Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection, Comment Request: Further Definition of “Swap,” “Security-Based Swap,” and “Security-Based Swap Agreement”; Mixed Swaps; Security-Based Swap Agreement Recordkeeping: Book-out Agreement Confirmation, 49428-49430 [2012-20123]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 49428 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2012 / Notices submitted on paper in a format that facilitates convenient digital scanning into ADOBE® portable document format. The comments will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Commissioner for Patents, currently located in Madison East, Tenth Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Comments also will be available for viewing via the Office’s Internet Web site (http://www.uspto.gov). Because comments will be made available for public inspection, information that the submitter does not desire to make public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator, by telephone at (571) 272– 8734, or by electronic mail message at janet.gongola@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The AIA was enacted into law on September 16, 2011. 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The proposed examination guidelines set out VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Aug 15, 2012 Jkt 226001 the Office’s interpretation of 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103 as amended by the AIA, and advise the public and the Patent Examining Corps on how the changes to 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103 in the AIA impact the provisions of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) pertaining to 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103. As a part of the implementation of the AIA, the USPTO is conducting a roundtable at the USPTO to obtain public input from organizations and individuals on issues relating to the USPTO’s implementation of the firstinventor-to-file provisions of the AIA. The USPTO plans to invite participants from patent user groups, practitioners, industry, independent inventor organizations, academia, and government to provide input. The roundtable likewise is open to any member of the public to provide input. The USPTO will provide an agenda prior to the roundtable in order to focus the discussion and enhance the efficiency of the proceedings. The agenda will be posted on the USPTO’s Internet Web site at www.uspto.gov/ AmericaInventsAct. The USPTO plans to make the roundtable available via Web cast. Web cast information will be available before the roundtable on the USPTO’s Internet Web site at www.uspto.gov/AmericaInventsAct. Dated: August 3, 2012. David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2012–20239 Filed 8–15–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection, Comment Request: Further Definition of ‘‘Swap,’’ ‘‘Security-Based Swap,’’ and ‘‘Security-Based Swap Agreement’’; Mixed Swaps; SecurityBased Swap Agreement Recordkeeping: Book-out Agreement Confirmation Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘CFTC’’) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (‘‘PRA’’), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 days for public comment. The Commission recently adopted a final rule and interpretations, as required by the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (‘‘Dodd-Frank Act’’), requiring that oral book-out agreements must be followed in a commercially reasonable timeframe by a confirmation in some type of written or electronic form. This notice solicits comments on the recordkeeping requirement that is embedded in the final interpretation’s reporting requirement. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before October 15, 2012. You may submit comments, regarding the burden estimated or any other aspect of the information collection, including suggestions for reducing the burden, by any of the following methods: • Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for CFTC, 725 17th Street, Washington, DC 20503. Comments may also be submitted by any of the following methods: • The Agency’s Web site, at http:// comments.cftc.gov/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments through the Web site. • Mail: David A. Stawick, Secretary of the Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, DC 20581. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as mail above. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Please submit your comments using only one method. All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied by an English translation. Comments will be posted as received to www.cftc.gov. If you wish the Commission to consider information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a petition for confidential treatment of the exempt information may be submitted according to the procedures established in § 145.9 of the Commission’s regulations.1 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julian E. Hammar, Assistant General Counsel, at 202–418–5118, jhammar@cftc.gov; Lee Ann Duffy, Assistant General Counsel, at 202–418– 6763, lduffy@cftc.gov; or David E. Aron, Counsel, at 202–418–6621, daron@cftc.gov, Office of General Counsel, Commodity Futures Trading ADDRESSES: 1 See E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 17 CFR 145.9. 16AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2012 / Notices Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, DC 20581. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of Information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3 and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. To comply with this requirement, the CFTC is publishing the notice of the proposed collection of information listed below. Abstract: In accordance with section 712(a)(8), section 712(d)(1), sections 712(d)(2)(B) and (C), sections 721(b) and (c), and section 761(b) of the DoddFrank Act, on July 10, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) (collectively, ‘‘Commissions’’), in consultation with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (‘‘Board’’), jointly adopted new rules and interpretations under the Commodity Exchange Act (‘‘CEA’’) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’) to further define the terms ‘‘swap,’’ ‘‘security-based swap,’’ and ‘‘security-based swap agreement’’ (collectively, ‘‘Product Definitions’’); regarding ‘‘mixed swaps;’’ and governing books and records with respect to ‘‘security-based swap agreements’’ (collectively, ‘‘Adopting Release’’).2 In the Adopting Release, the CFTC clarified that its ‘‘Brent Interpretation’’ regarding book-outs developed in connection with the forward exclusion from futures applies to the forward exclusion from the swap definition as well. As noted in the Adopting Release, the issue of book-outs first arose in 1990 in the CFTC’s Brent Interpretation. Citing to the Brent Interpretation’s description of book-outs, the Adopting Release stated: It is noteworthy that while such [book-out] agreements may extinguish a party’s delivery obligation, they are separate, individually negotiated, new agreements, there is no obligation or arrangement to enter into such agreements, they are not provided for by the terms of the contracts as initially entered into, and any party that is in a position in a distribution chain that provides for the opportunity to book-out with another party or parties in the chain is nevertheless entitled to require delivery of the commodity to be made through it, as required under the contracts.3 In response to a comment to the proposed rule, the interpretation 49429 included in the Adopting Release clarified that an oral book-out agreement must be followed in a commercially reasonable timeframe by a confirmation in some type of written or electronic form. If a party to a contract elects to enter into such a book-out agreement, the collection of information would be mandatory to qualify for the Brent Interpretation Safe Harbor. If the Commission obtains information required to be kept through this collection, it would protect proprietary information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and 17 CFR part 145, ‘‘Commission Records and Information.’’ In addition, Section 8(a)(1) of the CEA strictly prohibits the Commission, unless specifically authorized by the CEA, from making public ‘‘data and information that would separately disclose the business transactions or market positions of any person and trade secrets or names of customers.’’ 4 The Commission is also required to protect certain information contained in a government system of records according to the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a. Burden Statement: The respondent burden for this collection is estimated to be 10 minutes per response. This estimate includes the time to prepare the written or electronic confirmation to an oral book-out agreement. The Commission estimates the average burden of this collection of information as follows: ESTIMATED ANNUAL REPORTING BURDEN HOURS 17 CFR Annual number of respondents 17 CFR Part 1 .................... 30,000 Frequency of response per respondent Hours per response and cost On occasion, 1–2 annually. 10 minutes per response (.166 hour), at $16.60 per response.5 Total annual responses 45,000, (average of 1–2 annually for a total of 30,000– 60,000 annually). Total hours cost 7,470 (average of 5,000–10,000 total hours annually; 6 $747,000, based on $100/hour.7 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Respondents/Affected Entities: 30,000. Estimated average number of responses: 45,000 [1–2 annually for a total of 30,000–60,000 annually] Estimated total average annual burden on respondents: 7,470 [5,000– 10,000] hours. 2 77 FR 48207, August 13, 2012 (‘‘Product Definitions’’). 3 Statutory Interpretation Concerning Forward Transactions, 55 FR 39188, 39192 Sept. 25, 1990, (‘‘Brent Interpretation’’). 4 7 U.S.C. 12(a)(1). 5 Cost per response: .166 × $100, Average: 1.5 × .166 × $100. The Commission estimates that entities will spend $100 per hour. The $100 per hour estimate was used as the average hourly wage rate in the PRA section of the Internal Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants final rule (See 77 FR 20128, 20194) and the wage rate for Chief Compliance Officers under the Derivatives Clearing Organization final rules (See 76 FR 69344, 69428). As the Commission explained in the Internal Business Conduct Standards final rule, the estimate of $100 per hour was based on recent Bureau of Labor Statistics findings, including the mean hourly wage of an employee under occupation code 23–1011, ‘‘Lawyers,’’ that is employed by the ‘‘Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage Industry,’’ which is $82.22. The mean hourly wage of an employee under occupation code 11–3031, ‘‘Financial Manager,’’ in the same industry is $74.41. Additionally, SIFMA’s ‘‘Report on Management & Professional Earnings in the Securities Industry—2010’’ estimates the average wage of a compliance attorney and a compliance staffer in the U.S. at only $46.31 per hour. As in those rules, the Commission is using a $100 per hour wage rate in calculating the cost burdens imposed by this collection of information and requests comment on the accuracy of its estimate. 6 Total number of hours arrived by multiplying the average number of responses, [(30,000 + 60,000)/2] × .166 minutes = 7,470 hours. 7 7,470 hours × $100 per hour = $747,000. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Aug 15, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 49430 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2012 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Frequency of collection: Occasionally, 1–2 annually. Average total cost: $747,000. There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection. The Commission believes that, as part of customary and usual business practices, most respondents already create and store book-out agreements in either a written or electronic format. The Commission invites comments on: • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have a practical use; • The accuracy of the Commission’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Aug 15, 2012 Jkt 226001 • Ways to minimize the burden of 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. Dated: August 13, 2012. Sauntia Warfield, Assistant Secretary of the Commission. 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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection, 
Comment Request: Further Definition of ``Swap,'' ``Security-Based 
Swap,'' and ``Security-Based Swap Agreement''; Mixed Swaps; Security-
Based Swap Agreement Recordkeeping: Book-out Agreement Confirmation

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or 
``CFTC'') is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the 
proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA''), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., Federal 
agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 days 
for public comment. The Commission recently adopted a final rule and 
interpretations, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and 
Consumer Protection Act (``Dodd-Frank Act''), requiring that oral book-
out agreements must be followed in a commercially reasonable timeframe 
by a confirmation in some type of written or electronic form. This 
notice solicits comments on the recordkeeping requirement that is 
embedded in the final interpretation's reporting requirement.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before October 15, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, regarding the burden estimated or 
any other aspect of the information collection, including suggestions 
for reducing the burden, by any of the following methods:
     Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of 
Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for CFTC, 725 17th 
Street, Washington, DC 20503.
    Comments may also be submitted by any of the following methods:
     The Agency's Web site, at http://comments.cftc.gov/. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments through the Web site.
     Mail: David A. Stawick, Secretary of the Commission, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20581.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as mail above.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Please submit your comments using only one method.
    All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied 
by an English translation. Comments will be posted as received to 
www.cftc.gov. If you wish the Commission to consider information that 
you believe is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information 
Act, a petition for confidential treatment of the exempt information 
may be submitted according to the procedures established in Sec.  145.9 
of the Commission's regulations.\1\
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    \1\ See 17 CFR 145.9.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julian E. Hammar, Assistant General 
Counsel, at 202-418-5118, jhammar@cftc.gov; Lee Ann Duffy, Assistant 
General Counsel, at 202-418-6763, lduffy@cftc.gov; or David E. Aron, 
Counsel, at 202-418-6621, daron@cftc.gov, Office of General Counsel, 
Commodity Futures Trading

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Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, 
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DC 20581.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain 
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for each 
collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of 
Information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3 and 
includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 
Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), requires 
Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information before submitting 
the collection to OMB for approval. An agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid control number. To 
comply with this requirement, the CFTC is publishing the notice of the 
proposed collection of information listed below.
    Abstract: In accordance with section 712(a)(8), section 712(d)(1), 
sections 712(d)(2)(B) and (C), sections 721(b) and (c), and section 
761(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act, on July 10, 2012, the Commodity Futures 
Trading Commission (``CFTC'') and the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``SEC'') (collectively, ``Commissions''), in consultation 
with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board''), 
jointly adopted new rules and interpretations under the Commodity 
Exchange Act (``CEA'') and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Exchange Act'') to further define the terms ``swap,'' ``security-
based swap,'' and ``security-based swap agreement'' (collectively, 
``Product Definitions''); regarding ``mixed swaps;'' and governing 
books and records with respect to ``security-based swap agreements'' 
(collectively, ``Adopting Release'').\2\
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    \2\ 77 FR 48207, August 13, 2012 (``Product Definitions'').
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    In the Adopting Release, the CFTC clarified that its ``Brent 
Interpretation'' regarding book-outs developed in connection with the 
forward exclusion from futures applies to the forward exclusion from 
the swap definition as well. As noted in the Adopting Release, the 
issue of book-outs first arose in 1990 in the CFTC's Brent 
Interpretation. Citing to the Brent Interpretation's description of 
book-outs, the Adopting Release stated:

    It is noteworthy that while such [book-out] agreements may 
extinguish a party's delivery obligation, they are separate, 
individually negotiated, new agreements, there is no obligation or 
arrangement to enter into such agreements, they are not provided for 
by the terms of the contracts as initially entered into, and any 
party that is in a position in a distribution chain that provides 
for the opportunity to book-out with another party or parties in the 
chain is nevertheless entitled to require delivery of the commodity 
to be made through it, as required under the contracts.\3\
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    \3\ Statutory Interpretation Concerning Forward Transactions, 55 
FR 39188, 39192 Sept. 25, 1990, (``Brent Interpretation'').

In response to a comment to the proposed rule, the interpretation 
included in the Adopting Release clarified that an oral book-out 
agreement must be followed in a commercially reasonable timeframe by a 
confirmation in some type of written or electronic form. If a party to 
a contract elects to enter into such a book-out agreement, the 
collection of information would be mandatory to qualify for the Brent 
Interpretation Safe Harbor. If the Commission obtains information 
required to be kept through this collection, it would protect 
proprietary information in accordance with the Freedom of Information 
Act and 17 CFR part 145, ``Commission Records and Information.'' In 
addition, Section 8(a)(1) of the CEA strictly prohibits the Commission, 
unless specifically authorized by the CEA, from making public ``data 
and information that would separately disclose the business 
transactions or market positions of any person and trade secrets or 
names of customers.'' \4\ The Commission is also required to protect 
certain information contained in a government system of records 
according to the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a.
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    \4\ 7 U.S.C. 12(a)(1).
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    Burden Statement: The respondent burden for this collection is 
estimated to be 10 minutes per response. This estimate includes the 
time to prepare the written or electronic confirmation to an oral book-
out agreement. The Commission estimates the average burden of this 
collection of information as follows:
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    \5\ Cost per response: .166 x $100, Average: 1.5 x .166 x $100. 
The Commission estimates that entities will spend $100 per hour. The 
$100 per hour estimate was used as the average hourly wage rate in 
the PRA section of the Internal Business Conduct Standards for Swap 
Dealers and Major Swap Participants final rule (See 77 FR 20128, 
20194) and the wage rate for Chief Compliance Officers under the 
Derivatives Clearing Organization final rules (See 76 FR 69344, 
69428). As the Commission explained in the Internal Business Conduct 
Standards final rule, the estimate of $100 per hour was based on 
recent Bureau of Labor Statistics findings, including the mean 
hourly wage of an employee under occupation code 23-1011, 
``Lawyers,'' that is employed by the ``Securities and Commodity 
Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage Industry,'' which is $82.22. 
The mean hourly wage of an employee under occupation code 11-3031, 
``Financial Manager,'' in the same industry is $74.41. Additionally, 
SIFMA's ``Report on Management & Professional Earnings in the 
Securities Industry--2010'' estimates the average wage of a 
compliance attorney and a compliance staffer in the U.S. at only 
$46.31 per hour. As in those rules, the Commission is using a $100 
per hour wage rate in calculating the cost burdens imposed by this 
collection of information and requests comment on the accuracy of 
its estimate.
    \6\ Total number of hours arrived by multiplying the average 
number of responses, [(30,000 + 60,000)/2] x .166 minutes = 7,470 
hours.
    \7\ 7,470 hours x $100 per hour = $747,000.

                                     Estimated Annual Reporting Burden Hours
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                                                Frequency of      Hours per
           17 CFR              Annual number    response per     response and     Total annual     Total hours
                              of respondents     respondent          cost          responses           cost
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17 CFR Part 1...............          30,000  On occasion, 1-  10 minutes per   45,000,          7,470 (average
                                               2 annually.      response (.166   (average of 1-   of 5,000-
                                                                hour), at        2 annually for   10,000 total
                                                                $16.60 per       a total of       hours
                                                                response.\5\     30,000-60,000    annually; \6\
                                                                                 annually).       $747,000,
                                                                                                  based on $100/
                                                                                                  hour.\7\
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    Respondents/Affected Entities: 30,000.
    Estimated average number of responses: 45,000 [1-2 annually for a 
total of 30,000-60,000 annually]
    Estimated total average annual burden on respondents: 7,470 [5,000-
10,000] hours.

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    Frequency of collection: Occasionally, 1-2 annually.
    Average total cost: $747,000.
    There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs 
associated with this collection. The Commission believes that, as part 
of customary and usual business practices, most respondents already 
create and store book-out agreements in either a written or electronic 
format.
    The Commission invites comments on:
     Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the 
Commission, including whether the information will have a practical 
use;
     The accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
     Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of 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.

    Dated: August 13, 2012.
Sauntia Warfield,
Assistant Secretary of the Commission.
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