helping to ensure that all Americans are able to participate in the new Information Age.

H. C. Covington (
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 18:17:12 -0500

[Federal Register: June 3, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 106)]
[Page 30181-30182]
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Current Population Survey (CPS) Computer Use Supplement

ACTION: Proposed Collection; Comment Request.


SUMMARY: 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, Pub. L. 104-13 (44 U.S.C.

DATES: Submit written comments on or before August 3, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Linda Engelmeier,
Departmental Forms Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room
5327, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions
should be directed to Tim Marshall, Bureau of the Census, FOB 3, Room
3340, Washington, DC 20233-8400, (301) 457-3806.


I. Abstract

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA) is requesting clearance for the collection of data concerning
the Computer Use Supplement to be conducted in conjunction with the
December 1998 CPS, which is administered by the Bureau of the Census.
Title 13, United States Code, Section 182; and Title 29 United States
Code, Sections 1-9, authorize the collection of CPS information.
    NTIA is the principal adviser to the President, Vice President, and
Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international communications and
information issues. This information is required to provide an
objective and sound empirical basis for developing policies with
respect to one of the NTIA's highest priorities: helping to ensure that
all Americans are able to participate in the new Information Age.

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    This survey will provide a source of national and other geographic
data on the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of
Internet users and non-users. The development of statistical profiles
of disadvantaged groups and specific geographic areas will permit
public-private partnerships target assistance to those that are most in
need. It will provide information on where users access the Internet
(at home, work, school or other facility), the features used, and the
reasons for non-use of the Internet.

II. Method of Collection

    The computer use information will be collected by both personal
visits and telephone interviews in conjunction with the regular
December CPS interviewing. All interviews are conducted using computer-
assisted interviewing.

III. Data

    OMB Number: Not Applicable.
    Form Number: There are no forms. We conduct all interviews on
    Type of Review: Regular Submission.
    Affected Public: Households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 48,000.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 8 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 6,400.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: The only cost to respondents is that
of their time to answer the CPS questions.
    Respondents' Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Section 182; and Title 29 U.S.C.,
Sections 1-9.

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
collecting the information on respondents, including through the use of
automated collection techniques or other forms of information
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information
collection and will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: May 27, 1998.
Linda Engelmeier,
Department Forms Clearance Officer, Office of Management and
[FR Doc. 98-14603 Filed 6-2-98; 8:45 am]