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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 August 16, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Ricardo Limes, Chief, Multinational Operations Branch (BE–69), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, by email to Ricardo.limes@ bea.gov and PRAcomments@doc.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0608–0034 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 Ricardo Limes, Chief, Multinational Operations Branch (BE–69), Bureau of Economic Analysis; via phone at (301) 278–9659; or via email at Ricardo.Limes@bea.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States (BE–15) obtains sample data on the financial structure and operations of foreignowned U.S. business enterprises. The data are needed to provide reliable, useful, and timely measures of foreign direct investment in the United States to assess its impact on the U.S. economy. The sample data are used to derive universe estimates in non-benchmark years from similar data reported in the PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32023 BE–12 benchmark survey, which is conducted every five years. The data collected include balance sheets; income statements; property, plant, and equipment; employment and employee compensation; merchandise trade; sales of goods and services; taxes; and research and development activity for the U.S. operations. In addition to these national data, several data items are collected by state, including employment and property, plant, and equipment. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is not proposing any changes to the BE–15 survey. II. Method of Collection BEA contacts potential respondents by mail in March of each year; responses covering a reporting company’s fiscal year ending during the previous calendar year are due by May 31 (or by June 30 for respondents that file using BEA’s eFile system). Reports are required from each U.S. business enterprise in which a foreign person has at least 10 percent of the voting stock in an incorporated business enterprise, or an equivalent interest in an unincorporated business enterprise, and that meets the additional conditions detailed in the BE–15 forms and instructions. Entities required to report will be contacted individually by BEA. Entities not contacted by BEA have no reporting responsibilities. BEA offers electronic filing through its eFile system for use in reporting on the BE–15 annual survey forms. In addition, BEA posts all its survey forms and reporting instructions on its website (www.bea.gov/fdi). These may be downloaded, completed, printed, and submitted via fax or mail. Potential respondents of the BE–15 are selected from those U.S. business enterprises that were required to report on the 2017 BE–12, Benchmark Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, along with those U.S. business enterprises that subsequently entered the direct investment universe. The BE–15 is a sample survey; universe estimates are developed from the reported sample data. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0608–0034. Form Number: BE–15. Type of Review: Regular submission, reinstatement without change. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,600 annually, of which approximately 3,300 file A forms, 1,600 file B forms, 1,200 file C forms, and 500 file Claim for Exemption forms. E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 32024 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 156,875 hours. Total annual burden is calculated by multiplying the estimated number of submissions of each form by the average hourly burden per form, which is 44.75 hours for the A form, 3.75 hours for the B form, 2.25 hours for the C form, and 1 hour for the Claim for Exemption form. Estimated Time per Respondent: 23.8 hours per respondent (156,875 hours/ 6,600 respondents) is the average but may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in company size and complexity. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act (Pub. L. 94–472, 22 U.S.C. 3101–3108, as amended). IV. 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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. 2021–12705 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Economic Analysis Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE–11, Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of 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 August 16, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Ricardo Limes, Chief, Multinational Operations Branch, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, by email to Ricardo.limes@ bea.gov and PRAcomments@doc.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0608–0053 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 Ricardo Limes, Chief, Multinational Operations Branch, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce; via phone at (301) 278–9659; or via email at Ricardo.Limes@bea.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad (BE–11) obtains sample data on the financial structure and operations of U.S. parents and their foreign affiliates. The data are needed to provide reliable, useful, and timely measures of U.S. direct investment abroad to assess its impact on the U.S. and foreign economies. The sample data are used to derive universe estimates in non-benchmark years from similar data PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reported in the BE–10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad, which is conducted every five years. The data collected include balance sheets; income statements; property, plant, and equipment; employment and employee compensation; merchandise trade; sales of goods and services; taxes; and research and development activity. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is not proposing any changes to the BE–11 survey. II. Method of Collection BEA contacts potential respondents by mail in March of each year; responses covering a reporting company’s fiscal year ending during the previous calendar year are due by May 31. Reports are required from each U.S. person that has a direct and/or indirect ownership interest of at least 10 percent of the voting stock in an incorporated foreign business enterprise, or an equivalent interest in an unincorporated foreign business enterprise, and that meets the additional conditions detailed in the BE–11 forms and instructions. Entities required to report will be contacted individually by BEA. Entities not contacted by BEA have no reporting responsibilities. BEA offers electronic filing through its eFile system for use in reporting on the BE–11 annual survey forms. In addition, BEA posts all its survey forms and reporting instructions on its website (www.bea.gov/dia). These may be downloaded, completed, printed, and submitted via fax or mail. Potential respondents of the BE–11 are selected from those U.S. parents that reported owning foreign business enterprises in the 2019 BE–10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad, along with entities that subsequently entered the direct investment universe. The BE–11 is a sample survey; universe estimates are developed from the reported sample data. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0608–0053. Form Number: BE–11. Type of Review: Regular submission, reinstatement without change. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,500 respondents (U.S. parents). A complete response includes a BE–11 A form for the U.S. parent’s domestic operation and one or more BE–11 B, C, or D forms for its foreign affiliates that meet the BE–11 survey requirements. BEA estimates that U.S. parents will submit 3,500 A forms, 24,000 B forms, E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of Economic Analysis


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Direct Investment Surveys: BE-15, Annual Survey of Foreign 
Direct Investment in the United States

AGENCY: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of 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 August 16, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Ricardo Limes, Chief, Multinational Operations Branch (BE-69), Bureau 
of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, by email to 
[email protected] and [email protected]. Please reference OMB 
Control Number 0608-0034 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 Ricardo Limes, Chief, Multinational Operations Branch (BE-69), 
Bureau of Economic Analysis; via phone at (301) 278-9659; or via email 
at [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States 
(BE-15) obtains sample data on the financial structure and operations 
of foreign-owned U.S. business enterprises. The data are needed to 
provide reliable, useful, and timely measures of foreign direct 
investment in the United States to assess its impact on the U.S. 
economy. The sample data are used to derive universe estimates in non-
benchmark years from similar data reported in the BE-12 benchmark 
survey, which is conducted every five years. The data collected include 
balance sheets; income statements; property, plant, and equipment; 
employment and employee compensation; merchandise trade; sales of goods 
and services; taxes; and research and development activity for the U.S. 
operations. In addition to these national data, several data items are 
collected by state, including employment and property, plant, and 
equipment.
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is not proposing any changes 
to the BE-15 survey.

II. Method of Collection

    BEA contacts potential respondents by mail in March of each year; 
responses covering a reporting company's fiscal year ending during the 
previous calendar year are due by May 31 (or by June 30 for respondents 
that file using BEA's eFile system). Reports are required from each 
U.S. business enterprise in which a foreign person has at least 10 
percent of the voting stock in an incorporated business enterprise, or 
an equivalent interest in an unincorporated business enterprise, and 
that meets the additional conditions detailed in the BE-15 forms and 
instructions. Entities required to report will be contacted 
individually by BEA. Entities not contacted by BEA have no reporting 
responsibilities.
    BEA offers electronic filing through its eFile system for use in 
reporting on the BE-15 annual survey forms. In addition, BEA posts all 
its survey forms and reporting instructions on its website 
(www.bea.gov/fdi). These may be downloaded, completed, printed, and 
submitted via fax or mail.
    Potential respondents of the BE-15 are selected from those U.S. 
business enterprises that were required to report on the 2017 BE-12, 
Benchmark Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, 
along with those U.S. business enterprises that subsequently entered 
the direct investment universe. The BE-15 is a sample survey; universe 
estimates are developed from the reported sample data.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0608-0034.
    Form Number: BE-15.
    Type of Review: Regular submission, reinstatement without change.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,600 annually, of which 
approximately 3,300 file A forms, 1,600 file B forms, 1,200 file C 
forms, and 500 file Claim for Exemption forms.

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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 156,875 hours. Total annual 
burden is calculated by multiplying the estimated number of submissions 
of each form by the average hourly burden per form, which is 44.75 
hours for the A form, 3.75 hours for the B form, 2.25 hours for the C 
form, and 1 hour for the Claim for Exemption form.
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 23.8 hours per respondent (156,875 
hours/6,600 respondents) is the average but may vary considerably among 
respondents because of differences in company size and complexity.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: International Investment and Trade in Services 
Survey Act (Pub. L. 94-472, 22 U.S.C. 3101-3108, as amended).

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. 2021-12705 Filed 6-15-21; 8:45 am]
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