Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Proposed Collection; Comment Request for a Modified OGE Form 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report, 3383-3384 [2014-00946]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 13 / Tuesday, January 21, 2014 / Notices consent order from Mohammad Sabha, also d/b/a Rainbow Auto Sales. The proposed consent order has been placed on the public record for thirty (30) days for receipt of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the FTC will again review the agreement and the comments received, and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take appropriate action or make final the agreement’s proposed order. The respondent operates a motor vehicle dealership. According to the FTC complaint, the respondent has advertised cars for sale. The complaint alleges that the respondent’s advertisements feature photographs of numerous cars, with a price prominently displayed below each car, and that the respondent has advertised that each car is available for purchase at the price that is prominently displayed below the car. The complaint alleges that, in fact, the featured cars are not available for purchase at the prices that are displayed below each car, and that, instead, the purchase price of each car is actually $5,000 more than the advertised price. The proposed order is designed to prevent the respondent from engaging in similar deceptive practices and law violations in the future. Part I.A prohibits the respondent from misrepresenting the cost of purchasing a vehicle, including but not necessarily limited to (1) the purchase price of the vehicle, or (2) any finance terms, including the amount or percentage of the downpayment, the number of payments or period of repayment, the amount of any payment, and the repayment obligation over the full term of the loan, including any balloon payment. Part I.B prohibits the respondent from misrepresenting any other material fact about the price, sale, financing, or leasing of any vehicle. Part II of the proposed order requires the respondent to keep copies of relevant advertisements and materials substantiating claims made in the advertisements. Part III requires that the respondent provide copies of the order to certain personnel. Part IV requires notification to the Commission regarding changes in the respondent’s business activities or employment, or his affiliation with any new business or employment. Part V requires the respondent to file compliance reports with the Commission. Finally, Part VI is a provision ‘‘sunsetting’’ the order after twenty (20 years, with certain exceptions. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:42 Jan 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 The purpose of this analysis is to aid public comment on the proposed order. It is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the complaint or proposed order, or to modify in any way the proposed order’s terms. By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–00972 Filed 1–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Nomination Letters Government Accountability Office (GAO). ACTION: Notice on letters of nomination. AGENCY: The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 established the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and gave the Comptroller General responsibility for appointing its members. For appointments to MedPAC that will be effective May 1, 2014, I am announcing the following: Letters of nomination should be submitted between January 21 and March 7, 2014, to ensure adequate opportunity for review and consideration of nominees prior to the appointment of new members. ADDRESSES: GAO: MedPACappointments@ gao.gov. GAO: 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20548. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: GAO: Office of Public Affairs, (202) 512–4800. 42 U.S.C. 1395b–6. SUMMARY: Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States. [FR Doc. 2014–00961 Filed 1–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE M OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Proposed Collection; Comment Request for a Modified OGE Form 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE). Notice of request for agency and public comments. ACTION: After publication of this second round notice, OGE intends to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3383 submit a modified OGE Form 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval of a three-year extension under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). DATES: Written comments by the public and the agencies on this proposed extension are invited and must be received on or before February 20, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this paperwork notice to the Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for OGE, via fax at 202–395– 6974 or email at OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov. (Include reference to ‘‘OGE Form 278 paperwork comment’’ in the subject line of the message). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Paul D. Ledvina, Agency Clearance Officer, at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics; telephone: 202–482–9247; TTY: 800–877–8339; FAX: 202–482–9237; Email: paul.ledvina@oge.gov. An electronic copy of the current OGE Form 278 is available in the Forms Library section of OGE’s Web site at http:// www.oge.gov. A copy of the OGE Form 278 containing the proposed modifications may be obtained, without charge, by contacting Mr. Ledvina. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report. Form Number: OGE Form 278. OMB Control Number: 3209–0001. Type of Information Collection: Extension with modifications of a currently approved collection. Type of Review Request: Regular. Respondents: Private citizen Presidential nominees to executive branch positions subject to Senate confirmation; other private citizens who are potential (incoming) Federal employees whose positions are designated for public disclosure filing; those who file termination reports from such positions after their Government service ends; and Presidential and VicePresidential candidates. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 1,394. Estimated Time per Response: 3 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,182 hours. Abstract: The OGE Form 278 collects information from certain officers and high-level employees in the executive branch for conflicts of interest review and public disclosure. The form is also completed by individuals who are nominated by the President for highlevel executive branch positions requiring Senate confirmation, new E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 3384 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 13 / Tuesday, January 21, 2014 / Notices entrants to other public reporting positions in the executive branch, and Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates. The financial information collected relates to: Assets and income; transactions; gifts, reimbursements and travel expenses; liabilities; agreements or arrangements; outside positions; and compensation over $5,000 paid by a source—all subject to various reporting thresholds and exclusions. The information is collected in accordance with section 102 of the Ethics in Government Act, 5 U.S.C. app. section 102, as amended by the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112–105) (STOCK Act), and OGE’s implementing financial disclosure regulations at 5 CFR part 2634. OGE is proposing to make minor modifications to the paper version of the OGE Form 278 to update the Privacy Act Statement and the legal authorities under which the information is collected. OGE proposes to include in this renewal submission the new OGE Form 278e, an electronic version to be implemented later in 2014, pursuant to the e-filing system mandated under section 11(b) of the STOCK Act. (See Amendments to the STOCK Act Pub. L. 113–7 (April 15, 2013)). The OGE Form 278e will collect the same information that both the current paper version of the OGE Form 278 collects, as well as the 14 e-filing systems that are currently in use in executive branch agencies. Although the OGE Form 278e will not collect any additional information, the application will produce a streamlined output report format that presents only the filer’s inputs in given categories, and that does not report other categories not selected by the filer. OGE published a first round notice of its intent to request paperwork clearance for a modified OGE Form 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report. See 78 FR 55079 (September 9, 2013). OGE received one response to that notice from an executive branch agency ethics official who requested that OGE modify the language of the filer’s certification. The current certification requires the filer to certify that statements made on the form and all attached schedules are true, complete, and correct to the best of the filer’s knowledge. The agency official commented that the certification should also include a statement that there are no potential conflicts or that conflicts have been identified. This agency submitted the same comment in response to OGE’s request for public comments about the proposed renewal under the Paperwork Reduction Act of VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:42 Jan 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 an unmodified OGE Form 450, the confidential financial disclosure report for employees of the executive branch. The filer’s certification on the OGE Form 450 is very similar to the filer’s certification on the OGE Form 278. OGE declined to adopt this recommendation for the OGE Form 450 because OGE deemed the existing certification to be appropriate. OGE also declines to adopt this suggestion with regard to the OGE Form 278. Neither the Ethics in Government Act, 5 U.S.C. app. sections 101–111, nor the financial disclosure regulation, 5 CFR part 2634, requires the filer to certify that he or she has no conflicts of interest. A certification that is made once a year, such as the proposed one, is ineffective. The analysis of whether a filer has conflicts of interest must continue throughout a filer’s executive branch employment and is not limited to the date on which the filer signs a financial disclosure report. No conflicts may exist on the date that the filer signs the report. A conflict, however, may arise six months later if, for example, the filer is faced with participating in a particular matter that has a direct and predictable effect on one of the companies in which the filer owns stock. Once a conflict arises, it is the responsibility of the filer to seek the advice of an ethics counselor to determine the appropriate remedy for the conflict. Request for Comments: Agency and public comment is again invited specifically on the need for and practical utility of this information collection, the accuracy of OGE’s burden estimate, the enhancement of quality, utility and clarity of the information collected, and the minimization of burden (including the use of information technology). Comments received in response to this notice will be summarized for, and may be included with, the OGE request for extension of OMB paperwork approval. The comments will also become a matter of public record. Approved: January 14, 2014. Walter M. Shaub, Jr., Director, Office of Government Ethics. [FR Doc. 2014–00946 Filed 1–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6345–03–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Final Effect of Designation of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. HHS gives notice concerning the final effect of the HHS decision to designate a class of employees from the Rocky Flats Plant in Golden, Colorado, as an addition to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stuart L. Hinnefeld, Director, Division of Compensation Analysis and Support, NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C–46, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Telephone 877–222–7570. Information requests can also be submitted by email to DCAS@CDC.GOV. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7384q(b). 42 U.S.C. 7384l(14)(C). On December 12, 2013, as provided for under the Secretary of HHS designated the following class of employees as an addition to the SEC: All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked at the Rocky Flats Plant in Golden, Colorado, from April 1, 1952, through December 31, 1983, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort. This designation became effective on January 11, 2014. Hence, beginning on January 11, 2014, members of this class of employees, defined as reported in this notice, became members of the SEC. John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2014–00932 Filed 1–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–19–P Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1

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OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Proposed Collection; Comment Request for a Modified OGE Form 
278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report

AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

ACTION: Notice of request for agency and public comments.

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SUMMARY: After publication of this second round notice, OGE intends to 
submit a modified OGE Form 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public 
Financial Disclosure Report to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and approval of a three-year extension under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

DATES: Written comments by the public and the agencies on this proposed 
extension are invited and must be received on or before February 20, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this paperwork notice to the 
Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for OGE, via fax at 
202-395-6974 or email at OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. (Include 
reference to ``OGE Form 278 paperwork comment'' in the subject line of 
the message).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Paul D. Ledvina, Agency Clearance 
Officer, at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics; telephone: 202-482-
9247; TTY: 800-877-8339; FAX: 202-482-9237; Email: 
paul.ledvina@oge.gov. An electronic copy of the current OGE Form 278 is 
available in the Forms Library section of OGE's Web site at http://www.oge.gov. A copy of the OGE Form 278 containing the proposed 
modifications may be obtained, without charge, by contacting Mr. 
Ledvina.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure 
Report.
    Form Number: OGE Form 278.
    OMB Control Number: 3209-0001.
    Type of Information Collection: Extension with modifications of a 
currently approved collection.
    Type of Review Request: Regular.
    Respondents: Private citizen Presidential nominees to executive 
branch positions subject to Senate confirmation; other private citizens 
who are potential (incoming) Federal employees whose positions are 
designated for public disclosure filing; those who file termination 
reports from such positions after their Government service ends; and 
Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 1,394.
    Estimated Time per Response: 3 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,182 hours.
    Abstract: The OGE Form 278 collects information from certain 
officers and high-level employees in the executive branch for conflicts 
of interest review and public disclosure. The form is also completed by 
individuals who are nominated by the President for high-level executive 
branch positions requiring Senate confirmation, new

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entrants to other public reporting positions in the executive branch, 
and Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates. The financial 
information collected relates to: Assets and income; transactions; 
gifts, reimbursements and travel expenses; liabilities; agreements or 
arrangements; outside positions; and compensation over $5,000 paid by a 
source--all subject to various reporting thresholds and exclusions. The 
information is collected in accordance with section 102 of the Ethics 
in Government Act, 5 U.S.C. app. section 102, as amended by the Stop 
Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-105) (STOCK 
Act), and OGE's implementing financial disclosure regulations at 5 CFR 
part 2634. OGE is proposing to make minor modifications to the paper 
version of the OGE Form 278 to update the Privacy Act Statement and the 
legal authorities under which the information is collected. OGE 
proposes to include in this renewal submission the new OGE Form 278e, 
an electronic version to be implemented later in 2014, pursuant to the 
e-filing system mandated under section 11(b) of the STOCK Act.

(See Amendments to the STOCK Act Pub. L. 113-7 (April 15, 2013)).

    The OGE Form 278e will collect the same information that both the 
current paper version of the OGE Form 278 collects, as well as the 14 
e-filing systems that are currently in use in executive branch 
agencies. Although the OGE Form 278e will not collect any additional 
information, the application will produce a streamlined output report 
format that presents only the filer's inputs in given categories, and 
that does not report other categories not selected by the filer.
    OGE published a first round notice of its intent to request 
paperwork clearance for a modified OGE Form 278 Executive Branch 
Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report. See 78 FR 55079 
(September 9, 2013). OGE received one response to that notice from an 
executive branch agency ethics official who requested that OGE modify 
the language of the filer's certification. The current certification 
requires the filer to certify that statements made on the form and all 
attached schedules are true, complete, and correct to the best of the 
filer's knowledge. The agency official commented that the certification 
should also include a statement that there are no potential conflicts 
or that conflicts have been identified. This agency submitted the same 
comment in response to OGE's request for public comments about the 
proposed renewal under the Paperwork Reduction Act of an unmodified OGE 
Form 450, the confidential financial disclosure report for employees of 
the executive branch. The filer's certification on the OGE Form 450 is 
very similar to the filer's certification on the OGE Form 278. OGE 
declined to adopt this recommendation for the OGE Form 450 because OGE 
deemed the existing certification to be appropriate.
    OGE also declines to adopt this suggestion with regard to the OGE 
Form 278. Neither the Ethics in Government Act, 5 U.S.C. app. sections 
101-111, nor the financial disclosure regulation, 5 CFR part 2634, 
requires the filer to certify that he or she has no conflicts of 
interest. A certification that is made once a year, such as the 
proposed one, is ineffective. The analysis of whether a filer has 
conflicts of interest must continue throughout a filer's executive 
branch employment and is not limited to the date on which the filer 
signs a financial disclosure report. No conflicts may exist on the date 
that the filer signs the report. A conflict, however, may arise six 
months later if, for example, the filer is faced with participating in 
a particular matter that has a direct and predictable effect on one of 
the companies in which the filer owns stock. Once a conflict arises, it 
is the responsibility of the filer to seek the advice of an ethics 
counselor to determine the appropriate remedy for the conflict.
    Request for Comments: Agency and public comment is again invited 
specifically on the need for and practical utility of this information 
collection, the accuracy of OGE's burden estimate, the enhancement of 
quality, utility and clarity of the information collected, and the 
minimization of burden (including the use of information technology). 
Comments received in response to this notice will be summarized for, 
and may be included with, the OGE request for extension of OMB 
paperwork approval. The comments will also become a matter of public 
record.

    Approved: January 14, 2014.
Walter M. Shaub, Jr.,
Director, Office of Government Ethics.
[FR Doc. 2014-00946 Filed 1-17-14; 8:45 am]
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