Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Comment Request Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (Form M-1), 62350-62351 [E9-28384]

Download as PDF 62350 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 227 / Friday, November 27, 2009 / Notices Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530. Dated: November 23, 2009. Lynn Bryant, Department Clearance Officer, PRA, United States Department of Justice. [FR Doc. E9–28463 Filed 11–25–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Comment Request; ERISA Investment Manager Electronic Registration sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public, and the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on a proposed extension of the current approval of information collection provisions incorporated in the regulation pertaining to electronic registration of investment managers under ERISA. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the ADDRESSES section on or before January 26, 2010. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to G. Christopher Cosby, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N–5647, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693–8410; Fax: (202) 219–4745. These are not toll-free numbers. Comments may also be submitted electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: ebsa.opr@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:08 Nov 25, 2009 Jkt 220001 I. Background Section 3(38)(B) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) imposes certain registration requirements on an investment adviser that wishes to be considered an investment manager under ERISA. In 1997, section 3(38) was amended to permit advisers to satisfy the registration requirements by registering electronically with the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD) established and maintained by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). The Department promulgated a final regulation (69 FR 52120, Aug. 24, 2004) to implement the statutory change. The final regulation is codified at 29 CFR 2510.3–38. EBSA submitted an ICR requesting OMB approval of the information collection contained in 29 CFR 2510.3–38 when the proposed regulation was published, and OMB approved the information collection under OMB control number 1210–0125. The approval is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2010. The Department intends, following receipt of comments pursuant to this notice, to submit an ICR to OMB requesting an extension of its approval of this information collection. The public is not required to respond to an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. No change to the existing ICR is being proposed or made at this time. II. Desired Focus of Comments The 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 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., by permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions This notice requests comments on an extension of OMB’s approval of the information collections included in 29 PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CFR 2510.3–38. The Department is not proposing or implementing changes to the existing ICR at this time. A summary of the ICR and the current burden estimates follows: Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: ERISA Investment Manager Electronic Registration. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0125. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 500. Responses: 500. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,000. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $50,000. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: November 9, 2009. Joseph S. Piacentini, Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. E9–28381 Filed 11–25–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Comment Request Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (Form M–1) ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension of the current approval of an information collection entitled Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (Form M–1), contained in the Department’s regulation at 29 CFR 2520.101–2, Multiple Employer Welfare E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 227 / Friday, November 27, 2009 / Notices Arrangements and Certain Other Entities that Offer or Provide Medical Care to the Employees of Two or More Employers. A copy of the Department’s information collection request (ICR) may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addresses section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the addresses section below on or before January 26, 2010. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to G. Christopher Cosby, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N–5647, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693–8410; Fax: (202) 219–4745. These are not toll-free numbers. Comments may also be submitted electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: ebsa.opr@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES I. Background The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), codified as Part 7 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), was enacted to improve the portability and continuity of health care coverage for participants and beneficiaries of group health plans. In the interest of assuring compliance with Part 7, section 101(g) of ERISA, added by HIPAA, further permits the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) to require multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), as defined in section 3(40) of ERISA, to report to the Secretary in such form and manner as the Secretary might determine. The Department published a final rule providing for such reporting on an annual basis, together with a form (Form M–1) to be used by MEWAs for the annual report. The reporting requirement enables the Secretary to determine whether the requirements of Part 7 of ERISA are being carried out. EBSA submitted an ICR for the information collection in Form M–1 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in connection with publication of the final rule, and OMB approved the information collection under OMB control number 1210–0116. This approval is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2010. After considering any comments received in response to this notice, EBSA intends to submit an ICR to OMB to request continuing approval. The public is not required to respond to an information collection unless it displays a valid control VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:08 Nov 25, 2009 Jkt 220001 number. No change to the existing ICR is being proposed or made at this time. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR II. Desired Focus of Comments 62351 Employee Benefits Security Administration The 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 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., by permitting electronic submission of responses. III. Current Action This notice requests comments on an extension of OMB’s approval of the information collection included in Form M–1. The Department is not proposing or implementing changes to the existing ICR at this time. A summary of the ICR and the current burden estimates follows: Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements and Certain Entities Claiming Exception (Form M–1). OMB Number: 1210–0116. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 741. Frequency of Response: Annually. Responses: 3,718. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,336. Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $143,650. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the ICR; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: November 9, 2009. Joseph S. Piacentini, Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. E9–28384 Filed 11–25–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Comment Request; Summary Plan Description Requirements Under ERISA AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on a proposed extension of the current approval of information collection provisions in the regulation pertaining to summary plan description requirements under ERISA. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the ADDRESSES section on or before January 26, 2010. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to G. Christopher Cosby, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N–5647, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693–8410; Fax: (202) 219–4745. These are not toll-free numbers. Comments may also be submitted electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: ebsa.opr@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Section 104(b) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires the administrator of an employee benefit plan to furnish plan participants and certain beneficiaries with a Summary Plan Description (SPD) that describes, in language understandable to an average plan participant, the benefits, rights, and obligations of participants in the plan. E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Comment Request 
Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (Form M-1)

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), 
provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to 
comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This 
helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection 
requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and the 
public understand the Department's information collection requirements 
and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the 
Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments 
concerning a proposed extension of the current approval of an 
information collection entitled Annual Report for Multiple Employer 
Welfare Arrangements (Form M-1), contained in the Department's 
regulation at 29 CFR 2520.101-2, Multiple Employer Welfare

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Arrangements and Certain Other Entities that Offer or Provide Medical 
Care to the Employees of Two or More Employers. A copy of the 
Department's information collection request (ICR) may be obtained by 
contacting the office listed in the addresses section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the 
addresses section below on or before January 26, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to G. Christopher Cosby, Office 
of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-5647, 
Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693-8410; Fax: (202) 219-4745. 
These are not toll-free numbers. Comments may also be submitted 
electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: 
ebsa.opr@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 
(HIPAA), codified as Part 7 of Title I of the Employee Retirement 
Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), was enacted to improve the portability 
and continuity of health care coverage for participants and 
beneficiaries of group health plans. In the interest of assuring 
compliance with Part 7, section 101(g) of ERISA, added by HIPAA, 
further permits the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) to require 
multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), as defined in section 
3(40) of ERISA, to report to the Secretary in such form and manner as 
the Secretary might determine. The Department published a final rule 
providing for such reporting on an annual basis, together with a form 
(Form M-1) to be used by MEWAs for the annual report. The reporting 
requirement enables the Secretary to determine whether the requirements 
of Part 7 of ERISA are being carried out. EBSA submitted an ICR for the 
information collection in Form M-1 to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in connection with publication of 
the final rule, and OMB approved the information collection under OMB 
control number 1210-0116. This approval is scheduled to expire on 
February 28, 2010. After considering any comments received in response 
to this notice, EBSA intends to submit an ICR to OMB to request 
continuing approval. The public is not required to respond to an 
information collection unless it displays a valid control number. No 
change to the existing ICR is being proposed or made at this time.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    The 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 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., by 
permitting electronic submission of responses.

III. Current Action

    This notice requests comments on an extension of OMB's approval of 
the information collection included in Form M-1. The Department is not 
proposing or implementing changes to the existing ICR at this time. A 
summary of the ICR and the current burden estimates follows:
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements and 
Certain Entities Claiming Exception (Form M-1).
    OMB Number: 1210-0116.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 741.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Responses: 3,718.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,336.
    Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $143,650.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the ICR; they will 
also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: November 9, 2009.
Joseph S. Piacentini,
Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration.
[FR Doc. E9-28384 Filed 11-25-09; 8:45 am]
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