Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request, 32347-32348 [E6-8673]

Download as PDF cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 107 / Monday, June 5, 2006 / Notices treatment. The Federal Reserve is responsible for drafting regulations and interpretations to carry out the purposes of these consumer protection laws. The Federal Reserve seeks to develop and implement regulatory policies based on information garnered from both consumers and industry entities that would enable consumers to make better financial decisions based on sound information and a clear understanding of how to use that information to meet their personal needs. Accordingly, the Federal Reserve periodically surveys consumers and financial institutions to identify key issues and review and evaluate consumer disclosures for effectiveness. Direct information about consumer knowledge and use of disclosure statements would best be obtained through studies of individuals and financial institutions that engage in consumer lending and provide other financial products. In order to better understand consumer attitudes and knowledge of the Federal Reserve’s consumer regulations and to make disclosure statements more comprehensible and usable, the Federal Reserve will conduct studies of consumers and financial institutions. These studies could take the format of focus group discussions, face–to–face interviews, telephone interviews, mall intercept testing, written questionnaires (paper or web based), or controlled experiments. The size of consumer focus groups will vary depending on the topics being discussed and the format of the sessions. Experience has shown that focused discussions of not more than twelve to fifteen participants are most productive. Written surveys or questionnaires could include categorical questions, yes–no questions, ordinal scale (such as Likert scale) or ranking scale questions (which ascertain respondent’s views on the degree to which something fits a particular criterion; for example, on a scale of 1, ‘‘strongly agree’’ to 5, ‘‘strongly disagree’’), and open–ended questions. The studies could be conducted through a private firm, which would be chosen in a competitive bidding process. The research instruments could be developed by the Federal Reserve alone or jointly with the firm selected by the Federal Reserve. The firm would be responsible for following the sampling protocol established by the Federal Reserve, conducting the study, preparing a data file containing the responses, computing analysis weights, and documenting all study procedures. Data editing and analysis of survey results would be conducted solely by VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:33 Jun 02, 2006 Jkt 208001 the Federal Reserve or jointly with the firm. In the subject areas covered by the studies, much of the information needs to be obtained via surveys of consumers, either because (1) personal attitudes, opinions or evidence of understanding are sought, or (2) the desired information is not compiled by financial institutions, or the information is compiled and is proprietary. In addition, the studies could survey financial institutions to obtain information about their consumer product offerings and disclosure and marketing practices with respect to those products. Current action: On March 15, 2006, the Federal Reserve published a notice soliciting comment on the proposal to implement FR 1380 (71 FR 13397). The comment period ended on May 15, 2006. The Federal Reserve received two comment letters; however, the proposal is unchanged from the one the Board initially approved. The comment letters, from a banking trade association and a financial holding company, strongly support the Federal Reserve’s proposal to conduct these studies to enable the use of consumer feedback to create more meaningful and useful disclosure statements. One of the commenters also suggested using a staged approach for conducting these studies. The suggested approach is substantially similar to the approach that will be employed by the Federal Reserve. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 31, 2006. Jennifer J. Johnson Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E6–8672 Filed 6–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–S FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the ‘‘agencies’’) may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32347 Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), of which the agencies are members, has approved the agencies’ publication for public comment of a proposal to revise the Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002), which is a currently approved information collection. The Board is publishing this proposal on behalf of the agencies. At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the FFIEC should modify the reports. The Board will then submit the reports to OMB for review and approval. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 4, 2006. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the agency listed below. All comments, which should refer to the OMB control number, will be shared among the agencies. You may submit comments, identified by FFIEC 002 (7100–0032), by any of the following methods: • Agency Web Site: http:// www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the http://www.federalreserve.gov/ generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E–mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include docket number in the subject line of the message. • FAX: 202–452–3819 or 202–452–3102. • Mail: Jennifer J. Johnson, 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 www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/ foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as submitted, except as necessary 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 in Room MP– 500 of the Board’s Martin Building (20th and C Streets, NW.) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Additionally, commenters should send a copy of their comments to the Desk Officer for the agencies by mail to U.S. Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW., No. 10235, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to 202– 395–6974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information or a copy of the collection may be requested from E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1 32348 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 107 / Monday, June 5, 2006 / Notices cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Michelle Long, Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer, 202–452–3829, Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20551. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may call 202–263–4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20551. Proposal to revise the following currently approved collection of information: Report Title: Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks Form Number: FFIEC 002 OMB Number: 7100–0032 Frequency of Response: Quarterly Affected Public: U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks Estimated Number of Respondents: 275 Estimated Time per Response: 22.75 hours Estimated Total Annual Burden: 25,025 hours General Description of Report: This information collection is mandatory: 12 U.S.C. 3105(b)(2), 1817(a)(1) and (3), and 3102(b). Except for select sensitive items, this information collection is not given confidential treatment [5 U.S.C. 552(b)(8)]. Abstract: On a quarterly basis, all U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks (U.S. branches) are required to file detailed schedules of assets and liabilities in the form of a condition report and a variety of supporting schedules. This information is used to fulfill the supervisory and regulatory requirements of the International Banking Act of 1978. The data are also used to augment the bank credit, loan, and deposit information needed for monetary policy and other public policy purposes. The Federal Reserve System collects and processes this report on behalf of all three agencies. Current Actions: The agencies propose to implement a number of revisions to modify the existing reporting requirements of the Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002), consistent with revisions to Schedule RC–O (Other Data for Deposit Insurance and FICO Assessments) on the Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) (FFIEC 031 and 041) filed by insured commercial banks and state– chartered savings banks. The proposed revisions to the FFIEC 002 summarized below, which would apply only to branches whose deposits are insured by the FDIC, have been approved for VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:33 Jun 02, 2006 Jkt 208001 publication by the FFIEC. The agencies would implement these proposed changes as of the September 30, 2006, reporting date. Changes to Schedule O, Memoranda item 1 The Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005 (Reform Act) (Pub. L. 109– 171), enacted in February 2006, increased the deposit insurance limit for certain retirement plan deposit accounts from $100,000 to $250,000. The basic insurance limit for other depositors – individuals, joint accountholders, businesses, government entities, and trusts – remains at $100,000. The FDIC issued an interim rule to implement this increase in coverage and other provisions of the Reform Act pertaining to deposit insurance coverage effective April 1, 2006 (71 FR 14629). As a result of this legislation and rulemaking, Memoranda items 1.a.(1) through 1.b.(2) of Schedule O would be redefined to exclude retirement accounts, which would be reported in four new items 1.c.(1) through 1.d.(2). For further details, see the Call Report Federal Register notice published on May 8, 2006 (71 FR 26809). Given the purpose of these memorandum items, the dollar amount cited in the caption would need to be changed if the deposit insurance limit were to change. To ensure that the dollar amount cited in the caption changes automatically as a function of the deposit insurance limit in effect on the report date, the caption for Memorandum item 1 would be footnoted to state that the specific dollar amounts used as the basis for reporting the number and amount of deposit accounts in Memorandum items 1.a through 1.d reflect the deposit insurance limits in effect on the report date. The instructions for this Memorandum item would be similarly clarified. For further details, see the Call Report Federal Register notices published on November 8, 2002, and March 4, 2003 (67 FR 68229 and 68 FR 10310, respectively). Changes to Schedule O, Memoranda item 2 Memorandum items 2.a and 2.b of Schedule O would be replaced and redefined as Memorandum item 2, ‘‘Estimated amount of uninsured deposits in the branch (excluding IBF),’’ and would be completed only by branches with $1 billion or more in total claims on nonrelated parties. For further details, see the Call Report Federal Register notices published on October 18, 2001, February 28, 2002, August 23, 2005, and February 17, 2006 (66 FR PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52973, 67 FR 9355, 70 FR 49363, and 71 FR 8649, respectively). Currently there are 13 branches that would be required to report the proposed Memorandum item 1 and only 4 branches that would be required to report the proposed Memorandum item 2. Therefore the agencies estimate that these deposit–related reporting changes will have a nominal effect on the overall reporting burden of the FFIEC 002. The agencies will monitor the impact of the new deposit insurance limits on the practices of branches whose deposits are insured by the FDIC and may propose additional revisions to the FFIEC 002 in the future to address supervisory or other public policy concerns resulting from any changes in branch practices. Request for Comment Comments are invited on: a. Whether the information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agencies’ functions, including whether the information has practical utility; b. The accuracy of the agencies’ estimate of the burden of the 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 the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology;and e. Estimates of capital or start up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be shared among the agencies. All comments will become a matter of public record. Written comments should address the accuracy of the burden estimate and ways to minimize burden including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology as well as other relevant aspects of the information collection request. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 31, 2006. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E6–8673 Filed 6–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–S E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1

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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board)

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Board, the Federal Deposit 
Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the 
Currency (the ``agencies'') may not conduct or sponsor, and the 
respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection 
unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) control number. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination 
Council (FFIEC), of which the agencies are members, has approved the 
agencies' publication for public comment of a proposal to revise the 
Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of 
Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002), which is a currently approved information 
collection. The Board is publishing this proposal on behalf of the 
agencies. At the end of the comment period, the comments and 
recommendations received will be analyzed to determine the extent to 
which the FFIEC should modify the reports. The Board will then submit 
the reports to OMB for review and approval.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 4, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to 
the agency listed below. All comments, which should refer to the OMB 
control number, will be shared among the agencies. You may submit 
comments, identified by FFIEC 002 (7100-0032), by any of the following 
methods:
 Agency Web Site: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments on the http://
www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm.
 Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments.
 E-mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include docket 
number in the subject line of the message.
 FAX: 202-452-3819 or 202-452-3102.
 Mail: Jennifer J. Johnson, 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 
www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as submitted, 
except as necessary 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 in Room 
MP-500 of the Board's Martin Building (20th and C Streets, NW.) between 
9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
    Additionally, commenters should send a copy of their comments to 
the Desk Officer for the agencies by mail to U.S. Office of Management 
and Budget, 725 17th Street NW., No. 10235, Washington, DC 20503 or by 
fax to 202-395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information or a copy of 
the collection may be requested from

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Michelle Long, Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer, 202-452-3829, 
Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal 
Reserve System, 20th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20551. 
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may call 202-263-
4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C 
Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20551.

Proposal to revise the following currently approved collection of 
information:

    Report Title: Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and 
Agencies of Foreign Banks
    Form Number: FFIEC 002
    OMB Number: 7100-0032
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly
    Affected Public: U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 275
    Estimated Time per Response: 22.75 hours
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 25,025 hours
    General Description of Report: This information collection is 
mandatory: 12 U.S.C. 3105(b)(2), 1817(a)(1) and (3), and 3102(b). 
Except for select sensitive items, this information collection is not 
given confidential treatment [5 U.S.C. 552(b)(8)].
    Abstract: On a quarterly basis, all U.S. branches and agencies of 
foreign banks (U.S. branches) are required to file detailed schedules 
of assets and liabilities in the form of a condition report and a 
variety of supporting schedules. This information is used to fulfill 
the supervisory and regulatory requirements of the International 
Banking Act of 1978. The data are also used to augment the bank credit, 
loan, and deposit information needed for monetary policy and other 
public policy purposes. The Federal Reserve System collects and 
processes this report on behalf of all three agencies.
    Current Actions: The agencies propose to implement a number of 
revisions to modify the existing reporting requirements of the Report 
of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign 
Banks (FFIEC 002), consistent with revisions to Schedule RC-O (Other 
Data for Deposit Insurance and FICO Assessments) on the Reports of 
Condition and Income (Call Report) (FFIEC 031 and 041) filed by insured 
commercial banks and state-chartered savings banks. The proposed 
revisions to the FFIEC 002 summarized below, which would apply only to 
branches whose deposits are insured by the FDIC, have been approved for 
publication by the FFIEC. The agencies would implement these proposed 
changes as of the September 30, 2006, reporting date.

Changes to Schedule O, Memoranda item 1

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005 (Reform Act) (Pub. 
L. 109-171), enacted in February 2006, increased the deposit insurance 
limit for certain retirement plan deposit accounts from $100,000 to 
$250,000. The basic insurance limit for other depositors - individuals, 
joint accountholders, businesses, government entities, and trusts - 
remains at $100,000. The FDIC issued an interim rule to implement this 
increase in coverage and other provisions of the Reform Act pertaining 
to deposit insurance coverage effective April 1, 2006 (71 FR 14629).
    As a result of this legislation and rulemaking, Memoranda items 
1.a.(1) through 1.b.(2) of Schedule O would be redefined to exclude 
retirement accounts, which would be reported in four new items 1.c.(1) 
through 1.d.(2). For further details, see the Call Report Federal 
Register notice published on May 8, 2006 (71 FR 26809).
    Given the purpose of these memorandum items, the dollar amount 
cited in the caption would need to be changed if the deposit insurance 
limit were to change. To ensure that the dollar amount cited in the 
caption changes automatically as a function of the deposit insurance 
limit in effect on the report date, the caption for Memorandum item 1 
would be footnoted to state that the specific dollar amounts used as 
the basis for reporting the number and amount of deposit accounts in 
Memorandum items 1.a through 1.d reflect the deposit insurance limits 
in effect on the report date. The instructions for this Memorandum item 
would be similarly clarified. For further details, see the Call Report 
Federal Register notices published on November 8, 2002, and March 4, 
2003 (67 FR 68229 and 68 FR 10310, respectively).

Changes to Schedule O, Memoranda item 2

    Memorandum items 2.a and 2.b of Schedule O would be replaced and 
redefined as Memorandum item 2, ``Estimated amount of uninsured 
deposits in the branch (excluding IBF),'' and would be completed only 
by branches with $1 billion or more in total claims on nonrelated 
parties. For further details, see the Call Report Federal Register 
notices published on October 18, 2001, February 28, 2002, August 23, 
2005, and February 17, 2006 (66 FR 52973, 67 FR 9355, 70 FR 49363, and 
71 FR 8649, respectively).
    Currently there are 13 branches that would be required to report 
the proposed Memorandum item 1 and only 4 branches that would be 
required to report the proposed Memorandum item 2. Therefore the 
agencies estimate that these deposit-related reporting changes will 
have a nominal effect on the overall reporting burden of the FFIEC 002.
    The agencies will monitor the impact of the new deposit insurance 
limits on the practices of branches whose deposits are insured by the 
FDIC and may propose additional revisions to the FFIEC 002 in the 
future to address supervisory or other public policy concerns resulting 
from any changes in branch practices.

Request for Comment

Comments are invited on:
    a. Whether the information collection is necessary for the proper 
performance of the agencies' functions, including whether the 
information has practical utility;
    b. The accuracy of the agencies' estimate of the burden of the 
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 the information collection on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology;and
    e. Estimates of capital or start up costs and costs of operation, 
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be shared among 
the agencies. All comments will become a matter of public record. 
Written comments should address the accuracy of the burden estimate and 
ways to minimize burden including the use of automated collection 
techniques or the use of other forms of information technology as well 
as other relevant aspects of the information collection request.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 31, 2006.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. E6-8673 Filed 6-2-06; 8:45 am]
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