Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Revision; Submission for OMB Review; Diversity Self-Assessment Template for OCC-Regulated Entities, 81861-81863 [2016-27712]

Download as PDF 81861 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2016 / Notices 9339, fax at (202) 833–9434, or Web site at http://www.rtca.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, 5 U.S.C., App.), notice is hereby given for the Fifteenth Meeting of the RTCA Tactical Operations Committee. The agenda will include the following: Tuesday, December 13, 2016—1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. 1. Opening of Meeting/Introduction of TOC Members—Co-Chairs Dale Wright and Bryan Quigley 2. Official Statement of Designated Federal Official—Elizabeth Ray 3. Approval of October 27, 2016 Meeting Summary 4. Graphical TFR Task Group— Recommendation 5. GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Task Group—Ligado Proposal Review Recommendation 6. Updates on Future TOC Tasks 7. Other Business 8. Adjourn Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to space availability. Given limited space on-site, members of the public that wish to participate virtually can request dial-in and online meeting information by contacting Trin Mitra, TOC Secretary, at tmitra@ rtca.org. With the approval of the chairman, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing to present statements or obtain information should contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Members of the public may present a written statement to the committee at any time. Issued in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2016. Mohannad Dawoud, Management & Program Analyst, Partnership Contracts Branch, ANG–A17 NextGen, Procurement Services Division, Federal Aviation Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–27793 Filed 11–17–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Maritime Administration Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program Workshop on Battery Applications in Maritime Transportation Maritime Administration, DOT. Notice of public workshop. AGENCY: ACTION: The Maritime Administration (MARAD), in cooperation with Det Norske Veritas-Germanischer Lloyd, American Bureau of Shipping, and The SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 17, 2016 Jkt 241001 American Society for Testing and Materials, will hold a workshop to share information and gather input related to the application of high-power batteries in maritime transportation. The workshop is being held as part of the Agency’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program. Information received during the workshop will be used to enhance Agency and maritime industry stakeholders’ understanding of the state of technology, potential design requirements for electric powered and hybrid electric vessels, and areas for future research, development and demonstration projects. DATES: The workshop will be held on December 15 and 16, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The event will be held at the Department of Transportation Conference Center, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sujit Ghosh, Maritime Administration, Office of Environment at (202) 366–1839 or via email at Sujit.Ghosh@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As additional information becomes available, MARAD will release further details on this event, including the agenda, on its Web page at https://www. marad.dot.gov/environment-and-safety/ office-of-environment. Registration The meeting will be open to the public and streamed on the web. In order to attend the workshop in-person or to access the Web streaming you must register by emailing us at META@ dot.gov. In your email, please indicate whether you would like to attend inperson or via web streaming, provide your full name, business affiliation, business address, telephone, and email address. In addition to the aforementioned required information, Foreign National registrants that plan to attend in-person must also provide their country of citizenship, date of birth, passport number, and passport expiration date. Please complete your registration with MARAD no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, December 2, 2016. Capacity: Seating will be limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Arrival and Admission Information 1. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the meeting for processing through building security. All attendees must enter through the New Jersey Avenue entrance (West Building—at the corner of New Jersey Avenue SE. and M Street PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SE.). Anyone exiting the building for any reason will be required to re-enter through the security checkpoint at the New Jersey Avenue Entrance. 2. Due to security requirements, all attendees must bring a Governmentissued form of identification (e.g., driver’s license) to ensure access to the building. Foreign National attendees must bring their passports with them. To facilitate security screening, all inperson attendees are encouraged to limit bags and other items (e.g., mobile phones, laptops, cameras, etc.) they bring into the building. 3. Due to space limitations, outside videotaping will not be allowed. 4. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and MARAD are not able to offer visitor parking; we suggest that attendees consider using alternative means of transportation to the building. DOT Headquarters/MARAD is served by Metrorail (Navy Yard station), Metro bus, DC Circulator, and taxi service. There are a number of private parking lots near the DOT building, but MARAD cannot guarantee the availability of parking spaces. 5. For information on facilities or services for persons with disabilities, or to request special assistance at the meeting, please contact Tom Thompson, Office of Environment, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; (202) 366–6045 as soon as possible. Authority: 49 CFR 1.93 * * * * * By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: November 15, 2016. T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr., Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–27757 Filed 11–17–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Revision; Submission for OMB Review; Diversity Self-Assessment Template for OCC-Regulated Entities 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 revised information SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 81862 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2016 / Notices collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The OCC may not conduct or sponsor, and a 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 previously received OMB approval for a voluntary information collection in the Final Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities Regulated by the Agencies (Policy Statement). The OCC now is soliciting comment on a revised information collection which adds a ‘‘Diversity Self-Assessment Template for OCC-Regulated Entities’’ (Template) to facilitate the self-assessment described in the Policy Statement. The OCC also is giving notice that it has sent the collection to OMB for review. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 19, 2016. 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: 1557–0334, 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 prainfo@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 by calling (202) 649– 6700 or, for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, TTY, (202) 649–5597. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and 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 include any information with your comment, attachment, or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. Additionally, please send a copy of your comments by mail to: OCC Desk Officer, 1557–0334, 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: Shaquita Merritt, OCC Clearance VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 17, 2016 Jkt 241001 Officer, (202) 649–5490 or, 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), certain Federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of information that they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) (and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) of the PRA implementing regulations) 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 requesting that OMB approve its proposed revision to the collection of information. Title: Diversity Self-Assessment Template for OCC-Regulated Entities. OMB Control No.: 1557–0334. Description: The OCC previously received OMB approval for a voluntary information collection with respect to the Policy Statement, pursuant to which entities regulated by the OCC voluntarily self-assess their diversity policies and practices.1 This proposed revision to that collection would add the Template to assist with the selfassessment. The Template (1) asks for general information about a respondent; (2) includes a checklist of the standards set forth in the Policy Statement; (3) seeks additional diversity data; and (4) provides an opportunity for a respondent to provide other information regarding or comment on the selfassessment of its diversity policies and practices. A draft of this Template can be viewed at www.occ.gov/ divselfassessment. The OCC estimates that use of the Template would reduce the average response time for this collection per respondent from 12 hours to 8 hours. The OCC may use the information submitted by the entities it regulates to monitor progress and trends in the financial services industry with regard to diversity and inclusion in employment and contracting activities and to identify and highlight those policies and practices that have been successful. The OCC will continue to reach out to the regulated entities and other interested parties to discuss diversity and inclusion in the financial services industry and share leading practices. The OCC may also publish information disclosed by the entity, such as any identified leading practices, in any form that does not identify a 1 80 PO 00000 FR 33016 (June 10, 2015). Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 particular institution or individual or disclose confidential business information. Type of Review: Revision. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit. Burden Estimates: Number of Respondents: 215. Revised Annual Burden for Policy Statement and Template: 8 hours. Total Burden: 1,720 hours. Frequency of Response: Annual. Comments: On August 25, 2016, the OCC issued a 60-day notice soliciting comments on the revision to the information collection. See 81 FR 58553. The comment period closed on October 24, 2016, and the OCC received one comment from an individual who raised several issues. First, the commenter stated that use of the Template would not reduce a regulated entity’s collection burden. We believe, however, that the structured format and layout of the Template is easy to use and thereby simplifies the information collection. We expect that this will reduce the time it takes to complete a self-assessment based on the Joint Standards. Furthermore, similar information currently provided in response to required EEOC and OFCCP annual reports, can be easily recorded on the self-assessment Template. Second, the commenter stated that the OCC’s publication of a Template creates the impression that the Policy Statement and Template set out mandatory, not voluntary, standards. The OCC does not intend to create this impression and notes that the Template itself states that ‘‘a self-assessment by the organization is voluntary.’’ The Policy Statement itself also makes the voluntary nature of a self-assessment clear. Third, the commenter asserted that the Template’s yes/no structure is overly simplistic. The OCC notes, however, that while an entity’s self-assessment of each standard begins with a yes/no response, the entity also is asked about the relevant successes and/or challenges associated with each standard. In addition, at the end of the Template, respondents are invited to provide any ‘‘other important information or comments regarding the self-assessment of their diversity and inclusion policies and practices.’’ Finally, the commenter asserts that by publishing the Template, the agency has effectively foreclosed the possibility of a better self-assessment framework. To the contrary, the Template invites a regulated entity to ‘‘utilize this Template or its own assessment tool.’’ In addition, the OCC specifically asked the public in its 60-day notice for ‘‘[w]ays to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2016 / Notices collected’’ and asks this same question again below. We welcome the public to share with us, and with other regulated entities, any framework or tool that facilitates a regulated entity’s diversity self-assessment. In addition, we continue to invite comments on the following: (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 information collection burden; (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: November 10, 2016. Karen Solomon, Deputy Chief Counsel, office of the Comptroller of the Currency. [FR Doc. 2016–27712 Filed 11–17–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Comment Request; Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Disclosure Requirements Associated With Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in and Relationships With Covered Funds 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. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 17, 2016 Jkt 241001 The OCC is soliciting comment concerning renewal of its information collection titled, ‘‘Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Disclosure Requirements Associated with Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in and Relationships with Covered Funds.’’ DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 17, 2017. 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: 1557–00309, 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 prainfo@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 or, for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, TTY, (202) 649–5597. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and 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 include any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shaquita Merritt, OCC Clearance Officer, (202) 649–5490 or, 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 that 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 title 44 requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each PO 00000 Frm 00145 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 81863 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 the proposed collection of information set forth in this document. Title: Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Disclosure Requirements Associated with Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in and Relationships with Covered Funds. OMB Control No.: 1557–0309. Type of Review: Regular. Description: This collection of information is established pursuant to a 2014 final rule 1 required by the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), which was enacted on July 21, 2010.2 Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act contains certain prohibitions and restrictions on the ability of a banking entity and nonbank financial company supervised by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) to engage in proprietary trading and have certain interests in, or relationships with, a hedge fund or private equity fund. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act added a new section 13 to the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act) (codified at 12 U.S.C. 1851) that generally prohibits any banking entity from engaging in proprietary trading or from acquiring or retaining an ownership interest in, sponsoring, or having certain relationships with a hedge fund or private equity fund, subject to certain exemptions. Section 44.12(e) states that, upon application by a banking entity, the Board may extend the period of time to meet the requirements on ownership limitations under § 44.12(a)(2)(i) for up to 2 additional years, if the Board finds that an extension would be consistent with safety and soundness and not detrimental to the public interest. An application for extension must: (1) Be submitted to the Board at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the applicable time period; (2) provide the reasons for application including information that addresses the factors in paragraph (e)(2) of § 44.12; and (3) explain the banking entity’s plan for reducing the permitted investment in a covered fund through redemption, sale, dilution, or other methods as required in § 44.12(a)(2). Section 44.20(d) provides that a banking entity engaged in proprietary trading activity permitted under subpart 1 79 FR 5536 (January 31, 2014). Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Public Law 111–203, 124 Stat. 1376 (2010). 2 Dodd-Frank E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection 
Revision; Submission for OMB Review; Diversity Self-Assessment Template 
for OCC-Regulated Entities

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 revised information

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collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). 
The OCC may not conduct or sponsor, and a 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 
previously received OMB approval for a voluntary information collection 
in the Final Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards 
for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities 
Regulated by the Agencies (Policy Statement). The OCC now is soliciting 
comment on a revised information collection which adds a ``Diversity 
Self-Assessment Template for OCC-Regulated Entities'' (Template) to 
facilitate the self-assessment described in the Policy Statement. The 
OCC also is giving notice that it has sent the collection to OMB for 
review.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 19, 2016.

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: 1557-0334, 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 prainfo@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 by calling (202) 649-
6700 or, for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, TTY, (202) 649-
5597. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid 
government-issued photo identification and 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 include any information with your comment, 
attachment, or supporting materials that you consider confidential or 
inappropriate for public disclosure.
    Additionally, please send a copy of your comments by mail to: OCC 
Desk Officer, 1557-0334, 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: Shaquita Merritt, OCC Clearance 
Officer, (202) 649-5490 or, 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), certain 
Federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of 
information that they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of information'' 
is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) (and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) of the PRA 
implementing regulations) 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 requesting that OMB approve 
its proposed revision to the collection of information.
    Title: Diversity Self-Assessment Template for OCC-Regulated 
Entities.
    OMB Control No.: 1557-0334.
    Description: The OCC previously received OMB approval for a 
voluntary information collection with respect to the Policy Statement, 
pursuant to which entities regulated by the OCC voluntarily self-assess 
their diversity policies and practices.\1\ This proposed revision to 
that collection would add the Template to assist with the self-
assessment. The Template (1) asks for general information about a 
respondent; (2) includes a checklist of the standards set forth in the 
Policy Statement; (3) seeks additional diversity data; and (4) provides 
an opportunity for a respondent to provide other information regarding 
or comment on the self-assessment of its diversity policies and 
practices. A draft of this Template can be viewed at www.occ.gov/divselfassessment.
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    The OCC estimates that use of the Template would reduce the average 
response time for this collection per respondent from 12 hours to 8 
hours. The OCC may use the information submitted by the entities it 
regulates to monitor progress and trends in the financial services 
industry with regard to diversity and inclusion in employment and 
contracting activities and to identify and highlight those policies and 
practices that have been successful. The OCC will continue to reach out 
to the regulated entities and other interested parties to discuss 
diversity and inclusion in the financial services industry and share 
leading practices. The OCC may also publish information disclosed by 
the entity, such as any identified leading practices, in any form that 
does not identify a particular institution or individual or disclose 
confidential business information.
    Type of Review: Revision.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit.
    Burden Estimates:
    Number of Respondents: 215.
    Revised Annual Burden for Policy Statement and Template: 8 hours.
    Total Burden: 1,720 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Annual.
    Comments: On August 25, 2016, the OCC issued a 60-day notice 
soliciting comments on the revision to the information collection. See 
81 FR 58553. The comment period closed on October 24, 2016, and the OCC 
received one comment from an individual who raised several issues.
    First, the commenter stated that use of the Template would not 
reduce a regulated entity's collection burden. We believe, however, 
that the structured format and layout of the Template is easy to use 
and thereby simplifies the information collection. We expect that this 
will reduce the time it takes to complete a self-assessment based on 
the Joint Standards. Furthermore, similar information currently 
provided in response to required EEOC and OFCCP annual reports, can be 
easily recorded on the self-assessment Template.
    Second, the commenter stated that the OCC's publication of a 
Template creates the impression that the Policy Statement and Template 
set out mandatory, not voluntary, standards. The OCC does not intend to 
create this impression and notes that the Template itself states that 
``a self-assessment by the organization is voluntary.'' The Policy 
Statement itself also makes the voluntary nature of a self-assessment 
clear. Third, the commenter asserted that the Template's yes/no 
structure is overly simplistic. The OCC notes, however, that while an 
entity's self-assessment of each standard begins with a yes/no 
response, the entity also is asked about the relevant successes and/or 
challenges associated with each standard. In addition, at the end of 
the Template, respondents are invited to provide any ``other important 
information or comments regarding the self-assessment of their 
diversity and inclusion policies and practices.''
    Finally, the commenter asserts that by publishing the Template, the 
agency has effectively foreclosed the possibility of a better self-
assessment framework. To the contrary, the Template invites a regulated 
entity to ``utilize this Template or its own assessment tool.'' In 
addition, the OCC specifically asked the public in its 60-day notice 
for ``[w]ays to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be

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collected'' and asks this same question again below. We welcome the 
public to share with us, and with other regulated entities, any 
framework or tool that facilitates a regulated entity's diversity self-
assessment.
    In addition, we continue to invite comments on the following:
    (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 information 
collection burden;
    (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: November 10, 2016.
Karen Solomon,
Deputy Chief Counsel, office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
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