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Annual Surveys in the Manufacturing Area

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AGENCY:

Bureau of the Census, Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of determination.

SUMMARY:

The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is conducting the 2006 Annual Surveys in the Manufacturing Area. The 2006 Annual Surveys consist of the Current Industrial Reports surveys, the Annual Survey of Manufactures, the Survey of Industrial Research and Development, the Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization, and the Survey of Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures. We have determined that annual data collected from these surveys are needed to aid the efficient performance of essential governmental functions and have significant application to the needs of the public and industry. The data derived from these surveys, most of which have been conducted for many years, are not publicly available from non-governmental or other governmental sources.

ADDRESSES:

The Census Bureau will furnish report forms to organizations included in the survey. Additional copies are available upon written request to the Director, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233-0101.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Thomas E. Zabelsky, Chief, Manufacturing and Construction Division, at (301) 763-4598.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Census Bureau may conduct surveys necessary to furnish current data on the subjects covered by the major censuses, as authorized by Title 13, United States Code, Sections 61, 81, 131, 182, 193, 224, and 225.

These surveys will provide continuing and timely national statistical data on manufacturing for the period between economic censuses. The next economic censuses will be conducted for the year 2007. The data collected in these surveys will be within the general scope and nature of those inquiries covered in the economic censuses.

Current Industrial Reports

Most of the following commodity or product surveys provide data on shipments or production, stocks, unfilled orders, orders booked, consumption, etc. Reports will be required of all, or a sample of, establishments engaged in the production of the items covered by the following list of surveys:

Survey Title

MA314QCarpets and Rugs.
MA321TLumber Production and Mill Stocks.
MA325FPaint and Allied Products.
MA325GPharmaceutical Preparations, except Biologicals.
MA327CRefractories.
MA327EConsumer, Scientific, Technical, and Industrial Glassware.
MA331BSteel Mill Products.
MA332QAntifriction Bearings.
MA333AFarm Machinery and Lawn and Garden Equipment.
MA333DConstruction Machinery.
MA333FMining Machinery and Mineral Processing Equipment.
MA333MRefrigeration, Air-conditioning, and Warm Air Equipment.
MA333PPumps and Compressors.
MA334AElectromedical Equipment and Analytical Instruments.
MA334CControl Instruments.
MA334DDefense, Navigational and Aerospace Electronics.
MA334MConsumer Electronics.
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MA334QSemiconductors, Electronic Components, and Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment.
MA334TMeters and Test Devices.
MA335EElectric Housewares and Fans.
MA335FMajor Household Appliances.
MA335JInsulated Wire and Cable.
MA335KWiring Devices and Supplies.

The following list of surveys represent annual counterparts of monthly and quarterly surveys and will cover only those establishments that are not canvassed, or do not report, in the more frequent surveys. Accordingly, there will be no duplication in reporting. The content of these annual reports (listed below) will be identical with that of the monthly and quarterly reports:

Survey Title

M311HAnimal and Vegetable Fats and Oils (Stocks).
M311JOilseeds, Beans, and Nuts (Primary Producers).
M311LFats and Oils (Renderers).
M311MAnimal and Vegetable Fats and Oils (Consumption and Stocks).
M311NAnimal and Vegetable Fats and Oils (Production, Consumption, and Stock).
M313PConsumption on the Cotton System.
M313NCotton and Raw Linters in Public Storage.
M327GGlass Containers.
M336GCivil Aircraft and Aircraft Engines.
MQ311AFlour Milling Products.
MQ313ATextiles.
MQ315AApparel.
MQ315BSocks.
MQ325AInorganic Chemicals.
MQ325BFertilizer Materials.
MQ327DClay Construction Products.
MQ333WMetalworking Machinery.
MQ334PTelecommunications.
MQ334RComputers and Peripheral Equipment.
MQ335CFluorescent Lamp Ballasts.

Annual Survey of Manufactures

The Annual Survey of Manufactures collects industry statistics, such as total value of shipments, employment, payroll, workers' hours, capital expenditures, cost of materials consumed, supplemental labor costs, and so forth. This survey, conducted on a sample basis, covers all manufacturing industries, including data on plants under construction but not yet in operation.

Survey of Industrial Research and Development

The Survey of Industrial Research and Development measures spending on research and development activities in private U.S. businesses. The Census Bureau collects and compiles this information in accordance with a joint project agreement between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Census Bureau. The NSF publishes the results in its publication series. Five data items in the survey provide interim statistics to those collected in the Census Bureau's economic censuses. These items (total company sales, total employment, total expenditures for research and development conducted within the company, federally-funded expenditures for research and development conducted within the company, and total expenditures and federally-funded expenditures for research and development within the company by state) are collected on a mandatory basis under the authority of Title 13, United States Code. Responses to all other data collected are voluntary.

Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization

The Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization is designed to measure the use of industrial capacity. The survey collects information on actual output and estimates of potential output in terms of value of production. These data are the basis for calculating rates of utilization of full production capability and use of production capability under national emergency conditions.

Survey of Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures

Under a joint project agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Survey of Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures is designed to collect from establishments in manufacturing, mining, and electric utilities industries the total expenditures by industry and geographic area to abate pollutant emissions. The survey covers current operating costs and capital expenditures to abate air and water pollution and solid waste. The survey also obtains the costs recovered from abatement activities.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) unless that collection of information displays a current, valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. In accordance with the PRA, 44 U.S.C., Chapter 35, the OMB approved the 2006 Annual Surveys under the following OMB control numbers: Current Industrial Reports—0607-0392, 0607-0395, and 0607-0476; Annual Survey of Manufactures—0607-0449; Survey of Industrial Research and Development—0607-0912; Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization—0607-0175, and Survey of Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures—0607-0176.

Based upon the foregoing, I have directed that the Annual Surveys in the Manufacturing Area be conducted for the purpose of collecting these data.

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Dated: December 5, 2006.

Charles Louis Kincannon,

Director, Bureau of the Census.

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[FR Doc. E6-20870 Filed 12-7-06; 8:45 am]

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