[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 117 (Friday, June 19, 2009)]
[Pages 29166-29167]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-14479]



U.S. Census Bureau

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Census Coverage 
Measurement Person Interview and Reinterview Operations

AGENCY: U.S. Census Bureau.

ACTION: Notice.


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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 

DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on 
or before August 18, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at [email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Gia F Donnalley, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver 
Hill Road, Room 4K067, Washington, DC 20233, 301-763-4370 (or via the 
Internet at [email protected]).


I. Abstract

    The 2010 Census Coverage Measurement (CCM) Person Interview and 
Reinterview Operations will be conducted in the U.S. (excluding remote 
Alaska) and in Puerto Rico in select CCM sampled areas. The primary 
sampling unit is a block cluster, which consists of one or more 
geographically contiguous census blocks. As in the past, the CCM 
operations and activities will be conducted independent of and not 
influence the 2010 Census operations.
    CCM will be conducted to provide estimates of both net coverage 
error and coverage error components for omissions and erroneous 
enumerations for housing units and persons in housing units (see 
Definition of Terms) in order to gather information necessary to 
improve future censuses. The data collection and matching methodologies 
for previous coverage measurement programs were designed only to 
measure net coverage error, which measures the net difference between 
omissions and erroneous enumerations.
    The 2010 CCM sample is a multi-phase probability sample of housing 
units comprising a number of distinct processes, ranging from forming 
block clusters, selecting the block clusters where the CCM survey will 
be conducted, to eventually selecting addresses for interviewing. Two 
samples will be selected to measure census coverage of housing units 
and household population: The population sample or P Sample; and the 
enumeration sample or E sample. These two samples have traditionally 
defined the samples for dual system estimation, a statistical technique 
for measuring net coverage error. The P Sample is a sample of housing 
units and persons obtained and independently enumerated from the census 
for a sample of block clusters, while the E Sample is a sample of 
census housing units and enumerations in the same block clusters as the 
P sample.
    The independent list of housing units is obtained during the CCM 
Independent Listing Operation, the results of which will be matched to 
census housing units in the sample block clusters and surrounding 
blocks. After the CCM Independent Listing and matching operations have 
taken place, some cases with discrepancies between the CCM Independent 
Listing and the Census will be identified to receive the CCM Housing 
Unit Followup interview. The results of this interview will again be 
matched to the list of census housing units. The results of the housing 
unit matching operations will be used to determine which CCM and Census 
addresses will be eligible to go to the CCM Person Interview (PI) 
Operation. After data collected from the CCM PI is matched to data 
collected by the Census, some cases with discrepancies between the CCM 
PI and Census will be sent for another CCM interview called the CCM 
Person Followup Operation. A separate Federal Register Notice has 
already been issued for the CCM Independent Listing and CCM Housing 
Unit Followup operations. A Federal Register Notice will be issued 
later for the CCM Person Followup Operation.
    For each sample block cluster, we will conduct a CCM PI for 
selected housing units. During CCM PI, interviewers will

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use a computer-assisted data collection instrument on a laptop to 
obtain information about the current residents of the sample housing 
unit including those who may have moved into the selected housing unit 
since Census Day (April 1, 2010). The interviewer will also attempt to 
collect data on certain persons who moved out of the sample housing 
unit between Census Day and the CCM PI interview. We will include 
nonmatched Census addresses in the CCM PI so we can ascertain their 
Census enumeration status earlier than if they were included in the 
Person Followup operation that is conducted later in the CCM 
    The CCM PI operation will collect the information listed below only 
for persons in housing units (PI is not conducted in businesses or 
Group Quarters). The automated CCM PI instrument will collect the 
following information for the housing units included in this operation:
    1. Roster of people living at the housing unit at the time of the 
CCM PI Interview.
    2. Census Day address information for people who moved into the 
sample address since Census Day.
    3. Other addresses where a person may have been counted on Census 
    4. Information to determine where each person should be counted on 
Census Day (according to Census residence rules). For example, 
interviewers will probe for persons who might have been left off the 
household roster; ask additional questions about persons who moved from 
another address on Census Day to the sample address; collect additional 
information for persons with multiple addresses.
    5. Demographic information for each person in the household on 
Interview Day or Census Day, including name, date of birth, age, 
Hispanic Origin, race, and relationship.
    6. Name and above information for any person who has moved out of 
the sample address since Census Day (if known).
The CCM Person Interview Reinterview (PI RI) is a quality control 
operation that will be conducted on 10 percent of the PI cases. The 
purpose of the PI RI is to confirm that the CCM PI interviewer 
conducted a CCM PI interview with a household member or a proxy 
respondent and to conduct the complete CCM PI interview as needed if 
the original interview seems questionable.

II. Method of Collection

    The CCM Person Interview and Reinterview operations will be 
conducted using a computer-assisted data collection instrument on a 
laptop. The CCM PI will be conducted through personal interviews while 
the CCM PI RI will be conducted by telephone and person interviews. The 
CCM PI and PI RI operations will occur starting August 14, 2010 through 
October 9, 2010.

Definition of Terms

    Components of Coverage Error--The two components of census coverage 
error are census omissions (missed persons or housing units) and 
erroneous enumerations (persons or housing units enumerated in the 
census that should not have been). Examples of erroneous enumerations 
are persons or housing units enumerated in the census that should not 
have been enumerated at all, persons or housing units enumerated in an 
incorrect location, and persons or housing units enumerated more than 
once (duplicates).
    Net Coverage Error--Net Coverage Error is a measure of the 
difference between census omissions and erroneous enumerations. A 
positive net error indicates an undercount, while a negative net error 
indicates an overcount.
    For more information about the Census 2010 Coverage Measurement 
Program, please visit the following page of the Census Bureau's Web 
site: http://www.census.gov/cac/www/pdf/coverage-measurement-program.pdf.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 362,250 sample addresses for PI 
and 36,225 sample addresses for PI RI.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 99,619 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: No cost to the respondents except for 
their time to respond.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193, and 221.

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 
    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: June 16, 2009.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E9-14479 Filed 6-18-09; 8:45 am]