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Download as PDF 47292 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 24, 2021 / Notices awards. Given the increasing complexity of interdisciplinary and interagency research, it is important for Federal agencies to manage awards in a similar fashion. The RPPR is used by agencies that support research and research-related activities for use in submission of progress reports. It is intended to replace other performance reporting formats currently in use by agencies. The RPPR does not change the performance reporting requirements specified in 2 CFR part 215 (OMB Circular A–110) and the Common Rule implementing OMB Circular A–102. Each category in the RPPR is a separate reporting component. Agencies will direct recipients to report on the one mandatory component (‘‘Accomplishments’’), and may direct them to report on optional components, as appropriate. Within a particular component, agencies may direct recipients to complete only specific questions, as not all questions within a given component may be relevant to all agencies. Agencies may develop an agency- or program-specific component, if necessary, to meet programmatic requirements, although agencies should minimize the degree to which they supplement the standard components. Such agency- or program specific requirements will require review and clearance by OMB. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 III. Data OMB Control Number: 0690–0032. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission, Request for an Extension (without change of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: State and Local governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,998. Estimated Time per Response: 8 minutes for monthly respondents who report via internet, mail or faxing the form, 23 minutes for annual respondents who report via internet, mail or faxing the form and 3 minutes for monthly and annual respondents who report by telephone or send electronic files or printouts. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 17,625. 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Aug 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. 131 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. 2021–18163 Filed 8–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–17–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Economic Analysis Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Services Surveys: BE–9, Quarterly Survey of Foreign Airline Operators’ Revenues and Expenses in the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before October 25, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Christopher Stein, Chief, Services Surveys Branch, Bureau of Economic Analysis, by email to christopher.stein@ bea.gov or PRAcomments@doc.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0608–0068 in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or specific questions related to collection activities should be directed to Christopher Stein, Chief, Services Surveys Branch, Bureau of Economic Analysis, 301–278–9189, or via email to christopher.stein@bea.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Quarterly Survey of Foreign Airline Operators’ Revenues and Expenses in the United States (BE–9) collects data from U.S. offices, agents, or other representatives of foreign airline operators that transport passengers or freight and express to or from the United States. A U.S. office, agent, or other representative of a foreign airline operator must report if total covered revenues or total covered expenses were $5 million or more in the previous year or are expected to be $5 million or more during the current year. The data are needed to monitor trade in transport services, to analyze the impact of U.S. trade on the U.S. and foreign economies, to compile and improve the U.S. economic accounts, to support U.S. commercial policy on trade in transport services, to conduct trade promotion, and to improve the ability of U.S. businesses to identify and evaluate market opportunities. The data are used in estimating the transport services component of the U.S. international transactions accounts (ITAs) and national income and product accounts (NIPAs). The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is proposing modifications to the information collected on the BE–9 survey, and a change to the survey due E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 24, 2021 / Notices date, beginning with the reporting period for first quarter 2022. The proposed modifications to the BE–9 survey would eliminate the collection of certain items not currently needed to estimate international transactions in air transportation services and introduce new items that will increase the quality and usefulness of BEA’s statistics on trade in transport services. BEA proposes to eliminate the collection of several items on the BE–9 survey: (1) Freight revenue on merchandise exported from, and imported to, the United States; (2) shipping weights on which freight revenues reported were earned, and (3) revenues from transporting passengers to or from the United States. BEA proposes to eliminate these items because the information collected is not currently used to estimate international transactions in air transportation services and is not expected to be needed in the future. BEA proposes to collect three additional foreign airline identification elements on the BE–9 survey: (1) The foreign airline’s country of residency, (2) the foreign airline’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) code, and (3) the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) code. These elements will enable BEA to match information reported on the BE–9 with supplemental information received from other government agencies and increase the quality and accuracy of BEA’s statistics on trade in services. Additionally, BEA proposes to add foreign airliners’ in-flight sales revenue (total and by region) and expand the information collected on number of passengers to include the region. Inflight sales are revenues of the airline or a vendor for the purposes of consumption on the aircraft (food, drinks, Wi-Fi, pillows, etc.). The data will be used to close a gap in the ancillary fees component of air passenger transport. Collecting this information by region will allow BEA to produce more detailed statistics on trade in transport services because large differences exist across regions in perpassenger ancillary fee revenue, mostly corresponding to length of flight. BEA proposes to collect this item and number of passengers by region according to the three regional designations outlined by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 14 CFR 241.21(g)—Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Latin America. These designations group Canada within the domestic category. Although revenue and expenses for Canada must be included in all other items on this survey, Canada will be excluded from VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Aug 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 the items on in-flight sales revenue and number of passengers. BEA also proposes to change the due date of the survey to 30 days after the close of each quarter from 45 days. Shortening the reporting timeline will allow BEA to produce more accurate and complete trade in transport services statistics in preliminary estimates of the ITAs, which is critical information for policymakers’ timely decisions on international trade policy. The earlier due date will allow BEA to use more reported data for preliminary statistics, improving the accuracy of both the aggregates and the country detail, reducing revisions in subsequent statistical releases. BEA estimates there will be no change in the average number of burden hours per response, which is currently estimated to be 6 hours. The language in the instructions and definitions will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary to clarify survey requirements. II. Method of Collection BEA contacts potential respondents by mail at the end of each quarter. Respondents would be required to file the completed BE–9 forms within 30 days after the end of each quarter. Reports would be required from U.S. offices, agents, or other representatives of foreign airline operators that transport passengers to or from the United States, whose total covered revenues or total covered expenses were $5 million or more during the previous year or are expected to exceed that amount during the current year. Entities required to report will be contacted individually by BEA. Entities not contacted by BEA have no reporting responsibilities. BEA offers its electronic filing option, the eFile system, for use in reporting on Form BE–9. For more information about eFile, go to www.bea.gov/efile. In addition, BEA posts all its survey forms and reporting instructions on its website, www.bea.gov/ssb. These may be downloaded, completed, printed, and submitted via fax or mail. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0608–0068. Form Number(s): BE–9. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Foreign airline operators. Estimated Number of Respondents: 500 annually (125 filed each quarter; 115 reporting mandatory data, and 10 that would file exemption claims or voluntary responses). Estimated Time per Response: 6 hours is the average for those reporting data and one hour is the average for those PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 47293 filing an exemption claim. Hours may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in company size and complexity. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,800. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act (Pub. L. 94–472, 22 U.S.C. 3101–3108, as amended). IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through 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. 2021–18160 Filed 8–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of Economic Analysis


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Services Surveys: BE-9, Quarterly Survey of Foreign Airline 
Operators' Revenues and Expenses in the United States

AGENCY: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information 
collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information 
collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The 
purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment 
preceding submission of the collection to OMB.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed 
information collection must be received on or before October 25, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Christopher Stein, Chief, Services Surveys Branch, Bureau of Economic 
Analysis, by email to [email protected] or [email protected]. 
Please reference OMB Control Number 0608-0068 in the subject line of 
your comments. Do not submit confidential business information or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
specific questions related to collection activities should be directed 
to Christopher Stein, Chief, Services Surveys Branch, Bureau of 
Economic Analysis, 301-278-9189, or via email to 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Quarterly Survey of Foreign Airline Operators' Revenues and 
Expenses in the United States (BE-9) collects data from U.S. offices, 
agents, or other representatives of foreign airline operators that 
transport passengers or freight and express to or from the United 
States. A U.S. office, agent, or other representative of a foreign 
airline operator must report if total covered revenues or total covered 
expenses were $5 million or more in the previous year or are expected 
to be $5 million or more during the current year.
    The data are needed to monitor trade in transport services, to 
analyze the impact of U.S. trade on the U.S. and foreign economies, to 
compile and improve the U.S. economic accounts, to support U.S. 
commercial policy on trade in transport services, to conduct trade 
promotion, and to improve the ability of U.S. businesses to identify 
and evaluate market opportunities. The data are used in estimating the 
transport services component of the U.S. international transactions 
accounts (ITAs) and national income and product accounts (NIPAs).
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is proposing modifications to 
the information collected on the BE-9 survey, and a change to the 
survey due

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date, beginning with the reporting period for first quarter 2022. The 
proposed modifications to the BE-9 survey would eliminate the 
collection of certain items not currently needed to estimate 
international transactions in air transportation services and introduce 
new items that will increase the quality and usefulness of BEA's 
statistics on trade in transport services.
    BEA proposes to eliminate the collection of several items on the 
BE-9 survey: (1) Freight revenue on merchandise exported from, and 
imported to, the United States; (2) shipping weights on which freight 
revenues reported were earned, and (3) revenues from transporting 
passengers to or from the United States. BEA proposes to eliminate 
these items because the information collected is not currently used to 
estimate international transactions in air transportation services and 
is not expected to be needed in the future.
    BEA proposes to collect three additional foreign airline 
identification elements on the BE-9 survey: (1) The foreign airline's 
country of residency, (2) the foreign airline's International Air 
Transport Association (IATA) code, and (3) the International Civil 
Aviation Organization (ICAO) code. These elements will enable BEA to 
match information reported on the BE-9 with supplemental information 
received from other government agencies and increase the quality and 
accuracy of BEA's statistics on trade in services.
    Additionally, BEA proposes to add foreign airliners' in-flight 
sales revenue (total and by region) and expand the information 
collected on number of passengers to include the region. In-flight 
sales are revenues of the airline or a vendor for the purposes of 
consumption on the aircraft (food, drinks, Wi-Fi, pillows, etc.). The 
data will be used to close a gap in the ancillary fees component of air 
passenger transport. Collecting this information by region will allow 
BEA to produce more detailed statistics on trade in transport services 
because large differences exist across regions in per-passenger 
ancillary fee revenue, mostly corresponding to length of flight. BEA 
proposes to collect this item and number of passengers by region 
according to the three regional designations outlined by the U.S. 
Department of Transportation in 14 CFR 241.21(g)--Atlantic Ocean, 
Pacific Ocean, and Latin America. These designations group Canada 
within the domestic category. Although revenue and expenses for Canada 
must be included in all other items on this survey, Canada will be 
excluded from the items on in-flight sales revenue and number of 
passengers.
    BEA also proposes to change the due date of the survey to 30 days 
after the close of each quarter from 45 days. Shortening the reporting 
timeline will allow BEA to produce more accurate and complete trade in 
transport services statistics in preliminary estimates of the ITAs, 
which is critical information for policymakers' timely decisions on 
international trade policy. The earlier due date will allow BEA to use 
more reported data for preliminary statistics, improving the accuracy 
of both the aggregates and the country detail, reducing revisions in 
subsequent statistical releases.
    BEA estimates there will be no change in the average number of 
burden hours per response, which is currently estimated to be 6 hours. 
The language in the instructions and definitions will be reviewed and 
adjusted as necessary to clarify survey requirements.

II. Method of Collection

    BEA contacts potential respondents by mail at the end of each 
quarter. Respondents would be required to file the completed BE-9 forms 
within 30 days after the end of each quarter. Reports would be required 
from U.S. offices, agents, or other representatives of foreign airline 
operators that transport passengers to or from the United States, whose 
total covered revenues or total covered expenses were $5 million or 
more during the previous year or are expected to exceed that amount 
during the current year. Entities required to report will be contacted 
individually by BEA. Entities not contacted by BEA have no reporting 
responsibilities.
    BEA offers its electronic filing option, the eFile system, for use 
in reporting on Form BE-9. For more information about eFile, go to 
www.bea.gov/efile. In addition, BEA posts all its survey forms and 
reporting instructions on its website, www.bea.gov/ssb. These may be 
downloaded, completed, printed, and submitted via fax or mail.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0608-0068.
    Form Number(s): BE-9.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Foreign airline operators.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 500 annually (125 filed each 
quarter; 115 reporting mandatory data, and 10 that would file exemption 
claims or voluntary responses).
    Estimated Time per Response: 6 hours is the average for those 
reporting data and one hour is the average for those filing an 
exemption claim. Hours may vary considerably among respondents because 
of differences in company size and complexity.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,800.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: International Investment and Trade in Services 
Survey Act (Pub. L. 94-472, 22 U.S.C. 3101-3108, as amended).

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through 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. 2021-18160 Filed 8-23-21; 8:45 am]
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