Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Internet Panel Pretesting and Qualitative Survey Methods Testing, 34175-34177 [2020-11957]

Download as PDF lotter on DSK9F5VC42PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 107 / Wednesday, June 3, 2020 / Notices Firms are selected for this survey using a stratified simple random sample. For the AWTS, the strata are defined by type of operation, industry, and annual sales size. The sample is drawn from the Business Register (BR), which is the Census Bureau’s master business list. The BR contains basic economic information for more than 7.4 million employer businesses and over 22.5 million nonemployer businesses; it is updated through direct data collections and administrative records from other federal agencies. In order to account for new businesses (births) and businesses that discontinue operations (deaths), the AWTS sample is updated quarterly. The sample is also updated to reflect mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, splits, and other changes to the business universe. Data are collected electronically using Centurion, the Census Bureau’s secure online reporting instrument. This system is designed to make the reporting process more flexible and convenient for respondents. The response-driven nature of the instrument also reduces respondent burden. Data are automatically stored, and the results are available immediately to the Census Bureau. If a company does not have access to the internet, the Census Bureau can arrange for the business to provide its data to an analyst via telephone. The data items requested in the AWTS include annual sales, e-commerce sales, number of establishments, inventories, purchases, operating expenses, commissions, sales on own account, and gross selling value. In response to a request from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the 2022 AWTS will also collect detailed operating expenses and sales tax information. Respondents are only asked to provide data for these two items in years ending in 2 and 7, which coincide with the Economic Census collection. For survey year 2020, the AWTS may include additional questions related to the impact coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19) had on firms. A final decision has not been made yet on the inclusion of these questions. From survey year 2016 through survey year 2019, there were five electronic form types (SA–42, SA–42A, SA–42A–MSBO, SA–42–AGBR, and SA–42A–AGBR). Starting with survey year 2020 (which will be collected in 2021), there will only be three electronic form types (SA–42A, SA–42A–MSBO, and SA–42A–AGBR). SA–42 and SA– 42–AGBR are being removed to streamline data collection operations and reduce respondent burden. Each of VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Jun 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 the three remaining form types will continue to ask a different subset of the data items previously mentioned. This ensures businesses only see items that are relevant to their type of operation. Government agencies, private businesses, and researchers often use the estimates generated from the AWTS. For example, the AWTS serves as a benchmark for the estimates produced from the Census Bureau’s Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS). BEA utilizes the data when developing its gross domestic product (GDP) estimates and the national accounts’ input-output tables. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses the data as an input to its producer price indices and in developing productivity measurements. Furthermore, business and industry groups utilize the data to forecast future demand. Estimates generated from the AWTS are released to the public approximately 14 months after the reference year has concluded. These national-level estimates are published (for the various items collected) by NAICS code and type of operation. Currently, the data are disseminated through the AWTS website. Beginning with survey year 2020, the Census Bureau also will release the data via the Census Bureau’s dissemination platform, data.census.gov. II. Method of Collection The Census Bureau primarily collects this information via the internet. In the rare situation where a respondent does not have access to the internet, the data are collected by telephone. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0195. Form Number(s): SA–42A, SA–42A– MSBO, SA–42A–AGBR. Type of Review: Regular submission, Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,743. Estimated Time per Response: 31.2 minutes (2020 and 2021 survey years). 85.2 minutes (2022 survey year— additional items collected). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,026 hours (2020 and 2021 survey years). 10,995 hours (2022 survey year—additional items collected). 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 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34175 expenditures for accounting or records maintenance services required specifically by the collection.) Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 131 and 182. IV. Request for Comments We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include, or summarize, each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2020–11961 Filed 6–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for Internet Panel Pretesting and Qualitative Survey Methods Testing U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. AGENCY: Notice of information collection; request for comment. ACTION: E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM 03JNN1 34176 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 107 / Wednesday, June 3, 2020 / Notices The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment on the proposed extension of the Generic Clearance for Internet Panel Pretesting, prior to the submission of the information collection request (ICR) to OMB for approval. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before August 3, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by mail to adrm.pra@census.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0607– 0978 in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC–2020–0007, 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 specific questions related to collection activities should be directed to Jennifer Hunter Childs, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Center for Behavioral Science Methods, Washington, DC 20233 or (202)603– 4827. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: lotter on DSK9F5VC42PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Census Bureau is committed to conducting research in a cost-efficient manner. The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request an extension of the current OMB approval to conduct a series of medium-scale internet-based tests, as a cost-efficient method of testing questions and contact strategies over the internet through different types of samples. Using internet panel VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Jun 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 pretesting, we can answer some research questions more thoroughly than in the small-scale testing, but less expensively than in the large-scale field test. This research program will be used by the Census Bureau and survey sponsors to test alternative contact methods, including emails and text messages, improve online questionnaires and procedures, reduce respondent burden, and ultimately increase the quality of data collected in the censuses and surveys. We will use the clearance to conduct experimental pretesting of decennial and demographic census and survey questionnaires prior to fielding them as well as communications and/or marketing strategies and data dissemination tools for the Census Bureau. The primary method of identifying measurement problems with the questionnaire or survey procedure is split panel tests. This will encompass both methodological and subject matter research questions that can be tested on a medium-scale internet panel. This research program will also be used by the Census Bureau for remote usability testing of electronic interfaces and to perform other qualitative analyses such as respondent debriefings. An advantage of using remote, mediumscale testing is that participants can test products at their convenience using their own equipment, as opposed to using Census Bureau-supplied computers. A diverse participant pool (geographically, demographically, or economically) is another advantage. Remote usability testing would use click through rates and other paradata, accuracy and satisfaction scores, and written qualitative comments to determine optimal interface designs and to obtain feedback from respondents. The public is currently offered an opportunity to participate in this research remotely, by signing up for an online research panel. If a person opts in, the Census Bureau will occasionally email (or text, if applicable) the person an invitation to complete a survey for one of our research projects. Invited respondents will be told the topic of the survey, and how long it will take to complete it. Under this clearance, we will also conduct similar-scale and similarly designed research using other email lists to validate preliminary findings and expand the research. II. Method of Collection Split sample experiments. This involves testing alternative versions of questionnaires, invitations to questionnaires (e.g., emails or text messages), or websites, at least some of which have been designed to address problems identified in draft versions or PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 versions from previous waves. The use of multiple questionnaires, invitations, or websites, randomly assigned to permit statistical comparisons, is the critical component here; data collection will be via the internet. Comparison of revised questionnaires (or invitations) against a control version, preferably, or against each other facilitates statistical evaluation of the performance of alternative versions of the questionnaire (or invitation or website). The number of versions tested and the number of cases per version will depend on the objectives of the test. We cannot specify with certainty a minimum panel size, although we would expect that no questionnaire versions would be administered to less than fifty respondents. Split sample tests that incorporate methodological questionnaire design experiments will have a larger maximum sample size (up to several hundred cases per panel) than other pretest methods. This will enable the detection of statistically significant differences, and facilitate methodological experiments that can extend questionnaire design knowledge more generally for use in a variety of Census Bureau data collection instruments. Usability Interviews: This method involves getting respondent input to aid in the development of automated questionnaires and websites and associated materials. The objective is to identify problems that keep respondents from completing automated questionnaires accurately and efficiently with minimal burden, or that prevent respondents from successfully navigating websites and finding the information they seek. Remote usability testing may be conducted under this clearance, whereby a user would receive an invitation to use a website or survey, then answer targeted questions about that experience. Qualitative Interviews: This method involves one-on-one (or sometimes group) interviews in which the respondent is typically asked questions about survey content areas, survey questions or the survey process. A number of different techniques may be involved, including cognitive interviews and focus groups. The objective is to identify problems of ambiguity or misunderstanding, or other difficulties respondents may have answering survey questions in order to improve the information ultimately collected in large scale surveys and censuses. Data collection for this project is authorized under the authorizing legislation for the questionnaire being tested. This may be Title 13, Sections E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM 03JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 107 / Wednesday, June 3, 2020 / Notices 131, 141, 161, 181, 182, 193, and 301 for Census Bureau-sponsored surveys, and Title 13 and 15 for surveys sponsored by other Federal agencies. We do not now know what other titles will be referenced, since we do not know what survey questionnaires will be pretested during the course of the clearance. Literature on and considerations about the use of internet samples for this type of work have been thoroughly covered by a Task Force commissioned by the American Association for Public Opinion Research and are well documented there (Baker, et al., 2013). The information collected in this program of developing and testing questionnaires will be used by staff from the Census Bureau and sponsoring agencies to evaluate and improve the quality of the data in the surveys and censuses that are ultimately conducted. Because the questionnaires being tested under this clearance are still in the process of development, the data that result from these collections are not considered official statistics of the Census Bureau or other Federal agencies. Data will be included in research reports prepared for sponsors inside and outside of the Census Bureau. The results may also be prepared for presentations related to survey methodology at professional meetings or publications in professional journals. lotter on DSK9F5VC42PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0978. Form Number(s): TBD. Type of Review: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 67,600. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 16,900. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Data collection for this project is authorized under the authorizing legislation for the questionnaire being tested. This may be Title 13, Sections 131, 141, 161, 181, 182, 193, and 301 for Census Bureausponsored surveys, and Title 13 and 15 for surveys sponsored by other Federal agencies. We do not now know what other titles will be referenced, since we do not know what survey questionnaires will be pretested during the course of the clearance. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Jun 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 IV. Request for Comments We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2020–11957 Filed 6–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Voting and Registration Supplement 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: The Voting and Registration Supplement. This survey, conducted in conjunction with the Current Population Survey, is collected biennially from a sample of housing units identified in the monthly CPS sample. Agency: U.S. Census Bureau. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 34177 Title: Voting and Registration Supplement. OMB Control Number: 0607–0466. Form Number(s): There are no forms. We conduct all interviews on computers. Type of Request: Regular submission. Number of Respondents: 52,000. Average Hours per Response: Approximately one and one-half minutes per response. Burden Hours: 1,300. Needs and Uses: This survey has provided statistical information for tracking historical trends of voter and nonvoter characteristics in each Presidential or Congressional election since 1964. The data collected from the November supplement relates demographic characteristics (age, sex, race, education, occupation, and income) to voting and nonvoting behavior. The November CPS supplement is the only source of data that provides a comprehensive set of voter and nonvoter characteristics distinct from independent surveys, media polls, or other outside agencies. Federal, state, and local election officials use these data to formulate policies relating to the voting and registration process. College institutions, political party committees, research groups, and other private organizations also use the voting and registration data. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Frequency: Biennial. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Section 182; and Title 29, United States Code, Section 1 authorize the Census Bureau to collect this information. 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 submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function and entering either the title of the collection or the OMB Control Number 0607–0466. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Census Bureau


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Generic Clearance for Internet Panel Pretesting and 
Qualitative Survey Methods Testing

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information 
collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information 
collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The 
purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment on the 
proposed extension of the Generic Clearance for Internet Panel 
Pretesting, prior to the submission of the information collection 
request (ICR) to OMB for approval.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed 
information collection must be received on or before August 3, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by 
mail to [email protected]. Please reference OMB Control Number 0607-
0978 in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit 
comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2020-0007, 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 
specific questions related to collection activities should be directed 
to Jennifer Hunter Childs, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, 
Center for Behavioral Science Methods, Washington, DC 20233 or 
(202)603-4827.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau is committed to conducting research in a cost-
efficient manner. The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request an extension 
of the current OMB approval to conduct a series of medium-scale 
internet-based tests, as a cost-efficient method of testing questions 
and contact strategies over the internet through different types of 
samples. Using internet panel pretesting, we can answer some research 
questions more thoroughly than in the small-scale testing, but less 
expensively than in the large-scale field test.
    This research program will be used by the Census Bureau and survey 
sponsors to test alternative contact methods, including emails and text 
messages, improve online questionnaires and procedures, reduce 
respondent burden, and ultimately increase the quality of data 
collected in the censuses and surveys. We will use the clearance to 
conduct experimental pretesting of decennial and demographic census and 
survey questionnaires prior to fielding them as well as communications 
and/or marketing strategies and data dissemination tools for the Census 
Bureau. The primary method of identifying measurement problems with the 
questionnaire or survey procedure is split panel tests. This will 
encompass both methodological and subject matter research questions 
that can be tested on a medium-scale internet panel.
    This research program will also be used by the Census Bureau for 
remote usability testing of electronic interfaces and to perform other 
qualitative analyses such as respondent debriefings. An advantage of 
using remote, medium-scale testing is that participants can test 
products at their convenience using their own equipment, as opposed to 
using Census Bureau-supplied computers. A diverse participant pool 
(geographically, demographically, or economically) is another 
advantage. Remote usability testing would use click through rates and 
other paradata, accuracy and satisfaction scores, and written 
qualitative comments to determine optimal interface designs and to 
obtain feedback from respondents.
    The public is currently offered an opportunity to participate in 
this research remotely, by signing up for an online research panel. If 
a person opts in, the Census Bureau will occasionally email (or text, 
if applicable) the person an invitation to complete a survey for one of 
our research projects. Invited respondents will be told the topic of 
the survey, and how long it will take to complete it. Under this 
clearance, we will also conduct similar-scale and similarly designed 
research using other email lists to validate preliminary findings and 
expand the research.

II. Method of Collection

    Split sample experiments. This involves testing alternative 
versions of questionnaires, invitations to questionnaires (e.g., emails 
or text messages), or websites, at least some of which have been 
designed to address problems identified in draft versions or versions 
from previous waves. The use of multiple questionnaires, invitations, 
or websites, randomly assigned to permit statistical comparisons, is 
the critical component here; data collection will be via the internet. 
Comparison of revised questionnaires (or invitations) against a control 
version, preferably, or against each other facilitates statistical 
evaluation of the performance of alternative versions of the 
questionnaire (or invitation or website).
    The number of versions tested and the number of cases per version 
will depend on the objectives of the test. We cannot specify with 
certainty a minimum panel size, although we would expect that no 
questionnaire versions would be administered to less than fifty 
respondents.
    Split sample tests that incorporate methodological questionnaire 
design experiments will have a larger maximum sample size (up to 
several hundred cases per panel) than other pretest methods. This will 
enable the detection of statistically significant differences, and 
facilitate methodological experiments that can extend questionnaire 
design knowledge more generally for use in a variety of Census Bureau 
data collection instruments.
    Usability Interviews: This method involves getting respondent input 
to aid in the development of automated questionnaires and websites and 
associated materials. The objective is to identify problems that keep 
respondents from completing automated questionnaires accurately and 
efficiently with minimal burden, or that prevent respondents from 
successfully navigating websites and finding the information they seek. 
Remote usability testing may be conducted under this clearance, whereby 
a user would receive an invitation to use a website or survey, then 
answer targeted questions about that experience.
    Qualitative Interviews: This method involves one-on-one (or 
sometimes group) interviews in which the respondent is typically asked 
questions about survey content areas, survey questions or the survey 
process. A number of different techniques may be involved, including 
cognitive interviews and focus groups. The objective is to identify 
problems of ambiguity or misunderstanding, or other difficulties 
respondents may have answering survey questions in order to improve the 
information ultimately collected in large scale surveys and censuses.
    Data collection for this project is authorized under the 
authorizing legislation for the questionnaire being tested. This may be 
Title 13, Sections

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131, 141, 161, 181, 182, 193, and 301 for Census Bureau-sponsored 
surveys, and Title 13 and 15 for surveys sponsored by other Federal 
agencies. We do not now know what other titles will be referenced, 
since we do not know what survey questionnaires will be pretested 
during the course of the clearance.
    Literature on and considerations about the use of internet samples 
for this type of work have been thoroughly covered by a Task Force 
commissioned by the American Association for Public Opinion Research 
and are well documented there (Baker, et al., 2013).
    The information collected in this program of developing and testing 
questionnaires will be used by staff from the Census Bureau and 
sponsoring agencies to evaluate and improve the quality of the data in 
the surveys and censuses that are ultimately conducted. Because the 
questionnaires being tested under this clearance are still in the 
process of development, the data that result from these collections are 
not considered official statistics of the Census Bureau or other 
Federal agencies. Data will be included in research reports prepared 
for sponsors inside and outside of the Census Bureau. The results may 
also be prepared for presentations related to survey methodology at 
professional meetings or publications in professional journals.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0978.
    Form Number(s): TBD.
    Type of Review: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, 
without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 67,600.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 16,900.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Data collection for this project is authorized 
under the authorizing legislation for the questionnaire being tested. 
This may be Title 13, Sections 131, 141, 161, 181, 182, 193, and 301 
for Census Bureau-sponsored surveys, and Title 13 and 15 for surveys 
sponsored by other Federal agencies. We do not now know what other 
titles will be referenced, since we do not know what survey 
questionnaires will be pretested during the course of the clearance.

IV. Request for Comments

    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau 
to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the 
Department, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost 
burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(d) Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone 
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including 
your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2020-11957 Filed 6-2-20; 8:45 am]
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