Definitions of Terms Relating to Marital Status; Hearing, 1364-1365 [2016-00386]

Download as PDF 1364 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 7 / Tuesday, January 12, 2016 / Proposed Rules markets would be harmed, because this proposal requires that the background check meet the objective standards which rely on the clearly-stated matters under Sections 8a(2)(D) and 8a(3)(D), (E), and (H) of the CEA. iii. Price Discovery The Commission generally believes that providing an alternative means of ensuring the fitness of a person who resides outside the United States for purposes of Commission registration, by reducing the burden that the Fingerprinting Requirement could impose on such persons, could reduce impediments to transact on a crossborder basis. iv. Sound Risk Management Practices As explained above, one of the critically important functions of registration is to allow the Commission to ensure that all futures and swaps industry professionals who deal with the public meet minimum standards of fitness and competency.36 The fitness investigations that are part of the registration process permit the Commission and/or its delegatees to (a) uncover past misconduct that may disqualify an individual or entity from registration and (b) help determine if such persons have disclosed all matters required to be disclosed in their applications to become registered with the Commission.37 Having futures and swaps market participants that are not subject to any of the matters that would lead to a disqualification of registration under Sections 8a(2) or (3) of the CEA is one way to help ensure that a Commission registrant will not be a risk to its customers or to the market in general. v. Other Public Interest Considerations The Commission believes that, by providing an alternative for persons outside the United States, this Proposal is consistent with the principles of international comity. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS vi. Request for Comments The Commission invites public comment on its cost-benefit considerations, including the Section 15(a) factors described above. Commenters are also invited to submit any data or other information that they may have quantifying or qualifying the costs and benefits of this Proposal with their comment letters. 36 See 37 See n.6, supra. n.7, supra. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:16 Jan 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 List of Subjects in 17 CFR Part 3 Associated persons, Brokers, Commodity futures, Commodity pool operators, Commodity trading advisors, Customer protection, Fingerprinting, Foreign exchange, Futures commission merchants, Introducing brokers, Leverage transaction merchants, Leverage transactions, Major swap participants, Principals, Registration, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Retail foreign exchange dealers, Swap dealers, Swaps. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposes to amend part 3 as follows: PART 3—REGISTRATION 1. The authority citation for part 3 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552, 552b; 7 U.S.C. 1a, 2, 6, 6a, 6b, 6b–1, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6f, 6g, 6h, 6i, 6k, 6m, 6n, 6o, 6p, 6s, 8, 9, 9a, 12, 12a, 13b, 13c, 16a, 18, 19, 21, 23. 2. In § 3.21, add paragraph (e) to read as follows: ■ § 3.21 Exemption from fingerprinting requirement in certain cases. * * * * * (e) Foreign Natural Persons. (1) For purposes of this paragraph (e): (i) The term foreign natural person means any natural person who has not resided in the United States since reaching the age of 18 years. (ii) The term certifying firm means: (A) For any natural person that is a principal or associated person of a futures commission merchant, retail foreign exchange dealer, swap dealer, major swap participant, introducing broker, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, leverage transaction merchant, floor broker, or floor trader, such futures commission merchant, retail foreign exchange dealer, swap dealer, major swap participant, introducing broker, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, leverage transaction merchant, floor broker, or floor trader; and (B) For any natural person that is responsible for, or directs, the entry of orders from a floor broker’s or floor trader’s own account, such floor broker or floor trader. (2) Any obligation in this part to provide a fingerprint card for a foreign natural person shall be deemed satisfied with respect to a certifying firm if: (i) Such certifying firm causes a criminal history background check of such foreign natural person to be performed; and PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (ii) The criminal history background check: (A) Is of a type that would reveal all matters listed under Sections 8a(2)(D) or 8a(3)(D), (E), or (H) of the Act relating to such foreign natural person; (B) Does not reveal any matters that constitute a disqualification under Sections 8a(2) or 8a(3) of the Act, other than those disclosed to the National Futures Association; and (C) Is completed not more than one calendar year prior to the date that such certifying firm submits the certification described in paragraph (e)(2)(iii) of this section; (iii) A person authorized by such certifying firm submits, in reliance on such criminal history background check, a certification by such certifying firm to the National Futures Association, that: (A) States that the conditions of paragraphs (e)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section have been satisfied; and (B) Is signed by a person authorized by such certifying firm to make such certification. (3) The certifying firm shall maintain, in accordance with § 1.31 of this chapter, records documenting that the criminal history background check performed pursuant to paragraph (e)(2)(i) of this section was completed and the results thereof. Issued in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2016, by the Commission. Robert N. Sidman, Deputy Secretary of the Commission. Note: The following appendix will not appear in the Code of Federal Regulations. Appendix to Alternative to Fingerprinting Requirement for Foreign Natural Persons—Commission Voting Summary On this matter, Chairman Massad and Commissioners Bowen and Giancarlo voted in the affirmative. No Commissioner voted in the negative. [FR Doc. 2016–00045 Filed 1–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6351–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Part 1, 20, 25, 26, 31, and 301 [REG–148998–13] RIN 1545–BM10 Definitions of Terms Relating to Marital Status; Hearing Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\12JAP1.SGM 12JAP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 7 / Tuesday, January 12, 2016 / Proposed Rules Notice of public hearing on proposed rulemaking. ACTION: This document provides notice of public hearing on proposed regulations relating to the holdings of Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015, Windsor v. United States, 2013, and a revenue ruling that define terms in the Internal Revenue Code (Code) describing the marital status of taxpayers. DATES: The public hearing is being held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The IRS must receive outlines of the topics to be discussed at the public hearing by Friday, January 15, 2016. ADDRESSES: The public hearing is being held in the Chief Counsel NYU conference room 2615, Internal Revenue Service Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224. Send Submissions to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG–148998–13), Room 5205, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be handdelivered Monday through Friday to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG–148998–13), Couriers Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224 or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov (IRS–2015–0032). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Concerning the regulations, Mark Shurtliff at (202) 317–3400; concerning submissions of comments, the hearing and/or to be placed on the building access list to attend the hearing Regina Johnson at (202) 317–6901 (not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject of the public hearing is the notice of proposed rulemaking (REG– 148998–13) that was published in the Federal Register on Friday, October 23, 2015 (80 FR 64378) relating to the holdings of Obergefell v. Hodges, 575 U.S.lll, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015), Windsor v. United States, 570 U.S. lll, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), and Revenue Ruling 2013–17 (2013–38 IRB 201), and that define terms in the Internal Revenue Code (Code) describing the marital status of taxpayers. The rules of 26 CFR 601.601(a)(3) apply to the hearing. Persons who wish to present oral comments at the hearing that submitted written comments by January 14, 2016 must submit an outline of the topics to be addressed and the amount of time to be devoted to each topic by Friday, January 15, 2016. A period of 10 minutes is allotted to each person for presenting oral tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:16 Jan 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 comments. After the deadline for receiving outlines has passed, the IRS will prepare an agenda containing the schedule of speakers. Copies of the agenda will be made available, free of charge, at the hearing or in the Freedom of Information Reading Room (FOIA RR) (Room 1621) which is located at the 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., entrance, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC. Because of access restrictions, the IRS will not admit visitors beyond the immediate entrance area more than 30 minutes before the hearing starts. For information about having your name placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. Martin V. Franks, Chief, Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel, (Procedure and Administration). [FR Doc. 2016–00386 Filed 1–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Chapter I [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2015–0823; FRL–9940–61] TSCA Inventory Equivalency Determinations for Certain Class 2 Substances; TSCA Section 21 Petition; Reasons for Agency Response Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Petition; reasons for Agency response. AGENCY: This document announces the availability of EPA’s response to a petition it received under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The TSCA section 21 petition was received from the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) on October 7, 2015. The petitioner requested EPA to promulgate a rule pursuant to TSCA section 8 that would ‘‘establish a process to amend the list of natural sources of oil and fat in the ‘Soap and Detergent Association’ (SDA) nomenclature system by considering the chemical equivalency of additional natural sources.’’ After careful consideration, EPA denied the TSCA section 21 petition for the reasons discussed in this document. DATES: EPA’s response to this TSCA section 21 petition was signed December 31, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 1365 For technical information contact: Kent Anapolle, Chemistry, Economics, and Sustainable Strategies Division (7406M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (202) 564–8578; email address: anapolle.kent@epa.gov. For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554– 1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to those persons who are or may manufacture or import biobased chemicals similar to fats and oils described by the SDA nomenclature system. Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. B. How can I access information about this petition? The docket for this TSCA section 21 petition, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPPT–2015–0823, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket (OPPT Docket), Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is (202) 566–0280. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. II. TSCA Section 21 A. What is a TSCA section 21 petition? Under TSCA section 21 (15 U.S.C. 2620), any person can petition EPA to initiate a rulemaking proceeding for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of a rule under TSCA section 4, 6, or 8 or an order under TSCA section 5(e) or 6(b)(2). A TSCA section 21 petition must set forth the facts that are claimed to establish the necessity for the action requested. EPA is required to grant or deny the petition within 90 days of its E:\FR\FM\12JAP1.SGM 12JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 7 (Tuesday, January 12, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 1364-1365]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Internal Revenue Service

26 CFR Part 1, 20, 25, 26, 31, and 301

[REG-148998-13]
RIN 1545-BM10


Definitions of Terms Relating to Marital Status; Hearing

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

[[Page 1365]]


ACTION: Notice of public hearing on proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: This document provides notice of public hearing on proposed 
regulations relating to the holdings of Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015, 
Windsor v. United States, 2013, and a revenue ruling that define terms 
in the Internal Revenue Code (Code) describing the marital status of 
taxpayers.

DATES: The public hearing is being held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 
at 10:00 a.m. The IRS must receive outlines of the topics to be 
discussed at the public hearing by Friday, January 15, 2016.

ADDRESSES: The public hearing is being held in the Chief Counsel NYU 
conference room 2615, Internal Revenue Service Building, 1111 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.
    Send Submissions to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-148998-13), Room 5205, 
Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, 
Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be hand-delivered Monday through 
Friday to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-148998-13), Couriers Desk, Internal Revenue 
Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224 or sent 
electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov (IRS-2015-0032).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Concerning the regulations, Mark 
Shurtliff at (202) 317-3400; concerning submissions of comments, the 
hearing and/or to be placed on the building access list to attend the 
hearing Regina Johnson at (202) 317-6901 (not toll-free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject of the public hearing is the 
notice of proposed rulemaking (REG-148998-13) that was published in the 
Federal Register on Friday, October 23, 2015 (80 FR 64378) relating to 
the holdings of Obergefell v. Hodges, 575 U.S.___, 135 S. Ct. 2584 
(2015), Windsor v. United States, 570 U.S. ___, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), 
and Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (2013-38 IRB 201), and that define terms in 
the Internal Revenue Code (Code) describing the marital status of 
taxpayers. The rules of 26 CFR 601.601(a)(3) apply to the hearing. 
Persons who wish to present oral comments at the hearing that submitted 
written comments by January 14, 2016 must submit an outline of the 
topics to be addressed and the amount of time to be devoted to each 
topic by Friday, January 15, 2016.
    A period of 10 minutes is allotted to each person for presenting 
oral comments. After the deadline for receiving outlines has passed, 
the IRS will prepare an agenda containing the schedule of speakers. 
Copies of the agenda will be made available, free of charge, at the 
hearing or in the Freedom of Information Reading Room (FOIA RR) (Room 
1621) which is located at the 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
entrance, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.
    Because of access restrictions, the IRS will not admit visitors 
beyond the immediate entrance area more than 30 minutes before the 
hearing starts. For information about having your name placed on the 
building access list to attend the hearing, see the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

Martin V. Franks,
Chief, Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, 
Associate Chief Counsel, (Procedure and Administration).
[FR Doc. 2016-00386 Filed 1-11-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4830-01-P