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Download as PDF 28450 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 19, 2018 / Notices U.S.C. 1528, to obtain injunctive relief from and impose civil penalties against the Defendant for violating these statutes by discharging pollutants without a permit into waters of the United States and taking protected species. The proposed Consent Decree resolves these allegations by requiring the Defendant to remove the offending material, restore the impacted areas, enhance fish habitat, and pay a civil penalty. The Department of Justice will accept written comments relating to this proposed Consent Decree for thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this Notice. Please address comments to John Thomas H. Do, United States Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Post Office Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611 and refer to United States v. Jack Noble, DJ # 90–5–1–1–20923. 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AGENCY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Jun 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 properly assessed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the International Price Program U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the Addresses section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the Addresses section of this notice on or before August 20, 2018. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20212. Written comments also may be transmitted by fax to 202–691–5111 (this is not a toll free number). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes, produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ International Price Program (IPP), measure price change over time for all categories of imported and exported products, as well as selected services. The IPP has produced the U.S. Import Price Indexes continuously since 1973 and the U.S. Export Price Indexes continuously since 1971. The Office of Management and Budget has listed the Import and Export Price Indexes as a Principal Federal Economic Indicator since 1982. The indexes are widely used in both the public and private sectors. The primary public sector use is the deflation of the U.S. monthly Trade Statistics and the quarterly estimates of U.S. Gross Domestic Product; the indexes also are used in formulating U.S. trade policy and in trade negotiations with other countries. In the private sector, uses of the Import Price Indexes include market analysis, inflation forecasting, contract escalation, and replacement cost accounting. The IPP indexes are closely followed statistics, and are viewed as a key indicator of the economic environment. The U.S. Department of Commerce uses the monthly statistics to produce monthly and quarterly estimates of inflation-adjusted trade flows. Without continuation of data collection, it would be extremely difficult to construct accurate estimates of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. In fact, DOL–BLS’ attempt to curtail publication of the PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 export price indexes beginning in FY15 was met with resistance from the Commerce Department who explained that a viable substitute is not available. The Beyond the Numbers article ‘‘Analyzing alternatives to export price indexes’’ (http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/ volume-3/analyzing-alternatives-toexport-price-indexes.htm) explores alternatives to using IPP’s export price indexes to deflate the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and explains why there are currently no comparable replacements. Additionally, Federal policymakers in the Department of Treasury, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Federal Reserve Board utilize these statistics on a regular basis to improve these agencies’ formulation and evaluation of monetary and fiscal policy and evaluation of the general business environment. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes. The IPP continues to modernize data collection and processing to permit more timely release of its indexes, and to reduce reporter burden. The IPP has expanded the use of its web application, introduced in 2003 to allow respondents to update their data online and more rapidly than using a paper-based form. As of March 2018, 91 percent of IPP respondents were providing prices via the web application or had agreed to start using this repricing method. Field Economists currently offer web repricing to all new respondents and at initiation, it is the preferred method of collection offered to companies. The Program continues its multi-year effort to develop a more effective sampling and collection strategy for companies that are considered major importers or exporters. Research has shown that, while hundreds of thousands of companies import and export goods into and from the United States each year, the volume of trade (in terms of dollar value) is heavily concentrated on a very small percentage of these companies. IPP’s sampling methodology results in the large companies being sampled on a frequent basis. As a result of the continual fielding of these companies, Field Economists combine collection efforts for multiple IPP samples, as they deem appropriate. The collection of multiple IPP samples at once results in fewer visits and consequently, reduced burden. Also, IPP has started revising its Data Collection Procedures, with the goal of improving collection methods for E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1 28451 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 19, 2018 / Notices • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other respondents (and for the Field Economists). III. Desired Focus of Comments The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility. Form Total respondents Frequency Form 3008 ........................................................................... Imports .......................................................................... Exports ......................................................................... ........................ 1,500 1,000 Annually. ........................ ........................ Total ...................................................................... Repricing Form .................................................................... Imports .......................................................................... Exports ......................................................................... 2,500 ........................ 2,700 1,750 ........................ Monthly. 9.0 1 ................ 9.3 1 ................ Total ...................................................................... 4,450 Totals ............................................................. ........................ technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Title of Collection: International Price Program (IPP) U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes. OMB Number: 1220–0025. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Private Sector, Business or other for-profits. Total responses Average time per response (hours) Estimated total burden hours 1,500 1,000 1.0 1.0 1,500 1,000 2,500 ........................ 2,500 24,300 16,275 2.4438 3.4541 10,784 7,390 ........................ 40,575 ........................ 18,174 ........................ 43,075 ........................ 20,674 1 During initiation, the respondent determines how many months he/she will need to supply data in a given year based upon how often the company changes its pricing information. The average company is requested to supply information 9.3 months per year for exports and 9.0 months per year for imports. 2 Time to reprice is based upon 5 minutes of response time per item x 5.325 items = 26.625 minutes/60 = .4438 hours. 3 Time to reprice is based upon 5 minutes of response time per item x 5.449 items = 27.245 minutes/60 = .4541 hours. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they also will become a matter of public record. Signed at Washington, DC, this 12th day of June 2018. Eric P. Molina, Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems. [FR Doc. 2018–13077 Filed 6–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. OSHA–2011–0860] The 13 Carcinogens Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Request for public comments. AGENCY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Jun 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in the 13 Carcinogens Standard. DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by August 20, 2018. ADDRESSES: Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments. Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648. Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA–2012–0012, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the Docket Office’s normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET. PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the OSHA docket number (OSHA–2012–0012) for the Information Collection Request (ICR). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting comments see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at the above address. All documents in the docket (including this Federal Register notice) are listed in the http:// www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download from the website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Christie Garner at the phone number below in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain a copy of the ICR. E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 118 (Tuesday, June 19, 2018)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

AGENCY: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing 
collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be 
provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial 
resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, 
and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be 
properly assessed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting 
comments concerning the proposed extension of the International Price 
Program U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes. A copy of the proposed 
information collection request can be obtained by contacting the 
individual listed below in the Addresses section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
Addresses section of this notice on or before August 20, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, 
Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20212. Written comments also 
may be transmitted by fax to 202-691-5111 (this is not a toll free 
number).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, 
202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes, produced by the Bureau of 
Labor Statistics' International Price Program (IPP), measure price 
change over time for all categories of imported and exported products, 
as well as selected services. The IPP has produced the U.S. Import 
Price Indexes continuously since 1973 and the U.S. Export Price Indexes 
continuously since 1971. The Office of Management and Budget has listed 
the Import and Export Price Indexes as a Principal Federal Economic 
Indicator since 1982. The indexes are widely used in both the public 
and private sectors. The primary public sector use is the deflation of 
the U.S. monthly Trade Statistics and the quarterly estimates of U.S. 
Gross Domestic Product; the indexes also are used in formulating U.S. 
trade policy and in trade negotiations with other countries. In the 
private sector, uses of the Import Price Indexes include market 
analysis, inflation forecasting, contract escalation, and replacement 
cost accounting.
    The IPP indexes are closely followed statistics, and are viewed as 
a key indicator of the economic environment. The U.S. Department of 
Commerce uses the monthly statistics to produce monthly and quarterly 
estimates of inflation-adjusted trade flows. Without continuation of 
data collection, it would be extremely difficult to construct accurate 
estimates of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. In fact, DOL-BLS' attempt 
to curtail publication of the export price indexes beginning in FY15 
was met with resistance from the Commerce Department who explained that 
a viable substitute is not available. The Beyond the Numbers article 
``Analyzing alternatives to export price indexes'' (http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-3/analyzing-alternatives-to-export-price-indexes.htm) 
explores alternatives to using IPP's export price indexes to deflate 
the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and explains why there are currently no 
comparable replacements.
    Additionally, Federal policymakers in the Department of Treasury, 
the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Federal Reserve Board utilize 
these statistics on a regular basis to improve these agencies' 
formulation and evaluation of monetary and fiscal policy and evaluation 
of the general business environment.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the 
U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes. The IPP continues to modernize 
data collection and processing to permit more timely release of its 
indexes, and to reduce reporter burden. The IPP has expanded the use of 
its web application, introduced in 2003 to allow respondents to update 
their data online and more rapidly than using a paper-based form. As of 
March 2018, 91 percent of IPP respondents were providing prices via the 
web application or had agreed to start using this repricing method. 
Field Economists currently offer web repricing to all new respondents 
and at initiation, it is the preferred method of collection offered to 
companies.
    The Program continues its multi-year effort to develop a more 
effective sampling and collection strategy for companies that are 
considered major importers or exporters. Research has shown that, while 
hundreds of thousands of companies import and export goods into and 
from the United States each year, the volume of trade (in terms of 
dollar value) is heavily concentrated on a very small percentage of 
these companies. IPP's sampling methodology results in the large 
companies being sampled on a frequent basis. As a result of the 
continual fielding of these companies, Field Economists combine 
collection efforts for multiple IPP samples, as they deem appropriate. 
The collection of multiple IPP samples at once results in fewer visits 
and consequently, reduced burden.
    Also, IPP has started revising its Data Collection Procedures, with 
the goal of improving collection methods for

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respondents (and for the Field Economists).

III. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in 
comments that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility.
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected.
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submissions of responses.
    Title of Collection: International Price Program (IPP) U.S. Import 
and Export Price Indexes.
    OMB Number: 1220-0025.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Affected Public: Private Sector, Business or other for-profits.

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                                                                                   Average time      Estimated
            Form                   Total           Frequency           Total       per response    total burden
                                respondents                          responses        (hours)          hours
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Form 3008...................  ..............  Annually..........
    Imports.................           1,500  ..................           1,500             1.0           1,500
    Exports.................           1,000  ..................           1,000             1.0           1,000
                             -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Total...............           2,500  ..................           2,500  ..............           2,500
Repricing Form..............  ..............  Monthly...........
    Imports.................           2,700  9.0 \1\...........          24,300        \2\.4438          10,784
    Exports.................           1,750  9.3 \1\...........          16,275        \3\.4541           7,390
                             -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Total...............           4,450  ..................          40,575  ..............          18,174
                             -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Totals..........  ..............  ..................          43,075  ..............          20,674
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\1\ During initiation, the respondent determines how many months he/she will need to supply data in a given year
  based upon how often the company changes its pricing information. The average company is requested to supply
  information 9.3 months per year for exports and 9.0 months per year for imports.
\2\ Time to reprice is based upon 5 minutes of response time per item x 5.325 items = 26.625 minutes/60 = .4438
  hours.
\3\ Time to reprice is based upon 5 minutes of response time per item x 5.449 items = 27.245 minutes/60 = .4541
  hours.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they also will become a 
matter of public record.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 12th day of June 2018.
Eric P. Molina,
Acting Chief, Division of Management Systems.
[FR Doc. 2018-13077 Filed 6-18-18; 8:45 am]
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