Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; SABIT Participant Application, Participant Survey, Alumni Survey

Cited as:85 FR 74672
Court:Commerce Department, International Trade Administration
Publication Date:23 Nov 2020
Record Number:2020-25725
Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 226 / Monday, November 23, 2020 / Notices
International Trade Administration
Agency Information Collection
Activities; Submission to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for
Review and Approval; Comment
Request; SABIT Participant
Application, Participant Survey,
Alumni Survey
: International Trade
Administration, Commerce.
: Notice of information collection,
request for comment.
: 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.
: To ensure consideration,
comments regarding this proposed
information collection must be received
on or before January 22, 2021.
: Interested persons are
invited to submit written comments by
email to Towanda Carey, ITA
Paperwork Clearance Officer,
International Trade Administration at or Please
reference OMB Control Number 0625–
0225 in the subject line of your
comments. Do not submit Confidential
Business Information or otherwise
sensitive or protected information.
Requests for additional information or
specific questions related to collection
activities should be directed to Tracy M.
Rollins, Director, SABIT Program,
International Trade Administration,
(202) 482–0392,
I. Abstract
The Special American Business
Internship Training (SABIT) Program of
the Department of Commerce’s
International Trade Administration
(ITA), is a key element in the U.S.
Government’s efforts to support the
economic transition of Eurasia (the
former Soviet Union) and to support
economic growth in other regions of the
world, including countries in Europe,
South Asia, and the Middle East, et al.
SABIT develops and implements two-
week training programs in the United
States for groups of up to 20 business
and government professionals from
Eurasia and other regions. These
professionals meet with U.S.
government agencies, non-governmental
organizations and private sector
companies in order to learn about
various business practices and
principles. This unique private sector-
U.S. Government partnership was
created in order to tap into the U.S.
private sector’s expertise and to assist
developing regions in their transition to
market-based economies while
simultaneously boosting trade between
the United States and other countries.
SABIT also develops and implements
virtual events for its alumni and other
participants that provide industry-
specific training on best practices for
business and management, and fosters
contacts with U.S. organizations.
Participant applications are needed to
enable SABIT to find the most qualified
participants for the training programs.
Participant exit questionnaires provide
insight as to what the participants have
learned, and they are used to improve
the content and administration of future
programs. Alumni success story reports
track the success of the program as
regards to business ties between the U.S.
and the countries SABIT covers.
The closing date for participant
applications is based upon the starting
date of the program and is published
with the application and on the
program’s website at
sabit. Pursuant to section 632(a) of the
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as
amended, funding for the programs will
be provided through the Agency for
International Development (AID).
The SABIT Program has revised the
collection instruments. The instruments
are very similar to those used by SABIT
in past years. However, some wording
has been changed to reflect the changing
needs of SABIT over time. The changes
are relatively minor and most of them
are rephrasing of wording. Instructions
for filling out the form, methods of
submission, and the order of questions
have been revised on the Participant
Application. These revisions are not
expected to increase the response time
to complete the instruments.
II. Method of Collection
Participant applications may be
downloaded from the SABIT websites at when available.
Applications may be sent to program
candidates via email upon request.
Applications are collected via email.
Participant exit questionnaires are given
to program participants at the
completion of programs electronically,
although in rare situations, a paper
questionnaire may be completed and
submitted. Alumni success story reports
are used internally by SABIT staff to
record success information, but at times
they may be sent to alumni to fill out
and submit electronically.
III. Data
OMB Control Number: 0625–0225.
Form Number(s): ITA–4143P–3.
Type of Review: Regular submission
(revision of a currently approved
information collection).
Affected Public: Individuals or
households; Business or other for-profit
Estimated Number of Respondents:
Estimated Time per Response:
Participant application, 3 hours;
participant exit questionnaire, 1 hour;
alumni survey, 1 hour.
Estimated Total Annual Burden
Hours: 7,000.
Estimated Total Annual Cost to
Public: $0.
Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary.
Legal Authority: Section 632(a) of the
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as
amended (the ‘‘FAA’’), and pursuant to
the Department of State, Foreign
Operations, and Related Programs
Appropriations Act, 2018 (Div. K, P.L.
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 submitted in response to
this notice will be summarized and/or
included in the request for OMB
approval of this information collection;
they also will become a matter of public
Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of
the Chief Information Officer, Commerce
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