Agency Information Collection Proposed Extension, 38327-38328 [2021-15360]

Download as PDF 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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 38328 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 20, 2021 / Notices a standardized cognitive interview protocol. Focus groups are useful for exploring issues concerning the design of a form and the meaning of terms from a specific group of respondents, data users, or other stakeholders of EIA data. Focus groups may also be used to explore respondents’ general opinions about data collection technologies or survey materials other than questionnaires. (4a) Proposed Changes to Information Collection: EIA proposes to add several other methodologies or techniques to improve survey design, pretest questionnaires and validate the quality of the data that is collected on EIA and DOE survey forms. Field Techniques. Field techniques described in survey research and survey methodology literature will be employed as appropriate. These include follow-up probing, memory cue tasks, paraphrasing, confidence rating, response latency measurements, free and dimensional sort classification tasks, and vignette classifications. The objective of all of these techniques is to aid in the development of surveys that work with respondents’ thought processes, thus reducing response error and burden. These techniques have also proven useful for studying and revising pre-existing questionnaires. Behavior Coding. Behavior coding is a quantitative technique in which a standard set of codes is systematically applied to respondent/interviewer interactions in interviewer-administered surveys or respondent/questionnaire interactions in self-administered surveys. The advantage of this technique is that it can identify and quantify problems with the wording or ordering of questions, but the disadvantage is that it does not necessarily illuminate the underlying causes. Split Panel Test. Split panel tests refer to controlled experimental testing of alternative hypotheses. Thus, they allow one to choose from among competing questions, questionnaires, definitions, error messages or survey improvement methodologies with greater confidence than any of the other methods. Split panel tests conducted during the fielding of the survey are superior in that they can support both internal validity (controlled comparisons of the variable(s) under investigation) and external validity (represent the population under study). Most of the previously mentioned survey improvement methods can be strengthened when teamed with this method. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Jul 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,800; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1,800; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 2,200; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $179,630 (2,200 annual burden hours multiplied by $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. Comments are invited on whether or not: (a) The proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of agency functions, including whether the information will have a practical utility; (b) EIA’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used, is accurate; (c) EIA can improve the quality, utility, and clarity of the information it will collect; and (d) EIA can minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, such as automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 772(b) and 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. 2021–15360 Filed 7–19–21; 8:45 am] Regulations, et al. of Effingham County Power, LLC, et al. Filed Date: 7/12/21. Accession Number: 20210712–5136. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/19/21. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system (https:// elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/fercgen search.asp) by querying the docket number. Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: July 13, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–15314 Filed 7–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 10821–000] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Notice of Authorization for Continued Project Operation DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings Take notice that the Commission has received the following Natural Gas Pipeline Rate and Refund Report filings: Docket Numbers: RP21–653–000. Applicants: Ovintiv Marketing Inc., Kiwetinohk Marketing US Corp. Description: Joint Petition of Ovintiv Marketing Inc. and Kiwetinohk Marketing US Corp. for Extension of Temporary and Limited Waivers. Filed Date: 7/12/21. Accession Number: 20210712–5024. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/26/21. Docket Numbers: RP21–963–000. Applicants: Effingham County Power, LLC, Oglethorpe Power Corporation (An Electric Membership Corporation). Description: Joint Petition for Temporary Waiver of Capacity Release PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On June 27, 2019, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), licensee for the Camp Far West Transmission Line Project No. 10821, filed an Application for a Subsequent License pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Commission’s regulations thereunder. The Camp Far West Transmission Line Project is located in Placer and Yuba Counties, California. The license for Project No. 10821 was issued for a period ending June 30, 2021. Section 15(a)(1) of the FPA, 16 U.S.C. 808(a)(1), requires the Commission, at the expiration of a license term, to issue from year-to-year an annual license to the then licensee(s) under the terms and conditions of the prior license until a new license is issued, or the project is otherwise disposed of as provided in section 15 or any other applicable section of the FPA. If the project’s prior license waived the E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 136 (Tuesday, July 20, 2021)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-15360]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Proposed Extension

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: 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 data to 
federal government agencies, state and local governments, the energy 
industry, researchers, and the general public.

DATES: 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.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically to Gerson Morales by email at 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gerson Morales, U.S. Energy 
Information Administration, telephone (202) 586-7077, or by email at 
[email protected].

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 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

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a standardized cognitive interview protocol. Focus groups are useful 
for exploring issues concerning the design of a form and the meaning of 
terms from a specific group of respondents, data users, or other 
stakeholders of EIA data. Focus groups may also be used to explore 
respondents' general opinions about data collection technologies or 
survey materials other than questionnaires.
    (4a) Proposed Changes to Information Collection:
    EIA proposes to add several other methodologies or techniques to 
improve survey design, pretest questionnaires and validate the quality 
of the data that is collected on EIA and DOE survey forms.
    Field Techniques. Field techniques described in survey research and 
survey methodology literature will be employed as appropriate. These 
include follow-up probing, memory cue tasks, paraphrasing, confidence 
rating, response latency measurements, free and dimensional sort 
classification tasks, and vignette classifications. The objective of 
all of these techniques is to aid in the development of surveys that 
work with respondents' thought processes, thus reducing response error 
and burden. These techniques have also proven useful for studying and 
revising pre-existing questionnaires.
    Behavior Coding. Behavior coding is a quantitative technique in 
which a standard set of codes is systematically applied to respondent/
interviewer interactions in interviewer-administered surveys or 
respondent/questionnaire interactions in self-administered surveys. The 
advantage of this technique is that it can identify and quantify 
problems with the wording or ordering of questions, but the 
disadvantage is that it does not necessarily illuminate the underlying 
causes.
    Split Panel Test. Split panel tests refer to controlled 
experimental testing of alternative hypotheses. Thus, they allow one to 
choose from among competing questions, questionnaires, definitions, 
error messages or survey improvement methodologies with greater 
confidence than any of the other methods. Split panel tests conducted 
during the fielding of the survey are superior in that they can support 
both internal validity (controlled comparisons of the variable(s) under 
investigation) and external validity (represent the population under 
study). Most of the previously mentioned survey improvement methods can 
be strengthened when teamed with this method.
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,800;
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1,800;
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 2,200;
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: 
$179,630 (2,200 annual burden hours multiplied by $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.
    Comments are invited on whether or not: (a) The proposed collection 
of information is necessary for the proper performance of agency 
functions, including whether the information will have a practical 
utility; (b) EIA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used, is accurate; (c) EIA can improve the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information it will collect; and (d) EIA can minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on respondents, such as 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 772(b) and 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. 2021-15360 Filed 7-19-21; 8:45 am]
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