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Date:Wed, 17 Jun 1998 11:46:04 -0400(EST)
From: TInews Announcement
To: tiannounce@tinet.ita.doc.gov
Subject: TInews: Comments Requested For In-flight Survey Program

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http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

6/16/98

Comments Requested For In-flight Survey Program

Contact: Tourism Industries office
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

Comments must be submitted by July 10, 1998 to comply with the review process set-up by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This Act tries to reduce the burden the government places upon the public for surveys conducted by federal agencies.

As a result, Tourism Industries is required to submit a statistical clearance package to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The package must be submitted to obtain permission to continue the program. If OMB decides the money provided by the Federal Government for the In-Flight Survey is not helping the tax payer, they terminate the program, thus reducing government survey burden on the public.

OMB uses the Federal Register to allow the public to comment on items it is reviewing. I know you all read the Federal Register, but just in case, below is information on how to find this notice and a summary of what you will be asked to provide comments on.

In the Federal Register: May 11, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 90)] [Under: Notices], [Page 25815-25816], [DOCID: fr11my98-30]. The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration issued a request for comments on the TI's In-Flight Survey. TI cannot conduct the In-Flight Survey program unless it obtains approval through this Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Clearance Process. The actual notice can be found on-line from the Federal Register Online via GPO Access web site at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html

Once you type in the address above, you will see the "National Archives and Records Administration - Federal Register Online via GPO Access." To see the actual notice you will need to complete the following steps:

1. In the Federal Register Volume, ensure the 1998 Federal Register is checked.
2. Under the "Federal Register Sections" check the "Notices" section.
3. Under "Issue Date" in the "Data Range: From and to: Enter 5/10/98 to: 5/12/98."
4. On the "Search Terms:" enter the following as seen, be sure to use the quotes: "International Trade Administration" AND Information Collection. Then submit the search.

When the search is completed you will find a reference to: [DOCID: fr11my98-30]. Click on the "Text" and you will have the actual OMB clearance notice for Tourism Industries In-Flight Survey.

Please review the information contained in the document. You will be asked to provide 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 shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden [[Page 25816]] (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 technology. 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.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 10, 1998. Do not send your comments to TI.

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

For more information on Tourism Industries In-Flight Survey, please visit our web site. You can find this information at: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/

Once you enter the TI website, click on the "Market Analysis" icon. Then, scroll down and click on the "Survey of International Air Travelers (In-Flight Survey) Program." Additional information related to the OMB clearance may also be found in the "Questionnaire" section. If you have any questions, please contact TI.

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Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1860 Washington, D.C. 20230 (202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887 e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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