Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; American Community Survey

CourtCensus Bureau,Commerce Department
Citation86 FR 51112
Record Number2021-19805
Publication Date14 Sep 2021
Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 14, 2021 / Notices
on respondents, including the use of
automated, electronic, mechanical, or
other technological collection
techniques or other forms of information
All comments received in response to
this notice, including names and
addresses when provided, will be a
matter of public record. Comments will
be summarized and included in the
submission request for Office of
Management and Budget approval.
Dated: September 9, 2021.
Alexander L. Friend,
Deputy Chief, Research & Development.
[FR Doc. 2021–19766 Filed 9–13–21; 8:45 am]
Census Bureau
Agency Information Collection
Activities; Submission to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for
Review and Approval; Comment
Request; American Community Survey
: Census Bureau, Commerce.
: Notice of information collection,
request for comment.
: The Department of
Commerce, in accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of
1995, 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 on the proposed extension of
the American Community Survey, prior
to the submission of the information
collection request (ICR) to OMB for
: To ensure consideration,
comments regarding this proposed
information collection must be received
on or before November 15, 2021.
: Interested persons are
invited to submit written comments by
email to Please
reference the American Community
Survey in the subject line of your
comments. You may also submit
comments, identified by Docket Number
USBC–2021–0019, to the Federal e-
Rulemaking Portal: http:// All comments
received are part of the public record.
No comments will be posted to http:// 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.
Requests for additional information or
specific questions related to collection
activities should be directed to Dameka
Reese, U.S. Census Bureau, American
Community Survey Office, 301–763–
I. Abstract
Since its founding, the U.S. Census
Bureau has balanced the demands of a
growing country requiring information
about its people and economy, with
concerns for respondents’
confidentiality and the time and effort it
takes respondents to answer questions.
Beginning with the 1810 Census,
Congress added questions to support a
range of public concerns and uses, and
over the course of a century, federal
agencies requested to add questions
about agriculture, industry, and
commerce, as well as individuals’
occupation, ancestry, marital status,
disabilities, place of birth and other
topics. In 1940, the Census Bureau
introduced the long-form census in
order to ask more detailed questions to
only a sample of the public.
In the early 1990s, the demand for
current, nationally consistent data from
a wide variety of users led federal
government policymakers to consider
the feasibility of collecting social,
economic, and housing data
continuously throughout the decade.
The benefits of providing current data,
along with the anticipated decennial
census benefits in cost savings,
planning, improved census coverage,
and more efficient operations, led the
Census Bureau to plan the
implementation of the continuous
measurement survey, later called the
American Community Survey (ACS).
After years of testing, the ACS replaced
the long form in 2005. The ACS is
conducted throughout the United States
and in Puerto Rico, where it is called
the Puerto Rico Community Survey
(PRCS). Each year a sample of
approximately 3.5 million households
and about 170,000 persons living in
group quarters (GQ) in the United States
are selected to participate in the ACS
and PRCS.
II. Method of Collection
To encourage self-response in the
ACS, the Census Bureau sends up to
five mailings to housing units selected
to be in the sample. The first mailing,
sent to all mailable addresses in the
sample, includes an invitation to
participate in the ACS online and states
that a paper questionnaire will be sent
in a few weeks to those unable to
respond online. The second mailing is
a letter that reminds respondents to
complete the survey online, thanks
them if they have already done so, and
informs them that a paper form will be
sent at a later date if we do not receive
their response. In a third mailing, the
questionnaire package is sent only to
those sample addresses that have not
completed the online questionnaire
within two weeks. The fourth mailing is
a postcard that reminds respondents to
respond and informs them that an
interviewer may contact them if they do
not complete the survey. A fifth mailing
is sent to respondents who have not
completed the survey within five weeks.
This letter provides a due date and
reminds the respondents to return their
questionnaires to be removed from
future contact. The Census Bureau will
ask those who fill out the survey online
to provide an email address, which will
be used to send an email reminder to
households that did not complete the
online form. The reminder asks them to
log back in to finish responding to the
survey. If the Census Bureau does not
receive a response or if the household
refuses to participate, the address may
be selected for computer-assisted
personal interviewing (CAPI).
Some addresses are deemed
unmailable because the address is
incomplete or directs mail only to a post
office box. The Census Bureau currently
collects data for these housing units
using both online and CAPI.
For sample housing units in the
Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS),
a different mail strategy is employed.
The Census Bureau continues to use the
previously used mail strategy with no
references to an internet response
option. The Census Bureau sends up to
five mailings to a Puerto Rico address
selected to be in the sample. The first
mailing includes a prenotice letter. The
second and fourth mailings include the
paper survey. The third and fifth
mailings serve as a reminder to respond
to the survey. Puerto Rico addresses
deemed unmailable because the address
is incomplete or directs mail only to a
post office box are collected by CAPI.
The Census Bureau employs a
different strategy to collect data from
GQs. The Census Bureau defines GQs as
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places where people live or stay, in a
group living arrangement that is owned
or managed by an entity or organization
providing housing and/or services for
the residents, such as college/university
student housing, residential treatment
centers, skilled nursing facilities, group
homes, military barracks, correctional
facilities, workers’ group living quarters
and Job Corps centers, and emergency
and transitional shelters. The Census
Bureau collects data for GQs primarily
through personal interview. The Census
Bureau will obtain the facility
information by conducting a personal
visit interview with a GQ contact.
During this interview, the Census
Bureau obtains roster of residents and
randomly selects them for person-level
interviews. During the person-level
phase, an FR uses CAPI automated
instrument to collect detailed
information for each sampled resident.
FRs also have the option to distribute a
bilingual (English/Spanish)
questionnaire to residents for self-
response if unable to complete a CAPI
III. Data
OMB Control Number: 0607–0810.
Form Number(s): ACS–1, ACS–1(SP),
ACS–1(PR), ACS–1(PR)SP, ACS–1(GQ),
(HU), ACS RI (HU), AGQ QI, and AGQ
Type of Review: Regular submission,
Request for an Extension, without
Affected Public: Individuals or
Estimated Number of Respondents:
3,540,000 for household respondents;
20,000 for contacts in GQ; 170,000
persons in GQ; 43,200 households for
reinterview; and 2,000 GQ contacts for
reinterview. The total estimated number
of respondents is 3,775,200.
Estimated Time per Response: 40
minutes for the average household
questionnaire; 15 minutes for a GQ
facility questionnaire; 25 minutes for a
GQ person questionnaire; 10 minutes for
a household reinterview; 10 minutes for
a GQ-level reinterview.
Estimated Total Annual Burden
Hours: 2,360,000 for household
respondents; 5,000 for contacts in GQ;
70,833 for GQ residents 7,200
households for reinterview; and 333 GQ
contacts for reinterview. The estimate is
an annual average of 2,443,366 burden
Data collection operation Forms or instrument used in data collection
number of
minutes per
respondent by
data collection
burden hours
I. ACS Household Questionnaire, Online Sur-
vey, Telephone, and Personal Visit. ACS–1, ACS 1(SP), ACS–1PR, ACS–
1PR(SP), Online Survey, Telephone, CAPI. 3,540,000 40 2,360,000
II. ACS GQ Facility Questionnaire CAPI—
Telephone and Personal Visit. CAPI GQFQ ................................................... 20,000 15 5,000
III. ACS GQ CAPI Personal Interview or Tele-
phone, and Paper Self-response. CAPI, ACS–1(GQ), ACS–1(GQ)(PR) ............ 170,000 25 70,833
IV. ACS Household Reinterview—CATI/CAPI ACS HU–RI .................................................... 43,200 10 7,200
V. ACS GQ-level Reinterview—CATI/CAPI .... ACS GQ–RI .................................................... 2,000 10 333
Totals ....................................................... ......................................................................... 3,775,200 N/A 2,443,366
Estimated Annualized Respondent Burden Hours.
Estimated Total Annual Cost to
Public: $0. (This is not the cost of
respondents’ time, but the indirect costs
respondents may incur for such things
as purchases of specialized software or
hardware needed to report, or
expenditures for accounting or records
maintenance services required
specifically by the collection.)
Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory.
Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C.
Section 141 and 193.
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
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