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Download as PDF 29922 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 97 / Tuesday, May 19, 2020 / Notices of this Committee are directed to the Commission’s website, https:// www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Regional Programs Unit at the above email or street address. Agenda I. Welcome II. Membership Update III. Review Civil Rights Topics: Bail Practices and Measure 11 a. Vote on Research Topic IV. Public Comment V. Good of the Order VI. Adjournment Exceptional Circumstance: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102–3.150, the notice for this meeting is given less than 15 calendar days prior to the meeting because of the exceptional circumstances of the COVID crisis and DFO availability. Dated: May 13, 2020. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. I. Abstract [FR Doc. 2020–10636 Filed 5–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Household Pulse Survey 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 a proposed new information collection of the Household Pulse Survey During COVID–19 Epidemic, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before July 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Cassandra A. Logan, Survey Director, Household Pulse Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, ADDP, HQ–7H157, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the internet at PRAcomments@ doc.gov). You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC–2020–0013, to the Federal eRulemaking 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 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 May 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 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, or Adobe PDF file formats. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Cassandra A. Logan, U.S. Census Bureau, ADDP HQ–7H157, Washington, DC 20233–8400, (301) 763– 1087 (or via the internet at Cassandra.logan@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Census Bureau has developed the Household Pulse Survey as an experimental endeavor in cooperation with five other federal agencies. Conducting the Household Pulse Survey during the COVID–19 pandemic will allow the federal statistical system to demonstrate proof of concept with respect to its ability to produce near real-time data in a time of urgent and acute need. Changes in these measures over time will provide insight into individuals’ experiences on social and economic dimensions during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. This survey, conducted under the auspices of the Census Bureau’s Experimental Data Series (https://www.census.gov/data/ experimental-data-products.html), is designed to supplement the federal statistical system’s traditional benchmark data products with a new data source that provides relevant and timely information based on a high quality sample frame, data integration, and cooperative expertise. Given the urgency of circumstances associated with the pandemic, the Census Bureau sought emergency clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which OMB granted on April 19, 2020 (OMB No. 0607–1013). The documentation submitted to OMB for Information Collection Review is available at https:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=2020040607-005. Question domains contributed by the Census Bureau (Census), Economic Research Service (ERS), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and the Department of Housing (HUD) seek to measure employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, health, and education disruptions. Many of the questions that will be asked on this survey have been fielded on other surveys in the past. However, some of the questions are new, designed to explore potential impacts associated with the COVID–19 pandemic response. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau will conduct this information collection online using Qualtrics as the data collection platform. Qualtrics currently is used at the Census Bureau for research and development surveys and provides the necessary agility to deploy the Household Pulse Survey quickly and securely. It operates in the Gov Cloud, is FedRAMP authorized at the moderate level, and has an Authority to Operate from the Census Bureau to collect personally identifiable and Titleprotected data. The Census Bureau will sample approximately 2,159,000 housing units, with an additional approximately 1,100,000 housing units each subsequent week of data collection. The survey was initiated starting April 23, 2020, and is planned to take place over the course of 12 weeks. Households will be contacted via email and/or SMS text asked to complete approximately 50 questions focused on employment, spending, food security, housing, health and educational disruption. The survey was estimated to take 20 minutes. Weekly survey estimates will be produced by weighting the results to the estimate of the occupied number of housing units from the American Community Survey at the geographic levels of the nation, state, and metropolitan area. The Census Bureau expects to refine its weighting processes over time to make better use of available information and to reduce nonresponse bias in the estimates. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–1013. Form Number(s): There are no forms. All data collection is web-based. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: People and Households. Estimated Number of Respondents: The total number of respondents is estimated at 108,000 per week for 12 weeks for a total of estimated 1,296,000 respondents. Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 427,794. E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 97 / Tuesday, May 19, 2020 / Notices 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: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b), 182 and 196. 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, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2020–10650 Filed 5–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Small Business Pulse Survey U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed extension of the collection of information on the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on the functioning of small businesses. The original SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 May 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 collection was approved by the Office of Management and Budget on April 22, 2020 under the emergency approval provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before July 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Thomas Smith, PRA Liaison, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Room 7K250A, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the internet at PRAcomments@ doc.gov). You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC–2020–0012, to the Federal eRulemaking 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, or Adobe PDF file formats. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Nick Orsini, Associate Director for Economic Programs, ADEP– 8H132, Washington, DC 20278 (or via the internet at nick.orsini@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract On April 22, 2020, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) granted approval under the emergency approval provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) for the U.S. Census Bureau to immediately begin collecting information on the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on the functioning of small businesses through the Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS). The SBPS will provide weekly national, state, and large MSA information on changes in business operations, employment, worker hours, and the availability of consumer goods and services are impacting American life. The rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID–19 pandemic creates an acute need for data on small businesses that sheds light on the situation as it is unfolding. The Census Bureau has the infrastructure in place to provide largescale coverage across all non-farm PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29923 single-location employer businesses. Our proposed survey will reach nearly 1M businesses. Additionally, the Census Bureau proposes this platform as a pilot to develop a capability that can be used for future economic crises to provide near real time information to policymakers and the public. Through this process, the Census Bureau will learn valuable insights about executing a highfrequency, quick turnaround business survey, including systems development, data collection and quality, and coordination with existing Census Bureau business surveys and dissemination programs. This survey allows us to test internal processes and systems, while also gauging external interest and understanding how businesses react to such a collection. We will also gain insights about the quality of the data in high frequency collections and how it could be improved in future iterations. This pilot may also serve as a model for a more encompassing federal statistical community collection activity. The 16-question, 5-minute, multiple choice survey captures information on concepts such as business closings, changes in employment and hours, disruptions to supply chain, and expectations for future operations. These economic data will be used to understand how changes due to the response to the COVID–19 pandemic are affecting American businesses and the U.S. economy. The sample is designed to be sufficiently large to allow publication of survey results by sector and state and for the top most populous 50 MSAs, but this is contingent on response and the ability to meet disclosure avoidance thresholds. Due to the need to begin collecting this information right away, we were unable to allow for the time periods normally required for clearance under the PRA. The approval granted by OMB is through October 31, 2020. This approval allows the Census Bureau to conduct the SBPS for up to 6 months. The Census Bureau now seeks to extend clearance for the COVID–19 supplemental questions for an additional three years. Currently, there is no way to anticipate an end to the impact of the COVID–19 pandemic on the economy. Therefore, the Census Bureau needs to be prepared for the possibility of collecting these data for an extended period of time. II. Method of Collection The only method of collecting information for this survey is electronically through the Census E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Household Pulse 
Survey

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 a 
proposed new information collection of the Household Pulse Survey 
During COVID-19 Epidemic, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before July 20, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Cassandra A. Logan, Survey 
Director, Household Pulse Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill 
Road, ADDP, HQ-7H157, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the internet at 
[email protected]). You may also submit comments, identified by 
Docket Number USBC-2020-0013, 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, or Adobe PDF file formats.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Cassandra A. Logan, U.S. Census Bureau, ADDP HQ-
7H157, Washington, DC 20233-8400, (301) 763-1087 (or via the internet 
at [email protected]).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau has developed the Household Pulse Survey as an 
experimental endeavor in cooperation with five other federal agencies. 
Conducting the Household Pulse Survey during the COVID-19 pandemic will 
allow the federal statistical system to demonstrate proof of concept 
with respect to its ability to produce near real-time data in a time of 
urgent and acute need. Changes in these measures over time will provide 
insight into individuals' experiences on social and economic dimensions 
during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. This survey, conducted 
under the auspices of the Census Bureau's Experimental Data Series 
(https://www.census.gov/data/experimental-data-products.html), is 
designed to supplement the federal statistical system's traditional 
benchmark data products with a new data source that provides relevant 
and timely information based on a high quality sample frame, data 
integration, and cooperative expertise.
    Given the urgency of circumstances associated with the pandemic, 
the Census Bureau sought emergency clearance from the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB), which OMB granted on April 19, 2020 (OMB 
No. 0607-1013). The documentation submitted to OMB for Information 
Collection Review is available at https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=202004-0607-005.
    Question domains contributed by the Census Bureau (Census), 
Economic Research Service (ERS), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Center for 
Education Statistics (NCES), and the Department of Housing (HUD) seek 
to measure employment status, consumer spending, food security, 
housing, health, and education disruptions. Many of the questions that 
will be asked on this survey have been fielded on other surveys in the 
past. However, some of the questions are new, designed to explore 
potential impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic response.

II. Method of Collection

    The Census Bureau will conduct this information collection online 
using Qualtrics as the data collection platform. Qualtrics currently is 
used at the Census Bureau for research and development surveys and 
provides the necessary agility to deploy the Household Pulse Survey 
quickly and securely. It operates in the Gov Cloud, is FedRAMP 
authorized at the moderate level, and has an Authority to Operate from 
the Census Bureau to collect personally identifiable and Title-
protected data.
    The Census Bureau will sample approximately 2,159,000 housing 
units, with an additional approximately 1,100,000 housing units each 
subsequent week of data collection. The survey was initiated starting 
April 23, 2020, and is planned to take place over the course of 12 
weeks. Households will be contacted via email and/or SMS text asked to 
complete approximately 50 questions focused on employment, spending, 
food security, housing, health and educational disruption. The survey 
was estimated to take 20 minutes.
    Weekly survey estimates will be produced by weighting the results 
to the estimate of the occupied number of housing units from the 
American Community Survey at the geographic levels of the nation, 
state, and metropolitan area. The Census Bureau expects to refine its 
weighting processes over time to make better use of available 
information and to reduce nonresponse bias in the estimates.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-1013.
    Form Number(s): There are no forms. All data collection is web-
based.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: People and Households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total number of respondents is 
estimated at 108,000 per week for 12 weeks for a total of estimated 
1,296,000 respondents.
    Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 427,794.

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    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: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b), 182 
and 196.

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,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2020-10650 Filed 5-18-20; 8:45 am]
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