Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 18759-18762 [2017-08072]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 76 / Friday, April 21, 2017 / Notices Applicants: Tilton Energy LLC. Description: Compliance filing: Informational Report Pursuant to MISO Tariff and E-Tariff Submission to be effective 6/17/2017. Filed Date: 4/17/17. Accession Number: 20170417–5201. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/8/17. Take notice that the Commission received the following open access transmission tariff filings: Docket Numbers: OA07–19–013; OA07–43–014; ER07–1171–014. Applicants: Arizona Public Service Company. Description: Arizona Public Service Company submits its annual compliance report on penalty assessments and distributions. Filed Date: 4/14/17. Accession Number: 20170414–5160. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/5/17. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number. 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Dawn Roberts, Management Analyst, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P [FR Doc. 2017–08105 Filed 4–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability Responsible Agency: Office of Federal Activities, General Information (202) 564–7146 or http://www.epa.gov/nepa. Weekly receipt of Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) Filed 04/10/2017 Through 04/14/2017 Pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.9. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Apr 20, 2017 Jkt 241001 The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than May 15, 2017. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198–0001: 1. Topeka Bancorp, Inc., Topeka, Kansas; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of Kaw Valley Bancorp, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire Kaw Valley Bank, both of Topeka, Kansas. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 17, 2017. Margaret M. Shanks, Deputy Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2017–08134 Filed 4–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. ACTION: Notice, request for comment. AGENCY: FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM [ER–FRL–9032–7] 18759 Sfmt 4703 The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board or Federal Reserve) incorrectly published in the Federal Register of April 12, 2017, a document requesting public comment regarding FRB Form: FR 2028. This document supersedes and replaces that document in its entirety. The Board invites comment on a proposal to extend for three years, with revision, the voluntary Survey of Terms of Lending (STL; FR 2028; OMB No. 7100–0061). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 18760 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 76 / Friday, April 21, 2017 / Notices On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. In exercising this delegated authority, the Board is directed to take every reasonable step to solicit comment. In determining whether to approve a collection of information, the Board will consider all comments received from the public and other agencies. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 20, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR 2028A, FR 2028B, FR 2028S, or FR 2028D, by any of the following methods: • Agency Web site: http:// www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/ foia/proposedregs.aspx. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: regs.comments@ federalreserve.gov. Include OMB number in the subject line of the message. • FAX: (202) 452–3819 or (202) 452– 3102. • Mail: Ann E. Misback, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20551. All public comments are available from the Board’s Web site at http:// www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/ proposedregs.aspx as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room 3515, 1801 K Street (between 18th and 19th Streets NW.) Washington, DC 20006 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the OMB Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395–6974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the PRA OMB submission, including the proposed reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB’s public docket files, once approved. These documents will also be VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Apr 20, 2017 Jkt 241001 made available on the Federal Reserve Board’s public Web site at: http:// www.federalreserve.gov/apps/ reportforms/review.aspx or may be requested from the agency clearance officer, whose name appears below. Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551, (202) 452–3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263–4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal The Board invites public comment on the following information collection, which is being reviewed under authority delegated by the OMB under the PRA. Comments are invited on the following: a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Federal Reserve’s functions; including whether the information has practical utility; b. The accuracy of the Federal Reserve’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and e. Estimates of capital or startup costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the Federal Reserve should modify the proposed revisions prior to giving final approval. Proposal To Approve Under OMB Delegated Authority the Extension for Three Years, With Revision, of the Following Report Report title: Survey of Small Business and Farm Lending. Agency form number: FR 2028B, FR 2028D, and FR 2028S. OMB control number: 7100–0061. Frequency: Quarterly. Respondents: Commercial banks. Estimated number of respondents: FR 2028B—250; FR 2028D—398; and FR 2028S—250. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimated average hours per response: FR 2028B—1.4 hours; FR 2028D—1.5 hours; FR 2028D (First Time only)—1.5 hours; and FR 2028S—0.1 hours. Estimated annual burden hours: 4,485 hours. General Description of Report: The STL collects unique information concerning price and certain nonprice terms of loans made to businesses and farmers during the first full business week of the mid-month of each quarter (February, May, August, and November). The FR 2028A and FR 2028B collect detailed data on individual loans made during the survey week, and the FR 2028S collects the prime interest rate for each day of the survey from both FR 2028A and FR 2028B respondents. From these sample STL data, estimates of the terms of business loans and farm loans extended during the reporting week are constructed. The aggregate estimates for business loans are published in the quarterly E.2 statistical release, Survey of Terms of Business Lending, and aggregate estimates for farm loans are published in the E.15 statistical release, Agricultural Finance Databook. Proposed revisions: The Federal Reserve proposes to (1) discontinue the FR 2028A, (2) create a new Small Business Lending Survey (FR 2028D) that would provide focused and enhanced information on small business lending including rates, terms, credit availability, and reasons for their changes (in contrast to the individual loan data collected on the FR 2028A, the FR 2028D would collect quarterly average quantitative data on terms of small business loans and qualitative information on changes and the reasons for changes in the terms of lending), and (3) the STL would be renamed the Survey of Small Business and Farm Lending (SSBFL) to more accurately describe the data collection. No changes are proposed to the FR 2028B and FR 2028S. The proposed final data collection for the FR 2028A would be for the May 2017 survey week, and the proposed first data collection for the FR 2028D would be in February 2018 for the December 31, 2017, as of date. Survey of Terms of Business Lending (FR 2028A) The survey data are used to assess conditions and to track developments in business credit markets. For instance, during the credit market turmoil that began in the second half of 2007 and early 2008, STL data showed a smaller increase in the spread of loan rates over banks’ cost of funds than other indicators of business loan pricing suggested. Moreover, information about E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 76 / Friday, April 21, 2017 / Notices the date on which commitments were finalized or renewed has been important in understanding how loan rates evolved during the crisis, as it allowed the Federal Reserve to study the terms on new loan commitments separately from commitments written prior to the crisis. More broadly, the survey data have been useful for monitoring the changing role of the prime rate as a benchmark for business loan pricing and of shifts in the mix of fixed-rate and variable-rate lending as financial markets have changed. The STL microdata are not available to researchers outside the Federal Reserve, but have been used in a number of research papers. The FR 2028A data have limitations for assessing conditions and analyzing developments in nonfarm business credit markets. For example, it was noted in the memorandum for renewing the STL in June 2015 that ‘‘The STL is an important source of individual loan data used by those concerned with lending to small businesses, for which banks are one of the primary sources of credit.’’ 1 However, the data were insufficient for addressing questions about small business lending during the financial crisis, ensuing recession, or economic recovery. For example, the data could not answer questions on whether changes in the flow of credit to small businesses were due to supply issues, such as changes in bank lending standards or terms, demand issues, such as changes in application rates, or both. Additionally, the FR 2028A data could not be used to answer questions regarding changes in the credit quality of applicants or identify potential underlying factors for observed changes in credit quality. For reasons such as these, the June 2015 memorandum stated ‘‘The Federal Reserve is seeking alternative sources of detailed, disaggregated data on small business loans, but there are currently none available. Should a better source for this type of data become available, the Federal Reserve may revisit the need for this survey.’’ The Federal Reserve System has conducted a study of alternative small business loan data sources to assess their usefulness for addressing policy questions on small business credit. The study identified and conducted an extensive analysis of 35 existing and potential new small business lending data collections. The data collections considered included, among others, 1 See page 3 of the June 2015 OMB Supporting Statement for the FR 2028 at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=201505-7100-002. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Apr 20, 2017 Jkt 241001 collections undertaken by the Board of Governors, private sector surveys such as the National Federation of Independent Business member survey, and a Dodd-Frank Act mandated data collection by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.2 The primary finding was that existing and new data collections under consideration would not meet the policy needs for understanding and addressing the relevant policy issues and questions. The FR 2028D data collection is being proposed to address the gaps in existing and planned new surveys on small business lending. In addition, other Federal Reserve reports that have been developed in recent years provide information on large nonfarm business loans. As a result, the information used for assessing and analyzing developments in nonfarm business credit markets would be improved by combining the proposed FR 2028D data collection on the terms of small business loans with the existing reports on large business loans. For these reasons, the FR 2028A would be discontinued. The proposed final data collection for the FR 2028A would be for the May 2017 survey week. Prime Rate Supplement to Survey of Terms of Lending (FR 2028S) The FR 2028S is completed by banks that file the FR 2028A or the FR 2028B.3 The prime rate, an administered rate, remains the base rate banks use to price a significant portion of the loans covered by the FR 2028A and FR 2028B.4 The prime rate is by far the most common base rate used to price variable rate business and farm loans at small and medium-sized banks. Even for large borrowers and the largest banks, the prime rate is a pricing option frequently available along with marketrelated rates. The FR 2028S imposes little burden and the information it provides is useful in interpreting movements in rates charged on business and farm loans, especially for small loans and for loans at smaller banks. It also provides valuable information about variations in the prime-lending rate across banks, which can be 2 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1071, Subtitle G— Regulatory Improvements, Sec. 1071—Small Business Data Collection. 3 With the elimination of the FR 2028A, the FR 2028S would be completed only by banks that file the FR 2028B. 4 The FR 2028S defines the prime rate to be, ‘‘[T]he administered rate used [by the bank] for pricing business and other credit, which [is adjusted] from time to time in response to changes in market conditions. [The] institution may set this rate internally or may adopt as its own a published rate.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18761 considerable. The FR 2028S will be renewed without revision and will be reported by FR 2028B respondents. Information on base rates for small business loans will be included in the proposed FR 2028D. Proposed Small Business Lending Survey (FR 2028D) The FR 2028D would collect quantitative and qualitative information that the Federal Reserve can use to monitor developments in the availability of credit to small businesses. Bank lending to small businesses is critical for employment and economic growth at the local, regional, and national levels because it is a primary source of funding for these businesses. The FR 2028D was motivated by the inability to answer basic policy questions raised by Federal Reserve policymakers on small business credit during the recent financial crisis and subsequent recovery. It would also contribute to a better understanding of the role of community banks in providing loans to small businesses and on small business access to credit in local communities. The survey would be timed to make reports on developments in small business lending available for the second FOMC meeting of each quarter. The data would also be available for Federal Reserve System economists and other staff to use for research purposes. To get a complete understanding of the availability, terms, and market conditions of bank lending to small and large nonfarm businesses, the Federal Reserve would combine the information gathered from the FR 2028D with other Federal Reserve data collections that gather information on large business loans. The FR 2028D would improve the ability to assess and analyze developments in nonfarm small business credit markets and to answer policy questions in a timely manner. The proposed information to be collected is not available from existing or planned surveys conducted by either the private or public sectors. The survey would collect unique, quarterly quantitative and qualitative information on nonfarm small business lending that improves upon the information currently collected by the FR 2028A. The quantitative information is similar to the data in the FR 2028A, but the FR 2028D would collect quarterly amounts or average levels of the data items as opposed to individual loan information from a survey week. As a result, the quantitative information will be less costly to report and less impacted by idiosyncratic events. The qualitative questions will provide information on E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 18762 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 76 / Friday, April 21, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES changes in loan demand, credit standards and terms, and credit quality of applicants and reasons for the changes. Information on the reasons for denying a small business loan application will also be collected. The FR 2028D would also improve upon current information on outstanding loans collected on the Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report; FFIEC 031, FFIEC 041, and FFIEC 051; OMB No. 7100–0036), which collects data on loans less than a certain dollar amount rather than on loans to small businesses. The Call Report data may result in information distortions about the availability of credit to small businesses because not all small loans are made to small businesses. The FR 2028D would collect quantitative and qualitative information on loans to small businesses from a stratified sample of 398 banking institutions. The survey would be administered at a quarterly frequency and distributed during the second month of each quarter. Survey responses would be based on loan activity over the previous quarter. Quantitative information collected would include the aggregate number and dollar amount of outstanding loans and new loans extended by banks to small businesses each quarter, as well as line-of-credit drawdowns and the average interest rate and benchmark rate. Loans are separated into two categories: Term loans and lines of credit, with each category further separated into fixed rate and variable rate. Additionally, quantitative information on the number and dollar amount of small business loans with guarantees (Small Business Administration and other) would be collected, as well as information regarding loan maturity and the use of interest rate floors. The FR 2028D would also collect quantitative information on small business loan applications received and applications approved during the survey quarter, including information on applications from Lowand Moderate-Income tracts. Qualitative information collected by the FR 2028D would include questions to gauge changes in lending terms, loan demand, and credit standards for small business loans during the survey period.5 Furthermore, respondents will 5 The inclusion of qualitative questions, which are the same as those in the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices (FR 2018; OMB No. 7100–0058), is meant to supplement the existing FR 2018 data to get a more comprehensive view of the availability of credit to businesses. Importantly, the definitions of a small business are different in the FR 2018 and proposed FR 2028D. The FR 2018 covers lending to both small and large firms and defines small firms as those with annual sales of less than $50 million, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Apr 20, 2017 Jkt 241001 be asked to identify possible reasons for indicated changes in lending terms or credit standards. The survey would also include qualitative questions on the demand for small business loans, changes in credit line usage, and changes in the credit quality of small business loan applicants. Respondents would be asked to identify potential factors underlying a reported change in applicant credit quality (e.g., credit scores, quality of collateral) and to identify top reasons for denying small business loans during the survey quarter. The replacement of the FR 2028A with the FR 2028D would result in a reduction of the burden by 2,873 hours. Reporting Panel The FR 2028B panel has an authorized size of 250 domestically chartered commercial banks. The panel of banks has been drawn from a random sample of banks stratified according to farm loan volumes since 1989. Since that time, the authorized size of the panel has been 250 banks, with 189 banks currently reporting. The number of respondents is less than the authorized size due to mergers among reporters and loss of respondents due to the voluntary nature of the panel. If the authorized size of the panel is reduced to 189, the standard errors for the data items would increase 17 percentage points. Moreover, the standard errors on the regional estimates, which are based on smaller samples, likely would be greatly increased. Consequently, the recommendation is not to change the authorized number of banks. The proposed authorized panel for the FR 2028D panel is 398 domestically chartered commercial banks. The proposed size is based on obtaining survey results with a 95% confidence level and 5% standard error, allowing for a 10% nonresponse rate. The panel of banks would be a random sample of banks stratified according to the dollar volumes of commercial and industrial loans with original amounts of $1,000,000 or less. Legal authorization and confidentiality: The Board’s Legal Division has determined that these surveys are authorized by section 11(a)(2) of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 248(a)(2)) which authorizes the Board to require any depository institution to make such reports of its which is significantly larger than the $5 million threshold in the FR 2028D. Furthermore, the FR 2018 panel only includes large institutions while the FR 2028D panel will be a stratified sample of 398 domestic banks and include institutions of all sizes. Therefore, not much overlap in the panels for the two data collections is expected. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 assets and liabilities as the Board may determine to be necessary or desirable to enable the Board to discharge its responsibility to monitor and control monetary and credit aggregates. The reports are voluntary. Individual responses reported on the FR 2028A, FR 2028B, FR 2028D, and FR 2028S are regarded as confidential under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)). Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 17, 2017. Ann E. Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2017–08072 Filed 4–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and § 225.41 of the Board’s Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the notices are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)). The notices are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notices also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing to the Reserve Bank indicated for that notice or to the offices of the Board of Governors. Comments must be received not later than May 8, 2017. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President), 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198–0001: 1. Jack Poulsen and Debra Poulsen, both of Ericson, Nebraska; to acquire voting shares of Wheeler County Bancshares, Inc., Ericson, Nebraska, and thereby indirectly acquire Ericson State Bank, Ericson, Nebraska. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 17, 2017. Margaret M. Shanks, Deputy Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2017–08052 Filed 4–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1

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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Notice, request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board or 
Federal Reserve) incorrectly published in the Federal Register of April 
12, 2017, a document requesting public comment regarding FRB Form: FR 
2028. This document supersedes and replaces that document in its 
entirety.
    The Board invites comment on a proposal to extend for three years, 
with revision, the voluntary Survey of Terms of Lending (STL; FR 2028; 
OMB No. 7100-0061).

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    On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act 
(PRA) to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to collection of 
information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the 
Board. In exercising this delegated authority, the Board is directed to 
take every reasonable step to solicit comment. In determining whether 
to approve a collection of information, the Board will consider all 
comments received from the public and other agencies.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 20, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR 2028A, FR 2028B, 
FR 2028S, or FR 2028D, by any of the following methods:
     Agency Web site: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include OMB 
number in the subject line of the message.
     FAX: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.
     Mail: Ann E. Misback, Secretary, Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20551.
    All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at 
http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx as submitted, 
unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will 
not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public 
comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room 
3515, 1801 K Street (between 18th and 19th Streets NW.) Washington, DC 
20006 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
    Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the 
OMB Desk Officer--Shagufta Ahmed--Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office 
Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503 or by 
fax to (202) 395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the PRA OMB submission, 
including the proposed reporting form and instructions, supporting 
statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB's public 
docket files, once approved. These documents will also be made 
available on the Federal Reserve Board's public Web site at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/reportforms/review.aspx or may be requested 
from the agency clearance officer, whose name appears below.
    Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer--Nuha Elmaghrabi--Office of 
the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, Washington, DC 20551, (202) 452-3829. Telecommunications Device 
for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263-4869, Board of Governors 
of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal

    The Board invites public comment on the following information 
collection, which is being reviewed under authority delegated by the 
OMB under the PRA. Comments are invited on the following:
    a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the Federal Reserve's functions; including 
whether the information has practical utility;
    b. The accuracy of the Federal Reserve's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed information collection, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and
    e. Estimates of capital or startup costs and costs of operation, 
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.
    At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations 
received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the Federal 
Reserve should modify the proposed revisions prior to giving final 
approval.

Proposal To Approve Under OMB Delegated Authority the Extension for 
Three Years, With Revision, of the Following Report

    Report title: Survey of Small Business and Farm Lending.
    Agency form number: FR 2028B, FR 2028D, and FR 2028S.
    OMB control number: 7100-0061.
    Frequency: Quarterly.
    Respondents: Commercial banks.
    Estimated number of respondents: FR 2028B--250; FR 2028D--398; and 
FR 2028S--250.
    Estimated average hours per response: FR 2028B--1.4 hours; FR 
2028D--1.5 hours; FR 2028D (First Time only)--1.5 hours; and FR 2028S--
0.1 hours.
    Estimated annual burden hours: 4,485 hours.
    General Description of Report: The STL collects unique information 
concerning price and certain nonprice terms of loans made to businesses 
and farmers during the first full business week of the mid-month of 
each quarter (February, May, August, and November). The FR 2028A and FR 
2028B collect detailed data on individual loans made during the survey 
week, and the FR 2028S collects the prime interest rate for each day of 
the survey from both FR 2028A and FR 2028B respondents. From these 
sample STL data, estimates of the terms of business loans and farm 
loans extended during the reporting week are constructed. The aggregate 
estimates for business loans are published in the quarterly E.2 
statistical release, Survey of Terms of Business Lending, and aggregate 
estimates for farm loans are published in the E.15 statistical release, 
Agricultural Finance Databook.
    Proposed revisions: The Federal Reserve proposes to (1) discontinue 
the FR 2028A, (2) create a new Small Business Lending Survey (FR 2028D) 
that would provide focused and enhanced information on small business 
lending including rates, terms, credit availability, and reasons for 
their changes (in contrast to the individual loan data collected on the 
FR 2028A, the FR 2028D would collect quarterly average quantitative 
data on terms of small business loans and qualitative information on 
changes and the reasons for changes in the terms of lending), and (3) 
the STL would be renamed the Survey of Small Business and Farm Lending 
(SSBFL) to more accurately describe the data collection. No changes are 
proposed to the FR 2028B and FR 2028S. The proposed final data 
collection for the FR 2028A would be for the May 2017 survey week, and 
the proposed first data collection for the FR 2028D would be in 
February 2018 for the December 31, 2017, as of date.

Survey of Terms of Business Lending (FR 2028A)

    The survey data are used to assess conditions and to track 
developments in business credit markets. For instance, during the 
credit market turmoil that began in the second half of 2007 and early 
2008, STL data showed a smaller increase in the spread of loan rates 
over banks' cost of funds than other indicators of business loan 
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the date on which commitments were finalized or renewed has been 
important in understanding how loan rates evolved during the crisis, as 
it allowed the Federal Reserve to study the terms on new loan 
commitments separately from commitments written prior to the crisis. 
More broadly, the survey data have been useful for monitoring the 
changing role of the prime rate as a benchmark for business loan 
pricing and of shifts in the mix of fixed-rate and variable-rate 
lending as financial markets have changed. The STL microdata are not 
available to researchers outside the Federal Reserve, but have been 
used in a number of research papers.
    The FR 2028A data have limitations for assessing conditions and 
analyzing developments in nonfarm business credit markets. For example, 
it was noted in the memorandum for renewing the STL in June 2015 that 
``The STL is an important source of individual loan data used by those 
concerned with lending to small businesses, for which banks are one of 
the primary sources of credit.'' \1\ However, the data were 
insufficient for addressing questions about small business lending 
during the financial crisis, ensuing recession, or economic recovery. 
For example, the data could not answer questions on whether changes in 
the flow of credit to small businesses were due to supply issues, such 
as changes in bank lending standards or terms, demand issues, such as 
changes in application rates, or both. Additionally, the FR 2028A data 
could not be used to answer questions regarding changes in the credit 
quality of applicants or identify potential underlying factors for 
observed changes in credit quality. For reasons such as these, the June 
2015 memorandum stated ``The Federal Reserve is seeking alternative 
sources of detailed, disaggregated data on small business loans, but 
there are currently none available. Should a better source for this 
type of data become available, the Federal Reserve may revisit the need 
for this survey.''
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    \1\ See page 3 of the June 2015 OMB Supporting Statement for the 
FR 2028 at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=201505-7100-002.
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    The Federal Reserve System has conducted a study of alternative 
small business loan data sources to assess their usefulness for 
addressing policy questions on small business credit. The study 
identified and conducted an extensive analysis of 35 existing and 
potential new small business lending data collections. The data 
collections considered included, among others, collections undertaken 
by the Board of Governors, private sector surveys such as the National 
Federation of Independent Business member survey, and a Dodd-Frank Act 
mandated data collection by the Consumer Financial Protection 
Bureau.\2\ The primary finding was that existing and new data 
collections under consideration would not meet the policy needs for 
understanding and addressing the relevant policy issues and questions.
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    \2\ Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 
Section 1071, Subtitle G--Regulatory Improvements, Sec. 1071--Small 
Business Data Collection.
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    The FR 2028D data collection is being proposed to address the gaps 
in existing and planned new surveys on small business lending. In 
addition, other Federal Reserve reports that have been developed in 
recent years provide information on large nonfarm business loans. As a 
result, the information used for assessing and analyzing developments 
in nonfarm business credit markets would be improved by combining the 
proposed FR 2028D data collection on the terms of small business loans 
with the existing reports on large business loans. For these reasons, 
the FR 2028A would be discontinued. The proposed final data collection 
for the FR 2028A would be for the May 2017 survey week.

Prime Rate Supplement to Survey of Terms of Lending (FR 2028S)

    The FR 2028S is completed by banks that file the FR 2028A or the FR 
2028B.\3\ The prime rate, an administered rate, remains the base rate 
banks use to price a significant portion of the loans covered by the FR 
2028A and FR 2028B.\4\ The prime rate is by far the most common base 
rate used to price variable rate business and farm loans at small and 
medium-sized banks. Even for large borrowers and the largest banks, the 
prime rate is a pricing option frequently available along with market-
related rates. The FR 2028S imposes little burden and the information 
it provides is useful in interpreting movements in rates charged on 
business and farm loans, especially for small loans and for loans at 
smaller banks. It also provides valuable information about variations 
in the prime-lending rate across banks, which can be considerable. The 
FR 2028S will be renewed without revision and will be reported by FR 
2028B respondents. Information on base rates for small business loans 
will be included in the proposed FR 2028D.
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    \3\ With the elimination of the FR 2028A, the FR 2028S would be 
completed only by banks that file the FR 2028B.
    \4\ The FR 2028S defines the prime rate to be, ``[T]he 
administered rate used [by the bank] for pricing business and other 
credit, which [is adjusted] from time to time in response to changes 
in market conditions. [The] institution may set this rate internally 
or may adopt as its own a published rate.''
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Proposed Small Business Lending Survey (FR 2028D)

    The FR 2028D would collect quantitative and qualitative information 
that the Federal Reserve can use to monitor developments in the 
availability of credit to small businesses. Bank lending to small 
businesses is critical for employment and economic growth at the local, 
regional, and national levels because it is a primary source of funding 
for these businesses. The FR 2028D was motivated by the inability to 
answer basic policy questions raised by Federal Reserve policymakers on 
small business credit during the recent financial crisis and subsequent 
recovery. It would also contribute to a better understanding of the 
role of community banks in providing loans to small businesses and on 
small business access to credit in local communities. The survey would 
be timed to make reports on developments in small business lending 
available for the second FOMC meeting of each quarter. The data would 
also be available for Federal Reserve System economists and other staff 
to use for research purposes. To get a complete understanding of the 
availability, terms, and market conditions of bank lending to small and 
large nonfarm businesses, the Federal Reserve would combine the 
information gathered from the FR 2028D with other Federal Reserve data 
collections that gather information on large business loans.
    The FR 2028D would improve the ability to assess and analyze 
developments in nonfarm small business credit markets and to answer 
policy questions in a timely manner. The proposed information to be 
collected is not available from existing or planned surveys conducted 
by either the private or public sectors. The survey would collect 
unique, quarterly quantitative and qualitative information on nonfarm 
small business lending that improves upon the information currently 
collected by the FR 2028A. The quantitative information is similar to 
the data in the FR 2028A, but the FR 2028D would collect quarterly 
amounts or average levels of the data items as opposed to individual 
loan information from a survey week. As a result, the quantitative 
information will be less costly to report and less impacted by 
idiosyncratic events. The qualitative questions will provide 
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changes in loan demand, credit standards and terms, and credit quality 
of applicants and reasons for the changes. Information on the reasons 
for denying a small business loan application will also be collected.
    The FR 2028D would also improve upon current information on 
outstanding loans collected on the Reports of Condition and Income 
(Call Report; FFIEC 031, FFIEC 041, and FFIEC 051; OMB No. 7100-0036), 
which collects data on loans less than a certain dollar amount rather 
than on loans to small businesses. The Call Report data may result in 
information distortions about the availability of credit to small 
businesses because not all small loans are made to small businesses.
    The FR 2028D would collect quantitative and qualitative information 
on loans to small businesses from a stratified sample of 398 banking 
institutions. The survey would be administered at a quarterly frequency 
and distributed during the second month of each quarter. Survey 
responses would be based on loan activity over the previous quarter. 
Quantitative information collected would include the aggregate number 
and dollar amount of outstanding loans and new loans extended by banks 
to small businesses each quarter, as well as line-of-credit drawdowns 
and the average interest rate and benchmark rate. Loans are separated 
into two categories: Term loans and lines of credit, with each category 
further separated into fixed rate and variable rate. Additionally, 
quantitative information on the number and dollar amount of small 
business loans with guarantees (Small Business Administration and 
other) would be collected, as well as information regarding loan 
maturity and the use of interest rate floors. The FR 2028D would also 
collect quantitative information on small business loan applications 
received and applications approved during the survey quarter, including 
information on applications from Low- and Moderate-Income tracts.
    Qualitative information collected by the FR 2028D would include 
questions to gauge changes in lending terms, loan demand, and credit 
standards for small business loans during the survey period.\5\ 
Furthermore, respondents will be asked to identify possible reasons for 
indicated changes in lending terms or credit standards. The survey 
would also include qualitative questions on the demand for small 
business loans, changes in credit line usage, and changes in the credit 
quality of small business loan applicants. Respondents would be asked 
to identify potential factors underlying a reported change in applicant 
credit quality (e.g., credit scores, quality of collateral) and to 
identify top reasons for denying small business loans during the survey 
quarter.
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    \5\ The inclusion of qualitative questions, which are the same 
as those in the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending 
Practices (FR 2018; OMB No. 7100-0058), is meant to supplement the 
existing FR 2018 data to get a more comprehensive view of the 
availability of credit to businesses. Importantly, the definitions 
of a small business are different in the FR 2018 and proposed FR 
2028D. The FR 2018 covers lending to both small and large firms and 
defines small firms as those with annual sales of less than $50 
million, which is significantly larger than the $5 million threshold 
in the FR 2028D. Furthermore, the FR 2018 panel only includes large 
institutions while the FR 2028D panel will be a stratified sample of 
398 domestic banks and include institutions of all sizes. Therefore, 
not much overlap in the panels for the two data collections is 
expected.
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    The replacement of the FR 2028A with the FR 2028D would result in a 
reduction of the burden by 2,873 hours.

Reporting Panel

    The FR 2028B panel has an authorized size of 250 domestically 
chartered commercial banks. The panel of banks has been drawn from a 
random sample of banks stratified according to farm loan volumes since 
1989. Since that time, the authorized size of the panel has been 250 
banks, with 189 banks currently reporting. The number of respondents is 
less than the authorized size due to mergers among reporters and loss 
of respondents due to the voluntary nature of the panel. If the 
authorized size of the panel is reduced to 189, the standard errors for 
the data items would increase 17 percentage points. Moreover, the 
standard errors on the regional estimates, which are based on smaller 
samples, likely would be greatly increased. Consequently, the 
recommendation is not to change the authorized number of banks.
    The proposed authorized panel for the FR 2028D panel is 398 
domestically chartered commercial banks. The proposed size is based on 
obtaining survey results with a 95% confidence level and 5% standard 
error, allowing for a 10% nonresponse rate. The panel of banks would be 
a random sample of banks stratified according to the dollar volumes of 
commercial and industrial loans with original amounts of $1,000,000 or 
less.
    Legal authorization and confidentiality: The Board's Legal Division 
has determined that these surveys are authorized by section 11(a)(2) of 
the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 248(a)(2)) which authorizes the 
Board to require any depository institution to make such reports of its 
assets and liabilities as the Board may determine to be necessary or 
desirable to enable the Board to discharge its responsibility to 
monitor and control monetary and credit aggregates. The reports are 
voluntary. Individual responses reported on the FR 2028A, FR 2028B, FR 
2028D, and FR 2028S are regarded as confidential under the Freedom of 
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)).

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 17, 
2017.
Ann E. Misback,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2017-08072 Filed 4-20-17; 8:45 am]
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