Request for Comment; Notice of Development of Puerto Rico Gross Domestic Product Statistics

 
CONTENT
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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, Department of
Commerce.
[FR Doc. 2020–21752 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510–BP–P
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Office of the Secretary
Agency Information Collection
Activities; Submission to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for
Review and Approval; Comment
Request; Reporting Process for
Complaint of Employment
Discrimination Based on Sexual
Orientation Against the Department of
Commerce
AGENCY
: Office of Civil Rights, Office of
the Secretary, Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice of information collection,
request for comment.
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.
DATES
: To ensure consideration,
comments regarding this proposed
information collection must be received
on or before November 30, 2020.
ADDRESSES
: Interested persons are
invited to submit comments by email to
PRAcomments@doc.gov. Please
reference OMB Control Number 0694–
0024 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 Paul
Redpath, Office of Civil Rights, Chief,
Program Implementation Division,
phone (202) 482–2627 or by email at
predpath@doc.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
I. Abstract
Pursuant to Executive Order 11478
and Department of Commerce
Administrative Order (DAO) 215–11, an
employee or applicant for employment
with the Department of Commerce who
alleges that he or she has been subjected
to discriminatory treatment based on
sexual orientation by the Department of
Commerce or one of its sub-agencies,
must submit a signed statement that is
sufficiently precise to identify the
actions or practices that form the basis
of the complaint.
The complainant is also required to
provide an address and telephone
number where the complainant or his or
her representative may be contacted.
Through use of the standardized form
(CD–545), the Office of Civil Rights
proposes to collect the information
required by the Executive Order and
DAO in a uniform manner that will
increase the efficiency of complaint
processing and trend analyses of
complaint activity.
II. Method of Collection
A paper form, signed by the
complainant or his/her designated
representative, must be submitted by
mail or delivery service, in person, or by
facsimile transmission.
III. Data
OMB Control Number: 0690–0024.
Form Number: CD–545.
Type of Review: Regular submission
(extension of a currently approved
information collection).
Affected Public: Federal Government.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 2.
Estimated Time per Response: 30
minutes.
Estimated Total Annual Burden
Hours: 1.
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. 2020–21724 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510–BP–P
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Bureau of Economic Analysis
RIN 0691–XC114
Request for Comment; Notice of
Development of Puerto Rico Gross
Domestic Product Statistics
AGENCY
: Bureau of Economic Analysis,
Department of Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice; request for comments.
SUMMARY
: The Bureau of Economic
Analysis (BEA) is soliciting comments
from the public on its new prototype
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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.
DATES
: Comments must be received no
later than November 2, 2020.
ADDRESSES
: You may submit comments
by the following methods:
Email: territories@bea.gov.
Mail: Sabrina Montes, Office of the
Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis,
Department of Commerce, 4600 Silver
Hill Road (BE–40), Washington, DC
20233.
Comments sent by any other method
or after the comment period may not be
considered. All comments are a part of
the public record.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Sabrina Montes, Office of the Director,
Bureau of Economic Analysis,
Department of Commerce, 4600 Silver
Hill Road (BE–40), Washington, DC
20233; phone: (301) 278–9268 or email
Sabrina.Montes@bea.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: In 2018,
BEA initiated a project to calculate GDP
for Puerto Rico in order to support
Puerto Rico’s economic recovery
following devastating hurricanes in
2017. This project follows technical
collaborations between BEA and the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico dating
back to 2010. The project also addresses
recommendations from the
Congressional Task Force on Economic
Growth in Puerto Rico and Government
Accountability Office that BEA calculate
GDP for Puerto Rico.
The present project—a collaborative
effort between the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico and BEA—combines the
best available Puerto Rico economic
data with BEA’s current national
economic accounting methodologies.
The project seeks to produce accurate
and objective economic statistics for
Puerto Rico comparable to data for other
U.S. territories, states, and the nation.
Prototype statistics of GDP and its
components for 2012–2018 were
published on September 28, 2020.
Methodologies incorporated in the
statistics included:
Using chain-type Fisher indexes to
calculate changes in aggregate output
and prices;
expanding the use of economic
census data from the U.S. Census
Bureau;
treating expenditures on intangible
assets as investment to allow users to
understand how these intangible assets
drive economic growth; and
adjusting for inflation at a high
level of detail to ensure that the selected
price indexes reflect the mix of goods
and services produced by the Puerto
Rico economy.
BEA is now seeking feedback on these
new statistics. BEA will consider this
feedback as it continues to refine source
data, methodology, and data
presentations in preparation for routine
production of these data.
BEA invites all comments from the
public; private industry; state, local, and
territorial governments; non-profit
organizations; and other interested
parties to assist in improving the
prototype statistics. In particular, BEA is
interested in feedback regarding the
following (with the understanding that
BEA will accept and consider all
feedback on its new Puerto Rico GDP
statistics):
1. How will the statistics on Puerto
Rico GDP and its components be used?
2. Given that the statistics are on a
calendar year basis, what time of the
year should they be published to
maximize their usefulness in planning
and for other uses?
3. Are the components in the
prototype GDP statistics consistent with
the data and local information that are
available elsewhere on Puerto Rico? If
not, please describe the differences.
4. Do you have any feedback about the
methodology used to create the
prototype Puerto Rico GDP statistics
described in the Summary of
Methodologies: Puerto Rico Gross
Domestic Product (September 2020)
(available at BEA.gov)?
5. Are there additional or alternative
data sources that you believe could be
used to generate and corroborate these
statistics beyond those described in the
Summary of Methodologies: Puerto Rico
Gross Domestic Product (September
2020) (available at BEA.gov)?
6. Which would be more useful: Less-
detailed product breakdowns, which
will result in fewer data suppressions to
protect confidentiality, or more-detailed
product breakdowns, with the necessary
suppressions?
7. BEA is aware that stakeholders may
be interested in statistics not included
in the present release, such as quarterly
measures, GDP by industry, and GNP.
What extensions to BEA’s Puerto Rico
GDP statistics would be useful and
why?
Sabrina Montes,
Economist, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2020–21654 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510–06–P
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Economic Development Administration
Notice of Petitions by Firms for
Determination of Eligibility To Apply
for Trade Adjustment Assistance
AGENCY
: Economic Development
Administration, U.S. Department of
Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice and opportunity for
public comment.
SUMMARY
: The Economic Development
Administration (EDA) has received
petitions for certification of eligibility to
apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
from the firms listed below.
Accordingly, EDA has initiated
investigations to determine whether
increased imports into the United States
of articles like or directly competitive
with those produced by each of the
firms contributed importantly to the
total or partial separation of the firms’
workers, or threat thereof, and to a
decrease in sales or production of each
petitioning firm.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
L
IST OF
P
ETITIONS
R
ECEIVED BY
EDA
FOR
C
ERTIFICATION OF
E
LIGIBILITY
T
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PPLY FOR
T
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DJUSTMENT
A
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[9/19/2020 through 9/24/2020]
Firm name Firm address Date accepted for investigation Product(s)
George B. Woodcock & Company,
Inc. 9667 Canoga Avenue,
Chatsworth, CA 91311. 9/21/2020 ...................................... The firm manufactures shipping
containers and packaging sup-
plies.
New Dimensions Precision Ma-
chining, LLC. 6614 South Union Road, Union,
IL 60180. 9/22/2020 ...................................... The firm manufactures miscella-
neous metal parts.
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