Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2018-2020 Business Research and Development Surveys, 42866-42867 [2018-18374]

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[FR Doc. 2018–18285 Filed 8–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2018–2020 Business Research and Development Surveys 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 comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: To ensure consideration, written or on-line comments must be submitted on or before October 23, 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 docpra@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Michael Flaherty, U.S. Census Bureau, HQ–6H149, 4600 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland, MD 20746, (301) 763–7699 (or via the internet at michael.j.flaherty@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), plans to conduct the Business Research and Development Survey (BRDS) for the 2018–2020 survey years. The BRDS covers all domestic, nonfarm, for-profit businesses with at least 10 paid employees. The BRDS provides the only comprehensive data on Research and Development (R&D) costs and detailed expenses by type and industry. The Census Bureau has conducted an R&D survey since 1957, collecting primarily financial information on the systematic work companies undertake to discover new knowledge or use existing knowledge to develop new or improved goods and services. Beginning in 2018, the BRDS will collect new data about R&D on artificial intelligence and geographic detail of companies’ R&D workforce. There is increasing interest among domestic policy-makers and in the international community, as well as among U.S. researchers in academia, government and industry, for more data on artificial intelligence. Domestic and foreign geographic information for R&D workforce will address Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) requests on inputs for enhanced estimation and evaluation of gross domestic product by state, foreign direct investment in the U.S., and U.S. direct investment abroad. The 2018–2020 BRDS will continue to collect the following types of information: • R&D expense based on accepted accounting standards. • Worldwide R&D of domestic companies. • Business segment detail. • R&D-related capital expenditures. • Detailed data about the R&D workforce. • R&D strategy and data on the potential impact of R&D on the market. • R&D directed to application areas of particular national interest. • Data measuring intellectual property protection activities and technology transfer. Domestic and foreign researchers in academia, business, and government analyze and cite data from the BRDS. Among the federal government users are the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). BEA includes R&D in the system of national accounts that measures the economic well-being of the country. BRDS data are key inputs into these accounts, which feed into the calculation of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 165 / Friday, August 24, 2018 / Notices White House, in 2006, issued the American Competitiveness Initiative to ‘‘increase investments in research and development, strengthen education, and encourage entrepreneurship.’’ In support of this initiative and in response to legislative mandates, data on R&D are delivered to OSTP, primarily in the biennial National Science Board report Science and Engineering Indicators. Also, the National Science Foundation (NSF) produces a series of publications containing R&D data including the National Patterns of R&D Resources series, the S&E State Profile series, and the annual Business R&D and Innovation series. Special reports and other publications are also prepared. II. Method of Collection The BRDS will follow a primarily electronic collection strategy. The BRD–1 form will be available on the website to assist respondents with gathering the required data prior to reporting online. Paper forms will also be sent to respondents upon request, however no paper forms will be included in initial mail packets. The online survey automatically skips questions that do not apply [based on previous responses] and checks for common errors. Links to detailed question-by-question instructions will be embedded in the electronic instrument. Excel spreadsheets are available to facilitate the electronic collection of information from various areas of the companies. Respondents have the capability to download the spreadsheets from the Census Bureau’s website. A consolidator spreadsheet is also available to assist companies that need to gather information from business units and then compile the information into one company report. The due date will be six weeks after mail out. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0912. Form Number: BRD–1. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: All domestic, nonfarm, for-profit (public or private) businesses with at least 10 paid employees. Estimated Number of Respondents: 45,000. Estimated Time per Response: 3.3 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 148,600. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 131 and 182. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:17 Aug 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 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, PRA Department Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–18374 Filed 8–23–18; 8:45 am] 42867 attendees, extend the reach of programs and efforts, and encourage more individuals and organizations to get involved in National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week. Affected Public: Business or other for profit. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–18282 Filed 8–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE BILLING CODE 3510–07–P Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Procedures for Submitting Request for Exclusions From the Section 232 National Security Adjustments of Imports of Aluminum and Steel The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Title: Events and Efforts Supporting National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week. OMB Control Number: #0693–XXXX. New information collection. Form Number(s): N/A. Type of Request: Regular. Number of Respondents: 500 annual respondents. Average Hours per Response: 10 minutes. Burden Hours: 83 hours annually. Needs and Uses: This collection is necessary to support the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Strategic Plan objective to increase cybersecurity career awareness. The collection of information will allow the NICE Program Office to share with the public a compiled list of events and opportunities to learn about cybersecurity careers. Doing so will provide a resource for potential The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: Bureau of Industry and Security. Title: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Procedures for Submitting Request for Exclusions from the Section 232 National Security Adjustments of Imports of Aluminum and Steel Form Number(s): N/A. OMB Control Number: 0694–0139. Type of Review: Regular submission. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 344,532. Estimated Number of Respondents: 86,133. Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours. Needs and Uses: This collection of information supports Presidential Proclamations 9704 Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States and 9705 Adjusting Imports of Steel into the United States. On March 8, 2018, the President issued Proclamations 9704 and 9705 concurring with the findings PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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[FR Doc No: 2018-18374]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2018-2020 
Business Research and Development Surveys

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 comment on proposed and/or continuing 
information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written or on-line comments must be 
submitted on or before October 23, 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]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Michael Flaherty, U.S. Census Bureau, HQ-6H149, 
4600 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland, MD 20746, (301) 763-7699 (or via the 
internet at [email protected]).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from the National Science 
Foundation (NSF), plans to conduct the Business Research and 
Development Survey (BRDS) for the 2018-2020 survey years. The BRDS 
covers all domestic, non-farm, for-profit businesses with at least 10 
paid employees. The BRDS provides the only comprehensive data on 
Research and Development (R&D) costs and detailed expenses by type and 
industry.
    The Census Bureau has conducted an R&D survey since 1957, 
collecting primarily financial information on the systematic work 
companies undertake to discover new knowledge or use existing knowledge 
to develop new or improved goods and services.
    Beginning in 2018, the BRDS will collect new data about R&D on 
artificial intelligence and geographic detail of companies' R&D 
workforce. There is increasing interest among domestic policy-makers 
and in the international community, as well as among U.S. researchers 
in academia, government and industry, for more data on artificial 
intelligence. Domestic and foreign geographic information for R&D 
workforce will address Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) requests on 
inputs for enhanced estimation and evaluation of gross domestic product 
by state, foreign direct investment in the U.S., and U.S. direct 
investment abroad.
    The 2018-2020 BRDS will continue to collect the following types of 
information:
     R&D expense based on accepted accounting standards.
     Worldwide R&D of domestic companies.
     Business segment detail.
     R&D-related capital expenditures.
     Detailed data about the R&D workforce.
     R&D strategy and data on the potential impact of R&D on 
the market.
     R&D directed to application areas of particular national 
interest.
     Data measuring intellectual property protection activities 
and technology transfer.
    Domestic and foreign researchers in academia, business, and 
government analyze and cite data from the BRDS. Among the federal 
government users are the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the 
White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). BEA 
includes R&D in the system of national accounts that measures the 
economic well-being of the country. BRDS data are key inputs into these 
accounts, which feed into the calculation of the U.S. Gross Domestic 
Product (GDP). The

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White House, in 2006, issued the American Competitiveness Initiative to 
``increase investments in research and development, strengthen 
education, and encourage entrepreneurship.'' In support of this 
initiative and in response to legislative mandates, data on R&D are 
delivered to OSTP, primarily in the biennial National Science Board 
report Science and Engineering Indicators. Also, the National Science 
Foundation (NSF) produces a series of publications containing R&D data 
including the National Patterns of R&D Resources series, the S&E State 
Profile series, and the annual Business R&D and Innovation series. 
Special reports and other publications are also prepared.

II. Method of Collection

    The BRDS will follow a primarily electronic collection strategy. 
The BRD-1 form will be available on the website to assist respondents 
with gathering the required data prior to reporting online. Paper forms 
will also be sent to respondents upon request, however no paper forms 
will be included in initial mail packets. The online survey 
automatically skips questions that do not apply [based on previous 
responses] and checks for common errors. Links to detailed question-by-
question instructions will be embedded in the electronic instrument. 
Excel spreadsheets are available to facilitate the electronic 
collection of information from various areas of the companies. 
Respondents have the capability to download the spreadsheets from the 
Census Bureau's website. A consolidator spreadsheet is also available 
to assist companies that need to gather information from business units 
and then compile the information into one company report.
    The due date will be six weeks after mail out.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0912.
    Form Number: BRD-1.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: All domestic, non-farm, for-profit (public or 
private) businesses with at least 10 paid employees.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 45,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 3.3 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 148,600.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 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 
(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,
PRA Department Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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