Notice of Intent To Request Revision of the Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement-A Currently Approved Information Collection, 7529-7530 [2020-02547]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 27 / Monday, February 10, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8958. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Title: 7 CFR 340; Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering. OMB Control Number: 0579–0085. 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The information is also provided to VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Feb 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 State departments of agriculture for review and made available to the public and private sectors on the internet to ensure that all sectors are kept informed concerning any potential risks posed using genetic engineering technology. Description of Respondents: Business or other for profit; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 483. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 12,983. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–02559 Filed 2–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Economic Research Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision of the Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement—A Currently Approved Information Collection Economic Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of change and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) implementing regulations, this notice announces a change that the Economic Research Service (ERS) intends to make to the currently approved annual information collection named the Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (OMB Control No. 0536–0043). ERS intends to add a split panel test to the aforementioned information collection. Details of the split panel test are discussed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by March 11, 2020 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Food Assistance Branch, Food Economics Division, Economic Research Service, Room 5– 229B, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Mail Stop 1800, Washington, DC 20050– 1800. Submit electronic comments to Alisha.Coleman-Jensen@usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alisha Coleman-Jensen at the address in the preamble. Tel. 202–694–5456. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ERS is responsible for conducting studies and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7529 evaluations of the Nation’s food and nutrition assistance programs that are administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture. Data collected by its Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (CPS–FSS) annually are used to monitor the prevalence of food security and the prevalence and severity of food insecurity among the Nation’s households. The prevalence of these conditions as well as year-to-year trends in their prevalence is estimated at the national level and for population subgroups. These data are also used to monitor the amounts that households spend for food and their use of community food pantries and emergency kitchens. These statistics along with research based on the data are used to identify the causes and consequences of food insecurity, and to assess the need for, and performance of, domestic food assistance programs. ERS is in the process of revising the survey instrument to maintain its relevance and scientific quality. The intent of this notice is to announce that ERS intends to add a test of current and revised survey questions (aka split panel test) to the aforementioned information collection in order to determine how well the revised survey questions perform. Results from this test will be used to improve the measurement of food security and determine the most appropriate survey items to collect food security data in regular future collections. Once receiving the OMB clearance, the U.S. Census Bureau will supplement an upcoming CPS with revised test questions regarding household food shopping, use of food and nutrition assistance programs, food sufficiency, and difficulties in meeting household food needs. Revisions to the supplemental survey instrument was developed in conjunction with food security experts nationwide as well as survey method experts within the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau completed a cognitive interview study of the revised survey questions in 2019, and the recommendations from that study formed the test instrument to be used in the upcoming testing. This supplemental information will be collected by both personal visit and telephone interviews in conjunction with the regular monthly CPS interviewing. Interviews will be conducted using Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) and Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) methods. E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1 7530 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 27 / Monday, February 10, 2020 / Notices Public reporting burden for this split panel test is estimated to average 7.3 minutes (after rounding) for each household that responds to the labor force portion of the CPS. The estimate is based on the average proportion of respondents that were asked each question in recent survey years and typical reading and response times for the questions. The estimate assumes an 80 percent response rate to the supplement. Based on these estimates, ERS intends to request a one-time only additional 39,000 respondents and 4,729 hours of response burden for conducting the aforementioned split panel test during its testing year. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Alisha Coleman-Jensen at the address in the preamble. 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 will have practical utility; (b) 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; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to 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. Comments should be sent to the address in the preamble. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Dated: January 28, 2020. 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Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–977–8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number. Members of the public are also entitled to submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office within 30 days following the meeting. Written comments may be mailed to the Midwestern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 230 S Dearborn St., Suite 2120, Chicago, IL 60604. They may also be faxed to the Commission at (312) 353–8324 or emailed to David Barreras at dbarreras@ usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Midwestern Regional Office at (312) 353–8311. Records generated from this meeting may be inspected and reproduced at the Midwestern Regional Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Records of the meeting will be available via www.facadatabase.gov under the Commission on Civil Rights, Louisiana Advisory Committee link PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (http://www.facadatabase.gov/ committee/committee.aspx?cid =251&aid=17). Persons interested in the work of this Committee are directed to the Commission’s website, http:// www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Midwestern Regional Office at the above email or street address. Agenda Welcome and Roll Call Discussion of civil rights topics in Louisiana Next Steps Public Comment Adjournment Dated: February 5, 2020. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2020–02560 Filed 2–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 27 (Monday, February 10, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7529-7530]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-02547]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Economic Research Service


Notice of Intent To Request Revision of the Current Population 
Survey Food Security Supplement--A Currently Approved Information 
Collection

AGENCY: Economic Research Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of change and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) implementing regulations, this 
notice announces a change that the Economic Research Service (ERS) 
intends to make to the currently approved annual information collection 
named the Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (OMB 
Control No. 0536-0043). ERS intends to add a split panel test to the 
aforementioned information collection. Details of the split panel test 
are discussed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by March 11, 2020 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Alisha 
Coleman-Jensen, Food Assistance Branch, Food Economics Division, 
Economic Research Service, Room 5-229B, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Mail 
Stop 1800, Washington, DC 20050-1800. Submit electronic comments to 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alisha Coleman-Jensen at the address 
in the preamble. Tel. 202-694-5456.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ERS is responsible for conducting studies 
and evaluations of the Nation's food and nutrition assistance programs 
that are administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. 
Department of Agriculture. Data collected by its Current Population 
Survey Food Security Supplement (CPS-FSS) annually are used to monitor 
the prevalence of food security and the prevalence and severity of food 
insecurity among the Nation's households. The prevalence of these 
conditions as well as year-to-year trends in their prevalence is 
estimated at the national level and for population subgroups. These 
data are also used to monitor the amounts that households spend for 
food and their use of community food pantries and emergency kitchens. 
These statistics along with research based on the data are used to 
identify the causes and consequences of food insecurity, and to assess 
the need for, and performance of, domestic food assistance programs. 
ERS is in the process of revising the survey instrument to maintain its 
relevance and scientific quality.
    The intent of this notice is to announce that ERS intends to add a 
test of current and revised survey questions (aka split panel test) to 
the aforementioned information collection in order to determine how 
well the revised survey questions perform. Results from this test will 
be used to improve the measurement of food security and determine the 
most appropriate survey items to collect food security data in regular 
future collections.
    Once receiving the OMB clearance, the U.S. Census Bureau will 
supplement an upcoming CPS with revised test questions regarding 
household food shopping, use of food and nutrition assistance programs, 
food sufficiency, and difficulties in meeting household food needs. 
Revisions to the supplemental survey instrument was developed in 
conjunction with food security experts nationwide as well as survey 
method experts within the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau completed a 
cognitive interview study of the revised survey questions in 2019, and 
the recommendations from that study formed the test instrument to be 
used in the upcoming testing. This supplemental information will be 
collected by both personal visit and telephone interviews in 
conjunction with the regular monthly CPS interviewing. Interviews will 
be conducted using Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) and 
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) methods.

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    Public reporting burden for this split panel test is estimated to 
average 7.3 minutes (after rounding) for each household that responds 
to the labor force portion of the CPS. The estimate is based on the 
average proportion of respondents that were asked each question in 
recent survey years and typical reading and response times for the 
questions. The estimate assumes an 80 percent response rate to the 
supplement. Based on these estimates, ERS intends to request a one-time 
only additional 39,000 respondents and 4,729 hours of response burden 
for conducting the aforementioned split panel test during its testing 
year. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Alisha 
Coleman-Jensen at the address in the preamble.
    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 will 
have practical utility; (b) 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; (c) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
(d) ways to 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. Comments should be 
sent to the address in the preamble. All responses to this notice will 
be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All 
comments will also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: January 28, 2020.
Marca Weinberg,
Acting Administrator, Economic Research Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-02547 Filed 2-7-20; 8:45 am]
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