Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

DOC has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

Agency:U.S. Census Bureau.

Title:2001 Panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation, Wave 5 Topical Modules.

Form Number(s):SIPP 21505(L) Director's Letter; SIPP/CAPI Automated Instrument; SIPP 21003 Reminder Card.

Agency Approval Number:0607-0875.

Type of Request:Revision of a currently approved collection.

Burden:121,478 hours.

Number of Respondents:78,750.

Avg Hours Per Response:30 minutes.

Needs and Uses:The U.S. Census Bureau requests authorization from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct the Wave 5 Topical Module interview for the 2001 Panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). We also request approval for a few replacement questions in the reinterview instrument. The core SIPP instrument, and reinterview instrument were cleared previously. The reinterview instrument will be used for quality control purposes. We are also seeking continued clearance for the SIPP Methods Panel instrument field testing to be conducted in October and November 2001 and July and August 2002. The test targets SIPP Wave 1 items and sections that require thorough and rigorous testing in order to improve the quality of core data. The experiment is conducted under the

direction of the Methods Panel Team, which is committed to delivering an improved and less burdensome instrument for use in the 2004 SIPP Panel.

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 3 to 4 years. The 2001 SIPP Panel is scheduled for three years and will include nine waves beginning February 1, 2001.

The survey is molded around a central "core" of labor force and income questions that remain fixed throughout the life of a panel. The core is supplemented with questions designed to answer specific needs. These supplemental questions are included with the core and are referred to as "topical modules." The topical modules for the 2001 Panel Wave 5 are School Enrollment and Financing, Child Support Agreements, Support for Nonhousehold Members, Functional Limitations and Disability for Adults and Children, and Employer Provided Health Benefits. Wave 5 interviews will be conducted from June through September 2002.

Data provided by the SIPP are being used by economic policymakers, the Congress, state and local governments, and Federal agencies that administer social welfare or transfer payment programs, such as the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. 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 and unified database so that the interaction between tax, transfer, and other government and private policies can be examined. Government domestic policy formulators depend heavily upon the SIPP information concerning the distribution of income received directly as money or indirectly as in-kind 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 well-being and changes in these levels to be measured over time.

Affected Public:Individuals or households.

Frequency:Every 4 months.

Respondent's Obligation:Voluntary.

Legal Authority:Title 13 U.S.C., Section 182.

OMB Desk Officer:Susan Schechter, (202) 395-5103.

Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Madeleine Clayton, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482-3129, Department of Commerce, room 6086, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to Susan Schechter, OMB Desk Officer, room 10201, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

Dated: February 15, 2002. Madeleine Clayton, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.