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Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Notices operations with less than 5 colonies will receive one combined, annual questionnaire that contains the same questions as asked under the currently approved dockets. The sample is adjusted so that the same group of operators who qualify for the honey survey also qualify for the loss survey. The title of this revised docket will now be Honey and Honey Bee Surveys. As pollinators, honey bees are vital to the agricultural industry for producing food for the world’s population. USDA, NASS has found that during 2015, colonies losses by quarter ranged from 12 to 18 percent. Overall, from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016, the total number of colonies in the United States decreased by 8 percent. Additional data is needed to accurately describe the costs associated with pest/disease control, wintering fees, and replacement worker and queen bees. USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with other relevant Federal partners, are scaling up efforts to address the decline of honey bee health with a goal of ensuring the recovery of this critical subset of pollinators. NASS supports the Pollinator Research Action Plan, published May 19, 2015, which emphasizes the importance of coordinated action to identify the extent and causal factors in honey bee mortality. Authority: These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, ‘‘Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA),’’ Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 33362. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information for operations with five or more colonies is estimated to average 20 minutes per response for the annual Bee and Honey survey and 10 minutes per respondent for the quarterly Colony Loss Survey. Operations with less than five colonies will receive the newly combined questionnaire (Bee and Honey and Colony Loss) which is estimated to VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:49 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 average 20 minutes per response. Publicity materials and instruction sheets will account for 5 minutes of additional burden per respondent. Respondents who refuse to complete a survey will be allotted 2 minutes of burden per attempt to collect the data. Respondents: Farmers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 22,500. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: With an estimated response rate of approximately 80%, we estimate the total burden to be approximately 9,200 hours. 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 will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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 those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, July 5, 2017. Hubert Hamer, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2017–15156 Filed 7–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Annual Retail Trade 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. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before September 18, 2017. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33043 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 PRAcomments@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Chris Savage, U.S. Census Bureau, Economy Wide-Statistics Division, Room 8K045, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233–6500, (301) 763–4834, (or via Email at john.c.savage@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) covers employer firms with establishments located in the United States and classified in the Retail Trade sector as defined by the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The Census Bureau selects firms for this survey from the Business Register (BR) using a stratified random sample where strata are defined by industry and annual sales. The BR is the Census Bureau’s master business list and contains basic economic information for more than 7.4 million employer business and over 22.5 million nonemployer businesses. The BR contains information collected through direct data collections as well as administrative record information from other federal agencies. The Census Bureau updates the ARTS sample quarterly to reflect employer business ‘‘births’’ and ‘‘deaths.’’ The births reflect new employer businesses identified in the Business and Professional Classification Survey; deaths involve deleting firms and subunits of firms identified by their Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) when it is determined they are no longer active. Through the ARTS survey, the Census Bureau asks firms to provide annual sales, annual e-commerce sales, yearend inventories held inside and outside the United States, sales taxes, total operating expenses, purchases, accounts receivables, and, for selected industries, sales by merchandise line. These data are used to satisfy a variety of public and business needs such as conducting economic market analyses, assessing company performance, and forecasting future demands. The Census Bureau publishes national data from the survey for selected retail trade industries approximately fifteen months after the end of the reference year. E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 33044 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Notices Effective in survey year 2016 (collected in 2017), ARTS no longer includes firms in the accommodation and food services industries. These industries are now part of the Service Annual Survey (SAS). Also effective in survey year 2016, ARTS introduced a new sample and requested that firms provide two years of data in order to link the old and new samples. Linking the samples helps ensure that published estimates continue to be reliable and accurate. In survey year 2017 and subsequent years, ARTS will request only one year of data until a new sample is selected again in five years. Every five years, in survey years ending in 2 and 7, ARTS requests data on detailed operating expenses from firms. During the survey year 2016 ARTS collection, detailed operating expenses are not collected. The last time ARTS collected detailed operating expenses was in 2013 for the 2012 survey year. The plan is to reinstate these questions in 2018 as part of the 2017 survey year ARTS data collection. In an effort to reduce burden and meet the changing needs of data users, as of the 2016 survey year the Census Bureau is no longer requesting that department stores provide data regarding sales collected from leased departments. The ARTS data is only collected electronically using the Census Bureau’s secure online reporting instrument (Centurion). This electronic system of reporting is designed to allow respondents easier access, convenience and flexibility. Data is automatically stored and results are available immediately. In rare cases where the company has no access to the Internet, the Census Bureau can arrange for the company to provide data to an analyst via telephone. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau collects this information via the Internet but in rare cases when respondents have no access to the Internet, it is collected by telephone. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD 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. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental PRA Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–15112 Filed 7–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of the Census [Docket Number 170629607–7607–01] Limited-Access Highway Classification Codes Bureau of the Census, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of final change. AGENCY: The Bureau of the Census (U.S. Census Bureau) publishes this notice to announce the upcoming change in the classification of limitedaccess highways in the Census Bureau’s Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Referencing and Encoding (MAF/TIGER) System. The change assigns all limited-access highways a MAF/TIGER Feature Classification Code (MTFCC) of S1100 (Primary Roads). Previously, the classification code for limited-access highways was either S1100 (Primary Roads) or S1200 (Secondary Roads). SUMMARY: III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0013. Form Number(s): SA44, SA44–A, SA44–C, SA44–D, SA44–E, SA44–N, SA44–S, SA44–T. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Retail firms located in the United States. Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,301. Estimated Time per Response: 201.2 minutes (2017 survey year with additional items collected). 39.1 minutes (2018 and 2019 survey years). VerDate Sep<11>2014 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 64,723 hours (2017 survey year with additional items collected). 12,578 hours (2018 and 2019). Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131 and 182. 18:49 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This notice will be effective on August 18, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Cackowski, (301) 763–5423, or at g.david.cackowski@census.gov, Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233; or also by email at geo.geography@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: A. Background MAF/TIGER System is an abbreviation for the Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing System. It is a digital (computerreadable) geographic database that automates the mapping and related geographic activities required to support the Census Bureau’s census and survey programs. The Census Bureau developed TIGER to automate the geographic support processes needed to meet the major geographic needs of the 1990 census: Producing cartographic products to support data collection and map presentations, providing geographic structure for tabulation and dissemination of the collected statistical data, assigning residential and employer addresses to the correct geographic location and relating those locations to the geographic entities used for data tabulation, and so forth. During the 1990s, the Census Bureau developed an independent Master Address File (MAF) to support field operations and allocation of housing units for tabulations. After Census 2000, both the address-based MAF and geographic TIGER databases merged to form the MAF/TIGER System. The contents of the MAF/TIGER System undergo continuous updating and are made available to the public through a variety of TIGER products such as shapefiles, geodatabases, and web map services. B. Final Change The Census Bureau issued in the Federal Register a notice and request for comment on the limited-access highway code change on April 25, 2017 (82 FR 19020). We did not receive any comments on that initial notice, therefore this is an announcement of the upcoming final change. Please see the earlier Federal Register notice (82 FR 19020, April 25, 2017) for a discussion of the proposed changes and rationale for doing so. The Census Bureau publishes this notice to announce the upcoming change in the classification of limitedaccess highways in the MAF/TIGER System. Generally, only interstate highways are currently in the S1100 E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 137 (Wednesday, July 19, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-15112]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Annual Retail 
Trade 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.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before September 18, 2017.

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 PRAcomments@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Chris Savage, U.S. Census Bureau, Economy Wide-
Statistics Division, Room 8K045, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 
20233-6500, (301) 763-4834, (or via Email at john.c.savage@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) covers employer firms with 
establishments located in the United States and classified in the 
Retail Trade sector as defined by the 2012 North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS).
    The Census Bureau selects firms for this survey from the Business 
Register (BR) using a stratified random sample where strata are defined 
by industry and annual sales. The BR is the Census Bureau's master 
business list and contains basic economic information for more than 7.4 
million employer business and over 22.5 million non-employer 
businesses. The BR contains information collected through direct data 
collections as well as administrative record information from other 
federal agencies. The Census Bureau updates the ARTS sample quarterly 
to reflect employer business ``births'' and ``deaths.'' The births 
reflect new employer businesses identified in the Business and 
Professional Classification Survey; deaths involve deleting firms and 
subunits of firms identified by their Employer Identification Numbers 
(EINs) when it is determined they are no longer active.
    Through the ARTS survey, the Census Bureau asks firms to provide 
annual sales, annual e-commerce sales, year-end inventories held inside 
and outside the United States, sales taxes, total operating expenses, 
purchases, accounts receivables, and, for selected industries, sales by 
merchandise line. These data are used to satisfy a variety of public 
and business needs such as conducting economic market analyses, 
assessing company performance, and forecasting future demands. The 
Census Bureau publishes national data from the survey for selected 
retail trade industries approximately fifteen months after the end of 
the reference year.

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    Effective in survey year 2016 (collected in 2017), ARTS no longer 
includes firms in the accommodation and food services industries. These 
industries are now part of the Service Annual Survey (SAS). Also 
effective in survey year 2016, ARTS introduced a new sample and 
requested that firms provide two years of data in order to link the old 
and new samples. Linking the samples helps ensure that published 
estimates continue to be reliable and accurate. In survey year 2017 and 
subsequent years, ARTS will request only one year of data until a new 
sample is selected again in five years.
    Every five years, in survey years ending in 2 and 7, ARTS requests 
data on detailed operating expenses from firms. During the survey year 
2016 ARTS collection, detailed operating expenses are not collected. 
The last time ARTS collected detailed operating expenses was in 2013 
for the 2012 survey year. The plan is to reinstate these questions in 
2018 as part of the 2017 survey year ARTS data collection.
    In an effort to reduce burden and meet the changing needs of data 
users, as of the 2016 survey year the Census Bureau is no longer 
requesting that department stores provide data regarding sales 
collected from leased departments.
    The ARTS data is only collected electronically using the Census 
Bureau's secure online reporting instrument (Centurion). This 
electronic system of reporting is designed to allow respondents easier 
access, convenience and flexibility. Data is automatically stored and 
results are available immediately. In rare cases where the company has 
no access to the Internet, the Census Bureau can arrange for the 
company to provide data to an analyst via telephone.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau collects this information via the Internet but in 
rare cases when respondents have no access to the Internet, it is 
collected by telephone.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0013.
    Form Number(s): SA44, SA44-A, SA44-C, SA44-D, SA44-E, SA44-N, SA44-
S, SA44-T.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Retail firms located in the United States.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,301.
    Estimated Time per Response: 201.2 minutes (2017 survey year with 
additional items collected). 39.1 minutes (2018 and 2019 survey years).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 64,723 hours (2017 survey year 
with additional items collected). 12,578 hours (2018 and 2019).
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131 and 
182.

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.

Sheleen Dumas,
Departmental PRA Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-15112 Filed 7-18-17; 8:45 am]
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