Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Minority Business Awards

Cited as:86 FR 10544
Court:Minority Business Development Agency
Publication Date:22 Feb 2021
Record Number:2021-03433
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 33 (Monday, February 22, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 33 (Monday, February 22, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 10544-10545]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-03433]
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                DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
                Minority Business Development Agency
                Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the
                Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment
                Request; National Minority Business Awards
                AGENCY: Minority Business Development Agency, Commerce.
                ACTION: Notice of Information Collection, Regular submission.
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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. The National Minority
                Business Awards Program is a key element of Minority Enterprise
                Development Week and celebrates the outstanding achievements of
                minority entrepreneurs.
                DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed
                information collection must be received on or before April 23, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to
                Minority Business Development Agency PRA Officer at
                [email protected]. Please reference OMB Control Number 0640-0025 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 Antavia Grimsley, Management Analyst, Minority Business Development
                Agency, Room 5063, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230;
                telephone (202)482-7458, or [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                I. Abstract
                 The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal
                agency created exclusively to foster the growth and global
                competitiveness of minority-owned businesses in the United States. For
                this purpose, a minority owned business must be owned or controlled by
                one of the following persons or group of persons: African American,
                American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian,
                Pacific Islander, Asian Indian, and Hasidic Jew. MBDA provides
                management and technical assistance to large, medium, and small
                minority business enterprises through a network of business centers
                throughout the United States.
                 Since 1983, every president has issued a Presidential Proclamation
                designating one week as National Minority Enterprise Development (MED)
                Week. MBDA recognizes the role that minority entrepreneurs play in
                building the Nation's economy by honoring businesses that are making a
                significant contribution through the creation of jobs, products and
                services, in addition to supporting their local communities. The
                National Minority Business Awards Program is a key element of MED Week
                and celebrates the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs.
                MBDA may make awards in the following categories: Minority Construction
                Firm of the Year, Minority Export Firm of the Year, Minority
                Manufacturing Firm of the Year, Minority E-Commerce Firm of the Year,
                Minority Emerging Technologies and Industries Firm of the Year,
                Minority Health Products and Services Firm of the Year, Minority
                Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year, Firm of the Year,
                Minority Veteran-Owned Firm of the Year, and Robert J. Brown Minority
                Business Enterprise of the Year. In addition, MBDA may recognize
                trailblazers and champions through the Access to Capital Award,
                Advocate of the Year Award, Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award, Abe
                Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Ronald H. Brown
                Leadership Awards. All awards will be presented at a ceremony during
                National MED Week. Nominations for these awards are open to the public.
                MBDA must collect two types of information: (a) Information identifying
                the nominee and nominator, and (b) information explaining why the
                nominee should be given the award. The information will be used to
                determine those applicants best meeting the preannounced evaluation
                criterion. Use of a nomination form standardizes and limits the
                information collected as part of the nomination process. This makes the
                competition fair and eases the burden on applicants and reviewers.
                Participation in the National Minority Business Awards competition is
                voluntary and the awards are strictly honorary.
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                II. Method of Collection
                 The MBDA uses several forms of data collection: by mail, hand
                delivery, fax, or electronic delivery when the MBDA staff presents
                questions to the MBDA Business Center clients.
                III. Data
                 OMB Control Number: 0640-0025.
                 Form Number(s): Not applicable.
                 Type of Review: Regular submission.
                 Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations, not-
                for-profit institutions, State, Local, or Tribal government, and
                Federal government.
                 Estimated Number of Respondents: 250.
                 Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour.
                 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 250.
                 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0
                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. 2021-03433 Filed 2-19-21; 8:45 am]
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