[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 13 (Thursday, January 21, 2016)]
[Pages 3481-3482]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01136]



National Endowment for the Arts; Agency Information Collection 
Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; 2017 Survey of Public 
Participation in the Arts

AGENCY: National Endowment for the Arts, National Foundation on the 
Arts and the Humanities.

ACTION: Proposed collection; comments request.


SUMMARY: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as part of its 
continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a

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preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and 
Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or 
continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(A)]. This program 
helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired 
format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, 
collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of 
collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. 
Currently, the NEA is soliciting comments concerning the proposed 
information collection on arts participation in the U.S: Clearance 
Request for NEA 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Copies 
of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained 
by visiting www.Reginfo.gov.

DATES: Comments should be sent to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the National Endowment 
for the Arts, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, 
DC 20503 202/395-7316, within 30 days from the date of this publication 
in the Federal Register.
    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is particularly 
interested in comments which:
     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; and
     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.
    Agency: National Endowment for the Arts.
    Title: 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.
    OMB Number: New.
    Frequency: One Time.
    Affected Public: American adults.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 36,000.
    Estimated time per respondent: 10.0 minutes.
    Total burden hours: 6,000 hours.
    Total annualized capital/startup costs: 0.
    Total annual costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing 
services): 0.
    Description: This request is for clearance of the 2017 Survey of 
Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) to be conducted by the Census 
Bureau in July 2017 as a supplement to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's 
Current Population Survey. The SPPA is the field's premiere repeated 
cross sectional survey of individual attendance and involvement in arts 
and cultural activity. The data are circulated to interested 
researchers, and they are the basis for a range of NEA reports and 
independent research publications. The SPPA provides primary knowledge 
on the extent and nature of participation in the arts in the United 
States. Earlier SPPA surveys were conducted in 1982, 1985, 1992, 1997, 
2002, 2008, and 2012 all of which were conducted by the Census Bureau 
except the 1997 study, which was conducted by a private contractor, 
Westat Inc. Reports on these data will be made publicly available on 
the NEA's Web site. The SPPA will provide primary knowledge on the 
extent and nature of participation in the arts in the United States. 
These data will also be used by the NEA as a contextual measure for one 
of the strategic goals identified in its FY 2014--FY 2018 strategic 

    Dated: January 15, 2016.
Kathy Plowitz-Worden,
Panel Coordinator, Office of Guidelines and Panel Operations, National 
Endowment for the Arts.
[FR Doc. 2016-01136 Filed 1-20-16; 8:45 am]