Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Survey of Residential Building or Zoning Permit Systems(C-411), 6295-6296 [2021-01186]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 12 / Thursday, January 21, 2021 / Notices households by both personal visit and telephone interviews each month. All interviews are conducted using computer-assisted interviewing. Households in the CPS are in sample for four consecutive months, and for the same four months the following year. This is called a 4–8–4 rotation pattern; households are in sample for four months, in a resting period for eight months, and then in sample again for four months. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0049. Form Number(s): There are no forms. All interviews are conducted on computers. Type of Review: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, without Change of a Currently Approved Collection. Affected Public: Households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 59,000 per month. Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 17,700. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: There is no cost to the respondents other than their time (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 U.S.C. Sections 8(b), 141, 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:44 Jan 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 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. 2021–01235 Filed 1–19–21; 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; Survey of Residential Building or Zoning Permit Systems (C–411) The Department of Commerce will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. We invite 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. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on November 9, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Agency: U.S. Census Bureau. Title: Survey of Residential Building or Zoning Permit Systems (C–411). OMB Control Number: 0607–0350. Form Number(s): C–411(v), C–411(m), C–411(c). Type of Request: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection. Number of Respondents: 820 annual average. Average Hours per Response: 15 minutes. Burden Hours: 205. Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau is requesting an extension of a currently approved collection for Form PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6295 C–411, ‘‘Survey of Residential Building or Zoning Permit Systems.’’ The Census Bureau produces statistics used to monitor activity in the large and dynamic construction industry. These statistics help state and local governments and the federal government, as well as private industry, to analyze this important sector of the economy. The accuracy of the Census Bureau statistics regarding the amount of construction authorized depends on data supplied by building and zoning officials throughout the country. The Census Bureau uses Form C–411 to obtain information from state and local building permit officials needed for updating the universe of permit-issuing places which serves as the sampling frame for the Report of Privately-Owned Residential Building or Zoning Permits Issued (OMB number 0607–0094), also known as the Building Permits Survey (BPS), and the Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions (OMB number 0607–0110), also known as Survey of Construction (SOC). These two sample surveys provide widely used measures of construction activity, including the principal economic indicators, New Residential Construction and New Home Sales. Data from the BPS and SOC are also used by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) in the calculation of estimates of the Residential Fixed Investment portion of the Nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition, data from the BPS are used by the Census Bureau in the calculation of annual population estimates; these estimates are widely used by government agencies to allocate funding and other resources to local governments. The questions on Form C–411 pertain to the legal requirements for issuing building or zoning permits in the local jurisdictions. Information is obtained on such items as geographic coverage and types of construction for which permits are issued. The appropriate form is sent to a jurisdiction when the Census Bureau has reason to believe that a new permit system has been established or an existing one has changed. This is based on information from a variety of sources including survey respondents, regional councils and the Census Bureau’s Geography Division, which keeps abreast of changes in corporate status. We anticipate approximately a 50% response rate to the mailed C–411 forms, which is supplemented with existing known information from the C– 404 monthly and annual collection, individual follow-ups with jurisdictions by email or phone, and publicly available information to maintain E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 6296 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 12 / Thursday, January 21, 2021 / Notices coverage for the universe of permit issuing places. We anticipate having accurate and up to date coverage for the universe for over 85% of jurisdictions as a result of these combined operations. We use the information to verify the existence of new permit systems or changes to existing systems. Based on the information, the Census Bureau adds new permit-issuing places to the universe, deletes places no longer issuing permits, and makes changes to the universe to reflect those places that have merged. Failure to maintain the universe of permit-issuing places would result in deficient samples and inaccurate statistics. This in turn jeopardizes the accuracy of the above-mentioned economic indicators. These indicators are closely monitored by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and other economic policy makers because of the sensitivity of the housing industry to changes in interest rates. Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal government. Frequency: Every five years with annual follow-up, as needed. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 131 and 182. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view the 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 0607–0350. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2021–01186 Filed 1–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of the Census 2020 Census Tribal Consultation; Virtual Public Meeting Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:44 Jan 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Notice of virtual public meeting and request for comments. ACTION: The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) will conduct its first calendar year 2021 tribal consultation meeting on February 18 via national webinar. The tribal consultation meeting reflects the Census Bureau’s commitment to strengthen governmentto-government relationships with federally recognized tribes. The Census Bureau will provide updates and seek input on the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS). In preparation for the webinar, the Census Bureau request comments on various questions related to tribes’ use of decennial census data. DATES: The Census Bureau will conduct the tribal consultation webinar on Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Any questions or topics to be considered in the tribal consultation meetings must be received in writing via email or fax by Thursday, February 18. ADDRESSES: The Census Bureau tribal consultation webinar meeting will be held via the WebEx platform at the following presentation link: https:// uscensus.webex.com/uscensus/onstage/ g.php?MTID=e83f743e02f061c59b12ef 423aee8a8b6. If the webinar requires a password, type Census#1. For audio, please call the following number: 1–877–717–2157. When prompted, please use the following Participant Code: 5229469. Please direct all written comments via email or fax to Dee Alexander, Tribal Affairs Coordinator, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs Office, U.S. Census Bureau Washington, DC 20233; fax (301) 763–3780; or by email at Dee.A.Alexander@census.gov or ocia.tao@census.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dee Alexander, Tribal Affairs Coordinator, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs Office, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233; telephone (301) 763–9335; fax (301) 763–3780; or by email at Dee.A.Alexander@census.gov or ocia.tao@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background The Census Bureau’s procedures for outreach, notice, and consultation ensure involvement of tribes, to the extent practicable and permitted by law, before making decisions or implementing policies, rules, or programs that affect federally PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 recognized tribal governments. These meetings are open to citizens of federally recognized tribes by invitation. The Census Bureau’s Decennial Directorate and the Intergovernmental Affairs Office have been responsible for the development and implementation of outreach and promotion activities to assist in obtaining a complete and accurate census count in 2020 among all residents, including the American Indian and Alaska Native populations. This program is one part of the overall outreach and promotion efforts directed at building awareness about the importance of the Census Bureau’s commitment to produce quality 2020 Census American Indian and Alaska Native data for all tribal communities and organizations. In accordance with Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, issued November 6, 2000, the Census Bureau has adhered to its tribal consultation policy by seeking the input of tribal governments in the planning and implementation of the 2020 Census with the goal of ensuring the most accurate counts and data for the American Indian and Alaska Native population. The Census Bureau conducted one national tribal consultation webinar in September 2019 and two formal tribal consultation meetings in October 2019 and February 2020 specific to the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System. The February 18 national webinar will provide a forum for tribes to receive an update and to provide input on the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System regarding work done specifically for the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal areas. For more information, please see the following URL link: https:// www.census.gov/programs-surveys/ decennial-census/2020-census/ planning-management/2020-censusdata-products/2020-das-updates.html. In preparation for the February 18 webinar, we are seeking comments in response to the specific questions on the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System and the American Indian and Alaska Native Geography Hierarchy. Request for Comments Question 1 How does your tribe use data from the redistricting (Pub. L. 94–171) data product? Please be specific as to the use, variable(s), and level(s) of geography. Example: Our tribal government uses total population counts at the Census tract level, as a percentage of the total state population, to apply for state administered social assistance grants. E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 12 (Thursday, January 21, 2021)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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; Survey of Residential Building or Zoning Permit Systems (C-
411)

    The Department of Commerce will submit the following information 
collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. We invite 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. Public comments were previously requested via the 
Federal Register on November 9, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. 
This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.
    Agency: U.S. Census Bureau.
    Title: Survey of Residential Building or Zoning Permit Systems (C-
411).
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0350.
    Form Number(s): C-411(v), C-411(m), C-411(c).
    Type of Request: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, 
without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection.
    Number of Respondents: 820 annual average.
    Average Hours per Response: 15 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 205.
    Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau is requesting an extension 
of a currently approved collection for Form C-411, ``Survey of 
Residential Building or Zoning Permit Systems.''
    The Census Bureau produces statistics used to monitor activity in 
the large and dynamic construction industry. These statistics help 
state and local governments and the federal government, as well as 
private industry, to analyze this important sector of the economy. The 
accuracy of the Census Bureau statistics regarding the amount of 
construction authorized depends on data supplied by building and zoning 
officials throughout the country. The Census Bureau uses Form C-411 to 
obtain information from state and local building permit officials 
needed for updating the universe of permit-issuing places which serves 
as the sampling frame for the Report of Privately-Owned Residential 
Building or Zoning Permits Issued (OMB number 0607-0094), also known as 
the Building Permits Survey (BPS), and the Survey of Housing Starts, 
Sales, and Completions (OMB number 0607-0110), also known as Survey of 
Construction (SOC). These two sample surveys provide widely used 
measures of construction activity, including the principal economic 
indicators, New Residential Construction and New Home Sales. Data from 
the BPS and SOC are also used by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) 
in the calculation of estimates of the Residential Fixed Investment 
portion of the Nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition, data 
from the BPS are used by the Census Bureau in the calculation of annual 
population estimates; these estimates are widely used by government 
agencies to allocate funding and other resources to local governments.
    The questions on Form C-411 pertain to the legal requirements for 
issuing building or zoning permits in the local jurisdictions. 
Information is obtained on such items as geographic coverage and types 
of construction for which permits are issued.
    The appropriate form is sent to a jurisdiction when the Census 
Bureau has reason to believe that a new permit system has been 
established or an existing one has changed. This is based on 
information from a variety of sources including survey respondents, 
regional councils and the Census Bureau's Geography Division, which 
keeps abreast of changes in corporate status. We anticipate 
approximately a 50% response rate to the mailed C-411 forms, which is 
supplemented with existing known information from the C-404 monthly and 
annual collection, individual follow-ups with jurisdictions by email or 
phone, and publicly available information to maintain

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coverage for the universe of permit issuing places. We anticipate 
having accurate and up to date coverage for the universe for over 85% 
of jurisdictions as a result of these combined operations.
    We use the information to verify the existence of new permit 
systems or changes to existing systems. Based on the information, the 
Census Bureau adds new permit-issuing places to the universe, deletes 
places no longer issuing permits, and makes changes to the universe to 
reflect those places that have merged.
    Failure to maintain the universe of permit-issuing places would 
result in deficient samples and inaccurate statistics. This in turn 
jeopardizes the accuracy of the above-mentioned economic indicators. 
These indicators are closely monitored by the Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System and other economic policy makers because of the 
sensitivity of the housing industry to changes in interest rates.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal government.
    Frequency: Every five years with annual follow-up, as needed.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 131 and 182.
    This information collection request may be viewed at 
www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view the 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 0607-0350.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2021-01186 Filed 1-19-21; 8:45 am]
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