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Download as PDF 40624 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 7, 2020 / Notices uses of these resources. One of the regulatory steps taken to carry out the conservation and management objectives is to collect data from users of the resources. Regulations at 50 CFR 648.11(g) require observer service providers to comply with specific requirements in order to operate as an approved provider in the Atlantic sea scallop (scallop) fishery. Observer service providers must comply with the following requirements: Submit applications for approval as an observer service provider; formally request observer training by the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP); submit observer deployment reports and biological samples; give notification of whether a vessel must carry an observer within 24 hours of the vessel owner’s notification of a prospective trip; maintain an updated contact list of all observers that includes the observer identification number; observer’s name mailing address, email address, phone numbers, homeports or fisheries/trip types assigned, and whether or not the observer is ‘‘in service.’’ The regulations also require observer service providers submit any outreach materials, such as informational pamphlets, payment notification, and descriptions of observer duties as well as all contracts between the service provider and entities requiring observer services for review to NMFS/NEFOP. Observer service providers also have the option to respond to application denials and submit a rebuttal in response to a pending removal from the list of approved observer providers. These requirements allow NMFS/NEFOP to effectively administer the scallop observer program. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection The approved observer service providers submit information to NMFS/ NEFOP via email, fax, or postal service. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0546. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organization. Estimated Number of Respondents: 515. Estimated Time per Response: Application for approval of observer service provider, 10 hours; applicant response to denial of application for approval of observer service provider, 10 hours; observer service provider request for observer training, 30 minutes; observer deployment report, 10 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Jul 06, 2020 Jkt 250001 minutes; observer availability report, 10 minutes; safety refusal report, 30 minutes; submission of raw observer data, 5 minutes; observer debriefing, 2 hours; biological samples, 5 minutes; rebuttal of pending removal from list of approved observer service providers, 8 hours; vessel request to observer service provider for procurement of a certified observer, 25 minutes; vessel request for waiver of observer coverage requirement, 5 minutes; observer contact list updates, 5 minutes; observer availability updates, 1 minute; service provider material submissions, 30 minutes; service provider contracts, 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,675. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $46,600. 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 information collection request (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. 2020–14563 Filed 7–6–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NTIA internet Use Survey National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment. AGENCY: 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 preceding submission of the collection to OMB. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before September 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Rafi Goldberg, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, NTIA, via email at rgoldberg@ntia.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0660–0021 in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or specific questions related to collection activities should be directed to Rafi Goldberg, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, NTIA, at (202) 482–4375 or rgoldberg@ntia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract NTIA seeks renewed approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to add 66 questions to a future edition of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS). This collection of questions is known as the NTIA internet Use Survey, and is also referred to as the CPS Computer and internet Use Supplement. NTIA has sponsored fifteen such surveys since 1994, and previously used the current iteration of the survey instrument in 2017 and 2019. As the digital economy’s accelerating growth reinforces the internet’s E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 7, 2020 / Notices importance to the nation’s economic prosperity, policymakers, businesses, non-profits, communities, and other stakeholders increasingly rely on data about whether and how Americans use broadband in their routine activities. Digitally-connected Americans provide the modern workforce, creative innovation, and growing customer base to help sustain our nation’s global competitiveness; the NTIA internet Use Survey will yield data that can inform investment decisions and resource allocations to advance full participation in the digital economy. The research and policy analysis enabled by this data collection are particularly important as the nation recovers from a pandemic that has further highlighted the importance of the internet in daily life. NTIA is working with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), other federal agencies, state and local governments, as well as with industry and nonprofits to develop and promote policies that foster broadband deployment and adoption. These policies help to ensure that the nation’s businesses and consumers can obtain competitively priced high-speed internet access and that everyone is able to gain the skills necessary to use the technology. Collecting current, systematic, and comprehensive information on broadband use and nonuse by U.S. households is critical to enabling policymakers to gauge progress made to date, and also to identify specific areas and demographic groups in which broadband adoption is a concern with a specificity that permits carefully targeted and cost-effective responses. The U.S. Census Bureau is widely regarded as a premier data collector based on centuries of experience and rigorous scientific methods. Collection of NTIA’s requested broadband usage data will occur in conjunction with a future edition of the U.S. Census Bureau’s CPS, thereby significantly reducing the potential burdens on the U.S. Census Bureau and on surveyed households. The U.S. government has an increasingly pressing need for comprehensive broadband data. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), NTIA, and the FCC have issued reports noting the importance of useful broadband adoption data for policymakers. Moreover, Congress passed legislation—the Broadband Data Improvement Act in 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009—wholly or in part to address this deficiency. Modifying the CPS to include NTIA’s requested broadband questions will enable the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Jul 06, 2020 Jkt 250001 Commerce Department and NTIA to respond to congressional concerns and directives. NTIA has made a copy of the proposed information collection instrument available at https:// www.ntia.gov/files/ntia/blogimages/ november_2019_cps_supplement_-_ final.pdf. II. Method of Collection The NTIA internet Use Survey will be administered by the U.S. Census Bureau as a supplement to the CPS. Data will be collected through personal visits and live telephone interviews using computer-assisted telephone interviewing and computer-assisted personal interviewing. III. Data IV. Request for Comments We are soliciting public comments to permit NTIA 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 Frm 00006 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. 2020–14545 Filed 7–6–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket No. 200609–0154] OMB Control Number: 0660–0021. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (Extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Individuals and households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 54,000 households. Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 9,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 902(b)(2)(M), (P). PO 00000 40625 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 RIN 0660–XC046 Promoting the Sharing of Supply Chain Security Risk Information Between Government and Communications Providers and Suppliers National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period. AGENCY: On June 12, 2020, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a Notice and Request for public comments on Section 8 of the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Act of 2019 (Act). Section 8 of the Act directs NTIA, in cooperation with other designated federal agencies, to establish a program to share supply chain security risk information with trusted providers of advanced communications service and suppliers of communications equipment or services. Through this Notice, NTIA is extending the comment deadline by 15 days from July 13, 2020, to July 28, 2020. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before July 28, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by email to supplychaininfo@ ntia.gov. Written comments also may be submitted by mail to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4725, Attn: Evelyn L. Remaley, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, Washington, DC 20230. Responders should include the name of the person or organization filing the comment, as well as a page number, on DATES: E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 130 (Tuesday, July 7, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; NTIA internet Use Survey

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA), 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 
preceding submission of the collection to OMB.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed 
information collection must be received on or before September 8, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Rafi Goldberg, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, NTIA, via email at 
[email protected]. Please reference OMB Control Number 0660-0021 in 
the subject line of your comments. Do not submit Confidential Business 
Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
specific questions related to collection activities should be directed 
to Rafi Goldberg, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, NTIA, at (202) 
482-4375 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    NTIA seeks renewed approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) 
to add 66 questions to a future edition of the U.S. Census Bureau's 
Current Population Survey (CPS). This collection of questions is known 
as the NTIA internet Use Survey, and is also referred to as the CPS 
Computer and internet Use Supplement. NTIA has sponsored fifteen such 
surveys since 1994, and previously used the current iteration of the 
survey instrument in 2017 and 2019.
    As the digital economy's accelerating growth reinforces the 
internet's

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importance to the nation's economic prosperity, policymakers, 
businesses, non-profits, communities, and other stakeholders 
increasingly rely on data about whether and how Americans use broadband 
in their routine activities. Digitally-connected Americans provide the 
modern workforce, creative innovation, and growing customer base to 
help sustain our nation's global competitiveness; the NTIA internet Use 
Survey will yield data that can inform investment decisions and 
resource allocations to advance full participation in the digital 
economy. The research and policy analysis enabled by this data 
collection are particularly important as the nation recovers from a 
pandemic that has further highlighted the importance of the internet in 
daily life.
    NTIA is working with Congress, the Federal Communications 
Commission (FCC), other federal agencies, state and local governments, 
as well as with industry and nonprofits to develop and promote policies 
that foster broadband deployment and adoption. These policies help to 
ensure that the nation's businesses and consumers can obtain 
competitively priced high-speed internet access and that everyone is 
able to gain the skills necessary to use the technology. Collecting 
current, systematic, and comprehensive information on broadband use and 
non-use by U.S. households is critical to enabling policymakers to 
gauge progress made to date, and also to identify specific areas and 
demographic groups in which broadband adoption is a concern with a 
specificity that permits carefully targeted and cost-effective 
responses.
    The U.S. Census Bureau is widely regarded as a premier data 
collector based on centuries of experience and rigorous scientific 
methods. Collection of NTIA's requested broadband usage data will occur 
in conjunction with a future edition of the U.S. Census Bureau's CPS, 
thereby significantly reducing the potential burdens on the U.S. Census 
Bureau and on surveyed households.
    The U.S. government has an increasingly pressing need for 
comprehensive broadband data. The U.S. Government Accountability Office 
(GAO), NTIA, and the FCC have issued reports noting the importance of 
useful broadband adoption data for policymakers. Moreover, Congress 
passed legislation--the Broadband Data Improvement Act in 2008 and the 
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009--wholly or in part to 
address this deficiency. Modifying the CPS to include NTIA's requested 
broadband questions will enable the Commerce Department and NTIA to 
respond to congressional concerns and directives.
    NTIA has made a copy of the proposed information collection 
instrument available at https://www.ntia.gov/files/ntia/blogimages/november_2019_cps_supplement_-_final.pdf.

II. Method of Collection

    The NTIA internet Use Survey will be administered by the U.S. 
Census Bureau as a supplement to the CPS. Data will be collected 
through personal visits and live telephone interviews using computer-
assisted telephone interviewing and computer-assisted personal 
interviewing.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0660-0021.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (Extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals and households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 54,000 households.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 9,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 902(b)(2)(M), (P).

IV. Request for Comments

    We are soliciting public comments to permit NTIA 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. 2020-14545 Filed 7-6-20; 8:45 am]
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