Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Unmodified SF 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report, 64708-64710 [E6-18554]

Download as PDF 64708 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 213 / Friday, November 3, 2006 / Notices (GAO) or other Federal agency when the information is required for program evaluation purposes. f. To a Member of Congress or staff on behalf of and at the request of the individual who is the subject of the record. g. To the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for records management purposes. h. To an expert, consultant, or contractor in the performance of a Federal duty to which the information is relevant, including individuals, organizations, private or public agencies, or other entities or individuals with whom a Federal agency/ organization has a contract or agreement to perform such services, including issuance of charge cards, as that agency/ organization may deem practicable for the purposes of laws administered by the agency/organization, in order for the contractor, subcontractor, public or private agency, or other entity or individual with whom the agency/ organization has an agreement or contract to perform the services of the contract or agreement. This routine use includes disclosures by the individual or entity performing the service for the Federal agency/organization to any secondary entity or individual to perform an activity that is necessary for individuals, organizations, private or public agencies, or other entities or individuals with whom the agency/ organization has a contract or agreement to provide the service to the agency/ organization. i. To GSA in the form of listings, reports, and records of all transportation related transactions, including refunds and adjustments, by the contractor to enable audits of transportation related charges to the Government. j. To GSA contract agents assigned to participating agencies for billing of purchase expenses. k. To agency finance offices for debt collection purposes. SAFEGUARDS: OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS System records are safeguarded in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act, the Computer Security Act, and OMB Circular A–130. Technical, administrative, and personnel security measures are implemented to ensure confidentiality and integrity of the system data stored, processed, and transmitted. Paper records are stored in secure cabinets or rooms to which only authorized individuals have access. Electronic records are protected by passwords and other appropriate security measures. RETENTION AND DISPOSAL: Disposition of records is according to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) guidelines, as set forth in the handbook, GSA Records Maintenance and Disposition System (OAD P 1820.2A and CIO P 1820.1), authorized GSA records schedules, and by individual agencies. SYSTEM MANAGER AND ADDRESS: Director, Office of Commercial Acquisition (FC), General Services Administration, 1901 South Bell Street, Arlington VA 22202. Also, officials responsible for individual agency purchase card programs using the SmartPay system (e.g., Federal Agency/Organization Program Coordinators). NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE: Individuals may obtain information about their records from the purchase charge card program manager of the agency for which they transact purchases. RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES: Requests from individuals for access to their records should be addressed to their agency’s purchase charge card program manager or to the finance office of the agency for which the individual transacts purchases. CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES: Individuals may access their records, contest the contents, and appeal determinations according to their agency’s rules. STORAGE: RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: Information may be collected on paper or electronically and may be stored on paper or on electronic media, as appropriate. mstockstill on PROD1PC68 with NOTICES POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF SYSTEM RECORDS: Information is obtained from individuals submitting charge card applications, monthly contractor reports, purchase records, managers, other agencies, non-Federal sources such as private firms, and other agency systems containing information pertaining to the purchase charge card program. RETRIEVABILITY: Records may be retrieved by name, Social Security Number, credit card number, and/or other personal identifier (e.g., employee ID) or appropriate type of designation. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Nov 02, 2006 Jkt 211001 [FR Doc. E6–18600 Filed 11–02–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–34–S PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Unmodified SF 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Office of Government Ethics is publishing this first round notice and seeking comment on the Standard Form (SF) 278 because it intends to submit the form for extension of approval (up to three years) by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act. OGE is making no changes to the SF 278 at this time. As in the past, OGE will ask agencies to notify filers of two updates to the information contained in the existing SF 278. DATES: Written comments by the public and the agencies on this proposed extension are invited and must be received by January 2, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to OGE on this paperwork notice by any of the following methods: • E-mail: usoge@oge.gov. (Include reference to ‘‘SF 278 Paperwork Comment’’ in the subject line of the message). • Fax: 202–482–9237. • Mail, Hand Delivery/Courier: Office of Government Ethics, Suite 500, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20005–3917, Attention: Paul D. Ledvina, Records Officer, Information Resources Management Division. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ledvina at the Office of Government Ethics; telephone: 202–482–9281; TDD: 202–482–9293; fax: 202–482–9237; email: pdledvin@oge.gov. A copy of a blank SF 278 may be obtained, without charge, by contacting Mr. Ledvina. Also, a copy of a blank SF 278 is available through the Forms, Publications & Other Ethics Documents section of OGE’s Web site at www.usoge.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Government Ethics intends to submit, after this notice and comment period, the unmodified Standard Form 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report (OMB control number 3209–0001) for extension of approval for (up to) three years by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). The current paperwork approval for the SF 278 expires at the end of November 2006. The Office of Government Ethics, as the supervising ethics office for the executive branch of E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 213 / Friday, November 3, 2006 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC68 with NOTICES the Federal Government under the Ethics in Government Act (the Ethics Act), is the sponsoring agency for the Standard Form 278. OGE will not seek General Services Administration (GSA) standard forms clearance for this extension because no modification to this standard form is proposed. In accordance with section 102 of the Ethics Act, 5 U.S.C. app. section 102, and OGE’s implementing financial disclosure regulations at 5 CFR part 2634, the SF 278 collects pertinent financial information from certain officers and high-level employees in the executive branch for conflicts of interest review and public disclosure. The SF 278 is also completed by individuals who are nominated by the President for high-level executive branch positions requiring Senate confirmation and new entrants to other public reporting positions in the executive branch. The financial information collected under the statute and regulations relates to: assets and income; transactions; gifts, reimbursements and travel expenses; liabilities; agreements or arrangements; outside positions; and compensation over $5,000 paid by a source—all subject to various reporting thresholds and exclusions. Current Version of the SF 278 The Office of Government Ethics is proposing no modifications to the SF 278 at this time. OGE will continue to make the unmodified SF 278 available to departments and agencies and their reporting employees through the Forms, Publications & Other Ethics Documents section of OGE’s Web site. This provides filers with two electronic options for preparing their report on a computer (as well as a downloadable blank form). There is also a link on the OGE Web site to another electronic version of the SF 278 maintained by the Department of Defense. In addition, GSA separately maintains two electronic versions of the form on its Web site (www.gsa.gov); paper forms can also be ordered through GSA. The Office of Government Ethics has determined that at this time, electronic filing of the SF 278 using an Internetbased system will not be permitted. A printout and manual signature of the form are still required unless otherwise specifically approved by OGE. Further developments on electronic filing may be forthcoming as part of a broader EGov initiative. Agency Notification of Updates There are two ways in which the content of the current SF 278 report form is affected. The first concerns adjustments in the gifts/reimbursements VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Nov 02, 2006 Jkt 211001 reporting thresholds. The second involves revised routine use language contained in the Privacy Act Statement of the form. OGE is proposing no revisions to the SF 278, but will continue to ask executive branch departments and agencies to inform SF 278 filers, through cover memorandum or otherwise, of these two updates when the existing March 2000 edition of the SF 278 report forms are provided for completion. See OGE’s August 25, 2003 memorandum to designated agency ethics officials (DO–03–015), posted in the ‘‘DAEOgrams’’ section of the OGE Web site. Information regarding these changes is also posted along with the SF 278 in the forms section of OGE’s Web site. In addition, OGE will post on its Web site an updated summary of one of the Privacy Act routine uses on the report form (see discussion below). Gifts/Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds Every three years OGE issues final rule amendments that revise the executive branch financial disclosure regulation to increase the aggregation and exception thresholds for reporting of gifts, reimbursements and travel expenses for the public and confidential report systems. See 5 U.S.C. app. section 102(a)(2)(A) & (B). The OGE aggregation threshold limits the total value of gifts and reimbursements from any one source. The exception threshold limits the value of individual gifts that must be counted toward the aggregation threshold. OGE’s threshold adjustments are tied to the ‘‘minimal value’’ threshold of the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, as determined by GSA under 5 U.S.C. 7342. Since 2002, OGE has asked agencies to notify filers of the SF 278 of the updated adjustments to the reporting thresholds for gifts and reimbursements. Effective January 1, 2005, GSA raised the ‘‘minimal value’’ threshold under 5 U.S.C. 7342 to $305 or less for the three-year period 2005– 2007. See 70 FR 2317–2318 (part V) (January 12, 2005). Following GSA’s action, OGE advised agencies of the adjusted thresholds and revised its financial disclosure regulation to reflect the increase in the thresholds for SF 278 reporting of gifts and travel reimbursements received from any one source to ‘‘more than $305’’ for the aggregation level for reporting and to ‘‘$122 or less’’ for the de minimis aggregation exception threshold. See March 17, 2005 memorandum to designated agency ethics officials (DO– 05–007) and 70 FR 12111–12112 (March 11, 2005). Both GSA and OGE PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64709 rulemakings and OGE’s memorandum are posted on the OGE Web site. Privacy Act Statement In addition, OGE has updated the OGE/GOVT–1 Privacy Act system of records notice (covering SF 278 Public Financial Disclosure Reports and other name-retrieved ethics program records). See 68 FR 3097–3109 (January 22, 2003), as corrected at 68 FR 24744 (May 8, 2003). As a result, the Privacy Act Statement, which includes summaries of the routine uses on page 11 of the instructions on the SF 278, is affected. As explained in the above-noted OGE memorandum DO–03–015 and the SF 278 notice posted on OGE’s Web site, the system notice update added three new routine uses applicable to SF 278 reports. Moreover, OGE will also ask agencies to inform filers of an update needed to the summary of the sixth listed routine use on the form in their periodic notifications to filers of changes to the SF 278. See revised routine use ‘‘h’’ at 68 FR 3100 for the OGE/GOVT–1 records system notice. OGE has already updated that same sixth routine use summary for two of its other forms, the OGE Form 201 and the OGE Optional Form 450–A, and is preparing to do so for the proposed future modified OGE Form 450 for use starting in 2007. The first two forms are posted in the forms section of the OGE Web site; see the paperwork notices in 2005 and 2006 for the latter form posted in the Laws & Regulations section of OGE’s Web site. A summary of the updates relevant to that SF 278 statement will be included with the paperwork clearance submission to OMB. SF 278 Filers The SF 278 is completed by candidates, nominees, new entrants, incumbents and terminees of certain high-level positions in the executive branch of the Federal Government. These reports are routinely reviewed by the agencies concerned. The Office of Government Ethics, along with the agencies concerned, conducts the review of the SF 278 reports of Presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation and incumbents in and terminees from such positions. Reporting Burden The Office of Government Ethics estimates, based on the agency ethics program questionnaire responses for 2003–2005, that an average of some 23,971 SF 278 report forms are filed annually at departments and agencies throughout the executive branch. Most of those executive branch filers are E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 64710 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 213 / Friday, November 3, 2006 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC68 with NOTICES current Federal employees at the time they file. However, an estimated 4.9 percent, or some 1,175 of the branchwide total SF 278 filers are members of the public, including private citizen Presidential nominees to positions subject to Senate confirmation (and their private representativeslawyers, accountants, brokers and bankers), other private citizen prospective new entrants to reportable positions, and those who file termination reports from such positions after their Government service ends, and Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates. The OGE estimate covers the next three years, 2007–2009, including a significant increase in reports anticipated with the fall 2008 Presidential election and following transition. The estimated average amount of time to complete the report form, including review of the instructions and gathering of needed information, remains the same as previously reported, at three hours. Thus, the overall estimated annual public burden for the SF 278 for the private citizen/representative nominee and terminee report forms processed in executive branch agencies, and those report forms processed by the OGE, including private citizen Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates report forms, is 3,525 hours. The prior paperwork burden estimate for the 2003–2005 period was 1,347 hours. This estimate was based upon an annual average of 449 SF 278 forms, those received only at OGE from private citizen/representative nominee and terminee filers, and Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates. The burden estimate for 2007–2009 is adjusted to cover private citizen filers in departments and agencies throughout the executive branch. Consideration of Comments Public comment is invited on each aspect of the SF 278 Public Financial Disclosure Report as set forth in this notice, including specifically views on the need for and practical utility of this collection of information, the accuracy of OGE’s burden estimate, the potential for enhancement of quality, utility and clarity of the information collected, and the minimization of burden (including the use of information technology). Any comments received in response to this notice will be summarized for, and may be included with, OGE’s request to OMB for paperwork approval for this information collection. Comments will also become a matter of public record. After reviewing any comments received, OGE will also publish a second round notice in the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Nov 02, 2006 Jkt 211001 Federal Register to inform the public and the agencies at the time it submits the request for OMB paperwork approval. Approved: October 26, 2006. Robert I. Cusick, Director, Office of Government Ethics. [FR Doc. E6–18554 Filed 11–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6345–02–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–R–234] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection: Subpart D—Private Contracts and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR 405.410, 405.430, 405.435, 405.440, 405.445, and 405.455. Use: Under the section 4507 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, CMS is required to permit certain physicians and practitioners to opt out of Medicare and furnish covered services to Medicare beneficiaries through private contracts. Form Number: CMS–R–234 (OMB#: 0938–0730). Frequency: Reporting—Biennially. Affected Public: Business or other forprofits. Number of Respondents: 26,820. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total Annual Responses: 26,820. Total Annual Hours: 7,197. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’ Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, or Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on January 2, 2007. CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development—C, Attention: Bonnie L Harkless, Room C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244–1850. Dated: October 24, 2006. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–18412 Filed 11–2–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–R–64, CMS– 3070G–I, CMS–576A, and CMS–304/304A] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the Agency’s function; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1

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OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS


Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Unmodified SF 278 
Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report

AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Government Ethics is publishing this first round 
notice and seeking comment on the Standard Form (SF) 278 because it 
intends to submit the form for extension of approval (up to three 
years) by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act. OGE is making no changes to the SF 278 at this time. As 
in the past, OGE will ask agencies to notify filers of two updates to 
the information contained in the existing SF 278.

DATES: Written comments by the public and the agencies on this proposed 
extension are invited and must be received by January 2, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to OGE on this paperwork notice by 
any of the following methods:
     E-mail: usoge@oge.gov. (Include reference to ``SF 278 
Paperwork Comment'' in the subject line of the message).
     Fax: 202-482-9237.
     Mail, Hand Delivery/Courier: Office of Government Ethics, 
Suite 500, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20005-3917, 
Attention: Paul D. Ledvina, Records Officer, Information Resources 
Management Division.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ledvina at the Office of 
Government Ethics; telephone: 202-482-9281; TDD: 202-482-9293; fax: 
202-482-9237; e-mail: pdledvin@oge.gov. A copy of a blank SF 278 may be 
obtained, without charge, by contacting Mr. Ledvina. Also, a copy of a 
blank SF 278 is available through the Forms, Publications & Other 
Ethics Documents section of OGE's Web site at www.usoge.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Government Ethics intends to 
submit, after this notice and comment period, the unmodified Standard 
Form 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report 
(OMB control number 3209-0001) for extension of approval for (up to) 
three years by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
chapter 35). The current paperwork approval for the SF 278 expires at 
the end of November 2006. The Office of Government Ethics, as the 
supervising ethics office for the executive branch of

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the Federal Government under the Ethics in Government Act (the Ethics 
Act), is the sponsoring agency for the Standard Form 278. OGE will not 
seek General Services Administration (GSA) standard forms clearance for 
this extension because no modification to this standard form is 
proposed.
    In accordance with section 102 of the Ethics Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 
section 102, and OGE's implementing financial disclosure regulations at 
5 CFR part 2634, the SF 278 collects pertinent financial information 
from certain officers and high-level employees in the executive branch 
for conflicts of interest review and public disclosure. The SF 278 is 
also completed by individuals who are nominated by the President for 
high-level executive branch positions requiring Senate confirmation and 
new entrants to other public reporting positions in the executive 
branch. The financial information collected under the statute and 
regulations relates to: assets and income; transactions; gifts, 
reimbursements and travel expenses; liabilities; agreements or 
arrangements; outside positions; and compensation over $5,000 paid by a 
source--all subject to various reporting thresholds and exclusions.

Current Version of the SF 278

    The Office of Government Ethics is proposing no modifications to 
the SF 278 at this time. OGE will continue to make the unmodified SF 
278 available to departments and agencies and their reporting employees 
through the Forms, Publications & Other Ethics Documents section of 
OGE's Web site. This provides filers with two electronic options for 
preparing their report on a computer (as well as a downloadable blank 
form). There is also a link on the OGE Web site to another electronic 
version of the SF 278 maintained by the Department of Defense. In 
addition, GSA separately maintains two electronic versions of the form 
on its Web site (www.gsa.gov); paper forms can also be ordered through 
GSA.
    The Office of Government Ethics has determined that at this time, 
electronic filing of the SF 278 using an Internet-based system will not 
be permitted. A printout and manual signature of the form are still 
required unless otherwise specifically approved by OGE. Further 
developments on electronic filing may be forthcoming as part of a 
broader E-Gov initiative.

Agency Notification of Updates

    There are two ways in which the content of the current SF 278 
report form is affected. The first concerns adjustments in the gifts/
reimbursements reporting thresholds. The second involves revised 
routine use language contained in the Privacy Act Statement of the 
form. OGE is proposing no revisions to the SF 278, but will continue to 
ask executive branch departments and agencies to inform SF 278 filers, 
through cover memorandum or otherwise, of these two updates when the 
existing March 2000 edition of the SF 278 report forms are provided for 
completion. See OGE's August 25, 2003 memorandum to designated agency 
ethics officials (DO-03-015), posted in the ``DAEOgrams'' section of 
the OGE Web site. Information regarding these changes is also posted 
along with the SF 278 in the forms section of OGE's Web site. In 
addition, OGE will post on its Web site an updated summary of one of 
the Privacy Act routine uses on the report form (see discussion below).

Gifts/Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds

    Every three years OGE issues final rule amendments that revise the 
executive branch financial disclosure regulation to increase the 
aggregation and exception thresholds for reporting of gifts, 
reimbursements and travel expenses for the public and confidential 
report systems. See 5 U.S.C. app. section 102(a)(2)(A) & (B). The OGE 
aggregation threshold limits the total value of gifts and 
reimbursements from any one source. The exception threshold limits the 
value of individual gifts that must be counted toward the aggregation 
threshold.
    OGE's threshold adjustments are tied to the ``minimal value'' 
threshold of the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, as determined by 
GSA under 5 U.S.C. 7342. Since 2002, OGE has asked agencies to notify 
filers of the SF 278 of the updated adjustments to the reporting 
thresholds for gifts and reimbursements. Effective January 1, 2005, GSA 
raised the ``minimal value'' threshold under 5 U.S.C. 7342 to $305 or 
less for the three-year period 2005-2007. See 70 FR 2317-2318 (part V) 
(January 12, 2005). Following GSA's action, OGE advised agencies of the 
adjusted thresholds and revised its financial disclosure regulation to 
reflect the increase in the thresholds for SF 278 reporting of gifts 
and travel reimbursements received from any one source to ``more than 
$305'' for the aggregation level for reporting and to ``$122 or less'' 
for the de minimis aggregation exception threshold. See March 17, 2005 
memorandum to designated agency ethics officials (DO-05-007) and 70 FR 
12111-12112 (March 11, 2005). Both GSA and OGE rulemakings and OGE's 
memorandum are posted on the OGE Web site.

Privacy Act Statement

    In addition, OGE has updated the OGE/GOVT-1 Privacy Act system of 
records notice (covering SF 278 Public Financial Disclosure Reports and 
other name-retrieved ethics program records). See 68 FR 3097-3109 
(January 22, 2003), as corrected at 68 FR 24744 (May 8, 2003). As a 
result, the Privacy Act Statement, which includes summaries of the 
routine uses on page 11 of the instructions on the SF 278, is affected. 
As explained in the above-noted OGE memorandum DO-03-015 and the SF 278 
notice posted on OGE's Web site, the system notice update added three 
new routine uses applicable to SF 278 reports. Moreover, OGE will also 
ask agencies to inform filers of an update needed to the summary of the 
sixth listed routine use on the form in their periodic notifications to 
filers of changes to the SF 278. See revised routine use ``h'' at 68 FR 
3100 for the OGE/GOVT-1 records system notice. OGE has already updated 
that same sixth routine use summary for two of its other forms, the OGE 
Form 201 and the OGE Optional Form 450-A, and is preparing to do so for 
the proposed future modified OGE Form 450 for use starting in 2007. The 
first two forms are posted in the forms section of the OGE Web site; 
see the paperwork notices in 2005 and 2006 for the latter form posted 
in the Laws & Regulations section of OGE's Web site. A summary of the 
updates relevant to that SF 278 statement will be included with the 
paperwork clearance submission to OMB.

SF 278 Filers

    The SF 278 is completed by candidates, nominees, new entrants, 
incumbents and terminees of certain high-level positions in the 
executive branch of the Federal Government. These reports are routinely 
reviewed by the agencies concerned. The Office of Government Ethics, 
along with the agencies concerned, conducts the review of the SF 278 
reports of Presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation and 
incumbents in and terminees from such positions.

Reporting Burden

    The Office of Government Ethics estimates, based on the agency 
ethics program questionnaire responses for 2003-2005, that an average 
of some 23,971 SF 278 report forms are filed annually at departments 
and agencies throughout the executive branch. Most of those executive 
branch filers are

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current Federal employees at the time they file. However, an estimated 
4.9 percent, or some 1,175 of the branchwide total SF 278 filers are 
members of the public, including private citizen Presidential nominees 
to positions subject to Senate confirmation (and their private 
representatives-lawyers, accountants, brokers and bankers), other 
private citizen prospective new entrants to reportable positions, and 
those who file termination reports from such positions after their 
Government service ends, and Presidential and Vice Presidential 
candidates. The OGE estimate covers the next three years, 2007-2009, 
including a significant increase in reports anticipated with the fall 
2008 Presidential election and following transition. The estimated 
average amount of time to complete the report form, including review of 
the instructions and gathering of needed information, remains the same 
as previously reported, at three hours. Thus, the overall estimated 
annual public burden for the SF 278 for the private citizen/
representative nominee and terminee report forms processed in executive 
branch agencies, and those report forms processed by the OGE, including 
private citizen Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates report 
forms, is 3,525 hours.
    The prior paperwork burden estimate for the 2003-2005 period was 
1,347 hours. This estimate was based upon an annual average of 449 SF 
278 forms, those received only at OGE from private citizen/
representative nominee and terminee filers, and Presidential and Vice 
Presidential candidates. The burden estimate for 2007-2009 is adjusted 
to cover private citizen filers in departments and agencies throughout 
the executive branch.

Consideration of Comments

    Public comment is invited on each aspect of the SF 278 Public 
Financial Disclosure Report as set forth in this notice, including 
specifically views on the need for and practical utility of this 
collection of information, the accuracy of OGE's burden estimate, the 
potential for enhancement of quality, utility and clarity of the 
information collected, and the minimization of burden (including the 
use of information technology).
    Any comments received in response to this notice will be summarized 
for, and may be included with, OGE's request to OMB for paperwork 
approval for this information collection. Comments will also become a 
matter of public record. After reviewing any comments received, OGE 
will also publish a second round notice in the Federal Register to 
inform the public and the agencies at the time it submits the request 
for OMB paperwork approval.

    Approved: October 26, 2006.
Robert I. Cusick,
Director, Office of Government Ethics.
 [FR Doc. E6-18554 Filed 11-2-06; 8:45 am]
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