Federal Register: July 13, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 135)
DOCID: FR Doc 00-17721
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
ACTION: Agency information collection activities:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Proposed Collection; Comment Request.
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Wave 1 of the 2001 Panel
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 11, 2000.
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 or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 10413 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed collection; comment request,
The Census Bureau conducts the SIPP which is a householdbased
survey designed as a continuous series of national panels. New panels
are introduced every few years with each panel usually having durations
of 1 to 4 years. Respondents are interviewed at 4month intervals or
``waves'' over the life of the panel. The survey is molded around a
central ``core'' of labor force and income questions that remain fixed
throughout the life of the panel. The core is supplemented with
questions designed to address specific needs, such as obtaining
information on taxes, the ownership and contributions made to an
Individual Retirement Account, Keogh, and 401K plans, examining patterns in respondent work schedules, and child
care arrangements. These supplemental questions are included with the core and are referred to as ``topical modules.''
The SIPP represents a source of information for a wide variety of topics and allows information for separate topics to be integrated to form a single, unified database so that the interaction between tax, transfer, and other government and private policies can be examined. Government domesticpolicy formulators depend heavily upon the SIPP information concerning the distribution of income received directly as money or indirectly as inkind benefits and the effect of tax and transfer programs on this distribution. They also need improved and expanded data on the income and general economic and financial situation of the U.S. population. The SIPP has provided these kinds of data on a continuing basis since 1983 permitting levels of economic wellbeing and changes in these levels to be measured over time.
The 2001 panel is currently scheduled for three years and will include nine waves of interviewing beginning February 2001. Approximately 50,000 households will be selected for the 2001 panel, of which, 37,500 are expected to be interviewed. We estimate that each household will contain 2.1 persons, yielding 78,750 interviews in Wave 1 and subsequent waves. Interviews take 30 minutes on average. Two waves of interviewing will occur in the 2001 SIPP Panel during FY 2001. The total annual burden for 2001 Panel SIPP interviews would be 78,750 hours in FY 2001.
The topical modules for the 2001 Panel Wave 1 collect information about: Recipiency History Employment History Wave 1 interviews will be conducted from February 2001 through May 2001.
A 10minute reinterview of 2,500 persons is conducted at each wave to ensure accuracy of responses. Reinterviews would require an additional 835 burden hours in FY 2001.
An additional 1,050 burden hours is requested in order to continue the SIPP Methods Panel testing which will be conducted during the period of Wave 1 interviewing. The test targets SIPP Wave 1 items and sections that require thorough and rigorous testing in order to improve the quality of core data.
II. Method of Collection
The SIPP is designed as a continuing series of national panels of
interviewed households that are introduced every few years with each
panel having durations of 1 to 4 years. All household members 15 years
old or over are interviewed using regular proxyrespondent rules.
During the 2001 panel, respondents are interviewed a total of nine
times (nine waves) at 4month intervals making the SIPP a longitudinal
survey. Sample people (all household members present at the time of the
first interview) who move within the country and reasonably close to a
SIPP primary sampling unit will be followed and interviewed at their
new address. Individuals 15 years old or over who enter the household
after Wave 1 will be interviewed; however, if these individuals move,
they are not followed unless they happen to move along with a Wave 1 sample individual.
OMB Number: Not Available.
Form Number: SIPP/CAPI Automated Instrument.
Type of Review: Regular.
Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 78,750 persons per wave.
Estimated Time Per Response: 30 minutes per person on average.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 80,635.
Estimated Total Annual Cost: The only cost to respondents is their time.
Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
Legal Authority: Title 13, United States 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 or
included in the request for the Office of Management and Budget
approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.
Dated: July 10, 2000.
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 0017721 Filed 71200; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 351007P
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Judith H. Eargle, Census Bureau, FOB 3, Room 3379, Washington, DC 202330001, (301) 4573819.