Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patent Examiner Employment Application, 67525-67526 [2020-23521]

Download as PDF 67525 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Patent Examiner Employment Application United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 0651–0042 (Patent Examiner Employment Application). The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this information collection must be received on or before December 22, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by any of the following methods. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0042 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313– 1450. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Request for additional information SUMMARY: should be directed to the attention of LaRita Jones, Chief of the Workforce Employment Division, Office of Human Resources, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–6196; or by email to larita.jones@uspto.gov. Additional information about this information collection is also available at http:// www.reginfo.gov under ‘‘Information Collection Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract USPTO engages in a robust marketing strategy that historically results in a high volume of applications from recent college graduates with engineering and science degrees for entry-level patent examiner positions. In FY2020, USPTO received 7,361 applications and ultimately hired 597 new patent examiners. USPTO uses the Monster Hiring Management (MHM) system to rapidly review applications for employment of entry-level patent examiners. The use of such automated online systems during recruitment allows USPTO to remain competitive, meet hiring goals, and fulfill the Agency’s Congressional commitment to reduce the pendency rate for the examination of patent applications. Given the time sensitive hiring needs of the Patent Examining Corps, the MHM system provides increased speed and accuracy during the employment process. This information collection covers respondent data gathered through the MHM system. The MHM online application collects supplemental information to a candidate’s USAJOBS application. This information assists USPTO Human Resource Specialists and Hiring Managers in determining whether an applicant possesses the basic qualification requirements for a patent examiner position. From the information collected, the MHM system creates an electronic real-time candidate inventory on applicants’ expertise and technical knowledge, which allows USPTO to immediately review applications from multiple applicants. The use of the MHM online application fully complies with 5 U.S.C. 2301, which requires adequate public notice to assure open competition by guaranteeing that necessary employment information will be accessible and available to the public on inquiry. It is also fully compliant with Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794(d)), which requires agencies to provide disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. II. Method of Collection Items in this information collection must be submitted via online electronic submissions. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0651–0042. Forms: None. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,386 respondents per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 8,386 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to complete the Patent Examiner Application Questions. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, respond to the MHM system prompts, and submit the completed request to the USPTO. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 4,193 hours. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $115,056. TABLE 1—TOTAL HOURLY BURDEN FOR RESPONDENTS Estimated annual respondents Estimated annual responses (year) Estimated annual burden (hour/year) Rate 1 ($/hour) Estimated annual burden (b) (a) × (b) = (c) (d) (c) × (d) = (e) Item 1 ............... Patent Examiner Application Questions ... 8,386 8,386 0.5 (30 minutes) ...... 4,193 $27.44 $115,056 .................................................................... 8,386 8,386 .................................. 4,193 ........................ 115,056 (a) Total khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Estimated time for response (hour) Item No. Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Respondent Cost Burden: $0. There are 1 USPTO is using the OPM Special Rate Table 0576—Patent Examiner 07–Step 1 as an estimate for VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 no filing fees or start-up, maintenance, recordkeeping, or postage costs associated with this information collection. the hourly rate: https://apps.opm.gov/SpecialRates/ 2020/Table057601012020.aspx. IV. Request for Comments The USPTO is soliciting public comments to: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 67526 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Notices (a) Evaluate 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) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information,including the validity of the methodology and assuptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) 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, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. All comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. USPTO will include or summarize each comment in the request to OMB to approve this information collection. Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in a comment, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public view, USPTO cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. Kimberly Hardy, Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2020–23521 Filed 10–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Proposed Additions and Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Proposed additions to and deletions from the Procurement List. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Committee is proposing to add product(s) and service(s) to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes product(s) and service(s) previously furnished by such agencies. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 Comments must be received on or before: November 22, 2020. DATES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia 22202–4149. ADDRESSES: For further information or to submit comments contact: Michael R. Jurkowski, Telephone: (703) 603–2117, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 8503(a)(2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additions If the Committee approves the proposed additions, the entities of the Federal Government identified in this notice will be required to procure the product(s) and service(s) listed below from nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. The following product(s) and service(s) are proposed for addition to the Procurement List for production by the nonprofit agencies listed: Product(s) NSN(s)—Product Name(s): 5340–00–NIB–0378—Doorstop, No-Slip, Wedge Style, Rubber, Large, Brown 5340–00–NIB–0379—Doorstop, No-Slip, Wedge Style, Rubber, Large, Brown, 2 PK 5340–00–NIB–0380—Doorstop, No-Slip, Wedge Style, Rubber, Extra Large, Brown 5340–00–NIB–0381—Doorstop, No-Slip, Wedge Style, Rubber, Extra Large, Brown, 2 PK 5340–00–NIB–0382—Doorstop, Heavy Duty, Wedge Style, Magnetic, Rubber, Extra Large, Yellow Mandatory Source of Supply: North Central Sight Services, Inc., Williamsport, PA Mandatory For: Total Government Requirement Contracting Activity: FEDERAL ACQUISITION SERVICE, GSA/FSS GREATER SOUTHWEST ACQUISITI Service(s) Service Type: Custodial Service Mandatory for: US Air Force, Cannon Air Force Base, NM Mandatory Source of Supply: ENMRSH, Inc., Clovis, NM Contracting Activity: DEPT OF THE AIR FORCE, FA4855 27 SOCONS LGC Service Type: Custodial Service Mandatory for: US Air Force, Robins North Complex, Macon, GA Mandatory Source of Supply: Good Vocations, Inc., Macon, GA Contracting Activity: DEPT OF THE AIR FORCE, FA8571 AFSC PZIO MXW PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Deletions The following product(s) and service(s) are proposed for deletion from the Procurement List: Product(s) NSN(s)—Product Name(s): 6505–01–121–2336—Sunscreen, Lotion, SPF–15 Mandatory Source of Supply: SMA Healthcare, Inc., Daytona Beach, FL Contracting Activity: DLA TROOP SUPPORT, PHILADELPHIA, PA Service(s) Service Type: Janitorial/Custodial Mandatory for: U.S. Federal Building: 88 West 100 North, Provo, UT Contracting Activity: GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, FPDS AGENCY COORDINATOR Service Type: Food Service Attendant Mandatory for: Air National Guard, 179AW, Ohio Air National Guard Base, Mansfield, OH Mandatory Source of Supply: The Center for Individual and Family Services, Mansfield, OH Contracting Activity: DEPT OF THE ARMY, W7NU USPFO ACTIVITY OH ARNG Service Type: Custodial Services Mandatory for: USDA, #257 Aduana Street, Mayaguez, PR Mandatory Source of Supply: The Corporate Source, Inc., Garden City, NY Contracting Activity: ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, USDA APHIS MRPBS Service Type: Custodial Services Mandatory for: USDA, Eugenio Maria de Hostos International Airport: Main Terminal Building Mayaguez Airport, Mayaguez, PR Mandatory Source of Supply: The Corporate Source, Inc., Garden City, NY Contracting Activity: ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, USDA APHIS MRPBS Service Type: Janitorial/Custodial Mandatory for: DOT Murphy Building: Bradley International Airport, Floors 2, 3 & 4, Windsor Locks, CT Contracting Activity: TRANSPORTATION, DEPARTMENT OF, DEPT OF TRANS Service Type: Janitorial/Custodial Mandatory for: U.S. Army Reserve Center: Fort Dix Mandatory Source of Supply: Occupational Training Center of Burlington County, Burlington, NJ Contracting Activity: DEPT OF THE ARMY, W6QM MICC CTR–FT DIX (RC) Service Type: Janitorial & Grounds Service Mandatory for: GSA PBS Region 9, Alan Bible Federal Building, Las Vegas, NV Mandatory Source of Supply: Opportunity Village Association for Retarded Citizens, Las Vegas, NV Contracting Activity: PUBLIC BUILDINGS SERVICE, PBS R9 Service Type: Food Service Attendant Mandatory for: Base Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL Mandatory Source of Supply: Goodwill Industries of South Florida, Inc., Miami, FL E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 206 (Friday, October 23, 2020)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 Patent and Trademark Office


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Patent Examiner Employment Application

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments 
on the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 
0651-0042 (Patent Examiner Employment Application). The purpose of this 
notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of 
the information collection to OMB.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this information 
collection must be received on or before December 22, 2020.

ADDRESSES:  Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
by any of the following methods. Do not submit Confidential Business 
Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0042 comment'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Kimberly Hardy, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Request for additional information 
should be directed to the attention of LaRita Jones, Chief of the 
Workforce Employment Division, Office of Human Resources, United States 
Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; 
by telephone at 571-272-6196; or by email to [email protected]. 
Additional information about this information collection is also 
available at http://www.reginfo.gov under ``Information Collection 
Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    USPTO engages in a robust marketing strategy that historically 
results in a high volume of applications from recent college graduates 
with engineering and science degrees for entry-level patent examiner 
positions. In FY2020, USPTO received 7,361 applications and ultimately 
hired 597 new patent examiners.
    USPTO uses the Monster Hiring Management (MHM) system to rapidly 
review applications for employment of entry-level patent examiners. The 
use of such automated online systems during recruitment allows USPTO to 
remain competitive, meet hiring goals, and fulfill the Agency's 
Congressional commitment to reduce the pendency rate for the 
examination of patent applications. Given the time sensitive hiring 
needs of the Patent Examining Corps, the MHM system provides increased 
speed and accuracy during the employment process.
    This information collection covers respondent data gathered through 
the MHM system. The MHM online application collects supplemental 
information to a candidate's USAJOBS application. This information 
assists USPTO Human Resource Specialists and Hiring Managers in 
determining whether an applicant possesses the basic qualification 
requirements for a patent examiner position. From the information 
collected, the MHM system creates an electronic real-time candidate 
inventory on applicants' expertise and technical knowledge, which 
allows USPTO to immediately review applications from multiple 
applicants.
    The use of the MHM online application fully complies with 5 U.S.C. 
2301, which requires adequate public notice to assure open competition 
by guaranteeing that necessary employment information will be 
accessible and available to the public on inquiry. It is also fully 
compliant with Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794(d)), which requires agencies 
to provide disabled employees and members of the public access to 
information that is comparable to the access available to others.

II. Method of Collection

    Items in this information collection must be submitted via online 
electronic submissions.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0651-0042.
    Forms: None.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,386 respondents per year.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 8,386 responses per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 
the public approximately 30 minutes (0.5 hours) to complete the Patent 
Examiner Application Questions. This includes the time to gather the 
necessary information, respond to the MHM system prompts, and submit 
the completed request to the USPTO.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 4,193 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Hourly Cost Burden: $115,056.

                                                      Table 1--Total Hourly Burden for Respondents
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                                                                   Estimated
                                                   Estimated        annual         Estimated time for        Estimated     Rate \1\ ($/      Estimated
      Item No.                  Item                annual         responses         response (hour)       annual burden       hour)       annual burden
                                                  respondents       (year)                                  (hour/year)
                      ........................  ..............             (a)  (b).....................     (a) x (b) =             (d)     (c) x (d) =
                                                                                                                     (c)                             (e)
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1...................  Patent Examiner                    8,386           8,386  0.5 (30 minutes)........           4,193          $27.44        $115,056
                       Application Questions.
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    Total...........  ........................           8,386           8,386  ........................           4,193  ..............         115,056
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    Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Respondent Cost Burden: $0. There 
are no filing fees or start-up, maintenance, recordkeeping, or postage 
costs associated with this information collection.
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    \1\ USPTO is using the OPM Special Rate Table 0576--Patent 
Examiner 07-Step 1 as an estimate for the hourly rate: https://apps.opm.gov/SpecialRates/2020/Table057601012020.aspx.
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IV. Request for Comments

    The USPTO is soliciting public comments to:

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    (a) Evaluate 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) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information,including the validity of the 
methodology and assuptions used;
    (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (d) 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, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    All comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. USPTO will include or summarize each comment in the 
request to OMB to approve this information collection. Before including 
an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying 
information in a comment, be aware that the entire comment--including 
personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any 
time. While you may ask in your comment to withhold personal 
identifying information from public view, USPTO cannot guarantee that 
it will be able to do so.

Kimberly Hardy,
Information Collections Officer, Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2020-23521 Filed 10-22-20; 8:45 am]
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