Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; American Community Survey (ACS) Methods Panel Tests, 33215-33217 [2021-13429]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 119 / Thursday, June 24, 2021 / Notices designed to inform on a range of topics related to households’ experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. Topics to date have included employment, facility to telework, travel patterns, income loss, spending patterns, food and housing security, access to benefits, mental health and access to care, intent to receive the COVID–19 vaccine, and educational disruption (K–12 and postsecondary). The requested revision, if approved by OMB, will remove selected items from the questions for which utility has declined and add questions based on information needs expressed via public comment and in consult with other Federal agencies. The overall burden to the public will remain unchanged. The Household Pulse Survey was initially launched in April, 2020 as an experimental project (see https:// www.census.gov/data/experimentaldata-products.html) under emergency clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initially granted April 19, 2020; regular clearance was subsequently sought and approved by OMB on October 30, 2020 (OMB No. 0607–1013; Exp. 10/30/2023). Affected Public: Households. Frequency: Households will be selected once to participate in a 20minute survey. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b), 182 and 196. 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 0607–1013. 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 February 9, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. Agency: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. [FR Doc. 2021–13454 Filed 6–23–21; 8:45 am] Form Number(s): ACS–1, ACS–1(GQ), ACS–1(PR)SP, ACS CAPI(HU), and ACS RI(HU). DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; American Community Survey (ACS) Methods Panel Tests Type of Request: Regular submission, Request for a Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. Number of Respondents: The Department of Commerce will submit the following information Estimated number of respondents Self-Response Mail Messaging and Contact Strategies Testing ............. Respondent Feedback Pilot ..................................................................... Use of Administrative Data Test .............................................................. Group Quarters Testing ............................................................................ Content Testing ........................................................................................ Content Testing Followup Interview ......................................................... Internet Instrument Testing ...................................................................... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Title: American Community Survey Methods Panel Testing. OMB Control Number: 0607–0936. BILLING CODE 3510–07–P Test Respondent Help Testing ......................................................................... Nonresponse Followup Data Collection Testing ...................................... Test A–60,000. Test B–60,000. Test C–60,000. Test D–60,000. Test E–60,000. Test F–60,000. 100,000. 100,000. 2,000 administrators. 30,000 residents. Test A–70,000. Test B–70,000. Test A–40,000. Test B–40,000. Test A–60,000. Test B–60,000. Test C–60,000. Test D–60,000. Test E–60,000. Test F–60,000. 40,000. 100,000. Average Hours per Response: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:19 Jun 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 33215 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 33216 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 119 / Thursday, June 24, 2021 / Notices Test Estimated time per response (in minutes) Self-Response Mail Messaging and Contact Strategies Testing ............. Respondent Feedback Pilot ..................................................................... 40. 42 (40 minutes for the production ACS interview and 2 minutes for the optional followup questions). 40. 15 for the administrator interview 25 for the resident interview. 40. 40. 40. 10. 40. Use of Administrative Data Test .............................................................. Group Quarters Testing ............................................................................ Content Testing ........................................................................................ Content Testing Followup Interview ......................................................... Internet Instrument Testing ...................................................................... Respondent Help Testing ......................................................................... Nonresponse Followup Data Collection Testing ...................................... Burden Hours: Test Estimated number of respondents Estimated time per response (in minutes) Self-Response Mail Messaging and Contact Strategies Testing. Test A–60,000 ........................ 40 Test A–40,000. Test B–60,000 ........................ Test C–60,000 ........................ Test D–60,000 ........................ Test E–60,000 ........................ Test F–60,000 ......................... 100,000 ................................... 100,000 ................................... 2,000 facility administrators .... 30,000 residents ..................... Test A–70,000 ........................ Test B–70,000 ........................ Test A–40,000 ........................ Test B–40,000 ........................ Test A–60,000 ........................ Test B–60,000 ........................ Test C–60,000 ........................ Test D–60,000 ........................ Test E–60,000 ........................ Test F–60,000 ......................... 40,000 ..................................... 100,000 ................................... 1,312,000 ................................ 437,333 ................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 42 40 15 25 40 ........................ 40 ........................ 40 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 10 40 ........................ ........................ Test B–40,000. Test C–40,000. Test D–40,000. Test E–40,000. Test F–40,000. 70,000. 66,667. 13,000. Respondent Feedback Pilot ...................................................... Use of Administrative Data Test ............................................... Group Quarters Testing ............................................................ Content Testing ........................................................................ Content Testing Followup Interview ......................................... Internet Instrument Testing ....................................................... Respondent Help Testing ......................................................... Nonresponse Followup Data Collection Testing ...................... Total (over 3 years) * ......................................................... Average per year ............................................................... Total burden hours Test A–46,667. Test B–46,667. Test A–26,667. Test B –26,667. Test A–40,000. Test B–40,000. Test C–40,000. Test D–40,000. Test E–40,000. Test F–40,000. 6,667. 66,667. 849,667. 283,222. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES * Note: This is the maximum burden requested for these tests. Every effort is taken to use existing production sample for testing when the tests do not involve content changes. Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau requests authorization from OMB for the American Community Survey (ACS) Methods Panel Tests. The ACS is an ongoing monthly survey that collects detailed housing and socioeconomic data from about 3.5 million addresses in the United States and about 36,000 addresses in Puerto Rico each year. The ACS also collects detailed socioeconomic data from about 195,000 residents living in group quarters (GQ) facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Resulting tabulations from this data collection are provided on a yearly basis. The ACS allows the Census Bureau to provide timely and relevant housing and socioeconomic statistics, even for low levels of geography. An ongoing data collection effort with an annual sample of this magnitude VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:19 Jun 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 requires that the ACS continue research, testing, and evaluations aimed at improving data quality, reducing data collection costs, and improving the ACS questionnaire content and related data collection materials. The ACS Methods Panel is a research program designed to address and respond to survey issues and needs. As part of the Decennial Census Program, the ACS also provides an opportunity to research and test elements of survey data collection that relate to the decennial census. As such, the ACS Methods Panel can serve as a testbed for the decennial census. From 2021 to 2024, the ACS Methods Panel may test ACS and decennial census methods for reducing survey cost, addressing respondent burden, and improving survey response, data quality, and survey efficiencies. Testing may also include revising content or PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 testing new questions. The ACS Methods Panel may also address other emerging needs of the programs. Currently, plans are in place to propose several tests: Self-Response Mail Messaging and Contact StrategiesTesting are focused on studying methods to increase selfresponse. The proposed tests would evaluate changes to the mailings, such as using plain language to improve communication, changing the look and feel of the materials, updating messages to motivate response, and adding or removing materials included in the mailings. Changes to the contact method, the number of contacts, and the timing of the contacts may also be tested. The Strategic Framework Field Test will be conducted in the fall of 2021 to test new mail materials that were developed building on research E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 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. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 119 (Thursday, June 24, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33215-33217]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-13429]


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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; American Community Survey (ACS) Methods Panel Tests

    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 February 9, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. 
This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.
    Agency: U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.
    Title: American Community Survey Methods Panel Testing.
    OMB Control Number: 0607-0936.
    Form Number(s): ACS-1, ACS-1(GQ), ACS-1(PR)SP, ACS CAPI(HU), and 
ACS RI(HU).
    Type of Request: Regular submission, Request for a Revision of a 
Currently Approved Collection.
    Number of Respondents:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  Test                   Estimated number of respondents
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Self-Response Mail Messaging and         Test A-60,000.
 Contact Strategies Testing.
                                         Test B-60,000.
                                         Test C-60,000.
                                         Test D-60,000.
                                         Test E-60,000.
                                         Test F-60,000.
Respondent Feedback Pilot..............  100,000.
Use of Administrative Data Test........  100,000.
Group Quarters Testing.................  2,000 administrators.
                                         30,000 residents.
Content Testing........................  Test A-70,000.
                                         Test B-70,000.
Content Testing Followup Interview.....  Test A-40,000.
                                         Test B-40,000.
Internet Instrument Testing............  Test A-60,000.
                                         Test B-60,000.
                                         Test C-60,000.
                                         Test D-60,000.
                                         Test E-60,000.
                                         Test F-60,000.
Respondent Help Testing................  40,000.
Nonresponse Followup Data Collection     100,000.
 Testing.
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    Average Hours per Response:

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                                         Estimated time per response (in
                  Test                               minutes)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Self-Response Mail Messaging and         40.
 Contact Strategies Testing.
Respondent Feedback Pilot..............  42 (40 minutes for the
                                          production ACS interview and 2
                                          minutes for the optional
                                          followup questions).
Use of Administrative Data Test........  40.
Group Quarters Testing.................  15 for the administrator
                                          interview 25 for the resident
                                          interview.
Content Testing........................  40.
Content Testing Followup Interview.....  40.
Internet Instrument Testing............  40.
Respondent Help Testing................  10.
Nonresponse Followup Data Collection     40.
 Testing.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Burden Hours:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                      Estimated time
                  Test                        Estimated number of      per response       Total burden hours
                                                  respondents          (in minutes)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Self-Response Mail Messaging and Contact  Test A-60,000.............              40  Test A-40,000.
 Strategies Testing.
                                          Test B-60,000.............  ..............  Test B-40,000.
                                          Test C-60,000.............  ..............  Test C-40,000.
                                          Test D-60,000.............  ..............  Test D-40,000.
                                          Test E-60,000.............  ..............  Test E-40,000.
                                          Test F-60,000.............  ..............  Test F-40,000.
Respondent Feedback Pilot...............  100,000...................              42  70,000.
Use of Administrative Data Test.........  100,000...................              40  66,667.
Group Quarters Testing..................  2,000 facility                          15  13,000.
                                           administrators.
                                          30,000 residents..........              25  ..........................
Content Testing.........................  Test A-70,000.............              40  Test A-46,667.
                                          Test B-70,000.............  ..............  Test B-46,667.
Content Testing Followup Interview......  Test A-40,000.............              40  Test A-26,667.
                                          Test B-40,000.............  ..............  Test B -26,667.
Internet Instrument Testing.............  Test A-60,000.............              40  Test A-40,000.
                                          Test B-60,000.............  ..............  Test B-40,000.
                                          Test C-60,000.............  ..............  Test C-40,000.
                                          Test D-60,000.............  ..............  Test D-40,000.
                                          Test E-60,000.............  ..............  Test E-40,000.
                                          Test F-60,000.............  ..............  Test F-40,000.
Respondent Help Testing.................  40,000....................              10  6,667.
Nonresponse Followup Data Collection      100,000...................              40  66,667.
 Testing.
    Total (over 3 years) *..............  1,312,000.................  ..............  849,667.
    Average per year....................  437,333...................  ..............  283,222.
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* Note: This is the maximum burden requested for these tests. Every effort is taken to use existing production
  sample for testing when the tests do not involve content changes.

    Needs and Uses: The U.S. Census Bureau requests authorization from 
OMB for the American Community Survey (ACS) Methods Panel Tests.
    The ACS is an ongoing monthly survey that collects detailed housing 
and socioeconomic data from about 3.5 million addresses in the United 
States and about 36,000 addresses in Puerto Rico each year. The ACS 
also collects detailed socioeconomic data from about 195,000 residents 
living in group quarters (GQ) facilities in the United States and 
Puerto Rico. Resulting tabulations from this data collection are 
provided on a yearly basis. The ACS allows the Census Bureau to provide 
timely and relevant housing and socioeconomic statistics, even for low 
levels of geography.
    An ongoing data collection effort with an annual sample of this 
magnitude requires that the ACS continue research, testing, and 
evaluations aimed at improving data quality, reducing data collection 
costs, and improving the ACS questionnaire content and related data 
collection materials. The ACS Methods Panel is a research program 
designed to address and respond to survey issues and needs. As part of 
the Decennial Census Program, the ACS also provides an opportunity to 
research and test elements of survey data collection that relate to the 
decennial census. As such, the ACS Methods Panel can serve as a testbed 
for the decennial census. From 2021 to 2024, the ACS Methods Panel may 
test ACS and decennial census methods for reducing survey cost, 
addressing respondent burden, and improving survey response, data 
quality, and survey efficiencies. Testing may also include revising 
content or testing new questions. The ACS Methods Panel may also 
address other emerging needs of the programs. Currently, plans are in 
place to propose several tests:
    Self-Response Mail Messaging and Contact StrategiesTesting are 
focused on studying methods to increase self-response. The proposed 
tests would evaluate changes to the mailings, such as using plain 
language to improve communication, changing the look and feel of the 
materials, updating messages to motivate response, and adding or 
removing materials included in the mailings. Changes to the contact 
method, the number of contacts, and the timing of the contacts may also 
be tested. The Strategic Framework Field Test will be conducted in the 
fall of 2021 to test new mail materials that were developed building on 
research

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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.
    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