Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 4264-4266 [2015-01430]

Download as PDF 4264 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 17 / Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / Notices address the feedback from the public and medical community. This guidance will be issued to all federal facilities that perform diagnostic or interventional x-ray procedures. The recommendations in this guidance are not binding on any agency, but, at an agency’s discretion, may be incorporated in whole or in part into their standard operating procedures or orders. Likewise, EPA hopes that the states and the private sector will find this guidance to be a useful reference, but there is no legal obligation for them to make use of it in any way; however, if followed, this guidance will improve the safety of diagnostic and interventional imaging. The complete Federal Guidance Report No. 14: Radiation Protection Guidance for Diagnostic and Interventional X-Ray Procedures (EPA 402–R–10003, November 2014), can be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/ radiation/federal/fgr-14.html. Dated: January 15, 2015. Gina McCarthy, Administrator. Bureau and file it in File No. ITC–214– 20081201–00519 via IBFS at http:// licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/pleading.do. It should also copy the Associate Chief of the Policy Division, International Bureau at David.Krech@fcc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau, at (202) 418–7443 or David.Krech@fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proceeding in this Notice is treated as a ‘‘permit-but-disclose’’ proceeding in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules. International Bureau, at (202) 418–7443 or David.Krech@fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proceeding in this Notice is treated as a ‘‘permit-but-disclose’’ proceeding in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules. Federal Communications Commission. Howard Griboff, Acting Chief, Policy Division, International Bureau. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION BILLING CODE 6712–01–P AGENCY: FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Notice of Intent To Terminate 214 Authorization Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice serves as final opportunity for ACT Telecommunications, Inc. (ACT) to respond to the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security (Agencies) request that the Commission terminate and declare null, void and no longer in effect, the international 214 authorization issued to ACT by the Commission. The Agencies state that ACT has failed to comply with commitments and undertakings with these Agencies, which is a condition on the 214 authorization issued by the Commission. The FCC now provides final notice to ACT that it intends to declare ACT’s international 214 authorization terminated for failure to comply with conditions of its authorization. DATES: Submit comments on or before February 11, 2015. ADDRESSES: ACT should address its response to the Chief, International asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 This notice serves as final opportunity for Wypoint Telecom, Inc. (Wypoint) to respond to the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security (Agencies) request that the Commission terminate and declare null, void and no longer in effect, the international 214 authorization issued to Wypoint by the Commission. The Agencies state that Wypoint has failed to comply with commitments and undertakings with these Agencies, which is a condition on the 214 authorization issued by the Commission. The FCC now provides final notice to Wypoint that it intends to declare Wypoint’s international 214 authorization terminated for failure to comply with conditions of its authorization. SUMMARY: [DA 15–54] 18:01 Jan 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 BILLING CODE 6712–01–P [FR Doc. 2015–01441 Filed 1–26–15; 8:45 am] Notice of Intent To Terminate 214 Authorization BILLING CODE 6560–50–P [FR Doc. 2015–01440 Filed 1–26–15; 8:45 am] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request [DA 15–53] [FR Doc. 2015–01468 Filed 1–26–15; 8:45 am] Federal Communications Commission. Howard Griboff, Acting Chief, Policy Division, International Bureau. Submit comments on or before February 11, 2015. ADDRESSES: Wypoint should address its response to the Chief, International Bureau and file it in File No. ITC–214– 20070601–00211 via IBFS at http:// licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/pleading.do. It should also copy the Associate Chief of the Policy Division, International Bureau at David.Krech@fcc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Krech, Policy Division, DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission). ACTION: Notice. The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public comments on its proposal to extend, for three years, the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in the rules and regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (‘‘Fur Rules’’), 16 CFR 301. This clearance expires on April 30, 2015. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 30, 2015. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by following the instructions in the Request for Comments part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘Fur Rules: FTC File No. P074201’’ on your comment, and file your comment online at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ furrulespra by following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC–5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for copies of the collection of information and supporting documentation should be addressed to Robert M. Frisby, 202–326–2098, or SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 17 / Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / Notices Lemuel Dowdy, 202–326–2981, Attorneys, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Proposed Information Collection Activities Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520, federal agencies must get OMB approval for each collection of information they conduct, sponsor, or require. ‘‘Collection of information’’ means agency requests or requirements to submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. 3502(3); 5 CFR 1320.3(c). As required by Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC is providing this opportunity for public comment before requesting that OMB extend the existing PRA clearance for the information collection requirements associated with the Commission’s rules and regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (‘‘Fur Rules’’), 16 CFR part 301 (OMB Control Number 3084–0099).1 The FTC invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond. All comments must be received on or before March 30, 2015. Burden Estimates Staff’s burden estimates are based on data from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (‘‘BLS’’) and data or other input from the Fur Industry Council of America. The relevant information collection requirements in these rules and staff’s corresponding burden estimates follow. The estimates address the number of hours needed and the labor costs incurred to comply with the requirements. 1 The Commission issued the Fur Rules to implement the Fur Products Labeling Act, 15 U.S.C. 69 et seq. 2 15 U.S.C. 69 et seq. 3 Final Rule, 79 FR 30445 (May 28, 2014) (effective date of November 19, 2014). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Jan 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 The Fur Products Labeling Act (‘‘Fur Act’’) 2 prohibits the misbranding and false advertising of fur products. The Fur Rules establish disclosure requirements that assist consumers in making informed purchasing decisions, and recordkeeping requirements that assist the Commission in enforcing the Rules. The Rules also provide a procedure for exemption from certain disclosure provisions under the Fur Act. The Commission expects that recent amendments to the Fur Act have increased the cost of complying with the Fur Rules as amended.3 Congress eliminated the Commission’s power to exempt from the labeling requirements items where either the cost of the fur trim to the manufacturer or the manufacturer’s selling price for the finished product is less than $150.4 As a result, more garments are now subject to the Fur Act and Rules, which will impose higher recordkeeping and labeling costs on manufacturers, importers, and retailers. Estimated annual hours burden: 249,541 hours (64,440 hours for recordkeeping + 185,101 hours for disclosure). Recordkeeping: The Fur Rules require that retailers, manufacturers, processors, and importers of furs and fur products keep certain records in addition to those they may keep in the ordinary course of business. Staff estimates that 1,230 retailers incur an average recordkeeping burden of about 18 hours per year (22,140 hours total); 90 manufacturers incur an average recordkeeping burden of about 60 hours per year (5,400 hours total); and 1,230 importers of furs and fur products incur an average recordkeeping burden of 30 hours per year (36,900 hours total). The combined recordkeeping burden for the industry is approximately 64,440 hours annually. Disclosure: Staff estimates that 1,320 respondents (90 manufacturers + 1,230 retail sellers of fur garments) each require an average of 30 hours per year to determine label content (39,600 hours total), and an average of ten hours per year to draft and order labels (13,200 hours total). Staff estimates that the total number of garments subject to the fur labeling requirements annually is approximately 1,610,000.5 Staff estimates that for approximately 50 percent of these garments (805,000) 4 Truth in Fur Labeling Act, Public Law 111–313. total number of imported fur garments, furtrimmed garments, and fur accessories is estimated to be approximately 1,400,000 based on industry data. Estimated domestic production totals 210,000. 5 The PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4265 labels are attached manually, requiring approximately four minutes per garment for a total of 53,667 hours annually. For the remaining 805,000, the process of attaching labels is semi-automated and requires an average of approximately five seconds per item, for a total of 1,118 hours. Thus, the total burden for attaching labels is 54,785 hours, and the total burden for labeling garments is 107,585 hours per year (39,600 hours to determine label content + 13,200 hours to draft and order labels + 54,785 hours to attach labels). Staff estimates that the incremental burden associated with the Fur Rules’ invoice disclosure requirement, beyond the time that would be devoted to preparing invoices in the absence of the Rules, is approximately one minute per invoice for garments and thirty seconds per invoice for pelts.6 The invoice disclosure requirement applies to fur garments, which are generally sold individually, and fur pelts, which are generally sold in groups of at least 50, on average. Assuming invoices are prepared for sales of 1,610,000 garments, the invoice disclosure requirement entails an estimated burden of 26,833 hours (1,610,000 invoices × one minute). Based on information from the Fur Industry Council of America, staff estimates total sales of 8,900,000 pelts annually. Assuming invoices are prepared for sales of 178,000 groups (derived from an estimated 8,900,000 pelts ÷ 50) of imported and domestic pelts, the invoice disclosure requirement entails an estimated total burden of 1,483 hours (178,000 total invoices × thirty seconds). Thus, the total burden for invoice disclosures is 28,316 hours. Staff estimates that the Fur Rules’ advertising disclosure requirements impose an average burden of 40 hours per year for each of the approximately 1,230 domestic fur retailers, or a total of 49,200 hours. Thus, staff estimates the total disclosure burden to be approximately 185,101 hours (107,585 hours for labeling + 28,316 hours for invoices + 49,200 hours for advertising). Estimated annual cost burden: $4,657,902 (solely relating to labor costs). The chart below summarizes the total estimated costs. 6 The invoice disclosure burden for PRA purposes excludes the time that respondents would spend for invoicing, apart from the Fur Rules, in the ordinary course of business. See 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 4266 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 17 / Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / Notices Task Hourly rate Burden hours Labor cost Determine label content ............................................................................................. Draft and order labels ................................................................................................ Attach labels .............................................................................................................. Invoice disclosures .................................................................................................... Prepare advertising disclosures ................................................................................ Recordkeeping ........................................................................................................... $ 26.00 17.00 7 10.00 17.00 26.00 17.00 39,600 13,200 54,785 28,316 49,200 64,440 $1,029,600 224,400 547,850 481,372 1,279,200 1,095,480 Total .................................................................................................................... .............................. .............................. 4,657,902 Staff believes that there are no current start-up costs or other capital costs associated with the Fur Rules. Because the labeling of fur products has been an integral part of the manufacturing process for decades, manufacturers have in place the capital equipment necessary to comply with the Rules’ labeling requirements.8 Industry sources indicate that much of the information required by the Fur Act and Rules would be included on the product label even absent the Rules. Similarly, invoicing, recordkeeping, and advertising disclosures are tasks performed in the ordinary course of business so that covered firms would incur no additional capital or other nonlabor costs as a result of the Act or the Rules. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Request for Comments You can file a comment online or on paper. Write ‘‘Fur Rules: FTC File No. P074201’’ 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 a 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. 7 Per industry sources, most fur labeling is done in the United States. This rate is reflective of an average domestic hourly wage for such tasks performed in the United States, which is derived from recent BLS statistics. 8 Although items previously exempt from the labeling requirements must now be labeled regarding their fur content, the Textile and Wool Rules, found at 16 CFR part 303 and 16 CFR part 300, respectively, already required many such items to have fiber content labels. Hence, manufacturers likely have in place the equipment needed to comply with the additional labeling requirements. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Jan 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, such as 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 must 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, in his or her sole discretion, 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, the Commission encourages 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/furrulespra 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 ‘‘Fur Rules: FTC File No. P074201’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail it to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC– 5610, (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610, (Annex J), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 March 30, 2015. 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. 2015–01430 Filed 1–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL Proposed Collections; Comment Requests Notice and request for comments. ACTION: The Financial Stability Oversight Council (the ‘‘Council’’) invites members of the public and affected agencies to comment on continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). The Council is soliciting comments concerning its extension of a currently approved collection of information related to its authority to determine that certain nonbank financial companies shall be subject to supervision by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board of Governors) and enhanced prudential standards. Section 113 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the ‘‘Dodd-Frank Act’’) provides the Council the authority to determine that a nonbank financial company shall be subject to Board of Governors supervison and enhanced prudential standards if the Council determines that material financial stress at the nonbank financial company, or the nature, scope, size, scale, concentration, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The information collection requirements described below will 
be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, 
as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public 
comments on its proposal to extend, for three years, the current PRA 
clearance for information collection requirements contained in the 
rules and regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (``Fur 
Rules''), 16 CFR 301. This clearance expires on April 30, 2015.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 30, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comments part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``Fur Rules: FTC File 
No. P074201'' on your comment, and file your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/furrulespra by following the 
instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment 
on paper, mail or deliver your comment to the following address: 
Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Suite CC-5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver 
your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office 
of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, 
Suite 5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for copies of the collection 
of information and supporting documentation should be addressed to 
Robert M. Frisby, 202-326-2098, or

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Lemuel Dowdy, 202-326-2981, Attorneys, Division of Enforcement, Bureau 
of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 
20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed Information Collection Activities

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520, 
federal agencies must get OMB approval for each collection of 
information they conduct, sponsor, or require. ``Collection of 
information'' means agency requests or requirements to submit reports, 
keep records, or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. 
3502(3); 5 CFR 1320.3(c). As required by Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
PRA, the FTC is providing this opportunity for public comment before 
requesting that OMB extend the existing PRA clearance for the 
information collection requirements associated with the Commission's 
rules and regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (``Fur 
Rules''), 16 CFR part 301 (OMB Control Number 3084-0099).\1\
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    \1\ The Commission issued the Fur Rules to implement the Fur 
Products Labeling Act, 15 U.S.C. 69 et seq.
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    The FTC invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond. All comments must be received on or before March 30, 
2015.

Burden Estimates

    Staff's burden estimates are based on data from the Department of 
Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (``BLS'') and data or other input 
from the Fur Industry Council of America. The relevant information 
collection requirements in these rules and staff's corresponding burden 
estimates follow. The estimates address the number of hours needed and 
the labor costs incurred to comply with the requirements.
    The Fur Products Labeling Act (``Fur Act'') \2\ prohibits the 
misbranding and false advertising of fur products. The Fur Rules 
establish disclosure requirements that assist consumers in making 
informed purchasing decisions, and recordkeeping requirements that 
assist the Commission in enforcing the Rules. The Rules also provide a 
procedure for exemption from certain disclosure provisions under the 
Fur Act.
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    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 69 et seq.
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    The Commission expects that recent amendments to the Fur Act have 
increased the cost of complying with the Fur Rules as amended.\3\ 
Congress eliminated the Commission's power to exempt from the labeling 
requirements items where either the cost of the fur trim to the 
manufacturer or the manufacturer's selling price for the finished 
product is less than $150.\4\ As a result, more garments are now 
subject to the Fur Act and Rules, which will impose higher 
recordkeeping and labeling costs on manufacturers, importers, and 
retailers.
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    \3\ Final Rule, 79 FR 30445 (May 28, 2014) (effective date of 
November 19, 2014).
    \4\ Truth in Fur Labeling Act, Public Law 111-313.
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    Estimated annual hours burden: 249,541 hours (64,440 hours for 
recordkeeping + 185,101 hours for disclosure).
    Recordkeeping: The Fur Rules require that retailers, manufacturers, 
processors, and importers of furs and fur products keep certain records 
in addition to those they may keep in the ordinary course of business. 
Staff estimates that 1,230 retailers incur an average recordkeeping 
burden of about 18 hours per year (22,140 hours total); 90 
manufacturers incur an average recordkeeping burden of about 60 hours 
per year (5,400 hours total); and 1,230 importers of furs and fur 
products incur an average recordkeeping burden of 30 hours per year 
(36,900 hours total). The combined recordkeeping burden for the 
industry is approximately 64,440 hours annually.
    Disclosure: Staff estimates that 1,320 respondents (90 
manufacturers + 1,230 retail sellers of fur garments) each require an 
average of 30 hours per year to determine label content (39,600 hours 
total), and an average of ten hours per year to draft and order labels 
(13,200 hours total). Staff estimates that the total number of garments 
subject to the fur labeling requirements annually is approximately 
1,610,000.\5\ Staff estimates that for approximately 50 percent of 
these garments (805,000) labels are attached manually, requiring 
approximately four minutes per garment for a total of 53,667 hours 
annually. For the remaining 805,000, the process of attaching labels is 
semi-automated and requires an average of approximately five seconds 
per item, for a total of 1,118 hours. Thus, the total burden for 
attaching labels is 54,785 hours, and the total burden for labeling 
garments is 107,585 hours per year (39,600 hours to determine label 
content + 13,200 hours to draft and order labels + 54,785 hours to 
attach labels).
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    \5\ The total number of imported fur garments, fur-trimmed 
garments, and fur accessories is estimated to be approximately 
1,400,000 based on industry data. Estimated domestic production 
totals 210,000.
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    Staff estimates that the incremental burden associated with the Fur 
Rules' invoice disclosure requirement, beyond the time that would be 
devoted to preparing invoices in the absence of the Rules, is 
approximately one minute per invoice for garments and thirty seconds 
per invoice for pelts.\6\ The invoice disclosure requirement applies to 
fur garments, which are generally sold individually, and fur pelts, 
which are generally sold in groups of at least 50, on average. Assuming 
invoices are prepared for sales of 1,610,000 garments, the invoice 
disclosure requirement entails an estimated burden of 26,833 hours 
(1,610,000 invoices x one minute). Based on information from the Fur 
Industry Council of America, staff estimates total sales of 8,900,000 
pelts annually. Assuming invoices are prepared for sales of 178,000 
groups (derived from an estimated 8,900,000 pelts / 50) of imported and 
domestic pelts, the invoice disclosure requirement entails an estimated 
total burden of 1,483 hours (178,000 total invoices x thirty seconds). 
Thus, the total burden for invoice disclosures is 28,316 hours.
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    \6\ The invoice disclosure burden for PRA purposes excludes the 
time that respondents would spend for invoicing, apart from the Fur 
Rules, in the ordinary course of business. See 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2).
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    Staff estimates that the Fur Rules' advertising disclosure 
requirements impose an average burden of 40 hours per year for each of 
the approximately 1,230 domestic fur retailers, or a total of 49,200 
hours.
    Thus, staff estimates the total disclosure burden to be 
approximately 185,101 hours (107,585 hours for labeling + 28,316 hours 
for invoices + 49,200 hours for advertising).
    Estimated annual cost burden: $4,657,902 (solely relating to labor 
costs). The chart below summarizes the total estimated costs.

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Determine label content................................            $ 26.00             39,600         $1,029,600
Draft and order labels.................................              17.00             13,200            224,400
Attach labels..........................................          \7\ 10.00             54,785            547,850
Invoice disclosures....................................              17.00             28,316            481,372
Prepare advertising disclosures........................              26.00             49,200          1,279,200
Recordkeeping..........................................              17.00             64,440          1,095,480
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    Total..............................................  .................  .................          4,657,902
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    Staff believes that there are no current start-up costs or other 
capital costs associated with the Fur Rules. Because the labeling of 
fur products has been an integral part of the manufacturing process for 
decades, manufacturers have in place the capital equipment necessary to 
comply with the Rules' labeling requirements.\8\ Industry sources 
indicate that much of the information required by the Fur Act and Rules 
would be included on the product label even absent the Rules. 
Similarly, invoicing, recordkeeping, and advertising disclosures are 
tasks performed in the ordinary course of business so that covered 
firms would incur no additional capital or other non-labor costs as a 
result of the Act or the Rules.
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    \7\ Per industry sources, most fur labeling is done in the 
United States. This rate is reflective of an average domestic hourly 
wage for such tasks performed in the United States, which is derived 
from recent BLS statistics.
    \8\ Although items previously exempt from the labeling 
requirements must now be labeled regarding their fur content, the 
Textile and Wool Rules, found at 16 CFR part 303 and 16 CFR part 
300, respectively, already required many such items to have fiber 
content labels. Hence, manufacturers likely have in place the 
equipment needed to comply with the additional labeling 
requirements.
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Request for Comments

    You can file a comment online or on paper. Write ``Fur Rules: FTC 
File No. P074201'' 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 a 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, such as 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 must 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, in his or her sole discretion, 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, the Commission encourages 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/furrulespra 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 ``Fur Rules: FTC File No. 
P074201'' on your comment and on the envelope, and mail it to the 
following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC-5610, (Annex J), Washington, DC 
20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th 
Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610, (Annex J), Washington, DC 20024. 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 March 30, 
2015. 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. 2015-01430 Filed 1-26-15; 8:45 am]
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