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

Administration for Children and Families

06/12/2020 , Administration for Children2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Administrative Data Matching The Office of Community Services (OCS) is requesting a reinstatement without change for the collection and reporting of administrative household recipient data from state LIHEAP grantees. OMB approved the original collection under #0970-0486. ACF published a Federal Register notice on July 30, 2019 soliciting 60 days of public comment on requiring state grantees to provide household-level recipient data for this effort.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS

07/07/2020 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Social and Health Experiences Self-Administered Questionnaire Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

06/19/2020 Expenditures Incurred by Recipients of Biomedical Research and Development Awards From the National Institutes of Health (NIH) The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on continuing information collections related to the Expenditures Incurred by Recipients of Biomedical Research and Development Awards survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Direct all written comments to Jennifer A. Bennett, Chief, Training and Staff Development Section, Expenditure and Income Division, Bureau of Economic Analysis, 4600 Silver Hill Road, BE-57, Washington, DC 20233, or via email at PRAcomments@doc.gov. All comments received are part of the public record. Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

05/26/2020 Annual Survey of Jails in Indian Country (SJIC)

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

—Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, including whether the information will have practical utility;

—Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

—Evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced; and

—Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

06/10/2020 National Inmate Survey in Prisons (NIS-4P) The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Following publication of the 60-day notice, the Bureau of Justice Statistics received one request for survey instruments and comments from three organizations. These comments will be addressed in the supporting statement.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

07/17/2020 Proposed revision of the Current Population Survey (CPS) Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for a revision of the Current Population Survey (CPS). This survey is being revised to temporarily add five questions to the Current Population Survey (CPS) to collect data on the effects of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the attempts to constrain the spread of the illness. These questions ask about responses to COVID-19 during the previous 4 weeks—specifically, whether respondents teleworked due to COVID-19, were unable to work because an employer closed or lost business, and were paid for hours not worked. A question for people not in the labor force will ask if respondents did not look for work in the previous 4 weeks because of COVID-19. In addition, respondents will be asked whether any household members needed non-coronavirus-related medical care in the previous 4 weeks but did not get it because of the pandemic.

Census Bureau

05/29/2020 2020-2022 Report of Organization

Direct all written comments to Thomas Smith, PRA Liaison, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Room 7K250A, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the internet at PRAcomments@doc.gov). You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2020-0008, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record. No comments will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats.

06/18/2020 2021 Government Units Survey Needs and Uses: This information request covers the 2021 Government Units Survey (GUS), which is the first component mailed for the 2022 Census of Governments. The Census Bureau will use information from the 2021 GUS to update its universe list of public sector entities prior to mailing the other Census of Governments components. Each of the estimated 43,454 local governments to be contacted, including independent school districts, will receive login information to complete the questionnaire online. Respondents are asked to verify or correct the name and mailing address of the government and answer up to seven questions to complete the survey.
06/29/2020 Supplemental Questions Related to the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Businesses The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed extension of the collection of information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of businesses through five Census Bureau surveys designated as Principal Federal Economic Indicators. The original collection was approved by the Office of Management and Budget on April 8, 2020 under the emergency approval provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
07/20/2020 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Direct all written comments to Hyon B. Shin, U.S. Census Bureau, SEHSD, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Office 7H596, Washington, DC 20233-8500 (or via the internet at PRAcomments@doc.gov). You may also submit comments, identified by Docket Number USBC-2020-0010, to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received are part of the public record.
07/20/2020 Small Business Pulse Survey The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed extension of the collection of information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of small businesses. The original collection was approved by the Office of Management and Budget on April 22, 2020 under the emergency approval provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
07/20/2020 Household Pulse Survey The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed new information collection of the Household Pulse Survey During COVID-19 Epidemic, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
08/01/2020 Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee

Please submit nominations to the census.scientific.advisory .committee@census.gov (subject line 2020 CSAC Nominations”), or by letter submission to Kimberly L. Leonard, External Stakeholder Program Manager, Office of Program, Performance and Stakeholder Integration (PPSI), 2020 CSAC Nominations, Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 2K137, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233.

08/11/2020 Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations

Please submit nominations to the census.national.advisory .committee@census.gov (subject line 2020 NAC Nominations”), or by letter submission to Kimberly L. Leonard, External Stakeholder Program Manager, Office of Program, Performance and Stakeholder Integration (PPSI), 2020 NAC Nominations, Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 2K137, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

06/15/2020 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The annual National Health Interview Survey is a major source of general statistics on the health of the U.S. population.

Department of Labor

05/28/2020 Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) if the information will be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (4) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (5) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Energy Information Administration

06/29/2020 Natural Gas Data Collection Program

EIA invites public comment on the proposed three year extension, with changes, of the Natural Gas Data Collection Program, as required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The surveys covered by this request include:

Form EIA-176—Annual Report of Natural and Supplemental Gas Supply and Disposition;

Form EIA-191—Monthly Underground Natural Gas Storage Report;

Form EIA-191L—Monthly Liquefied Natural Gas Storage Report;

Form EIA-757—Natural Gas Processing Plant Survey;

Form EIA-857—Monthly Report of Natural Gas Purchases and Deliveries to Consumers;

Form EIA-910—Monthly Natural Gas Marketer Survey; and

Form EIA-912—Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report.

The Natural Gas Data Collection Program provides information on natural gas production, underground storage, supply, processing, transmission, distribution, and consumption by sector within the United States.

Federal Aviation Administration

06/26/2020 National Flight Data Center Web Portal The collection involves aeronautical information detailing the physical description and operational status of all components of the National Airspace System (NAS). The information to be collected will be used to update government, military, and private aeronautical database, charts, publications, and flight management systems.

Please send written comments:

By Electronic Docket: www.regulations.gov (Enter docket number into search field).

By mail: John Graybill, FAA, Aeronautical Information Services, AJV-A35, Station 5150, 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Federal Reserve System Board of Governors

07/10/2020 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED) The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) invites comment on a proposal to extend, for three years, with revision, the ad hoc clearance for the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED) (FR 3077; OMB No. 7100-0374).

National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA

05/26/2020 Agricultural Surveys Program Summary of Collection: National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) primary functions are to prepare and issue state and national estimates of crop and livestock production and collect information on related environmental and economic factors. The Agricultural Surveys Program is a series of surveys that contains basic agricultural data from farmers and ranchers throughout the Nation for preparing agricultural estimates and forecasts. The surveys results provide the foundation for setting livestock and poultry inventory numbers. Estimates derived from the surveys supply information needed by farmers to make decisions for both short and long-term planning. Due to the COVID-19 virus situation, NASS will not conduct the 2020 June Area Survey (JAS) because it requires face-to-face enumeration. To obtain crops, cattle, hog, and sheep and goat area indications, non-overlap (NOL) samples will be added to the 2020 Agricultural, Cattle, Hog and Sheep and Goats List samples.
06/15/2020 An information collection to gather data related to the production and marketing of foods directly from farm producers to consumers or retailers

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek approval to reinstate an information collection to gather data related to the production and marketing of foods directly from farm producers to consumers or retailers. In addition NASS will collect some whole-farm data to be used to classify and group operations for summarizing and publication of results.

Comments on this notice must be received by June 15, 2020 to be assured of consideration.

06/26/2020 Agricultural Prices Survey In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Agricultural Prices Surveys. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.

National Center for Education Statistics

06/12/2020 NCEE System Clearance for Design and Field Studies 2020-2023

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-0057. 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. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. 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 6W-208B, Washington, DC 20202-4537.

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

06/05/2020 Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering

Contact Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 18200, Alexandria, VA 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, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays). You also may obtain a copy of the data collection instrument and instructions from Ms. Plimpton.

06/29/2020 2021 National Survey of College Graduates The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), within the National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewal of the National Survey of College Graduates (OMB Control Number 3145-0141). In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NCSES will prepare the submission requesting that OMB approve clearance of this collection for three years.

National Science Foundation

06/15/2020 National Training, Education, and Workforce Survey (NTEWS) Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request approval for a new collection referred to as the National Training, Education, and Workforce Survey (NTEWS). The NTEWS will be a new, voluntary data collection sponsored by NCSES and cosponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education. The NTEWS serves to measure and understand two research concepts that are of national interest: (1) The education, training, and career pathways of skilled technical workers, and (2) the prevalence and interplay of education (postsecondary degrees and certificates), work credentials (certifications and licenses), and work experience programs among American workers. NCSES intends to release national estimates from the NTEWS collection. Under the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, NCSES is providing an opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NCSES will prepare the submission requesting that OMB approve clearance of this collection for three years.

Office of the Secretary, Department of Defense

06/29/2020 Overseas Citizen Population Survey Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness, Department of Defense Needs and Uses: The primary objective of the Overseas Citizen Population Survey (OCPS), conducted on behalf of FVAP, is to refine FVAP's methodology for estimating the number of overseas U.S. civilians who are eligible to vote and who have registered and participated in the past. These estimates are then used to address the question of whether the registration and voting propensity of the overseas civilian population differs from that of comparable domestic or military populations.