Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2016-2018 Business R&D and Innovation Surveys, 61183-61184 [2016-21281]

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Proposed improvements within Bashor Bowl include replacement and realignment of the outdated Bashor lift (located on both private and NFS lands), construction of two new skiways from the realigned Bashor lift top terminal, grading at the base of Bashor Bowl, expansion of the Rabbit Ears Terrain Park, removal of the Mavericks Superpipe, construction of a new novice trail connecting Yoo Hoo to Big Foot, and reconfiguration of existing snowmaking infrastructure. 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VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Sep 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 Responsible Official The Responsible Official is Dennis Jaeger, Forest Supervisor for the MBRTB. Dated: August 10, 2016. Carolyn Upton, Acting Forest Supervisor. Nature of Decision To Be Made Based on the analysis that will be documented in the forthcoming EIS, the Responsible Official will decide whether or not to implement, in whole or in part, the Proposed Action or another alternative that may be developed by the Forest Service as a result of scoping. The Responsible Official will also decide what, if any, mitigation measures, and monitoring requirements should be made part of the decision. BILLING CODE 3411–15–P Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. The Forest Service is soliciting comments from Federal, State and local agencies and other individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by implementation of the proposed projects. A public open house for this proposal will be held at the Steamboat Springs Community Center located at 1605 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80427 on August 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Representatives from the MBRTB, Hahns Peak Bears Ears Ranger District, and SSRC will be present to answer questions and provide additional project information. To be most helpful, comments should be specific to the project area and should identify resources or effects that should be considered by the Forest Service. Submitting timely, specific written comments during this scoping period or any other official comment period establishes standing for filing objections under 36 CFR 218 subparts A and B. Additional information and maps of this proposal can be found at: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/project/ ?project=48246. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered. 61183 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FR Doc. 2016–21236 Filed 9–2–16; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2016–2018 Business R&D and Innovation Surveys 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 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 or on-line comments must be submitted on or before November 7, 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 Michael Flaherty, U.S. Census Bureau, HQ–6H149, 4600 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland, MD 20746 (301) 763– 7699 (or via the internet at michael.j.flaherty@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), plans to conduct the Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) for the 2016–2018 survey years. The BRDIS covers all domestic, non-farm, for-profit businesses with at least one paid employee. The BRDIS provides the only comprehensive data on research and development costs and detailed expenses by type and industry. The Census Bureau has conducted an R&D survey since 1957 (the Survey of Industrial Research and Development (SIRD) from 1957–2007 and BRDIS from 2008–present), collecting primarily financial information on the systematic E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 61184 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 6, 2016 / Notices work companies undertake to discover new knowledge or use existing knowledge to develop new or improved goods and services. Prior to 2016, only companies with a minimum of five employees were in scope to the BRDIS. Beginning in 2016, the BRDIS will increase it’s scope to include microbusinesses, or firms with fewer than five employees. Sampled companies in this target population will receive a BRDI–M form. Companies with five or more employees will receive the standard form (BRDI–1) or if selected for the screener questionnaire, the BRDI–1(S) form. Expanding the coverage of the BRDIS will help policymakers address issues such as how small businesses are affected by the rapid changes in our economy and what the smallest businesses are doing to be competitive. The 2016–2018 BRDIS will continue to collect the following types of information: • R&D expense based on accepted accounting standards. • Worldwide R&D of domestic companies. • Business segment detail. • R&D-related capital expenditures. • Detailed data about the R&D workforce. • R&D strategy and data on the potential impact of R&D on the market. • R&D directed to application areas of particular national interest. • Data measuring innovation, intellectual property protection activities and technology transfer. The BRDI–1 form utilizes a booklet instrument that facilitates the collection of information from various contacts within each company who have the best understanding of the concepts and definitions being presented as well as access to the information necessary to provide the most accurate response. The sections of the booklet correspond to areas within the company and currently include: A company information section that includes detailed innovation questions; a financial section focused on company R&D expenses; a human resources section; an R&D strategy and management section; an IP and technology transfer section; and a section focused on R&D that is funded or paid for by third parties. A web instrument is also available to respondents. The web instrument for the BRDI–1 form incorporates Excel spreadsheets that are provided to facilitate the electronic collection of information from various areas of the companies. Respondents have the capability to download the spreadsheets from the Census Bureau’s Web site. A consolidator spreadsheet is also VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Sep 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 available to assist companies that need to gather information from business units and then compile the information into one company report. Domestic and foreign researchers in academia, business, and government analyze and cite data from the BRDIS. Among the federal government users are the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). BEA includes R&D in the system of national accounts that measures the economic well-being of the country. BRDIS data are key inputs into these accounts, which feed into the calculation of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The White House, in 2006, issued the American Competitiveness Initiative to ‘‘increase investments in research and development, strengthen education, and encourage entrepreneurship.’’ In support of this initiative and in response to legislative mandates, data on R&D are delivered to OSTP, primarily in the biennial National Science Board report Science and Engineering Indicators. Also, the National Science Foundation (NSF) produces a series of publications containing R&D data including the National Patterns of R&D Resources series, the S&E State Profile series, and the annual Business R&D and Innovation series. Special reports and other publications are also prepared. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will use a paperless strategy for the standard form (BRDI–1). Respondents will be mailed a letter referring them to the Census Bureau’s Business Help Site where they can report online. Some companies selected for the screener form [BRDI– 1(S)] will receive a letter only in initial mail out, directing them to report online. Others will receive a paper form in initial mailout that they can mail back. The microbusiness form (BRDI–M) is a mail out/mail back survey form. Respondents to all form types will have the option to report electronically. The due date for the standard form will be approximately 60 days from receipt. The due date for all other form types will be approximately 30 days from receipt. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0912. Form Number: BRDI–1, BRDI–1(S), and BRDI–M. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: All domestic, nonfarm, for-profit (public or private) businesses with at least one paid employee. Estimated Number of Respondents: BRDI–1—(Standard Form) .......... PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7,000 BRDI–1(S)—(Screener Form) ...... BRDI–M—(Microbusiness Form) Total .......................................... 38,000 200,000 245,000 Estimated Time per Response: BRDI–1—(Standard Form) ..... BRDI–1(S)—(Screener Form) BRDI–M—(Microbusiness Form). 14.85 hours. 0.59 hours. 0.25 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 176,370. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b), 131, and 182, and Title 42, United States Code, Sections 1861–76 (National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended). 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: August 31, 2016 Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–21281 Filed 9–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–30–2016] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 125—South Bend, Indiana; Authorization of Proposed Production Activity; LionsHead Specialty Tire & Wheel, LLC (Wheel Assemblies for Specialty Applications); Goshen, Indiana On May 3, 2016, LionsHead Specialty Tire & Wheel, LLC, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board for its facility within FTZ 125—Site 3, in Goshen, Indiana. E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 172 (Tuesday, September 6, 2016)]
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[FR Doc No: 2016-21281]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

U.S. Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2016-2018 
Business R&D and Innovation Surveys

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 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 or on-line comments must be 
submitted on or before November 7, 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 Michael Flaherty, U.S. Census Bureau, HQ-6H149, 
4600 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland, MD 20746 (301) 763-7699 (or via the 
internet at michael.j.flaherty@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from the National Science 
Foundation (NSF), plans to conduct the Business R&D and Innovation 
Survey (BRDIS) for the 2016-2018 survey years. The BRDIS covers all 
domestic, non-farm, for-profit businesses with at least one paid 
employee. The BRDIS provides the only comprehensive data on research 
and development costs and detailed expenses by type and industry.
    The Census Bureau has conducted an R&D survey since 1957 (the 
Survey of Industrial Research and Development (SIRD) from 1957-2007 and 
BRDIS from 2008-present), collecting primarily financial information on 
the systematic

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work companies undertake to discover new knowledge or use existing 
knowledge to develop new or improved goods and services.
    Prior to 2016, only companies with a minimum of five employees were 
in scope to the BRDIS. Beginning in 2016, the BRDIS will increase it's 
scope to include microbusinesses, or firms with fewer than five 
employees. Sampled companies in this target population will receive a 
BRDI-M form. Companies with five or more employees will receive the 
standard form (BRDI-1) or if selected for the screener questionnaire, 
the BRDI-1(S) form. Expanding the coverage of the BRDIS will help 
policymakers address issues such as how small businesses are affected 
by the rapid changes in our economy and what the smallest businesses 
are doing to be competitive.
    The 2016-2018 BRDIS will continue to collect the following types of 
information:
     R&D expense based on accepted accounting standards.
     Worldwide R&D of domestic companies.
     Business segment detail.
     R&D-related capital expenditures.
     Detailed data about the R&D workforce.
     R&D strategy and data on the potential impact of R&D on 
the market.
     R&D directed to application areas of particular national 
interest.
     Data measuring innovation, intellectual property 
protection activities and technology transfer.
    The BRDI-1 form utilizes a booklet instrument that facilitates the 
collection of information from various contacts within each company who 
have the best understanding of the concepts and definitions being 
presented as well as access to the information necessary to provide the 
most accurate response. The sections of the booklet correspond to areas 
within the company and currently include: A company information section 
that includes detailed innovation questions; a financial section 
focused on company R&D expenses; a human resources section; an R&D 
strategy and management section; an IP and technology transfer section; 
and a section focused on R&D that is funded or paid for by third 
parties. A web instrument is also available to respondents. The web 
instrument for the BRDI-1 form incorporates Excel spreadsheets that are 
provided to facilitate the electronic collection of information from 
various areas of the companies. Respondents have the capability to 
download the spreadsheets from the Census Bureau's Web site. A 
consolidator spreadsheet is also available to assist companies that 
need to gather information from business units and then compile the 
information into one company report.
    Domestic and foreign researchers in academia, business, and 
government analyze and cite data from the BRDIS. Among the federal 
government users are the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the 
White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). BEA 
includes R&D in the system of national accounts that measures the 
economic well-being of the country. BRDIS data are key inputs into 
these accounts, which feed into the calculation of the U.S. Gross 
Domestic Product (GDP). The White House, in 2006, issued the American 
Competitiveness Initiative to ``increase investments in research and 
development, strengthen education, and encourage entrepreneurship.'' In 
support of this initiative and in response to legislative mandates, 
data on R&D are delivered to OSTP, primarily in the biennial National 
Science Board report Science and Engineering Indicators. Also, the 
National Science Foundation (NSF) produces a series of publications 
containing R&D data including the National Patterns of R&D Resources 
series, the S&E State Profile series, and the annual Business R&D and 
Innovation series. Special reports and other publications are also 
prepared.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will use a paperless strategy for the standard 
form (BRDI-1). Respondents will be mailed a letter referring them to 
the Census Bureau's Business Help Site where they can report online. 
Some companies selected for the screener form [BRDI-1(S)] will receive 
a letter only in initial mail out, directing them to report online. 
Others will receive a paper form in initial mailout that they can mail 
back. The microbusiness form (BRDI-M) is a mail out/mail back survey 
form. Respondents to all form types will have the option to report 
electronically. The due date for the standard form will be 
approximately 60 days from receipt. The due date for all other form 
types will be approximately 30 days from receipt.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0912.
    Form Number: BRDI-1, BRDI-1(S), and BRDI-M.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: All domestic, non-farm, for-profit (public or 
private) businesses with at least one paid employee.
    Estimated Number of Respondents:

BRDI-1--(Standard Form)......................................      7,000
BRDI-1(S)--(Screener Form)...................................     38,000
BRDI-M--(Microbusiness Form).................................    200,000
  Total......................................................    245,000
 

    Estimated Time per Response:

BRDI-1--(Standard Form)..................  14.85 hours.
BRDI-1(S)--(Screener Form)...............  0.59 hours.
BRDI-M--(Microbusiness Form).............  0.25 hours.
 

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 176,370.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b), 131, 
and 182, and Title 42, United States Code, Sections 1861-76 (National 
Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended).

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: August 31, 2016
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-21281 Filed 9-2-16; 8:45 am]
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