Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments, 43052-43054 [2017-19442]

Download as PDF 43052 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 13, 2017 / Notices Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 7th day of September, 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. David Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–19368 Filed 9–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is forwarding an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Review and approval by OIRA ensures that we impose appropriate paperwork burdens. The RRB invites comments on the proposed collections of information to determine (1) the practical utility of the collections; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden of the collections; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information that is the subject of collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments to the RRB or OIRA must contain the OMB control number of the ICR. For proper consideration of your comments, it is best if the RRB and OIRA receive them within 30 days of the publication date. 1. Title and purpose of information collection: Supplemental Information on Accident and Insurance; OMB 3220– 0036. Under Section 12(o) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is entitled to reimbursement of the sickness benefits paid to a railroad employee if the employee receives a sum or damages for the same infirmity for which the benefits are paid. Section 2(f) of the RUIA requires employers to reimburse the RRB for days in which salary, wages, pay for time lost or other remuneration is later determined to be payable. Reimbursements under section 2(f) generally result from the award of pay for time lost or the payment of guaranteed wages. The RUIA prescribes that the amount of benefits paid be deducted and held by the employer in a special fund for reimbursement to the RRB. The RRB currently utilizes Forms SI– 1c, Supplemental Information on Accident and Insurance; SI–5, Report of Payments to Employee Claiming Sickness Benefits Under the RUIA; ID– 3s and ID–3s (Internet), Request for Lien Information—Report of Settlement; ID– 3s-1, Lien Information Under Section 12(o) of the RUIA; ID–3u and ID–3u (Internet), Request for Section 2(f) Information; ID–30k, Notice to Request Supplemental Information on Injury or Illness; and ID–30k-1, Notice to Request Supplemental Information on Injury or Illness; to obtain the necessary information from claimants and railroad employers. Completion is required to obtain benefits. One response is requested of each respondent. Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (82 FR 31108 on July 5, 2017) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments. Information Collection Request (ICR) Title: Supplemental Information on Accident and Insurance. OMB Control Number: 3220–0036. Form(s) submitted: SI–1c, SI–5, ID–3s, ID–3s (Internet), ID–3s.1, ID3u, ID–3u (Internet), ID–30k, and ID–30k.1. Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Affected public: Individuals or Households. Abstract: The Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act provides for the recovery of sickness benefits paid if an employee receives a settlement for the same injury for which benefits were paid. The collection obtains information that is needed to determine the amount of the RRB’s reimbursement from the person or company responsible for such payments. Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to the forms in the collection. The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows: Annual responses Form No. Time (minutes) Burden (hours) 475 7 4,000 2,000 3,000 400 200 55 65 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 40 1 200 100 150 20 10 5 5 Total ...................................................................................................................................... sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SI–1c ............................................................................................................................................ SI–5 .............................................................................................................................................. ID–3s (Paper & Telephone) ......................................................................................................... ID–3s (Internet) ............................................................................................................................ ID–3s–1 (Paper & Telephone) ..................................................................................................... ID–3u (Paper & Telephone) ........................................................................................................ ID–3u (Internet) ............................................................................................................................ ID–30k .......................................................................................................................................... ID–30k.1 ....................................................................................................................................... 10,202 ........................ 531 2. Title and Purpose of information collection: Pension Plan Reports; OMB 3220–0089. Under Section 2(b) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) pays supplemental annuities to qualified RRB employee annuitants. A supplemental annuity, which is computed according to Section 3(e) of the RRA, can be paid at age 60 if the employee has at least 30 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Sep 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 years of creditable railroad service or at age 65 if the employee has 25–29 years of railroad service. In addition to 25 years of service, a ‘‘current connection’’ with the railroad industry is required. Eligibility is further limited to employees who had at least 1 month of rail service before October 1981 and were awarded regular annuities after June 1966. Further, if an employee’s PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65th birthday was prior to September 2, 1981, he or she must not have worked in rail service after certain closing dates (generally the last day of the month following the month in which age 65 is attained). Under Section 2(h)(2) of the RRA, the amount of the supplemental annuity is reduced if the employee receives monthly pension payments, or a lump-sum pension payment from a E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 43053 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 13, 2017 / Notices private pension from a railroad employer, to the extent the payments are based on contributions from that employer. The employee’s own contribution to their pension account does not cause a reduction. A private railroad employer pension is defined in 20 CFR 216.42. The RRB requires the following information from railroad employers to calculate supplemental annuities: (a) The current status of railroad employer pension plans and whether such plans cause reductions to the supplemental annuity; (b) whether the employee receives monthly payments from a private railroad employer pension, elected to receive a lump sum in lieu of monthly pension payments from such a plan, or was required to receive a lump sum from such a plan due to the plan’s small benefit provision; and (c) the amount of the payments attributable to the railroad employer’s contributions. The requirement that railroad employers furnish pension information to the RRB is contained in 20 CFR 209.2. The RRB currently utilizes Form G– 88p and G–88p (Internet), Employer’s Supplemental Pension Report, and Form G–88r, Request for Information About New or Revised Employer Pension Plan, to obtain the necessary information from railroad employers. One response is requested of each respondent. Completion is mandatory. Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (82 FR 31108 on July 5, 2017) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments. Information Collection Request (ICR) Title: Pension Plan Reports. OMB Control Number: 3220–0089. Forms submitted: G–88p and G–88r. Type of request: Revision of a currently approved collection of information. Affected public: Businesses or other for-profits. Abstract: The Railroad Retirement Act provides for payment of a supplemental annuity to a qualified railroad retirement annuitant. The collection obtains information from the annuitant’s employer to determine (a) the existence of railroad employer pension plans and whether such plans, if they exist, require a reduction to supplemental annuities paid to the employer’s former employees and (b) the amount of supplemental annuities due railroad employees. Changes proposed: The RRB proposes to revise Forms G–88p and G–88p (Internet) to acquire more accurate employee pension information by asking the employer whether the employee is currently eligible for a pension and instructing the employer to indicate whether the employee filed for the pension or instead elected to defer distribution from the pension account in Items 11a and 11b (paper) and Items 10a and 10b (Internet). The RRB also proposes to make other editorial changes. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G–88r. The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows: Annual responses Form No. Time (minutes) Burden (hours) G–88p .......................................................................................................................................... G–88p (Internet) .......................................................................................................................... G–88r ........................................................................................................................................... 100 200 10 8 6 8 13 20 1 Total ...................................................................................................................................... 310 ........................ 34 3. Title and Purpose of information collection: Statement Regarding Contributions and Support; OMB 3220– 0099. Under Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act, dependency on an employee for one-half support at the time of the employee’s death can affect (1) entitlement to a survivor annuity when the survivor is a parent of the deceased employee; (2) the amount of spouse and survivor annuities; and (3) the Tier II restored amount payable to a widow(er) whose annuity was reduced for receipt of an employee annuity, and who was dependent on the railroad employee in the year prior to the employee’s death. One-half support may also negate the public service pension offset in Tier I for a spouse or widow(er). The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) utilizes Form G–134, Statement Regarding Contributions and Support, to secure information needed to adequately determine if the applicant meets the one-half support requirement. One response is completed by each respondent. Completion is required to obtain benefits. Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the initial 60-day notice (82 FR 31109 on July 5, 2017) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments. Information Collection Request (ICR) Title: Statement Regarding Contributions and Support. OMB Control Number: 3220–0099. Form(s) submitted: G–134. Annual responses Form No. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Affected public: Individuals or Households. Abstract: Dependency on the employee for one-half support at the time of the employee’s death can be a condition affecting eligibility for a survivor annuity provided for under Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act. One-half support is also a condition which may negate the public service pension offset in Tier I for a spouse or widow(er). Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form G–134. The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows: Time (minutes) Burden (hours) G–134: With Assistance .................................................................................................................... Without assistance ............................................................................................................... 75 25 147 180 184 75 Total ............................................................................................................................... 100 ........................ 259 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Sep 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 43054 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 13, 2017 / Notices Additional Information or Comments: Copies of the forms and supporting documents can be obtained from Dana Hickman at (312) 751–4981 or Dana.Hickman@RRB.GOV. Comments regarding the information collection should be addressed to Brian Foster, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611–1275 or Brian.Foster@rrb.gov and to the OMB Desk Officer for the RRB, Fax: 202–395–6974, Email address: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Brian D. Foster, Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–19442 Filed 9–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7905–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–81545; File No. SR–NSCC– 2017–804] Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Securities Clearing Corporation; Notice of No Objection to an Advance Notice To Expand the Application of the Family-Issued Securities Charge September 7, 2017. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES On July 10, 2017, National Securities Clearing Corporation (‘‘NSCC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) advance notice SR–NSCC–2017–804 (‘‘Advance Notice’’) pursuant to Section 806(e)(1) of Title VIII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act entitled the Payment, Clearing, and Settlement Supervision Act of 2010 (‘‘Clearing Supervision Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4(n)(1)(i) 2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’).3 The Advance Notice was published for comment in the Federal Register on August 8, 2017.4 The 1 12 U.S.C. 5465(e)(1). The Financial Stability Oversight Council designated NSCC a systemically important financial market utility on July 18, 2012. See Financial Stability Oversight Council 2012 Annual Report, Appendix A, http:// www.treasury.gov/initiatives/fsoc/Documents/2012 %20Annual%20Report.pdf. Therefore, NSCC is required to comply with the Clearing Supervision Act and file advance notices with the Commission. See 12 U.S.C. 5465(e). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4(n)(1)(i). 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 4 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 81286 (August 2, 2017), 82 FR 37141 (August 8, 2017) (SR–NSCC–2017–804) (‘‘Notice’’). NSCC also filed a related proposed rule change with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Exchange Act and Rule 19b–4 thereunder, seeking approval of changes to its rules necessary to implement the Advance Notice. 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1) and 17 CFR 240.19b–4, respectively. The proposed rule change was published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2017. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 81203 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Sep 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 Commission did not receive any comments on the Advance Notice. This publication serves as notice that the Commission does not object to the changes set forth in the Advance Notice. I. Description of the Advance Notice The Advance Notice is a proposal by NSCC to further address specific wrongway risk 5 that is present when NSCC acts as central counterparty to a transaction with an NSCC member (‘‘Member’’) where the underlying securities are securities issued by such Member or an affiliate of such Member (‘‘family-issued securities’’).6 Currently, NSCC applies a targeted margin charge to address the specific wrong-way risk of family-issued securities transactions (‘‘FIS Charge’’) where the Member is on NSCC’s Watch List.7 NSCC believes that Members on the Watch List present a higher credit risk (i.e., a greater risk of defaulting on their settlement obligations), compared to Members not on the Watch List. As such, the familyissued securities of Members on the Watch List currently receive a FIS Charge because of the increased credit risk presented by such Members. As described in detail below, NSCC proposes in the Advance Notice to expand the application of the FIS Charge to all Members, regardless of a Member’s Watch List status, but still maintain a higher FIS Charge for Members that present a greater credit risk to NSCC, such as Members on the Watch List. Currently, in calculating a Watch List Member’s overall margin charge (i.e., a Watch List Member’s required deposit to NSCC’s clearing fund), NSCC (July 25, 2017), 82 FR 35563 (July 31, 2017) (SR– NSCC–2017–010). The Commission did not receive any comments on that proposal. 5 Specific wrong-way risk is the risk that an exposure to a counterparty is highly likely to increase when the creditworthiness of that counterparty is deteriorating. See Principles for financial market infrastructures, issued by the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems and the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions 47 n.65 (April 2012), available at http://www.bis.org/publ/ cpss101a.pdf. 6 As part of this proposal, NSCC proposes to define in its rules that, for a given Member, a family-issued security is a security that was issued by such Member or an affiliate of such Member. 7 As part of its ongoing monitoring of its membership, NSCC utilizes an internal credit risk rating matrix to rate its risk exposures to its Members based on a scale from 1 (the strongest) to 7 (the weakest). Members that fall within the weakest three rating categories (i.e., 5, 6, and 7) are placed on NSCC’s ‘‘Watch List’’ and, as provided under NSCC’s Rules and Procedures (‘‘Rules’’), may be subject to enhanced surveillance or additional margin charges. See Section 4 of Rule 2B and Section I(B)(1) of Procedure XV of NSCC’s Rules, available at http://dtcc.com/∼/media/Files/ Downloads/legal/rules/nscc_rules.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 excludes the Member’s net, unsettled long position in family-issued securities from the volatility component of the margin calculation (‘‘VaR Charge’’). Instead, for such unsettled long positions, NSCC calculates the required margin (i.e., the FIS Charge) by multiplying the position value by a set percentage, which is determined based on a Member’s rating on NSCC’s internal credit risk rating matrix.8 NSCC applies this separate margin calculation to deal with specific wrong-way risk that arises from these positions because NSCC has to liquidate the unsettled family-issued security long positions in the Member’s portfolio to manage the default.9 Given that the Member’s default would likely adversely affect NSCC’s ability to liquidate such positions at full value (because the value of the family-issued securities will decline in response to the Member’s default), NSCC applies the FIS Charge to try to address the risk of a shortfall. According to NSCC, the FIS Charge constitutes a more conservative approach to collecting margin on family-issued security positions than what may be achieved by applying the VaR Charge, which does not recognize the relationship between the Member and the family-issued securities. Although the risk of default by Members that are not on the Watch List is lower than Members on the Watch List, NSCC believes that it is appropriate to apply the FIS Charge to all Members because all Members’ long positions in family-issued securities present specific wrong-way risk. However, the proposal would still maintain the relation between the FIS Charge and the Member’s risk of default (i.e., the Member’s credit risk), while at the same time addressing the difference in risk posed by equity and fixed-income securities. As such, NSCC proposes in the Advance Notice to apply the FIS Charge to fixed-income securities that are family-issued securities of nonWatch List Members at a rate of no less than 40 percent, and to equities that are family-issued securities of non-Watch 8 More specifically, fixed-income securities that are family-issued securities are charged a rate of no less than 80 percent for firms that are rated 6 or 7 on the credit risk rating matrix, and no less than 40 percent for firms that are rated 5 on the credit risk rating matrix. Equity securities that are familyissued securities are charged a rate of 100 percent for firms that are rated 6 or 7 on the credit risk rating matrix, and no less than 50 percent for firms that are rated 5 on the credit risk rating matrix. 9 In a default scenario, NSCC would receive the family-issued securities from a Member’s guaranteed long transactions and would have to liquidate the holding to unwind NSCC’s position. E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1

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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD


Agency Forms Submitted for OMB Review, Request for Comments

    Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is forwarding an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Our ICR 
describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Review 
and approval by OIRA ensures that we impose appropriate paperwork 
burdens.
    The RRB invites comments on the proposed collections of information 
to determine (1) the practical utility of the collections; (2) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden of the collections; (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information that is 
the subject of collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of 
collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments to the 
RRB or OIRA must contain the OMB control number of the ICR. For proper 
consideration of your comments, it is best if the RRB and OIRA receive 
them within 30 days of the publication date.
    1. Title and purpose of information collection: Supplemental 
Information on Accident and Insurance; OMB 3220-0036.
    Under Section 12(o) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act 
(RUIA), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is entitled to 
reimbursement of the sickness benefits paid to a railroad employee if 
the employee receives a sum or damages for the same infirmity for which 
the benefits are paid. Section 2(f) of the RUIA requires employers to 
reimburse the RRB for days in which salary, wages, pay for time lost or 
other remuneration is later determined to be payable. Reimbursements 
under section 2(f) generally result from the award of pay for time lost 
or the payment of guaranteed wages. The RUIA prescribes that the amount 
of benefits paid be deducted and held by the employer in a special fund 
for reimbursement to the RRB.
    The RRB currently utilizes Forms SI-1c, Supplemental Information on 
Accident and Insurance; SI-5, Report of Payments to Employee Claiming 
Sickness Benefits Under the RUIA; ID-3s and ID-3s (Internet), Request 
for Lien Information--Report of Settlement; ID-3s-1, Lien Information 
Under Section 12(o) of the RUIA; ID-3u and ID-3u (Internet), Request 
for Section 2(f) Information; ID-30k, Notice to Request Supplemental 
Information on Injury or Illness; and ID-30k-1, Notice to Request 
Supplemental Information on Injury or Illness; to obtain the necessary 
information from claimants and railroad employers. Completion is 
required to obtain benefits. One response is requested of each 
respondent.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (82 FR 31108 on July 5, 2017) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Supplemental Information on Accident and Insurance.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0036.
    Form(s) submitted: SI-1c, SI-5, ID-3s, ID-3s (Internet), ID-3s.1, 
ID3u, ID-3u (Internet), ID-30k, and ID-30k.1.
    Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Affected public: Individuals or Households.
    Abstract: The Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act provides for the 
recovery of sickness benefits paid if an employee receives a settlement 
for the same injury for which benefits were paid. The collection 
obtains information that is needed to determine the amount of the RRB's 
reimbursement from the person or company responsible for such payments.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to the forms in the 
collection.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

 
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                                                                      Annual           Time           Burden
                            Form No.                                 responses       (minutes)        (hours)
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SI-1c...........................................................             475               5              40
SI-5............................................................               7               5               1
ID-3s (Paper & Telephone).......................................           4,000               3             200
ID-3s (Internet)................................................           2,000               3             100
ID-3s-1 (Paper & Telephone).....................................           3,000               3             150
ID-3u (Paper & Telephone).......................................             400               3              20
ID-3u (Internet)................................................             200               3              10
ID-30k..........................................................              55               5               5
ID-30k.1........................................................              65               5               5
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    Total.......................................................          10,202  ..............             531
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    2. Title and Purpose of information collection: Pension Plan 
Reports; OMB 3220-0089. Under Section 2(b) of the Railroad Retirement 
Act (RRA), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) pays supplemental 
annuities to qualified RRB employee annuitants. A supplemental annuity, 
which is computed according to Section 3(e) of the RRA, can be paid at 
age 60 if the employee has at least 30 years of creditable railroad 
service or at age 65 if the employee has 25-29 years of railroad 
service. In addition to 25 years of service, a ``current connection'' 
with the railroad industry is required. Eligibility is further limited 
to employees who had at least 1 month of rail service before October 
1981 and were awarded regular annuities after June 1966. Further, if an 
employee's 65th birthday was prior to September 2, 1981, he or she must 
not have worked in rail service after certain closing dates (generally 
the last day of the month following the month in which age 65 is 
attained). Under Section 2(h)(2) of the RRA, the amount of the 
supplemental annuity is reduced if the employee receives monthly 
pension payments, or a lump-sum pension payment from a

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private pension from a railroad employer, to the extent the payments 
are based on contributions from that employer. The employee's own 
contribution to their pension account does not cause a reduction. A 
private railroad employer pension is defined in 20 CFR 216.42.
    The RRB requires the following information from railroad employers 
to calculate supplemental annuities: (a) The current status of railroad 
employer pension plans and whether such plans cause reductions to the 
supplemental annuity; (b) whether the employee receives monthly 
payments from a private railroad employer pension, elected to receive a 
lump sum in lieu of monthly pension payments from such a plan, or was 
required to receive a lump sum from such a plan due to the plan's small 
benefit provision; and (c) the amount of the payments attributable to 
the railroad employer's contributions. The requirement that railroad 
employers furnish pension information to the RRB is contained in 20 CFR 
209.2.
    The RRB currently utilizes Form G-88p and G-88p (Internet), 
Employer's Supplemental Pension Report, and Form G-88r, Request for 
Information About New or Revised Employer Pension Plan, to obtain the 
necessary information from railroad employers. One response is 
requested of each respondent. Completion is mandatory.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (82 FR 31108 on July 5, 2017) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Pension Plan Reports.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0089.
    Forms submitted: G-88p and G-88r.
    Type of request: Revision of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    Affected public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Abstract: The Railroad Retirement Act provides for payment of a 
supplemental annuity to a qualified railroad retirement annuitant. The 
collection obtains information from the annuitant's employer to 
determine (a) the existence of railroad employer pension plans and 
whether such plans, if they exist, require a reduction to supplemental 
annuities paid to the employer's former employees and (b) the amount of 
supplemental annuities due railroad employees.
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes to revise Forms G-88p and G-88p 
(Internet) to acquire more accurate employee pension information by 
asking the employer whether the employee is currently eligible for a 
pension and instructing the employer to indicate whether the employee 
filed for the pension or instead elected to defer distribution from the 
pension account in Items 11a and 11b (paper) and Items 10a and 10b 
(Internet). The RRB also proposes to make other editorial changes. The 
RRB proposes no changes to Form G-88r.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                                                                      Annual           Time           Burden
                            Form No.                                 responses       (minutes)        (hours)
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G-88p...........................................................             100               8              13
G-88p (Internet)................................................             200               6              20
G-88r...........................................................              10               8               1
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    Total.......................................................             310  ..............              34
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    3. Title and Purpose of information collection: Statement Regarding 
Contributions and Support; OMB 3220-0099.
    Under Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act, dependency on an 
employee for one-half support at the time of the employee's death can 
affect (1) entitlement to a survivor annuity when the survivor is a 
parent of the deceased employee; (2) the amount of spouse and survivor 
annuities; and (3) the Tier II restored amount payable to a widow(er) 
whose annuity was reduced for receipt of an employee annuity, and who 
was dependent on the railroad employee in the year prior to the 
employee's death. One-half support may also negate the public service 
pension offset in Tier I for a spouse or widow(er). The Railroad 
Retirement Board (RRB) utilizes Form G-134, Statement Regarding 
Contributions and Support, to secure information needed to adequately 
determine if the applicant meets the one-half support requirement. One 
response is completed by each respondent. Completion is required to 
obtain benefits.
    Previous Requests for Comments: The RRB has already published the 
initial 60-day notice (82 FR 31109 on July 5, 2017) required by 44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That request elicited no comments.

Information Collection Request (ICR)

    Title: Statement Regarding Contributions and Support.
    OMB Control Number: 3220-0099.
    Form(s) submitted: G-134.
    Type of request: Extension without change of a currently approved 
collection.
    Affected public: Individuals or Households.
    Abstract: Dependency on the employee for one-half support at the 
time of the employee's death can be a condition affecting eligibility 
for a survivor annuity provided for under Section 2 of the Railroad 
Retirement Act. One-half support is also a condition which may negate 
the public service pension offset in Tier I for a spouse or widow(er).
    Changes proposed: The RRB proposes no changes to Form G-134.
    The burden estimate for the ICR is as follows:

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                                                                      Annual           Time           Burden
                            Form No.                                 responses       (minutes)        (hours)
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G-134:
    With Assistance.............................................              75             147             184
    Without assistance..........................................              25             180              75
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        Total...................................................             100  ..............             259
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    Additional Information or Comments: Copies of the forms and 
supporting documents can be obtained from Dana Hickman at (312) 751-
4981 or Dana.Hickman@RRB.GOV.
    Comments regarding the information collection should be addressed 
to Brian Foster, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, 
Chicago, Illinois, 60611-1275 or Brian.Foster@rrb.gov and to the OMB 
Desk Officer for the RRB, Fax: 202-395-6974, Email address: 
OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

Brian D. Foster,
Clearance Officer.
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