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Current Industrial Reports Surveys-WAVE II (Mandatory and Voluntary Submissions)

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Proposed collection; comment request.


The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).


Written comments must be submitted on or before April 9, 2001.


Direct all written comments to Madeleine Clayton, Departmental Forms Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6086, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

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Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to: Judy Dodds, Assistant Chief for Census and Related Programs, (301) 457-4587, Census Bureau, Manufacturing and Construction Division, Room 2101, Building #4, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the Internet at .

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I. Abstract

The Census Bureau conducts a series of monthly, quarterly, and annual surveys as part of the Current Industrial Reports (CIR) program. The CIR surveys Start Printed Page 9066deal mainly with the quantity and value of shipments of particular products and occasionally with data on production and inventories; unfilled orders, receipts, stocks and consumption; and comparative data on domestic production, exports, and imports of the products they cover. These surveys provide continuing and timely national statistical data on manufacturing. The results of these surveys are used extensively by individual firms, trade associations, and market analysts in planning or recommending marketing and legislative strategies.

The CIR program includes both mandatory and voluntary surveys. Typically, the monthly and quarterly surveys are conducted on a voluntary basis and annual collections are mandatory. The collection frequency of individual CIR surveys is determined by the cyclical nature of production, the need for frequent trade monitoring, or the use of data in Government economic indicator series. Some monthly and quarterly CIR surveys have an annual “counterpart” collection. The annual counterpart collects annual data on a mandatory basis from those firms not participating in the more frequent collection.

Due to the large number of surveys in the CIR program, for clearance purposes, the CIR surveys are divided into “waves.” There are three waves and each wave contains a voluntary and mandatory clearance package, making 6 separate clearances. Each year, one wave (2 clearance packages) is submitted for review. This year the Census Bureau plans to submit mandatory and voluntary surveys of Wave II for clearance. Due to budgetary reductions the Census Bureau has discontinued the following surveys in this wave: MA325A—“Inorganic Chemicals”, MA325B—“Fertilizer Materials”, MA325C—“Industrial Gases”, and MQ316A—“Footwear”. The surveys in Wave II are:

Mandatory surveysVoluntary surveys
M311J—Fats and Oils (Oilseed Crushings)*M327G—Glass Containers.
M311L—Fats and Oils (Renderers)*M331J—Inventories of Steel Producing Mills.
M313N—Cotton and Raw Linters in Public Storage*MQ311A—Flour Milling Products.
M313P—Consumption on the Cotton System and Stocks*MQ325A—Inorganic Chemicals.
MQ315A—Apparel*MQ325C—Industrial Gases.
MQ314X—Bed and Bath FurnishingsMQ325F—Paint and Allied Products.
MQ333W—Metalworking Machinery*MQ335C—Fluorescent Lamp Ballast.
MA313F—Yarn ProductionMA311D—Confectionery.
MA313K—Knit Fabric ProductionMA333N—Fluid Power Product.
MA314Q—Carpets and RugsMA335L—Electric Light Fixtures.
MA321T—Lumber Production and Mill Stocks*These voluntary surveys have mandatory annual counterparts.
MA325G—Pharmaceutical Preparations, except Biologicals
MA335J—Insulated Wire and Cable
MA333L—Internal Combustion Engines
MA333P—Pumps and Compressors
MA335E—Electric Housewares and Fans
MA334M—Consumer Electronics
MA334Q—Semiconductor, Printed Circuit Boards, and Other Electronic Components
MA334S—Electromedical and Irradiation Equipment .

II. Method of Collection

The Census Bureau will use mail out/mail back survey forms to collect data. We ask respondents to return monthly report forms within 10 days, quarterly report forms within 15 days, and annual report forms within 30 days of the initial mailing. Telephone calls and/or letters encouraging participation will be mailed to respondents who have not responded by the designated time.

III. Data

OMB Number: 0607-0395—Mandatory Surveys. 0607-0206—Voluntary & Annual Counterparts Surveys.

Form Number: See Chart Above.

Type of Review: Regular Review.

Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations.

Estimated Number of Respondents: Mandatory Surveys—11,652; Voluntary & Annual Counterparts Surveys—2,742; Total—14,394.

Estimated Time Per Response: Mandatory Surveys—1.4546 hrs. avg.; Voluntary & Annual Counterparts Surveys_1.386 hrs. avg.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: Mandatory Surveys—16,949 hours; Voluntary & Annual Counterparts Surveys—3,800 hours; Total—20,749 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Cost: The estimated cost to respondents for all the CIR reports in Wave II for fiscal year 2002 is $377,632.

Respondent's Obligation: The CIR program includes both mandatory and voluntary surveys.

Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Sections 61, 81, 182, 224, and 225.

IV. Request for Comments

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 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 record.

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Dated: February 1, 2001.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 01-3053 Filed 2-5-01; 8:45 am]