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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 52 / Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES hour per employee × 19,680 funeral homes]. The total labor cost of the three disclosure requirements imposed by the Funeral Rule is $3,419,380 ($1,389,998 + $98,278 + $1,931,104). The total labor cost for recordkeeping is $255,840. The total labor cost for disclosure, recordkeeping, and training is $4,635,998 ($3,419,380 for disclosure + $255,840 for recordkeeping + $960,778 for training). Capital or other non-labor costs: The Rule imposes minimal capital costs and no current start-up costs. The Rule first took effect in 1984 and the revised Rule took effect in 1994, so funeral providers should already have in place necessary equipment to carry out tasks associated with Rule compliance. Moreover, most funeral homes already have access, for other business purposes, to the ordinary office equipment needed for compliance, so the Rule likely imposes minimal additional capital expense. Compliance with the Rule, however, does entail some expense to funeral providers for printing and duplication of required disclosures. Assuming, as required by the Rule, that one copy of the general price list is provided to consumers for each funeral or cremation conducted, at a cost of 25¢ per copy,14 this would amount to 2,513,171 copies per year at a cumulative industry cost of $628,293 (2,513,171 funerals per year 15 × 25¢ per price list). In addition, the funeral providers that furnish consumers with a statement of funeral goods and services solely because of the Rule’s mandate will incur additional printing and copying costs. Assuming that those 2,558 providers (19,680 funeral providers × 13%) use the standard two-page form shown in the compliance guide, at twenty-five cents per copy, at an average of twenty funerals per year, the added cost burden would be $12,790 (2,558 providers × 20 funerals per year × 25¢). Thus, estimated non-labor costs total $641,083. Request for Comment: Pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC invites comments on: (1) Whether the disclosure requirements are necessary, including whether the information will be practically useful; (2) the accuracy of our burden estimates, 14 Although copies of the casket price list and outer burial container price list must be shown to consumers, the Rule does not require that they be given to consumers. Thus, the cost of printing a single copy of these two disclosures to show consumers is de minimis, and is not included in this estimate of printing costs. Moreover, the general price list need not exceed, and may be still shorter than, the two-page model provided in the compliance guide. 15 See note 2 and accompanying text. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Mar 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 including whether the methodology and assumptions used are valid; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of providing the required information to consumers. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before May 19, 2014. Write ‘‘Paperwork Comment: FTC File No. P084401’’ on your comment. Your comment— including your name and your state— will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/ publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals’ home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive personal information, like anyone’s Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license number or other state identification number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, like medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not include any ‘‘[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which is . . . privileged or confidential’’ as provided in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for confidential treatment, and you have to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c).16 Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC General Counsel grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to 16 In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15125 heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ funeralrulepra, by following the instructions on the web-based form. If this Notice appears at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!home, you also may file a comment through that Web site. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Paperwork Comment: FTC File No. P084401’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail or deliver it to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–113 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before May 19, 2014. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission’s privacy policy, at http:// www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. David C. Shonka, Principal Deputy General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–05847 Filed 3–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB for a three-year extension of the current PRA clearance for the information collection requirements contained in the Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures Rule. That clearance expires on March 31, 2014. SUMMARY: Comments must be received by April 17, 2014. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the DATES: E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 15126 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 52 / Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the proposed information requirements should be addressed to Svetlana Gans, Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Room H–286, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326–3708. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures Rule (the Dispute Settlement Rule or the Rule), 16 CFR 703. OMB Control Number: 3084–0113. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: The Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures Rule (the Dispute Settlement Rule or the Rule) specifies the minimum standards which must be met by any informal dispute settlement mechanism (IDSM) that is incorporated into a written consumer product warranty and which the consumer must use before pursuing legal remedies under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. 2301 et seq. (Warranty Act or Act) in court. These minimum standards for IDSMs include requirements concerning the mechanism’s structure (e.g., funding, staffing, and neutrality), the qualifications of staff or decision makers, the mechanism’s procedures for resolving disputes (e.g., notification, investigation, time limits for decisions, and follow-up), recordkeeping, and annual audits. The Rule requires that IDSMs establish written operating procedures and provide copies of those procedures upon request. The Rule applies only to those firms that choose to be bound by it by requiring consumers to use an IDSM. A warrantor is free to set up an IDSM that does not comply with the Rule as long as the warranty does not contain a prior resort requirement. On December 10, 2013, the Commission sought comment on the Rule’s information collection requirements.1 The Commission did not receive any comments. As required by OMB regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, the FTC is providing this second opportunity for public comment. Likely Respondents: Warrantors (Automobile Manufacturers) and Informal Dispute Settlement Mechanisms Estimated Annual Hours Burden: 8,318 hours (derived from (5,757 hours 1 See 78 FR 74142 (60-Day Federal Register Notice). VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:34 Mar 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 for recordkeeping + 1,919 hours for reporting + 642 hours for disclosures). Estimated Number of Respondents, Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: (a) Recordkeeping—IDSMs, 2, 30 minutes/case for 11,514 annual consumer cases; (b) Reporting—IDSMs, 2, 10 minutes/ case for 11,514 annual consumer cases; & (c) Disclosures—Warrantors, 15, annual 30 hours; IDSMs, 2, 5 minutes/ case for 2,303 consumer cases. Frequency of Response: Periodic. Total Annual Labor Cost: $161,000, rounded to nearest thousand. Total Annual Capital or Other NonLabor Cost: $314,000, rounded to the nearest thousand. Request for Comments You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before April 17, 2014. Write ‘‘Warranty Rules: Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P044403’’ on your comment. Your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http:// www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals’ home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive personal information, such as anyone’s Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license number or other state identification number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, financial account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, like medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not include any ‘‘[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information which is . . . privileged or confidential,’’ as discussed in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 request for confidential treatment, and you are required to follow the procedure explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). Your comment will be kept confidential only if the FTC General Counsel grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comment online, or to send it to the Commission by courier or overnight service. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ idsrpra2, by following the instructions on the web-based form. If this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov, you also may file a comment through that Web site. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Warranty Rules: Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P044403’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail or deliver it to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–113 (Annex J), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before April 17, 2014. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission’s privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.shtm. Comments on the information collection requirements subject to review under the PRA should also be submitted to OMB. If sent by U.S. mail, address comments to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Federal Trade Commission, New Executive Office Building, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Comments sent to OMB by U.S. postal mail, however, are subject to delays due to heightened security precautions. Thus, comments instead should be sent by facsimile to (202) 395–5167. David C. Shonka, Principal Deputy General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–05844 Filed 3–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities;

    Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 
the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB for a three-
year extension of the current PRA clearance for the information 
collection requirements contained in the Informal Dispute Settlement 
Procedures Rule. That clearance expires on March 31, 2014.

DATES: Comments must be received by April 17, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the proposed information requirements should be addressed to 
Svetlana Gans, Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of 
Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Room H-286, 600 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-3708.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures Rule (the Dispute 
Settlement Rule or the Rule), 16 CFR 703.
    OMB Control Number: 3084-0113.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: The Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures Rule (the 
Dispute Settlement Rule or the Rule) specifies the minimum standards 
which must be met by any informal dispute settlement mechanism (IDSM) 
that is incorporated into a written consumer product warranty and which 
the consumer must use before pursuing legal remedies under the 
Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. 2301 et seq. (Warranty Act or 
Act) in court. These minimum standards for IDSMs include requirements 
concerning the mechanism's structure (e.g., funding, staffing, and 
neutrality), the qualifications of staff or decision makers, the 
mechanism's procedures for resolving disputes (e.g., notification, 
investigation, time limits for decisions, and follow-up), 
recordkeeping, and annual audits. The Rule requires that IDSMs 
establish written operating procedures and provide copies of those 
procedures upon request. The Rule applies only to those firms that 
choose to be bound by it by requiring consumers to use an IDSM. A 
warrantor is free to set up an IDSM that does not comply with the Rule 
as long as the warranty does not contain a prior resort requirement.
    On December 10, 2013, the Commission sought comment on the Rule's 
information collection requirements.\1\ The Commission did not receive 
any comments. As required by OMB regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, the FTC 
is providing this second opportunity for public comment.
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    Likely Respondents: Warrantors (Automobile Manufacturers) and 
Informal Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
    Estimated Annual Hours Burden: 8,318 hours (derived from (5,757 
hours for recordkeeping + 1,919 hours for reporting + 642 hours for 
disclosures).
    Estimated Number of Respondents, Estimated Average Burden per 
Respondent:
    (a) Recordkeeping--IDSMs, 2, 30 minutes/case for 11,514 annual 
consumer cases;
    (b) Reporting--IDSMs, 2, 10 minutes/case for 11,514 annual consumer 
cases; &
    (c) Disclosures--Warrantors, 15, annual 30 hours; IDSMs, 2, 5 
minutes/case for 2,303 consumer cases.
    Frequency of Response: Periodic.
    Total Annual Labor Cost: $161,000, rounded to nearest thousand.
    Total Annual Capital or Other Non-Labor Cost: $314,000, rounded to 
the nearest thousand.

Request for Comments

    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to 
consider your comment, we must receive it on or before April 17, 2014. 
Write ``Warranty Rules: Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P044403'' on 
your comment. Your comment--including your name and your state--will be 
placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the 
extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the 
Commission tries to remove individuals' home contact information from 
comments before placing them on the Commission Web site.
    Because your comment will be made public, you are solely 
responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any 
sensitive personal information, such as anyone's Social Security 
number, date of birth, driver's license number or other state 
identification number or foreign country equivalent, passport number, 
financial account number, or credit or debit card number. You are also 
solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include 
any sensitive health information, like medical records or other 
individually identifiable health information. In addition, do not 
include any ``[t]rade secret or any commercial or financial information 
which is . . . privileged or confidential,'' as discussed in Section 
6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 
4.10(a)(2). In particular, do not include competitively sensitive 
information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, 
patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names.
    If you want the Commission to give your comment confidential 
treatment, you must file it in paper form, with a request for 
confidential treatment, and you are required to follow the procedure 
explained in FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). Your comment will be kept 
confidential only if the FTC General Counsel grants your request in 
accordance with the law and the public interest.
    Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to 
heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit 
your comment online, or to send it to the Commission by courier or 
overnight service. To make sure that the Commission considers your 
online comment, you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/idsrpra2, by following the instructions on the web-based form. If 
this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov, you also may file a 
comment through that Web site.
    If you file your comment on paper, write ``Warranty Rules: 
Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P044403'' on your comment and on the 
envelope, and mail or deliver it to the following address: Federal 
Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex J), 600 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. If possible, submit your 
paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service.
    The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit 
the collection of public comments to consider and use in this 
proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and 
responsive public comments that it receives on or before April 17, 
2014. You can find more information, including routine uses permitted 
by the Privacy Act, in the Commission's privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.shtm.
    Comments on the information collection requirements subject to 
review under the PRA should also be submitted to OMB. If sent by U.S. 
mail, address comments to: Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for 
the Federal Trade Commission, New Executive Office Building, Docket 
Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. 
Comments sent to OMB by U.S. postal mail, however, are subject to 
delays due to heightened security precautions. Thus, comments instead 
should be sent by facsimile to (202) 395-5167.

David C. Shonka,
Principal Deputy General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2014-05844 Filed 3-17-14; 8:45 am]
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