Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Business and Professional Classification Report, 13280-13281 [2021-04668]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 13280 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 43 / Monday, March 8, 2021 / Notices mail-out/mail-back procedures (U.S. Postal Service), internet, and with phone and field enumeration for targeted non-respondents. Data collection for Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and American Samoa will be conducted using direct enumeration methods only. For the 50 states, respondents will be contacted up to 7 times by mail (postcard announcement, 3 mailings of the questionnaire and internet access instruction, and postcard reminders) and additional telephone or personal interview follow-up for mail and internet non-respondents. Questionnaires returned by the Post Office as non-deliverable will be removed from the target population and subsequent mailings. Respondents who contact one of our phone centers to notify NASS of their farming status or to complete a questionnaire will also be removed from any subsequent mailings. In 2020, NASS conducted cognitive interviews of proposed changes to the 2022 Census of Agriculture using the Generic Testing docket (0535–0248). In December 2020 NASS began testing the 2022 Census of Agriculture and will continue testing through September 2021, using the Census Content Testing docket (0535–0243). Four census of agriculture questionnaire versions will be used for the 50 states. One version will be used for Hawaii to contain tropical commodities unique to that state. One version will be used for Native Americans to accommodate operating structures unique to some tribal lands. One shorter version will target farm operations known to not have certain commodities or farming practices. A longer form will be used for the remaining farming operations. NASS is working to increase the speed and ease at which any respondent may fill out the form by incorporating improved screening questions in the internet version of the questionnaire that automatically skips questions that do not apply to a particular respondent. This reduces overall respondent burden, particularly for small operations and operations specializing in only a few commodities. A screening survey, conducted prior to the census, will enable NASS to eliminate non-farm operations from the census mail list and determine respondent eligibility for receiving the appropriate census mail package. The census of agriculture is required by law under the ‘‘Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,’’ Public Law 105–113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g). Response to the screening form, the census of agriculture VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Mar 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 and the census special study surveys are mandatory. The census special study surveys will be included under different OMB approvals. Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985 as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This Notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, ‘‘Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA),’’ Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 33362. The law guarantees farm operators that their individual information will be kept confidential. NASS uses the information only for statistical purposes and publishes only tabulated total data. These data are used by Congress when developing or changing farm programs. Many national and state programs are designed or allocated based on census data, i.e., soil conservation projects, funds for cooperative extension programs, and research funding. Private industry uses the data to provide more effective production and distribution systems for the agricultural community. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information will average about 50 minutes per census long form, 40 minutes per census short form, 30 to 50 minutes for U.S. territories, 15 minutes per screening form, and 2 minutes per refusal from all sources. Additional burden is allotted for instruction sheets, cover letters, and postcard reminders. Respondents: Farm and ranch operators. Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,320,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,960,000 hours. Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, March 2, 2021. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2021–04701 Filed 3–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–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; Business and Professional Classification Report Census Bureau, Commerce. Notice of information collection, request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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 Business and Professional Classification Report 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 May 7, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to Thomas.J.Smith@census.gov. Please reference Business and Professional Classification Report in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC–2021–0007, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record. No comments will be posted to https://www.regulations.gov for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will generally be posted without change. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08MRN1.SGM 08MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 43 / Monday, March 8, 2021 / Notices 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 Scott Handmaker, Branch Chief, Classification Processing Branch, Economic Statistical Methods Division, (301) 763–7107, and Scott.P.Handmaker@census.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau conducts the Business and Professional Classification Report to collect information from new businesses to obtain proper industry classification for use in economic surveys and the Economic Census. The survey, conducted quarterly, samples businesses with newly assigned Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Businesses can only be selected once for the survey. The survey collects data about a business in such areas as: Primary business activity, company structure, size, and business operations. This information is used to update the sampling frame for current business surveys, which ensures high quality economic estimates. Additionally, by ensuring proper industry classification, this survey reduces burden for the businesses in the five-year Economic Census, as the questions in the census are tailored to the industry in which the business operates. Respondents will choose the economic sector of their business and then select from a list of business activities. If the respondent does not see their business activity listed, then they will provide a brief description of their business activity. This is the same methodology that the Census Bureau uses in the Economic Census to assign industry classification. Minimal changes will be made to the wording and organization of existing questions and instructions. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection The Business and Professional Classification Report is primarily collected via the internet and telephone follow-up. Those selected for the survey receive an initial letter informing the respondents of their requirement to complete the survey as well as VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Mar 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 instructions on accessing the survey. Responses will be due approximately 30 days from initial mailing. Respondents will also receive a due date reminder approximately one week before responses are due. After the due date, an overdue notice is sent to nonrespondents. Lastly, the Census Bureau will conduct telephone and email follow-up operations for nonresponse. Throughout the survey, telephone assistance is available for respondents with questions and for those that cannot report over the internet. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0189. Form Number(s): SQ–CLASS. Type of Review: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, without Change, of Currently Approved Collection. Affected Public: Business or other for profit and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52,000. Estimated Time per Response: 13 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,267. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. (This is not the cost of respondents’ time, but the indirect costs respondents may incur for such things as purchases of specialized software or hardware needed to report, or expenditures for accounting or records maintenance services required specifically by the collection.) Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131, 182, 193, 224, and 225. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13281 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. 2021–04668 Filed 3–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–15–2021] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 31—Granite City, Illinois; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; M.M.O. Companies, Inc. (Disassembly of Firearms and Ammunition); Mascoutah and Edwardsville, Illinois America’s Central Port District, grantee of FTZ 31, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf of M.M.O. Companies, Inc. (M.M.O.), located in Mascoutah and Edwardsville, Illinois. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on March 1, 2021. The M.M.O. facility is located within Subzone 31E. The facility is used for the disassembly of firearms and ammunition as well as the modification of receivers. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board. Production under FTZ procedures could exempt M.M.O. from customs duty payments on the foreign-status components used in export production. On its domestic sales, for the foreignstatus materials/components noted below, M.M.O. would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to: Trigger groups, gas piston assemblies, sight assemblies, magazines, rail attachments, dust cover assemblies, muzzle device assemblies, bolt carriers, bolts, operating rods, cocking handles, carrying handles, E:\FR\FM\08MRN1.SGM 08MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 43 (Monday, March 8, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13280-13281]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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; Business and Professional Classification Report

AGENCY: 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 (PRA) of 1995, 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 Business and Professional Classification 
Report 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 May 7, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by 
email to [email protected]. Please reference Business and 
Professional Classification Report in the subject line of your 
comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number 
USBC-2021-0007, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public 
record. No comments will be posted to https://www.regulations.gov for 
public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will 
generally be posted without change.

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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 Scott Handmaker, Branch Chief, Classification Processing Branch, 
Economic Statistical Methods Division, (301) 763-7107, and 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau conducts the Business and Professional 
Classification Report to collect information from new businesses to 
obtain proper industry classification for use in economic surveys and 
the Economic Census. The survey, conducted quarterly, samples 
businesses with newly assigned Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) 
from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Businesses can only be 
selected once for the survey. The survey collects data about a business 
in such areas as: Primary business activity, company structure, size, 
and business operations. This information is used to update the 
sampling frame for current business surveys, which ensures high quality 
economic estimates. Additionally, by ensuring proper industry 
classification, this survey reduces burden for the businesses in the 
five-year Economic Census, as the questions in the census are tailored 
to the industry in which the business operates.
    Respondents will choose the economic sector of their business and 
then select from a list of business activities. If the respondent does 
not see their business activity listed, then they will provide a brief 
description of their business activity. This is the same methodology 
that the Census Bureau uses in the Economic Census to assign industry 
classification.
    Minimal changes will be made to the wording and organization of 
existing questions and instructions.

II. Method of Collection

    The Business and Professional Classification Report is primarily 
collected via the internet and telephone follow-up. Those selected for 
the survey receive an initial letter informing the respondents of their 
requirement to complete the survey as well as instructions on accessing 
the survey. Responses will be due approximately 30 days from initial 
mailing. Respondents will also receive a due date reminder 
approximately one week before responses are due. After the due date, an 
overdue notice is sent to nonrespondents. Lastly, the Census Bureau 
will conduct telephone and email follow-up operations for nonresponse. 
Throughout the survey, telephone assistance is available for 
respondents with questions and for those that cannot report over the 
internet.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0189.
    Form Number(s): SQ-CLASS.
    Type of Review: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, 
without Change, of Currently Approved Collection.
    Affected Public: Business or other for profit and not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 52,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 13 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,267.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. (This is not the cost of 
respondents' time, but the indirect costs respondents may incur for 
such things as purchases of specialized software or hardware needed to 
report, or expenditures for accounting or records maintenance services 
required specifically by the collection.)
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131, 182, 
193, 224, and 225.

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. 2021-04668 Filed 3-5-21; 8:45 am]
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