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The development and implementation of efficient, fair regulations and programs to reduce safety and security risks involves consideration and analysis of their potential effects on key stakeholders. Surveys are an effective tool to solicit such information.

IEc applies its experience in survey design and implementation to collect information from the trade community, the public, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal staff on the costs, benefits, and other consequences of homeland security initiatives. In cases where information is being requested from the trade community and the public, IEc is experienced in conducting surveys in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, which requires Federal agencies to obtain prior approval from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

IEc has assisted DHS and other federal agencies in preparing the required documentation, assisting with the approval process, and implementing surveys, including:

  • Preparing Information Collection Requests that describe the reporting, recordkeeping, survey, or other information collection requirements imposed by the agency on the public;
  • Developing sampling protocols and plans in conformance with OMB statistical standards;
  • Identifying potential respondents or respondent groups (e.g., individual trade representatives or trade organizations);
  • Preparing the necessary Federal Register notices;
  • Responding to public and OMB comments;
  • Conducting and administering surveys using one of several on-line survey tools; and
  • Analyzing the responses and results using statistical tools.
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