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Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization

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ACTION:

Proposed collection; comment request.

SUMMARY:

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, Pub. L. 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES:

Written comments must be submitted on or before July 2, 2001.Start Printed Page 21738

ADDRESSES:

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

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Ron Taylor, Bureau of the Census, Room 2135 FOB-4, Washington, DC 20233, on (301) 457-4683.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

I. Abstract

The Census Bureau plans to extend the current OMB clearance for the Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization. The survey is conducted annually collecting data for fourth quarter operations. The survey collects, from manufacturing plants, the value of actual production and the value of production that could have been achieved if operating at “full production” and “emergency production” levels. The survey also collects data on work patterns by shift. These data include hours in operation, production workers, and plant hours worked. The resulting estimates are used in measuring inflationary pressures, capital flows, production indexes and analyzing and forecasting economic and industrial trends. The survey results are primarily used by the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Defense.

II. Method of Collection

The Census Bureau will use mail out/mail back survey forms to collect the data. Companies will be asked to respond within 30 days of the initial mailing. This due date will be imprinted at the top of the form. Letters encouraging participation will be mailed to companies that have not responded by the designated time.

III. Data

OMB Number: 0607-0175.

Form Number: MQ-C1.

Type of Review: Regular.

Affected Public: Manufacturing plants.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 17,000.

Estimated Time Per Response: 3 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 51,000.

Estimated Total Annual Cost: $806,820 (51,000 * $15.82).

Respondents Obligation: Mandatory.

Legal Authority: Title 13 US Code, Section 182.

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 through 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: April 26, 2001.

Madeleine Clayton,

Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 01-10775 Filed 4-30-01; 8:45 am]

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