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Download as PDF 14304 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 48 / Monday, March 15, 2021 / Notices Environmental Policies and Procedures, 7 CFR 1970. Christopher A. McLean, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2021–05255 Filed 3–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Agenda: Wednesday, April 21, 2021; 4:00 p.m. (ET) Notice of Public Meeting of the Maryland Advisory Committee Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Announcement of meeting. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a press conference of the Maryland Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene by web conference on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (ET). The purpose of the web press conference to formally release its advisory memorandum on COVID 19 and health disparities in Maryland. 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[FR Doc. 2021–05291 Filed 3–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 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; Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization The Department of Commerce will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 48 / Monday, March 15, 2021 / Notices 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 December 17, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Agency: Census Bureau. Title: Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization. OMB Control Number: 0607–0175. Form Number(s): MQ–C2. Type of Request: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection. Number of Respondents: 7,500. Average Hours per Response: 2 hours and 5 minutes. Burden Hours: 62,500. Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau, on behalf of the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), within the Department of Defense (DOD), requests an extension of approval for the Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC). The survey provides information on use of industrial capacity in manufacturing and publishing plants as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization began in the 1970’s as an annual survey that collected fourth quarter data only. The annual survey continued through 2006. In 2007, the FRB requested that the survey be converted to a quarterly survey due to the necessity for quarterly data rather than annual. The survey is the only governmental source of capacity utilization rates at industry levels. Changes in capacity utilization are considered important indicators of investment demand and inflationary pressure. For these reasons, the estimates of capacity utilization are closely monitored by government policy makers and private sector decision makers. The survey collects the value of quarterly production, the value of production that could be achieved if operating under ‘‘full production’’ capability, and the value of production that could be achieved if operating under ‘‘emergency production’’ capability. The ratio of the actual to the full is the basis of the estimates for full capacity utilization rates and similarly, the actual to the emergency for the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:36 Mar 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 emergency capacity utilization rates. The survey also collects information by shift, on work patterns at the actual production level. The FRB is the primary user of the current QPC data and expressed the need for these quarterly data. FRB publishes measures of industrial production (IP), capacity, and capacity utilization in its G.17 statistical release, which has been designated by the federal government as a Principal Federal Economic Indicator. Utilization rates from the QPC survey are a principle source for the measures of capacity and capacity utilization. The indexes of IP are either estimated from physical product data or estimated from monthly data on inputs to the production process, specifically production worker hours and an indicator of capital input. For many years, data on electric power use was used as the indicator of industry capital input. The deregulation of electricity markets led to the deterioration in the coverage and quality of the electricity data. As a result, in November 2005, the FRB discontinued its use of the industrial electric power data in the current estimates of IP. To maintain the quality of the IP index, the collection of these quarterly data, including the utilization rate data and the workweek of capital, is critical to the indicators of capital input use and industry output. The FRB uses these data in several ways. First, the QPC data are the primary source of information for the capacity indexes and utilization rates published by the FRB. Second, the QPC utilization rate data are used as indicators of output for some industries in the estimation of monthly IP. Third, the QPC utilization rate data and the workweek data are used to improve the projections of labor productivity that are used to align IP with comprehensive benchmark information from the Economic Census covering the Manufacturing sector and the Annual Survey of Manufactures. Finally, utilization rate data will assist in the assessment of recent changes in IP, as most of the high-frequency movement in utilization rates reflect production changes rather than capacity changes. The DLA uses the data to assess industrial base readiness and ramp-up time to meet demand for goods under selected national emergency scenarios. In addition to the FRB and DLA uses, these data are published on the Census Bureau’s website, https:// www.census.gov/programs-surveys/ qpc.html. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Quarterly. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14305 Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b); 50 U.S.C., Section 98, et seq.; and 12 U.S.C., Section 244. 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 0607–0175. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2021–05295 Filed 3–12–21; 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; Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey 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 reinstatement, with change, of the Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey, 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 14, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

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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; Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization

    The Department of Commerce will submit the following information 
collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for

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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 December 17, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. 
This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.
    Agency: Census Bureau.
    Title: Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization.
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0175.
    Form Number(s): MQ-C2.
    Type of Request: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, 
without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection.
    Number of Respondents: 7,500.
    Average Hours per Response: 2 hours and 5 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 62,500.
    Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau, on behalf of the Federal 
Reserve Board (FRB) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), within the 
Department of Defense (DOD), requests an extension of approval for the 
Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC). The survey 
provides information on use of industrial capacity in manufacturing and 
publishing plants as defined by the North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS). The Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization 
began in the 1970's as an annual survey that collected fourth quarter 
data only. The annual survey continued through 2006. In 2007, the FRB 
requested that the survey be converted to a quarterly survey due to the 
necessity for quarterly data rather than annual. The survey is the only 
governmental source of capacity utilization rates at industry levels. 
Changes in capacity utilization are considered important indicators of 
investment demand and inflationary pressure. For these reasons, the 
estimates of capacity utilization are closely monitored by government 
policy makers and private sector decision makers.
    The survey collects the value of quarterly production, the value of 
production that could be achieved if operating under ``full 
production'' capability, and the value of production that could be 
achieved if operating under ``emergency production'' capability. The 
ratio of the actual to the full is the basis of the estimates for full 
capacity utilization rates and similarly, the actual to the emergency 
for the emergency capacity utilization rates. The survey also collects 
information by shift, on work patterns at the actual production level.
    The FRB is the primary user of the current QPC data and expressed 
the need for these quarterly data. FRB publishes measures of industrial 
production (IP), capacity, and capacity utilization in its G.17 
statistical release, which has been designated by the federal 
government as a Principal Federal Economic Indicator. Utilization rates 
from the QPC survey are a principle source for the measures of capacity 
and capacity utilization. The indexes of IP are either estimated from 
physical product data or estimated from monthly data on inputs to the 
production process, specifically production worker hours and an 
indicator of capital input. For many years, data on electric power use 
was used as the indicator of industry capital input. The deregulation 
of electricity markets led to the deterioration in the coverage and 
quality of the electricity data. As a result, in November 2005, the FRB 
discontinued its use of the industrial electric power data in the 
current estimates of IP. To maintain the quality of the IP index, the 
collection of these quarterly data, including the utilization rate data 
and the workweek of capital, is critical to the indicators of capital 
input use and industry output.
    The FRB uses these data in several ways. First, the QPC data are 
the primary source of information for the capacity indexes and 
utilization rates published by the FRB. Second, the QPC utilization 
rate data are used as indicators of output for some industries in the 
estimation of monthly IP. Third, the QPC utilization rate data and the 
workweek data are used to improve the projections of labor productivity 
that are used to align IP with comprehensive benchmark information from 
the Economic Census covering the Manufacturing sector and the Annual 
Survey of Manufactures. Finally, utilization rate data will assist in 
the assessment of recent changes in IP, as most of the high-frequency 
movement in utilization rates reflect production changes rather than 
capacity changes.
    The DLA uses the data to assess industrial base readiness and ramp-
up time to meet demand for goods under selected national emergency 
scenarios.
    In addition to the FRB and DLA uses, these data are published on 
the Census Bureau's website, https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/qpc.html.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Quarterly.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b); 50 
U.S.C., Section 98, et seq.; and 12 U.S.C., Section 244.
    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 0607-0175.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2021-05295 Filed 3-12-21; 8:45 am]
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