Patent Examiner Employment Application, 37576-37577 [2017-16940]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 37576 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 154 / Friday, August 11, 2017 / Notices and manage fisheries within an ecosystem approach. 2. Conduct education and outreach to foster good stewardship principles and broad and direct public participation in the Council’s decision-making process. 3. Promote regional cooperation to manage domestic and international fisheries. 4. Encourage development of technologies and methods to achieve the most effective level of monitoring, control, and surveillance, and to ensure safety at sea. 5. Support Western Pacific community demonstration projects and Western Pacific Community Development Program to promote participation and access to fisheries for eligible communities. In addition, the PRIA MCP contains seven conservation and management objectives, consistent with the Hawaii FEP: 1. Support quality research and monitoring to obtain the most complete scientific information available to assess and manage fisheries within an ecosystem approach. 2. Promote an ecosystem approach to fisheries management including reducing bycatch in fisheries, minimizing impacts on marine habitats and protected species, and addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation. 3. Conduct education and outreach to foster good stewardship principles and broad and direct public participation in the Council’s decision-making process. 4. Recognize the importance of island cultures and traditional fishing practices in managing fishery resources and foster opportunities for participation. 5. Promote responsible domestic fisheries development to provided longterm economic growth and stability by reducing foreign imports and increasing local seafood production. 6. Promote regional cooperation and capacity-building to manage domestic and international fisheries. 7. Encourage development of technologies and methods to achieve the most effective level of monitoring, control, and surveillance, and to ensure safety at sea. Please refer to the MCP for planned projects and activities designed to meet each conservation and management objective, for the evaluative criteria, and for the priority rankings. This notice announces that NMFS has reviewed the MCP for the PRIA, and has determined that it satisfies the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Accordingly, NMFS has approved the MCP for the 3-year period from August 4, 2017, through August 3, 2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Aug 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 This MCP supersedes the MCP previously approved for the period August 4, 2014, through August 3, 2017 (79 FR 44753, August 1, 2014). Dated: August 8, 2017. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–16988 Filed 8–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Examiner Employment Application Proposed extension of an existing information collection; comment request. ACTION: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651–0042 (Patent Examiner Employment Application). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 10, 2017. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0042 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Request for additional information should be directed to LaRita Jones, Chief of the Workforce Employment Division, Office of Human Resources, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 145; by telephone at 571–272–6196; or by email to larita.jones@upsto.gov with ‘‘0651–0042 comment’’ in the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract In the current employment environment, information technology professionals and engineering graduates PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 are in great demand. The USPTO is in direct competition with private industry for the same caliber of candidates with the requisite knowledge and skills to perform patent examination work. The use of automated online systems during recruitment allows the USPTO to remain competitive, meet hiring goals, and fulfill the agency’s Congressional commitment to reduce the pendency rate for the examination of patent applications. The USPTO uses the Monster Hiring Management (MHM) system to rapidly review applications for employment of entry-level patent examiners. Using MHM saves time by eliminating paper applications; reducing by several weeks the time Office of Human Resources staff need to spend processing and reviewing applications. Given the time sensitive hiring needs of the Patent Examining Corps, the MHM system provides increased speed and accuracy during the employment process. The MHM online application collects supplemental information to an candidate’s USAjobs application. This information assists the Human Resource Specialists and hiring managers in determining whether an applicant possesses the basic qualification requirements for the patent examiner position. From the information collected, the MHM system creates an electronic real-time candidate inventory on applicants’ expertise and technical knowledge, which allows the USPTO to instantaneously review applications from multiple potential applicants. The use of the MHM online application fully complies with 5 U.S.C. 2301, which requires adequate public notice to assure open competition by guaranteeing that necessary employment information will be accessible and available to the public on inquiry. It is also fully compliant with Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794(d)), which requires agencies to provide disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. II. Method of Collection With the use of MHM, the applicant’s information is collected electronically from the application. The USAJobs.gov Web site provides the online job announcement that links the applicant to the application and the MHM system. The application is completed online and then transmitted to the USPTO via the Internet. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0651–0042. IC Instruments and Forms: There are no forms associated with this collection. E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 37577 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 154 / Friday, August 11, 2017 / Notices Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,660 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the employment application takes approximately 30 minutes (0.50 hours) to complete (See Table 1 below). This includes the time to gather the necessary information, respond to the MHM prompts, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 5,330 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $239,690. The USPTO expects that engineers and scientists will complete these applications. The professional hourly rate for these respondents is estimated at an hourly rate of $44.97. This rate is the median hourly wage in May 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program estimates for engineers ($43.75; OES 17–2000) and scientists ($46.19; OES 19–2099). Using this hourly rate, the USPTO estimates that the total respondent cost burden for this collection is $239,690.00 per year. TABLE 1—ANNUAL HOURLY COST BURDEN Estimated time for response (hr) Item Estimated annual responses Estimated annual burden Estimated hourly rate Estimated annual hourly cost (a) IC # (b) (c) (a) × (b) (d) (e) (c) × (d) 1 ................... Patent Examiner Employee Application. 0.50 (30 minutes) 10,660 5,330 $44.97 $239,690.00 Total ...... ............................................................. .............................. 10,660 5,330 ........................ $239,690.00 Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $0.00. There are no filing fees or start-up, maintenance, record keeping, or postage costs associated with this information collection. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES IV. Request for Comments Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they will also become a matter of public record. 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 the practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and costs) 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, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2017–16940 Filed 8–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Aug 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List: Proposed Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. AGENCY: Proposed deletions from the Procurement List. ACTION: The Committee is proposing to delete products and a service from the Procurement List that were previously furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before September 10, 2017. DATES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia, 22202–4149. ADDRESSES: For further information or to submit comments contact: Amy B. Jensen, Telephone: (703) 603–7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@ AbilityOne.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 8503 (a)(2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Deletions The following products and service are proposed for deletion from the Procurement List: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Products NSN(s)—Product Name(s): 4820–00–052– 4653—Valve, Ball Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: The Opportunity Center Easter Seal Facility—The Ala ES Soc, Inc., Anniston, AL Contracting Activity: Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime NSN(s)—Product Name(s): 7045–01–599–5296—Privacy Filter, iPad 7530–01–515–7902—Paper, Printer, Ink Jet, Photo Quality, Double Side, 26 lb., Letter, 94 Bright White Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Wiscraft, Inc., Milwaukee, WI Contracting Activity: General Services Administration, New York, NY NSN(s)—Product Name(s): 7520–01–648–3552—Pen, Biobased, Gel Stick, Cushion Grip, Medium Point, Blue 7520–01–648–3553—Pen, Biobased, Gel Stick, Cushion Grip, Medium Point, Black 7520–01–648–3554—Pen, Biobased, Gel Stick, Cushion Grip, Medium Point, Red Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Alphapointe, Kansas City, MO Contracting Activity: General Services Administration, New York, NY Service Service Type: Janitorial/Custodial Service Mandatory for: Pennington Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center: 2164 Harding Highway East, Marion, OH Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: MARCA Industries, Inc., Marion, OH Contracting Activity: DEPT OF THE ARMY, W6QM MICC FT MCCOY (RC) Patricia Briscoe, Deputy Director, Business Operations (Pricing and Information Management). 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 154 (Friday, August 11, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 37576-37577]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-16940]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Patent Examiner Employment Application

ACTION: Proposed extension of an existing information collection; 
comment request.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a 
proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0042 
(Patent Examiner Employment Application).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 10, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include ``0651-
0042 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records and Information Governance 
Division Director, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, United 
States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 
22313-1450.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Request for additional information 
should be directed to LaRita Jones, Chief of the Workforce Employment 
Division, Office of Human Resources, United States Patent and Trademark 
Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-145; by telephone at 571-
272-6196; or by email to larita.jones@upsto.gov with ``0651-0042 
comment'' in the subject line. Additional information about this 
collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov under 
``Information Collection Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    In the current employment environment, information technology 
professionals and engineering graduates are in great demand. The USPTO 
is in direct competition with private industry for the same caliber of 
candidates with the requisite knowledge and skills to perform patent 
examination work. The use of automated online systems during 
recruitment allows the USPTO to remain competitive, meet hiring goals, 
and fulfill the agency's Congressional commitment to reduce the 
pendency rate for the examination of patent applications.
    The USPTO uses the Monster Hiring Management (MHM) system to 
rapidly review applications for employment of entry-level patent 
examiners. Using MHM saves time by eliminating paper applications; 
reducing by several weeks the time Office of Human Resources staff need 
to spend processing and reviewing applications. Given the time 
sensitive hiring needs of the Patent Examining Corps, the MHM system 
provides increased speed and accuracy during the employment process.
    The MHM online application collects supplemental information to an 
candidate's USAjobs application. This information assists the Human 
Resource Specialists and hiring managers in determining whether an 
applicant possesses the basic qualification requirements for the patent 
examiner position. From the information collected, the MHM system 
creates an electronic real-time candidate inventory on applicants' 
expertise and technical knowledge, which allows the USPTO to 
instantaneously review applications from multiple potential applicants.
    The use of the MHM online application fully complies with 5 U.S.C. 
2301, which requires adequate public notice to assure open competition 
by guaranteeing that necessary employment information will be 
accessible and available to the public on inquiry. It is also fully 
compliant with Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794(d)), which requires agencies 
to provide disabled employees and members of the public access to 
information that is comparable to the access available to others.

II. Method of Collection

    With the use of MHM, the applicant's information is collected 
electronically from the application. The USAJobs.gov Web site provides 
the online job announcement that links the applicant to the application 
and the MHM system. The application is completed online and then 
transmitted to the USPTO via the Internet.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0651-0042.
    IC Instruments and Forms: There are no forms associated with this 
collection.

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    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,660 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that the 
employment application takes approximately 30 minutes (0.50 hours) to 
complete (See Table 1 below). This includes the time to gather the 
necessary information, respond to the MHM prompts, and submit the 
completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 5,330 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent (Hourly) Cost Burden: $239,690. 
The USPTO expects that engineers and scientists will complete these 
applications. The professional hourly rate for these respondents is 
estimated at an hourly rate of $44.97. This rate is the median hourly 
wage in May 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program estimates for 
engineers ($43.75; OES 17-2000) and scientists ($46.19; OES 19-2099). 
Using this hourly rate, the USPTO estimates that the total respondent 
cost burden for this collection is $239,690.00 per year.

                                                           Table 1--Annual Hourly Cost Burden
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                                                                                             Estimated                                       Estimated
            IC #                           Item                   Estimated time for          annual         Estimated       Estimated     annual hourly
                                                                     response (hr)           responses     annual burden    hourly rate        cost
                                                                          (a)                   (b)             (c)             (d)             (e)
                                                                                                               (a) x (b)                       (c) x (d)
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1..........................  Patent Examiner Employee         0.50 (30 minutes).........          10,660           5,330          $44.97     $239,690.00
                              Application.
                                                                                         ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total..................  ...............................  ..........................          10,660           5,330  ..............     $239,690.00
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    Estimated Total Annual (Non-hour) Respondent Cost Burden: $0.00. 
There are no filing fees or start-up, maintenance, record keeping, or 
postage costs associated with this information collection.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they will also become a matter of public record.
    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 the practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including 
hours and costs) 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, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.

Marcie Lovett,
Records and Information Governance Division Director, Office of the 
Chief Technology Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2017-16940 Filed 8-10-17; 8:45 am]
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