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Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License; CHEMEON Surface Technology, LLC
Document Number: 2018-21961
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-10
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of Navy
The Department of the Navy hereby gives notice of its intent to grant to CHEMEON Surface Technology, LLC located at 2241 Park Place, Suite B, Minden, NV 89423, a revocable, nonassignable, exclusive license throughout the Republic of China (CN), Japan (JP), India (IA) and Brazil (BR) in all fields of use to practice the Government-Owned invention described in Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Application Number PCT/US17/63346 filed November 28, 2017 entitled ``Synergistic Metal Polycarboxylate Corrosion Inhibitors,'' Navy Case Number PAX236.
Defense Policy Board; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2018-21941
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-10
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense (DoD) is publishing this notice to announce that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the Defense Policy Board (DPB) will take place.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-21894
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-09
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2018-21655
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense (DoD) is publishing this notice to announce that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces will take place.
Notice of Availability of Government-Owned Inventions; Foreign Patent Rights Available
Document Number: 2018-21606
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
Pursuant to the Bayh-Dole Act and implementing regulations, the Department of the Air Force hereby gives notice of availability of foreign patent rights associated with International Patent Application No. PCT/US17/036023, published as WO 2017/0214069, entitled FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VARIABLE INTRA-AORTIC OCCLUSION.
Notice of Availability of Government-Owned Inventions; Foreign Patent Rights Available
Document Number: 2018-21604
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
Pursuant to the Bayh-Dole Act and implementing regulations, the Department of the Air Force hereby gives notice of availability of foreign patent rights associated with International Patent Application No. PCT/US17/037509, published as WO 2017/0222895, entitled BENDABLE, CREASABLE, AND PRINTABLE BATTERIES WITH ENHANCED SAFETY AND HIGH TEMPERATURE STABILITYMETHODS OF FABRICATION, AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME.
Notice of Availability of Government-Owned Inventions; Foreign Patent Rights Available
Document Number: 2018-21603
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
Pursuant to the Bayh-Dole Act and implementing regulations, the Department of the Air Force hereby gives notice of availability of foreign patent rights associated with International Patent Application No. PCT/US17/023215, published as WO 2017/0023215, entitled FAST BREAK NEEDLE FOR RAPID GUIDEWIRE-ASSISTED ACCESS.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Lake Ralph Hall Regional Water Supply Reservoir Project, Fannin County, TX
Document Number: 2018-21538
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-05
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fort Worth District has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the direct, indirect and cumulative effects of the construction of the Lake Ralph Hall Regional Water Supply Reservoir Project in Fannin County, TX, proposed by the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD). This action requires authorization from USACE under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for construction and operation of the proposed project. The proposed project is a regional water supply project intended to provide approximately 34,050 acre-feet (AF) per year of new water for 20 water providers, special districts, and municipalities in Denton County and small portions of Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Wise and Cooke counties to the extent that Denton County Customers' service areas extend outside the County. Construction of the reservoir and support facilities would result in permanent direct impacts to waters of the U.S. of approximately 8 acres of wetlands and 384 acres of other waters including streams, impoundments, and ponds. The proposed project pipeline will cross 59 streams with 11,893 lineal feet of temporary impact as well as 0.4 acres of stock tanks.
Performance-Based Payments and Progress Payments (DFARS Case 2017-D019)
Document Number: 2018-21714
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-04
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is withdrawing the proposed rule on performance-based payments and progress payments that published on August 24, 2018, and is cancelling the public meeting previously scheduled to be held on October 10, 2018.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive Patent License; Point Semantics Corporation
Document Number: 2018-21633
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-04
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
The Department of the Navy hereby gives notice of its intent to grant to Point Semantics Corporation of Alexandria, Virginia an exclusive license in the field of use of Displacement and Strain Measurement for Scientific and Engineering Applications, in the United States, to U.S. Patent No. 8,600,147: System and Method for Remote Measurement of Displacement and Strain Fields, Navy Case No. 099,829.// U.S. Patent No. 9,046,353: System and Method for Remote Full Field Three-Dimensional Displacement and Strain Measurements, Navy Case No. 101,258.//U.S. Patent No. 9,311,566: Method and System for Direct Strain Imaging, Navy Case No. 101.954.// and any continuations, divisionals or re-issues thereof. Nonexclusive, royalty free licenses are retained by SAIC under contract N00173-05-C-2062 and under the Agreement between Owners of Patent Rights NRL-IIA-14-047 between NRL and George Mason University.
Availability of the Final Integrated City of Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study Report/Environmental Impact Statement, Norfolk, VA
Document Number: 2018-21537
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-03
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District, in cooperation with our non-federal sponsor, the City of Norfolk, announce the availability of a Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (Final IFR/EIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the City of Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, for review and comment. The study evaluates identified flood risks and develops and evaluates coastal storm risk management measures for the City of Norfolk. These measures were formulated to reduce flood risk to residents, industries and businesses which are critical to the Nation's economy in ways that support the long-term resilience due to sea level rise, local subsidence and storms, within the City of Norfolk. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the USACE determined that the project has the potential to have significant environmental impacts, and developed the Final EIS and Draft ROD to examine and assess the impacts of all proposed action.
Notice of Availability of Government-Owned Inventions; Available for Licensing
Document Number: 2018-21297
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
The Department of the Navy (DoN) announces the availability of the inventions listed in this notice, assigned to the United States Government, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy, for domestic and foreign licensing by the Department of the Navy.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-21274
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-21273
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Commander Navy Installation Command announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Notice of Availability of the Final Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2018-21155
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Notice of Availability for the Final Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRRMP- FEIS) published in the Federal Register on Friday, August 31, 2018, stated the waiting period for signature of the MRRMP-FEIS Record of Decision would end on October 9, 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending the waiting period through October 22, 2018.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Chehalis River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Project Proposed by the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District, Lewis County, WA
Document Number: 2018-21154
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Seattle District received a permit application from the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District (applicant) for the construction of a flood retention structure on the upper Chehalis River and the raising of levees at the Centralia-Chehalis Airport. A Department of the Army (DA) permit is required for the project pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Corps has determined the proposed project may have significant individual and/or cumulative impacts on the human environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Preparation of the EIS will support the Corps' eventual decision to either issue, issue with modification or deny the DA permit for the proposed action. The EIS will assess the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of the projects and is intended to be sufficient in scope to address Federal, State, and local requirements, environmental and socio-economic issues concerning the proposed action, and permit reviews. The EIS process begins with the publication of this Notice of Intent. The EIS will be prepared according to the Corps' procedures for implementing NEPA, and consistent with the Corps' policy to facilitate public understanding and review of agency proposals. The Corps will serve as the lead federal agency for this EIS pursuant to the requirements of NEPA. The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will serve as the lead agency for the separate EIS pursuant to the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Corps and Ecology have agreed to participate in joint scoping to simplify the public comment process for the two separate EISs.
Intent To Grant an Exclusive License for U.S. Government-Owned Invention
Document Number: 2018-21152
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army
In accordance with applicable laws and regulations, announcement is made of the intent to grant an exclusive within a field of use, royalty-bearing, revocable biological materials license.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of DFARS Clause “Indefinite Quantities-Fixed Charges” (DFARS Case 2018-D039)
Document Number: 2018-20974
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove a clause that is no longer necessary.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of DFARS Clause “Award Fee” (DFARS Case 2018-D037)
Document Number: 2018-20973
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove a clause that is no longer necessary.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of DFARS Clause “Indefinite Quantities-No Fixed Charges” (DFARS Case 2018-D034)
Document Number: 2018-20972
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove a clause that is no longer necessary.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Repeal of DFARS Clause “Additional Services” (DFARS Case 2018-D027)
Document Number: 2018-20971
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to remove a clause that is outdated and no longer used.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20777
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20671
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-21082
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) proposes to rescind a system of records, PEGASYS CARDKEY, DWHS D02. This system was used to maintain a list of individuals granted room access to areas of the Pentagon temporarily under the control of Washington Headquarters Services (WHS).
Meeting of the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University
Document Number: 2018-21045
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
The Board of Visitors of the Marine Corps University (BOV MCU) will meet to review, develop and provide recommendations on all aspects of the academic and administrative policies of the University; examine all aspects of professional military education operations; and provide such oversight and advice, as is necessary, to facilitate high educational standards and cost effective operations. The Board will be focusing primarily on the internal procedures of Marine Corps University. All sessions of the meeting will be open to the public.
Membership of the Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2018-20965
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
This notice announces the appointment of the Department of Defense, Fourth Estate, Performance Review Board (PRB) members, to include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Field Activities, U.S Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the following Defense Agencies: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Defense Health Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Legal Services Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Missile Defense Agency, and Pentagon Force Protection Agency. The PRB shall provide fair and impartial review of Senior Executive Service and Senior Professional performance appraisals and make recommendations regarding performance ratings and performance awards to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Notice of Availability of Software and Documentation for Licensing
Document Number: 2018-20943
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
The Department of the Air Force announces the availability of VIGILANT SPIRIT software and related documentation that enables flexible operator teaming arrangements, including single operator control, of multiple heterogeneous Unmanned Air Vehicles (``UAVs'').
Federal Acquisition Regulation: Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-101; Small Entity Compliance Guide
Document Number: 2018-20710
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This document is issued under the joint authority of DoD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared consistent with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-101, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005-101, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov.
Federal Acquisition Regulations: One Dollar Coins
Document Number: 2018-20709
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 that provides an exception for business operations conducted by a contractor while performing under a Government contract from the requirement to accept and dispense $1 coins.
Federal Acquisition Regulation: System for Award Management Registration
Document Number: 2018-20706
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to update the instructions for registration in the System for Award Management and clarify the timing of registration in the System for Award Management.
Federal Acquisition Regulation: Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-101; Introduction
Document Number: 2018-20705
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-101. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC.
Notice is Given of the Names of Members of the Performance Review Board for the Department of the Air Force
Document Number: 2018-20798
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
Notice is given of the names of members of the 2018 Performance Review Board for the Department of the Air Force. Applicable Dates: November 5, 2018.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20698
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20674
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2018-20672
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense (DoD) is publishing this notice to announce that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council will take place.
Federal Acquisition Regulation: Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts
Document Number: 2018-20669
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.
Record of Decision for the KC-46A Fourth Main Operating Base Beddown
Document Number: 2018-20643
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
The United States Air Force signed the Record of Decision for the KC-46A Fourth Main Operating Base (MOB 4) on August 29, 2018.
Performance-Based Payments and Progress Payments (DFARS Case 2017-D019)
Document Number: 2018-20626
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is hosting a public meeting on October 10, 2018, to obtain views of experts and interested parties in Government and the private sector regarding revising policies and procedures with regard to customary progress payment rates and maximum performance-based payment rates for DoD contracts.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20575
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Defense Health Agency announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20573
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20569
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20568
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20566
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20519
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20518
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20517
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20516
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records; Correction
Document Number: 2018-20513
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
On September 5, 2018, the Department of Defense published a system of records notice that proposed to modify Family and Unaccompanied Housing Program, NM11101-1. Subsequent to the publication of the notice, DoD discovered that the system number had published incorrectly. This notice corrects that error.
Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2018-20507
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of an arms sales notification.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20489
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Civilian Human Resources announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.