Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Redistricting Data Program, 8832-8835 [2018-04156]

Download as PDF 8832 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 41 / Thursday, March 1, 2018 / Notices proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number. Members of the public are entitled to make comments during the open period at the end of the meeting. Members of the public may also submit written comments; the comments must be received in the Regional Programs Unit within 30 days following the meeting. Written comments may be mailed to the Western Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 2010, Los Angeles, CA 90012. They may be faxed to the Commission at (213) 894–0508, or emailed to Ana Victoria Fortes at afortes@usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Regional Programs Unit at (213) 894– 3437. Records and documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public viewing prior to and after the meeting at https://facadatabase.gov/ committee/meetings.aspx?cid=234. Please click on the ‘‘Meeting Details’’ and ‘‘Documents’’ links. Records generated from this meeting may also be inspected and reproduced at the Regional Programs Unit, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Persons interested in the work of this Committee are directed to the Commission’s website, https:// www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Regional Programs Unit at the above email or street address. Agenda I. Welcome II. Vote on Advisory Memorandum III. Public Comment IV. Next Steps V. Adjournment Dated: February 23, 2018. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2018–04142 Filed 2–28–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meetings of the Texas Advisory Committee AGENCY: U.S. Commission on Civil amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Rights ACTION: Announcement of meeting. Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that meetings of the Texas SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Feb 28, 2018 Jkt 244001 Advisory Committee (Committee) to the Commission will be held at 12:00 p.m. (Central Time), Wednesday, March 21, 2018; 1:00 p.m. (Central Time), Wednesday, April 18, 2018; 1:00 p.m. (Central Time), Wednesday, May 9, 2018; and 1:00 p.m. (Central Time), Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The purpose of these meetings is for the Committee to discuss findings and recommendations for an advisory memorandum on voting rights in the state. DATES: These meetings will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Public Call Information: Dial: 888– 211–9963; Conference ID: 2677329. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ana Victoria Fortes (DFO) at afortes@ usccr.gov or (213) 894–3437. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These meetings are available to the public through the following toll-free call-in number: 888–211–9963, conference ID number: 2677329. Any interested member of the public may call this number and listen to the meetings. Callers can expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over landline connections to the toll-free telephone number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number. Members of the public are entitled to make comments during the open period at the end of each meeting. Members of the public may also submit written comments; the comments must be received in the Regional Programs Unit within 30 days following the meetings. Written comments may be mailed to the Western Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 2010, Los Angeles, CA 90012. They may be faxed to the Commission at (213) 894–0508, or emailed Ana Victoria Fortes at afortes@ usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Regional Programs Unit at (213) 894– 3437. Records and documents discussed during meetings will be available for public viewing prior to and after the meetings at https://facadatabase.gov/ committee/meetings.aspx?cid=276. Please click on the ‘‘Meeting Details’’ PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and ‘‘Documents’’ links. Records generated from these meetings may also be inspected and reproduced at the Regional Programs Unit, as they become available, both before and after the meetings. Persons interested in the work of this Committee are directed to the Commission’s website, https:// www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Regional Programs Unit at the above email or street address. Agenda I. Welcome II. Approve minutes from previous meeting date III. Discuss advisory memorandum IV. Public Comment V. Next Steps VI. Adjournment Dated: February 23, 2018. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2018–04145 Filed 2–28–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Redistricting Data Program 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 April 30, 2018. 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). You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC– XXXX–XXXX, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record. No comments will be posted to http:// www.regulations.gov for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 41 / Thursday, March 1, 2018 / Notices Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to James Whitehorne, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, rdo@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES I. Overview The Redistricting Data Program (RDP) is one of many voluntary geographic data exchange programs that collects boundaries to update the U.S. Census Bureau’s geographic database of addresses, streets, and boundaries. The Census Bureau uses its geographic database to link demographic data from surveys and the decennial Census to locations and areas, such as cities, congressional and legislative districts, and counties. To tabulate statistics by localities, the Census Bureau must have accurate addresses and boundaries. The boundaries collected in the RDP and other geographic programs will create census blocks, which are the building blocks for all Census Bureau geographic boundaries. While the geographic programs differ in requirements, timeframe, and participants, the RDP and the other geographic programs all follow the same basic process: 1. The Census Bureau invites eligible participants to the program. For the RDP, we invite nonpartisan state liaisons appointed by the legislative leadership of each state. 2. If they elect to participate in the program, participants receive a digital copy of the boundaries the Census Bureau has on file. Participants review the boundaries and update them if needed. RDP participants can choose to review and provide their boundary updates using a free customized mapping software, or using their own mapping software. 3. Participants return their updates to the Census Bureau. 4. The Census Bureau updates its geographic database with boundary updates from participants. 5. The Census Bureau uses the newly updated boundaries and addresses to tabulate statistics. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Feb 28, 2018 Jkt 244001 II. Abstract The Census Bureau is requesting a three-year clearance for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 through 2021 to continue the phases of the 2020 Census RDP Operation. The current three-year RDP clearance and the project specific Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 0607–0988 will expire in November 2018. The new clearance allows the Census Bureau to provide RDP-specific materials, procedures, and burden hours to the liaisons from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to complete two rounds of verification of the Voting District Project (VTDP), Phase 2, in 2019 and 2020. The RDP has added a second round of VTDP verification in 2020, resulting in an increase of 4,836 hours in total burden from the burden described in the previously-approved OMB package. Leading up to the decennial census, many geographies are changing simultaneously and consequently may affect the Voting District (VTD) geography. This second verification is necessary to make sure that VTD geographies are up-to-date and align with decennial geography. The Census Bureau will deliver the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Phase 3) by April 1, 2021. RDP is executed under the provisions of Title 13, Section 141(c) of the United States Code (U.S.C.). Under the provisions of Public Law 94–171, as amended (Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 141(c)), the Director of the Census Bureau is required to provide the ‘‘officers or public bodies having initial responsibility for the legislative apportionment or districting of each state . . .’’ with the opportunity to specify geographic areas (e.g., Voting Districts (VTDs), wards, and election precincts) for which they wish to receive decennial census population counts for the purpose of reapportionment or redistricting. III. Method of Collection The Census Bureau develops and uses different methods to collect data from program participants. The Census Bureau issued invitation letters by mail (U.S. Postal Service) and follow-up emails to the officers or public bodies having initial responsibility for legislative reapportionment and redistricting. The 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have identified non-partisan liaisons that are already working directly with the Census Bureau on the 2020 Census RDP. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8833 In addition, to begin work on Phase 1 and Phase 2, the Census Bureau provides to states: 1. Data from the Master Address File/ Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system. 2. The Geographic Update Program Software (GUPS), an optional software tool. 3. The procedures necessary for each state to participate. States are not required to use GUPS, but they have to submit their submission to the Census Bureau electronically in Census Bureauspecified formats. During the submission period, the Census Bureau provides training in the use of GUPS and assists the states in understanding the procedures necessary for processing files for their submission. State liaisons have participated and/ or will continue to provide inputs in the following phases of the program: Phase 1: Block Boundary Suggestion Project (BBSP) (2015–2017) Between 2015 and 2017, the Census Bureau collaborated with each state liaison to collect and verify suggestions for 2020 Census tabulation blocks through the BBSP. The purpose of the BBSP was to afford states the opportunity to identify non-standard features often used as electoral boundaries (such as a power line or stream, rather than a street centerline, which might divide voters on the same street into two districts) for use as 2020 Census tabulation block boundaries. For the first time, states also had the opportunity to review legal limits, such as county and incorporated place boundaries, as reported through the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS). The Census Bureau conducts the BAS annually to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units. The alignment of the BAS with the BBSP facilitated the cooperation between state and local governments. States that chose to participate in Phase 1 received guidelines and training for providing their suggestions. Phase 2: Voting District Project (VTDP) (2018–2020) The VTDP is the second phase of the RDP operation. During this phase, states are able to submit their VTD boundaries and to suggest legal boundary updates to the Census Bureau. In addition, state liaisons who participated in the delineation have two opportunities to verify the submitted VTDs prior to release of the 2020 Census redistricting data tabulations, which occurs in Phase 3. VTDP delineation occurs between E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 8834 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 41 / Thursday, March 1, 2018 / Notices January and May 2018 and is included in the current OMB clearance. VTDP verifications occur in early 2019 and early 2020. • VTDs Delineation (2018) States that choose to participate in VTDP receive geographic products that allow them the opportunity to update the VTDs for inclusion in the 2020 Census tabulation geography. State liaisons also have the option to continue to align their effort with updates from state and local government officials participating in the BAS. The VTD/BAS updates continue through May 2018. • VTDs Verification (2019 and 2020) The Census Bureau will conduct two rounds of verification of the VTDs. The Census Bureau will perform an initial VTD verification between December 2018 and May 2019. Leading up to the decennial census, many geographies are changing simultaneously and subsequently may affect the VTD geography. In order to provide current VTDs to the states that align better with decennial geography, a second round of verification will occur between December 2019 and March 2020 for states that participated in the initial delineation and first verification. Participation in the 2020 Census RDP Phases 1 (BBSP) and 2 (VTDP), under Title 13, U.S.C., is voluntary. However, the Census Bureau cannot ensure that the 2020 Census tabulation geography will support the redistricting needs of a state that has chosen not to participate in Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 3: Delivery of the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (2021) By April 1, 2021, the Director of the Census Bureau will, in accordance with Title 13, U.S.C., furnish the Governor and state legislative leaders, both the majority and minority, and any public bodies responsible for legislative redistricting, with 2020 Census population counts for standard census tabulation areas (e.g., states, Congressional districts, state legislative districts, American Indian areas, counties, cities, towns, census tracts, census block groups, and census blocks) regardless of a state’s participation in Phase 1 or 2. The Director of the Census Bureau will provide 2020 Census population counts for those states participating in Phase 2, for both the standard tabulation areas and for VTDs. For each state, this delivery will occur no later than April 1, 2021. November 2017 and May 2018. The Census Bureau is not planning to collect the 117th CDs and SLDs in 2020. • 2020 Census Between November 2021 and May 2022, the Census Bureau will solicit from each state the boundaries of the newly drawn 118th CDs and 2022 SLDs. This effort will occur every two years in advance of the 2030 Census in order to update these boundaries with new or changed plans. A verification phase will occur with each update. Phase 5: Review of the 2020 Census RDP and Recommendations for the 2030 Census RDP (2020 Post-Data Collection) Phase 4: Collection of Post-Census Redistricting Data Plans (2011–2022) As the final phase of the 2020 Census RDP, the Census Bureau will work with the states to conduct a thorough review of the RDP. The intent of this review, and the final report that results, is to provide guidance to the Secretary and the Census Bureau Director in planning the 2030 Census RDP. • 2010 Census IV. Data Beginning in 2011 and every two years thereafter, the Census Bureau solicits from each state the newly drawn legislative and Congressional district plans and prepares appropriate data tabulations based on the new districts. From November 2015 through May 2016, the Census Bureau completed the data collection and verification of the 115th Congressional Districts (CDs) and 2016 State Legislative Districts (SLDs). The 116th CDs and SLDs collection and verification will occur between OMB Control Number: 0607–0988. Form Number(s): Not available. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52. Estimated Time per Response: 72 hours. Estimated Burden Hours (Information Collection Renewal—FY 2019–2021): 11,284. Estimated total hour burden per fiscal year (FY) Phases/activities Currently approved OMB Renewal 2016 BBSP BBSP VTDP VTDP VTDP Annotation Phase 1 ............................................... Verification Phase 2 .............................................. Delineation Phase 1 .............................................. Delineation round one ........................................... Verification round two ........................................... 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 6,448 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 3,224 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 12,896 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 6,448 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 4,836 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... Total Estimated Hour Burden ................................... amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,761. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Authority: Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C., Sections 16, 141, and 193. V. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Feb 28, 2018 Jkt 244001 22,984 11,284 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 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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; E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 41 / Thursday, March 1, 2018 / Notices they also will become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, Department Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–04156 Filed 2–28–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [S–166–2014] Foreign-Trade Zone 231—Stockton, California; Withdrawal of Application for Subzone Expansion; Medline Industries, Inc.; Lathrop, California Notice is hereby given of the withdrawal of the application of the Port of Stockton, California, grantee of FTZ 231, requesting an additional site within Subzone 231A on behalf of Medline Industries, Inc., located in Lathrop, California. The application was docketed on December 15, 2014 (79 FR 75787, December 19, 2014). The case has been closed without prejudice. Dated: February 26, 2018. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–04171 Filed 2–28–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–560–830] Biodiesel From Indonesia: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that imports of biodiesel from Indonesia are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV), as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The period of investigation (POI) is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. The final weighted-average dumping margins are listed below in the section entitled ‘‘Final Determination Margins.’’ DATES: Applicable March 1, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myrna Lobo or Alex Cipolla, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Feb 28, 2018 Jkt 244001 NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2371 or (202) 482–4956, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On October 31, 2017, Commerce published in the Federal Register the preliminary affirmative determination of sales at LTFV in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of biodiesel from Indonesia.1 On December 8, 2017, Commerce published a postponement notice, extending the due date of the final LTFV determination until February 15, 2018.2 Commerce invited comments from interested parties on the Preliminary Determination.3 The petitioner, Wilmar, and Musim Mas filed case and rebuttal briefs on both sales and cost issues.4 In addition, the Government of Indonesia filed a case brief. Commerce exercised its discretion to toll deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now February 20, 2018.5 A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by interested parties for this final determination, may be found in the 1 See Biodiesel from Indonesia: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 82 FR 50379 (October 31, 2017) (Preliminary Determination) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum (PDM). 2 See Biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia: Postponement of Final Determinations of Sales in Less Than Fair Value Investigations and Extension of Provisional Measures, 82 FR 57952 (December 8, 2017). 3 See Memorandum ‘‘Antidumping Duty Investigation of Biodiesel from Indonesia: Deadline for Case Briefs,’’ dated November 22, 2017; see also Memorandum ‘‘Antidumping Duty Investigation of Biodiesel from Indonesia: Deadline for Case Briefs,’’ dated December 1, 2017. 4 The petitioner is the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is an ad hoc association comprised of domestic producers of biodiesel, as well as one trade association. See, e.g., Biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia; Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions, dated March 23, 2017. The mandatory respondents in this investigation are Wilmar Trading PTE Ltd. (Wilmar) and PT Musim Mas (Musim Mas). 5 See Memorandum for The Record from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, performing the nonexclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government,’’ dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 3 days. If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce’s practice, the deadline will become the next business day. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, as Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8835 Issues and Decision Memorandum.6 The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and it is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/ frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is biodiesel from Indonesia. Commerce did not receive any scope comments subsequent to the Preliminary Determination and, therefore, the scope has not been updated since the Preliminary Determination. See the scope in Appendix I to this notice. Period of Investigation The POI is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. Verification As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we conducted the cost and sales verifications of Wilmar in Medan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Pearland, Texas, in October and November, 2017. We used standard verification procedures, including an examination of relevant accounting and production records, and original source documents provided by the respondents. Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues raised is attached to this notice as Appendix II. Changes Since the Preliminary Determination Based on our analysis of the comments received and our findings at verification, we made certain changes to the margin calculations. For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. 6 See Memorandum to the File, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Biodiesel from Indonesia,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum). E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Redistricting 
Data Program

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 April 30, 2018.

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 [email protected]). You may also submit comments, identified by 
Docket Number USBC-XXXX-XXXX, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: 
http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the 
public record. No comments will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov 
for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments 
will generally be posted without change. All Personally

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Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily 
submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit 
Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected 
information. You may submit attachments to electronic comments in 
Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to James Whitehorne, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver 
Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Overview

    The Redistricting Data Program (RDP) is one of many voluntary 
geographic data exchange programs that collects boundaries to update 
the U.S. Census Bureau's geographic database of addresses, streets, and 
boundaries. The Census Bureau uses its geographic database to link 
demographic data from surveys and the decennial Census to locations and 
areas, such as cities, congressional and legislative districts, and 
counties. To tabulate statistics by localities, the Census Bureau must 
have accurate addresses and boundaries.
    The boundaries collected in the RDP and other geographic programs 
will create census blocks, which are the building blocks for all Census 
Bureau geographic boundaries. While the geographic programs differ in 
requirements, timeframe, and participants, the RDP and the other 
geographic programs all follow the same basic process:
    1. The Census Bureau invites eligible participants to the program. 
For the RDP, we invite nonpartisan state liaisons appointed by the 
legislative leadership of each state.
    2. If they elect to participate in the program, participants 
receive a digital copy of the boundaries the Census Bureau has on file. 
Participants review the boundaries and update them if needed. RDP 
participants can choose to review and provide their boundary updates 
using a free customized mapping software, or using their own mapping 
software.
    3. Participants return their updates to the Census Bureau.
    4. The Census Bureau updates its geographic database with boundary 
updates from participants.
    5. The Census Bureau uses the newly updated boundaries and 
addresses to tabulate statistics.

II. Abstract

    The Census Bureau is requesting a three-year clearance for the 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 through 2021 to continue the phases of the 2020 
Census RDP Operation. The current three-year RDP clearance and the 
project specific Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 
0607-0988 will expire in November 2018. The new clearance allows the 
Census Bureau to provide RDP-specific materials, procedures, and burden 
hours to the liaisons from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 
Puerto Rico to complete two rounds of verification of the Voting 
District Project (VTDP), Phase 2, in 2019 and 2020. The RDP has added a 
second round of VTDP verification in 2020, resulting in an increase of 
4,836 hours in total burden from the burden described in the 
previously-approved OMB package. Leading up to the decennial census, 
many geographies are changing simultaneously and consequently may 
affect the Voting District (VTD) geography. This second verification is 
necessary to make sure that VTD geographies are up-to-date and align 
with decennial geography. The Census Bureau will deliver the 2020 
Census Redistricting Data (Phase 3) by April 1, 2021. RDP is executed 
under the provisions of Title 13, Section 141(c) of the United States 
Code (U.S.C.).
    Under the provisions of Public Law 94-171, as amended (Title 13, 
United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 141(c)), the Director of the 
Census Bureau is required to provide the ``officers or public bodies 
having initial responsibility for the legislative apportionment or 
districting of each state . . .'' with the opportunity to specify 
geographic areas (e.g., Voting Districts (VTDs), wards, and election 
precincts) for which they wish to receive decennial census population 
counts for the purpose of reapportionment or redistricting.

III. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau develops and uses different methods to collect 
data from program participants. The Census Bureau issued invitation 
letters by mail (U.S. Postal Service) and follow-up emails to the 
officers or public bodies having initial responsibility for legislative 
reapportionment and redistricting. The 50 states, the District of 
Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have identified non-
partisan liaisons that are already working directly with the Census 
Bureau on the 2020 Census RDP.
    In addition, to begin work on Phase 1 and Phase 2, the Census 
Bureau provides to states:
    1. Data from the Master Address File/Topologically Integrated 
Geographic Encoding and Referencing system.
    2. The Geographic Update Program Software (GUPS), an optional 
software tool.
    3. The procedures necessary for each state to participate.
    States are not required to use GUPS, but they have to submit their 
submission to the Census Bureau electronically in Census Bureau-
specified formats. During the submission period, the Census Bureau 
provides training in the use of GUPS and assists the states in 
understanding the procedures necessary for processing files for their 
submission.
    State liaisons have participated and/or will continue to provide 
inputs in the following phases of the program:

Phase 1: Block Boundary Suggestion Project (BBSP) (2015-2017)

    Between 2015 and 2017, the Census Bureau collaborated with each 
state liaison to collect and verify suggestions for 2020 Census 
tabulation blocks through the BBSP. The purpose of the BBSP was to 
afford states the opportunity to identify non-standard features often 
used as electoral boundaries (such as a power line or stream, rather 
than a street centerline, which might divide voters on the same street 
into two districts) for use as 2020 Census tabulation block boundaries. 
For the first time, states also had the opportunity to review legal 
limits, such as county and incorporated place boundaries, as reported 
through the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS). The Census Bureau 
conducts the BAS annually to update information about the legal 
boundaries and names of all governmental units. The alignment of the 
BAS with the BBSP facilitated the cooperation between state and local 
governments. States that chose to participate in Phase 1 received 
guidelines and training for providing their suggestions.

Phase 2: Voting District Project (VTDP) (2018-2020)

    The VTDP is the second phase of the RDP operation. During this 
phase, states are able to submit their VTD boundaries and to suggest 
legal boundary updates to the Census Bureau. In addition, state 
liaisons who participated in the delineation have two opportunities to 
verify the submitted VTDs prior to release of the 2020 Census 
redistricting data tabulations, which occurs in Phase 3. VTDP 
delineation occurs between

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January and May 2018 and is included in the current OMB clearance. VTDP 
verifications occur in early 2019 and early 2020.
 VTDs Delineation (2018)
    States that choose to participate in VTDP receive geographic 
products that allow them the opportunity to update the VTDs for 
inclusion in the 2020 Census tabulation geography. State liaisons also 
have the option to continue to align their effort with updates from 
state and local government officials participating in the BAS. The VTD/
BAS updates continue through May 2018.
 VTDs Verification (2019 and 2020)
    The Census Bureau will conduct two rounds of verification of the 
VTDs. The Census Bureau will perform an initial VTD verification 
between December 2018 and May 2019. Leading up to the decennial census, 
many geographies are changing simultaneously and subsequently may 
affect the VTD geography. In order to provide current VTDs to the 
states that align better with decennial geography, a second round of 
verification will occur between December 2019 and March 2020 for states 
that participated in the initial delineation and first verification.
    Participation in the 2020 Census RDP Phases 1 (BBSP) and 2 (VTDP), 
under Title 13, U.S.C., is voluntary. However, the Census Bureau cannot 
ensure that the 2020 Census tabulation geography will support the 
redistricting needs of a state that has chosen not to participate in 
Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase 3: Delivery of the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (2021)

    By April 1, 2021, the Director of the Census Bureau will, in 
accordance with Title 13, U.S.C., furnish the Governor and state 
legislative leaders, both the majority and minority, and any public 
bodies responsible for legislative redistricting, with 2020 Census 
population counts for standard census tabulation areas (e.g., states, 
Congressional districts, state legislative districts, American Indian 
areas, counties, cities, towns, census tracts, census block groups, and 
census blocks) regardless of a state's participation in Phase 1 or 2. 
The Director of the Census Bureau will provide 2020 Census population 
counts for those states participating in Phase 2, for both the standard 
tabulation areas and for VTDs. For each state, this delivery will occur 
no later than April 1, 2021.

Phase 4: Collection of Post-Census Redistricting Data Plans (2011-2022)

 2010 Census
    Beginning in 2011 and every two years thereafter, the Census Bureau 
solicits from each state the newly drawn legislative and Congressional 
district plans and prepares appropriate data tabulations based on the 
new districts. From November 2015 through May 2016, the Census Bureau 
completed the data collection and verification of the 115th 
Congressional Districts (CDs) and 2016 State Legislative Districts 
(SLDs). The 116th CDs and SLDs collection and verification will occur 
between November 2017 and May 2018. The Census Bureau is not planning 
to collect the 117th CDs and SLDs in 2020.
 2020 Census
    Between November 2021 and May 2022, the Census Bureau will solicit 
from each state the boundaries of the newly drawn 118th CDs and 2022 
SLDs. This effort will occur every two years in advance of the 2030 
Census in order to update these boundaries with new or changed plans. A 
verification phase will occur with each update.

Phase 5: Review of the 2020 Census RDP and Recommendations for the 2030 
Census RDP (2020 Post-Data Collection)

    As the final phase of the 2020 Census RDP, the Census Bureau will 
work with the states to conduct a thorough review of the RDP. The 
intent of this review, and the final report that results, is to provide 
guidance to the Secretary and the Census Bureau Director in planning 
the 2030 Census RDP.

IV. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0988.
    Form Number(s): Not available.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 52.
    Estimated Time per Response: 72 hours.
    Estimated Burden Hours (Information Collection Renewal--FY 2019-
2021): 11,284.

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                                                  Estimated total hour burden per fiscal year (FY)
                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
         Phases/activities                  Currently approved OMB                        Renewal
                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                        2016         2017         2018         2019         2020         2021
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BBSP Annotation Phase 1...........        6,448  ...........  ...........  ...........  ...........  ...........
BBSP Verification Phase 2.........  ...........        3,224  ...........  ...........  ...........  ...........
VTDP Delineation Phase 1..........  ...........  ...........       12,896  ...........  ...........  ...........
VTDP Delineation round one........  ...........  ...........  ...........        6,448  ...........  ...........
VTDP Verification round two.......  ...........  ...........  ...........  ...........        4,836  ...........
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    Total Estimated Hour Burden...                  22,984
                                                    11,284
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,761.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    Authority: Legal Authority:
    Title 13, U.S.C., Sections 16, 141, and 193.

V. 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;

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they also will become a matter of public record.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-04156 Filed 2-28-18; 8:45 am]
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