Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 14440-14441 [2011-6074]

Download as PDF 14440 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 51 / Wednesday, March 16, 2011 / Notices Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR Act or Act), as implemented by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations 5 CFR part 724. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Dure, General Counsel, by mail at Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006, or by telephone at (202) 254– 7900. Additional information can be found at the Board’s Web site at http://www.recovery.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 15, 2002, Congress enacted the ‘‘Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002,’’ which is now known as the No FEAR Act. See Public Law 107–174, codified at 5 U.S.C. 2301 note. One purpose of the Act is to ‘‘require that Federal agencies be accountable for violations of antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws.’’ Public Law 107–174, Summary. 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Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 51 / Wednesday, March 16, 2011 / Notices on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. Form 40–F (17 CFR 249.240f) is used by certain Canadian issuers to register a class of securities under to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’) (15 U.S.C. 78l) or as an annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d)). The information required in the Form 40–F is used by investors in making investment decisions with respect to the securities of such Canadian companies. We estimate that Form 40–F takes approximately 427 hours per response and is filed by approximately 205 respondents. We estimate that 25% of the 427 hours per response (106.75 hours) is prepared by the issuer for a total reporting burden of 21,884 (106.75 hours per response x 205 responses). Written comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden imposed by the collection of information; (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 respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Please direct your written comments to Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Remi Pavlik-Simon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Dated: March 10, 2011. Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–6074 Filed 3–15–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:56 Mar 15, 2011 Jkt 223001 collection packages requiring clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law 104–13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. This notice includes extensions of and a revision to OMB-approved information collections. SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to enhance its quality, utility, and clarity; and ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Mail, e-mail, or fax your comments and recommendations on the information collection(s) to the OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer at the following addresses or fax numbers. (OMB), Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, Fax: 202–395–6974, E-mail address: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. (SSA), Social Security Administration, DCBFM, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 1333 Annex Building, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410–965–6400, E-mail address: OPLM.RCO@ssa.gov. I. The information collection listed below is pending at SSA. SSA will submit it to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than May 16, 2011. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection instrument by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410– 965–8783 or by writing to the above email address. Statement Regarding Contributions— 20 CFR 404.360–404.366 and 404.736— 0960–0020. SSA examines a child’s current sources of support when determining the child’s entitlement to Social Security benefits. To make this determination, SSA collects information on Form SSA–783. The respondents are individuals providing information about a child’s sources of support. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Number of Respondents: 30,000. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Burden per Response: 17 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden: 8,500 hours. II. SSA submitted the information collections listed below to OMB for clearance. Your comments on the information collections would be most useful if OMB and SSA receive them PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14441 within 30 days from the date of this publication. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than April 15, 2011. You can obtain copies of the OMB clearance packages by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410–965–8783 or by writing to the above e-mail address. 1. RSI/DI Quality Review Case Analysis—Sampled Number Holder; Auxiliaries/Survivors; Parent; Stewardship Annual Earnings Test— 0960–0189. SSA collects information on Forms SSA–2930, SSA–2931, and SSA– 2932 to establish a national payment accuracy rate for all cases in payment status, and to serve as a source of information regarding problem areas in the Retirement Survivors Insurance (RSI) and Disability Insurance (DI) programs. SSA also uses the information to measure the accuracy rate for newly adjudicated RSI/DI cases. SSA collects information on Form SSA–4659 to evaluate the effectiveness of the annual earnings test and uses the results in developing ongoing improvements in the process. About 25 percent of respondents will have in-person reviews and receive one of the following appointment letters: SSA–L8550–U3 (Appointment Letter— Sample Individual), SSA–L8551–U3 (Appointment Letter—Sample Family), or the SSA–L8552–U3 (Appointment Letter—Rep Payee). Seventy-five percent of respondents will receive a notice for a telephone review using the SSA–L8553–U3 (Beneficiary Telephone Contact) or the SSA–L8554–U3 (Rep Payee Telephone Contact). To help the beneficiary prepare for the interview, we include three forms with each notice: (1) SSA–85 (Information Needed to Review Your Social Security Claim) lists the information the beneficiary will need to gather for the interview; (2) SSA–2935 (Authorization to the Social Security Administration to Obtain Personal Information) verifies the beneficiary’s correct payment amount, if necessary; and (3) SSA–8552 (Interview Confirmation) confirms or reschedules the interview if necessary. The respondents are a statistically valid sample of all RSI/DI beneficiaries in current pay status or their representative payees. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 51 (Wednesday, March 16, 2011)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 
20549-0213.
Extension:
    Form 40-F; OMB Control No. 3235-0381; SEC File No. 270-335.

    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') is soliciting comments

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on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans 
to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of 
Management and Budget for extension and approval.
    Form 40-F (17 CFR 249.240f) is used by certain Canadian issuers to 
register a class of securities under to Section 12 of the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act'') (15 U.S.C. 78l) or as an annual 
report pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (15 
U.S.C. 78m(a) or 78o(d)). The information required in the Form 40-F is 
used by investors in making investment decisions with respect to the 
securities of such Canadian companies. We estimate that Form 40-F takes 
approximately 427 hours per response and is filed by approximately 205 
respondents. We estimate that 25% of the 427 hours per response (106.75 
hours) is prepared by the issuer for a total reporting burden of 21,884 
(106.75 hours per response x 205 responses).
    Written comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden imposed by the collection of information; (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 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will 
be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 
days of this publication.
    Please direct your written comments to Thomas Bayer, Chief 
Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Remi 
Pavlik-Simon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or 
send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov.

    Dated: March 10, 2011.
Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-6074 Filed 3-15-11; 8:45 am]
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