Federal Register: November 21, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 224)
DOCID: FR Doc E6-19671
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
DOCUMENT ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.
Construction Progress Reporting Surveys (CPRS)
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 22, 2007.
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 10413 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Agency information collection activities; proposals, submissions, and approvals,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Requests for additional information or
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions
should be directed to Michael Davis, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 2125,
The Census Bureau plans to request a three year extension of a currently approved collection for forms C700, Private Construction Projects; C700(R), Multifamily Residential Projects; and C700(SL), State and Local Government Projects. These forms are used to conduct the Construction Progress Reporting Surveys (CPRS) to collect information on the dollar value of construction put in place on building projects under construction by private companies or individuals, private multifamily residential buildings, and on building projects under construction by state and local governments.
The Census Bureau is the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. Economic data are the Census Bureau's primary program commitment during nondecennial census years. The Form C700, Private Construction Projects collects construction put in place data for nonresidential projects owned by private companies or individuals. The Form C700(R), Multifamily Residential Projects collects construction put in place data for private multifamily residential buildings. Form C700(SL), State and Local Government Projects, collects construction put in place data for state and local government projects.
The Census Bureau uses the information from these surveys to publish the value of construction put in place series. Published estimates are used by a variety of private business and trade associations to estimate the demand for building materials and to schedule production, distribution, and sales efforts. They also provide various governmental agencies with a tool to evaluate economic policy and to measure progress towards established goals. For example, Bureau of Economic Analysis staff use data to develop the construction components of gross private domestic investment in the gross domestic product. The Federal Reserve Board and the Department of Treasury use the value in place data to predict the gross domestic product, which is presented to the Board of Governors and has an impact on monetary policy.
II. Method of Collection
An independent systematic sample of projects is selected each month
according to predetermined sampling rates. Once a project is selected
it remains in the sample until completion of the project. Preprinted
forms are mailed monthly to respondents to fill in current month data
and any revisions to previous months. Some respondents are later called
by a Census Bureau interviewer and report the data over the phone. We
use a computerassisted interview process identified as Call Scheduler.
This is part of a database system that not only alerts the Census
interviewer to call a respondent at a predetermined date and time, but
also allows them to enter responses online at which time the data are
electronically edited for accuracy and consistency. Having the
information available from a database at the time of the interview
greatly helps reduce the time respondents spend on the phone. III. Data
OMB Number: 06070153.
Form Number: C700, C700(R), C700(SL).
Type of Review: Regular submission.
Affected Public: Individuals, Businesses or Other for Profit, Not
forProfit Institutions, Small Businesses or Organizations, and State or Local Governments.
Estimated Number of Respondents:
C700 = 8,500.
C700(R) = 2,500.
C700(SL) = 8,500.
TOTAL = 19,500.
Estimated Time Per Response: 15 minutes per month.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours:
C700 = 25,500.
C700(R) = 7,500.
C700(SL) = 25,500.
TOTAL = 58,500.
Estimated Total Annual Cost: 3.8 million.
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 and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.
Dated: November 16, 2006.
Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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