Federal Register: December 27, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 247)
DOCID: fr27de07-22 FR Doc E7-24981
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions
DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before February 25, 2008.
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,
The U.S. Census Bureau plans to request a revision of the current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of the Survey of Housing Starts, Sales and Completions, also known as the Survey of Construction (SOC). The SOC collects monthly data on new residential construction from a sample of owners or builders. The Census Bureau uses the ComputerAssisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) electronic questionnaires SOCQI/SF.1 and SOCQI/MF.1 to collect data on start and completion dates of construction, physical characteristics of the structure (floor area, number of bathrooms, type of heating system, etc), and if applicable, date of sale, sales price, and type of financing. The SOC provides widely used measures of construction activity, including the economic indicators Housing Starts and Housing Completions, which are from the New Residential Construction series, and New Residential Sales.
The current clearance for this survey is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2009. We are rewriting the CAPI questionnaire software and are requesting approval to begin using the revised questionnaire in the field in early summer of 2008. The revised questionnaire will include about 5 new data items requested by data users. Other information which is no longer needed will be eliminated from the questionnaire. The overall length of the interview will not change.
Census samples about 1,850 new buildings each month (22,200) per
year. We inquire about the progress of each building multiple times
until it is completed (and a sales contract is signed, if it is a
singlefamily house that is built for sale). We conduct an average of
7.9 interviews for each building sampled. The total number of
interviews conducted each year is about 175,380. Each interview takes 5 minutes on
average. Therefore the total annual burden is 14,615 hours. II. Method of Collection
The Census Bureau uses its field representatives to collect the data.
OMB Control Number: 06070110.
Form Number: SOCQI/SF.1 and SOCQI/MF.1.
Type of Review: Regular submission.
Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for profit organizations.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 22,200.
Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,615.
Estimated Total Annual Cost: $0.
Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. 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: December 19, 2007.
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E724981 Filed 122607; 8:45 am]
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Erica Filipek, U.S. Census Bureau, MCD, CENHQ Room 7K181, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, telephone (301) 7635161 (or via the Internet at Erica.Mary.Filipek@census.gov).