Proposed Extension of Information Collection Comment Request; Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 2002-12, Cross-Trades of Securities by Index and Model-Driven Funds, 11679-11680 [E6-3235]

Download as PDF erjones on PROD1PC68 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 45 / Wednesday, March 8, 2006 / Notices Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for the Employment Standards Administration (ESA), Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, 202–395–7316 (this is not a tollfree number), within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register. The 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 submission of responses. Agency: Employment Standards Administration. Type of Review: Extension of currently approved collection. Title: Employment Under Special Certificate of Apprentices, Messengers and Learners (including Student Learners). OMB Number: 1215–0192. Form Numbers: WH–205 and WH– 209. Frequency: On occasion and Annually. Type of Response: Recordkeeping and Reporting. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; Individuals or households; Notfor-profit institutions; and State, Local, or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 929. Number of Annual Responses: 929. Estimated Average Response Time: 30 minutes for Form WH–205 and 20 minutes for Form WH–209. Total Annual Burden Hours: 465. Total Annualized capital/startup costs: $0. Total Annual Costs (operating/ maintaining systems or purchasing services): $390. Description: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 14(a) requires that the Secretary of Labor, to the extent necessary to prevent curtailment of employment VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:53 Mar 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 opportunities, provide by regulations or orders for the employment of categories of workers who, under special certificates, may be paid less than the statutory minimum wage. This section also authorizes the Secretary to set limitations on such employment as to time, number, proportion and length of service. These workers include apprentices, messengers and learners, including student-learners and studentworkers. Regulations found at 29 CFR Part 520 contain the provisions that implement the FLSA 14(a) requirements. Form WH–205 is the application an employer uses to obtain a certificate to employ student-learners at wages lower than the general federal minimum wage. Form WH–209 is the application an employer uses to request a certificate authorizing the employer to employ learners and/or messengers at subminimum wage rates. There is no application form that employers complete to obtain authority from DOL to employ apprentices at subminimum wages. Ira L. Mills, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E6–3250 Filed 3–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–27–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposed Extension of Information Collection Comment Request; Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 2002–12, Cross-Trades of Securities by Index and Model-Driven Funds AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95). This program helps to ensure that respondents can provide the requested data in the desired format, that the reporting burden (time and financial resources) on the public is minimized, that the public can understand the Department’s collection instruments, and that the Department can properly assess the impact of its information collection requirements on respondents. PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11679 Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on a proposed extension of the information collection provisions of Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 2002–12, Cross-Trades of Securities by Index and Model-Driven Funds. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the ADDRESSES section on or before May 8, 2006. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Susan G. Lahne, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N–5718, Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693–8410, FAX (202) 219–4745 (These are not toll-free numbers.). Comments may also be submitted electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: ebsa.opr@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background PTE 2002–12 exempts certain transactions that would be prohibited under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (the Act or ERISA) and the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act (FERSA), and provides relief from certain sanctions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). The exemption permits cross-trades of securities among Index and ModelDriven Funds (Funds) managed by managers (Managers), and among such Funds and certain large accounts (Large Accounts) that engage such Managers to carry out a specific portfolio restructuring program or to otherwise act as a ‘‘trading adviser’’ for such a program. By removing existing barriers to these types of transactions, the exemption increases the incidences of cross-trading, thereby lowering the transaction costs to plans in a number of ways from what they would be otherwise. In order for the Department to grant an exemption for a transaction or class of transactions that would otherwise be prohibited under ERISA, the statute requires the Department to make a finding that the exemption is administratively feasible, in the interest of the plan and its participants and beneficiaries, and protective of the rights of the participants and beneficiaries. To ensure that Managers have complied with the requirements of the exemption, the Department has included in the exemption certain recordkeeping and disclosure E:\FR\FM\08MRN1.SGM 08MRN1 11680 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 45 / Wednesday, March 8, 2006 / Notices obligations that are designed to safeguard plan assets by periodically providing information to plan fiduciaries, who generally must be independent, about the cross-trading program. Initially, where plans are not invested in Funds, Managers must furnish information to plan fiduciaries about the cross-trading program, provide a statement that the Manager will have a potentially conflicting division of loyalties, and obtain written authorization from a plan fiduciary for a plan to participate in a cross-trading program. For plans that are currently invested in Funds, the Manager must provide annual notices to update the plan fiduciary and provide the plan with an opportunity to withdraw from the program. For Large Accounts, prior to the cross-trade, the Manager must provide information about the crosstrading program and obtain written authorization from the fiduciary of a Large Account to engage in cross-trading in connection with a portfolio restructuring program. Following completion of the Large Account’s restructuring, information must be provided by the Manager about all cross-trades executed in connection with a portfolio-restructuring program. Finally, the exemption requires that Managers maintain for a period of 6 years from the date of each cross-trade the records necessary to enable plan fiduciaries and certain other persons specified in the exemption (e.g., Department representatives or contributing employers), to determine whether the conditions of the exemption have been met. EBSA previously submitted the information collection provisions of PTE 2002–12 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review in connection with promulgation of the prohibited transaction exemption. OMB approved the information collection request (ICR) under OMB Control No. 1210–0115. The ICR approval is currently scheduled to expire on June 30, 2006. erjones on PROD1PC68 with NOTICES II. Desired Focus of Comments The Department of Labor (Department) is particularly interested in comments that: • Provide information related to the number of entities offering Index and Model-Driven Funds and their client plans, and the number of Large Accounts that may make use of the exemption; • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:53 Mar 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the Department’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. III. Current Actions This notice requests comments on an extension of the information collections in PTE 2002–12. After considering comments received in response to this notice, the Department intends to submit the ICR to OMB for continuing approval. Extension of the information collection provision of the exemption is important because, without the disclosures and recordkeeping provided for in the exemption, participants’ and beneficiaries’ investments in a pension plan might not be adequately protected. In addition, Managers that cross trade securities among Funds or cross trade securities in connection with the restructuring of a portfolio of a Large Account would be subject to statutorily imposed sanctions under ERISA. Lastly, the exemption provides a benefit to plans and participants through savings that result from index/model crosstrading. No change to the existing ICR is being proposed or made at this time. A summary of the ICR and the current burden estimates follows: Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 2002–12, Cross-Trades of Securities by Index and Model-Driven Funds. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0115. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 60. Responses: 840. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 4,328. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $95,659. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the ICR submitted to OMB PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for approval; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: March 2, 2006. Susan G. Lahne, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Employee Benefits Security Administration.Administration. [FR Doc. E6–3235 Filed 3–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES Proposed Collection; Comment Request AGENCY: National Endowment for the Humanities, NFAH. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is soliciting public comments on the proposed information collection described below. The proposed information collection will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Comments on this information collection must be submitted on or before May 8, 2006. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Ms. Susan Daisey, Director, Office of Grant Management, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 311, Washington, DC 20506, or by e-mail to: sdaisey@neh.gov. Telephone: 202–606– 8494 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Endowment for the Humanities will submit the proposed information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L 104–13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies. NEH is particularly interested in comments which help the agency to: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate electronic collection E:\FR\FM\08MRN1.SGM 08MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 45 (Wednesday, March 8, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


Proposed Extension of Information Collection Comment Request; 
Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 2002-12, Cross-Trades of 
Securities by Index and Model-Driven Funds

AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections 
of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(PRA 95). This program helps to ensure that respondents can provide the 
requested data in the desired format, that the reporting burden (time 
and financial resources) on the public is minimized, that the public 
can understand the Department's collection instruments, and that the 
Department can properly assess the impact of its information collection 
requirements on respondents. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security 
Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on a proposed extension of 
the information collection provisions of Prohibited Transaction Class 
Exemption 2002-12, Cross-Trades of Securities by Index and Model-Driven 
Funds. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be 
obtained by contacting the individual shown in the ADDRESSES section of 
this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the 
ADDRESSES section on or before May 8, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Susan G. Lahne, Office of 
Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-5718, 
Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693-8410, FAX (202) 219-4745 (These are not 
toll-free numbers.). Comments may also be submitted electronically to 
the following Internet e-mail address: ebsa.opr@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    PTE 2002-12 exempts certain transactions that would be prohibited 
under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (the Act or 
ERISA) and the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act (FERSA), and 
provides relief from certain sanctions of the Internal Revenue Code of 
1986 (the Code). The exemption permits cross-trades of securities among 
Index and Model-Driven Funds (Funds) managed by managers (Managers), 
and among such Funds and certain large accounts (Large Accounts) that 
engage such Managers to carry out a specific portfolio restructuring 
program or to otherwise act as a ``trading adviser'' for such a 
program. By removing existing barriers to these types of transactions, 
the exemption increases the incidences of cross-trading, thereby 
lowering the transaction costs to plans in a number of ways from what 
they would be otherwise.
    In order for the Department to grant an exemption for a transaction 
or class of transactions that would otherwise be prohibited under 
ERISA, the statute requires the Department to make a finding that the 
exemption is administratively feasible, in the interest of the plan and 
its participants and beneficiaries, and protective of the rights of the 
participants and beneficiaries. To ensure that Managers have complied 
with the requirements of the exemption, the Department has included in 
the exemption certain recordkeeping and disclosure

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obligations that are designed to safeguard plan assets by periodically 
providing information to plan fiduciaries, who generally must be 
independent, about the cross-trading program. Initially, where plans 
are not invested in Funds, Managers must furnish information to plan 
fiduciaries about the cross-trading program, provide a statement that 
the Manager will have a potentially conflicting division of loyalties, 
and obtain written authorization from a plan fiduciary for a plan to 
participate in a cross-trading program. For plans that are currently 
invested in Funds, the Manager must provide annual notices to update 
the plan fiduciary and provide the plan with an opportunity to withdraw 
from the program. For Large Accounts, prior to the cross-trade, the 
Manager must provide information about the cross-trading program and 
obtain written authorization from the fiduciary of a Large Account to 
engage in cross-trading in connection with a portfolio restructuring 
program. Following completion of the Large Account's restructuring, 
information must be provided by the Manager about all cross-trades 
executed in connection with a portfolio-restructuring program. Finally, 
the exemption requires that Managers maintain for a period of 6 years 
from the date of each cross-trade the records necessary to enable plan 
fiduciaries and certain other persons specified in the exemption (e.g., 
Department representatives or contributing employers), to determine 
whether the conditions of the exemption have been met.
    EBSA previously submitted the information collection provisions of 
PTE 2002-12 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review in 
connection with promulgation of the prohibited transaction exemption. 
OMB approved the information collection request (ICR) under OMB Control 
No. 1210-0115. The ICR approval is currently scheduled to expire on 
June 30, 2006.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Department of Labor (Department) is particularly interested in 
comments that:
     Provide information related to the number of entities 
offering Index and Model-Driven Funds and their client plans, and the 
number of Large Accounts that may make use of the exemption;
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the 
Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the Department'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.

III. Current Actions

    This notice requests comments on an extension of the information 
collections in PTE 2002-12. After considering comments received in 
response to this notice, the Department intends to submit the ICR to 
OMB for continuing approval. Extension of the information collection 
provision of the exemption is important because, without the 
disclosures and recordkeeping provided for in the exemption, 
participants' and beneficiaries' investments in a pension plan might 
not be adequately protected. In addition, Managers that cross trade 
securities among Funds or cross trade securities in connection with the 
restructuring of a portfolio of a Large Account would be subject to 
statutorily imposed sanctions under ERISA. Lastly, the exemption 
provides a benefit to plans and participants through savings that 
result from index/model cross-trading. No change to the existing ICR is 
being proposed or made at this time. A summary of the ICR and the 
current burden estimates follows:
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 2002-12, Cross-Trades 
of Securities by Index and Model-Driven Funds.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0115.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-
profit; Not-for-profit institutions.
    Respondents: 60.
    Responses: 840.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 4,328.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $95,659.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the ICR submitted to OMB for approval; they will 
also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: March 2, 2006.
Susan G. Lahne,
Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Employee 
Benefits Security Administration.Administration.
 [FR Doc. E6-3235 Filed 3-7-06; 8:45 am]
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