Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Baldrige Performance Excellence Program Team Leader Consensus and Site Visit Information Collections, 38600-38601 [2019-16883]

Download as PDF 38600 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 7, 2019 / Notices 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: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 7, 2019. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Elizabeth Reinhart, Management Analyst, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20889- 1710, (or via the internet at docpra@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Technology Partnerships Office, 100 Bureau Ave. MS 2200, Gaithersburg, Maryland 301–975–2522, and donald.archer@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The NIST DN–45 Invention Disclosure Form is used to collect information pertaining to inventions created by Federal employees or by nonFederally employed individuals who have created an invention using NIST laboratory facilities as NIST Associates. The collection of this information is required to protect the United States rights to inventions created using Federal resources. The information collected on the form allows the Government to determine: (1) If an invention has been created; (2) the status of any statutory bar that pertains to the potential invention or that may pertain to the invention in the future. The information collected may allow the Government to begin a patent application process. The Inventor Information Sheet is used to collect from individuals who have been named as potential inventors on a NIST Invention Disclosure Form. The collection of this information is used for multiple purposes: (1) Some of the information may be required to file a patent application, if NIST seeks to protect a federally owned invention, pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 207. (2) The form, in part, is a statement made by the respondent declaring whether the respondent considers herself/himself to be an inventor. (3) Some of the information is needed for NIST to determine potential assignees with which NIST would potentially negotiate consolidation of rights and other patent related matters. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Aug 06, 2019 Jkt 247001 (4) Some of the information helps NIST determine under which statutory authority NIST may consolidate rights in an invention with other potential assignees. (5) Country citizenship information is required to determine whether a Scientific and Technology agreement or treaty with the respondent’s country may impact the U.S. Government’s rights to the invention. The information is collected by the Technology Partnerships Office and shared with the Office of Chief Counsel at NIST. The information may also be shared with non-Governmental entities that may have ownership rights to the potential invention. The Government collects this information to execute the policy and objective of the Congress expressed at 35 U.S.C. 200. 35 U.S.C. 207 authorizes Federal agencies to apply for, obtain, and maintain patents or other forms of protection . . . on inventions in which the Federal Government owns a right, title, or interest. 35 U.S.C. 207 also authorizes each Federal agency to undertake all other suitable and necessary steps to protect and administer rights to federally owned inventions on behalf of the Federal government. The information collected through the NIST DN–45 is necessary for NIST to execute the authority granted at 35 U.S.C. 207. 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, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–16882 Filed 8–6–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Baldrige Performance Excellence Program Team Leader Consensus and Site Visit Information Collections National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce. II. Method of Collection AGENCY: Information is collected by completing the NIST DN–45 form which is a template created in Microsoft Word. ACTION: Notice. The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing OMB Control Number: New Collection effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general 0693–XXXX. public and other Federal agencies to Form Number(s): NIST DN–45. take this opportunity to comment on Type of Review: Regular submission. proposed and/or continuing information Affected Public: Individuals. Estimated Number of Respondents: collections, as required by the Invention Disclosure Form—10 per year. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Inventor Information Form—100 per DATES: Written comments must be year. submitted on or before October 7, 2019. Estimated Time per Response: ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments Invention Disclosure Form: 3 hours. Inventor Information Form: 30 minutes. to Maureen O’Reilly, Management Analyst, National Institute of Standards Estimated Total Annual Burden and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Hours: Invention Disclosure Form: 30 Gaithersburg, MD 20889–1710, (or via hours. Inventor Information Form: 50 the internet at docpra@doc.gov). hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Public: $500. Requests for additional information or III. Data IV. Request for Comments NIST invites comments on: (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dawn Bailey, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, 301–975–3074, dawn.bailey@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 07AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 7, 2019 / Notices jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract Public Law 100–107 (The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987), which established the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and its Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA), stipulates that organizational applicants for the award (see OMB Control #0693– 0006) receive ‘‘an intensive evaluation by a competent board of examiners which shall review the evidence submitted by the organization and, through a site visit, verify the accuracy of the quality improvements claimed.’’ Per the statute, ‘‘the Director of the National Bureau of Standards shall rely upon’’ these examiners, as they are in essence the external workforce of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Baldrige Program staff members manage and improve the award and all of its processes, but the examiners actually do the objective review of MBNQA applicants. The Team Leader Consensus and Site Visit Surveys will be one key way that Baldrige staff members can communicate with and seek feedback from the external workforce (Baldrige Examiners). To manage these voluntary examiners (some private citizens, some government and military personnel), the Baldrige Program needs the ability to ask them of their preferences for the sector in which they will do their application review (e.g., do they want to review a health care applicant, manufacturing applicant), their availability to conduct reviews, their ability to travel on a site visit and about all of their logistical needs (e.g., dietary restrictions, cannot review an organization from a certain state due to conflicts in that state), their ability to perform particular MBNQA roles such as technical editor or team leader, their conflicts with a particular organization, etc. The Baldrige Program also needs to survey them to obtain qualitative information on performance, as being a Baldrige Examiner is a very competitive selection. The Baldrige Program could not perform the intensive evaluation called for in the law without surveying its own workforce about their unique needs in relation to the MBNQA process (and its subprocesses). In fact, these volunteer examiners expect to be asked their preferences, as well as given the ability to give their feedback to improve processes. II. Method of Collection Surveys are typically conducted via email or through a secure NIST filesharing system if any MBNQA VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Aug 06, 2019 Jkt 247001 organization-specific information needs to be shared. Surveys can also be conducted over the phone if the number of examiners who need to be asked about a particular role or need is less than about 20. Often, a personal phone call is the best way to survey a subset of examiners, as maintaining positive relationships with examiners is very important to the program. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0693–0079. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Extension and revision of a current information collection. Affected Public: Individuals, including private citizens. All must be U.S. citizens (proof of citizenship is required prior to Baldrige Examiner training). Estimated Number of Respondents: 350 per year. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 88 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments NIST invites comments on: (a) 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; (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, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–16883 Filed 8–6–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38601 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration BroadbandUSA Webinar Series National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meetings— Monthly webinars. AGENCY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), as part of its BroadbandUSA program, promotes innovation and economic growth by supporting efforts to expand broadband access and meaningful use across America. BroadbandUSA serves local and state governments, industry and nonprofits that seek to expand broadband connectivity and promote digital inclusion. BroadbandUSA will host a series of webinars on a monthly basis to engage the public and stakeholders with information to accelerate broadband connectivity, improve digital inclusion, strengthen policies and support local priorities. The Practical Broadband Conversations webinar series will provide an ongoing source of information on a range of topics and issues being addressed by BroadbandUSA, including but not limited to best practices for improving broadband deployment, digital inclusion, workforce skills, smart communities, and economic development. SUMMARY: BroadbandUSA will hold the webinars from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Wednesday of every month, beginning October 16, 2019 and continuing through September 16, 2020, with the exception of December 2019 and August 2020. ADDRESSES: This is a virtual meeting. NTIA will post the registration information on its BroadbandUSA website, https:// broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov under Events. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine Sloan, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4872, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–8231; email: BroadbandUSAwebinars@ ntia.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002; email press@ntia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NTIA’s BroadbandUSA program serves as a trusted and neutral strategic advisor, E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 07AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Baldrige 
Performance Excellence Program Team Leader Consensus and Site Visit 
Information Collections

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, 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: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 7, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Maureen O'Reilly, Management 
Analyst, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau 
Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20889-1710, (or via the internet at 
[email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Dawn Bailey, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, 
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, 301-975-3074, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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I. Abstract

    Public Law 100-107 (The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality 
Improvement Act of 1987), which established the Baldrige Performance 
Excellence Program and its Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award 
(MBNQA), stipulates that organizational applicants for the award (see 
OMB Control #0693-0006) receive ``an intensive evaluation by a 
competent board of examiners which shall review the evidence submitted 
by the organization and, through a site visit, verify the accuracy of 
the quality improvements claimed.''
    Per the statute, ``the Director of the National Bureau of Standards 
shall rely upon'' these examiners, as they are in essence the external 
workforce of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Baldrige 
Program staff members manage and improve the award and all of its 
processes, but the examiners actually do the objective review of MBNQA 
applicants.
    The Team Leader Consensus and Site Visit Surveys will be one key 
way that Baldrige staff members can communicate with and seek feedback 
from the external workforce (Baldrige Examiners). To manage these 
voluntary examiners (some private citizens, some government and 
military personnel), the Baldrige Program needs the ability to ask them 
of their preferences for the sector in which they will do their 
application review (e.g., do they want to review a health care 
applicant, manufacturing applicant), their availability to conduct 
reviews, their ability to travel on a site visit and about all of their 
logistical needs (e.g., dietary restrictions, cannot review an 
organization from a certain state due to conflicts in that state), 
their ability to perform particular MBNQA roles such as technical 
editor or team leader, their conflicts with a particular organization, 
etc. The Baldrige Program also needs to survey them to obtain 
qualitative information on performance, as being a Baldrige Examiner is 
a very competitive selection.
    The Baldrige Program could not perform the intensive evaluation 
called for in the law without surveying its own workforce about their 
unique needs in relation to the MBNQA process (and its subprocesses). 
In fact, these volunteer examiners expect to be asked their 
preferences, as well as given the ability to give their feedback to 
improve processes.

II. Method of Collection

    Surveys are typically conducted via email or through a secure NIST 
file-sharing system if any MBNQA organization-specific information 
needs to be shared. Surveys can also be conducted over the phone if the 
number of examiners who need to be asked about a particular role or 
need is less than about 20. Often, a personal phone call is the best 
way to survey a subset of examiners, as maintaining positive 
relationships with examiners is very important to the program.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0693-0079.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Extension and revision of a current information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals, including private citizens. All must 
be U.S. citizens (proof of citizenship is required prior to Baldrige 
Examiner training).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 350 per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 88 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

    NIST invites comments on: (a) 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; (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, 
Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-16883 Filed 8-6-19; 8:45 am]
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