Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 78794-78797 [E8-30555]

Download as PDF 78794 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 23, 2008 / Notices displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) that does not display a valid control number. Comments are requested concerning (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission’s burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Written Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) comments should be submitted on or before January 22, 2009. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contacts listed below as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, Office of Management and Budget, via Internet at Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov or via fax at (202) 395–5167 and to Cathy Williams, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1–C823, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC or via Internet at Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov or PRA@fcc.gov. To view a copy of this information collection request (ICR) submitted to OMB: (1) Go to the Web page http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, (2) look for the section of the Web page called ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ (3) click on the downward-pointing arrow in the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box below the ‘‘Currently Under Review’’ heading, (4) select ‘‘Federal Communications Commission’’ from the list of agencies presented in the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box, (5) click the ‘‘Submit’’ button to the right of the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box, (6) when the list of FCC ICRs currently under review appears, look for the title of this ICR (or its OMB control number, if there is one) and then click on the ICR Reference Number to view detailed information about this ICR. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies of the information collection(s), contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418–2918. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 3060–0685. Title: Updating Maximum Permitted Rates for Regulated Services and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Dec 22, 2008 Jkt 217001 Equipment, FCC Form 1210; Annual Updating of Maximum Permitted Rates for Regulated Cable Services, FCC Form 1240. Form Number: FCC Forms 1210 and 1240. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents: Business or other forprofit entities; State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents and Responses: 3,400 respondents; 5,350 responses. Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour to 15 hours. Frequency of Response: Annual reporting requirement; Quarterly reporting requirement; Third party disclosure requirement. Obligation To Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in 4(i) and 623 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Total Annual Burden: 44,800 hours. Total Annual Cost: $2,034,375. Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s). Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality with this collection. Needs and Uses: Cable operators use Form 1210 to file for adjustments in maximum permitted rates for regulated services to reflect external costs. Regulated cable operators submit this form to local franchising authorities. Form 1240 is filed by cable operators seeking to adjust maximum permitted rates for regulated cable services to reflect changes in external costs. Cable operators submit Form 1240 to their respective local franchising authorities (‘‘LFAs’’) to justify rates for the basic service tier and related equipment or with the Commission (in situations where the Commission has assumed jurisdiction). Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–30550 Filed 12–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Office of Thrift Supervision FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request AGENCIES: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury; Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board); Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); and Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), Treasury. ACTION: Joint notice and request for comment. SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the OCC, the Board, the FDIC, and the OTS (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 extend, with revision, the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) for banks, the Thrift Financial Report (TFR) for savings associations, the Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002), and the Report of Assets and Liabilities of a Non-U.S. Branch that is Managed or Controlled by a U.S. Branch or Agency of a Foreign (Non-U.S.) Bank (FFIEC 002S), all of which are currently approved collections of information. At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the FFIEC and the agencies should modify the proposed revisions prior to giving final approval. The agencies will then submit the revisions to OMB for review and approval. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 23, 2009. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to any or all of the agencies. All comments, which should refer to the OMB control E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 23, 2008 / Notices number(s), will be shared among the agencies. OCC: You should direct all written comments to: Communications Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Public Information Room, Mailstop 1–5, Attention: 1557–0081, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219. In addition, comments may be sent by fax to (202) 874–4448, or by electronic mail to regs.comments@occ.treas.gov. For security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 874–5043. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and submit to security screening in order to inspect and photocopy comments. Board: You may submit comments, which should refer to ‘‘Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (FFIEC 031 and 041)’’ or ‘‘Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002) and Report of Assets and Liabilities of a Non-U.S. Branch that is Managed or Controlled by a U.S. Branch or Agency of a Foreign (Non-U.S.) Bank (FFIEC 002S),’’ 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 reporting form 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 http:// www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/ foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as submitted, unless modified 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. FDIC: You may submit comments, which should refer to ‘‘Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income, 3064– 0052,’’ by any of the following methods: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Dec 22, 2008 Jkt 217001 • Agency Web Site: http:// www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/ propose.html. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the FDIC Web site. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: comments@FDIC.gov. Include ‘‘Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income, 3064–0052’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Herbert J. Messite, (202) 898– 6834, Counsel, Attn: Comments, Room F–1052, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429. • Hand Delivery: Comments may be hand delivered to the guard station at the rear of the 550 17th Street Building (located on F Street) on business days between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Public Inspection: All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/ federal/propose.html including any personal information provided. Comments may be inspected at the FDIC Public Information Center, Room E– 1002, 3501 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22226, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days. OTS: You may submit comments, identified by ‘‘1550–0023 (TFR: Schedule DI Revisions),’’ by any of the following methods: • E-mail address: infocollection.comments@ots.treas.gov. Please include ‘‘1550–0023 (TFR: Schedule DI Revisions)’’ in the subject line of the message and include your name and telephone number in the message. • Fax: (202) 906–6518. • Mail: Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel’s Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552, Attention: ‘‘1550–0023 (TFR: Schedule DI Revisions).’’ • Hand Delivery/Courier: Guard’s Desk, East Lobby Entrance, 1700 G Street, NW., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on business days, Attention: Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel’s Office, Attention: ‘‘1550–0023 (TFR: Schedule DI Revisions).’’ Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and OMB Control Number for this information collection. All comments received will be posted without change to the OTS Internet Site at http://www.ots.treas.gov/ pagehtml.cfm?catNumber=67&an=1, including any personal information provided. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78795 www.ots.treas.gov/ pagehtml.cfm?catNumber=67&an=1. In addition, you may inspect comments at the Public Reading Room, 1700 G Street, NW., by appointment. To make an appointment for access, call (202) 906– 5922, send an e-mail to public.info@ots.treas.gov, or send a facsimile transmission to (202) 906– 7755. (Prior notice identifying the materials you will be requesting will assist us in serving you.) We schedule appointments on business days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In most cases, appointments will be available the next business day following the date we receive a request. Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the OMB desk officer for the agencies by mail to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, or by fax to (202) 395–6974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the revisions discussed in this notice, please contact any of the agency clearance officers whose names appear below. In addition, copies of the Call Report, FFIEC 002, and FFIEC 002S forms can be obtained at the FFIEC’s Web site (http:// www.ffiec.gov/ffiec_report_forms.htm). Copies of the TFR can be obtained from the OTS’s Web site (http:// www.ots.treas.gov/ main.cfm?catNumber=2&catParent=0). OCC: Mary Gottlieb, OCC Clearance Officer, (202) 874–5090, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219. Board: Michelle E. Shore, 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. FDIC: Herbert J. Messite, Counsel, (202) 898–6834, Legal Division, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429. OTS: Ira L. Mills, OTS Clearance Officer, at Ira.Mills@ots.treas.gov, (202) 906–6531, or facsimile number (202) 906–6518, Litigation Division, Chief Counsel’s Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The agencies are proposing to revise and extend for three years the Call Report, the TFR, the FFIEC 002, and the FFIEC E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 78796 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 23, 2008 / Notices 002S, which are currently approved collections of information.1 1. Report Title: Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report). Form Number: Call Report: FFIEC 031 (for banks with domestic and foreign offices) and FFIEC 041 (for banks with domestic offices only). Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. OCC OMB Number: 1557–0081. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,620 national banks. Estimated Time per Response: 45.42 burden hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 297,589 burden hours. Board OMB Number: 7100–0036. Estimated Number of Respondents: 877 state member banks. Estimated Time per Response: 52.55 burden hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 184,345 burden hours. FDIC OMB Number: 3064–0052. Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,130 insured state nonmember banks. Estimated Time per Response: 36.64 burden hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 751,853 burden hours. The estimated time per response for the Call Report is an average that varies by agency because of differences in the composition of the institutions under each agency’s supervision (e.g., size distribution of institutions, types of activities in which they are engaged, and existence of foreign offices). The average reporting burden for the Call Report is estimated to range from 16 to 650 hours per quarter, depending on an individual institution’s circumstances. 2. Report Title: Thrift Financial Report (TFR). Form Number: OTS 1313 (for savings associations). Frequency of Response: Quarterly; Annually. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. 1 The proposed changes to the Call Report, the TFR, and the FFIEC 002 that are the subject of this notice have been approved by OMB on an emergency clearance basis and will take effect December 31, 2008. OMB’s emergency approval for these reports expires May 31, 2009. The OCC, the Board, and the FDIC have also proposed other revisions to the Call Report that would take effect on a phased-in basis in March, June, and December 2009 (73 FR 54807, September 23, 2008). The OTS has also proposed other revisions to the TFR that would take effect on a phased-in basis in March, June, and December 2009 (73 FR 57205, October 1, 2008). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Dec 22, 2008 Jkt 217001 OTS OMB Number: 1550–0023. Estimated Number of Respondents: 774 savings associations. Estimated Time per Response: 37 burden hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 186,085 burden hours. 3. Report Titles: Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks; Report of Assets and Liabilities of a Non-U.S. Branch that is Managed or Controlled by a U.S. Branch or Agency of a Foreign (Non-U.S.) Bank. Form Numbers: FFIEC 002; FFIEC 002S. Board OMB Number: 7100–0032. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Affected Public: U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks. Estimated Number of Respondents: FFIEC 002—264; FFIEC 002S—65. Estimated Time per Response: FFIEC 002—25.02 hours; FFIEC 002S—6 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: FFIEC 002—26,421 hours; FFIEC 002S— 1,560 hours. General Description of Reports These information collections are mandatory: 12 U.S.C. 161 (for national banks), 12 U.S.C. 324 (for state member banks), 12 U.S.C. 1817 (for insured state nonmember commercial and savings banks), 12 U.S.C. 1464 (for savings associations), and 12 U.S.C. 3105(c)(2), 1817(a), and 3102(b) (for U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks). Except for selected data items, the Call Report, the TFR, and the FFIEC 002 are not given confidential treatment. The FFIEC 002S is given confidential treatment [5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)]. Abstracts Call Report and TFR: Institutions submit Call Report and TFR data to the agencies each quarter for the agencies’ use in monitoring the condition, performance, and risk profile of individual institutions and the industry as a whole. Call Report and TFR data provide the most current statistical data available for evaluating institutions’ corporate applications, for identifying areas of focus for both on-site and offsite examinations, and for monetary and other public policy purposes. The agencies use Call Report and TFR data in evaluating interstate merger and acquisition applications to determine, as required by law, whether the resulting institution would control more than ten percent of the total amount of deposits of insured depository institutions in the PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 United States. Call Report and TFR data are also used to calculate all institutions’ deposit insurance and Financing Corporation assessments, national banks’ semiannual assessment fees, and the OTS’s assessments on savings associations. FFIEC 002 and FFIEC 002S: On a quarterly basis, all U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks are required to file the FFIEC 002, which is a detailed report of condition with 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 FFIEC 002S is a supplement to the FFIEC 002 that collects information on assets and liabilities of any non-U.S. branch that is managed or controlled by a U.S. branch or agency of the foreign bank. Managed or controlled means that a majority of the responsibility for business decisions, including but not limited to decisions with regard to lending or asset management or funding or liability management, or the responsibility for recordkeeping in respect of assets or liabilities for that foreign branch resides at the U.S. branch or agency. A separate FFIEC 002S must be completed for each managed or controlled non-U.S. branch. The FFIEC 002S must be filed quarterly along with the U.S. branch or agency’s FFIEC 002. The data from both reports are used for: (1) Monitoring deposit and credit transactions of U.S. residents; (2) monitoring the impact of policy changes; (3) analyzing structural issues concerning foreign bank activity in U.S. markets; (4) understanding flows of banking funds and indebtedness of developing countries in connection with data collected by the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements that are used in economic analysis; and (5) assisting in the supervision of U.S. offices of foreign banks. The Federal Reserve System collects and processes these reports on behalf of the OCC, the Board, and the FDIC. Current Actions Section 141 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (FDICIA), Pub. L. No. 102–242 (Dec. 19, 1991), added Section 13(c)(4)(G) to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI Act), 12 U.S.C. 1823(c)(4)(G). That section authorizes action by the federal government in circumstances involving a systemic risk to the nation’s financial system. On October 13, 2008, in response to the E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 23, 2008 / Notices unprecedented disruption in credit markets and the resultant effects on the abilities of banks to fund themselves and to intermediate credit, the Secretary of the Treasury (after consultation with the President) made a determination of systemic risk following receipt of the written recommendation of the FDIC Board, along with the written recommendation of the Federal Reserve Board, in accordance with Section 13(c)(4)(G). The systemic risk determination allows the FDIC to take certain actions to avoid or mitigate serious adverse effects on economic conditions or financial stability. Pursuant to the systemic risk determination, the FDIC Board established the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee (TLG) Program. To facilitate the FDIC’s administration of the TLG Program, the FDIC Board approved an interim rule on October 23, 2008,2 and (after a 15-day comment period that ended on November 13, 2008) a final rule on November 21, 2008.3 The TLG Program is comprised of (1) a Debt Guarantee Program under which, in general, the FDIC will guarantee certain newly-issued senior unsecured debt issued by participating entities on or after October 14, 2008, through and including June 30, 2009, up to a specified limit; and (2) a Transaction Account Guarantee Program under which the FDIC will provide a 100 percent guarantee of certain noninterest-bearing transaction accounts held by participating insured depository institutions through December 31, 2009. The TLG Program includes a system of fees to be paid by participating entities for such guarantees beginning November 13, 2008. In order for the FDIC to calculate the fees to be assessed under the Transaction Account Guarantee Program, the FDIC needs to collect information from participating insured depository institutions on the amount and number of noninterest-bearing transaction accounts, as defined in the final rule, of more than $250,000. Given the nature of these data items, the best method for obtaining this information from participating institutions is through the Call Report, the TFR, and the FFIEC 002. Accordingly, the agencies submitted an emergency clearance request to OMB seeking approval to begin collecting these two data items in these reports as of December 31, 2008. OMB approved this emergency clearance request on 2 73 FR 64179, October 29, 2008. The FDIC amended the interim rule effective November 4, 2008. 73 FR 66160, November 7, 2008. 3 73 FR 72244, November 26, 2008. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Dec 22, 2008 Jkt 217001 78797 November 26, 2008. Because OMB’s approval of the agencies’ emergency clearance request expires on May 31, 2009, the agencies are now proposing under OMB’s normal clearance procedures to collect these two items each quarter until the Transaction Account Guarantee Program ends. The new items that institutions participating in the Transaction Account Guarantee Program must complete are being added to the Call Report as Memorandum items 4.a and 4.b of Schedule RC–O, to the TFR as items DI570 and DI575 of Schedule DI, and to the FFIEC 002 as Memorandum items 6.a and 6.b of Schedule O. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary. Dated: December 15, 2008. Deborah Dakin, Senior Deputy Chief Counsel, Regulations and Legislation Division, Office of Thrift Supervision. [FR Doc. E8–30555 Filed 12–22–08; 8:45 am] Request for Comment AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. SUMMARY: Background. On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) its approval authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), as per 5 CFR 1320.16, to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board under conditions set forth in 5 CFR 1320 Appendix A.1. Boardapproved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of information instruments are placed into OMB’s public docket files. The Federal Reserve may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Public comment is requested on all aspects of this joint notice. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed revisions to the collections of information that are the subject of this notice are necessary for the proper performance of the agencies’ functions, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agencies’ estimates of the burden of the information collections as they are proposed to be revised, 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 information collections 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 joint notice will be shared among the agencies and will be summarized or included in the agencies’ requests for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: December 15, 2008. Michele Meyer, Assistant Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 17, 2008. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. Dated at Washington, DC, this 12th day of December 2008. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 4810–33–P, 6210–01–P, 6714–01–P, 6720–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposals The following information collections, which are being handled under this delegated authority, have received initial Board approval and are hereby published for comment. At the end of the comment period, the proposed information collections, along with an analysis of comments and recommendations received, will be submitted to the Board for final approval under OMB delegated authority. Comments are invited on the following: a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Federal Reserve’s functions; including whether the information has practical utility; E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Office of Thrift Supervision

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment 
Request

AGENCIES: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury; 
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board); Federal 
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); and Office of Thrift Supervision 
(OTS), Treasury.

ACTION: Joint 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 OCC, the Board, the FDIC, and 
the OTS (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 extend, with 
revision, the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call 
Report) for banks, the Thrift Financial Report (TFR) for savings 
associations, the Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and 
Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002), and the Report of Assets and 
Liabilities of a Non-U.S. Branch that is Managed or Controlled by a 
U.S. Branch or Agency of a Foreign (Non-U.S.) Bank (FFIEC 002S), all of 
which are currently approved collections of information. At the end of 
the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be 
analyzed to determine the extent to which the FFIEC and the agencies 
should modify the proposed revisions prior to giving final approval. 
The agencies will then submit the revisions to OMB for review and 
approval.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to 
any or all of the agencies. All comments, which should refer to the OMB 
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number(s), will be shared among the agencies.
    OCC: You should direct all written comments to: Communications 
Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Public Information 
Room, Mailstop 1-5, Attention: 1557-0081, 250 E Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20219. In addition, comments may be sent by fax to (202) 
874-4448, or by electronic mail to regs.comments@occ.treas.gov. For 
security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to 
inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 874-5043. Upon 
arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued 
photo identification and submit to security screening in order to 
inspect and photocopy comments.
    Board: You may submit comments, which should refer to 
``Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (FFIEC 031 and 041)'' or 
``Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of 
Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002) and Report of Assets and Liabilities of a 
Non-U.S. Branch that is Managed or Controlled by a U.S. Branch or 
Agency of a Foreign (Non-U.S.) Bank (FFIEC 002S),'' 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 
reporting form 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 
http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm as 
submitted, unless modified 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.
    FDIC: You may submit comments, which should refer to ``Consolidated 
Reports of Condition and Income, 3064-0052,'' by any of the following 
methods:
     Agency Web Site: http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/
federal/propose.html. Follow the instructions for submitting comments 
on the FDIC Web site.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: comments@FDIC.gov. Include ``Consolidated Reports 
of Condition and Income, 3064-0052'' in the subject line of the 
message.
     Mail: Herbert J. Messite, (202) 898-6834, Counsel, Attn: 
Comments, Room F-1052, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429.
     Hand Delivery: Comments may be hand delivered to the guard 
station at the rear of the 550 17th Street Building (located on F 
Street) on business days between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    Public Inspection: All comments received will be posted without 
change to http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/propose.html 
including any personal information provided. Comments may be inspected 
at the FDIC Public Information Center, Room E-1002, 3501 Fairfax Drive, 
Arlington, VA 22226, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days.
    OTS: You may submit comments, identified by ``1550-0023 (TFR: 
Schedule DI Revisions),'' by any of the following methods:
     E-mail address: infocollection.comments@ots.treas.gov. 
Please include ``1550-0023 (TFR: Schedule DI Revisions)'' in the 
subject line of the message and include your name and telephone number 
in the message.
     Fax: (202) 906-6518.
     Mail: Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel's 
Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, 
DC 20552, Attention: ``1550-0023 (TFR: Schedule DI Revisions).''
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Guard's Desk, East Lobby Entrance, 
1700 G Street, NW., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on business days, Attention: 
Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel's Office, Attention: 
``1550-0023 (TFR: Schedule DI Revisions).''
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and OMB Control Number for this information collection. All comments 
received will be posted without change to the OTS Internet Site at 
http://www.ots.treas.gov/pagehtml.cfm?catNumber=67&an=1, including any 
personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.ots.treas.gov/
pagehtml.cfm?catNumber=67&an=1. In addition, you may inspect comments 
at the Public Reading Room, 1700 G Street, NW., by appointment. To make 
an appointment for access, call (202) 906-5922, send an e-mail to 
public.info@ots.treas.gov, or send a facsimile transmission to (202) 
906-7755. (Prior notice identifying the materials you will be 
requesting will assist us in serving you.) We schedule appointments on 
business days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In most cases, appointments 
will be available the next business day following the date we receive a 
request.
    Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the 
OMB desk officer for the agencies by mail to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, New 
Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503, or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the 
revisions discussed in this notice, please contact any of the agency 
clearance officers whose names appear below. In addition, copies of the 
Call Report, FFIEC 002, and FFIEC 002S forms can be obtained at the 
FFIEC's Web site (http://www.ffiec.gov/ffiec_report_forms.htm). 
Copies of the TFR can be obtained from the OTS's Web site (http://
www.ots.treas.gov/main.cfm?catNumber=2&catParent=0).
    OCC: Mary Gottlieb, OCC Clearance Officer, (202) 874-5090, 
Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the 
Comptroller of the Currency, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219.
    Board: Michelle E. Shore, 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.
    FDIC: Herbert J. Messite, Counsel, (202) 898-6834, Legal Division, 
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20429.
    OTS: Ira L. Mills, OTS Clearance Officer, at 
Ira.Mills@ots.treas.gov, (202) 906-6531, or facsimile number (202) 906-
6518, Litigation Division, Chief Counsel's Office, Office of Thrift 
Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The agencies are proposing to revise and 
extend for three years the Call Report, the TFR, the FFIEC 002, and the 
FFIEC

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002S, which are currently approved collections of information.\1\
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    \1\ The proposed changes to the Call Report, the TFR, and the 
FFIEC 002 that are the subject of this notice have been approved by 
OMB on an emergency clearance basis and will take effect December 
31, 2008. OMB's emergency approval for these reports expires May 31, 
2009. The OCC, the Board, and the FDIC have also proposed other 
revisions to the Call Report that would take effect on a phased-in 
basis in March, June, and December 2009 (73 FR 54807, September 23, 
2008). The OTS has also proposed other revisions to the TFR that 
would take effect on a phased-in basis in March, June, and December 
2009 (73 FR 57205, October 1, 2008).
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    1. Report Title: Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call 
Report).
    Form Number: Call Report: FFIEC 031 (for banks with domestic and 
foreign offices) and FFIEC 041 (for banks with domestic offices only).
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

OCC

    OMB Number: 1557-0081.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,620 national banks.
    Estimated Time per Response: 45.42 burden hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 297,589 burden hours.

Board

    OMB Number: 7100-0036.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 877 state member banks.
    Estimated Time per Response: 52.55 burden hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 184,345 burden hours.

FDIC

    OMB Number: 3064-0052.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,130 insured state nonmember 
banks.
    Estimated Time per Response: 36.64 burden hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 751,853 burden hours.
    The estimated time per response for the Call Report is an average 
that varies by agency because of differences in the composition of the 
institutions under each agency's supervision (e.g., size distribution 
of institutions, types of activities in which they are engaged, and 
existence of foreign offices). The average reporting burden for the 
Call Report is estimated to range from 16 to 650 hours per quarter, 
depending on an individual institution's circumstances.
    2. Report Title: Thrift Financial Report (TFR).
    Form Number: OTS 1313 (for savings associations).
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly; Annually.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

OTS

    OMB Number: 1550-0023.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 774 savings associations.
    Estimated Time per Response: 37 burden hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 186,085 burden hours.
    3. Report Titles: Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches 
and Agencies of Foreign Banks; Report of Assets and Liabilities of a 
Non-U.S. Branch that is Managed or Controlled by a U.S. Branch or 
Agency of a Foreign (Non-U.S.) Bank.
    Form Numbers: FFIEC 002; FFIEC 002S.

Board

    OMB Number: 7100-0032.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.
    Affected Public: U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: FFIEC 002--264; FFIEC 002S--65.
    Estimated Time per Response: FFIEC 002--25.02 hours; FFIEC 002S--6 
hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: FFIEC 002--26,421 hours; FFIEC 
002S--1,560 hours.

General Description of Reports

    These information collections are mandatory: 12 U.S.C. 161 (for 
national banks), 12 U.S.C. 324 (for state member banks), 12 U.S.C. 1817 
(for insured state nonmember commercial and savings banks), 12 U.S.C. 
1464 (for savings associations), and 12 U.S.C. 3105(c)(2), 1817(a), and 
3102(b) (for U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks). Except for 
selected data items, the Call Report, the TFR, and the FFIEC 002 are 
not given confidential treatment. The FFIEC 002S is given confidential 
treatment [5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)].

Abstracts

    Call Report and TFR: Institutions submit Call Report and TFR data 
to the agencies each quarter for the agencies' use in monitoring the 
condition, performance, and risk profile of individual institutions and 
the industry as a whole. Call Report and TFR data provide the most 
current statistical data available for evaluating institutions' 
corporate applications, for identifying areas of focus for both on-site 
and off-site examinations, and for monetary and other public policy 
purposes. The agencies use Call Report and TFR data in evaluating 
interstate merger and acquisition applications to determine, as 
required by law, whether the resulting institution would control more 
than ten percent of the total amount of deposits of insured depository 
institutions in the United States. Call Report and TFR data are also 
used to calculate all institutions' deposit insurance and Financing 
Corporation assessments, national banks' semiannual assessment fees, 
and the OTS's assessments on savings associations.
    FFIEC 002 and FFIEC 002S: On a quarterly basis, all U.S. branches 
and agencies of foreign banks are required to file the FFIEC 002, which 
is a detailed report of condition with 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 FFIEC 002S is a supplement to the FFIEC 002 that collects 
information on assets and liabilities of any non-U.S. branch that is 
managed or controlled by a U.S. branch or agency of the foreign bank. 
Managed or controlled means that a majority of the responsibility for 
business decisions, including but not limited to decisions with regard 
to lending or asset management or funding or liability management, or 
the responsibility for recordkeeping in respect of assets or 
liabilities for that foreign branch resides at the U.S. branch or 
agency. A separate FFIEC 002S must be completed for each managed or 
controlled non-U.S. branch. The FFIEC 002S must be filed quarterly 
along with the U.S. branch or agency's FFIEC 002. The data from both 
reports are used for: (1) Monitoring deposit and credit transactions of 
U.S. residents; (2) monitoring the impact of policy changes; (3) 
analyzing structural issues concerning foreign bank activity in U.S. 
markets; (4) understanding flows of banking funds and indebtedness of 
developing countries in connection with data collected by the 
International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements 
that are used in economic analysis; and (5) assisting in the 
supervision of U.S. offices of foreign banks. The Federal Reserve 
System collects and processes these reports on behalf of the OCC, the 
Board, and the FDIC.

Current Actions

    Section 141 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 
Improvement Act of 1991 (FDICIA), Pub. L. No. 102-242 (Dec. 19, 1991), 
added Section 13(c)(4)(G) to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI 
Act), 12 U.S.C. 1823(c)(4)(G). That section authorizes action by the 
federal government in circumstances involving a systemic risk to the 
nation's financial system. On October 13, 2008, in response to the

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unprecedented disruption in credit markets and the resultant effects on 
the abilities of banks to fund themselves and to intermediate credit, 
the Secretary of the Treasury (after consultation with the President) 
made a determination of systemic risk following receipt of the written 
recommendation of the FDIC Board, along with the written recommendation 
of the Federal Reserve Board, in accordance with Section 13(c)(4)(G). 
The systemic risk determination allows the FDIC to take certain actions 
to avoid or mitigate serious adverse effects on economic conditions or 
financial stability. Pursuant to the systemic risk determination, the 
FDIC Board established the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee (TLG) Program.
    To facilitate the FDIC's administration of the TLG Program, the 
FDIC Board approved an interim rule on October 23, 2008,\2\ and (after 
a 15-day comment period that ended on November 13, 2008) a final rule 
on November 21, 2008.\3\ The TLG Program is comprised of (1) a Debt 
Guarantee Program under which, in general, the FDIC will guarantee 
certain newly-issued senior unsecured debt issued by participating 
entities on or after October 14, 2008, through and including June 30, 
2009, up to a specified limit; and (2) a Transaction Account Guarantee 
Program under which the FDIC will provide a 100 percent guarantee of 
certain noninterest-bearing transaction accounts held by participating 
insured depository institutions through December 31, 2009. The TLG 
Program includes a system of fees to be paid by participating entities 
for such guarantees beginning November 13, 2008.
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    \2\ 73 FR 64179, October 29, 2008. The FDIC amended the interim 
rule effective November 4, 2008. 73 FR 66160, November 7, 2008.
    \3\ 73 FR 72244, November 26, 2008.
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    In order for the FDIC to calculate the fees to be assessed under 
the Transaction Account Guarantee Program, the FDIC needs to collect 
information from participating insured depository institutions on the 
amount and number of noninterest-bearing transaction accounts, as 
defined in the final rule, of more than $250,000. Given the nature of 
these data items, the best method for obtaining this information from 
participating institutions is through the Call Report, the TFR, and the 
FFIEC 002. Accordingly, the agencies submitted an emergency clearance 
request to OMB seeking approval to begin collecting these two data 
items in these reports as of December 31, 2008. OMB approved this 
emergency clearance request on November 26, 2008. Because OMB's 
approval of the agencies' emergency clearance request expires on May 
31, 2009, the agencies are now proposing under OMB's normal clearance 
procedures to collect these two items each quarter until the 
Transaction Account Guarantee Program ends.
    The new items that institutions participating in the Transaction 
Account Guarantee Program must complete are being added to the Call 
Report as Memorandum items 4.a and 4.b of Schedule RC-O, to the TFR as 
items DI570 and DI575 of Schedule DI, and to the FFIEC 002 as 
Memorandum items 6.a and 6.b of Schedule O.

Request for Comment

    Public comment is requested on all aspects of this joint notice. 
Comments are invited on:
    (a) Whether the proposed revisions to the collections of 
information that are the subject of this notice are necessary for the 
proper performance of the agencies' functions, including whether the 
information has practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the agencies' estimates of the burden of the 
information collections as they are proposed to be revised, 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 information collections 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 joint notice will be shared 
among the agencies and will be summarized or included in the agencies' 
requests for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: December 15, 2008.
Michele Meyer,
Assistant Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, 
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 17, 
2008.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
    Dated at Washington, DC, this 12th day of December 2008.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Robert E. Feldman,
Executive Secretary.
    Dated: December 15, 2008.
Deborah Dakin,
Senior Deputy Chief Counsel, Regulations and Legislation Division, 
Office of Thrift Supervision.
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