Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Census Bureau Field Tests and Evaluations, 52190-52191 [2018-22493]

Download as PDF 52190 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 200 / Tuesday, October 16, 2018 / Notices II. Method of Collection To encourage self-response in the ACS, the Census Bureau sends up to five mailings to an address selected to be in the sample. The first mailing, sent to all mailable addresses in the sample, includes an invitation to participate in the ACS online and states that a paper questionnaire will be sent in a few weeks to those unable to respond online. Subsequent mailings serve as a reminder to respond to the survey, with a paper questionnaire included in the third mailing for those households that prefer to respond by mailing back the questionnaire. The Census Bureau may ask those who begin filling out the survey online to provide an email address, which would be used to send an email reminder to households that did not complete the online form. The reminder asks them to log back in to finish responding to the survey. Some addresses are deemed unmailable because the address is incomplete or directs mail only to a post office box. The Census Bureau currently collects data for these housing units using Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing. In July 2019, the ACS plans to make the online survey available to all housing units in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, including those with unmailable addresses. Residents in housing units with unmailable addresses will still be contacted by Census Bureau Field Representatives, but they will now be given the option to complete the survey online or by personal interview. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0810. Form Number(s): ACS–1, ACS–1(SP), ACS–1(PR), ACS–1(PR)SP, ACS–1(GQ), ACS–1(PR)(GQ), GQFQ, ACS CAPI (HU), ACS RI (HU), AGQ QI, and AGQ RI. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Federal and legislative agencies, individuals, households, and businesses. Estimated Time per Response: 40 minutes for the average household questionnaire; 15 minutes for a GQ facility questionnaire; 25 minutes for a GQ person questionnaire; 10 minutes for a household reinterview; 10 minutes for a GQ-level reinterview. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The Census Bureau plans to contact the following number of respondents each year: 3,540,000 households; 200,000 persons in group quarters; 20,000 contacts in group quarters; 43,000 households for reinterview; and 1,500 group quarters contacts for reinterview. The estimate is an annual average of 2,455,868 burden hours. TABLE 1—ANNUAL ACS RESPONDENT AND BURDEN HOUR ESTIMATES Data collection operation Forms or instrument used in data collection Annual estimated number of respondents Estimated minutes per respondent by data collection operation I. ACS Household Questionnaire—Paper Mailout/ Mailback. ACS Household CAPI—Personal Visit Non-response Follow-up. ACS Household internet ............................................... II. ACS GQ Facility Questionnaire CAPI—Telephone and Personal Visit. III. ACS GQ CAPI Personal Interview or Telephone, and—Paper Self-response. IV. ACS Household Reinterview—CATI/CAPI .............. V. ACS GQ GQ-level Reinterview—CATI/CAPI ........... ACS–1, ACS 1(SP), ACS–1PR, ACS–1PR(SP). CAPI HU .......................................... 3,540,000 ........................ 40 [698,000 included in I.] ... [40] [466,000 included in I.]. Internet HU ...................................... CAPI GQFQ .................................... [712,000 included in I.] ... 20,000 ............................. [40] 15 [475,000 included in I.]. 5,000. CAPI, ACS–1(GQ), .......................... ACS–1(GQ)(PR) .............................. ACS HU–RI ..................................... ACS GQ–RI ..................................... 200,000 ........................... 25 83,333. 43,200 ............................. 2,000 ............................... 10 10 7,200. 335. Totals ..................................................................... .......................................................... 3,805,200 ........................ N/A amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 (This is not the cost of respondents’ time, but the indirect costs respondents may incur for such things as purchases of specialized software or hardware needed to report, or expenditures for accounting or records maintenance services required specifically by the collection.) Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 141 and 193. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Oct 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–22443 Filed 10–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Annual estimated burden hours 2,360,000. 2,455,868. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Census Bureau Field Tests and Evaluations 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 December 17, 2018. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 200 / Tuesday, October 16, 2018 / Notices 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). You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC–2018–0013, 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 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 Jennifer Childs, Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233; (301) 763–4932 (or via the internet at jennifer.hunter.childs@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 I. Abstract The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request an extension of the current OMB approval to conduct a series of studies to research and evaluate how to improve data collection activities for data collection programs at the Census Bureau. These studies will explore how the Census Bureau can improve efficiency, data quality, and response rates and reduce respondent burden in future census and survey operations, evaluations and experiments. This information collection will operate as a generic clearance. The estimated number of respondents and annual reporting hours requested cover both the known and yet to be determined tests. A generic clearance is needed for these tests because though each share similar methodology, the exact number of tests and the explicit details of each test to be performed has yet to be determined. Once information collection plans are defined, they will be submitted on an individual basis in order to keep OMB informed as these tests progress. The Census Bureau plans to test the use of new and improved data collection techniques for self- VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Oct 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 enumeration and interviewer datacollection tasks surrounding and following the ongoing census and survey operations. The research and evaluation may include: Developing alternative enumeration or follow-up questionnaires; usability issues; conducting interviews or debriefings; and non-English language training and interviews. To study enumeration, the Census Bureau may conduct the enumeration directly with a household member or knowledgeable respondent. The questions asked in these studies will be typical census or survey questions and questions related to that content, along with potential attitudinal and satisfaction debriefing questions. II. Method of Collection The information will be collected through observations, self-response, face-face interviews, and/or telephone interviews. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0971. Form Number: Not yet determined. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100,000 per year. Estimated Time Per Response: 10 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 16,667 hours annually. Estimated Total Annual Cost: There is no cost to the respondent other than time to answer the information request. Respondents Obligation: Mandatory or Voluntary, depending on cited authority. Legal Authority: Data collection for this project is authorized under the authorizing legislation for the questionnaire being tested. This may be Title 13, Sections 131, 141, 161, 181, 182, 193, and 301 for Census Bureau sponsored surveys, and Title 13 and 15 for surveys sponsored by other Federal agencies. We do not now know what other titles will be referenced, since we do not know what survey questionnaires will be pretested during the course of the clearance. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52191 collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–22493 Filed 10–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [Application No. 94–6A007] Export Trade Certificate of Review Notice of issuance of an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review to Florida Citrus Exports, L.C. (FCE), Application No. 94–6A007. ACTION: The Secretary of Commerce, through the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (OTEA), issued an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review to FCE on October 4, 2018. A previous amended Export Trade Certificate of Review was issued to FCE on July 17, 2017, and a notice of its issuance was published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Flynn, Director, Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, International Trade Administration, (202) 482–5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at etca@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (15 U.S.C. Sections 4001–21) (the Act) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. An Export Trade Certificate of Review protects the holder and the members identified in the Certificate from State and Federal government antitrust actions and from private treble damage antitrust actions for the export conduct specified in the Certificate and carried out in compliance with its terms and conditions. The regulations implementing Title III are found at 15 CFR part 325 (2018). OTEA is issuing this notice pursuant to 15 CFR 325.6(b), which requires the Secretary of Commerce to publish a summary of the certification in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 200 (Tuesday, October 16, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52190-52191]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-22493]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Generic 
Clearance for Census Bureau Field Tests and Evaluations

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 December 17, 2018.

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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-2018-0013, 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 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 Jennifer Childs, Census Bureau, Washington, DC 
20233; (301) 763-4932 (or via the internet at 
[email protected]).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request an extension of the current 
OMB approval to conduct a series of studies to research and evaluate 
how to improve data collection activities for data collection programs 
at the Census Bureau. These studies will explore how the Census Bureau 
can improve efficiency, data quality, and response rates and reduce 
respondent burden in future census and survey operations, evaluations 
and experiments.
    This information collection will operate as a generic clearance. 
The estimated number of respondents and annual reporting hours 
requested cover both the known and yet to be determined tests. A 
generic clearance is needed for these tests because though each share 
similar methodology, the exact number of tests and the explicit details 
of each test to be performed has yet to be determined. Once information 
collection plans are defined, they will be submitted on an individual 
basis in order to keep OMB informed as these tests progress.
    The Census Bureau plans to test the use of new and improved data 
collection techniques for self-enumeration and interviewer data-
collection tasks surrounding and following the ongoing census and 
survey operations. The research and evaluation may include: Developing 
alternative enumeration or follow-up questionnaires; usability issues; 
conducting interviews or debriefings; and non-English language training 
and interviews. To study enumeration, the Census Bureau may conduct the 
enumeration directly with a household member or knowledgeable 
respondent. The questions asked in these studies will be typical census 
or survey questions and questions related to that content, along with 
potential attitudinal and satisfaction debriefing questions.

II. Method of Collection

    The information will be collected through observations, self-
response, face-face interviews, and/or telephone interviews.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0971.
    Form Number: Not yet determined.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100,000 per year.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 16,667 hours annually.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: There is no cost to the respondent 
other than time to answer the information request.
    Respondents Obligation: Mandatory or Voluntary, depending on cited 
authority.
    Legal Authority: Data collection for this project is authorized 
under the authorizing legislation for the questionnaire being tested. 
This may be Title 13, Sections 131, 141, 161, 181, 182, 193, and 301 
for Census Bureau sponsored surveys, and Title 13 and 15 for surveys 
sponsored by other Federal agencies. We do not now know what other 
titles will be referenced, since we do not know what survey 
questionnaires will be pretested during the course of the clearance.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

Sheleen Dumas,
Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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