Commission Information Collection Activities; Comment Request for Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Commission Service Delivery, 70402-70404 [2016-24600]

Download as PDF 70402 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 197 / Wednesday, October 12, 2016 / Notices special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Robert L. Pence at least seven days in advance of the meeting at the phone number listed above. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Individuals who wish to make oral presentations pertaining to agenda items should contact Robert L. Pence at the address or telephone number listed above. The request must be received five days prior to the meeting and reasonable provision will be made to include the presentation in the agenda. The Deputy Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Individuals wishing to make public comments will be provided a maximum of five minutes to present their comments. Minutes: Minutes will be available by writing or calling Robert L. 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To receive the call-in number and passcode, please contact the Board’s Designated Federal Officer at the address or phone number listed below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Li, Policy Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585. Phone number mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Oct 11, 2016 Jkt 241001 202–287–5718, and email michael.li@ ee.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Board: To make recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy regarding goals and objectives, programmatic and administrative policies, and to otherwise carry out the Board’s responsibilities as designated in the State Energy Efficiency Programs Improvement Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101– 440). Tentative Agenda: Receive STEAB Task Force updates on action items and revised objectives for FY 2017, discuss follow-up opportunities and engagement with EERE and other DOE staff as needed to keep Task Force work moving forward, continue engagement with DOE, EERE and EPSA staff regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and initiatives, and receive updates on member activities within their states; Follow-up from October meeting. Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Members of the public who wish to make oral statements pertaining to agenda items should contact Michael Li at the address or telephone number listed above. Requests to make oral comments must be received five days prior to the meeting; reasonable provision will be made to include requested topic(s) on the agenda. The Chair of the Board is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available for public review and copying within 60 days on the STEAB Web site at: http://www.energy.gov/eere/ steab/state-energy-advisory-board. Issued at Washington, DC, on October 5, 2016. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–24540 Filed 10–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC17–1–000] Commission Information Collection Activities; Comment Request for Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Commission Service Delivery Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the Commission or FERC) is coordinating the development of the following proposed Generic Information Collection Request (ICR): FERC–153, ‘‘Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Commission Service Delivery’’ for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).1 This notice announces that FERC intends to submit this collection to OMB for approval and solicits comments on specific aspects for the proposed information collection. Following review of public comments received in regard to this 60-day notice, FERC will issue a 30-day notice to solicit additional public comments and will submit a Generic ICR to OMB for review.2 DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due December 12, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC17–1–000) by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http:// www.ferc.gov/help/submissionguide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208–3676 (toll-free), or (202) 502–8659 for TTY. Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in this SUMMARY: 1 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. also participated in the initial 60-day notice to establish eligibility for the Generic Clearance process (75 FR 80542, 12/22/2010). 2 FERC Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 70403 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 197 / Wednesday, October 12, 2016 / Notices docket or in viewing/downloading comments and issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/docs-filing.asp. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502–8663, and fax at (202) 273– 0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–153, Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Commission Service Delivery. OMB Control No.: To be determined. Type of Request: New generic information collection. Abstract: The proposed information collection provides a means to garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback, we mean data that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences, and expectations, provide an early warning of issues with service, or focus attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or services. This collection will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between FERC and its customers and stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management. The solicitation of feedback will target areas such as: Timeliness, appropriateness, accuracy of information, courtesy, efficiency of service delivery, and resolution of issues with service delivery. Responses will be assessed to plan and inform efforts to improve or maintain the quality of service offered to the public. If this information is not collected, vital feedback from customers and stakeholders on the Commission’s services will be unavailable. The Commission will only submit a collection for approval under this generic clearance if it meets the following conditions: • The collections are voluntary; • The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or burden hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents and the Federal Government; • The collections are noncontroversial and do not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies; • The collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions from respondents who have experience with the program or may have experience with the program in the near future; • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected only to the extent necessary and is not retained; • Information gathered is intended to be used only internally for general service improvement and program management purposes and is not intended for release outside of the Commission (if released, the Commission must indicate the qualitative nature of the information); • Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of substantially informing influential policy decisions; and • Information gathered will yield qualitative information; the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically reliable results or used as though the results are generalizable to the population of study. Feedback collected under this generic clearance provides useful information, but it does not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such data uses require more rigorous designs that address: The target population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing potential nonresponse bias, the protocols for data collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior to fielding the study. As a general matter, this information collection will not result in any new system of records containing privacy information and will not ask questions of a sensitive nature, such as sexual behavior and attitudes, religious beliefs, and other matters that are commonly considered private. This information collection is subject to the PRA. The Commission generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information which does not display a valid OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320. OMB authorization for an information collection cannot be for more than three years without renewal. Type of Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals and households; Businesses or other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; State, Local, or Tribal government. Estimate of Annual Burden: 3 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden and cost for the information collection as: ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN FOR GENERIC CLEARANCE Number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden minutes per response Total burden hours (1) mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Number of respondents (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) Generic Clearance ......................................................... 3 Burden is defined as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Oct 11, 2016 Jkt 241001 15,000 1 information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15,000 6 collection burden, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 4 1,500 hours = 90,000 minutes. E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 4 1,500 70404 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 197 / Wednesday, October 12, 2016 / Notices Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (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; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Dated: October 5, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–24600 Filed 10–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. ER16–2703–000] Dated: October 4, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Deerfield Wind Energy, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 Authorization [FR Doc. 2016–24551 Filed 10–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P This is a supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Deerfield Wind Energy, LLC’s application for market-based rate authority, with an accompanying rate tariff, noting that such application includes a request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest should file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Notice is hereby given that the deadline for filing protests with regard to the applicant’s request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability, is October 24, 2016. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Oct 11, 2016 Jkt 241001 FERC Online links at http:// www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with Internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filings in the above-referenced proceeding are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the above list. They are also available for electronic review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2514–168] Appalachian Power Company; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing, Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection: a. Type of Application: Application for temporary variance of normal reservoir elevation requirement. b. Project No.: P–2514–168. c. Date Filed: August 18, 2016. d. Applicant: Appalachian Power Company. e. Name of Project: Byllesby and Buck Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: The project is located on the New River in Carroll County, Virginia. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a–825r. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 h. Applicant Contact: Ms. Elizabeth B. Parcell, Process Supervisor Senior, 40 Franklin Rd. SW., P.O. Box 2021, Roanoke, VA (540) 985–2441. i. FERC Contact: Mr. Steven Sachs, (202) 502–8666, or steven.sachs@ ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, protests, and recommendations is 30 days from the date of issuance of this notice. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene, protests, comments, or recommendations using the Commission’s eFiling system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Please include the project number (P– 2514–168) on any comments, motions to intervene, protests, or recommendations filed. k. Description of Request: The applicant is requesting a temporary variance of its reservoir elevation requirement at the Byllesby development to install crest gates on the dam. The applicant drew down the reservoir by approximately 9 feet on July 22, 2016, and expects to refill the reservoir to its normal elevation in late October 2016. The applicant has closed the canoe portage and boat ramp at the Byllesby reservoir. l. Locations of the Application: A copy of the application is available for inspection and reproduction at the Commission’s Public Reference Room, located at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, or by calling (202) 502–8371. This filing may also be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1–866–208–3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, for TTY, call (202) 502–8659. A copy is also available for inspection and E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 197 (Wednesday, October 12, 2016)]
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[Pages 70402-70404]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC17-1-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities; Comment Request for 
Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on 
Commission Service Delivery

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the 
process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the Commission or FERC) is 
coordinating the development of the following proposed Generic 
Information Collection Request (ICR): FERC-153, ``Generic Clearance for 
the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Commission Service Delivery'' 
for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).\1\ This notice 
announces that FERC intends to submit this collection to OMB for 
approval and solicits comments on specific aspects for the proposed 
information collection. Following review of public comments received in 
regard to this 60-day notice, FERC will issue a 30-day notice to 
solicit additional public comments and will submit a Generic ICR to OMB 
for review.\2\
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    \1\ 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.
    \2\ FERC also participated in the initial 60-day notice to 
establish eligibility for the Generic Clearance process (75 FR 
80542, 12/22/2010).

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due December 12, 
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2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC17-1-
000) by either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support 
by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this

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docket or in viewing/downloading comments and issuances in this docket 
may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202) 
273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: FERC-153, Generic Clearance for the Collection of 
Qualitative Feedback on Commission Service Delivery.
    OMB Control No.: To be determined.
    Type of Request: New generic information collection.
    Abstract: The proposed information collection provides a means to 
garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, 
timely manner, in accordance with the Administration's commitment to 
improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback, we mean data that 
provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not 
statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be 
generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide 
insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences, and 
expectations, provide an early warning of issues with service, or focus 
attention on areas where communication, training or changes in 
operations might improve delivery of products or services. This 
collection will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable 
communications between FERC and its customers and stakeholders. It will 
also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of 
program management. The solicitation of feedback will target areas such 
as: Timeliness, appropriateness, accuracy of information, courtesy, 
efficiency of service delivery, and resolution of issues with service 
delivery. Responses will be assessed to plan and inform efforts to 
improve or maintain the quality of service offered to the public. If 
this information is not collected, vital feedback from customers and 
stakeholders on the Commission's services will be unavailable.
    The Commission will only submit a collection for approval under 
this generic clearance if it meets the following conditions:
     The collections are voluntary;
     The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on 
considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or 
burden hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents 
and the Federal Government;
     The collections are non-controversial and do not raise 
issues of concern to other Federal agencies;
     The collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions 
from respondents who have experience with the program or may have 
experience with the program in the near future;
     Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected 
only to the extent necessary and is not retained;
     Information gathered is intended to be used only 
internally for general service improvement and program management 
purposes and is not intended for release outside of the Commission (if 
released, the Commission must indicate the qualitative nature of the 
information);
     Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of 
substantially informing influential policy decisions; and
     Information gathered will yield qualitative information; 
the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically 
reliable results or used as though the results are generalizable to the 
population of study.
    Feedback collected under this generic clearance provides useful 
information, but it does not yield data that can be generalized to the 
overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative 
information will not be used for quantitative information collections 
that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as 
monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such 
data uses require more rigorous designs that address: The target 
population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, 
the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the 
precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed 
sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing 
potential non-response bias, the protocols for data collection, and any 
testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior to fielding 
the study.
    As a general matter, this information collection will not result in 
any new system of records containing privacy information and will not 
ask questions of a sensitive nature, such as sexual behavior and 
attitudes, religious beliefs, and other matters that are commonly 
considered private.
    This information collection is subject to the PRA. The Commission 
generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and 
the public is generally not required to respond to an information 
collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays 
a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any 
other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to 
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information which 
does not display a valid OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320. OMB 
authorization for an information collection cannot be for more than 
three years without renewal.
    Type of Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals and households; 
Businesses or other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; State, 
Local, or Tribal government.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \3\ The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden and cost for the information collection as:
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    \3\ Burden is defined as the total time, effort, or financial 
resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or 
disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For 
further explanation of what is included in the information 
collection burden, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.
    \4\ 1,500 hours = 90,000 minutes.

                                  Estimated Annual Burden for Generic Clearance
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                                                  Number of                      Average burden
                                  Number of     responses per   Total number      minutes per      Total burden
                                 respondents     respondent     of responses        response           hours
                                          (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =                (4)     (3) * (4) =
                                                                          (3)                                (5)
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Generic Clearance............          15,000               1          15,000                  6       \4\ 1,500
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    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of 
the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (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; and (e) estimates of capital or start-
up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services 
to provide information.

    Dated: October 5, 2016.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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