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The Department of Commerce (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: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Commerce.

Title: Quarterly Survey of Transactions Between U.S. and Unaffiliated Foreign Persons in Selected Services and in Intangible Assets.

Form Number(s): BE-25.

Agency Approval Number: 0608-0067.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Burden: 35,200 hours.

Number of Respondents: 550 per quarter, 2,200 annually.

Average Hours Per Response: 16 hours.

Needs and Uses: The BE-25, Quarterly Survey of Transactions Between U.S. and Unaffiliated Foreign Persons in Selected Services and in Intangible Assets, obtains quarterly data from companies that have receipts from or payments to unaffiliated foreign persons in any of the types of transactions covered by the survey. The data are needed to monitor trade in services and in intangible assets, analyze its impact on the U.S. and foreign economies, compile and improve the U.S. economic accounts, support U.S. commercial policy on services and intangible assets, conduct trade promotion, and improve the ability of U.S. businesses to identify and evaluate market opportunities.

The data from the surveys are primarily intended as general purpose statistics. They are needed to answer any number of research and policy questions related to cross-border trade in services.

Affected Public: U.S. businesses, state and local governments, non-profit institutions or other for-profit institutions.

Frequency: Quarterly.

Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

Legal Authority: International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act (Pub. L. 94-472, 22 U.S.C. 3101-3108).

OMB Desk Officer: Paul Bugg, (202) 395-3093.

You may obtain copies of the above information collection proposal by writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Office of Start Printed Page 35610the Chief Information Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, or e-mail

Send comments on the proposed information collection within 30 days of publication of this notice to the Office of Management and Budget, O.I.R.A., Attention PRA Desk Officer for BEA, e-mail, or by FAX at 202-395-7245.

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Dated: June 15, 2006

Madeleine Clayton,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. E6-9687 Filed 6-20-06; 8:45 am]