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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 64 / Wednesday, April 2, 2008 / Notices controlled substance listed in schedule II. The company plans to import the listed controlled substance for the manufacture of a bulk controlled substance for distribution to its customer. As noted in a previous notice published in the Federal Register on September 23, 1975, (40 FR 43745), all applicants for registration to import a basic class of any controlled substances in schedule I or II are, and will continue to be, required to demonstrate to the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, that the requirements for such registration pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 958(a), 21 U.S.C. 823(a), and 21 CFR 1301.34(b), (c), (d), (e), and (f) are satisfied. Dated: March 27, 2008. Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration. [FR Doc. 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AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration Manufacturer of Controlled Substances; Notice of Application Pursuant to § 1301.33(a) of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this is notice that on March 4, 2008, Lonza Riverside, 900 River Road, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428, made application by renewal to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be registered as a bulk manufacturer of the basic classes of controlled substances listed in schedules I and II: Drug Schedule rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (2010). Amphetamine (1100) .................... Methylphenidate (1724) ................ I II II The company plans to manufacture bulk products for finished dosage units and distribution to its customers. Any other such applicant, and any person who is presently registered with DEA to manufacture such substances, may file comments or objections to the issuance of the proposed registration pursuant to 21 CFR § 1301.33(a). Any such written comments or objections being sent via regular mail should be addressed, in quintuplicate, to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:36 Apr 01, 2008 Jkt 214001 18001 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 requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is soliciting comments on the proposed extension of an information collection request (ICR) incorporated in the Final Rules relating to the use of electronic communication and recordkeeping technologies by employee pension and welfare benefit plans (29 CFR 2520.104b–1). A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice or at http://www.RegInfo.gov. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the ADDRESSES section on or before June 2, 2008. PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 G. Christopher Cosby, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693–8410, FAX (202) 693–4745 (these are not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department established a safe harbor pursuant to which all pension and welfare benefit plans covered by Title I of ERISA may use electronic media to satisfy disclosure obligations under Title I of ERISA (29 CFR 2520.104b–1). Employee benefit plan administrators will be deemed to satisfy their disclosure obligations when furnishing documents electronically only if a participant who does not have access to the employer’s electronic information system in the normal course of his duties, or a beneficiary or other person entitled to documents, has affirmatively consented to receive disclosure documents. Prior to consenting, the participant or beneficiary must also be provided with a clear and conspicuous statement indicating the types of documents to which the consent would apply, that consent may be withdrawn at any time, procedures for withdrawing consent and updating necessary information, the right to obtain a paper copy, and any hardware and software requirements. In the event of a hardware or software change that creates a material risk that the individual will be unable to access or retain documents that were the subject of the initial consent, the individual must be provided with information concerning the revised hardware or software, and an opportunity to withdraw a prior consent. II. Review Focus The Department of Labor (Department) is particularly interested in comments that: • 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 E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1 18002 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 64 / Wednesday, April 2, 2008 / Notices 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 The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of this ICR will expire on July 31, 2008. After considering comments received in response to this notice, the Department intends to submit the ICR to OMB for continuing approval. No change to the existing ICR is proposed or made at this time. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Consent to Receive Employee Benefit Plan Disclosure Electronically. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0121. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 1,000. Responses: 41,000. Average Response time: 2 hours and one minute. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 683. Dated: March 27, 2008. Joseph S. Piacentini, Deputy Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. E8–6765 Filed 4–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposed Extension of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment; Application for EFAST Electronic Signature and Codes for EFAST Transmitters and Software Developers rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:36 Apr 01, 2008 Jkt 214001 and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the proposed extension of the Application for EFAST Electronic Signature and Codes for EFAST Transmitters and Software Developers (Form EFAST–1). A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice or at http://www.RegInfo.gov. The Form EFAST–1 is also available for viewing and downloading through the Department of Labor’s Internet site (http://www.efast.dol.gov). DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before June 2, 2008. ADDRESSES: Mr. G. Christopher Cosby, Office of Policy and Research, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N– 5647, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693–8410. Fax: (202) 693-4745 (These are not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Under part 1 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), Title IV of ERISA, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, administrators of pension and welfare benefit plans (collectively, employee benefit plans) subject to those provisions and employers sponsoring certain fringe benefit plans and other plans of deferred compensation are required to file returns/reports annually concerning the financial condition and operations of the plans. These reporting requirements are satisfied generally by filing the Form 5500 Series in accordance with its instructions and the related regulations. Beginning with the 1999 plan year, the Agency announced the availability of computer scannable forms and the development of electronic filing technologies. The computer scannable formats were developed to facilitate the implementation of a computerized system designed to process the Form PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5500 and the IRS Form 5500–EZ—the ERISA Filing and Acceptance System, or EFAST. The Form 5500 and Form 5500–EZ may also be filed electronically via modem, magnetic tape, floppy diskette, or CD–ROM. In order to participate in the electronic filing program, applicants are required to submit an Application for EFAST Electronic Signature and Codes for EFAST Transmitters and Software Developers (Form EFAST–1), the subject of this ICR. Applicants who may file the Form EFAST–1 include: (1) Individuals applying for an electronic signature to sign a Form 5500 or 5500–EZ as, or on behalf of, plan administrators, employers/plan sponsors, or Direct Filing Entities (DFEs) using modem, magnetic tape, floppy diskette, or CD– ROM to file electronically; (2) transmitters (a company, trade, business, or other person) applying for codes to transmit Forms 5500 and/or Forms 5500–EZ for electronic filing using modem, magnetic tape, floppy diskette, or CD–ROM; and, (3) software developers (a company, trade, business, or other person that creates, programs, or otherwise modifies computer software) applying for codes required to develop EFAST-compliant computer software for electronically preparing and filing the Form 5500 and/or Form 5500–EZ. Applicants provide some or all of the following information depending on applicant type: Name and title of applicant, mailing address, Employer Identification Number (EIN), telephone number, facsimile number and e-mail address (optional), contact person if different than applicant, and a signed agreement concerning the terms and conditions of the electronic filing program. Applicants receive, depending on applicant type, some or all of the following codes: Electronic signature; filer identification number; personal identification number; encryption key; electronic filing identification number; password; and software developer ID. Applicants use these codes, as applicable, in connection with electronic filing, electronic transmission, or the development of EFAST software for the Form 5500 and 5500–EZ. The information provided by the applicants on EFAST–1, combined with the codes supplied to the applicants by the program, allow EFAST to verify a filer, transmitter, or software developer’s standing as a qualified participant in the EFAST electronic filing program for the Form 5500 and 5500–EZ. EFAST–1 information also establishes a means of contact between the EFAST program and filers, E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 64 (Wednesday, April 2, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18001-18002]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-6765]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


Proposed Extension of Information Collection Request Submitted 
for Public Comment; Consent To Receive Employee Benefit Plan Disclosure 
Electronically

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 requested data can be 
provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial 
resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, 
and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be 
properly assessed. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security 
Administration is soliciting comments on the proposed extension of an 
information collection request (ICR) incorporated in the Final Rules 
relating to the use of electronic communication and recordkeeping 
technologies by employee pension and welfare benefit plans (29 CFR 
2520.104b-1).
    A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained 
by contacting the individual shown in the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice or at http://www.RegInfo.gov.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the 
Addresses section on or before June 2, 2008.

ADDRESSES: G. Christopher Cosby, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits 
Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20210, (202) 693-8410, FAX (202) 693-4745 (these are not toll-free 
numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Department established a safe harbor pursuant to which all 
pension and welfare benefit plans covered by Title I of ERISA may use 
electronic media to satisfy disclosure obligations under Title I of 
ERISA (29 CFR 2520.104b-1). Employee benefit plan administrators will 
be deemed to satisfy their disclosure obligations when furnishing 
documents electronically only if a participant who does not have access 
to the employer's electronic information system in the normal course of 
his duties, or a beneficiary or other person entitled to documents, has 
affirmatively consented to receive disclosure documents. Prior to 
consenting, the participant or beneficiary must also be provided with a 
clear and conspicuous statement indicating the types of documents to 
which the consent would apply, that consent may be withdrawn at any 
time, procedures for withdrawing consent and updating necessary 
information, the right to obtain a paper copy, and any hardware and 
software requirements. In the event of a hardware or software change 
that creates a material risk that the individual will be unable to 
access or retain documents that were the subject of the initial 
consent, the individual must be provided with information concerning 
the revised hardware or software, and an opportunity to withdraw a 
prior consent.

II. Review Focus

    The Department of Labor (Department) is particularly interested in 
comments that:
     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

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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

    The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of this ICR 
will expire on July 31, 2008. After considering comments received in 
response to this notice, the Department intends to submit the ICR to 
OMB for continuing approval. No change to the existing ICR is proposed 
or made at this time.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the information 
collection request; they will also become a matter of public record.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Consent to Receive Employee Benefit Plan Disclosure 
Electronically.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0121.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 1,000.
    Responses: 41,000.
    Average Response time: 2 hours and one minute.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 683.

    Dated: March 27, 2008.
Joseph S. Piacentini,
Deputy Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits 
Security Administration.
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