Current Opportunities for Public Comment on Federal Data Collections and Other Statistical Issues

Bureau of Economic Analysis

11/02/2020 New Puerto Rico GDP Statistics The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is soliciting comments from the public on its new prototype estimates of Puerto Rico Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which includes statistics for consumer spending, private fixed investment, inventory investment, net exports of goods and services, and government spending for Puerto Rico. BEA seeks comments on the statistics' data sources, presentation, level of detail, and scope. Following the public comment period, BEA will incorporate feedback, updating the statistics and related materials for Puerto Rico GDP.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

10/23/2020 National Survey of Youth in Custody, 2017-2018 If you have additional comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Jessica Stroop, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 810 Seventh Street NW, Washington, DC 20531 (email: jessica.stroop@usdoj.gov; telephone: 202-598-7610).

Bureau of Labor Statistics

10/23/2020 A Proposed Revision of the “Annual Refiling Survey” The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed revision of the “Annual Refiling Survey.” A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the Addresses section of this notice.
11/02/2020 Consumer Expenditure Surveys: Quarterly Interview and Diary Anthony May by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
12/08/2020 Proposed Revision of the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program Send comments to Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20212. Written comments also may be transmitted by email to BLS_PRA_Public@bls.gov.
12/08/2020 Behavioral Science Research Center - Proposed Extension of “Cognitive and Psychological Research Send comments to Nora Kincaid, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20212. Written comments also may be transmitted by email to BLS_PRA_Public@bls.gov.

Census Bureau

10/26/2020 Proposed Revision of the Annual Survey of School System Finances Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to Thomas.J.Smith@census.gov. Please reference Annual Survey of School System Finances in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2020-0019, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record.
11/02/2020 Proposed Revision of the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) Survey  The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment on the proposed revision of the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) Survey prior to the submission of the information collection request (ICR) to OMB for approval. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to Thomas.J.Smith@census.gov. Please reference Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) Survey in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2020-0023, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record.
11/02/2020 Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment on the proposed extension of the Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions, prior to the submission of the information collection request (ICR) to OMB for approval. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to Thomas.J.Smith@census.gov. Please reference Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions in the subject line of your comments.
11/09/2020 Proposed Revision of Annual Capital Expenditures Survey The U.S. Census Bureau plans to conduct the 2020 through 2022 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES). This survey collects data on fixed assets and depreciation, sales and receipts, capitalized computer software, capitalized robotic equipment and capital expenditures for new and used structures and equipment. The ACES is the sole source of detailed comprehensive statistics on actual business spending for private non-farm companies, organizations, and associations operating in the United States. Both employer and non-employer companies are included in the survey.
11/09/2020 Proposed Revision of Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to Thomas.J.Smith@census.gov. Please reference Annual Survey of Manufactures in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2020-0024, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
11/15/2020 Household Pulse Survey Data produced by the Household Pulse Survey are designed to inform on a range of dimensions that American households are experiencing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including employment, facility to telework, travel patterns, income loss, spending patterns, food and housing security, access to benefits, mental health and access to care, and educational disruption (K-12 and post-secondary). The Household Pulse Survey was initially launched in April 2020 as an experimental project (see https://www.census.gov/​data/​experimental-data-products.html) slated to last 90 days; the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) granted emergency clearance for this effort on April 19, 2020.
11/20/2020 Comment Request for Service Annual Survey (SAS) Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by email to Thomas.J.Smith@census.gov. Please reference Service Annual Survey in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2020-0026, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record.
11/24/2020 Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Extension The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment on the proposed extension of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics data collection, prior to the submission of the information collection request (ICR) to OMB for approval. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by mail to PRAcomments@doc.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0607-1001 in the subject line of your comments. You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2020-0006, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record.
12/12/2020 Annual Retail Trade Survey The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) covers employer firms with establishments located in the United States and classified in the retail trade sector as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The survey requests firms to provide annual sales, sales tax, e-commerce sales, year-end inventories, total operating expenses, purchases, and accounts receivable.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10/27/2020 Availability, Use, and Public Health Impact of Emergency Supply Kits Among Disaster-Affected Populations—New Survey (cross-sectional disaster survey and focus group) This notice invites comment on “Availability, Use, and Public Health Impact of Emergency Supply Kits among Disaster-Affected Populations.” The goal of this study is to determine the efficacy and public health impact of emergency supply kits among disaster-affected populations to understand how emergency supply kits are used during and after a natural disaster, if public health outcomes are associated with access to emergency supply kits, and what the most useful items to include in an emergency supply kit are across different types of disasters.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

11/16/2020 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)  You may send your comments electronically to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or “More Search Options” to find the information collection document(s) that are accepting comments. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number: CMS-P-0015A, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

Corporation for National and Community Service

11/17/2020 Response to Comment Request for the Civic Engagement and Volunteering Supplement The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) published a document in the Federal Register on July 1, 2020 requesting public comment on a public information collection request (ICR) entitled The Civic Engagement and Volunteering Supplement (CEV) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This document provides the agency response to comments received during the 60-day comment period.

Department of Agriculture

11/13/2020 Agricultural Prices Surveys The NASS price program computes annual U.S. weighted average prices received by farmers for wheat, barley, oats, corn, grain sorghum, rice, cotton, peanuts, pulse crops and oilseeds based on monthly marketing. Estimates of prices received are used by NASS to determine the value of agricultural production. Prices estimates are used by many Government agencies as a general measure of commodity price changes, economic analysis relating to farm income and alternative marketing policies, and for disaster and insurance payments.

Department of Labor

10/28/2020 Current Population Survey - Basic Labor Force Comment Request 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. Anthony May by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

10/26/2020 Number of Full-Time Law Enforcement Employees as of October 31 Type of Information Collection: Revision of a currently approved collection. All comments, suggestions, or questions regarding additional information, to include obtaining a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions, should be directed to Ms. Amy C. Blasher, Unit Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Module E-3, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306; Email: acblasher@fbi.gov.

Federal Reserve System Board of Governors

12/31/2020 Survey of Small Business and Farm Lending (December 31, 2020)

Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551, (202) 452-3829.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

12/31/2020 Consumer and Stakeholder Surveys (Extension for Three Years) Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551, (202) 452-3829. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS

11/02/2020 Coronavirus 2019 Data Report OMB No. 0915-0906-0053—Extension HRSA proposes that service providers who receive CARES Act RWHAP funding report aggregate information on the number of clients and immediate household members tested for COVID-19, the number of clients newly diagnosed (or presumed Start Printed Page 54391positive) with COVID-19, the cumulative number of clients with COVID-19, the number of clients who received services in each RWHAP service category (identified in Policy Clarification Notice 16-02 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services: Eligible Individuals and Allowable Uses of Funds), and the types of services provided using telehealth technology in the COVID-19 Data Report. The information obtained in this module will assist HRSA in understanding how CARES Act RWHAP funding is being used to support RWHAP clients and immediate household members and ensure that HRSA is compliant with federal reporting requirements.

National Center for Education Statistics

11/12/2020 National Assessment of Educational Progress 2021 Materials Update The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a federally authorized survey of student achievement at grades 4, 8, and 12 in various subject areas, such as mathematics, reading, writing, science, U.S. history, civics, geography, economics, technology and engineering literacy (TEL), and the arts. For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Carrie Clarady, 202-245-6347.
11/23/2020 Comment Request for Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2022-23 Kindergarten and First Grade Field Test Data Collection, National Sampling, and National Recruitment To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2020-SCC-0155. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please include the docket ID number and the title of the information collection request when requesting documents or submitting comments.

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

12/14/2020 Survey of Earned Doctorates Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite W18200, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

National Science Foundation

10/26/2020 2021 National Survey of College Graduates Comment Request Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).
10/26/2020 An Amendment to the Higher Education Research and Development Survey (OMB Number 3145-0100) (Oct 2, 2020) The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request an amendment to the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey (OMB Number 3145-0100).
11/08/2020 NSF Includes National Network Survey Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).
12/31/2020 Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 - The Development of NSF's Evidence-building Plan Submit comments to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1.800.877.8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Agriculture

10/31/2020 Race, Ethnicity and Gender Data Collection This data collection is necessary to implement Sections 14006 and 14007 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, 7 U.S.C. 8701 (hereafter referred to as the 2008 Farm Bill). Section 14006 of the 2008 Farm Bill establishes a requirement for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to annually compile application and participation rate data regarding socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

12/08/2020 State Educational Agency and Local Educational Agency - School Data Collection and Reporting under ESEA, Title I, Part A. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, LBJ, Room 6W208D, Washington, DC 20202-8240. For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Todd Stephenson, (202) 205-1645.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS

11/17/2020 Change Review for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is a survey of the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population aged 12 years old or older. The data are used to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs. The results are used by SAMHSA, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), federal government agencies, and other organizations and researchers to establish policy, direct program activities, and better allocate resources.

U.S. Geological Survey

11/17/2020 Extension Request for Did You Feel It? Earthquake Questionnaire Send your comments on this information collection request (ICR) by mail to U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to gs-info_collections@usgs.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1028-0048 in the subject line of your comments. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is required to collect, evaluate, publish and distribute information concerning earthquakes. Respondents have an opportunity to voluntarily supply information concerning the effects of shaking from an earthquake—on themselves, buildings, other man-made structures, and ground effects such as faulting or landslides.