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Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 119 / Thursday, June 24, 2021 / Notices into best practices in messages. The test will identify which set of new mail materials is most successful at increasing self-response. The Respondent Feedback Pilot is designed to collect respondent feedback at the time of the interview, with the pilot focusing on internet respondents. Respondents will not be required to answer the feedback question. The Use of Administrative Data to reduce burden of existing questions by allowing for modification of the questions will be tested. A field test is proposed for questions that may need to remain on the questionnaire but be modified in conjunction with the use of administrative records. Group Quarters Testing will focus on evaluating an internet version of the ACS available to non-institutional group quarters residents, especially in college dorms, military barracks, and group homes. Content Testing is conducted by the Census Bureau periodically to improve data quality. The current proposal includes changes to the following questions: Household roster, educational attainment, health insurance, disability, means of transportation to work, income, weeks worked, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), condominium fees, and home heating fuel. Additionally, three new questions on solar panels, electric vehicles, and sewage disposal were proposed. The objective of content testing is to determine the impact of changing question wording and response categories, as well as redefining underlying constructs, on the quality of the data collected. Internet Instrument Testing is proposed to test and evaluate revised features of the internet instrument. Respondent Help Testing will focus on methods to answer respondent questions about the survey and improve operational efficiency, specifically testing updates to the Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) system as well as exploring the use of other methods such as online chat. Nonresponse Followup Data Collection Testing is proposed to evaluate the use of adaptive survey design techniques for the ACS Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) Nonresponse Followup operation. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Frequency: Multiple one-time tests over a 3-year period. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 141, 193, and 221. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:19 Jun 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 0607–0936. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2021–13429 Filed 6–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau 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 Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions 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 August 23, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to Thomas.J.Smith@census.gov. Please reference Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC–2021–0014, to the Federal eSUMMARY: Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record. No comments will be posted to http:// www.regulations.gov for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will generally be posted without change. 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 Phillip Vidal, Chief, Pensions Statistics Branch, Economy-Wide Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Headquarters, Washington, DC 20233; email: phillip.m.vidal@census.gov; 301.763.1749. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions PO 00000 33217 Sfmt 4703 I. Abstract The Census Bureau plans to request clearance for the form necessary to conduct the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions. The quarterly survey was initiated by the Census Bureau in 1968 at the request of both the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Reserve Board. The Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions currently provides national summary data on the asset holdings of the largest pension systems of state and local governments. These data are used by the Federal Reserve Board to track the public sector portion of the Flow of Funds Accounts. Economists and public policy analysts use these data to assess general economic conditions and state and local government financial activities. Data are collected from a panel of defined benefit plans of the 100 largest state and local government pension systems as determined by their total cash and security holdings reported in the 2012 Census of Governments. The defined benefit plans of these 100 largest pension systems comprise 87.2 percent of financial activity among such entities, based on the 2012 Census of Governments. II. Method of Collection Survey data are collected through the Census Bureau’s web collection system that enables public entities to respond to the questionnaire via the internet. E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 33218 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 119 / Thursday, June 24, 2021 / Notices The questionnaire is available online for respondents to print when they choose to mail or fax. Most respondents choose to report their data online. In addition to reporting current quarter data, respondents may provide initial data for the previous seven quarters or submit revisions to their data submitted in the previous seven quarters. Data are received each quarter from 70 to 80 percent of the systems canvassed. In those instances when we are not able to obtain a response, we conduct followup operations using email and phone calls. Imputations are developed for each of the remaining nonresponse systems in the panel from the latest available data. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0143. Form Number(s): F–10. Type of Review: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection. Affected Public: State and locallyadministered public pension plans. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100. Estimated Time per Response: 45 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 300. 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: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 161 and 182. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:19 Jun 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 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. 2021–13428 Filed 6–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–52–2020] Foreign-Trade Zone 38—Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Application for Production Authority; Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc.; Extension of Rebuttal Comment Period The rebuttal period for the amended application for production authority within FTZ 38 on behalf of Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc., in Greenwood, South Carolina, submitted by the South Carolina State Ports Authority (85 FR 49359, August 13, 2020), is being extended to July 2, 2021, based on a request from the applicant, to allow additional time for the submission of rebuttal comments. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary and sent to: ftz@trade.gov. For further information, contact Diane Finver at Diane.Finver@trade.gov or (202) 482–1367. Dated: June 21, 2021. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–13376 Filed 6–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Miscellaneous Short Supply Activities The Department of Commerce will submit the following information PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 January 15, 2021, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Agency: Bureau of Industry and Security. Title: Miscellaneous Short Supply Activities. OMB Control Number: 0694–0102. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular submission. Extension of a current information collection. Number of Respondents: 2. Average Hours per Response: 100.5 hours. Burden Hours: 201. Needs and Uses: This information collection comprises two rarely used short supply activities: ‘‘Registration of U.S. Agricultural Commodities for Exemption from Short Supply Limitations on Export (USAG)’’, and ‘‘Petitions for the Imposition of Monitoring or Controls on Recyclable Metallic Materials; Public Hearings (Petitions).’’ Under provisions of sections 754.6 and 754.7 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), agricultural commodities of U.S. origin purchased by or for use in a foreign country and stored in the United States for export at a later date may voluntarily be registered with the Bureau of Industry and Security for exemption from any quantitative limitations on export that may subsequently be imposed under the EAR for reasons of short supply. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: On Occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: 754.6 and 754.7 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). 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 E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1

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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 Public Pensions

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 Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions 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 August 23, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by 
email to [email protected]. Please reference Quarterly Survey 
of Public Pensions in the subject line of your comments. You may also 
submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2021-0014, to the 
Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments 
received are part of the public record. No comments will be posted to 
http://www.regulations.gov for public viewing until after the comment 
period has closed. Comments will generally be posted without change. 
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 Phillip Vidal, Chief, Pensions Statistics Branch, Economy-Wide 
Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Headquarters, Washington, DC 
20233; email: [email protected]; 301.763.1749.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Census Bureau plans to request clearance for the form necessary 
to conduct the Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions. The quarterly 
survey was initiated by the Census Bureau in 1968 at the request of 
both the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Reserve Board.
    The Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions currently provides national 
summary data on the asset holdings of the largest pension systems of 
state and local governments.
    These data are used by the Federal Reserve Board to track the 
public sector portion of the Flow of Funds Accounts. Economists and 
public policy analysts use these data to assess general economic 
conditions and state and local government financial activities.
    Data are collected from a panel of defined benefit plans of the 100 
largest state and local government pension systems as determined by 
their total cash and security holdings reported in the 2012 Census of 
Governments. The defined benefit plans of these 100 largest pension 
systems comprise 87.2 percent of financial activity among such 
entities, based on the 2012 Census of Governments.

II. Method of Collection

    Survey data are collected through the Census Bureau's web 
collection system that enables public entities to respond to the 
questionnaire via the internet.

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The questionnaire is available online for respondents to print when 
they choose to mail or fax. Most respondents choose to report their 
data online. In addition to reporting current quarter data, respondents 
may provide initial data for the previous seven quarters or submit 
revisions to their data submitted in the previous seven quarters.
    Data are received each quarter from 70 to 80 percent of the systems 
canvassed. In those instances when we are not able to obtain a 
response, we conduct follow-up operations using email and phone calls. 
Imputations are developed for each of the remaining nonresponse systems 
in the panel from the latest available data.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0143.
    Form Number(s): F-10.
    Type of Review: Regular submission, Request for an Extension, 
without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection.
    Affected Public: State and locally-administered public pension 
plans.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100.
    Estimated Time per Response: 45 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 300.
    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: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 161 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 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. 2021-13428 Filed 6-23-21; 8:45 am]
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