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Download as PDF 23810 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / Notices FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and § 225.41 of the Board’s Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the notices are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)). The notices are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notices also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing to the Reserve Bank indicated for that notice or to the offices of the Board of Governors. Comments must be received not later than June 12, 2017. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690–1414: 1. Michael S. McCracken, Spencer, Indiana; to acquire voting shares of Owen Financial Corporation, and thereby indirectly acquire shares of Owen County State Bank, both of Spencer, Indiana. B. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Jacquelyn K. Brunmeier, Assistant Vice President) 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480–0291: 1. Mark Edward Davis, Saint Peter, Minnesota, Stanley Martin Davis, Plymouth, Minnesota, Martin Edward Davis, Excelsior, Minnesota, Mark Mitchell, Davis, Excelsior, Minnesota; as a group acting in concert, to acquire voting shares of Bancommunity Service Corporation, Saint Peter, Minnesota, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of First National Bank Minnesota, Saint Peter, Minnesota. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 19, 2017. Yao-Chin Chao, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2017–10651 Filed 5–23–17; 8:45 am] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:44 May 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than June 20, 2017. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690–1414: 1. Merchants Bancorp, Carmel, Indiana; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Joy State Bank, Joy, Illinois. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 19, 2017. Yao-Chin Chao, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2017–10650 Filed 5–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Extension Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (‘‘PRA’’) clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Funeral Industry Practice Rule (‘‘Funeral Rule’’ or ‘‘Rule’’). That clearance expires on July 31, 2017. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments must be filed by June 23, 2017. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘Paperwork Comment: FTC File No. P084401’’ on your comment, and file your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ ftc/funeralrulepra2 by following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Paperwork Comment: FTC File No. P084401’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC–5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610, Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the proposed information requirements for the Funeral Rule should be directed to Craig Tregillus, Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 8607, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326– 2970. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 6, 2017, the FTC sought public comment on the information collection requirements in the Funeral Rule (‘‘March 6, 2017 Notice’’),1 16 CFR part 453 (OMB Control Number 3084–0025). No relevant comments were received. Pursuant to the OMB regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, that implement the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., the FTC is providing this second opportunity for public comment while seeking OMB approval to renew clearance for the Rule’s information collection requirements. Burden statement: The estimated burden associated with the collection of information required by the Rule is 19,322 hours for recordkeeping, 103,345 hours for disclosure, and 38,644 hours for compliance training for a cumulative total of 161,311 hours. This estimate is based on the number of funeral providers (approximately 19,322),2 the number of funerals per year (an DATES: 1 82 FR 12602 (March 6, 2017). estimated number of funeral providers is from 2017 data provided on the National Funeral Directors Association (‘‘NFDA’’) Web site (see http://www.nfda.org/news/statistics) (within ‘‘General Funeral Service Facts’’). 2 The E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES estimated 2,626,418),3 and the time needed to fulfill the information collection tasks required by the Rule. Recordkeeping: The Rule requires that funeral providers retain for one year copies of price lists and statements of funeral goods and services selected by consumers. Based on a maximum average burden of one hour per provider per year for this task, the total burden for the 19,322 providers is 19,322 hours. Disclosure: As noted above, the Rule requires that funeral providers: (1) Maintain current price lists for funeral goods and services, (2) provide written documentation of the funeral goods and services selected by consumers making funeral arrangements, and (3) provide information about funeral prices in response to telephone inquiries. 1. Maintaining accurate price lists may require that funeral providers revise their price lists occasionally (most do so once a year, some less frequently) to reflect price changes. Staff conservatively estimates that this task may require a maximum average burden of two and one-half hours per provider per year. Thus, the total burden for 19,322 providers is 48,305 hours. 2. Staff retains its prior estimate that 13% of funeral providers prepare written documentation of funeral goods and services selected by consumers specifically due to the Rule’s mandate. The original rulemaking record indicated that 87% of funeral providers provided written documentation of funeral arrangements, even absent the Rule’s requirements.4 According to the rulemaking record, the 13% of funeral providers who did not provide written documentation prior to enactment of the Rule are typically the smallest funeral homes. The written documentation requirement can be satisfied through the use of a standard form, an example of which the FTC has provided to all funeral 3 The estimated number of funerals conducted annually is derived from the National Center for Health Statistics (‘‘NCHS’’), http://www.cdc.gov/ nchs/. According to NCHS, 2,626,418 deaths occurred in the United States in 2014, the most recent year for which final data is available. See, e.g., Table 1 (‘‘Number of deaths, death rates, and age-adjusted death rates, by race and sex: United States, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, and 1980–2014’’) (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/ nvsr65_04.pdf) (June 30, 2016). Staff believes this is a conservative estimate because not all remains go to a funeral provider covered by the Rule (e.g., remains sent directly to a crematory that does not sell urns; remains donated to a medical school, etc.). 4 In a 2002 public comment, the National Funeral Directors Association asserted that nearly every funeral home had been providing consumers with some kind of final statement in writing even before the Rule took effect. Nonetheless, in an abundance of caution, staff continues to retain its prior estimate based on the original rulemaking record. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 May 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 providers in its compliance guide.5 Based on FTC staff’s continuing estimate that these smaller funeral homes arrange, on average, approximately twenty funerals per year and that it would take each of them about three minutes to record prices for each consumer on the standard form, FTC staff estimates that the total burden associated with the written documentation requirement is one hour per provider, for a total of 2,512 hours [(19,322 funeral providers × 13%) × (20 statements per year × 3 minutes per statement)]. 3. The Funeral Rule also requires funeral providers to answer telephone inquiries about the provider’s offerings or prices. Information received in 2002 from the NFDA indicates that only about 12% of funeral purchasers make telephone inquiries, with each call lasting an estimated ten minutes.6 Thus, assuming that the average purchaser within that subset makes one call per funeral to determine pricing,7 the estimated burden is 52,528 hours (2,626,418 funerals per year × 12% × 10 minutes per inquiry). This burden likely will decline over time as consumers increasingly rely on the Internet for funeral price information. In sum, the burden due to the Rule’s disclosure requirements totals 103,345 hours (48,305 + 2,512 + 52,528). Training: In addition to the recordkeeping and disclosure-related tasks noted above, funeral homes may also have training requirements specifically attributable to the Rule. Staff believes that annual training burdens associated with the Rule should be minimal because Rule compliance is generally included in continuing education requirements for state licensing and voluntary certification programs. Staff estimates that, industrywide, funeral homes would incur no more than 39,360 hours related to training specific to the Rule each year. This estimate is consistent with staff’s assumption for the current clearance that an ‘‘average’’ funeral home consists of approximately five employees (full5 The compliance guide is available at http:// business.ftc.gov/documents/bus05-complyingfuneral-rule. 6 No more recent information thus far has been available. The Commission invites submission of more recent data or studies on this subject. 7 Although consumers who pre-plan their own arrangements may comparison shop and call more than one funeral home for pricing and other information, consumers making ‘‘at need’’ arrangements after a death are less likely to take the time to seek pricing information from more than one home. Many fail to seek any pricing information by telephone. Staff therefore believes that, as to the estimated 12% of funeral purchasers who call to price shop, an average of one call per funeral is a conservative assumption. PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23811 time and part-time employment combined), but with no more than four of them having tasks specifically associated with the Funeral Rule. Staff retains its estimate that each of the four employees per firm would each require one-half hour, at most, per year, for such training.8 Thus, total estimated time for training is 38,644 hours (4 employees per firm × 1⁄2 hour × 19,322 providers). Labor costs: Labor costs are derived by applying appropriate hourly cost figures to the burden hours described above. The hourly rates used below are averages.9 Clerical personnel, at an hourly rate of $11.33,10 can perform the recordkeeping tasks required under the Rule. Based on the estimated hours burden of 19,322 hours, estimated labor cost for recordkeeping is $218,918. The two and one-half hours required of each provider, on average, to update price lists should consist of approximately one and one-half hours of managerial or professional time, at $42.82 per hour,11 and one hour of clerical time, at $11.33 per hour, for a total of $75.56 per provider [($42.82 per hour × 1.5 hours) + ($11.33 per hour × 1 hour)]. Thus, the estimated total labor cost burden for maintaining price lists is $1,459,970 ($75.56 per provider × 19,322 providers). The incremental cost to the 13% of small funeral providers who would not otherwise supply written documentation of the goods and services selected by the consumer, as previously noted, is 2,512 hours. Assuming managerial or professional time for these tasks at approximately $42.82 per hour, the associated labor cost would be $107,564. 8 Funeral homes, depending on size and/or other factors, may be run by as few as one owner, manager, or other funeral director to multiple directors at various compensation levels. Extrapolating from past NFDA survey input, staff has theorized an ‘‘average’’ funeral home of approximately four employees (a funeral services manager, funeral director, embalmer, and a clerical receptionist) having tasks and training associated with Funeral Rule compliance. Compliance training for other employees (e.g., drivers, maintenance personnel, attendants) would not be necessary. 9 The mean hourly wages used for labor cost estimates in this Notice incorporate Bureau of Labor Statistics updates (last modified March 31, 2017) to the figures the FTC used for the March 6, 2017 Notice: Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘‘May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, NAICS 812200— Death Care Services,’’ available at http:// www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_812200.htm#110000. 10 Clerical related estimates are based on the mean hourly wage data for ‘‘receptionists and information clerks.’’ See id. 11 Managerial or professional estimates are based on the mean hourly wage data for ‘‘funeral service managers.’’ See id. at supra note 9. E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 23812 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES As previously noted, staff estimates that 52,528 hours of managerial or professional time is required annually to respond to telephone inquiries about prices.12 The associated labor cost at $42.82 per hour is $2,249,249. Based on past consultations with funeral directors, FTC staff estimates that funeral homes will require no more than two hours of training per year of licensed and non-licensed funeral home staff to comply with the Funeral Rule,13 with four employees of varying types each spending one-half hour on training. Applying the assumptions stated above,14 FTC staff further assumes labor costing as follows for the affected employees’ time for compliance training: (a) Funeral service manager ($42.82 per hour); (b) non-manager funeral director ($26.21 per hour); (c) embalmer ($20.31 per hour); and (d) a clerical receptionist or administrative staff member, at $11.33 per hour.15 This amounts to $972,573, cumulatively, for all funeral homes [($42.82 + $26.21 + $20.31 + $11.33) × 1⁄2 hour per employee × 19,322 funeral homes]. The total labor cost of the three disclosure requirements imposed by the Funeral Rule is $3,816,783 ($1,459,970 + $107,564 + $2,249,249). The total labor cost for recordkeeping is $218,918. The total labor cost for disclosure, recordkeeping, and training is $5,008,274 ($3,816,783 for disclosure + $218,918 for recordkeeping + $972,573 for training). Capital or other non-labor costs: The Rule imposes minimal capital costs and no current start-up costs. The Rule first took effect in 1984 and the revised Rule took effect in 1994, so funeral providers should already have in place necessary equipment to carry out tasks associated with Rule compliance. Moreover, most funeral homes already have access, for other business purposes, to the ordinary 12 Although some funeral providers may permit staff whom are not funeral directors to provide price information by telephone, the great majority reserve that task to a licensed funeral director. Since funeral home managers are also licensed funeral directors in most cases, we have used, conservatively, the mean hourly wage for ‘‘funeral service managers,’’ rather than ‘‘funeral directors,’’ for this calculation. 13 Rule compliance is generally included in continuing education requirements for licensing and voluntary certification programs. Moreover, as noted above, the FTC provides its compliance guide to all funeral providers at no cost, and it is available on the FTC Web site. See supra note 5. Additionally, the NFDA provides online guidance for compliance with the Rule: http://www.nfda.org/ onlinelearning-ftc.html. 14 See supra note 8 and accompanying text. 15 Mean hourly wages, respectively, for a funeral service manager, funeral director, and embalmer. See supra note 9. See supra notes 9 and 10 regarding the mean hourly wage for ‘‘receptionists and information clerks.’’ VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 May 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 office equipment needed for compliance, so the Rule likely imposes minimal additional capital expense. Compliance with the Rule, however, does entail some expense to funeral providers for printing and duplication of required disclosures. Assuming, as required by the Rule, that one copy of the general price list is provided to consumers for each funeral or cremation conducted, at a cost of 25¢ per copy,16 this would amount to 2,626,418 copies per year at a cumulative industry cost of $656,605 (2,626,418 funerals per year 17 × 25¢ per copy). In addition, the funeral providers that furnish consumers with a statement of funeral goods and services solely because of the Rule’s mandate will incur additional printing and copying costs. Assuming that those 2,512 providers (19,322 funeral providers × 13%) use the standard twopage form shown in the compliance guide, at twenty-five cents per copy, at an average of twenty funerals per year, the added cost burden would be $12,560 (2,512 providers × 20 funerals per year × 25¢). Thus, estimated non-labor costs total $669,165 ($656,605 + 12,560). Request for Comment: You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before June 23, 2017. Write ‘‘Paperwork Comment: FTC File No. P084401’’ on your comment. Your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at https://www.ftc.gov/policy/publiccomments. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ funeralrulepra2, by following the instructions on the web-based form. If this Notice appears at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!home, you also may file a comment through that Web site. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Funeral Rule PRA Comment: FTC File No. P084401’’ on your 16 Although copies of the casket price list and outer burial container price list must be shown to consumers, the Rule does not require that they be given to consumers. Thus, the cost of printing a single copy of these two disclosures to show consumers is de minimis, and is not included in this estimate of printing costs. Moreover, the general price list need not exceed, and may be still shorter than, the two-page model provided in the compliance guide. 17 See supra note 3 and accompanying text. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC–5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610, Washington, DC 20024. If possible, please submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. Comments on the information collection requirements subject to review under the PRA should additionally be submitted to OMB. If sent by U.S. mail, they should be addressed to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Federal Trade Commission, New Executive Office Building, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Comments sent to OMB by U.S. postal mail, however, are subject to delays due to heightened security precautions. Thus, comments instead should be sent by facsimile to (202) 395–5806. Because your comment will be placed on the publicly accessible FTC Web site at https://www.ftc.gov/, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive or confidential information. In particular, your comment should not include any sensitive personal information, such as your or anyone else’s Social Security number; date of birth; driver’s license number or other state identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, such as medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, your comment should not include any ‘‘trade secret or any commercial or financial information which . . . is privileged or confidential’’—as provided by Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2)— including in particular competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled ‘‘Confidential,’’ and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c). E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 23813 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / Notices In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c). Your comment will be kept confidential only if the General Counsel grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Once your comment has been posted on the public FTC Web site—as legally required by FTC Rule 4.9(b)—we cannot redact or remove your comment from the FTC Web site, unless you submit a confidentiality request that meets the requirements for such treatment under FTC Rule 4.9(c), and the General Counsel grants that request. Visit the FTC Web site to read this Notice. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before June 23, 2017. For information on the Commission’s privacy policy, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see https://www.ftc.gov/ site-information/privacy-policy. David C. Shonka, Acting General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2017–10597 Filed 5–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects: Title: Title IV–E Foster Care Eligibility Review and Child and Family Service Reviews; Final Rule. OMB No.: 0970–0214. Description: The following five separate activities are associated with this information collection: Foster Care Eligibility Review (foster care review) Program Improvement Plan; Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) State agency Statewide Assessment; CFSR On-site Review; CFSR Program Improvement Plan; and AntiDiscrimination Enforcement Corrective Action Plan. The collection of information for review of federal payments to states for foster care maintenance payments (45 CFR 1356.71(i)) is authorized by title IV–E of the Social Security Act (the Act), section 474 [42 U.S.C. 674]. The foster care review systematically checks title IV–E agency compliance in meeting title IV– E eligibility requirements; validates the accuracy of the agency’s claims for reimbursement of title IV–E payment made on behalf of children in foster care; and identifies and recovers improper payments. The collection of information for review of state child and family services programs (45 CFR 1355.33(b), 1355.33(c) and 1355.35(a)) is to determine whether such programs are in substantial conformity with state plan requirements under parts B and E of the Act and is authorized by section 1123(a) [42 U.S.C. 1320a–1a] of the Act. The CFSR looks at the outcomes related to safety, permanency and well-being of children served by the child welfare system and at seven systemic factors that support the outcomes. Section 474(d) of the Act [42 U.S.C. 674] deploys enforcement provisions (45 CFR 1355.38(b) and (c)) for the requirements at section 4371(a)(18) [42 U.S.C. 671], which prohibit the delay or denial of foster and adoptive placements based on the race, color, or national origin of any of the individuals involved. The enforcement provisions include the execution and completion of corrective action plans when a state is in violation of section 471(a)(18) of the Act. The information collection is needed: (1) To ensure compliance with title IV–E foster care eligibility requirements; (2) to monitor state plan requirements under titles IV–B and IV–E of the Act, as required by federal statute; and (3) to enforce the title IV–E antidiscrimination requirements through state corrective action plans. The resultant information will allow ACF to determine if states are in compliance with state plan requirements and are achieving desired outcomes for children and families, help ensure that claims by states for title IV–E funds are made only on behalf of title IV–E eligible children, and require states to revise applicable statutes, rules, policies and procedures, and provide proper training to staff, through the development and implementation of corrective action plans. These reviews not only address compliance with eligibility requirements but also assist states in enhancing the capacities to serve children and families. In computing the number of burden hours for this information collection, ACF based the annual burden estimates on ACF’s and states’ experiences in conducting reviews and developing program improvement plans. Respondents: State Title IV–B and Title IV–E Agencies. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 45 45 45 45 45 CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours 1356.7 (i) Program Improvement Plan (IV–E review) ....................... 1366.33 (b) Statewide Assessment (CFSR) ...................................... 1355.33 (c) On-site Review (CFSR) .................................................. 1355.35 (a) Program Improvement Plan (CFSR) .............................. 1355.38 (b) and (c) Corrective Action ............................................... 1 14 14 14 1 1 1 1 1 1 120 120 1,186 300 780 120 1680 16,604 4,200 780 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours ..................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 23,384 In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 May 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. 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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget 
(``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork 
Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for information collection 
requirements contained in its Funeral Industry Practice Rule (``Funeral 
Rule'' or ``Rule''). That clearance expires on July 31, 2017.

DATES: Comments must be filed by June 23, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``Paperwork Comment: FTC 
File No. P084401'' on your comment, and file your comment online at 
https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/funeralrulepra2 by following the 
instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment 
on paper, write ``Paperwork Comment: FTC File No. P084401'' on your 
comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following 
address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite CC-5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, 
or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th 
Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610, Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the proposed information requirements for the Funeral Rule 
should be directed to Craig Tregillus, Attorney, Division of Marketing 
Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 8607, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-
2970.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 6, 2017, the FTC sought public 
comment on the information collection requirements in the Funeral Rule 
(``March 6, 2017 Notice''),\1\ 16 CFR part 453 (OMB Control Number 
3084-0025). No relevant comments were received. Pursuant to the OMB 
regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, that implement the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et 
seq., the FTC is providing this second opportunity for public comment 
while seeking OMB approval to renew clearance for the Rule's 
information collection requirements.
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    \1\ 82 FR 12602 (March 6, 2017).
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    Burden statement: The estimated burden associated with the 
collection of information required by the Rule is 19,322 hours for 
recordkeeping, 103,345 hours for disclosure, and 38,644 hours for 
compliance training for a cumulative total of 161,311 hours. This 
estimate is based on the number of funeral providers (approximately 
19,322),\2\ the number of funerals per year (an

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estimated 2,626,418),\3\ and the time needed to fulfill the information 
collection tasks required by the Rule.
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    \2\ The estimated number of funeral providers is from 2017 data 
provided on the National Funeral Directors Association (``NFDA'') 
Web site (see http://www.nfda.org/news/statistics) (within ``General 
Funeral Service Facts'').
    \3\ The estimated number of funerals conducted annually is 
derived from the National Center for Health Statistics (``NCHS''), 
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/. According to NCHS, 2,626,418 deaths 
occurred in the United States in 2014, the most recent year for 
which final data is available. See, e.g., Table 1 (``Number of 
deaths, death rates, and age-adjusted death rates, by race and sex: 
United States, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, and 1980-2014'') (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/nvsr65_04.pdf) (June 30, 2016). 
Staff believes this is a conservative estimate because not all 
remains go to a funeral provider covered by the Rule (e.g., remains 
sent directly to a crematory that does not sell urns; remains 
donated to a medical school, etc.).
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    Recordkeeping: The Rule requires that funeral providers retain for 
one year copies of price lists and statements of funeral goods and 
services selected by consumers. Based on a maximum average burden of 
one hour per provider per year for this task, the total burden for the 
19,322 providers is 19,322 hours.
    Disclosure: As noted above, the Rule requires that funeral 
providers: (1) Maintain current price lists for funeral goods and 
services, (2) provide written documentation of the funeral goods and 
services selected by consumers making funeral arrangements, and (3) 
provide information about funeral prices in response to telephone 
inquiries.
    1. Maintaining accurate price lists may require that funeral 
providers revise their price lists occasionally (most do so once a 
year, some less frequently) to reflect price changes. Staff 
conservatively estimates that this task may require a maximum average 
burden of two and one-half hours per provider per year. Thus, the total 
burden for 19,322 providers is 48,305 hours.
    2. Staff retains its prior estimate that 13% of funeral providers 
prepare written documentation of funeral goods and services selected by 
consumers specifically due to the Rule's mandate. The original 
rulemaking record indicated that 87% of funeral providers provided 
written documentation of funeral arrangements, even absent the Rule's 
requirements.\4\
    According to the rulemaking record, the 13% of funeral providers 
who did not provide written documentation prior to enactment of the 
Rule are typically the smallest funeral homes. The written 
documentation requirement can be satisfied through the use of a 
standard form, an example of which the FTC has provided to all funeral 
providers in its compliance guide.\5\ Based on FTC staff's continuing 
estimate that these smaller funeral homes arrange, on average, 
approximately twenty funerals per year and that it would take each of 
them about three minutes to record prices for each consumer on the 
standard form, FTC staff estimates that the total burden associated 
with the written documentation requirement is one hour per provider, 
for a total of 2,512 hours [(19,322 funeral providers x 13%) x (20 
statements per year x 3 minutes per statement)].
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    \4\ In a 2002 public comment, the National Funeral Directors 
Association asserted that nearly every funeral home had been 
providing consumers with some kind of final statement in writing 
even before the Rule took effect. Nonetheless, in an abundance of 
caution, staff continues to retain its prior estimate based on the 
original rulemaking record.
    \5\ The compliance guide is available at http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus05-complying-funeral-rule.
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    3. The Funeral Rule also requires funeral providers to answer 
telephone inquiries about the provider's offerings or prices. 
Information received in 2002 from the NFDA indicates that only about 
12% of funeral purchasers make telephone inquiries, with each call 
lasting an estimated ten minutes.\6\ Thus, assuming that the average 
purchaser within that subset makes one call per funeral to determine 
pricing,\7\ the estimated burden is 52,528 hours (2,626,418 funerals 
per year x 12% x 10 minutes per inquiry). This burden likely will 
decline over time as consumers increasingly rely on the Internet for 
funeral price information.
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    \6\ No more recent information thus far has been available. The 
Commission invites submission of more recent data or studies on this 
subject.
    \7\ Although consumers who pre-plan their own arrangements may 
comparison shop and call more than one funeral home for pricing and 
other information, consumers making ``at need'' arrangements after a 
death are less likely to take the time to seek pricing information 
from more than one home. Many fail to seek any pricing information 
by telephone. Staff therefore believes that, as to the estimated 12% 
of funeral purchasers who call to price shop, an average of one call 
per funeral is a conservative assumption.
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    In sum, the burden due to the Rule's disclosure requirements totals 
103,345 hours (48,305 + 2,512 + 52,528).
    Training: In addition to the recordkeeping and disclosure-related 
tasks noted above, funeral homes may also have training requirements 
specifically attributable to the Rule. Staff believes that annual 
training burdens associated with the Rule should be minimal because 
Rule compliance is generally included in continuing education 
requirements for state licensing and voluntary certification programs. 
Staff estimates that, industry-wide, funeral homes would incur no more 
than 39,360 hours related to training specific to the Rule each year. 
This estimate is consistent with staff's assumption for the current 
clearance that an ``average'' funeral home consists of approximately 
five employees (full-time and part-time employment combined), but with 
no more than four of them having tasks specifically associated with the 
Funeral Rule. Staff retains its estimate that each of the four 
employees per firm would each require one-half hour, at most, per year, 
for such training.\8\ Thus, total estimated time for training is 38,644 
hours (4 employees per firm x \1/2\ hour x 19,322 providers).
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    \8\ Funeral homes, depending on size and/or other factors, may 
be run by as few as one owner, manager, or other funeral director to 
multiple directors at various compensation levels. Extrapolating 
from past NFDA survey input, staff has theorized an ``average'' 
funeral home of approximately four employees (a funeral services 
manager, funeral director, embalmer, and a clerical receptionist) 
having tasks and training associated with Funeral Rule compliance. 
Compliance training for other employees (e.g., drivers, maintenance 
personnel, attendants) would not be necessary.
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    Labor costs: Labor costs are derived by applying appropriate hourly 
cost figures to the burden hours described above. The hourly rates used 
below are averages.\9\
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    \9\ The mean hourly wages used for labor cost estimates in this 
Notice incorporate Bureau of Labor Statistics updates (last modified 
March 31, 2017) to the figures the FTC used for the March 6, 2017 
Notice: Bureau of Labor Statistics, ``May 2016 National Industry-
Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, NAICS 812200--
Death Care Services,'' available at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_812200.htm#11-0000.
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    Clerical personnel, at an hourly rate of $11.33,\10\ can perform 
the recordkeeping tasks required under the Rule. Based on the estimated 
hours burden of 19,322 hours, estimated labor cost for recordkeeping is 
$218,918.
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    \10\ Clerical related estimates are based on the mean hourly 
wage data for ``receptionists and information clerks.'' See id.
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    The two and one-half hours required of each provider, on average, 
to update price lists should consist of approximately one and one-half 
hours of managerial or professional time, at $42.82 per hour,\11\ and 
one hour of clerical time, at $11.33 per hour, for a total of $75.56 
per provider [($42.82 per hour x 1.5 hours) + ($11.33 per hour x 1 
hour)]. Thus, the estimated total labor cost burden for maintaining 
price lists is $1,459,970 ($75.56 per provider x 19,322 providers).
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    \11\ Managerial or professional estimates are based on the mean 
hourly wage data for ``funeral service managers.'' See id. at supra 
note 9.
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    The incremental cost to the 13% of small funeral providers who 
would not otherwise supply written documentation of the goods and 
services selected by the consumer, as previously noted, is 2,512 hours. 
Assuming managerial or professional time for these tasks at 
approximately $42.82 per hour, the associated labor cost would be 
$107,564.

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    As previously noted, staff estimates that 52,528 hours of 
managerial or professional time is required annually to respond to 
telephone inquiries about prices.\12\ The associated labor cost at 
$42.82 per hour is $2,249,249.
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    \12\ Although some funeral providers may permit staff whom are 
not funeral directors to provide price information by telephone, the 
great majority reserve that task to a licensed funeral director. 
Since funeral home managers are also licensed funeral directors in 
most cases, we have used, conservatively, the mean hourly wage for 
``funeral service managers,'' rather than ``funeral directors,'' for 
this calculation.
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    Based on past consultations with funeral directors, FTC staff 
estimates that funeral homes will require no more than two hours of 
training per year of licensed and non-licensed funeral home staff to 
comply with the Funeral Rule,\13\ with four employees of varying types 
each spending one-half hour on training. Applying the assumptions 
stated above,\14\ FTC staff further assumes labor costing as follows 
for the affected employees' time for compliance training: (a) Funeral 
service manager ($42.82 per hour); (b) non-manager funeral director 
($26.21 per hour); (c) embalmer ($20.31 per hour); and (d) a clerical 
receptionist or administrative staff member, at $11.33 per hour.\15\ 
This amounts to $972,573, cumulatively, for all funeral homes [($42.82 
+ $26.21 + $20.31 + $11.33) x \1/2\ hour per employee x 19,322 funeral 
homes].
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    \13\ Rule compliance is generally included in continuing 
education requirements for licensing and voluntary certification 
programs. Moreover, as noted above, the FTC provides its compliance 
guide to all funeral providers at no cost, and it is available on 
the FTC Web site. See supra note 5. Additionally, the NFDA provides 
online guidance for compliance with the Rule: http://www.nfda.org/onlinelearning-ftc.html.
    \14\ See supra note 8 and accompanying text.
    \15\ Mean hourly wages, respectively, for a funeral service 
manager, funeral director, and embalmer. See supra note 9. See supra 
notes 9 and 10 regarding the mean hourly wage for ``receptionists 
and information clerks.''
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    The total labor cost of the three disclosure requirements imposed 
by the Funeral Rule is $3,816,783 ($1,459,970 + $107,564 + $2,249,249). 
The total labor cost for recordkeeping is $218,918. The total labor 
cost for disclosure, recordkeeping, and training is $5,008,274 
($3,816,783 for disclosure + $218,918 for recordkeeping + $972,573 for 
training).
    Capital or other non-labor costs: The Rule imposes minimal capital 
costs and no current start-up costs. The Rule first took effect in 1984 
and the revised Rule took effect in 1994, so funeral providers should 
already have in place necessary equipment to carry out tasks associated 
with Rule compliance. Moreover, most funeral homes already have access, 
for other business purposes, to the ordinary office equipment needed 
for compliance, so the Rule likely imposes minimal additional capital 
expense.
    Compliance with the Rule, however, does entail some expense to 
funeral providers for printing and duplication of required disclosures. 
Assuming, as required by the Rule, that one copy of the general price 
list is provided to consumers for each funeral or cremation conducted, 
at a cost of 25[cent] per copy,\16\ this would amount to 2,626,418 
copies per year at a cumulative industry cost of $656,605 (2,626,418 
funerals per year \17\ x 25[cent] per copy). In addition, the funeral 
providers that furnish consumers with a statement of funeral goods and 
services solely because of the Rule's mandate will incur additional 
printing and copying costs. Assuming that those 2,512 providers (19,322 
funeral providers x 13%) use the standard two-page form shown in the 
compliance guide, at twenty-five cents per copy, at an average of 
twenty funerals per year, the added cost burden would be $12,560 (2,512 
providers x 20 funerals per year x 25[cent]). Thus, estimated non-labor 
costs total $669,165 ($656,605 + 12,560).
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    \16\ Although copies of the casket price list and outer burial 
container price list must be shown to consumers, the Rule does not 
require that they be given to consumers. Thus, the cost of printing 
a single copy of these two disclosures to show consumers is de 
minimis, and is not included in this estimate of printing costs. 
Moreover, the general price list need not exceed, and may be still 
shorter than, the two-page model provided in the compliance guide.
    \17\ See supra note 3 and accompanying text.
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    Request for Comment: You can file a comment online or on paper. For 
the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or 
before June 23, 2017. Write ``Paperwork Comment: FTC File No. P084401'' 
on your comment. Your comment--including your name and your state--will 
be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the 
extent practicable, on the public Commission Web site, at https://www.ftc.gov/policy/public-comments.
    Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to 
heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit 
your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your 
online comment, you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/funeralrulepra2, by following the instructions on the web-based 
form. If this Notice appears at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home, you 
also may file a comment through that Web site.
    If you file your comment on paper, write ``Funeral Rule PRA 
Comment: FTC File No. P084401'' on your comment and on the envelope, 
and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 
CC-5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the 
following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., 5th Floor, Suite 5610, 
Washington, DC 20024. If possible, please submit your paper comment to 
the Commission by courier or overnight service.
    Comments on the information collection requirements subject to 
review under the PRA should additionally be submitted to OMB. If sent 
by U.S. mail, they should be addressed to Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk 
Officer for the Federal Trade Commission, New Executive Office 
Building, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20503. Comments sent to OMB by U.S. postal mail, however, are 
subject to delays due to heightened security precautions. Thus, 
comments instead should be sent by facsimile to (202) 395-5806.
    Because your comment will be placed on the publicly accessible FTC 
Web site at https://www.ftc.gov/, you are solely responsible for making 
sure that your comment does not include any sensitive or confidential 
information. In particular, your comment should not include any 
sensitive personal information, such as your or anyone else's Social 
Security number; date of birth; driver's license number or other state 
identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; 
financial account number; or credit or debit card number. You are also 
solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include 
any sensitive health information, such as medical records or other 
individually identifiable health information. In addition, your comment 
should not include any ``trade secret or any commercial or financial 
information which . . . is privileged or confidential''--as provided by 
Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 
16 CFR 4.10(a)(2)--including in particular competitively sensitive 
information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, 
patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names.
    Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is 
requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled 
``Confidential,'' and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c).

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In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that 
accompanies the comment must include the factual and legal basis for 
the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to 
be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c). Your comment 
will be kept confidential only if the General Counsel grants your 
request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Once your 
comment has been posted on the public FTC Web site--as legally required 
by FTC Rule 4.9(b)--we cannot redact or remove your comment from the 
FTC Web site, unless you submit a confidentiality request that meets 
the requirements for such treatment under FTC Rule 4.9(c), and the 
General Counsel grants that request.
    Visit the FTC Web site to read this Notice. The FTC Act and other 
laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public 
comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The 
Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that 
it receives on or before June 23, 2017. For information on the 
Commission's privacy policy, including routine uses permitted by the 
Privacy Act, see https://www.ftc.gov/site-information/privacy-policy.

David C. Shonka,
Acting General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2017-10597 Filed 5-23-17; 8:45 am]
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