Information Collection Activities, Comment Request, 9383-9384 [2019-04731]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 50 / Thursday, March 14, 2019 / Notices Northern Kentucky (‘‘SD 1’’), Defendant, Civil Action No. 2:05–CV–199 (WOB). This Amended Decree represents a modification to the initial Consent Decree, which was entered by the Court on April 18, 2007. The proposed Amended Decree provides for extending the deadlines by which the Defendant must eliminate sanitary sewer overflows (‘‘SSOs’’) and control combined sewer overflows (‘‘CSOs’’), and adds performance standards and stipulated penalty provisions geared to expedite overflow reductions and eliminate such overflows. The District submitted to the United States and the Commonwealth a financial capability and affordability analysis. After analysis of the data, the Plaintiffs, Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States of America, concluded that an extension of the schedule as reflected in the Amended Decree was reasonable and appropriate. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the Amended Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States of America (Plaintiffs) v. Sanitation District Number 1 of Northern Kentucky, D.J. Ref. No. 90–5–1–1–08591. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail: To submit comments: Send them to: By e-mail ...... pubcomment-ees.enrd@ usdoj.gov. Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. By mail ......... During the public comment period, the Amended Consent Decree may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department website: http:// www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_ Decrees.html. We will provide a paper copy of the Amended Consent Decree upon written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please mail your request and payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. Please enclose a check or money order for $13.50 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury for the Amended Consent Decree and $19.50 for the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Mar 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 Amended Consent Decree and Exhibits thereto. Henry S. Friedman, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2019–04698 Filed 3–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Bureau of Labor Statistics Information Collection Activities, Comment Request Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment. 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 properly assessed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed revision of the ‘‘The Consumer Expenditure Surveys: The Quarterly Interview and the Diary.’’ 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 May 13, 2019. 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, at 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9383 I. Background The Consumer Expenditure (CE) Surveys collect data on consumer expenditures, demographic information, and related data needed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and other public and private data users. The continuing surveys provide a constant measurement of changes in consumer expenditure patterns for economic analysis and to obtain data for future CPI revisions. The CE Surveys have been ongoing since 1979. The data from the CE Surveys are used (1) for CPI revisions, (2) to provide a continuous flow of data on income and expenditure patterns for use in economic analysis and policy formulation, and (3) to provide a flexible consumer survey vehicle that is available for use by other Federal government agencies. Public and private users of price statistics, including Congress and the economic policymaking agencies of the Executive branch, rely on data collected in the CPI in their day-to-day activities. Hence, data users and policymakers widely accept the need to improve the process used for revising the CPI. If the CE Surveys were not conducted on a continuing basis, current information necessary for more timely, as well as more accurate, updating of the CPI would not be available. In addition, data would not be available to respond to the continuing demand from the public and private sectors for current information on consumer spending. In the Quarterly Interview Survey (CEQ), each consumer unit (CU) in the sample is interviewed every three months over four calendar quarters. The sample for each quarter is divided into three panels, with CUs being interviewed every three months in the same panel of every quarter. The CEQ Survey is designed to collect data on the types of expenditures that respondents can be expected to recall for a period of three months or longer. In general the expenses reported in the Interview Survey are either relatively large, such as property, automobiles, or major appliances, or are expenses which occur on a fairly regular basis, such as rent, utility bills, or insurance premiums. The Diary (or recordkeeping) Survey (CED) is completed at home by the respondent family for two consecutive one-week periods. The primary objective of the CED is to obtain expenditure data on small, frequently purchased items which normally are difficult to recall over longer periods of time. E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1 9384 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 50 / Thursday, March 14, 2019 / Notices II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget approval is being sought for the proposed revision of the Consumer Expenditure Surveys: The Quarterly Interview and the Diary. As part of an ongoing effort to improve data quality, maintain or increase response rates, and reduce data collection costs, CE is seeking clearance for the Large Scale Feasibility Test(LSF) of Online Diaries. CE is also requesting clearance for an increase in the sample sizes of both the CEQ and CED surveys to support CPI. A production sample of 2,500 cases will be used in the LSF Online Diary test. In order to accommodate LSF Online Diary test, several modifications will be made to production procedures and collection including the addition of two question relating to internet access, implementation of an online Diary, and the addition of debriefing questions. The study will be fielded from October 2019 to March 2020 with an expected 1,200 completed cases. The large sample size is needed in order to perform statistically significant analysis of any differences in data quality between the online diaries and production (paper) diaries prior to full production implementation. The study sample will be further divided into two groups, with one group receiving a $5 incentive. The CPI program is changing its source of outlet frame information from the Telephone Point of Purchase Survey (TPOPS) to the CEQ and CED surveys. As a result, the sample size for the CE surveys will increase. 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: The Consumer Expenditure Surveys: The Quarterly Interview and the Diary. OMB Number: 1220–0050. Type of Review: Revision, of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. TOTAL RESPONSE BURDEN FOR THE QUARTERLY INTERVIEW AND DIARY SURVEYS Total respondents Frequency Average time per response (minutes) Total responses Estimated total burden Quarterly Interview Survey .................................................. Diary Survey ........................................................................ 6.067 7,734 4.4799 4.1836 27,180 32,356 63.57 43.65 28,798 23,539 Totals ............................................................................ 13,801 ........................ 59,536 ........................ 52,337 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, on March 11, 2019. Mark Staniorski, Division Chief, Division of Management Systems Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. 2019–04731 Filed 3–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2013–0012] Proposed Modification to the List of Appropriate NRTL Program Test Standards Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Mar 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 In this notice, OSHA proposes to add a test standard to the NRTL Program’s List of Appropriate Test Standards. DATES: Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on or before April 15, 2019. All submissions must bear a postmark or provide other evidence of the submission date. 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–2013–0012, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Department of Labor, Room N–3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–2350. 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. Note that security procedures may result in significant delays in receiving submissions sent by regular mail. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security procedures concerning delivery of materials by regular or express mail, hand delivery, or messenger (courier) service. 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 through the website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also E:\FR\FM\14MRN1.SGM 14MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 50 (Thursday, March 14, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9383-9384]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-04731]


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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 revision of the ``The Consumer 
Expenditure Surveys: The Quarterly Interview and the Diary.'' 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 May 13, 2019.

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, 
at 202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES 
section.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Consumer Expenditure (CE) Surveys collect data on consumer 
expenditures, demographic information, and related data needed by the 
Consumer Price Index (CPI) and other public and private data users. The 
continuing surveys provide a constant measurement of changes in 
consumer expenditure patterns for economic analysis and to obtain data 
for future CPI revisions. The CE Surveys have been ongoing since 1979.
    The data from the CE Surveys are used (1) for CPI revisions, (2) to 
provide a continuous flow of data on income and expenditure patterns 
for use in economic analysis and policy formulation, and (3) to provide 
a flexible consumer survey vehicle that is available for use by other 
Federal government agencies. Public and private users of price 
statistics, including Congress and the economic policymaking agencies 
of the Executive branch, rely on data collected in the CPI in their 
day-to-day activities. Hence, data users and policymakers widely accept 
the need to improve the process used for revising the CPI. If the CE 
Surveys were not conducted on a continuing basis, current information 
necessary for more timely, as well as more accurate, updating of the 
CPI would not be available. In addition, data would not be available to 
respond to the continuing demand from the public and private sectors 
for current information on consumer spending.
    In the Quarterly Interview Survey (CEQ), each consumer unit (CU) in 
the sample is interviewed every three months over four calendar 
quarters. The sample for each quarter is divided into three panels, 
with CUs being interviewed every three months in the same panel of 
every quarter. The CEQ Survey is designed to collect data on the types 
of expenditures that respondents can be expected to recall for a period 
of three months or longer. In general the expenses reported in the 
Interview Survey are either relatively large, such as property, 
automobiles, or major appliances, or are expenses which occur on a 
fairly regular basis, such as rent, utility bills, or insurance 
premiums.
    The Diary (or recordkeeping) Survey (CED) is completed at home by 
the respondent family for two consecutive one-week periods. The primary 
objective of the CED is to obtain expenditure data on small, frequently 
purchased items which normally are difficult to recall over longer 
periods of time.

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II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget approval is being sought for the 
proposed revision of the Consumer Expenditure Surveys: The Quarterly 
Interview and the Diary.
    As part of an ongoing effort to improve data quality, maintain or 
increase response rates, and reduce data collection costs, CE is 
seeking clearance for the Large Scale Feasibility Test(LSF) of Online 
Diaries. CE is also requesting clearance for an increase in the sample 
sizes of both the CEQ and CED surveys to support CPI.
    A production sample of 2,500 cases will be used in the LSF Online 
Diary test. In order to accommodate LSF Online Diary test, several 
modifications will be made to production procedures and collection 
including the addition of two question relating to internet access, 
implementation of an online Diary, and the addition of debriefing 
questions. The study will be fielded from October 2019 to March 2020 
with an expected 1,200 completed cases. The large sample size is needed 
in order to perform statistically significant analysis of any 
differences in data quality between the online diaries and production 
(paper) diaries prior to full production implementation. The study 
sample will be further divided into two groups, with one group 
receiving a $5 incentive.
    The CPI program is changing its source of outlet frame information 
from the Telephone Point of Purchase Survey (TPOPS) to the CEQ and CED 
surveys. As a result, the sample size for the CE surveys will increase.

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: The Consumer Expenditure Surveys: The 
Quarterly Interview and the Diary.
    OMB Number: 1220-0050.
    Type of Review: Revision, of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

                       Total Response Burden for the Quarterly Interview and Diary Surveys
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                                                                                   Average time
                                       Total         Frequency         Total       per response      Estimated
                                    respondents                      responses       (minutes)     total burden
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Quarterly Interview Survey......           6.067          4.4799          27,180           63.57          28,798
Diary Survey....................           7,734          4.1836          32,356           43.65          23,539
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    Totals......................          13,801  ..............          59,536  ..............          52,337
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    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, on March 11, 2019.
Mark Staniorski,
Division Chief, Division of Management Systems Bureau of Labor 
Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2019-04731 Filed 3-13-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4510-24-P