours is the average for those reporting data, and 1 hour is the average for those not reporting data or providing voluntary responses, but hours may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in company size and complexity. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 131,200. Needs and Uses: The Quarterly Survey of Transactions in Selected Services and Intellectual Property with Foreign Persons (BE–125) is a survey that collects data from U.S. persons who engage in covered transactions with foreign persons in selected services or intellectual property. A U.S. person must report if it had sales of covered services or intellectual property to foreign persons that exceeded $6 million for the previous fiscal year, or are expected to exceed that amount during the current fiscal year, or if it had purchases of covered services or intellectual property from foreign persons that exceeded $4 million for the previous fiscal year, or are expected to exceed that amount during the current fiscal year. The data are needed to monitor U.S. trade in services, to analyze the impact of trade on the U.S. and foreign economies, to compile and improve the U.S. economic accounts, to support U.S. commercial policy on trade in services, to conduct trade promotion, and to improve the ability of U.S. businesses to identify and evaluate market opportunities. The data are used in estimating the services component of the U.S. international transactions accounts (ITAs) and national income and product accounts. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12869 BEA received OMB approval for this information collection request on December 22, 2015. (Previous notices may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov; under the Information Collection Review tab, click on ‘‘Search’’ and use the OMB control number 0608–0067 to search for the BE–125 survey instrument.) Subsequent to this date, BEA identified additional changes to the data collected on the survey that would allow BEA to align the country detail published in the ITAs more closely with international economic accounting guidelines. As a result, the following changes are proposed for the collection of information on transactions in intellectual property: Mandatory Schedules A and B will be expanded to collect additional detail on intellectual property (IP) transactions. A U.S. person who engages in IP transactions with foreign persons will be required to distribute their receipts and/or payments according to the type of transaction and the type of IP. The covered transaction types are: (1) Transactions for the rights to use IP, (2) transactions for the rights to reproduce and/or distribute IP, and (3) transactions for the outright sales or purchases of IP. Reporters will be required to identify the foreign country(ies) involved in the transaction(s) and to distribute the amounts reported for each country according to whether the foreign person is the U.S. person’s foreign affiliate, part of the U.S. person’s foreign parent group, or an unaffiliated foreign person. BEA estimates the proposed changes will increase the average number of hours per response from 18 hours to 19 hours for those reporting data. The reporting thresholds of the current BE– 125 survey will be retained. The effort to keep current reporting thresholds unchanged is intended to minimize respondent burden while considering the needs of data users. Existing language in the instructions and definitions will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary to clarify survey requirements. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations. Frequency: Quarterly. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow instructions to view the 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) 975–5806. E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 48 (Friday, March 11, 2016)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-05494]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commodity Flow 
Survey

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 May 10, 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 James Hinckley, Census Bureau, Room 6H051, 
Washington, DC 20233 (or via the Internet at 
james.hinckley@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Commodity Flow Survey, a component of the 2017 Economic Census, 
is the only comprehensive source of multimodal, system-wide data on the 
volume and pattern of goods movement in the United States. The 
Commodity Flow Survey is conducted in partnership with the Bureau of 
Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for 
Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation.
    The Commodity Flow Survey data are used by policy makers and 
transportation planners in various federal, state, and local agencies 
to assess the demand for transportation facilities and services, energy 
use, and safety risks and environmental concerns. Additionally, 
business owners, private researchers, and analysts use the Commodity 
Flow Survey data for analyzing trends in the movement of goods, mapping 
spatial patterns of commodity and vehicle flows, forecasting demands 
for the movement of goods, and determining needs for associated 
infrastructure and equipment.
    The survey provides data on the movement of commodities in the 
United States from their origin to destination. The survey produces 
summary statistics on value, tons, ton-miles and average miles by 
commodity, industry, and mode of transportation. The Census Bureau will 
publish these shipment characteristics for the nation, census regions 
and divisions, states, and CFS defined geographical areas.
    Primary strategies for reducing respondent burden in the Commodity 
Flow Survey include: employing a stratified random sample of business 
establishments, requesting data on a limited sample of shipment records 
from each establishment, accepting estimates of shipping activity, and 
providing the opportunity for establishments to report electronically.

II. Method of Collection

    The Commodity Flow Survey will be sent to a sample of business 
establishments in mining, manufacturing, wholesale, and select retail 
and services industries. The survey will also cover auxiliary 
establishments (i.e., warehouses and managing offices) of multi-

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establishment companies. Each selected establishment will receive four 
questionnaires, one during each calendar quarter of 2017. On each 
questionnaire, an establishment will be asked to report data for 
approximately 20-30 shipments for a predefined reporting week. These 
data will include the value, net weight, commodity, and origin and 
destination of each selected shipment. A limited number of 
establishments will be asked to report more than 40 shipments, 
providing better representation of their shipping activity. Respondents 
may report via paper questionnaire or via secure electronic reporting.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0932.
    Form Number: CFS 1000 (2017).
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business and other for-profit.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 2.5 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,000,000.
    Estimated Total Cost: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 8(b), 131 and 193; Title 
49 U.S.C., Section 6302.

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: March 8, 2016.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-05494 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am]
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