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Download as PDF 8795 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 38 Friday, February 26, 2010 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT BOARD 5 CFR Part 1631 Availability of Records Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. ACTION: Final rule. sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) is amending its regulations on availability of records to establish the manner of service for administrative subpoenas issued by the Agency and to delegate authority to the Agency’s General Counsel to issue administrative subpoenas. These changes implement section 107 of the Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2009, which gave the Agency authority to issue subpoenas duces tecum in order to carry out the Agency’s functions. DATES: This final rule is effective February 26, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurissa Stokes at 202–942–1645. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency administers the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which was established by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERSA), Public Law 99–335, 100 Stat. 514. The TSP provisions of FERSA are codified, as amended, largely at 5 U.S.C. 8351 and 8401–79. The TSP is a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for Federal civilian employees and members of the uniformed services. The TSP is similar to cash or deferred arrangements established for private-sector employees under section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 401(k)). This regulation was published in proposed form on January 19, 2010 (75 FR 2822). No comments were received. Issuance of Subpoenas Section 107 of the Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2009 (‘‘the Act’’), VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:23 Feb 25, 2010 Jkt 220001 Public Law 111–31 (123 Stat. 1776, 1853)(codified at 5 U.S.C. 8480) authorizes the Agency to issue administrative subpoenas to compel production of designated books, documents, records, electronically stored information, or tangible things. The Agency, like other financial institutions, has been the subject of fraudulent withdrawals from its participants’ accounts. The Agency anticipates using its subpoena authority to obtain information necessary to prevent or investigate fraudulent or otherwise improper routing of participants’ money to financial institutions. The Agency, therefore, needs an expeditious means to obtain information from financial institutions to which participants’ money is transferred. Prompt action and cooperation from financial institutions is the best way to recover or deter fraudulent or improper routing of participants’ money. This regulation provides three means by which the Agency may serve an administrative subpoena: (1) Certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, (2) fax or electronic transmission, provided the subpoenaed party gives prior approval, or (3) personal delivery at the principal place of business or the last known residential address of the subpoenaed party. This regulation also delegates authority to the General Counsel to issue administrative subpoenas. Allowing the use of several alternative means to accomplish service is intended to facilitate expeditious cooperation between the Agency and financial institutions in an effort to prevent or investigate fraudulent withdrawals and transfers. Delegation to the General Counsel of the authority to issue administrative subpoenas is intended to expedite the issuances of subpoenas, e.g. by removing the need for the staff of the Office of General Counsel to seek Executive Director approval for issuances that are routine or urgent. Regulatory Flexibility Act I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This regulation will affect Federal employees and members of the uniformed services who participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, which is a Federal defined contribution retirement savings plan created under the Federal PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERSA), Public Law 99–335, 100 Stat. 514, and which is administered by the Agency. Although it will also occasionally require financial institutions to provide information, such entities rarely constitute small entities. Additionally, this regulation provides the Agency with no new authority; it merely provides guidance on existing statutory authority. Paperwork Reduction Act I certify that these regulations do not require additional reporting under the criteria of the Paperwork Reduction Act. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 Pursuant to the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 602, 632, 653, 1501–1571, the effects of this regulation on state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector have been assessed. This regulation will not compel the expenditure in any one year of $100 million or more by state, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector. Therefore, a statement under section 1532 is not required. Submission to Congress and the General Accounting Office Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 810(a)(1)(A), the Agency submitted a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States before publication of this rule in the Federal Register. This rule is not a major rule as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2). List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 1631 Government employees, Courts, Freedom of information. Gregory T. Long, Executive Director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Agency amends 5 CFR chapter VI as follows: ■ PART 1631—AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS 1. Remove the existing authority citation for part 1631. ■ E:\FR\FM\26FER1.SGM 26FER1 8796 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 38 / Friday, February 26, 2010 / Rules and Regulations Subpart A—[Amended] 2. Add an authority citation to subpart A of part 1631 to read as follows: ■ subpoena in the appropriate United States district court. [FR Doc. 2010–3917 Filed 2–25–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6760–01–P Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552. 3. Add an authority citation to subpart B of part 1631 to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552. The Executive Director or General Counsel may issue subpoenas pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 8480. The General Counsel may delegate this authority to a Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, or Assistant General Counsel. Production of records. A subpoena may require the production of designated books, documents, records, electronically stored information, or tangible materials in the possession or control of the subpoenaed party when the individual signing the subpoena has determined that production is necessary to carry out any of the Agency’s functions. sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with RULES Service. (a) Return of service. Each subpoena shall be accompanied by a Return of Service certificate stating the date and manner of service and the names of the persons served. (b) Methods of service. Subpoenas shall be served by one of the following methods: (1) Certified or registered mail, return receipt requested to the principal place of business or the last known residential address of the subpoenaed party. (2) Fax or electronic transmission to the subpoenaed party or the subpoenaed party’s counsel, provided the subpoenaed party gives prior approval. (3) Personal delivery at the principal place of business or residence of the subpoenaed party during normal business hours. Enforcement. Upon the failure of any party to comply with a subpoena, the General Counsel shall request that the Attorney General seek enforcement of the 16:23 Feb 25, 2010 Jkt 220001 AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Correcting amendment. * * * * (e) Expiration date. This section expires on or before December 28, 2012. Diane Williams, Federal Register Liaison, Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration). [FR Doc. 2010–3927 Filed 2–25–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P Subpoena authority. VerDate Nov<24>2008 * Use of Controlled Corporations To Avoid the Application of Section 304; Correction Subpart C—Administrative Subpoenas Par. 2. Section 1.304–4T is amended by revising paragraph (e) to read as follows: ■ § 1.304–4T Special rule for the use of related corporations to avoid the application of section 304 (temporary). RIN 1545–BI14 Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8480. § 1631.43 Internal Revenue Service [TD 9477] Subpart C—Administrative Subpoenas Sec. 1631.40 Subpoena authority. 1631.41 Production of records. 1631.42 Service. 1631.43 Enforcement. § 1631.42 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY 26 CFR Part 1 4. Add subpart C to subpart 1631 to read as follows: ■ § 1631.41 Paragraph 1. The authority citation for part 1 continues to read in part as follows: ■ Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805 * * * Subpart B—[Amended] § 1631.40 PART 1—INCOME TAXES This document contains corrections to final and temporary regulations (TD 9477) that were published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 (74 FR 69021) regarding certain transactions that are subject to section 304 but that are entered into with a principal purpose of avoiding the application of section 304 to a corporation that is controlled by the issuing corporation in the transaction, or with a principal purpose of avoiding the application of section 304 to a corporation that controls the acquiring corporation in the transaction. DATES: These corrections are effective on February 26, 2010 and are applicable on or after December 29, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sean W. Mullaney, (202) 622–3860 (not a toll free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background The final and temporary regulations (TD 9477) that are the subject of these corrections are under section 304 of the Internal Revenue Code. Need for Correction As published, the final and temporary regulations (TD 9477) contain an error that may prove to be misleading and are in need of clarification. List of Subjects in 26 CFR Part 1 Income taxes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Correction of Publication Accordingly, 26 CFR part 1 is corrected by making the following correcting amendments: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration 29 CFR Parts 2560 and 2570 RIN 1210–AB31 Civil Penalties Under ERISA Section 502(c)(8) AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Labor. ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: This document contains a final regulation that establishes procedures relating to the assessment of civil penalties by the Department of Labor under section 502(c)(8) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act). Under the provision, which was added by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the Secretary of Labor is granted authority to assess civil penalties not to exceed $1,100 per day against any plan sponsor of a multiemployer plan for certain violations of section 305 of ERISA. The regulation will affect multiemployer plans that are in either endangered or critical status. DATES: This final rule is effective on March 29, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Del Conte, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, Employee Benefits Security Administration, (202) 693– 8500. This is not a toll-free number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\26FER1.SGM 26FER1

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Rules and Regulations
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents 
having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed 
to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published 
under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510.

The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. 
Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each 
week.

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Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 38 / Friday, February 26, 2010 / 
Rules and Regulations

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FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT BOARD

5 CFR Part 1631


Availability of Records

AGENCY: Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) is 
amending its regulations on availability of records to establish the 
manner of service for administrative subpoenas issued by the Agency and 
to delegate authority to the Agency's General Counsel to issue 
administrative subpoenas. These changes implement section 107 of the 
Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2009, which gave the Agency 
authority to issue subpoenas duces tecum in order to carry out the 
Agency's functions.

DATES: This final rule is effective February 26, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurissa Stokes at 202-942-1645.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency administers the Thrift Savings 
Plan (TSP), which was established by the Federal Employees' Retirement 
System Act of 1986 (FERSA), Public Law 99-335, 100 Stat. 514. The TSP 
provisions of FERSA are codified, as amended, largely at 5 U.S.C. 8351 
and 8401-79. The TSP is a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for 
Federal civilian employees and members of the uniformed services. The 
TSP is similar to cash or deferred arrangements established for 
private-sector employees under section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue 
Code (26 U.S.C. 401(k)).
    This regulation was published in proposed form on January 19, 2010 
(75 FR 2822). No comments were received.

Issuance of Subpoenas

    Section 107 of the Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2009 
(``the Act''), Public Law 111-31 (123 Stat. 1776, 1853)(codified at 5 
U.S.C. 8480) authorizes the Agency to issue administrative subpoenas to 
compel production of designated books, documents, records, 
electronically stored information, or tangible things. The Agency, like 
other financial institutions, has been the subject of fraudulent 
withdrawals from its participants' accounts. The Agency anticipates 
using its subpoena authority to obtain information necessary to prevent 
or investigate fraudulent or otherwise improper routing of 
participants' money to financial institutions.
    The Agency, therefore, needs an expeditious means to obtain 
information from financial institutions to which participants' money is 
transferred. Prompt action and cooperation from financial institutions 
is the best way to recover or deter fraudulent or improper routing of 
participants' money.
    This regulation provides three means by which the Agency may serve 
an administrative subpoena: (1) Certified or registered mail, return 
receipt requested, (2) fax or electronic transmission, provided the 
subpoenaed party gives prior approval, or (3) personal delivery at the 
principal place of business or the last known residential address of 
the subpoenaed party. This regulation also delegates authority to the 
General Counsel to issue administrative subpoenas.
    Allowing the use of several alternative means to accomplish service 
is intended to facilitate expeditious cooperation between the Agency 
and financial institutions in an effort to prevent or investigate 
fraudulent withdrawals and transfers. Delegation to the General Counsel 
of the authority to issue administrative subpoenas is intended to 
expedite the issuances of subpoenas, e.g. by removing the need for the 
staff of the Office of General Counsel to seek Executive Director 
approval for issuances that are routine or urgent.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. This regulation will 
affect Federal employees and members of the uniformed services who 
participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, which is a Federal defined 
contribution retirement savings plan created under the Federal 
Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERSA), Public Law 99-335, 
100 Stat. 514, and which is administered by the Agency. Although it 
will also occasionally require financial institutions to provide 
information, such entities rarely constitute small entities. 
Additionally, this regulation provides the Agency with no new 
authority; it merely provides guidance on existing statutory authority.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    I certify that these regulations do not require additional 
reporting under the criteria of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    Pursuant to the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 602, 
632, 653, 1501-1571, the effects of this regulation on state, local, 
and tribal governments and the private sector have been assessed. This 
regulation will not compel the expenditure in any one year of $100 
million or more by state, local, and tribal governments, in the 
aggregate, or by the private sector. Therefore, a statement under 
section 1532 is not required.

Submission to Congress and the General Accounting Office

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 810(a)(1)(A), the Agency submitted a report 
containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, 
the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the 
United States before publication of this rule in the Federal Register. 
This rule is not a major rule as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 1631

    Government employees, Courts, Freedom of information.

Gregory T. Long,
Executive Director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.


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For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Agency amends 5 CFR chapter 
VI as follows:

PART 1631--AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS

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1. Remove the existing authority citation for part 1631.

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Subpart A--[Amended]

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2. Add an authority citation to subpart A of part 1631 to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552.

Subpart B--[Amended]

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3. Add an authority citation to subpart B of part 1631 to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552.


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4. Add subpart C to subpart 1631 to read as follows:
Subpart C--Administrative Subpoenas
Sec.
1631.40 Subpoena authority.
1631.41 Production of records.
1631.42 Service.
1631.43 Enforcement.

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8480.

Subpart C--Administrative Subpoenas


Sec.  1631.40  Subpoena authority.

    The Executive Director or General Counsel may issue subpoenas 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 8480. The General Counsel may delegate this 
authority to a Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, or 
Assistant General Counsel.


Sec.  1631.41  Production of records.

    A subpoena may require the production of designated books, 
documents, records, electronically stored information, or tangible 
materials in the possession or control of the subpoenaed party when the 
individual signing the subpoena has determined that production is 
necessary to carry out any of the Agency's functions.


Sec.  1631.42  Service.

    (a) Return of service. Each subpoena shall be accompanied by a 
Return of Service certificate stating the date and manner of service 
and the names of the persons served.
    (b) Methods of service. Subpoenas shall be served by one of the 
following methods:
    (1) Certified or registered mail, return receipt requested to the 
principal place of business or the last known residential address of 
the subpoenaed party.
    (2) Fax or electronic transmission to the subpoenaed party or the 
subpoenaed party's counsel, provided the subpoenaed party gives prior 
approval.
    (3) Personal delivery at the principal place of business or 
residence of the subpoenaed party during normal business hours.


Sec.  1631.43  Enforcement.

    Upon the failure of any party to comply with a subpoena, the 
General Counsel shall request that the Attorney General seek 
enforcement of the subpoena in the appropriate United States district 
court.

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