Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Establish an Information Collection, 15240-15241 [2017-05937]

Download as PDF 15240 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 57 / Monday, March 27, 2017 / Notices National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), Node.js Foundation has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of invoking the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, DigitalOcean, New York, NY; Apigee Corporation, San Jose, CA; AppDynamics, Inc., San Francisco, CA; New Relic, Inc., San Francisco, CA; and Opbeat, Inc., San Francisco, CA, have withdrawn as parties to this venture. No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and Node.js Foundation intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership. On August 17, 2015, Node.js Foundation filed its original notification pursuant to Section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act on September 28, 2015 (80 FR 58297). The last notification was filed with the Department on September 29, 2016. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act on November 3, 2016 (81 FR 76629). Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division. [FR Doc. 2017–05929 Filed 3–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Fd.Io Project, Inc. Notice is hereby given that, on March 6, 2017, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), fd.io Project, Inc. (‘‘fd.io’’) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, NXP Semiconductor, Inc. (Freescale), Austin, TX; and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:02 Mar 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Mesosphere, Inc., San Francisco, CA, have withdrawn as parties to this venture. No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and fd.io intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership. On May 4, 2016, fd.io filed its original notification pursuant to Section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act on June 9, 2016 (81 FR 37211). The last notification was filed with the Department on December 21, 2016. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act on January 31, 2017 (82 FR 8857). Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division. [FR Doc. 2017–05925 Filed 3–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Establish an Information Collection National Science Foundation. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to seek approval for the Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and Understanding of Science and Technology, an existing collection in use without an OMB Control Number. In accordance with the requirement set forth in the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting that OMB approve clearance of this collection for three years. 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 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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Written comments on this notice must be received by May 26, 2017 to be assured consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Send comments to address below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, NSF Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230; telephone (703) 292–7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and Understanding of Science and Technology. OMB Approval Number: 3145—NEW. Type of Request: Intent to seek approval for an existing collection in use without an OMB control number. 1. Abstract: Established within the NSF by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 § 505, codified in the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) serves as a central Federal clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective data on science, engineering, technology, and research and development for use by practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and the public. The Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and Understanding of Science and Technology (henceforth ‘‘S&T Attitudes Survey’’) will be part of this data collection system, focused on public support for, understanding of, and attitudes toward science and technology. The S&T Attitudes Survey has been collected as a module within the General Social Survey (GSS), an investigator-initiated grant survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, since 2006. The module is funded by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within NSF. NSF recognizes that this data collection is not currently cleared by the Office of Management and Budget, and seeks to bring it into compliance. The S&T Attitudes Survey contains questions measuring a wide variety of topics, including following science in the media, attendance at informal science institutions such as museums, interest in science, knowledge of DATES: E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 57 / Monday, March 27, 2017 / Notices science facts, understanding of the scientific process, support for spending for scientific research, confidence in scientists, and attitudes toward particular science and technology issues such as nanotechnology and genetically engineered foods. Data collection is expected to begin in Spring 2018. In recent data collection cycles, the GSS has attained a response rate of approximately 70%. Data is collected primarily by face-to-face interviews, though there is an option for phone interviews. The survey will be collected in conformance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA). Responses from individuals are voluntary. All individually identifiable information collected will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for research or statistical purposes, analyzing data, and preparing scientific reports and articles. 2. Use of the Information: The S&T Attitudes Survey was established to gather high-quality data on public attitudes toward and understanding of science for the NCSES biennial publication, Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI). SEI is a congressionally mandated report on the status of the science and engineering enterprise in the United States, including comparisons with other countries. The ‘‘Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Understanding’’ chapter of the report is dedicated to public understanding of and attitudes toward science and technology. These attitudes and understandings may influence students’ decisions to pursue STEM careers, public support for funding scientific research, what technologies are adopted and how, and what public policies are put in place. Thus, public attitudes and understandings matter for the status of the science and engineering enterprise in the United States. The NSF will publish statistics from the survey in NCSES’ SEI report and possibly in InfoBriefs that focus on particular research topics. These reports will be made available in print and electronically on the NSF Web site. Public use data files will also be developed and made freely available via the Internet. 3. Expected Respondents: General Social Survey respondents are a probability sample of all noninstitutionalized English and Spanish speaking persons 18 years of age or older, living in the United States. The sample is a multi-stage area probability sample to the block or segment level. The Primary Sampling Units employed are Standard VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:02 Mar 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) or non-metropolitan counties. These are stratified by region, age, and race/ ethnicity before selection. Smaller geographical units such as segments (which include, for example, city blocks) are further selected, stratified according to race/ethnicity and income. The average cluster size is about 6 to 7 respondents per segment. In a given segment, addresses are selected at random from a list of addresses, and one person is sought to participate from each address. There is, of course, the chance of sample biases due to not-athomes. To reduce this potential bias, the interviewers are given instructions to canvass and interview usually after 3:00 p.m. on weekdays or during the weekend or holidays. The S&T Attitudes Survey forms a module on the GSS, and only a randomly-selected portion of GSS respondents take the module. To accomplish this, addresses are randomly assigned to take the module. The random assignment of addresses to the module is carried out within segments. 4. Estimate of Burden: In the 2014 GSS data collection cycle, respondents took an average of 20 minutes to respond to the S&T Attitudes Survey module. This is not expected to change. In addition, while the target number of participants is 1,250, this can vary depending on the execution of the GSS. No more than 1,313 participants are expected for the 2018 GSS. Thus, the total number of person-hours expected for the 2018 GSS is at most (20/ 60)*1,313 or 438 hours. Dated: March 21, 2017. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2017–05937 Filed 3–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Notice of Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS); Subcommittee on APR1400 The ACRS Subcommittee on APR1400 will hold a meeting on April 5, 2017, at 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T–2B1, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The meeting will be open to public attendance with the exception of portions that may be closed to protect information that is proprietary pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4). The agenda for the subject meeting shall be as follows: Wednesday, April 5, 2017—1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Subcommittee will review the APR1400 Design Control Document and PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15241 Safety Evaluation Report with Open Items, Chapter 14, ‘‘Verification Programs.’’ The Subcommittee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with the NRC staff and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Company regarding this matter. The Subcommittee will gather information, analyze relevant issues and facts, and formulate proposed positions and actions, as appropriate, for deliberation by the Full Committee. Members of the public desiring to provide oral statements and/or written comments should notify the Designated Federal Official (DFO), Christopher Brown (Telephone 301–415–7111 or Email: Christopher.Brown@nrc.gov) five days prior to the meeting, if possible, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Thirty-five hard copies of each presentation or handout should be provided to the DFO thirty minutes before the meeting. In addition, one electronic copy of each presentation should be emailed to the DFO one day before the meeting. If an electronic copy cannot be provided within this timeframe, presenters should provide the DFO with a CD containing each presentation at least thirty minutes before the meeting. Electronic recordings will be permitted only during those portions of the meeting that are open to the public. Detailed procedures for the conduct of and participation in ACRS meetings were published in the Federal Register on October 17, 2016, (81 FR 71543). Detailed meeting agendas and meeting transcripts are available on the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/doc-collections/acrs. Information regarding topics to be discussed, changes to the agenda, whether the meeting has been canceled or rescheduled, and the time allotted to present oral statements can be obtained from the Web site cited above or by contacting the identified DFO. Moreover, in view of the possibility that the schedule for ACRS meetings may be adjusted by the Chairman as necessary to facilitate the conduct of the meeting, persons planning to attend should check with these references if such rescheduling would result in a major inconvenience. If attending this meeting, please enter through the One White Flint North building, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. After registering with Security, please contact Mr. Theron Brown (Telephone 240– 888–9835) to be escorted to the meeting room. E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 57 (Monday, March 27, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-05937]


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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Establish an Information 
Collection

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to 
seek approval for the Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and 
Understanding of Science and Technology, an existing collection in use 
without an OMB Control Number. In accordance with the requirement set 
forth in the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing 
opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and 
considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting 
that OMB approve clearance of this collection for three years.
    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 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.

DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by May 26, 2017 
to be assured consideration. Comments received after that date will be 
considered to the extent practicable. Send comments to address below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, NSF Reports 
Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, 
Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230; telephone (703) 292-7556; or 
send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal 
holidays).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title of Collection: Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and 
Understanding of Science and Technology.
    OMB Approval Number: 3145--NEW.
    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval for an existing collection 
in use without an OMB control number.
    1. Abstract: Established within the NSF by the America COMPETES 
Reauthorization Act of 2010 Sec.  [thinsp]505, codified in the National 
Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, the National Center for 
Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) serves as a central Federal 
clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, analysis, and 
dissemination of objective data on science, engineering, technology, 
and research and development for use by practitioners, researchers, 
policymakers, and the public. The Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and 
Understanding of Science and Technology (henceforth ``S&T Attitudes 
Survey'') will be part of this data collection system, focused on 
public support for, understanding of, and attitudes toward science and 
technology.
    The S&T Attitudes Survey has been collected as a module within the 
General Social Survey (GSS), an investigator-initiated grant survey 
conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the 
University of Chicago, since 2006. The module is funded by the National 
Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within NSF. NSF 
recognizes that this data collection is not currently cleared by the 
Office of Management and Budget, and seeks to bring it into compliance.
    The S&T Attitudes Survey contains questions measuring a wide 
variety of topics, including following science in the media, attendance 
at informal science institutions such as museums, interest in science, 
knowledge of

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science facts, understanding of the scientific process, support for 
spending for scientific research, confidence in scientists, and 
attitudes toward particular science and technology issues such as 
nanotechnology and genetically engineered foods.
    Data collection is expected to begin in Spring 2018. In recent data 
collection cycles, the GSS has attained a response rate of 
approximately 70%. Data is collected primarily by face-to-face 
interviews, though there is an option for phone interviews. The survey 
will be collected in conformance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and the 
Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act 
(CIPSEA). Responses from individuals are voluntary. All individually 
identifiable information collected will be kept strictly confidential 
and will be used for research or statistical purposes, analyzing data, 
and preparing scientific reports and articles.
    2. Use of the Information: The S&T Attitudes Survey was established 
to gather high-quality data on public attitudes toward and 
understanding of science for the NCSES biennial publication, Science 
and Engineering Indicators (SEI). SEI is a congressionally mandated 
report on the status of the science and engineering enterprise in the 
United States, including comparisons with other countries. The 
``Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Understanding'' chapter 
of the report is dedicated to public understanding of and attitudes 
toward science and technology. These attitudes and understandings may 
influence students' decisions to pursue STEM careers, public support 
for funding scientific research, what technologies are adopted and how, 
and what public policies are put in place. Thus, public attitudes and 
understandings matter for the status of the science and engineering 
enterprise in the United States.
    The NSF will publish statistics from the survey in NCSES' SEI 
report and possibly in InfoBriefs that focus on particular research 
topics. These reports will be made available in print and 
electronically on the NSF Web site. Public use data files will also be 
developed and made freely available via the Internet.
    3. Expected Respondents: General Social Survey respondents are a 
probability sample of all noninstitutionalized English and Spanish 
speaking persons 18 years of age or older, living in the United States.
    The sample is a multi-stage area probability sample to the block or 
segment level. The Primary Sampling Units employed are Standard 
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) or non-metropolitan counties. 
These are stratified by region, age, and race/ethnicity before 
selection. Smaller geographical units such as segments (which include, 
for example, city blocks) are further selected, stratified according to 
race/ethnicity and income. The average cluster size is about 6 to 7 
respondents per segment. In a given segment, addresses are selected at 
random from a list of addresses, and one person is sought to 
participate from each address. There is, of course, the chance of 
sample biases due to not-at-homes. To reduce this potential bias, the 
interviewers are given instructions to canvass and interview usually 
after 3:00 p.m. on weekdays or during the weekend or holidays. The S&T 
Attitudes Survey forms a module on the GSS, and only a randomly-
selected portion of GSS respondents take the module. To accomplish 
this, addresses are randomly assigned to take the module. The random 
assignment of addresses to the module is carried out within segments.
    4. Estimate of Burden: In the 2014 GSS data collection cycle, 
respondents took an average of 20 minutes to respond to the S&T 
Attitudes Survey module. This is not expected to change. In addition, 
while the target number of participants is 1,250, this can vary 
depending on the execution of the GSS. No more than 1,313 participants 
are expected for the 2018 GSS. Thus, the total number of person-hours 
expected for the 2018 GSS is at most (20/60)*1,313 or 438 hours.

    Dated: March 21, 2017.
Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2017-05937 Filed 3-24-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 7555-01-P