Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Community Reinvestment Act Regulations, 43824-43825 [2014-17703]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43824 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 144 / Monday, July 28, 2014 / Notices DC 20219. For security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 649–6700. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and to submit to security screening in order to inspect and photocopy comments. All comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Do not enclose any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Johnny Vilela or Mary H. Gottlieb, OCC Clearance Officers, (202) 649–5490, for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, TTY, (202) 649–5597, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW., Suite 3E–218, Mail Stop 9W–11, Washington, DC 20219. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from 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(c) to include 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 publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, the OCC is publishing notice of its intention to renew the collection of information set forth in this document. The OCC is proposing to extend OMB approval of this collection for three years: Title: Electronic Operations. OMB Control No.: 1557–0301. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 15. Burden per Respondent: 2 hours. Total Burden: 30 hours. Description: Twelve CFR part 155 provides that Federal savings associations may use, or participate with others to use, electronic means or facilities to perform any function, or provide any product or service, as part of an authorized activity. Electronic means or facilities include, but are not VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:53 Jul 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 limited to, automated teller machines, automated loan machines, personal computers, the Internet, the World Wide Web, telephones, and other similar electronic devices. The regulation requires each savings association to notify the OCC at least 30 days before establishing a transactional Web site. A transactional Web site is an Internet site that enables users to conduct financial transactions such as accessing an account, obtaining an account balance, transferring funds, processing bill payments, opening an account, applying for or obtaining a loan, or purchasing other authorized products or services. Savings associations that present supervisory or compliance concerns may be subject to additional procedural requirements. This information collection facilitates the OCC’s ability to identify industry technology trends and better understand emerging technologies. The information is collected transactionally and is used to ensure that safety and soundness requirements are being met. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the OCC’s functions, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the OCC’s estimates of the burden of the information collections, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of information collections on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: July 22, 2014. Stuart E. Feldstein, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division. [FR Doc. 2014–17719 Filed 7–25–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Community Reinvestment Act Regulations Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). In accordance with the requirements of the PRA, the OCC may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OCC is soliciting comment concerning its information collection titled, ‘‘Community Reinvestment Act Regulations.’’ The OCC is also giving notice that it has sent the collection to OMB for review. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 27, 2014. ADDRESSES: Because paper mail in the Washington, DC area and at the OCC is subject to delay, commenters are encouraged to submit comments by email if possible. Comments may be sent to: Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Attention: 1557–0160, 400 7th Street SW., Suite 3E–218, Mail Stop 9W–11, Washington, DC 20219. In addition, comments may be sent by fax to (571) 465–4326 or by electronic mail to regs.comments@ occ.treas.gov. You may personally inspect and photocopy comments at the OCC, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219. For security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 649–6700. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and to submit to security screening in order to inspect and photocopy comments. All comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Do not enclose any information in your comment or supporting materials that SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 144 / Monday, July 28, 2014 / Notices you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. Additionally, please send a copy of your comments by mail to: OCC Desk Officer, 1557–0320, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW., #10235, Washington, DC 20503, or by email to: oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Johnny Vilela or Mary H. Gottlieb, OCC Clearance Officers, (202) 649–5490, for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, TTY, (202) 649–5597, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW., Suite 3E–218, Mail Stop 9W–11, Washington, DC 20219. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the 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(c) to include agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. The OCC is proposing to extend OMB approval of the following information collection: Title: Community Reinvestment Act Regulations. OMB Control Number: 1557–0160. Description: The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requires the Federal banking agencies (Agencies) to assess the record of banks and savings associations in helping to meet the credit needs of their entire communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound operations; and to take this record into account in evaluating applications for mergers, branches, and certain other corporate activities.1 The CRA statute requires the Agencies to issue regulations to carry out its purposes.2 Each Agency must provide written CRA evaluations of the institutions they supervise. The public portion of each written evaluation must present the Agency’s conclusions with respect to the CRA performance standards identified in its regulations; include the facts and data supporting those conclusions; and contain the institution’s CRA rating and the basis for that rating. The data collection requirements in the CRA regulations are necessary for the Agencies to examine, assess, and assign a rating to an institution’s CRA 1 12 2 12 U.S.C. 2903. U.S.C. 2905. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:53 Jul 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 performance and to prepare the public section of the written CRA performance evaluation. Type of Review: Regular review. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,693. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 142,463 hours. Comments: The OCC issued a 60-day notice regarding this collection on April 25, 2014. 79 FR 23058. One comment was received. The commenter made a number of recommendations related to the OCC’s supervisory uses of data in connection with the CRA regulation’s service test.3 However, the commenter’s recommendations do not relate to the CRA regulation’s data collection requirements, which are the subject of this continuing information collection. In general, the commenter stated that using more data in the service test would make bank evaluations easier for banks and examiners. The commenter recommended that bank examiners consider additional information for the service test that would assist with the evaluation of: The distribution of bank branches and products; opening and closing of bank branches; accessibility and use of alternative financial services; and the impact of banking services on customers and communities. The commenter also suggested that, in addition to a qualitative evaluation, that examiners use quantitative data to evaluate a bank’s programs and determine if, and to what degree, a bank’s services benefit the community. The OCC is carefully considering the recommendations made by the commenter in connection with the possible issuance of future CRA-related guidance addressing the service test. Comments continue to be invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the OCC, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the OCC’s estimate of the burden of the information collection; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and 3 The service test evaluates a bank or Federal savings association’s record of helping to meet the credit needs of its assessment area(s) by analyzing both the availability and effectiveness of a bank’s systems for delivering retail banking services and the extent and innovativeness of its community development services. 12 CFR 25.24 and 195.24. PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43825 (e) Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Dated: July 22, 2014. Stuart E. Feldstein, Assistant Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division. [FR Doc. 2014–17703 Filed 7–25–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Regulation Project Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13(44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning the election to expense certain refineries. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before September 26, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to R. Joseph Durbala, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the regulations should be directed to Gerald J. Shields, LL.M. at Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224, or through the Internet at Gerald.J.Shields@irs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Election To Expense Certain Refineries. OMB Number: 1545–2103. Regulation Project Number: TD 9547. Abstract: This document contains regulations relating to the election to expense qualified refinery property under section 179C of the Internal Revenue Code, and affects taxpayers who own refineries located in the United States. These regulations reflect the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Section 179C of the Internal Revenue Code provides that a taxpayer can elect to treat 50% of the cost of ‘‘qualified SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 144 (Monday, July 28, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43824-43825]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection 
Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Community Reinvestment Act 
Regulations

AGENCY: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork 
and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal 
agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a continuing 
information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (PRA).
    In accordance with the requirements of the PRA, the OCC may not 
conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, 
an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OCC is soliciting 
comment concerning its information collection titled, ``Community 
Reinvestment Act Regulations.'' The OCC is also giving notice that it 
has sent the collection to OMB for review.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES:  Because paper mail in the Washington, DC area and at the 
OCC is subject to delay, commenters are encouraged to submit comments 
by email if possible. Comments may be sent to: Legislative and 
Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the Comptroller of the 
Currency, Attention: 1557-0160, 400 7th Street SW., Suite 3E-218, Mail 
Stop 9W-11, Washington, DC 20219. In addition, comments may be sent by 
fax to (571) 465-4326 or by electronic mail to 
regs.comments@occ.treas.gov. You may personally inspect and photocopy 
comments at the OCC, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219. For 
security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to 
inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 649-6700. Upon 
arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued 
photo identification and to submit to security screening in order to 
inspect and photocopy comments.
    All comments received, including attachments and other supporting 
materials, are part of the public record and subject to public 
disclosure. Do not enclose any information in your comment or 
supporting materials that

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you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.
    Additionally, please send a copy of your comments by mail to: OCC 
Desk Officer, 1557-0320, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th 
Street NW., 10235, Washington, DC 20503, or by email to: 
oira_submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Johnny Vilela or Mary H. Gottlieb, OCC 
Clearance Officers, (202) 649-5490, for persons who are deaf or hard of 
hearing, TTY, (202) 649-5597, Legislative and Regulatory Activities 
Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street 
SW., Suite 3E-218, Mail Stop 9W-11, Washington, DC 20219.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal 
agencies must obtain approval from the 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(c) to include agency 
requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, 
keep records, or provide information to a third party.
    The OCC is proposing to extend OMB approval of the following 
information collection:
    Title: Community Reinvestment Act Regulations.
    OMB Control Number: 1557-0160.
    Description: The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requires the 
Federal banking agencies (Agencies) to assess the record of banks and 
savings associations in helping to meet the credit needs of their 
entire communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, 
consistent with safe and sound operations; and to take this record into 
account in evaluating applications for mergers, branches, and certain 
other corporate activities.\1\ The CRA statute requires the Agencies to 
issue regulations to carry out its purposes.\2\
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    \1\ 12 U.S.C. 2903.
    \2\ 12 U.S.C. 2905.
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    Each Agency must provide written CRA evaluations of the 
institutions they supervise. The public portion of each written 
evaluation must present the Agency's conclusions with respect to the 
CRA performance standards identified in its regulations; include the 
facts and data supporting those conclusions; and contain the 
institution's CRA rating and the basis for that rating.
    The data collection requirements in the CRA regulations are 
necessary for the Agencies to examine, assess, and assign a rating to 
an institution's CRA performance and to prepare the public section of 
the written CRA performance evaluation.
    Type of Review: Regular review.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,693.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 142,463 hours.
    Comments: The OCC issued a 60-day notice regarding this collection 
on April 25, 2014. 79 FR 23058. One comment was received. The commenter 
made a number of recommendations related to the OCC's supervisory uses 
of data in connection with the CRA regulation's service test.\3\ 
However, the commenter's recommendations do not relate to the CRA 
regulation's data collection requirements, which are the subject of 
this continuing information collection.
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    \3\ The service test evaluates a bank or Federal savings 
association's record of helping to meet the credit needs of its 
assessment area(s) by analyzing both the availability and 
effectiveness of a bank's systems for delivering retail banking 
services and the extent and innovativeness of its community 
development services. 12 CFR 25.24 and 195.24.
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    In general, the commenter stated that using more data in the 
service test would make bank evaluations easier for banks and 
examiners. The commenter recommended that bank examiners consider 
additional information for the service test that would assist with the 
evaluation of: The distribution of bank branches and products; opening 
and closing of bank branches; accessibility and use of alternative 
financial services; and the impact of banking services on customers and 
communities. The commenter also suggested that, in addition to a 
qualitative evaluation, that examiners use quantitative data to 
evaluate a bank's programs and determine if, and to what degree, a 
bank's services benefit the community.
    The OCC is carefully considering the recommendations made by the 
commenter in connection with the possible issuance of future CRA-
related guidance addressing the service test.
    Comments continue to be invited on:
    (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the OCC, including whether the 
information has practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the OCC's estimate of the burden of the 
information collection;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection 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: July 22, 2014.
Stuart E. Feldstein,
Assistant Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-17703 Filed 7-25-14; 8:45 am]
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