Agency Information Collection Extension, 38326-38327 [2021-15355]

Download as PDF 38326 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 20, 2021 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Environmental Management SiteSpecific Advisory Board, Northern New Mexico Office of Environmental Management, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of open virtual meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces an online virtual combined meeting of the Consent Order Committee and Risk Evaluation and Management Committee of the Environmental Management SiteSpecific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Northern New Mexico. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this online virtual meeting be announced in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held virtually via Webex. To attend, please contact Menice Santistevan by email, Menice.Santistevan@em.doe.gov, no later than 5:00 p.m. MT on Monday, August 16, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Menice Santistevan, Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB), 94 Cities of Gold Road, Santa Fe, NM 87506. Phone (505) 995– 0393 or Email: Menice.Santistevan@ em.doe.gov. DATES: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Board: The purpose of the Board is to make recommendations to DOE–EM and site management in the areas of environmental restoration, waste management, and related activities. Purpose of the Consent Order Committee (COC): It is the mission of the COC to review the Consent Order, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendation as to how to improve the Consent Order. It is also within the mission of this committee to review and ensure implementation of NNMCAB Recommendation 2019–02, Improving the Utility of the Consent Order with Supplementary Information. The COC will work with the NNMCAB Risk Evaluation and Management Committee to review the risk-based approaches used to determine the prioritization of cleanup actions, as well as the ‘‘relative risk ranking’’ of the campaigns, targets, and milestones by the NNMCAB, to be recommended for use by the DOE EM Los Alamos Field Office (EM–LA) both within and outside of those activities covered by the Consent Order. Purpose of the Risk Evaluation and Management Committee (REMC): The VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Jul 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 REMC provides external citizen-based oversight and recommendations to the DOE EM–LA on human and ecological health risk resulting from historical, current, and future hazardous and radioactive legacy waste operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The REMC will, to the extent feasible, stay informed of DOE EM–LA and LANL’s environmental restoration and long-term environmental stewardship programs and plans. The REMC will also work with the NNMCAB COC to provide DOE EM–LA and LANL with the public’s desires in determining cleanup priorities. The REMC will prepare recommendations that represent to the best of committee’s knowledge and ability to determine, the public’s position on human and ecological health risk issues pertaining to direct radiation or contaminant exposure to soils, air, surface and groundwater quality, or the agricultural and ecological environment. Signed in Washington, DC, on July 14, 2021. LaTanya Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–15356 Filed 7–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Extension U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: EIA submitted an information collection request for extension as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection requests a three-year extension of its Form EIA–63C, Densified Biomass Fuel Report, OMB Control Number 1905– Tentative Agenda 0209. The report is part of EIA’s comprehensive energy data program. • Approval of Agenda Form EIA–63C collects monthly data on • Old Business the manufacture, shipment, exports, • New Business energy characteristics, and sales of Æ Report from Nominating Committee densified biomass fuels and other Æ Election of Chair and Vice Chair for densified biomass fuel products data Fiscal Year 2022 from facilities that manufacture • Overview of Natural Resource Damage densified biomass fuel products (pellet fuels), for energy applications. Assessment (NRDA) DATES: Comments on this information • Public Comment Period collection must be received no later • Presentation by the Pueblo de San than August 19, 2021. Written Ildefonso Environmental Office comments and recommendations for the • Update from Deputy Designated proposed information collection should Federal Officer be sent within 30 days of publication of Public Participation: The online this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/ virtual meeting is open to the public. To do/PRAMain. Find this particular sign up for public comment, please information collection by selecting contact Menice Santistevan by email, ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open Menice.Santistevan@em.doe.gov, no for Public Comments’’ or by using the later than 5:00 p.m. MT on Monday, search function. August 16, 2021. Written statements FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: may be filed with the Committees either Connor Murphy, EI–23, U.S. Energy before or within five days after the Information Administration, telephone meeting by sending them to Menice (202) 287–5982, email Connor.Murphy@ Santistevan at the aforementioned email eia.gov. The form and instructions are address. The Deputy Designated Federal available at https://www.eia.gov/survey/ Officer is empowered to conduct the #eia-63. meeting in a fashion that will facilitate SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: the orderly conduct of business. This information collection request Individuals wishing to make public contains: comments will be provided a maximum (1) OMB No.: 1905–0209; of five minutes to present their (2) Information Collection Request comments. Title: Densified Biomass Fuel Report; Minutes: Minutes will be available by (3) Type of Request: Three-year writing or calling Menice Santistevan at extension without changes; the address or telephone number listed (4) Purpose: Form EIA–63C is part of above. Minutes and other Board EIA’s comprehensive energy data documents are on the internet at: http:// program. The survey collects energy.gov/em/nnmcab/meetinginformation on the manufacture, materials. shipment, exports, energy PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 20, 2021 / Notices characteristics, and sales of pellet fuels and other densified biomass fuel products data from facilities that manufacture densified biomass fuel products, primarily pellet fuels, for energy applications. The data collected on Form EIA–63C are a primary source of information for the nation’s growing production of biomass products for heating and electric power generation, and for use in both domestic and foreign markets. (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 106; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1,041; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 1,433; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: The cost of the burden hours is estimated to be $117,004 (1,433 burden hours times $81.65 per hour). EIA estimates that respondents will have no additional costs associated with the surveys other than the burden hours and the maintenance of the information during the normal course of business. Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 772(b), 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. Signed in Washington, DC, on July 14th, 2021. Samson A. Adeshiyan, Director, Office of Statistical Methods and Research, U.S. Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2021–15355 Filed 7–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Proposed Extension U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: EIA invites public comment on the proposed three-year extension, with changes, to the Generic Clearance for Questionnaire Testing, Evaluation, and Research, as required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. EIA– 882T, Generic Clearance for Questionnaire Testing, Evaluation, and Research, provides EIA with the authority to utilize qualitative and quantitative methodologies to pretest questionnaires and validate the quality of data collected on EIA’s surveys. EIA uses EIA–882T to meet its obligation to publish, and otherwise make available independent, high-quality statistical khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Jul 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 data to federal government agencies, state and local governments, the energy industry, researchers, and the general public. EIA must receive all comments on this proposed information collection no later than September 20, 2021. If you anticipate any difficulties in submitting your comments by the deadline, contact the person listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice as soon as possible. DATES: Submit comments electronically to Gerson Morales by email at Gerson.Morales@eia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gerson Morales, U.S. Energy Information Administration, telephone (202) 586–7077, or by email at Gerson.Morales@eia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No.: 1905–0186; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Generic Clearance for Questionnaire Testing, Evaluation, and Research; (3) Type of Request: Three-year extension with changes; (4) Purpose: The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is requesting a three-year approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to utilize qualitative and quantitative methodologies to pretest questionnaires and validate the quality of the data that is collected on EIA and DOE survey forms. Through the use of these methodologies, EIA will conduct research studies to improve the quality of energy data being collected, reduce or minimize survey respondent burden, and increase agency efficiency. This authority would also allow EIA to improve data collection in order to meet the needs of EIA’s customers while also staying current in the evolving nature of the energy industry. The specific methods proposed for the coverage by this clearance are described below. Also outlined is the legal authority for these voluntary information gathering activities. The following methods are proposed: Pilot Surveys. Pilot surveys conducted under this clearance will generally be methodological studies, and will always employ statistically representative samples. The pilot surveys will replicate all components of the methodological design, sampling procedures (where possible), and questionnaires of the full scale survey. Pilot surveys will normally be utilized when EIA undertakes a complete redesign of a particular data collection methodology or when EIA undertakes data collection in new ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38327 energy areas, such as HGL production, alternative fueled motor vehicles, and other emerging areas of the energy sector where data collection would provide utility to EIA. Cognitive Interviews. Cognitive interviews are typically one-on-one interviews in which the respondent is usually asked to ‘‘think aloud’’ or is asked ‘‘retrospective questions’’ as he or she answers questions, reads survey materials, defines terminology, or completes other activities as part of a typical survey process. A number of different techniques may be involved including, asking respondents what specific words or phrases mean or asking respondents probing questions to determine how they estimate, calculate, or determine specific data elements on a survey. The objectives of these cognitive interviews are to identify problems of ambiguity or misunderstanding, examine the process that respondents follow for reporting information, assess survey respondents’ ability to report new information, or identify other difficulties respondents have answering survey questions in order to reduce measurement error from estimates based on a survey. Respondent Debriefings. Respondent debriefings conducted under this clearance will generally be methodological or cognitive research studies. The debriefing form is administered after a respondent completes a questionnaire either in paper format, electronically, or through in-person interviews. The debriefings contain probing questions to determine how respondents interpret the survey questions, how much time and effort was spent completing the questionnaire, and whether they have problems in completing the survey/questionnaire. Respondent debriefings also are useful in determining potential issues with data quality and in estimating respondent burden. Usability Testing. Usability tests are similar to cognitive interviews in which a respondent is typically asked to ‘‘think aloud’’ or asked ‘‘retrospective questions’’ as he or she reviews an electronic questionnaire, website, visual aid, or hard copy survey form. The objective of usability testing is to check that respondents can easily and intuitively navigate electronic survey collection programs, websites, and other survey instruments to submit their data to EIA. Focus Groups. Focus groups, in person, online, or by phone, involve group sessions guided by a moderator who follows a topic guide containing questions or subjects focused on a particular issue rather than adhering to E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Extension

AGENCY: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. Department 
of Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EIA submitted an information collection request for extension 
as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information 
collection requests a three-year extension of its Form EIA-63C, 
Densified Biomass Fuel Report, OMB Control Number 1905-0209. The report 
is part of EIA's comprehensive energy data program. Form EIA-63C 
collects monthly data on the manufacture, shipment, exports, energy 
characteristics, and sales of densified biomass fuels and other 
densified biomass fuel products data from facilities that manufacture 
densified biomass fuel products (pellet fuels), for energy 
applications.

DATES: Comments on this information collection must be received no 
later than August 19, 2021. Written comments and recommendations for 
the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of 
publication of this notice to 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Connor Murphy, EI-23, U.S. Energy 
Information Administration, telephone (202) 287-5982, email 
[email protected]. The form and instructions are available at 
https://www.eia.gov/survey/#eia-63.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    This information collection request contains:
    (1) OMB No.: 1905-0209;
    (2) Information Collection Request Title: Densified Biomass Fuel 
Report;
    (3) Type of Request: Three-year extension without changes;
    (4) Purpose: Form EIA-63C is part of EIA's comprehensive energy 
data program. The survey collects information on the manufacture, 
shipment, exports, energy

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characteristics, and sales of pellet fuels and other densified biomass 
fuel products data from facilities that manufacture densified biomass 
fuel products, primarily pellet fuels, for energy applications. The 
data collected on Form EIA-63C are a primary source of information for 
the nation's growing production of biomass products for heating and 
electric power generation, and for use in both domestic and foreign 
markets.
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 106;
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1,041;
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 1,433;
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: The 
cost of the burden hours is estimated to be $117,004 (1,433 burden 
hours times $81.65 per hour). EIA estimates that respondents will have 
no additional costs associated with the surveys other than the burden 
hours and the maintenance of the information during the normal course 
of business.
    Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 772(b), 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on July 14th, 2021.
Samson A. Adeshiyan,
Director, Office of Statistical Methods and Research, U.S. Energy 
Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 2021-15355 Filed 7-19-21; 8:45 am]
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