Proposed Collection, Comment Request
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Citation: "79 FR 38071"
DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the Addresses section of this notice on or before
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The Consumer Expenditure (CE) Surveys collect data on consumer expenditures, demographic information, and related data needed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and other public and private data users. The continuing surveys provide a constant measurement of changes in consumer expenditure patterns for economic analysis and to obtain data for future CPI revisions. The CE Surveys have been ongoing since 1979.
The data from the CE Surveys are used (1) for CPI revisions, (2) to provide a continuous flow of data on income and expenditure patterns for use in economic analysis and policy formulation, and (3) to provide a flexible consumer survey vehicle that is available for use by other Federal Government agencies. Public and private users of price statistics, including
The Diary (or recordkeeping) Survey is completed at home by the respondent family for two consecutive one-week periods. The primary objective of the
II. Current Action
Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the proposed revision of the Consumer Expenditure Surveys: The Quarterly Interview and the Diary.
Every ten years the CE survey updates its sample of primary sampling units (PSUs) based on the latest decennial census in order to make sure its sample accurately reflects the latest geographic shifts in the American population. The 2015 sample design implements new geography for CE. This involves dropping PSUs, adding PSUs, and dropping and adding counties within existing PSUs.
Beginning in 2015, the first wave bounding interview of the
Additionally, to keep the survey current and to fulfill the requirements of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), question wording of some items was simplified, some items were deleted, and other items were added. In the Interview instrument, those change are as follows: (1) New screeners including a business expense screener that will screen out households who do not have any business expenses from the business expense questions and a detailed phone bill screener that will screen out breakout questions for TV, Internet, etc., when a bill is not available; (2) questions added on
In the 2015 Diary CAPI instrument, questions on regular grocery expenses and expenses for food from places other than a grocery store were reworded to match Interview.
A full list of the proposed changes to the
In addition, the Consumer Expenditure program is planning several tests over the next several years in an effort to improve the CE surveys in the areas of both data quality and respondent burden.
III. Desired Focus of Comments
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in comments that:
* Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility.
* Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
* Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
* Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.
Type of Review: Revision, of a currently approved collection.
Title: The Consumer Expenditure Surveys: The Quarterly Interview and the Diary.
OMB Number: 1220-0050.
Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
Total Response Burden for the Quarterly Interview and Diary Surveys CEQ- CEQ- CED-diary Total Total interview interview (2015) (after 2015 (after 2015) 2015) Number of 32,895 32,447 36,895 69,790 69,342 responses Total burden 27,708 27,332 33,599 61,307 60,931 hours
Total Burden Cost (capital/startup):
Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance):
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for
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