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E9–30591 Filed 12–22–09; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 6735–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The information collection requirements described below will be E:\FR\FM\24DEN1.SGM 24DEN1 68428 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 246 / Thursday, December 24, 2009 / Notices submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (‘‘PRA’’). The FTC is seeking public comments on its proposal to extend through May 31, 2013, the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Contact Lens Rule. Those clearances expire on May 31, 2010. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 22, 2010. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments electronically or in paper form, by following the instructions in the Request for Comments to 60-Day Notice part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Comments in electronic form should be submitted by using the following Web link: (https:// public.commentworks.com/ftc/ contactlensrulepra) (and following the instructions on the web-based form). Comments in paper form should be mailed or delivered to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–135 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580, in the manner detailed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for copies of the collection of information and supporting documentation should be addressed to Karen Jagielski, Attorney, Division of Advertising Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., NJ– 3212, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326–2509. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 Proposed Information Collection Activities Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ means agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. § 3502(3), 5 CFR § 1320.3 (c). Because the number of entities affected by the Commission’s requests will exceed ten, the Commission plans to seek OMB clearance under the PRA. As required by § 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the Commission is providing this opportunity for public comment before requesting that OMB extend the existing paperwork clearance for the information collection requirements associated with the Commission’s regulations under the VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:40 Dec 23, 2009 Jkt 220001 Contact Lens Rule (‘‘the Rule’’), 16 CFR part 315. The Rule was promulgated by the FTC pursuant to the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (‘‘FCLCA’’), Pub. L. 108– 164 (December 6, 2003), which was enacted to enable consumers to purchase contact lenses from the seller of their choice. The Rule became effective on August 2, 2004. As mandated by the FCLCA, the Rule requires the release and verification of contact lens prescriptions and contains recordkeeping requirements applying to both prescribers and sellers of contact lenses. Specifically, the Rule requires that prescribers provide a copy of the prescription to the consumer upon the completion of a contact lens fitting and verify or provide prescriptions to authorized third parties. The Rule also mandates that a contact lens seller may sell contact lenses only in accordance with a prescription that the seller either: (a) Has received from the patient orprescriber; or (b) has verified through direct communication with the prescriber. In addition, the Rule imposes recordkeeping requirements on contact lens prescribers and sellers. For example, the Rule requires prescribers to document in their patients’ records the medical reasons for setting a contact lens prescription expiration date of less than one year. The Rule requires contact lens sellers to maintain records for three years of all direct communications involved in obtaining verification of a contact lens prescription, as well as prescriptions, or copies thereof, which they receive directly from customers or prescribers. The information retained under the Rule’s recordkeeping requirements is used by the Commission to substantiate compliance with the Rule and may also provide a basis for the Commission to bring an enforcement action. Without the required records, it would be difficult either to ensure that entities are complying with the Rule’s requirements or to bring enforcement actions based on violations of the Rule. Commission staff estimates the paperwork burden of the FCLCA and Rule based on its knowledge of the eye care industry. Staff believes there will be some burden on individual prescribers to provide contact lens prescriptions, although it involves merely writing a few items of information onto a slip of paper and handing it to the patient, or perhaps mailing or faxing it to a third party. In addition, there will be some recordkeeping burden on contact lens sellers—including retaining prescriptions or records of ‘‘direct PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 communications’’—pertaining to each sale of contact lenses to consumers who received their original prescription from a third party prescriber. Request for Comments to 60-Day Notice The FTC invites comments on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to 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., permitting electronic submission of responses. All comments should be filed as prescribed below, and must be received on or before February 22, 2010. Because comments will be made public, they should not include any sensitive personal information, such as an individual’s Social Security Number; date of birth; driver’s license number or other state identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card number. Comments also should not include any sensitive health information, such as medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, comments should not include any ’’[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which is obtained from any person and which is privileged or confidential. . .,‘‘ as provided in Section 6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (’’FTC Act‘‘), 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled ‘‘Confidential,’’ and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).1 Because paper mail addressed to the FTC is subject to delay due to heightened security screening, please 1The comment must be accompanied by an explicit request for confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted or denied by the Commission’s General Counsel, consistent with applicable law and the public interest. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CPR 4.9(c). E:\FR\FM\24DEN1.SGM 24DEN1 wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 246 / Thursday, December 24, 2009 / Notices consider submitting your comments in electronic form. Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted by using the following web link: (https:// public.commentworks.com/ftc/ contactlensrulepra) (and following the instructions on the web-based form). To ensure that the Commission considers an electronic comment, you must file it on the web-based form at the web link: (https://public.commentworks.com/ftc/ contactlensrulepra). If this Notice appears at (http://www.regulations.gov/ search/index.jsp), you may also file an electronic comment through that website. The Commission will consider all comments that regulations.gov forwards to it. You may also visit the FTC Website at (http://www.ftc.gov) to read the Notice and the news release describing it. A comment filed in paper form should include the ‘‘Contact Lens Rule: FTC File No. P054510’’ reference both in the text and on the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-135 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580. The FTC is requesting that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or overnight service, if possible, because U.S. postal mail in the Washington area and at the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security precautions. The FTC Act and other laws the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives, whether filed in paper or electronic form. Comments received will be available to the public on the FTC Website, to the extent practicable, at (http://www.ftc.gov/os/ publiccomments.shtm). As a matter of discretion, the Commission makes every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments it receives before placing those comments on the FTC Website. More information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, may be found in the FTC’s privacy policy, at (http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/ privacy.shtm). Burden Statement Estimated total annual hours burden: 850,000 hours (rounded to the nearest thousand). Based upon staff knowledge of the industry, this figure is derived by adding approximately 567,000 VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:40 Dec 23, 2009 Jkt 220001 disclosure hours for contact lens prescribers to approximately 283,000 recordkeeping hours for contact lens sellers, for a combined industry total of 850,000 hours. This is slightly lower than the estimates previously submitted to OMB (the similar figure was 950,000 hours in 2006); and is due to a drop in the estimated number of contact lens wearers from 36 million (2006) to 34 million (2008). No provisions in the Rule have been amended since staff’s prior submission to OMB. The Rules disclosure and recordkeeping requirements, therefore, remain the same. As noted above, the number of contact lens wearers in the United States is estimated to be approximately 34 million.2 Therefore, assuming an annual contact lens exam for each contact lens wearer, 34 million people would receive a copy of their prescription each year under the Rule. At an estimated one minute per prescription, the annual time spent by prescribers complying with the disclosure requirement would be a maximum of 567,000 hours. [(34 million × 1 minute)/60 minutes = 566,667 hours] As required by the FCLCA, the Rule also imposes two recordkeeping requirements. First, prescribers must document the specific medical reasons for setting a contact lens prescription expiration date shorter than the one year minimum established by the FCLCA. This burden is likely to be nil because the requirement applies only in cases when the prescriber invokes the medical judgment exception, which is expected to occur infrequently, and prescribers are likely to record this information in the ordinary course of business as part of their patients’ medical records. The OMB regulation that implements the PRA defines ‘‘burden’’ to exclude any effort that would be expended regardless of a regulatory requirement. 5 CFR 1320.3(B)(3)(2). Second, the Rule requires contact lens sellers to maintain certain documents relating to contact lens sales. As noted above, a seller may sell contact lenses only in accordance with a prescription that the seller either (a) has received from the patient or prescriber, or (b) has verified through direct communication with the prescriber. The FCLCA requires sellers to retain prescriptions and records of communications with 2See Contact Lenses, Frequently Asked Questions, November, 2009, available at (http:// www.allaboutvision.com/faq/contactlens.htm.) See also Nichols, J. ‘‘Annual Report: Contact Lenses 2008,’’ Contact Lens Spectrum, Jan. 2009, available at (http://www.clspectrum.com/ article.aspx?article=102473). PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68429 prescribers relating to prescription verification for three years. Staff believes that the burden of complying with this requirement is low. Sellers who seek verification of contact lens prescriptions must retain one or two records for each contact lens sale: Either the relevant prescription itself, or the verification request and any response from the prescriber. Staff estimates that such recordkeeping will entail a maximum of five minutes per sale, including time spent preparing a file and actually filing the record(s). Staff also believes that, based on its knowledge of the industry, this burden will fall primarily on mail order and Internet-based sellers of contact lenses, as they are the entities in the industry most reliant on obtaining or verifying contact lens prescriptions. Based on conversations with the industry, staff estimates that these entities currently account for approximately 10% of sales in the contact lens market3 and, by extension, that approximately 3.4 million consumers—10% of the 34 million contact lens wearers in the United States—purchase their lenses from them. At an estimated five minutes per sale to each of 3.4 million consumers, contact lens sellers will spend a total of 283,300 burden hours complying with the recordkeeping requirement. [(3.4 million × 5 minutes)/60 minutes = 283,333.3 hours] This estimate likely overstates the actual burden, however, because it includes the time spent by sellers who already keep records pertaining to contact lens sales in the ordinary course of business. In addition, the estimate may overstate the time spent by sellers to the extent that records (e.g., verification requests) are generated and stored automatically and electronically, which staff understands is the case for some larger online sellers. Estimated labor costs: $32,317,001 (rounded to the nearest thousand). Commission staff derived labor costs by applying appropriate hourly cost figures to the burden hours described above. Staff estimates, based on its knowledge of the industry, that optometrists account for approximately 75% of prescribers. Consequently, for simplicity, staff will focus on their average hourly wage in estimating prescribers’ labor cost burden. 3The FTC’s February 2005 study, ‘‘The Strength of Competition in the Rx Sale of Contact Lenses: An FTC Study,’’ cites various data that, averaged together, suggests that approximately 10% of contact lens sales are by online and mail-order sellers. The report is available online at (http:// www.ftc.gov/reports/contactlens/ 050214contactlensrpt.pdf). E:\FR\FM\24DEN1.SGM 24DEN1 68430 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 246 / Thursday, December 24, 2009 / Notices According to Bureau of Labor Statistics from May 2008, salaried optometrists earn an average wage of $50.58 per hour and general office clerical personnel earn an average of $12.90 per hour.4 With these categories of personnel, respectively, likely to perform the brunt of the disclosure (for optometrists) and recordkeeping (for office clerks) aspects of the Rule, estimated total labor cost attributable to the Rule would be approximately $32.8 million. [($50.58 × 566,666.7 hours) + ($12.90 × 283,333.3 hours) = $32,317,001] The contact lens market is a multibillion dollar market; one recent survey estimates that contact lens sales totaled $2.37 billion from Jan 1, 2006 to Dec 31, 2006.5 Thus, the total labor cost burden estimate of $32.3 million represents approximately 1.5% of the overall market. Estimated annual non-labor cost burden: $0 or minimal. Staff believes that the Rule’s disclosure and recordkeeping requirements impose negligible capital or other non-labor costs, as the affected entities are likely to have the necessary supplies and/or equipment already (e.g., prescription pads, patients’ medical charts, facsimile machines and paper, telephones, and recordkeeping facilities such as filing cabinets or other storage). Willard Tom, General Counsel [FR Doc. E9–30573 Filed 12–23–09: 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5280–N–50] Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, HUD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 and median worker hourly wages for optometrists and general office clerks are drawn from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment and Statistics Survey, May 2008, based on BLS-sampled data it collected over a 3-year period. See (http://www.bls.gov/ news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf) (Table 1). 5The Vision Council of America and Jobson Optical Research have conducted large scale continuous consumer research under the name VisionWatch, which reports on the vision care industry. The basis for this statistic is on file with the Federal Trade Commission. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:40 Dec 23, 2009 Jkt 220001 Dated: December 17, 2009. Mark R. Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs. [FR Doc. E9–30412 Filed 12–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act BILLING CODE: 6750–01–S 4Mean surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless. DATES: Effective Date: December 24, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Ezzell, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 7262, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 708–1234; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708–2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800–927–7588. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the December 12, 1988 court order in National Coalition for the Homeless v. Veterans Administration, No. 88–2503–OG (D.D.C.), HUD publishes a Notice, on a weekly basis, identifying unutilized, underutilized, excess and surplus Federal buildings and real property that HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. Today’s Notice is for the purpose of announcing that no additional properties have been determined suitable or unsuitable this week. Notice is hereby given that on December 18, 2009, a proposed Consent Decree in United States v. Newell Holdings Delaware, Inc. and Rock Springs Enterprises, Inc., Civil Action No. 5:07-cv-164, was lodged with the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. In a civil action filed on December 18, 2007, under Section 107(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (‘‘CERCLA’’), 42 U.S.C. 9607(a), the United States sought recovery of response costs from Newell Holdings Delaware, Inc. (‘‘Newell Holdings’’) and Rock Springs Enterprises, Inc. (‘‘Rock Springs’’) in connection with the Eighth and Plutus Streets Pottery Site in Chester, West Virginia (‘‘the Site’’). The proposed Consent Decree, lodged on December 18, 2009, resolves the liability of the defendant Newell Holdings for response costs incurred and to be PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 incurred by the United States in connection with the Site, and requires Newell Holdings to pay $800,000 in response costs in accordance with the terms of the Decree. Defendant Rock Springs is not a party to the Consent Decree. The Department of Justice will receive comments relating to the proposed Consent Decree for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this publication. Please address comments to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, by e-mail to pubcommentees.enrd@usdoj.gov or regular mail to P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20044–7611, and refer to United States v. Newell Holdings Delaware, Inc. and Rock Springs Enterprises, Inc., D.J. Ref. 90– 11–3–09297. The Consent Decree may be examined at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, U.S. Courthouse and Federal building, 1125 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003 and at U.S. EPA Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. During the public comment period, the Consent Decree may also be examined on the following Department of Justice Web site, http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/ consent_decrees.html. A copy of the Consent Decree may also be obtained by mail from the Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044–7611 or by faxing or e-mailing a request to Tonia Fleetwood (tonia.fleetwood@usdoj.gov), fax no. (202) 514–0097, phone confirmation number (202) 514–1547. When requesting a copy from the Consent Decree Library, please enclose a check in the amount of $6.00 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the U.S. Treasury or, if by e-mail or fax, forward a check in that amount to the Consent Decree Library at the address above. Maureen Katz, Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. E9–30581 Filed 12–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under OMB Review Small Business Administration. Notice of Reporting Requirements Submitted for OMB Review. AGENCY: ACTION: E:\FR\FM\24DEN1.SGM 24DEN1

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The information collection requirements described below will 
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submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for review, 
as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA''). The FTC is 
seeking public comments on its proposal to extend through May 31, 2013, 
the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements 
contained in its Contact Lens Rule. Those clearances expire on May 31, 
2010.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 22, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments 
electronically or in paper form, by following the instructions in the 
Request for Comments to 60-Day Notice part of the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section below. Comments in electronic form should be 
submitted by using the following Web link: (https://public.commentworks.com/ftc/contactlensrulepra) (and following the 
instructions on the web-based form). Comments in paper form should be 
mailed or delivered to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, 
Office of the Secretary, Room H-135 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 
NW, Washington, DC 20580, in the manner detailed in the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Requests for copies of the collection of information and supporting 
documentation should be addressed to Karen Jagielski, Attorney, 
Division of Advertising Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., NJ- 3212, 
Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-2509.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed Information Collection Activities

    Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, federal agencies must obtain 
approval from OMB for each collection of information they conduct or 
sponsor. ``Collection of information'' means agency requests or 
requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, 
or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. Sec.  3502(3), 5 CFR 
Sec.  1320.3 (c). Because the number of entities affected by the 
Commission's requests will exceed ten, the Commission plans to seek OMB 
clearance under the PRA. As required by Sec.  3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 
the Commission is providing this opportunity for public comment before 
requesting that OMB extend the existing paperwork clearance for the 
information collection requirements associated with the Commission's 
regulations under the Contact Lens Rule (``the Rule''), 16 CFR part 
315.
    The Rule was promulgated by the FTC pursuant to the Fairness to 
Contact Lens Consumers Act (``FCLCA''), Pub. L. 108-164 (December 6, 
2003), which was enacted to enable consumers to purchase contact lenses 
from the seller of their choice. The Rule became effective on August 2, 
2004. As mandated by the FCLCA, the Rule requires the release and 
verification of contact lens prescriptions and contains recordkeeping 
requirements applying to both prescribers and sellers of contact 
lenses.
    Specifically, the Rule requires that prescribers provide a copy of 
the prescription to the consumer upon the completion of a contact lens 
fitting and verify or provide prescriptions to authorized third 
parties. The Rule also mandates that a contact lens seller may sell 
contact lenses only in accordance with a prescription that the seller 
either: (a) Has received from the patient orprescriber; or (b) has 
verified through direct communication with the prescriber. In addition, 
the Rule imposes recordkeeping requirements on contact lens prescribers 
and sellers. For example, the Rule requires prescribers to document in 
their patients' records the medical reasons for setting a contact lens 
prescription expiration date of less than one year. The Rule requires 
contact lens sellers to maintain records for three years of all direct 
communications involved in obtaining verification of a contact lens 
prescription, as well as prescriptions, or copies thereof, which they 
receive directly from customers or prescribers.
    The information retained under the Rule's recordkeeping 
requirements is used by the Commission to substantiate compliance with 
the Rule and may also provide a basis for the Commission to bring an 
enforcement action. Without the required records, it would be difficult 
either to ensure that entities are complying with the Rule's 
requirements or to bring enforcement actions based on violations of the 
Rule.
    Commission staff estimates the paperwork burden of the FCLCA and 
Rule based on its knowledge of the eye care industry. Staff believes 
there will be some burden on individual prescribers to provide contact 
lens prescriptions, although it involves merely writing a few items of 
information onto a slip of paper and handing it to the patient, or 
perhaps mailing or faxing it to a third party. In addition, there will 
be some recordkeeping burden on contact lens sellers--including 
retaining prescriptions or records of ``direct communications''--
pertaining to each sale of contact lenses to consumers who received 
their original prescription from a third party prescriber.

Request for Comments to 60-Day Notice

    The FTC invites comments on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways 
to 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., permitting electronic 
submission of responses. All comments should be filed as prescribed 
below, and must be received on or before February 22, 2010.
    Because comments will be made public, they should not include any 
sensitive personal information, such as an individual's Social Security 
Number; date of birth; driver's license number or other state 
identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; 
financial account number; or credit or debit card number. Comments also 
should not include any sensitive health information, such as medical 
records or other individually identifiable health information. In 
addition, comments should not include any ''[t]rade secret or any 
commercial or financial information which is obtained from any person 
and which is privileged or confidential. . .,`` as provided in Section 
6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (''FTC Act``), 15 U.S.C. 
46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). Comments containing 
material for which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in 
paper form, must be clearly labeled ``Confidential,'' and must comply 
with FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).\1\
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    \1\The comment must be accompanied by an explicit request for 
confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for 
the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment 
to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted 
or denied by the Commission's General Counsel, consistent with 
applicable law and the public interest. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CPR 
4.9(c).
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    Because paper mail addressed to the FTC is subject to delay due to 
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consider submitting your comments in electronic form. Comments filed in 
electronic form should be submitted by using the following web link: 
(https://public.commentworks.com/ftc/contactlensrulepra) (and following 
the instructions on the web-based form). To ensure that the Commission 
considers an electronic comment, you must file it on the web-based form 
at the web link: (https://public.commentworks.com/ftc/contactlensrulepra). If this Notice appears at (http://www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp), you may also file an electronic 
comment through that website. The Commission will consider all comments 
that regulations.gov forwards to it. You may also visit the FTC Website 
at (http://www.ftc.gov) to read the Notice and the news release 
describing it.
    A comment filed in paper form should include the ``Contact Lens 
Rule: FTC File No. P054510'' reference both in the text and on the 
envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following address: 
Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-135 (Annex 
J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580. The FTC is 
requesting that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or 
overnight service, if possible, because U.S. postal mail in the 
Washington area and at the Commission is subject to delay due to 
heightened security precautions.
    The FTC Act and other laws the Commission administers permit the 
collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as 
appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive 
public comments that it receives, whether filed in paper or electronic 
form. Comments received will be available to the public on the FTC 
Website, to the extent practicable, at (http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm). As a matter of discretion, the Commission makes 
every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from 
the public comments it receives before placing those comments on the 
FTC Website. More information, including routine uses permitted by the 
Privacy Act, may be found in the FTC's privacy policy, at (http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.shtm).

Burden Statement

    Estimated total annual hours burden: 850,000 hours (rounded to the 
nearest thousand).

    Based upon staff knowledge of the industry, this figure is derived 
by adding approximately 567,000 disclosure hours for contact lens 
prescribers to approximately 283,000 recordkeeping hours for contact 
lens sellers, for a combined industry total of 850,000 hours. This is 
slightly lower than the estimates previously submitted to OMB (the 
similar figure was 950,000 hours in 2006); and is due to a drop in the 
estimated number of contact lens wearers from 36 million (2006) to 34 
million (2008).
    No provisions in the Rule have been amended since staff's prior 
submission to OMB. The Rules disclosure and recordkeeping requirements, 
therefore, remain the same. As noted above, the number of contact lens 
wearers in the United States is estimated to be approximately 34 
million.\2\ Therefore, assuming an annual contact lens exam for each 
contact lens wearer, 34 million people would receive a copy of their 
prescription each year under the Rule. At an estimated one minute per 
prescription, the annual time spent by prescribers complying with the 
disclosure requirement would be a maximum of 567,000 hours. [(34 
million x 1 minute)/60 minutes = 566,667 hours]
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    \2\See Contact Lenses, Frequently Asked Questions, November, 
2009, available at (http://www.allaboutvision.com/faq/contactlens.htm.) See also Nichols, J. ``Annual Report: Contact 
Lenses 2008,'' Contact Lens Spectrum, Jan. 2009, available at 
(http://www.clspectrum.com/article.aspx?article=102473).
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    As required by the FCLCA, the Rule also imposes two recordkeeping 
requirements. First, prescribers must document the specific medical 
reasons for setting a contact lens prescription expiration date shorter 
than the one year minimum established by the FCLCA. This burden is 
likely to be nil because the requirement applies only in cases when the 
prescriber invokes the medical judgment exception, which is expected to 
occur infrequently, and prescribers are likely to record this 
information in the ordinary course of business as part of their 
patients' medical records. The OMB regulation that implements the PRA 
defines ``burden'' to exclude any effort that would be expended 
regardless of a regulatory requirement. 5 CFR 1320.3(B)(3)(2).
    Second, the Rule requires contact lens sellers to maintain certain 
documents relating to contact lens sales. As noted above, a seller may 
sell contact lenses only in accordance with a prescription that the 
seller either (a) has received from the patient or prescriber, or (b) 
has verified through direct communication with the prescriber. The 
FCLCA requires sellers to retain prescriptions and records of 
communications with prescribers relating to prescription verification 
for three years.
    Staff believes that the burden of complying with this requirement 
is low. Sellers who seek verification of contact lens prescriptions 
must retain one or two records for each contact lens sale: Either the 
relevant prescription itself, or the verification request and any 
response from the prescriber. Staff estimates that such recordkeeping 
will entail a maximum of five minutes per sale, including time spent 
preparing a file and actually filing the record(s).
    Staff also believes that, based on its knowledge of the industry, 
this burden will fall primarily on mail order and Internet-based 
sellers of contact lenses, as they are the entities in the industry 
most reliant on obtaining or verifying contact lens prescriptions. 
Based on conversations with the industry, staff estimates that these 
entities currently account for approximately 10% of sales in the 
contact lens market\3\ and, by extension, that approximately 3.4 
million consumers--10% of the 34 million contact lens wearers in the 
United States--purchase their lenses from them.
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    \3\The FTC's February 2005 study, ``The Strength of Competition 
in the Rx Sale of Contact Lenses: An FTC Study,'' cites various data 
that, averaged together, suggests that approximately 10% of contact 
lens sales are by online and mail-order sellers. The report is 
available online at (http://www.ftc.gov/reports/contactlens/050214contactlensrpt.pdf).
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    At an estimated five minutes per sale to each of 3.4 million 
consumers, contact lens sellers will spend a total of 283,300 burden 
hours complying with the recordkeeping requirement. [(3.4 million x 5 
minutes)/60 minutes = 283,333.3 hours] This estimate likely overstates 
the actual burden, however, because it includes the time spent by 
sellers who already keep records pertaining to contact lens sales in 
the ordinary course of business. In addition, the estimate may 
overstate the time spent by sellers to the extent that records (e.g., 
verification requests) are generated and stored automatically and 
electronically, which staff understands is the case for some larger 
online sellers.

    Estimated labor costs: $32,317,001 (rounded to the nearest 
thousand).

    Commission staff derived labor costs by applying appropriate hourly 
cost figures to the burden hours described above. Staff estimates, 
based on its knowledge of the industry, that optometrists account for 
approximately 75% of prescribers. Consequently, for simplicity, staff 
will focus on their average hourly wage in estimating prescribers' 
labor cost burden.

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    According to Bureau of Labor Statistics from May 2008, salaried 
optometrists earn an average wage of $50.58 per hour and general office 
clerical personnel earn an average of $12.90 per hour.\4\
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    \4\Mean and median worker hourly wages for optometrists and 
general office clerks are drawn from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 
(BLS) Occupational Employment and Statistics Survey, May 2008, based 
on BLS-sampled data it collected over a 3-year period. See (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf) (Table 1).
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    With these categories of personnel, respectively, likely to perform 
the brunt of the disclosure (for optometrists) and recordkeeping (for 
office clerks) aspects of the Rule, estimated total labor cost 
attributable to the Rule would be approximately $32.8 million. [($50.58 
x 566,666.7 hours) + ($12.90 x 283,333.3 hours) = $32,317,001]
    The contact lens market is a multibillion dollar market; one recent 
survey estimates that contact lens sales totaled $2.37 billion from Jan 
1, 2006 to Dec 31, 2006.\5\ Thus, the total labor cost burden estimate 
of $32.3 million represents approximately 1.5% of the overall market.
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    \5\The Vision Council of America and Jobson Optical Research 
have conducted large scale continuous consumer research under the 
name VisionWatch, which reports on the vision care industry. The 
basis for this statistic is on file with the Federal Trade 
Commission.

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    Estimated annual non-labor cost burden: $0 or minimal.

    Staff believes that the Rule's disclosure and recordkeeping 
requirements impose negligible capital or other non-labor costs, as the 
affected entities are likely to have the necessary supplies and/or 
equipment already (e.g., prescription pads, patients' medical charts, 
facsimile machines and paper, telephones, and recordkeeping facilities 
such as filing cabinets or other storage).

Willard Tom,
General Counsel
[FR Doc. E9-30573 Filed 12-23-09: 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE: 6750-01-S