Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection Revision, Comment Request: Adoption of Revised Registration Form 8-R and Cancellation of Form 3-R, 19663-19665 [2017-08559]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 81 / Friday, April 28, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Agency NSN(s)—Product Name(s): 1430–01–133– 8435—Bag, Storage Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Huntsville Rehabilitation Foundation, Huntsville, AL Contracting Activity: Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime 3038–0023 and 3038–0072; Adoption of Revised Registration Form 8–R and Cancellation of Form 3–R,’’ by any of the following methods: • The Commission’s Web site, via its Comments Online process at http:// comments.cftc.gov/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments Service through the Web site. Service Type: Customization & Distribution • Mail: Christopher Kirkpatrick, of NRPM Service Department of the Secretary of the Commission, Navy, FISC Norfolk: Detachment 1322 Commodity Futures Trading Patterson Ave. SE. Washington Navy Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, Yard, Washington DC Mandatory Source(s) of Supply: Industries for 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, DC 20581. the Blind, Inc., West Allis, WI • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as Contracting Activity: Dept of Defense/ Mail above. Department of the Navy • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// Amy B. Jensen, www.regulations.gov/. Follow the Director, Business Operations. instructions for submitting comments [FR Doc. 2017–08613 Filed 4–27–17; 8:45 am] through the Portal. BILLING CODE 6353–01–P Please submit your comments using only one method. All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied by an COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING English translation. Comments will be COMMISSION posted as received to http:// Agency Information Collection www.cftc.gov. You should submit only Activities: Proposed Collection information that you wish to make Revision, Comment Request: Adoption available publicly. If you wish the of Revised Registration Form 8–R and Commission to consider information Cancellation of Form 3–R that you believe is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Information Act, a petition for Commission. confidential treatment of the exempt ACTION: Notice. information may be submitted according to the procedures established in SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Regulation 145.9.1 Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’ or the The Commission reserves the right, ‘‘Commission’’) is announcing an but shall have no obligation, to review, opportunity for public comment on the pre-screen, filter, redact, refuse or proposed revision to the collection of certain information by the Commission. remove any or all of your submission from http://www.cftc.gov that it may Under the Paperwork Reduction Act deem to be inappropriate for (‘‘PRA’’), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register publication, such as obscene language. All submissions that have been redacted concerning each proposed collection of or removed that contain comments on information and to allow 60 days for the merits of the information collection public comment. The Commission request will be retained in the public revised its Form 8–R, the application comment file and will be considered as form that individuals use to register required under the Administrative with the Commission or to be listed as Procedure Act and other applicable a principal. This notice solicits laws, and may be accessible under the comments on the PRA implications of Freedom of Information Act. the revisions to Form 8–R, including comments that address the burdens FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: associated with the modified Laura Gardy, Associate Director, (202) information collection requirements of 418–7645, lgardy@cftc.gov; or August A. the revised Form 8–R. Additionally, this Imholtz III, Special Counsel, (202) 418– notice also solicits comments on the 5140, aimholtz@cftc.gov, Division of PRA implications of reassigning the Swap Dealer and Intermediary burdens associated with the information Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading collections requirements of Commission Commission, 1155 21st Street NW., Form 3–R, which is no longer used, to Washington, DC 20581. Commission Forms 7–R and 8–R. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the DATES: Comments must be submitted on PRA, Federal agencies must obtain or before June 27, 2017. approval from the Office of Management ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, 1 17 CFR 145.9. identified by ‘‘OMB control numbers VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Apr 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19663 and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of Information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3 and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, the CFTC is publishing notice of the proposed revision to the collections of information listed below. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB number. Titles: Registration Under the Commodity Exchange Act (OMB control number 3038–0023); Registration of Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants (OMB control number 3038–0072). This is a request for extension and revision of these currently approved information collections. Abstract: The Commission recently revised its Form 8–R, the application form that individuals must use to register with the Commission as an associated person, floor broker, or floor trader, or to be listed as a principal. The collections of information related to Form 8–R were previously approved by OMB in accordance with the PRA and assigned OMB control numbers 3038– 0023 and 3038–0072. Additionally, the Commission no longer requires individuals and entities to use Commission Form 3–R to update their registration information, which now can be updated directly on Forms 7–R or 8– R. The Commission therefore is reassigning to Forms 7–R and 8–R the information collection burdens previously associated with Commission Form 3–R. The collection of information related to Form 3–R was previously approved by OMB in accordance with the PRA and assigned OMB control number 3038–0023. 1. Form 8–R Revision The revised Form 8–R contains several changes that increase the existing information collection burden, currently 0.8 hours, associated with Form 8–R. The Commission estimates that the changes, which are discussed below, when considered together in aggregate add a total of 0.1 burden hours to the information collection burdens associated with Form 8–R. E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 19664 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 81 / Friday, April 28, 2017 / Notices First, in the ‘‘Fingerprint Card Information’’ section, revised Form 8–R adds two new questions. One new question addresses new requirements and exemptions thereto contained in Commission Regulation 3.21(e) applicable to non-U.S. persons. The other new question addresses the fingerprinting requirement exception for certain outside directors of registered firms. Second, in the section titled ‘‘Disciplinary Information—Regulatory Disclosures,’’ a new question was added to existing Question E. Among other things, Question E inquires whether the applicant (or an entity of which the applicant was a principal) violated, or aided and abetted the violation of, any investment-related statutes or regulations, a potential statutory basis for refusing or conditioning registration. The new question directs the applicant to disclose whether he or she has ever been found to have ‘‘failed to supervise another person’s activities under any investment-related statute or regulation.’’ Third, in the section titled ‘‘Disciplinary Information—Financial Disclosures,’’ the Commission revised Question J. Prior to the revision, Question J asked whether the applicant has ‘‘currently failed to comply with any order to pay any futures-related civil monetary penalties, restitution amounts, disgorgement amounts, reparation amounts or arbitration awards.’’ As revised, Question J now inquires whether the applicant ‘‘failed to pay any arbitration awards involving CFTC-regulated products, CFTC civil monetary penalties, CFTC restitution amounts, CFTC disgorgement amounts, or CFTC reparation amounts.’’ The revised Form 8–R also contains several changes that do not alter the information collection burdens associated with Form 8–R. First, the revised Form 8–R combines into a single form two separate, existing versions of the Form 8–R, the Form 8–R ‘‘Individual Application’’ and the Form 8–R ‘‘Floor Trader Order Enterer Individual Application,’’ both of which were previously approved by OMB. In the section titled ‘‘Sponsor Information and Registration Categories,’’ the revised Form 8–R adds ‘‘floor trader order enterer’’ as a new category of persons that can be associated with a sponsor. Also in connection with this change, the revised Form 8–R includes two newly defined terms: ‘‘entity floor trader’’ and ‘‘floor trader order enterer.’’ Second, in the section titled ‘‘Principal Information,’’ the prior version of Form 8–R contained a blank space in which an applicant entered a title. In the revised Form 8–R, the space is replaced VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Apr 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 with a list of available titles for applicants to choose from. Third, NFA is simplifying the process by which it requests supplemental information and documentation regarding the applicant’s criminal, regulatory or financial disclosures. The prior version of Form 8–R requested that applicants provide a written explanation of the facts and circumstances regarding any such disclosures. Applicants were also separately requested to provide NFA with copies of pertinent documents associated with each disclosure. To consolidate and modernize this process, the revised Form 8–R allows applicants to complete a separate ‘‘Disclosure Matter Page’’ for each matter, instance or event requiring disclosure and to simultaneously upload all pertinent documents associated with each disclosure. The Disclosure Matter Page provides applicants with an efficient and effective method of supplying the supplemental information and documentation that NFA requests in the normal course whenever an applicant responds affirmatively to any of the questions regarding criminal, regulatory or financial disclosures. Lastly, the revised Form 8–R contains numerous changes to the language, formatting and organization of Form 8– R, all of which—individually and collectively—do not alter the information collection burdens associated with Form 8–R. The only changes to Form 8–R that affect the information collection burdens associated with the form are those discussed above. 2. Cancellation of Form 3–R Commission Regulations 3.11 and 3.31 historically required entities and individuals to use Commission Form 3– R to update or correct certain types of information that originally was supplied on Commission Forms 7–R or 8–R, the registration forms for entities and individuals respectively. Regulations 3.11 and 3.31 were amended in 2012 to reflect a new practice whereby Forms 7– R and 8–R could be directly updated online, and the requirement to use Form 3–R for updates, or for any other purpose, was deleted from the Commission rules. At that time, however, the Commission did not reassign to Forms 7–R and 8–R the information collection burden associated with the Form 3–R. The Commission is doing so now. The information collection burden associated with Form 3–R is 0.1 hours. In reassigning that burden to Forms 7– R and 8–R, the Commission believes that it is appropriate to adopt a conservative approach and assign an PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 additional 0.1 hours each to the Form 7– R and 8–R. Accordingly, by virtue of cancelling Form 3–R, and reassigning to Forms 7–R and 8–R the information collection burdens associated with Form 3–R, the information collections burdens for Forms 7–R and 8–R each will increase by 0.1 hours. The reassignment of the information collection burden from Form 3–R to Forms 7–R and 8–R reallocates the information collection burdens within OMB control number 3038–0023, and does not increase or decrease the total information collection burden under that control number. 3. Invitation to Comment With respect to the information collections discussed above, the CFTC invites comments on: • Whether the proposed revision to the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have a practical use; • The accuracy of the Commission’s estimate of the burden of the proposed revision to the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the further use of appropriate automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Burden Statement: As explained above, the Commission believes that the revisions to Form 8–R increase the information collection burdens associated with that Form under OMB control numbers 3038–0023 and 3038– 0072. Additionally, the Commission believes that reassigning to Forms 7–R and 8–R the information collection burdens formerly associated with Commission Form 3–R reallocates the information collection burdens within OMB control number 3038–0023, and therefore does not increase or decrease the total information collection burden under that control number. The Commission estimates the burden of this collection of information under OMB control number 3038–0023 to be: Respondents/Affected Entities: (1) Users of Form 7–R, specifically futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, floor trader firms, and E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 81 / Friday, April 28, 2017 / Notices leverage transaction merchants; and (2) users of Form 8–R, specifically (i) associated persons of futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, and leverage transaction merchants; floor brokers; (ii) principals of futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, floor trader firms, or leverage transaction merchants; (iii) floor brokers; (iv) floor traders; and (v) floor trader order enterers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 78,109. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 7,210 hours. Frequency of Collection: Periodically. There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection. The Commission estimates the burden of this collection of information under OMB control number 3038–0072 to be: Respondents/Affected Entities: (1) Users of Form 7–R, specifically swap dealers and major swap participants; and (2) users of Form 8–R, specifically principals of swap dealers and of major swap participants. Estimated Number of Respondents: 770. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 648 hours. Frequency of Collection: Periodically. There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Dated: April 24, 2017. Robert N. Sidman, Deputy Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2017–08559 Filed 4–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6351–01–P Sunshine Act Meetings 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017. PLACE: Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, DC, 9th Floor Commission Conference Room. STATUS: Closed. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Surveillance, enforcement, and examinations matters. In the event that the time, date, or location of this meeting changes, an announcement of the change, along with the new time, date, and/or place of the meeting will be posted on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.cftc.gov. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Apr 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 Christopher Kirkpatrick, 202–418–5964. Natise Allen, Executive Assistant. [FR Doc. 2017–08684 Filed 4–26–17; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 6351–01–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Adoption of Revised Registration Form 8–R Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘CFTC’’) is revising its Form 8–R, the application form that individuals must use to register with the Commission as an associated person of a registrant, floor broker, or floor trader, or to be listed as a principal of a registrant (collectively, ‘‘applicants’’). DATES: Effective Date: The new, revised version of Form 8–R shall be effective (and the prior version shall cease to be effective) when the National Futures Association (‘‘NFA’’) makes the new, revised version of the Form 8–R available on the NFA Web site for use by individual applicants. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erik F. Remmler, Deputy Director, (202) 418– 7630, eremmler@cftc.gov; Laura Gardy, Associate Director, (202) 418–7645, lgardy@cftc.gov; or August A. Imholtz III, Special Counsel, (202) 418–5140, aimholtz@cftc.gov, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, DC 20581. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION TIME AND DATE: CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Individuals acting in certain capacities in the markets regulated by the Commission must file a completed Form 8–R with NFA.1 These applicants include: Associated persons of futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, and leverage transaction merchants; floor brokers; and floor traders.2 Additionally, any individual acting in the capacity as principal of a futures commission merchant, retail foreign exchange dealer, introducing broker, commodity trading advisor, commodity pool operator, swap dealer, 1 17 2 17 PO 00000 CFR 3.10(a)(2), 3.11(a), and 3.12(c). CFR 3.11(a); 3.12(c). Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19665 major swap participant, floor trader or leverage transaction merchant also must file a completed Form 8–R.3 Lastly, individuals that enter orders for floor trader firms must file the Form 8–R as well.4 Individual applicants have been required to use Form 8–R since 1977.5 Form 8–R requests information about the applicant that can be used to assess the applicant’s fitness to engage in business as a derivatives professional. Form 8–R is a Commission form maintained and used primarily by the NFA. NFA is currently the only registered futures association authorized by the Commission in accordance with Section 17 of the Commodity Exchange Act (‘‘Act’’).6 Pursuant to Section 17(o) of the Act,7 Regulation 3.2,8 and a series of orders, the Commission delegated to NFA certain registration functions including, among other things, the processing of all Form 8–R filings.9 Since the first delegation to NFA in 1984, NFA has developed substantial expertise in registration matters, including reviewing and processing completed Forms 8–R. In 2002, with the approval of the Commission, NFA transitioned from a paper-based registration system to an online registration system that utilizes, among other things, an electronic version of Form 8–R.10 3 17 CFR 3.1(a); 3.10(a)(2); 3.11(a)(1). While ‘‘principal’’ is not technically a registration class and principals do not apply for registration, for purposes of this Notice, the Form 8–R filings by principals will be referred to with the other Form 8–R filings as ‘‘registration applications.’’ 4 17 CFR 3.11(a)(1). 5 Revision of Registration Forms and Amendment of Related Rules, 42 FR 23988 (May 11, 1977) (Form 8–R replaced Forms 2–R, 4–R and 94). 6 7 U.S.C. 21 (2012). 7 7 U.S.C. 21(o) (2012). 8 17 CFR 3.2. 9 See, e.g., Introducing Brokers and Associated Persons of Introducing Brokers; Authorization of National Futures Association to Perform Commission Registration Functions, 48 FR 35158 (Aug. 3, 1983); Performance of Registration Functions by National Futures Association, 49 FR 39593 (Oct. 9, 1984) (futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, and associated persons thereof); Performance of Registration Functions by National Futures Association; Delegation of Authority, 51 FR 34490 (Sept. 29, 1986) (floor brokers); Performance of Registration Functions by National Futures Association with Respect to Floor Traders and Floor Brokers, 58 FR 19657 (Apr. 15, 1993); and Performance of Registration Functions by National Futures Association with Respect to Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants, 77 FR 2708 (Jan. 19, 2012). 10 Registration of Intermediaries, 67 FR 38869 (June 6, 2002). The transition to an online registration system has permitted greater efficiencies, including allowing individuals to update their existing Forms 8–R instead of completing a separate Form 3–R. To that end, in 2012, the Commission eliminated the requirement that registrants and individuals use Form 3–R to E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM Continued 28APN1

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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection 
Revision, Comment Request: Adoption of Revised Registration Form 8-R 
and Cancellation of Form 3-R

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'' or the 
``Commission'') is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the 
proposed revision to the collection of certain information by the 
Commission. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA''), Federal 
agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 days 
for public comment. The Commission revised its Form 8-R, the 
application form that individuals use to register with the Commission 
or to be listed as a principal. This notice solicits comments on the 
PRA implications of the revisions to Form 8-R, including comments that 
address the burdens associated with the modified information collection 
requirements of the revised Form 8-R. Additionally, this notice also 
solicits comments on the PRA implications of reassigning the burdens 
associated with the information collections requirements of Commission 
Form 3-R, which is no longer used, to Commission Forms 7-R and 8-R.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 27, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ``OMB control numbers 
3038-0023 and 3038-0072; Adoption of Revised Registration Form 8-R and 
Cancellation of Form 3-R,'' by any of the following methods:
     The Commission's Web site, via its Comments Online process 
at http://comments.cftc.gov/. Follow the instructions for submitting 
comments through the Web site.
     Mail: Christopher Kirkpatrick, Secretary of the 
Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette 
Centre, 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, DC 20581.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as Mail above.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov/. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments through the Portal.
    Please submit your comments using only one method.
    All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied 
by an English translation. Comments will be posted as received to 
http://www.cftc.gov. You should submit only information that you wish 
to make available publicly. If you wish the Commission to consider 
information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under the 
Freedom of Information Act, a petition for confidential treatment of 
the exempt information may be submitted according to the procedures 
established in Regulation 145.9.\1\
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    The Commission reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to 
review, pre-screen, filter, redact, refuse or remove any or all of your 
submission from http://www.cftc.gov that it may deem to be 
inappropriate for publication, such as obscene language. All 
submissions that have been redacted or removed that contain comments on 
the merits of the information collection request will be retained in 
the public comment file and will be considered as required under the 
Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable laws, and may be 
accessible under the Freedom of Information Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Gardy, Associate Director, (202) 
418-7645, lgardy@cftc.gov; or August A. Imholtz III, Special Counsel, 
(202) 418-5140, aimholtz@cftc.gov, Division of Swap Dealer and 
Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20581.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain 
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for each 
collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of 
Information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3 and 
includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 
Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), requires 
Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information before submitting 
the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, 
the CFTC is publishing notice of the proposed revision to the 
collections of information listed below. An agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB number.
    Titles: Registration Under the Commodity Exchange Act (OMB control 
number 3038-0023); Registration of Swap Dealers and Major Swap 
Participants (OMB control number 3038-0072). This is a request for 
extension and revision of these currently approved information 
collections.
    Abstract: The Commission recently revised its Form 8-R, the 
application form that individuals must use to register with the 
Commission as an associated person, floor broker, or floor trader, or 
to be listed as a principal. The collections of information related to 
Form 8-R were previously approved by OMB in accordance with the PRA and 
assigned OMB control numbers 3038-0023 and 3038-0072. Additionally, the 
Commission no longer requires individuals and entities to use 
Commission Form 3-R to update their registration information, which now 
can be updated directly on Forms 7-R or 8-R. The Commission therefore 
is reassigning to Forms 7-R and 8-R the information collection burdens 
previously associated with Commission Form 3-R. The collection of 
information related to Form 3-R was previously approved by OMB in 
accordance with the PRA and assigned OMB control number 3038-0023.

1. Form 8-R Revision

    The revised Form 8-R contains several changes that increase the 
existing information collection burden, currently 0.8 hours, associated 
with Form 8-R. The Commission estimates that the changes, which are 
discussed below, when considered together in aggregate add a total of 
0.1 burden hours to the information collection burdens associated with 
Form 8-R.

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    First, in the ``Fingerprint Card Information'' section, revised 
Form 8-R adds two new questions. One new question addresses new 
requirements and exemptions thereto contained in Commission Regulation 
3.21(e) applicable to non-U.S. persons. The other new question 
addresses the fingerprinting requirement exception for certain outside 
directors of registered firms. Second, in the section titled 
``Disciplinary Information--Regulatory Disclosures,'' a new question 
was added to existing Question E. Among other things, Question E 
inquires whether the applicant (or an entity of which the applicant was 
a principal) violated, or aided and abetted the violation of, any 
investment-related statutes or regulations, a potential statutory basis 
for refusing or conditioning registration. The new question directs the 
applicant to disclose whether he or she has ever been found to have 
``failed to supervise another person's activities under any investment-
related statute or regulation.'' Third, in the section titled 
``Disciplinary Information--Financial Disclosures,'' the Commission 
revised Question J. Prior to the revision, Question J asked whether the 
applicant has ``currently failed to comply with any order to pay any 
futures-related civil monetary penalties, restitution amounts, 
disgorgement amounts, reparation amounts or arbitration awards.'' As 
revised, Question J now inquires whether the applicant ``failed to pay 
any arbitration awards involving CFTC-regulated products, CFTC civil 
monetary penalties, CFTC restitution amounts, CFTC disgorgement 
amounts, or CFTC reparation amounts.''
    The revised Form 8-R also contains several changes that do not 
alter the information collection burdens associated with Form 8-R. 
First, the revised Form 8-R combines into a single form two separate, 
existing versions of the Form 8-R, the Form 8-R ``Individual 
Application'' and the Form 8-R ``Floor Trader Order Enterer Individual 
Application,'' both of which were previously approved by OMB. In the 
section titled ``Sponsor Information and Registration Categories,'' the 
revised Form 8-R adds ``floor trader order enterer'' as a new category 
of persons that can be associated with a sponsor. Also in connection 
with this change, the revised Form 8-R includes two newly defined 
terms: ``entity floor trader'' and ``floor trader order enterer.'' 
Second, in the section titled ``Principal Information,'' the prior 
version of Form 8-R contained a blank space in which an applicant 
entered a title. In the revised Form 8-R, the space is replaced with a 
list of available titles for applicants to choose from. Third, NFA is 
simplifying the process by which it requests supplemental information 
and documentation regarding the applicant's criminal, regulatory or 
financial disclosures. The prior version of Form 8-R requested that 
applicants provide a written explanation of the facts and circumstances 
regarding any such disclosures. Applicants were also separately 
requested to provide NFA with copies of pertinent documents associated 
with each disclosure. To consolidate and modernize this process, the 
revised Form 8-R allows applicants to complete a separate ``Disclosure 
Matter Page'' for each matter, instance or event requiring disclosure 
and to simultaneously upload all pertinent documents associated with 
each disclosure. The Disclosure Matter Page provides applicants with an 
efficient and effective method of supplying the supplemental 
information and documentation that NFA requests in the normal course 
whenever an applicant responds affirmatively to any of the questions 
regarding criminal, regulatory or financial disclosures.
    Lastly, the revised Form 8-R contains numerous changes to the 
language, formatting and organization of Form 8-R, all of which--
individually and collectively--do not alter the information collection 
burdens associated with Form 8-R. The only changes to Form 8-R that 
affect the information collection burdens associated with the form are 
those discussed above.

2. Cancellation of Form 3-R

    Commission Regulations 3.11 and 3.31 historically required entities 
and individuals to use Commission Form 3-R to update or correct certain 
types of information that originally was supplied on Commission Forms 
7-R or 8-R, the registration forms for entities and individuals 
respectively. Regulations 3.11 and 3.31 were amended in 2012 to reflect 
a new practice whereby Forms 7-R and 8-R could be directly updated 
online, and the requirement to use Form 3-R for updates, or for any 
other purpose, was deleted from the Commission rules. At that time, 
however, the Commission did not reassign to Forms 7-R and 8-R the 
information collection burden associated with the Form 3-R. The 
Commission is doing so now.
    The information collection burden associated with Form 3-R is 0.1 
hours. In reassigning that burden to Forms 7-R and 8-R, the Commission 
believes that it is appropriate to adopt a conservative approach and 
assign an additional 0.1 hours each to the Form 7-R and 8-R. 
Accordingly, by virtue of cancelling Form 3-R, and reassigning to Forms 
7-R and 8-R the information collection burdens associated with Form 3-
R, the information collections burdens for Forms 7-R and 8-R each will 
increase by 0.1 hours. The reassignment of the information collection 
burden from Form 3-R to Forms 7-R and 8-R reallocates the information 
collection burdens within OMB control number 3038-0023, and does not 
increase or decrease the total information collection burden under that 
control number.

3. Invitation to Comment

    With respect to the information collections discussed above, the 
CFTC invites comments on:
     Whether the proposed revision to the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information will have a practical 
use;
     The accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed revision to the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of collection of information 
on those who are to respond, including through the further use of 
appropriate automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Burden Statement: As explained above, the Commission believes that 
the revisions to Form 8-R increase the information collection burdens 
associated with that Form under OMB control numbers 3038-0023 and 3038-
0072. Additionally, the Commission believes that reassigning to Forms 
7-R and 8-R the information collection burdens formerly associated with 
Commission Form 3-R reallocates the information collection burdens 
within OMB control number 3038-0023, and therefore does not increase or 
decrease the total information collection burden under that control 
number.
    The Commission estimates the burden of this collection of 
information under OMB control number 3038-0023 to be:
    Respondents/Affected Entities: (1) Users of Form 7-R, specifically 
futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, 
introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool 
operators, floor trader firms, and

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leverage transaction merchants; and (2) users of Form 8-R, specifically 
(i) associated persons of futures commission merchants, retail foreign 
exchange dealers, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors, 
commodity pool operators, and leverage transaction merchants; floor 
brokers; (ii) principals of futures commission merchants, retail 
foreign exchange dealers, introducing brokers, commodity trading 
advisors, commodity pool operators, floor trader firms, or leverage 
transaction merchants; (iii) floor brokers; (iv) floor traders; and (v) 
floor trader order enterers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 78,109.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 7,210 hours.
    Frequency of Collection: Periodically.
    There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs 
associated with this collection.
    The Commission estimates the burden of this collection of 
information under OMB control number 3038-0072 to be:
    Respondents/Affected Entities: (1) Users of Form 7-R, specifically 
swap dealers and major swap participants; and (2) users of Form 8-R, 
specifically principals of swap dealers and of major swap participants.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 770.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 648 hours.
    Frequency of Collection: Periodically.
    There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs 
associated with this collection.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

    Dated: April 24, 2017.
Robert N. Sidman,
Deputy Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2017-08559 Filed 4-27-17; 8:45 am]
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