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[FR Doc. 2016–12888 Filed 6–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–P asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Unmodified Qualified Trust Model Certificates and Model Trust Documents AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE). ACTION: Notice. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is publishing SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Jun 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 this second round notice and requesting comment on the twelve executive branch OGE model certificates and model documents for qualified trusts. OGE intends to submit these forms to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval of a three-year extension under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). OGE is proposing no changes to these forms at this time. DATES: Written comments by the public and the agencies on this proposed extension are invited and must be received on or before July 5, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this paperwork notice to the Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for OGE, via fax at 202–395– 6974 or email at OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov. Paul D. Ledvina, Agency Clearance Officer at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics; telephone: 202–482–9247; TTY: 800– 877–8339; FAX: 202–482–9237; Email: pledvina@oge.gov. The model Certificate of Independence and model Certificate of Compliance for qualified trusts are codified in appendixes A and B to 5 CFR part 2634. Appendix C of 5 CFR part 2634 provides the Privacy Act Statement, Public Burden Statement and Paperwork Reduction Act Statement for the model certificates. Copies of the ten qualified trust model documents may be obtained, without charge, by contacting Mr. Ledvina. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Government Ethics intends to submit, shortly after this second round notice, all twelve qualified trust model certificates and model documents described below (all of which are included under OMB paperwork control number 3209–0007) for a three-year extension of approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). The current paperwork approval for the model certificates and model trust documents, last granted by OMB in 2013, is scheduled to expire at the end of November 2016. OGE is proposing no changes to the two model qualified trust certificates and the ten model trust documents at this time. OGE is the supervising ethics office for the executive branch of the Federal Government under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (EIGA). Presidential nominees to executive branch positions subject to Senate confirmation and any other executive branch officials may seek OGE approval for EIGA qualified blind or diversified trusts as one means to be used to avoid conflicts of interest. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35359 OGE is the sponsoring agency for the model certificates and model trust documents for qualified blind and diversified trusts of executive branch officials set up under section 102(f) of the Ethics in Government Act, 5 U.S.C. app. § 102(f), and OGE’s implementing financial disclosure regulations at subpart D of 5 CFR part 2634. The various model certificates and model trust documents are utilized by OGE and settlors, trustees and other fiduciaries in establishing and administering these qualified trusts. There are two categories of information collection requirements that OGE plans to submit for renewed paperwork approval, each with its own related reporting model certificates or model trust documents which are subject to paperwork review and approval by OMB. The OGE regulatory citations for these two categories, together with identification of the forms used for their implementation, are as follows: i. Qualified trust certifications—5 CFR 2634.404(f) and (g), 2634.405(c) and (d), 2634.407, 2634.408(d)(4), 2634.410, 2634.414 and appendixes A and B to part 2634 (the two implementing forms, the Certificate of Independence and Certificate of Compliance, are codified respectively in the cited appendixes); and ii. Qualified trust communications and model provisions and agreements— 5 CFR 2634.404(f), 2634.407(a), 2634.408(a)–(c), 2634.407 and 2634.414 (the ten implementing forms are the: (A) Blind Trust Communications (Expedited Procedure for Securing Approval of Proposed Communications); (B) Model Qualified Blind Trust Provisions; (C) Model Qualified Diversified Trust Provisions; (D) Model Qualified Blind Trust Provisions (For Use in the Case of Multiple Fiduciaries); (E) Model Qualified Blind Trust Provisions (For Use in the Case of an Irrevocable PreExisting Trust); (F) Model Qualified Diversified Trust Provisions (Hybrid Version); (G) Model Qualified Diversified Trust Provisions (For Use in the Case of Multiple Fiduciaries); (H) Model Qualified Diversified Trust Provisions (For Use in the Case of an Irrevocable Pre-Existing Trust); (I) Model Confidentiality Agreement Provisions (For Use in the Case of a Privately Owned Business); and (J) Model Confidentiality Agreement Provisions (For Use in the Case of Investment Management Activities)). The communications formats and the confidentiality agreements (items ii.(A), (I) and (J) above), once completed, would not be available to the public because they contain sensitive, E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 35360 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 106 / Thursday, June 2, 2016 / Notices confidential information. All the other completed model trust certificates and model trust documents (except for any trust provisions that relate to the testamentary disposition of trust assets) are retained and made publicly available based upon a proper request under EIGA (by filling out an OGE Form 201 access form) until the periods for retention of all other reports (usually the OGE Form 278 Public Financial Disclosure Reports) of the individual establishing the trust have lapsed (generally six years after the filing of the last other report). See 5 CFR 2634.603(g)(2) of OGE’s executive branch financial disclosure regulation. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics administers the qualified trust program for the executive branch. At the present time, there are no active filers using the trust model certificates and documents. However, OGE intends to submit to OMB a request for extension of approval for two reasons. First, under OMB’s implementing regulations for the Paperwork Reduction Act, at 5 CFR 1320.3(c)(4)(i), any recordkeeping, reporting or disclosure requirement contained in a sponsoring agency rule of general applicability is deemed to meet the minimum threshold of ten or more persons. Second, OGE does anticipate possible limited use of these forms during the forthcoming three-year period 2016–2019. Therefore, the estimated burden figures, representing branchwide implementation of the forms, will remain the same as previously reported by OGE in its prior first and second round paperwork renewal notice for the trust forms (77 FR 76293–76294 (December 27, 2012) and 78 FR 40144–40146 (July 3, 2013)). The estimate is based on the amount of time imposed on a trust administrator or private representative. i. Trust Certificates: A. Certificate of Independence: Total filers (executive branch): 5; private citizen filers (100%): 5; private citizen burden hours (20 minutes/certificate): 2. B. Certificate of Compliance: Total filers (executive branch): 10; private citizen filers (100%): 10; private citizen burden hours (20 minutes/certificate): 3; and ii. Model Qualified Trust Documents: A. Blind Trust Communications: Total users (executive branch): 5; private citizen users (100%): 5; communications documents (private citizens): 25 (based on an average of five communications per user, per year); private citizen burden hours (20 minutes/communication): 8. B. Model Qualified Blind Trust: Total users (executive branch): 2; private VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Jun 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 citizen users (100%): 2; private citizen burden hours (100 hours/model): 200. C. Model Qualified Diversified Trust: Total users (executive branch): 1; private citizen users (100%): 1; private citizen burden hours (100 hours/model): 100. D.–H. Of the five remaining model qualified trust documents: Total users (executive branch): 2; private citizen users (100%): 2; private citizen burden hours (100 hours/model): 200. I.–J. Of the two model confidentiality agreements: Total users (executive branch): 1; private citizen users (100%): 1; private citizen burden hours (50 hours/agreement): 50. However, the total annual reporting hour burden on filers themselves is zero and not the 563 hours estimated above because OGE’s estimating methodology reflects the fact that all respondents hire private trust administrators or other private representatives to set up and maintain the qualified blind and diversified trusts. Respondents themselves, typically incoming private citizen Presidential nominees, therefore incur no hour burden. The estimated total annual cost burden to respondents resulting from the collection of information is $1,000,000. Those who use the model documents for guidance are private trust administrators or other private representatives hired to set up and maintain the qualified blind and diversified trusts of executive branch officials who seek to establish such qualified trusts. The cost burden figure is based primarily on OGE’s knowledge of the typical trust administrator fee structure (an average of 1 percent of total assets) and OGE’s experience with administration of the qualified trust program. The $1,000,000 annual cost figure is based on OGE’s estimate of an average of five possible active trusts anticipated to be under administration for each of the next three years with combined total assets of $100,000,000. However, OGE notes that the $1,000,000 figure is a cost estimate for the overall administration of the trusts, only a portion of which relates to information collection and reporting. For want of a precise way to break out the costs directly associated with information collection, OGE is continuing to report to OMB the full $1,000,000 estimate for paperwork clearance purposes. On March 4, 2016, OGE published a first round notice of its intent to request paperwork clearance for the proposed unmodified qualified trust certificates and modified model trust documents. See 81 FR 11566–11567. OGE did not receive any responses to that notice. In this second notice, public comment is again invited on the model qualified PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 trust certificates and model trust documents, and underlying regulatory provisions, as set forth in this notice, including specific views on the need for and practical utility of this set of collections of information, the accuracy of OGE’s burden estimate, the potential for enhancement of quality, utility and clarity of the information collected, and the minimization of burden (including the use of information technology). Comments received in response to this notice will be summarized for, and may be included with, the OGE request for extension of the OMB paperwork approval for the set of the various existing qualified trust model certificates, the model communications package, and the model trust documents. The comments will also become a matter of public record. Approved: May 27, 2016. Walter M. Shaub, Jr. Director, Office of Government Ethics. 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OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Unmodified Qualified 
Trust Model Certificates and Model Trust Documents

AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is publishing this 
second round notice and requesting comment on the twelve executive 
branch OGE model certificates and model documents for qualified trusts. 
OGE intends to submit these forms to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval of a three-year extension under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). OGE is 
proposing no changes to these forms at this time.

DATES: Written comments by the public and the agencies on this proposed 
extension are invited and must be received on or before July 5, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this paperwork notice to the 
Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for OGE, via fax at 
202-395-6974 or email at OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul D. Ledvina, Agency Clearance 
Officer at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics; telephone: 202-482-
9247; TTY: 800-877-8339; FAX: 202-482-9237; Email: pledvina@oge.gov. 
The model Certificate of Independence and model Certificate of 
Compliance for qualified trusts are codified in appendixes A and B to 5 
CFR part 2634. Appendix C of 5 CFR part 2634 provides the Privacy Act 
Statement, Public Burden Statement and Paperwork Reduction Act 
Statement for the model certificates. Copies of the ten qualified trust 
model documents may be obtained, without charge, by contacting Mr. 
Ledvina.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Government Ethics intends to 
submit, shortly after this second round notice, all twelve qualified 
trust model certificates and model documents described below (all of 
which are included under OMB paperwork control number 3209-0007) for a 
three-year extension of approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). The current paperwork approval for the 
model certificates and model trust documents, last granted by OMB in 
2013, is scheduled to expire at the end of November 2016. OGE is 
proposing no changes to the two model qualified trust certificates and 
the ten model trust documents at this time. OGE is the supervising 
ethics office for the executive branch of the Federal Government under 
the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (EIGA). Presidential nominees to 
executive branch positions subject to Senate confirmation and any other 
executive branch officials may seek OGE approval for EIGA qualified 
blind or diversified trusts as one means to be used to avoid conflicts 
of interest.
    OGE is the sponsoring agency for the model certificates and model 
trust documents for qualified blind and diversified trusts of executive 
branch officials set up under section 102(f) of the Ethics in 
Government Act, 5 U.S.C. app. Sec.  102(f), and OGE's implementing 
financial disclosure regulations at subpart D of 5 CFR part 2634. The 
various model certificates and model trust documents are utilized by 
OGE and settlors, trustees and other fiduciaries in establishing and 
administering these qualified trusts.
    There are two categories of information collection requirements 
that OGE plans to submit for renewed paperwork approval, each with its 
own related reporting model certificates or model trust documents which 
are subject to paperwork review and approval by OMB. The OGE regulatory 
citations for these two categories, together with identification of the 
forms used for their implementation, are as follows:
    i. Qualified trust certifications--5 CFR 2634.404(f) and (g), 
2634.405(c) and (d), 2634.407, 2634.408(d)(4), 2634.410, 2634.414 and 
appendixes A and B to part 2634 (the two implementing forms, the 
Certificate of Independence and Certificate of Compliance, are codified 
respectively in the cited appendixes); and
    ii. Qualified trust communications and model provisions and 
agreements--5 CFR 2634.404(f), 2634.407(a), 2634.408(a)-(c), 2634.407 
and 2634.414 (the ten implementing forms are the: (A) Blind Trust 
Communications (Expedited Procedure for Securing Approval of Proposed 
Communications); (B) Model Qualified Blind Trust Provisions; (C) Model 
Qualified Diversified Trust Provisions; (D) Model Qualified Blind Trust 
Provisions (For Use in the Case of Multiple Fiduciaries); (E) Model 
Qualified Blind Trust Provisions (For Use in the Case of an Irrevocable 
Pre-Existing Trust); (F) Model Qualified Diversified Trust Provisions 
(Hybrid Version); (G) Model Qualified Diversified Trust Provisions (For 
Use in the Case of Multiple Fiduciaries); (H) Model Qualified 
Diversified Trust Provisions (For Use in the Case of an Irrevocable 
Pre-Existing Trust); (I) Model Confidentiality Agreement Provisions 
(For Use in the Case of a Privately Owned Business); and (J) Model 
Confidentiality Agreement Provisions (For Use in the Case of Investment 
Management Activities)).
    The communications formats and the confidentiality agreements 
(items ii.(A), (I) and (J) above), once completed, would not be 
available to the public because they contain sensitive,

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confidential information. All the other completed model trust 
certificates and model trust documents (except for any trust provisions 
that relate to the testamentary disposition of trust assets) are 
retained and made publicly available based upon a proper request under 
EIGA (by filling out an OGE Form 201 access form) until the periods for 
retention of all other reports (usually the OGE Form 278 Public 
Financial Disclosure Reports) of the individual establishing the trust 
have lapsed (generally six years after the filing of the last other 
report). See 5 CFR 2634.603(g)(2) of OGE's executive branch financial 
disclosure regulation.
    The U.S. Office of Government Ethics administers the qualified 
trust program for the executive branch. At the present time, there are 
no active filers using the trust model certificates and documents. 
However, OGE intends to submit to OMB a request for extension of 
approval for two reasons. First, under OMB's implementing regulations 
for the Paperwork Reduction Act, at 5 CFR 1320.3(c)(4)(i), any 
recordkeeping, reporting or disclosure requirement contained in a 
sponsoring agency rule of general applicability is deemed to meet the 
minimum threshold of ten or more persons. Second, OGE does anticipate 
possible limited use of these forms during the forthcoming three-year 
period 2016-2019. Therefore, the estimated burden figures, representing 
branchwide implementation of the forms, will remain the same as 
previously reported by OGE in its prior first and second round 
paperwork renewal notice for the trust forms (77 FR 76293-76294 
(December 27, 2012) and 78 FR 40144-40146 (July 3, 2013)). The estimate 
is based on the amount of time imposed on a trust administrator or 
private representative.
    i. Trust Certificates:
    A. Certificate of Independence: Total filers (executive branch): 5; 
private citizen filers (100%): 5; private citizen burden hours (20 
minutes/certificate): 2.
    B. Certificate of Compliance: Total filers (executive branch): 10; 
private citizen filers (100%): 10; private citizen burden hours (20 
minutes/certificate): 3; and
    ii. Model Qualified Trust Documents:
    A. Blind Trust Communications: Total users (executive branch): 5; 
private citizen users (100%): 5; communications documents (private 
citizens): 25 (based on an average of five communications per user, per 
year); private citizen burden hours (20 minutes/communication): 8.
    B. Model Qualified Blind Trust: Total users (executive branch): 2; 
private citizen users (100%): 2; private citizen burden hours (100 
hours/model): 200.
    C. Model Qualified Diversified Trust: Total users (executive 
branch): 1; private citizen users (100%): 1; private citizen burden 
hours (100 hours/model): 100.
    D.-H. Of the five remaining model qualified trust documents: Total 
users (executive branch): 2; private citizen users (100%): 2; private 
citizen burden hours (100 hours/model): 200.
    I.-J. Of the two model confidentiality agreements: Total users 
(executive branch): 1; private citizen users (100%): 1; private citizen 
burden hours (50 hours/agreement): 50.
    However, the total annual reporting hour burden on filers 
themselves is zero and not the 563 hours estimated above because OGE's 
estimating methodology reflects the fact that all respondents hire 
private trust administrators or other private representatives to set up 
and maintain the qualified blind and diversified trusts. Respondents 
themselves, typically incoming private citizen Presidential nominees, 
therefore incur no hour burden. The estimated total annual cost burden 
to respondents resulting from the collection of information is 
$1,000,000. Those who use the model documents for guidance are private 
trust administrators or other private representatives hired to set up 
and maintain the qualified blind and diversified trusts of executive 
branch officials who seek to establish such qualified trusts. The cost 
burden figure is based primarily on OGE's knowledge of the typical 
trust administrator fee structure (an average of 1 percent of total 
assets) and OGE's experience with administration of the qualified trust 
program. The $1,000,000 annual cost figure is based on OGE's estimate 
of an average of five possible active trusts anticipated to be under 
administration for each of the next three years with combined total 
assets of $100,000,000. However, OGE notes that the $1,000,000 figure 
is a cost estimate for the overall administration of the trusts, only a 
portion of which relates to information collection and reporting. For 
want of a precise way to break out the costs directly associated with 
information collection, OGE is continuing to report to OMB the full 
$1,000,000 estimate for paperwork clearance purposes.
    On March 4, 2016, OGE published a first round notice of its intent 
to request paperwork clearance for the proposed unmodified qualified 
trust certificates and modified model trust documents. See 81 FR 11566-
11567. OGE did not receive any responses to that notice.
    In this second notice, public comment is again invited on the model 
qualified trust certificates and model trust documents, and underlying 
regulatory provisions, as set forth in this notice, including specific 
views on the need for and practical utility of this set of collections 
of information, the accuracy of OGE's burden estimate, the potential 
for enhancement of quality, utility and clarity of the information 
collected, and the minimization of burden (including the use of 
information technology).
    Comments received in response to this notice will be summarized 
for, and may be included with, the OGE request for extension of the OMB 
paperwork approval for the set of the various existing qualified trust 
model certificates, the model communications package, and the model 
trust documents. The comments will also become a matter of public 
record.

    Approved: May 27, 2016.
Walter M. Shaub, Jr.
Director, Office of Government Ethics.
[FR Doc. 2016-13008 Filed 6-1-16; 8:45 am]
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