Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pilot of USPS Postal Carriers as Census Enumerators During the 2018 End-to-End Census Test, 43934-43935 [2017-20036]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSKBBY8HB2PROD with NOTICES 43934 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 181 / Wednesday, September 20, 2017 / Notices begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 2:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Census Bureau Auditorium, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tara Dunlop Jackson, Branch Chief for Advisory Committees, Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office, at tara.dunlop.jackson@census.gov, Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H177, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, telephone 301–763–5222. For TTY callers, please use the Federal Relay Service 1–800– 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NAC was established in March 2012 and operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Title 5, United States Code, Appendix 2, Section 10). 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Jarmin, Associate Director for Economic Programs, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Director, Bureau of the Census. [FR Doc. 2017–20061 Filed 9–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pilot of USPS Postal Carriers as Census Enumerators During the 2018 End-toEnd Census Test 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 November 20, 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 Robin A. Pennington, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the internet at robin.a.pennington@ census.gov). SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau proposes a proof of concept study on the use of United States Postal Service (USPS) Postal Carriers as Census Bureau enumerators as part of the 2018 End-toEnd Census Test. The possibility of formally using Postal Carriers to conduct enumeration as part of Decennial Census operations has been proposed or suggested several times in PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 recent years by Members of Congress, as well as other advisory and oversight bodies, in response to (1) the rising operational costs of both agencies, and (2) the need for familiarity with local addresses. The suggestions often note that the USPS maintains a permanent, well trained, and experienced labor force that possesses significant public trust and detailed knowledge of the addressing and residential patterns in communities they serve. The rationale for this study is to test and observe the feasibility of the use of Postal Carriers as enumerators in the context of an existing Census Test, and, thereby, enable the Census Bureau and USPS to better respond to stakeholder inquiries about the feasibility of such activities. The potential long-term advantages to the Census Bureau include: (1) Leveraging local USPS knowledge about households to pinpoint the best time for an interview, (2) increasing the pool of enumerators without hiring new temporary staff, and (3) providing a more flexible landscape for how and when Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) interviews occur during the enumeration phase of a census. The Census Bureau plans to conduct a pilot in two ZIP Codes outside of—but adjacent to—the 2018 End-to-End Census Test site location in Providence County, R.I. The pilot will involve approximately 40 Postal Carriers operating out of two ZIP Codes, 02760 located in North Attleboro, MA, and 02888 located in Warwick, RI. The proposed evaluation and deliverables are: (1) The numbers of resolved enumeration cases will be documented to determine whether Postal Carriers were able to successfully conduct assigned NRFU activities. Documentation will identify and describe challenges and opportunities for future collaborative participation in this operation. (2) A report that details the development of baseline metrics to describe costs and benefits of a future collaborative operation. This study will determine the information needed to assess cost differences/savings to recruiting and staff-onboarding operations by using existing USPS employees, and the value added in terms of efficiency and quality of NRFU activities, measured by numbers of visits, of using Postal Carriers with local knowledge. (3) Results of focus group debriefings held with the Postal Carriers, their managers, and the public after the 2018 End-to-End Census Test enumeration phase is complete to describe and E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 181 / Wednesday, September 20, 2017 / Notices characterize the impacts of this collaboration on agency operations and the public trust. Documented operational Lessons Learned from the entirety of the project and recommendations for next steps will accompany the report. The outcome of this pilot study will provide the Census Bureau and the USPS with baseline descriptive and qualitative information that can be used to inform future field-based collaborations. II. Method of Collection Census Bureau staff will train Postal Carriers to successfully conduct enumeration to complete the activity. Postal Carriers will be sworn to uphold the same confidentiality as Census Bureau employees. They will perform enumeration functions using the same procedures and automation as other enumerators during the hours of 5 p.m.– 8 p.m. on weekdays, variable weekend hours, and both inside and outside the geographic constraints of their assigned routes. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–XXXX. Form Number(s): DH–16(LN), DH– 16(LN)(E/S). Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: 31,479. Estimated Number of Respondents: 24,889. Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,148. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $199,080. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. 23, 141, 193. sradovich on DSKBBY8HB2PROD 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; VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Sep 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 they also will become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental PRA Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–20036 Filed 9–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions 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, Public Law 104–13. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before November 20, 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 Erica Filipek, U.S. Census Bureau, EID, CENHQ Room 7K057, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, telephone (301)763–5161 (or via the Internet at Erica.Mary.Filipek@ census.gov). SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request a three-year extension of the current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of the Survey of Housing Starts, Sales and Completions, also known as the Survey of Construction (SOC). We also plan revisions to the current collection. The SOC collects monthly data on new residential construction from a sample of owners or builders. The Census Bureau uses the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) electronic questionnaires SOC–QI/SF.1 and SOC– PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43935 QI/MF.1 to collect data on start and completion dates of construction, physical characteristics of the structure (floor area, number of bathrooms, type of heating system, etc.), and if applicable, date of sale, sales price, and type of financing. The SOC provides widely used measures of construction activity, including the economic indicators Housing Starts and Housing Completions, which are from the New Residential Construction series, and New Residential Sales. After working with the survey sponsor and key data users, the Census Bureau has decided to add one new data item to the single-family questionnaire regarding ceiling height. With respect to survey burden, the Census Bureau samples about 1,620 new buildings each month (19,440 per year). Census Bureau staff inquire about the progress of each building multiple times until it is completed (and a sales contract is signed, if it is a single-family house that is built for sale). For singlefamily buildings, there are an average of 8.11 interviews and for multifamily buildings, an average of 7.0 interviews. The total number of interviews conducted each year for single-family buildings is about 102,186 and for multifamily buildings is about 47,880. Each interview takes 5 minutes on average. Therefore, the total annual burden is 12,506 hours. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau uses its field representatives to collect the data through CAPI. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0110. Form Number(s): SOC–QI/SF.1 and SOC–QI/MF.1. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households, business or other for-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,440. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 12,506. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. 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 E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pilot of USPS 
Postal Carriers as Census Enumerators During the 2018 End-to-End Census 
Test

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 November 20, 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 Robin A. Pennington, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 
Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the internet at 
robin.a.pennington@census.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau proposes a proof of concept study on the use 
of United States Postal Service (USPS) Postal Carriers as Census Bureau 
enumerators as part of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test. The possibility 
of formally using Postal Carriers to conduct enumeration as part of 
Decennial Census operations has been proposed or suggested several 
times in recent years by Members of Congress, as well as other advisory 
and oversight bodies, in response to (1) the rising operational costs 
of both agencies, and (2) the need for familiarity with local 
addresses. The suggestions often note that the USPS maintains a 
permanent, well trained, and experienced labor force that possesses 
significant public trust and detailed knowledge of the addressing and 
residential patterns in communities they serve.
    The rationale for this study is to test and observe the feasibility 
of the use of Postal Carriers as enumerators in the context of an 
existing Census Test, and, thereby, enable the Census Bureau and USPS 
to better respond to stakeholder inquiries about the feasibility of 
such activities. The potential long-term advantages to the Census 
Bureau include: (1) Leveraging local USPS knowledge about households to 
pinpoint the best time for an interview, (2) increasing the pool of 
enumerators without hiring new temporary staff, and (3) providing a 
more flexible landscape for how and when Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) 
interviews occur during the enumeration phase of a census.
    The Census Bureau plans to conduct a pilot in two ZIP Codes outside 
of--but adjacent to--the 2018 End-to-End Census Test site location in 
Providence County, R.I. The pilot will involve approximately 40 Postal 
Carriers operating out of two ZIP Codes, 02760 located in North 
Attleboro, MA, and 02888 located in Warwick, RI.
    The proposed evaluation and deliverables are:
    (1) The numbers of resolved enumeration cases will be documented to 
determine whether Postal Carriers were able to successfully conduct 
assigned NRFU activities. Documentation will identify and describe 
challenges and opportunities for future collaborative participation in 
this operation.
    (2) A report that details the development of baseline metrics to 
describe costs and benefits of a future collaborative operation. This 
study will determine the information needed to assess cost differences/
savings to recruiting and staff-onboarding operations by using existing 
USPS employees, and the value added in terms of efficiency and quality 
of NRFU activities, measured by numbers of visits, of using Postal 
Carriers with local knowledge.
    (3) Results of focus group debriefings held with the Postal 
Carriers, their managers, and the public after the 2018 End-to-End 
Census Test enumeration phase is complete to describe and

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characterize the impacts of this collaboration on agency operations and 
the public trust.
    Documented operational Lessons Learned from the entirety of the 
project and recommendations for next steps will accompany the report. 
The outcome of this pilot study will provide the Census Bureau and the 
USPS with baseline descriptive and qualitative information that can be 
used to inform future field-based collaborations.

II. Method of Collection

    Census Bureau staff will train Postal Carriers to successfully 
conduct enumeration to complete the activity. Postal Carriers will be 
sworn to uphold the same confidentiality as Census Bureau employees. 
They will perform enumeration functions using the same procedures and 
automation as other enumerators during the hours of 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on 
weekdays, variable weekend hours, and both inside and outside the 
geographic constraints of their assigned routes.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-XXXX.
    Form Number(s): DH-16(LN), DH-16(LN)(E/S).
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: 31,479.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 24,889.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,148.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $199,080.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. 23, 141, 193.

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. 2017-20036 Filed 9-19-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-07-P