Proposed Renewal Without Change; Comment Request; Customer Identification Programs for Various Financial Institutions, 16118-16119 [2012-6479]

Download as PDF 16118 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 53 / Monday, March 19, 2012 / Notices emcdonald on DSK29S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Type of Review: Regular Review. Affected Public: Certified CDFIs and entities seeking CDFI Certification. Estimated Number of Respondents: 400. Estimated Annual Time per Respondent: 100 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 40,000. Requests for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will become a matter of public record and may be published on the CDFI Fund Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the CDFI Fund, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the CDFI Fund’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. The CDFI Fund specifically requests comments concerning the following questions: (1) Is targeting CDFI Program award funds into highly distressed communities an appropriate use of CDFI Program funds? (2) Are there ways that the fillable PDF application form can be improved that would ease applicant paperwork burden? (3) Should detailed Matching Funds documentation be collected later in the application review process and, if so, what would be a reasonable amount of time to expect an applicant to provide such documentation? (4) Does the application ask the appropriate questions to determine applicant’s financial health and viability? Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1834a, 4703, 4703 note, 4713, 4717; 31 U.S.C 321; 12 CFR part 1806. Dawn D. Wolfgang, Treasury PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–6490 Filed 3–16–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–70–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:40 Mar 16, 2012 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Proposed Renewal Without Change; Comment Request; Customer Identification Programs for Various Financial Institutions Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, FinCEN invites comment on a proposed renewal, without change, to information collections found in regulations requiring futures commission merchants, introducing brokers, banks, savings associations, credit unions, certain non-federally regulated banks, mutual funds, and broker-dealers, to develop and implement customer identification programs reasonably designed to prevent those financial institutions from being used to facilitate money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities. This request for comment is being made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). DATES: Written comments are welcome and must be received on or before May 18, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Regulatory Policy and Programs Division, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department of the Treasury, P.O. Box 39, Vienna, VA 22183, Attention: Customer Identification Program Comments. Comments also may be submitted by electronic mail to the following Internet address: regcomments@fincen.gov, again with a caption, in the body of the text, ‘‘Attention: Customer Identification Program Comments.’’ Inspection of comments: Comments may be inspected, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., in the FinCEN reading room in Vienna, VA. Persons wishing to inspect the comments submitted must request an appointment with the Disclosure Officer by telephoning (703) 905–5034 (not a toll free call). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Regulatory Policy and Programs Division at 800–949–2732 option 6. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Abstract: FinCEN exercises regulatory functions primarily under the Currency and Financial Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and other legislation. This legislative framework is commonly referred to as the ‘‘Bank SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Secrecy Act’’ (‘‘BSA’’).1 The Secretary of the Treasury has delegated to the Director of FinCEN the authority to implement, administer, and enforce compliance with the BSA and associated regulations.2 Pursuant to this authority, FinCEN may issue regulations requiring financial institutions to keep records and file reports that ‘‘have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, or regulatory investigations or proceedings, or in the conduct of intelligence or counterintelligence activities, including analysis, to protect against international terrorism.’’ 3 Additionally, FinCEN is authorized to impose regulations to maintain procedures to ensure compliance with the BSA and FinCEN’s implementing regulations, or to guard against money laundering, which includes imposing anti-money laundering (‘‘AML’’) program requirements on financial institutions.4 Section 5318(l) of the Bank Secrecy Act authorizes FinCEN to issue regulations prescribing customer identification programs for financial institutions. The regulations must require that, at a minimum, financial institutions implement reasonable procedures for (1) verifying the identity of any person seeking to open an account, to the extent reasonable and practicable; (2) maintaining records of the information used to verify the person’s identity, including name, address, and other identifying information; and (3) determining whether the person appears on any lists of known or suspected terrorists or terrorist organizations provided to the financial institution by any government agency. The regulations are to take into consideration the various types of accounts maintained by various types of financial institutions, the various methods of opening accounts, and the various types of identifying information available. Regulations implementing section 5318(l) are found at 31 CFR 1020.220, 1023.220, 1026.220, and 1024.220. 1. Title: Customer identification programs for banks, savings associations, credit unions, and certain non-federally regulated banks. (31 CFR 1020.220). Office of Management and Budget Control Number (OMB): 1506–0026. 1 The BSA is codified at 12 U.S.C. 1829b, 12 U.S.C. 1951–1959, 31 U.S.C. 5311–5314, and 5316– 5332 and notes thereto, with implementing regulations at 31 CFR Chapter X. See 31 CFR 1010.100(e). 2 Treasury Order 180–01 (Sept. 26, 2002). 3 31 U.S.C. 5311. 4 31 U.S.C. 5318(a) and (h). E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 emcdonald on DSK29S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 53 / Monday, March 19, 2012 / Notices Abstract: Banks, savings associations, credit unions, and certain non-federally regulated banks are required to develop and maintain customer identification programs and provide their customers with notice of the programs. (See FR 68, 25090, May 9, 2003). Current Action: There is no change to existing regulations. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Business and other for profit institutions and non-profit institutions. Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents 22,060. Estimated Average Annual Recordkeeping Burden per Respondent: 10 hours. Estimated Average Annual Disclosure Burden per Respondent: 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden: 242,660 hours. 2. Title: Customer identification program for broker-dealers (31 CFR 1023.220). OMB Control Number: 1506–0034. Abstract: Broker-dealers are required to establish and maintain customer identification programs and provide their customers with notice of the programs. (See FR 68, 25113, May 9, 2003). Current Action: There is no change to existing regulations. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Business and other for profit institutions. Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents 5,448. Estimated Average Annual Burden per Respondent: The estimated average burden associated with the notice requirement is two minutes per respondent. Estimated Number of Hours: 630,896. 3. Title: Customer identification programs for futures commission merchants and introducing brokers (31 CFR 1026.220). OMB Control Number: 1506–0022. Abstract: Futures commission merchants and introducing brokers are required to develop and maintain customer identification programs and provide their customers with notice of the programs. (See FR 68, 25149, May 9, 2003). Current Action: There is no change to existing regulations. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Business and other for profit institutions. Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents: 1856. VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:40 Mar 16, 2012 Jkt 226001 Estimated Average Annual Burden per Respondent: The estimated average burden associated with the notice requirement is two minutes per respondent. Estimated Number of Hours: 20,471. 4. Title: Customer identification programs for mutual funds (31 CFR 1024.220). OMB Control Number: 1505–0033. Abstract: Mutual funds are required to establish and maintain customer identification programs and provide their customers with notice of the programs. (See FR 68, 25131, May 9, 2003). Current Action: There is no change to existing regulations. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Business and other for profit institutions. Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,296. Estimated Average Annual Burden per Respondent: The estimated average burden associated with the notice requirement is 2 minutes per respondent. Estimated Number of Hours: 266,700. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid control number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget. Records required to be retained under the BSA must be retained for five years. Generally, information collected pursuant to the BSA is confidential but may be shared as provided by law with regulatory and law enforcement authorities. Request for Comments Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected: (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; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16119 Dated: February 13, 2012. James H. Freis, Jr., Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. [FR Doc. 2012–6479 Filed 3–16–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–02–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments regarding the renewal without change of the Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments (CMIR). AGENCY: As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, FinCEN invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on an information collection requirement concerning the CMIR. This request for comment is being made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 10 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: Written comments should be received on or before May 18, 2012 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to: Regulatory Policy and Programs Division, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department of the Treasury, P.O. Box 39, Vienna, VA 22183–0039, Attention: PRA Comments—Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments. Comments also may be submitted by electronic mail to the following Internet address: ‘‘regcomments@fincen.gov’’ with the caption in the body of the text, ‘‘Attention: PRA Comments—Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments.’’ Inspection of comments: Comments may be inspected, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., in the FinCEN reading room in Vienna, VA. Persons wishing to inspect the comments submitted must request an appointment with the Disclosure Officer by telephoning (703) 905–5034 (Not a toll free call). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FinCEN Regulatory Helpline at 800– 949–2732, select option 6. A copy of the form may also be obtained from the FinCEN Web site at http:// SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1

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[FR Doc No: 2012-6479]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network


Proposed Renewal Without Change; Comment Request; Customer 
Identification Programs for Various Financial Institutions

AGENCY: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and 
respondent burden, FinCEN invites comment on a proposed renewal, 
without change, to information collections found in regulations 
requiring futures commission merchants, introducing brokers, banks, 
savings associations, credit unions, certain non-federally regulated 
banks, mutual funds, and broker-dealers, to develop and implement 
customer identification programs reasonably designed to prevent those 
financial institutions from being used to facilitate money laundering 
and the financing of terrorist activities. This request for comment is 
being made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 
104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A).

DATES: Written comments are welcome and must be received on or before 
May 18, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Regulatory Policy 
and Programs Division, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department 
of the Treasury, P.O. Box 39, Vienna, VA 22183, Attention: Customer 
Identification Program Comments. Comments also may be submitted by 
electronic mail to the following Internet address: 
regcomments@fincen.gov, again with a caption, in the body of the text, 
``Attention: Customer Identification Program Comments.''
    Inspection of comments: Comments may be inspected, between 10 a.m. 
and 4 p.m., in the FinCEN reading room in Vienna, VA. Persons wishing 
to inspect the comments submitted must request an appointment with the 
Disclosure Officer by telephoning (703) 905-5034 (not a toll free 
call).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Regulatory Policy and Programs 
Division at 800-949-2732 option 6.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Abstract: FinCEN exercises regulatory functions primarily under the 
Currency and Financial Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended 
by the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and other legislation. This legislative 
framework is commonly referred to as the ``Bank Secrecy Act'' 
(``BSA'').\1\ The Secretary of the Treasury has delegated to the 
Director of FinCEN the authority to implement, administer, and enforce 
compliance with the BSA and associated regulations.\2\ Pursuant to this 
authority, FinCEN may issue regulations requiring financial 
institutions to keep records and file reports that ``have a high degree 
of usefulness in criminal, tax, or regulatory investigations or 
proceedings, or in the conduct of intelligence or counterintelligence 
activities, including analysis, to protect against international 
terrorism.'' \3\ Additionally, FinCEN is authorized to impose 
regulations to maintain procedures to ensure compliance with the BSA 
and FinCEN's implementing regulations, or to guard against money 
laundering, which includes imposing anti-money laundering (``AML'') 
program requirements on financial institutions.\4\
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    \1\ The BSA is codified at 12 U.S.C. 1829b, 12 U.S.C. 1951-1959, 
31 U.S.C. 5311-5314, and 5316-5332 and notes thereto, with 
implementing regulations at 31 CFR Chapter X. See 31 CFR 
1010.100(e).
    \2\ Treasury Order 180-01 (Sept. 26, 2002).
    \3\ 31 U.S.C. 5311.
    \4\ 31 U.S.C. 5318(a) and (h).
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    Section 5318(l) of the Bank Secrecy Act authorizes FinCEN to issue 
regulations prescribing customer identification programs for financial 
institutions. The regulations must require that, at a minimum, 
financial institutions implement reasonable procedures for (1) 
verifying the identity of any person seeking to open an account, to the 
extent reasonable and practicable; (2) maintaining records of the 
information used to verify the person's identity, including name, 
address, and other identifying information; and (3) determining whether 
the person appears on any lists of known or suspected terrorists or 
terrorist organizations provided to the financial institution by any 
government agency. The regulations are to take into consideration the 
various types of accounts maintained by various types of financial 
institutions, the various methods of opening accounts, and the various 
types of identifying information available. Regulations implementing 
section 5318(l) are found at 31 CFR 1020.220, 1023.220, 1026.220, and 
1024.220.
    1. Title: Customer identification programs for banks, savings 
associations, credit unions, and certain non-federally regulated banks. 
(31 CFR 1020.220).
    Office of Management and Budget Control Number (OMB): 1506-0026.

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    Abstract: Banks, savings associations, credit unions, and certain 
non-federally regulated banks are required to develop and maintain 
customer identification programs and provide their customers with 
notice of the programs. (See FR 68, 25090, May 9, 2003).
    Current Action: There is no change to existing regulations.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Business and other for profit institutions and 
non-profit institutions.
    Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents 22,060.
    Estimated Average Annual Recordkeeping Burden per Respondent: 10 
hours.
    Estimated Average Annual Disclosure Burden per Respondent: 1 hour.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden: 242,660 hours.
    2. Title: Customer identification program for broker-dealers (31 
CFR 1023.220).
    OMB Control Number: 1506-0034.
    Abstract: Broker-dealers are required to establish and maintain 
customer identification programs and provide their customers with 
notice of the programs. (See FR 68, 25113, May 9, 2003).
    Current Action: There is no change to existing regulations.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Business and other for profit institutions.
    Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents 5,448.
    Estimated Average Annual Burden per Respondent: The estimated 
average burden associated with the notice requirement is two minutes 
per respondent.
    Estimated Number of Hours: 630,896.
    3. Title: Customer identification programs for futures commission 
merchants and introducing brokers (31 CFR 1026.220).
    OMB Control Number: 1506-0022.
    Abstract: Futures commission merchants and introducing brokers are 
required to develop and maintain customer identification programs and 
provide their customers with notice of the programs. (See FR 68, 25149, 
May 9, 2003).
    Current Action: There is no change to existing regulations.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Business and other for profit institutions.
    Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents: 1856.
    Estimated Average Annual Burden per Respondent: The estimated 
average burden associated with the notice requirement is two minutes 
per respondent.
    Estimated Number of Hours: 20,471.
    4. Title: Customer identification programs for mutual funds (31 CFR 
1024.220).
    OMB Control Number: 1505-0033.
    Abstract: Mutual funds are required to establish and maintain 
customer identification programs and provide their customers with 
notice of the programs. (See FR 68, 25131, May 9, 2003).
    Current Action: There is no change to existing regulations.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Business and other for profit institutions.
    Burden: Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,296.
    Estimated Average Annual Burden per Respondent: The estimated 
average burden associated with the notice requirement is 2 minutes per 
respondent.
    Estimated Number of Hours: 266,700.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid 
control number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget. Records 
required to be retained under the BSA must be retained for five years. 
Generally, information collected pursuant to the BSA is confidential 
but may be shared as provided by law with regulatory and law 
enforcement authorities.

Request for Comments

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will 
become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether 
the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance 
of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected: (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; and (e) estimates 
of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and 
purchase of services to provide information.

    Dated: February 13, 2012.
James H. Freis, Jr.,
Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
[FR Doc. 2012-6479 Filed 3-16-12; 8:45 am]
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