[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 114 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018)]
[Page 27543]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12694]



National Institute of Standards and Technology

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Generic Clearance for 
Usability Data Collections

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 13, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Maureen O'Reilly, Management Analyst, NIST, 100 Bureau 
Drive, MS 1710, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1710, telephone 301-975-3189, or 
via email to maureen.oreilly@nist.gov.


I. Abstract

    In accordance with the Executive Order 12862, the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency 
of the Department of Commerce, proposes to conduct a number of data 
collection efforts--both quantitative and qualitative. The data 
collections will be designed to determine requirements and evaluate the 
usability and utility of NIST research for measurement and 
standardization work. These data collections efforts may include, but 
may not be limited to electronic methodologies, empirical studies, 
video and audio collections, interviews, and questionnaires. For 
example, data collection efforts may include the cryptography software 
survey and the password generation study. NIST will limit its inquiries 
to data collections that solicit strictly voluntary opinions or 
responses. NIST will not conduct individual data collections under this 
generic clearance that are mandatory, required, or regulated. The data 
collected will be used to guide NIST research. NIST will take steps to 
ensure anonymity of respondents in each activity covered under this 

II. Method of Collection

    NIST will collect this information by electronic means when 
possible, as well as by mail, fax, telephone and person-to-person 
interviews. If an information collection is conducted in person, NIST 
will provide the respondent with a paper copy of the collection 
instrument that displays the ``notwithstanding statement'', OMB Control 
# and current Expiration date.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0693-0043.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Revision and extension of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households, State, local or tribal 
government, Federal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 15,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: Varied, dependent upon the data 
collection method used. The estimated response time to complete a 
questionnaire is 15 minutes or 2 hours to participate in an empirical 
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 15,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

    NIST invites comments on: (a) 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; (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.

Sheleen Dumas,
Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-12694 Filed 6-12-18; 8:45 am]