Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 8667-8668 [2019-04304]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 47 / Monday, March 11, 2019 / Notices Needs and Uses: The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) enables the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to produce national and state-based estimates on the health and well-being of children, their families, and their communities as well as estimates of the prevalence and impact of children with special health care needs. Data will be collected using one of two modes. The first mode is a web instrument (Centurion) survey that contains the screener and topical instruments. The web instrument first will take the respondent through the screener questions. If the household screens into the study, the respondent will be taken directly into one of the three age-based topical sets of questions. The second mode is a mailout/mailback of a self-administered paper-and-pencil interviewing (PAPI) screener instrument followed by a separate mailout/mailback of a PAPI age-based topical instrument. A test of a single-question PAPI screener card instrument to ease the burden for households without children is also being conducted concurrently with the production survey. The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) is a large-scale (sample size is 184,000 addresses) national survey with approximately 180,000 addresses included in the production survey and 4,000 addresses included in the screener card test. The survey will consist of one additional experiment to test the effectiveness of an envelope design that is aimed at increasing the likelihood of response by increasing the chance that the initial mail package is opened. Higher response can reduce follow-up costs and nonresponse bias. As in prior cycles of the NSCH, there remain two key, non-experimental design elements. The first additional non-experimental design element is either a $2 or $5 screener cash incentive mailed to 90% (45% each) of sampled addresses; the remaining 10% (the control) will receive no incentive to monitor the effectiveness of the cash incentive. This incentive is designed to increase response and reduce nonresponse bias. The incentive amounts were chosen based on the results of the 2018 NSCH as well as funding availability. The second additional non-experimental design element is a data collection procedure based on the block group-level paperonly response probability used to identify households (30% of the sample) that would be more likely to respond by paper and send them a paper VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Mar 08, 2019 Jkt 247001 questionnaire from the initial mailing. The two experiments that will be further evaluated during the 2019 NSCH cycle are the screener card test as mentioned above along with a test of a more visually appealing, eye-catching envelope design that is aimed at increasing the likelihood that a mail package is opened, furthermore increasing the probability of response. Affected Public: Parents, researchers, policymakers, and family advocates. Frequency: The 2019 collection is the fourth administration of the NSCH. It is an annual survey, with a new sample drawn for each administration. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Census Authority: 13 U.S.C. Section 8(b). HRSA MCHB Authority: Section 501(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 701) USDA Authority: The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111–296. In particular, 42 U.S.C. 1769d(a) authorizes USDA to conduct research on the causes and consequences of childhood hunger included in 1769d(a)(4)(B), the geographic dispersion of childhood hunger and food insecurity. CDC/NCBDDD Authority: Public Health Service Act, Section 301, 42 U.S.C. 241. Confidentiality: The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. Federal law protects your privacy and keeps your answers confidential (Title 13, United States Code, Section 9). Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. This information collection request may be viewed at www.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, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–04303 Filed 3–8–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8667 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request 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. Agency: U.S. Census Bureau. Title: Survey of State Government Research and Development. OMB Control Number: 0607–0933. Form Number(s): Survey Frame Review Module; SRD–1 State Agency Form. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Number of Respondents: 604. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour and 45 minutes. Burden Hours: 1,056. Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau is requesting clearance to conduct the Survey of State Government Research and Development (SGRD) for the 2019– 2021 survey years. The Census Bureau conducts this survey on behalf of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The NSF Act of 1950 includes a statutory charge to ‘‘provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies in the Federal Government.’’ Under the aegis of this legislative mandate, NCSES and its predecessors have sponsored surveys of research and development (R&D) since 1953, including the SGRD since 2006. This survey has helped to expand the scope of R&D collections to include state governments, where previously there had been no regularly established collection efforts, and thus a gap in the national portfolio of R&D statistics. NCSES sponsors surveys of R&D activities of Federal agencies, higher education institutions, and private industries. The results of these surveys provide a consistent information base for both federal and state government officials, industry professionals, and researchers to use in formulating public policy and planning in science and technology. These surveys allow for the analysis of current and historical trends of R&D in the U.S. and in international comparisons of R&D with other countries. The data collected from the SGRD fills a void that previously existed E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1 amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES 8668 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 47 / Monday, March 11, 2019 / Notices for collection of R&D activities. Although NCSES conducted periodic data collections of state government R&D in 1995, 1988 and 1987, more frequent collection was necessary to account for the changing dynamic of state governments’ role in performing and funding R&D and their role as fiduciary intermediaries of federal funds for R&D. The survey is a census of state government departments, agencies, commissions, public authorities, and other dependent entities as defined by the Census Bureau’s Census of Governments program, that performed or funded R&D activities in a given fiscal year. The Census Bureau, serving as collection agent, employs a methodology similar to the one used to collect information from state and local governments on other established censuses and surveys. This methodology involves identifying a central coordinator in each state who will assist Census Bureau staff in identifying appropriate state agencies to be surveyed. Since not all state agencies have the budget authority or operational capacity to perform or fund R&D, NCSES and Census Bureau staffs have identified those agencies most likely to perform or fund R&D based on state session laws, authorizing legislation, budget authority, previous R&D activities, and reports issued by state government agencies. The state coordinators, based on their knowledge of the state government’s own activities and priorities, are asked to confirm which of the selected agencies identified should be sent the survey for a given fiscal year or to add additional agencies to the survey frame. These state coordinators also verify the final responses at the end of the data collection cycle and may assist with nonresponse follow-up with individual state agencies. The collection approach using a central state coordinator is used successfully at the Census Bureau in surveys of local school districts, as well as the annual surveys of state and local government finance. The FY 2019 survey will follow the same content that was collected during the FYs 2016–2018 survey cycles. Final survey results produced by NCSES contain state and national estimates and are useful to a variety of data users interested in R&D performance, including: The National Science Board; the OMB; the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other science policy makers; institutional researchers; and private organizations; and many state governments. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Mar 08, 2019 Jkt 247001 Legislators, policy officials, and researchers rely on statistics to make informed decisions about R&D investment at the Federal, state, and local level. These statistics are derived from the existing NCSES sponsored surveys of Federal agencies, higher education institutions, and private industry. The total picture of R&D expenditures, however, had been incomplete due to the lack of data from state governments prior to this implementation of the SGRD in 2006, which now fills that void. State government officials and policy makers garner the most benefit from the results of this survey. Governors and legislatures need a reliable, comprehensive source of data to help in evaluating how best to attract the hightech R&D industries to their state. Officials are able to evaluate their investment in R&D based on comparisons with other states. These comparisons include the sources of funding, the type of R&D being conducted, and the type of R&D performer. State governments serve a unique role within the national portfolio of R&D. Not only are they both performers and funders of R&D like other sectors such as the Federal Government, higher education, or industry, but they also serve as fiduciary intermediaries between the Federal Government and other R&D performers while also providing state specific funds for R&D. The information collected from the SGRD provides data users with perspective on this complex flow of funds. Survey results are used at the Federal level to assess and direct investment in technology and economic issues. Congressional committees and the Congressional Research Service use results of the R&D surveys. The BEA uses these data to estimate the contribution of state agency-funded R&D to the overall impact of treating R&D as an investment in BEA’s statistics of gross domestic product by state-area. NSF also uses data from this survey in various publications produced about the state of R&D in the U.S. The Science and Engineering Indicators, for example, is a biennial report mandated by Congress and describes quantitatively the condition of the country’s R&D efforts and includes data from the SGRD. Survey results are also included in the National Patterns of Research and Development report’s tabulations. The availability of state R&D survey results are posted to NSF’s web page allowing for public access from a variety of other data users as well. Media, university researchers, nonprofit organizations, and foreign government PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 officials are also consumers of state R&D statistics. All users are able to utilize this information in an attempt to better understand the Nation’s R&D resources. Affected Public: State, local or tribal government. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: This survey is conducted under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, and collected under Title 13, United States Code, Section 8(b). This information collection request may be viewed at www.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, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–04304 Filed 3–8–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–73–2019] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 41— Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Authorization of Production Activity; Jeneil Biotech, Inc. (Natural Fragrance Intermediates), Saukville, Wisconsin On September 27, 2018, the Port of Milwaukee, grantee of FTZ 41, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf of Jeneil Biotech, Inc., within Site 16, in Saukville, Wisconsin. The notification was processed in accordance with the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR part 400), including notice in the Federal Register, inviting public comment (83 FR 57717–57718, November 16, 2018). On March 6, 2019, the applicant was notified of the FTZ Board’s decision that no further review of the activity is warranted at this time. The production activity described in the notification was authorized, subject to the FTZ Act and the FTZ Board’s regulations, including Section 400.14. E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 47 (Monday, March 11, 2019)]
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[Pages 8667-8668]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    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.
    Agency: U.S. Census Bureau.
    Title: Survey of State Government Research and Development.
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0933.
    Form Number(s): Survey Frame Review Module; SRD-1 State Agency 
Form.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Number of Respondents: 604.
    Average Hours per Response: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 1,056.
    Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau is requesting clearance to 
conduct the Survey of State Government Research and Development (SGRD) 
for the 2019-2021 survey years. The Census Bureau conducts this survey 
on behalf of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center 
for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The NSF Act of 1950 
includes a statutory charge to ``provide a central clearinghouse for 
the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and 
engineering resources and to provide a source of information for policy 
formulation by other agencies in the Federal Government.'' Under the 
aegis of this legislative mandate, NCSES and its predecessors have 
sponsored surveys of research and development (R&D) since 1953, 
including the SGRD since 2006. This survey has helped to expand the 
scope of R&D collections to include state governments, where previously 
there had been no regularly established collection efforts, and thus a 
gap in the national portfolio of R&D statistics.
    NCSES sponsors surveys of R&D activities of Federal agencies, 
higher education institutions, and private industries. The results of 
these surveys provide a consistent information base for both federal 
and state government officials, industry professionals, and researchers 
to use in formulating public policy and planning in science and 
technology. These surveys allow for the analysis of current and 
historical trends of R&D in the U.S. and in international comparisons 
of R&D with other countries. The data collected from the SGRD fills a 
void that previously existed

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for collection of R&D activities. Although NCSES conducted periodic 
data collections of state government R&D in 1995, 1988 and 1987, more 
frequent collection was necessary to account for the changing dynamic 
of state governments' role in performing and funding R&D and their role 
as fiduciary intermediaries of federal funds for R&D. The survey is a 
census of state government departments, agencies, commissions, public 
authorities, and other dependent entities as defined by the Census 
Bureau's Census of Governments program, that performed or funded R&D 
activities in a given fiscal year.
    The Census Bureau, serving as collection agent, employs a 
methodology similar to the one used to collect information from state 
and local governments on other established censuses and surveys. This 
methodology involves identifying a central coordinator in each state 
who will assist Census Bureau staff in identifying appropriate state 
agencies to be surveyed. Since not all state agencies have the budget 
authority or operational capacity to perform or fund R&D, NCSES and 
Census Bureau staffs have identified those agencies most likely to 
perform or fund R&D based on state session laws, authorizing 
legislation, budget authority, previous R&D activities, and reports 
issued by state government agencies. The state coordinators, based on 
their knowledge of the state government's own activities and 
priorities, are asked to confirm which of the selected agencies 
identified should be sent the survey for a given fiscal year or to add 
additional agencies to the survey frame. These state coordinators also 
verify the final responses at the end of the data collection cycle and 
may assist with nonresponse follow-up with individual state agencies. 
The collection approach using a central state coordinator is used 
successfully at the Census Bureau in surveys of local school districts, 
as well as the annual surveys of state and local government finance.
    The FY 2019 survey will follow the same content that was collected 
during the FYs 2016-2018 survey cycles.
    Final survey results produced by NCSES contain state and national 
estimates and are useful to a variety of data users interested in R&D 
performance, including: The National Science Board; the OMB; the Office 
of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other science policy 
makers; institutional researchers; and private organizations; and many 
state governments.
    Legislators, policy officials, and researchers rely on statistics 
to make informed decisions about R&D investment at the Federal, state, 
and local level. These statistics are derived from the existing NCSES 
sponsored surveys of Federal agencies, higher education institutions, 
and private industry. The total picture of R&D expenditures, however, 
had been incomplete due to the lack of data from state governments 
prior to this implementation of the SGRD in 2006, which now fills that 
void.
    State government officials and policy makers garner the most 
benefit from the results of this survey. Governors and legislatures 
need a reliable, comprehensive source of data to help in evaluating how 
best to attract the high-tech R&D industries to their state. Officials 
are able to evaluate their investment in R&D based on comparisons with 
other states. These comparisons include the sources of funding, the 
type of R&D being conducted, and the type of R&D performer.
    State governments serve a unique role within the national portfolio 
of R&D. Not only are they both performers and funders of R&D like other 
sectors such as the Federal Government, higher education, or industry, 
but they also serve as fiduciary intermediaries between the Federal 
Government and other R&D performers while also providing state specific 
funds for R&D. The information collected from the SGRD provides data 
users with perspective on this complex flow of funds. Survey results 
are used at the Federal level to assess and direct investment in 
technology and economic issues. Congressional committees and the 
Congressional Research Service use results of the R&D surveys. The BEA 
uses these data to estimate the contribution of state agency-funded R&D 
to the overall impact of treating R&D as an investment in BEA's 
statistics of gross domestic product by state-area.
    NSF also uses data from this survey in various publications 
produced about the state of R&D in the U.S. The Science and Engineering 
Indicators, for example, is a biennial report mandated by Congress and 
describes quantitatively the condition of the country's R&D efforts and 
includes data from the SGRD. Survey results are also included in the 
National Patterns of Research and Development report's tabulations.
    The availability of state R&D survey results are posted to NSF's 
web page allowing for public access from a variety of other data users 
as well. Media, university researchers, nonprofit organizations, and 
foreign government officials are also consumers of state R&D 
statistics. All users are able to utilize this information in an 
attempt to better understand the Nation's R&D resources.
    Affected Public: State, local or tribal government.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: This survey is conducted under the authority of 
the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, the America 
COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, and collected under Title 13, 
United States Code, Section 8(b).
    This information collection request may be viewed at 
www.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, 
Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-04304 Filed 3-8-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-07-P