Agency information collection activities: Submission for OMB review; comment request,


[Federal Register: November 16, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 220)]


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Submission For OMB Review; Comment Request

DOC has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

Agency: U.S. Census Bureau.

Title: Census 2000, Evaluation of the Facility Questionnaire.

Form Number(s): None.

Agency Approval Number: None.

Type of Request: New collection.

Burden: 220 hours.

Number of Respondents: 1,000.

Avg Hours Per Response: 12 minutes.

Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau must provide everyone in the United States and Outlying Areas the opportunity to be counted in Census 2000 as well as making sure that persons are counted in the appropriate places such as places defined as special Places (SP). SPs include such places as colleges and universities, nursing homes, halfway houses, and correctional facilities. The Census 2000 Special Place Facility Questionnaire is an operation in which updated information is gathered from operators of SPs on the group quarters (GQs) and housing units located at the SP and GQ codes are assigned. The GQ code is a critical component to correctly tabulating census data for different types of GQs. Interviews are conducted either by telephone using Computer-assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) or by personal visit. This operation, cleared previously by the Office of Management and Budget under approval number 0607-0786, began in October 1998 and will conclude in July 1999.

To evaluate this operation, the Census Bureau is proposing to conduct a follow-up operation of 1,000 cases. The reinterview will be conducted via personal visits administered by specially trained interviewers using a paper questionnaire that has been modified from the production questionnaire. The information collected during the reinterviews will concern the types of services the facility provides, the number of persons that reside within the facility, and what types of GQs are associated with the facility. All information collected will be pertinent to verifying the accuracy of the GQ code.

We will use these data to determine: (1) How well the facility questionnaire performed by assessing the frequency with which the GQ code was different between the production interview and reinterview, (2) whether or not there was a significant difference in the occurrence of GQ code change by special place type, and (3) whether or not CATI versus personal visit increased data quality by computing item nonresponse rates. The evaluation interviews will be conducted in six regions during January 2000.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Frequency: One-time.

Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 141 and 193.

OMB Desk Officer: Susan Schechter, (202) 395-5103.

Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Linda Engelmeier, DOC Forms Clearance Officer, (202) 482-3272, Department of Commerce, room 5027, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

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Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to Susan Schechter, OMB Desk Officer, room 10201, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

Dated: November 10, 1999. Linda Engelmeier, Departmental Forms Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

[FR Doc. 99-29873Filed11-15-99; 8:45 am]