Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery, 2821-2822 [2018-00844]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 13 / Friday, January 19, 2018 / Notices reproduction cost), payable to the United States Treasury. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment & Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2018–00833 Filed 1–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery AGENCY: Merit Systems Protection Board. Notice and request for comments. ACTION: The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), entitled: ‘‘Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery’’ and identified by OMB Control No. 3124–0015, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). This collection was developed as part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback from the public on service delivery. MSPB is soliciting comments on this extension, without change, of a previously approved collection set to expire on April 30, 2018. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to the OMB. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by March 20, 2018. ADDRESSES: Submit comments by using only one of the following methods: (1) Email. Submit comments to mspb@mspb.gov. (2) Mail. Submit comments to Jennifer Everling, Acting Clerk of the Board, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20419. (3) Fax. Submit comments to (202) 653–7130. All comments must reference OMB Control No. 3124–0015. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to MSPB’s website (www.mspb.gov) and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Jan 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 Jennifer Everling, Acting Clerk of the Board, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20419; phone: (202) 653–7200; fax: (202) 653–7130; or email: mspb@mspb.gov. You may contact the Office of the Clerk of the Board for copies of the proposed collection of information at: mspb@ mspb.gov. The proposed information collection activity provides a means to obtain qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with MSPB’s commitment to improving service delivery. Qualitative feedback is information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys 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. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between MSPB 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 MSPB’s services will be unavailable. The MSPB 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 lowcost for both the respondents and the Federal Government; • The collections are non-controversial and do not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies; • Any 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; PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2821 • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected only to the extent necessary and is not retained; • Information gathered will be used only internally for general service improvement and program management purposes and is not intended for release outside of MSPB; • 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. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results. As a general matter, information collections 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. Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery. OMB Number: 3124–0015. Type of Information Collection: Extension, without change, of a currently approved information collection. ICR Status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on April 30, 2018. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Abstract of Proposed Collection: This collection is part of a Federal E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 2822 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 13 / Friday, January 19, 2018 / Notices Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback from the public on service delivery and provides a means to obtain qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with MSPB’s commitment to improving service delivery. Responses to any collection of information under this ICR are voluntary. Affected Public: Individuals and Households; Businesses and Organizations; State, Local or Tribal Government. Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 3,000. Estimated Frequency of Responses: Once per request. Estimated Total Average Number of Responses for Each Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,500. Estimated Total Cost: $50,100. Comments: Comments should be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption above. Comments are solicited to: (a) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of MSPB, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of MSPB’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 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) evaluate the estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. Jennifer Everling, Acting Clerk of the Board. [FR Doc. 2018–00844 Filed 1–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7401–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Jan 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Notice of Meeting In accordance with the purposes of Sections 29 and 182b of the Atomic Energy Act (42 U.S.C. 2039, 2232b), the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) will hold a meeting February 8–10, 2018, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Thursday, February 8, 2018, Conference Room T–2B1, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852 8:30 a.m.–8:35 a.m.: Opening Remarks by the ACRS Chairman (Open)—The ACRS Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of the meeting. 8:35 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: NuScale Design Certification Application Request for Exemption from General Design Criterion 27 (Open/Closed)—The Committee will hear briefings by and discussion with representatives of the NRC staff and NuScale regarding the subject exemption application. [NOTE: A portion of this session may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C 552b(c)(4)] 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: WCAP–17938– P, Revision 2, ‘‘AP1000 In-Containment Cables and Non-Metallic Insulation Debris Integrated Assessment’’ (Open/ Closed)—The Committee will hear briefings by and discussion with representatives of the NRC staff and Westinghouse regarding the subject generic safety issue. [NOTE: A portion of this session may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C 552b(c)(4)] 1:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open/Closed)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports. [NOTE: A portion of this session may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C 552b(c)(4)] Friday, February 9, 2018, Conference Room T–2B1, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: Future ACRS Activities/Report of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee and Reconciliation of ACRS Comments and Recommendations (Open/Closed)—The Committee will hear discussion of the recommendations of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee regarding items proposed for consideration by the PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Full Committee during future ACRS meetings. [NOTE: A portion of this meeting may be closed pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(2) and (6) to discuss organizational and personnel matters that relate solely to internal personnel rules and practices of the ACRS, and information the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy] 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Biennial Review and Evaluation of the NRC Safety Research Program (Open)—The Committee will hear discussion regarding the NRC Safety Research Program. 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open/Closed)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports. [NOTE: A portion of this session may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C 552b(c)(4)] Saturday, February 10, 2018, Conference Room T–2B1, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open/Closed)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports. [NOTE: A portion of this session may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C 552b(c)(4)] Procedures for the conduct of and participation in ACRS meetings were published in the Federal Register on October 4, 2017 (82 FR 46312). In accordance with those procedures, oral or written views may be presented by members of the public, including representatives of the nuclear industry. Persons desiring to make oral statements should notify Quynh Nguyen, Cognizant ACRS Staff (Telephone: 301–415–5844, Email: Quynh.Nguyen@nrc.gov), 5 days before the meeting, if possible, so that appropriate arrangements can be made to allow necessary time during the meeting for such statements. 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 the Cognizant ACRS staff if such rescheduling would result in major inconvenience. Thirty-five hard copies of each presentation or handout should be provided 30 minutes before the meeting. In addition, one electronic copy of each presentation should be emailed to the Cognizant ACRS Staff one day before meeting. If an electronic copy cannot be provided within this timeframe, E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 13 (Friday, January 19, 2018)]
[Notices]
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MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD


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

AGENCY: Merit Systems Protection Board.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), as part of its 
continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, is 
planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), entitled: ``Generic Clearance 
for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery'' 
and identified by OMB Control No. 3124-0015, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). This collection was developed as 
part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process for 
seeking feedback from the public on service delivery. MSPB is 
soliciting comments on this extension, without change, of a previously 
approved collection set to expire on April 30, 2018. The purpose of 
this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission 
of the collection to the OMB.

DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by March 
20, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments by using only one of the following methods:
    (1) Email. Submit comments to [email protected].
    (2) Mail. Submit comments to Jennifer Everling, Acting Clerk of the 
Board, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 
20419.
    (3) Fax. Submit comments to (202) 653-7130.
    All comments must reference OMB Control No. 3124-0015. Regardless 
of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions 
will be posted, without change, to MSPB's website (www.mspb.gov) and 
will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, 
submitting this information makes it public.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Everling, Acting Clerk of the 
Board, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 
20419; phone: (202) 653-7200; fax: (202) 653-7130; or email: 
[email protected]. You may contact the Office of the Clerk of the Board for 
copies of the proposed collection of information at: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    The proposed information collection activity provides a means to 
obtain qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, 
timely manner, in accordance with MSPB's commitment to improving 
service delivery. Qualitative feedback is information that provides 
useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical 
surveys 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. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and 
actionable communications between MSPB 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 MSPB's services will be unavailable.
    The MSPB 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;
     Any 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 will be used only internally for 
general service improvement and program management purposes and is 
not intended for release outside of MSPB;
     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. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely 
to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for 
other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative 
results.
    As a general matter, information collections 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.
    Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback 
on Agency Service Delivery.
    OMB Number: 3124-0015.
    Type of Information Collection: Extension, without change, of a 
currently approved information collection.
    ICR Status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on April 30, 
2018. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.
    Abstract of Proposed Collection: This collection is part of a 
Federal

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Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback 
from the public on service delivery and provides a means to obtain 
qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely 
manner, in accordance with MSPB's commitment to improving service 
delivery. Responses to any collection of information under this ICR are 
voluntary.
    Affected Public: Individuals and Households; Businesses and 
Organizations; State, Local or Tribal Government.
    Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 3,000.
    Estimated Frequency of Responses: Once per request.
    Estimated Total Average Number of Responses for Each Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,500.
    Estimated Total Cost: $50,100.
    Comments: Comments should be submitted as indicated in the 
ADDRESSES caption above. Comments are solicited to: (a) Evaluate 
whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of MSPB, including whether the information 
shall have practical utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of MSPB's 
estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
(d) 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) evaluate 
the estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, 
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden 
means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by 
persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information 
to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and 
systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to 
a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and 
review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise 
disclose the information.

Jennifer Everling,
Acting Clerk of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2018-00844 Filed 1-18-18; 8:45 am]
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