Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 45288-45290 [2017-20846]

Download as PDF 45288 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 187 / Thursday, September 28, 2017 / Notices pursuant to the Home Owners’ Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1461 et seq.) (HOLA), Regulation LL (12 CFR part 238), and Regulation MM (12 CFR part 239), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a savings and loan holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a savings association and nonbanking companies owned by the savings and loan 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 application also will 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 HOLA (12 U.S.C. 1467a(e)). 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 10(c)(4)(B) of the HOLA (12 U.S.C. 1467a(c)(4)(B)). 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 October 23, 2017. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Nadine Wallman, Vice President) 1455 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44101–2566. Comments can also be sent electronically to Comments.applications@clev.frb.org: 1. First Mutual Holding Co., Lakewood, Ohio; to acquire Doolin Security Savings Bank, FSB, New Martinsville, West Virginia. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, September 25, 2017. Yao-Chin Chao, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2017–20811 Filed 9–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) to extend for an additional SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Sep 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (‘‘PRA’’) clearance for information collection requirements contained in the Commission’s Business Opportunity Rule (‘‘Rule’’). That clearance expires on January 31, 2018. DATES: Comments must be submitted by November 27, 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 ‘‘Business Opportunity Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408’’ on your comment, and file your comment online at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ BusinessOpportunityRulePRA by following the instructions on the webbased form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, 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 should be addressed to Christine M. Todaro, Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., CC– 8528, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326– 3711. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ means agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. 3502(3); 5 CFR 1320.3(c). As required by section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC is providing this opportunity for public comment before requesting that OMB extend the existing clearance for the information collection requirements contained in the Business Opportunity Rule, 16 CFR part 437 (OMB Control Number 3084–0142). The FTC invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. The Business Opportunity Rule requires business opportunity sellers to furnish to prospective purchasers a disclosure document that provides information relating to the seller, the seller’s business, the nature of the proposed business opportunity, as well as additional information regarding any claims about actual or potential sales, income, or profits for a prospective business opportunity purchaser. The seller must also preserve information that forms a reasonable basis for such claims. These disclosure and recordkeeping requirements are subject to the PRA. The Rule is designed to ensure that prospective purchasers of a business opportunity receive information that will help them evaluate the opportunity that is presented to them. Sellers must disclose five key items of information in a simple, one-page document: • The seller’s identifying information; • whether the seller makes a claim about the purchaser’s likely earnings (and, if the seller checks the ‘‘yes’’ box, the seller must provide information supporting any such claims); • whether the seller, its affiliates or key personnel have been involved in certain legal actions (and, if yes, the seller must provide a separate list of those actions); • whether the seller has a cancellation or refund policy (and, if yes, the seller must provide a separate document stating the material terms of such policies); and • a list of persons who bought the business opportunity within the previous three years. Misrepresentations and omissions are prohibited under the Rule, and for sales conducted in languages other than English, all disclosures must be provided in the language in which the sale is conducted. PRA Burden Analysis Subject to public comment to shed further light, the FTC retains its respondent population estimates from its prior OMB clearance for the information collection requirements E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 187 / Thursday, September 28, 2017 / Notices under the Rule.1 Thus, FTC staff estimates there are approximately 3,050 business opportunity sellers covered by the Rule, including vending machine, rack display, work-at-home, and other opportunity sellers. Staff also estimates that approximately 10% of the 3,050 business opportunity sellers covered by the Rule reflects an equal amount of new and departing business entrants (thus, for simplicity, staff assumes that, for a given year, there are 2,745 existing business opportunity sellers plus 305 new entrants to the field). Additionally, staff estimates that approximately 165 of business opportunity sellers market business opportunities in Spanish (in addition to English) and approximately 95 sellers market in languages other than English or Spanish 2 (in addition to English). A. Estimated Hours Burden The burden estimates for compliance will vary depending on the particular business opportunity seller’s prior experience with the Rule. Commission staff estimates that the projected 2,745 existing business opportunity sellers will require no more than approximately two hours to update the disclosure document [5,490 total hours]. Staff further projects that the estimated 305 new business opportunity sellers will require no more than approximately five hours to develop the disclosure document [1,525 total hours]. Both existing and new business opportunity sellers will require approximately one hour to file and store records [3,050 total hours], for a cumulative total of 10,065 hours [5,490 hours + 1,525 hours + 3,050 hours] per year to meet the Rule’s disclosure and recordkeeping requirements. B. Estimated Labor Cost Labor costs are determined by applying applicable wage rates to associated burden hours. Commission staff assumes that an attorney likely would prepare or update the disclosure 1 79 FR 73074 (Dec. 9, 2014). estimate how many of the 3,050 sellers market business opportunities in languages other than English, FTC staff relies upon 2015 United States Census Bureau (‘‘Census’’) data. http:// factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/ pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_12_1YR_ S1601&prodType=table. Calculations based upon this data reveal that approximately 5.4% of the United States population speaks Spanish at home and speaks English less than ‘‘very well.’’ Calculations based upon that same survey reveal that approximately 3.1% of the United States population speaks a language other than Spanish or English at home and speak English less than ‘‘very well.’’ Staff thus projected that 5.4% of all entities selling business opportunities market in Spanish and 3.1% of all entities selling business opportunities market in languages other than English or Spanish. 2 To VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Sep 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 document at an estimated hourly rate of $250. Accordingly, staff estimates that cumulative labor costs are $2,516,250 [10,065 hours × $250 per hour]. C. Estimated Non-Labor Costs 1. Printing and Mailing of the Disclosure Document Business opportunity sellers must also incur costs to print and distribute the single-page disclosure document, plus any attachments. These costs vary based upon the length of the attachments and the number of copies produced to meet the expected demand. Commission staff estimates that 3,050 business opportunity sellers will print and mail approximately 1,000 disclosure documents per year at a cost of $1.00 per document, for a total cost of $3,050,000. Conceivably, many business opportunity sellers will elect to furnish disclosures electronically; thus, the total cost could be much less. 2. Translating the Required Disclosures Into a Language Other Than English The Rule requires that sellers update their disclosures. The costs associated with translating the disclosures will vary depending upon a business opportunity seller’s prior experience with the Rule and the language the seller uses to market the opportunity. For example, existing and new business opportunity sellers marketing in Spanish will not incur costs to translate the disclosure document as Appendices A and B to the Rule provide, respectively, illustrations of the requisite disclosure documents in English and Spanish. Existing sellers, regardless of the non-English language used to present disclosures, may incur translation costs to update the document. New entrants that market business opportunities in languages other than English or Spanish (in addition to an assumed use of disclosure documents in English) will incur translation costs to translate Appendix A from English and to enter equivalent responses in these other languages. As stated above, using assumptions informed by Census data (see footnote 2), FTC staff estimates that 165 sellers market business opportunities in Spanish and an additional 95 sellers market in languages other than English or Spanish. This includes an estimated 10 new entrants in the latter subcategory (based on the assumption that 10% yearly of a given group consists of new entrants with an equal offset for departing business entities). Those new entrants will incur initial translation PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45289 costs to draft a disclosure document consistent with Appendix A to the Rule. There are 485 words in Appendix A to the Rule. Therefore, the total cost burden to translate the disclosure document for the 10 new business opportunity sellers marketing in a language other than English or Spanish will be approximately $849 [10 sellers × (17.5 cents 3 per word × 485 words)]. For purposes of this PRA analysis, staff assumes that both new and existing business opportunity sellers marketing business opportunities in languages other than English [260 sellers]: (1) Are marketing in both English and another language; (2) are not incorporating any existing materials into their disclosure document; (3) have been the subject of civil or criminal legal actions; (4) are making earnings claims; (5) have a refund or cancellation policy; and (6) because of all of the above assumptions, require approximately 250 words (approximately one standard, doublespaced page) to translate their updates, in the case of existing business opportunity sellers, or supply and translate their initial disclosures, in the case of new business opportunity sellers. Therefore, the total cost to translate the updates or to translate from English the initial disclosures is approximately $11,375 [260 sellers × (17.5 cents per word × 250 words)]. Thus, cumulative estimated non-labor costs are $3,062,224 ($3,050,000 + $849 + $11,375). Request for Comment You can file a comment online or on paper. For the FTC to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before November 27, 2017. Write ‘‘Business Opportunity Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408’’ 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 http://www.ftc.gov/os/ publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the Commission tries to remove individuals’ home contact information from comments before placing them on the Commission Web site. 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, or to send them to the Commission by courier or overnight service. To make sure that the 3 Staff estimates that it will cost approximately 17.5 cents to translate each word into the language the sellers use to market the opportunities. E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 45290 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 187 / Thursday, September 28, 2017 / Notices Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ BusinessOpportunityRulePRA_by following the instructions on the webbased form. When 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 ‘‘Business Opportunity Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail it 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, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. 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). In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Sep 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 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. 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 November 27, 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. 2017–20846 Filed 9–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families [OMB No.: 0970—NEW] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Child Care and Development Fund Quality Progress Report Description: Lead Agencies are required to spend a certain percent of their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) awards on activities to improve the quality of child care. Lead Agencies are also required to invest in at least one of 10 allowable quality activities included in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. In order to ensure that States and Territories are meeting these requirements, the CCDBG Act and the CCDF final rule require Lead Agencies to submit an annual report, identified as the Quality Progress Report in the CCDF final rule. The report must describe how quality funds were expended, including what types of activities were funded and PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 measures used to evaluate progress in improving the quality of child care programs and services. The QPR replaces the Quality Performance Report that was previously an appendix to the CCDF Plan. The QPR increased transparency on quality spending and will continue to gather detailed information on how States and Territories are spending their quality funds, as well as more specific data points to reflect the requirements in the CCDBG Act and the CCDF final rule. In the QPR, Lead Agencies are asked about the State’s or Territory’s progress in meeting its goals as reported in the CCDF Plan, and provide available data on the results of those activities. Specifically, this report will: (1) Ensure accountability for the use of CCDF quality funds, including a set-aside for quality infant and toddler care that begins in FY 2017; (2) track progress toward meeting State- and Territory-set indicators and benchmarks for improvement of child care quality per what they described in their CCDF Plans; (3) summarize how the Lead Agency is building a progression of professional development for child care providers as envisioned in the CCDBG Act of 2014 and CCDF final rule; and (4) inform federal technical assistance efforts and decisions regarding strategic use of quality funds. The Office of Child Care (OCC) has given thoughtful consideration to the comments received during the 60-day Public Comment Period and has revised the QPR to better align with the new program requirements made under the CCDBG Act of 2014 and the final rule. The revised document also contains additional guidance and clarification where appropriate in order to improve the quality of information that is being collected. Note: A correction was also made to the burden hours. This 30-day Public Comment Period provides an opportunity for the public to submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. Email address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. Respondents: State and Territory CCDF Lead Agencies (56). E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

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 the Commission's Business Opportunity Rule 
(``Rule''). That clearance expires on January 31, 2018.

DATES: Comments must be submitted by November 27, 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 ``Business Opportunity 
Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408'' on your comment, and 
file your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/BusinessOpportunityRulePRA by following the instructions on the web-
based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, 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 
should be addressed to Christine M. Todaro, Attorney, Division of 
Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade 
Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., CC-8528, Washington, DC 20580, 
(202) 326-3711.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, federal 
agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of 
information they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of information'' 
means agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit 
reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 44 
U.S.C. 3502(3); 5 CFR 1320.3(c). As required by section 3506(c)(2)(A) 
of the PRA, the FTC is providing this opportunity for public comment 
before requesting that OMB extend the existing clearance for the 
information collection requirements contained in the Business 
Opportunity Rule, 16 CFR part 437 (OMB Control Number 3084-0142).
    The FTC invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    The Business Opportunity Rule requires business opportunity sellers 
to furnish to prospective purchasers a disclosure document that 
provides information relating to the seller, the seller's business, the 
nature of the proposed business opportunity, as well as additional 
information regarding any claims about actual or potential sales, 
income, or profits for a prospective business opportunity purchaser. 
The seller must also preserve information that forms a reasonable basis 
for such claims. These disclosure and recordkeeping requirements are 
subject to the PRA.
    The Rule is designed to ensure that prospective purchasers of a 
business opportunity receive information that will help them evaluate 
the opportunity that is presented to them. Sellers must disclose five 
key items of information in a simple, one-page document:
     The seller's identifying information;
     whether the seller makes a claim about the purchaser's 
likely earnings (and, if the seller checks the ``yes'' box, the seller 
must provide information supporting any such claims);
     whether the seller, its affiliates or key personnel have 
been involved in certain legal actions (and, if yes, the seller must 
provide a separate list of those actions);
     whether the seller has a cancellation or refund policy 
(and, if yes, the seller must provide a separate document stating the 
material terms of such policies); and
     a list of persons who bought the business opportunity 
within the previous three years.
    Misrepresentations and omissions are prohibited under the Rule, and 
for sales conducted in languages other than English, all disclosures 
must be provided in the language in which the sale is conducted.

PRA Burden Analysis

    Subject to public comment to shed further light, the FTC retains 
its respondent population estimates from its prior OMB clearance for 
the information collection requirements

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under the Rule.\1\ Thus, FTC staff estimates there are approximately 
3,050 business opportunity sellers covered by the Rule, including 
vending machine, rack display, work-at-home, and other opportunity 
sellers. Staff also estimates that approximately 10% of the 3,050 
business opportunity sellers covered by the Rule reflects an equal 
amount of new and departing business entrants (thus, for simplicity, 
staff assumes that, for a given year, there are 2,745 existing business 
opportunity sellers plus 305 new entrants to the field). Additionally, 
staff estimates that approximately 165 of business opportunity sellers 
market business opportunities in Spanish (in addition to English) and 
approximately 95 sellers market in languages other than English or 
Spanish \2\ (in addition to English).
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    \1\ 79 FR 73074 (Dec. 9, 2014).
    \2\ To estimate how many of the 3,050 sellers market business 
opportunities in languages other than English, FTC staff relies upon 
2015 United States Census Bureau (``Census'') data. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_12_1YR_S1601&prodType=table. Calculations 
based upon this data reveal that approximately 5.4% of the United 
States population speaks Spanish at home and speaks English less 
than ``very well.'' Calculations based upon that same survey reveal 
that approximately 3.1% of the United States population speaks a 
language other than Spanish or English at home and speak English 
less than ``very well.'' Staff thus projected that 5.4% of all 
entities selling business opportunities market in Spanish and 3.1% 
of all entities selling business opportunities market in languages 
other than English or Spanish.
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A. Estimated Hours Burden

    The burden estimates for compliance will vary depending on the 
particular business opportunity seller's prior experience with the 
Rule. Commission staff estimates that the projected 2,745 existing 
business opportunity sellers will require no more than approximately 
two hours to update the disclosure document [5,490 total hours]. Staff 
further projects that the estimated 305 new business opportunity 
sellers will require no more than approximately five hours to develop 
the disclosure document [1,525 total hours]. Both existing and new 
business opportunity sellers will require approximately one hour to 
file and store records [3,050 total hours], for a cumulative total of 
10,065 hours [5,490 hours + 1,525 hours + 3,050 hours] per year to meet 
the Rule's disclosure and recordkeeping requirements.

B. Estimated Labor Cost

    Labor costs are determined by applying applicable wage rates to 
associated burden hours. Commission staff assumes that an attorney 
likely would prepare or update the disclosure document at an estimated 
hourly rate of $250. Accordingly, staff estimates that cumulative labor 
costs are $2,516,250 [10,065 hours x $250 per hour].

C. Estimated Non-Labor Costs

1. Printing and Mailing of the Disclosure Document
    Business opportunity sellers must also incur costs to print and 
distribute the single-page disclosure document, plus any attachments. 
These costs vary based upon the length of the attachments and the 
number of copies produced to meet the expected demand. Commission staff 
estimates that 3,050 business opportunity sellers will print and mail 
approximately 1,000 disclosure documents per year at a cost of $1.00 
per document, for a total cost of $3,050,000. Conceivably, many 
business opportunity sellers will elect to furnish disclosures 
electronically; thus, the total cost could be much less.

2. Translating the Required Disclosures Into a Language Other Than 
English

    The Rule requires that sellers update their disclosures. The costs 
associated with translating the disclosures will vary depending upon a 
business opportunity seller's prior experience with the Rule and the 
language the seller uses to market the opportunity. For example, 
existing and new business opportunity sellers marketing in Spanish will 
not incur costs to translate the disclosure document as Appendices A 
and B to the Rule provide, respectively, illustrations of the requisite 
disclosure documents in English and Spanish. Existing sellers, 
regardless of the non-English language used to present disclosures, may 
incur translation costs to update the document. New entrants that 
market business opportunities in languages other than English or 
Spanish (in addition to an assumed use of disclosure documents in 
English) will incur translation costs to translate Appendix A from 
English and to enter equivalent responses in these other languages.
    As stated above, using assumptions informed by Census data (see 
footnote 2), FTC staff estimates that 165 sellers market business 
opportunities in Spanish and an additional 95 sellers market in 
languages other than English or Spanish. This includes an estimated 10 
new entrants in the latter sub-category (based on the assumption that 
10% yearly of a given group consists of new entrants with an equal 
offset for departing business entities). Those new entrants will incur 
initial translation costs to draft a disclosure document consistent 
with Appendix A to the Rule.
    There are 485 words in Appendix A to the Rule. Therefore, the total 
cost burden to translate the disclosure document for the 10 new 
business opportunity sellers marketing in a language other than English 
or Spanish will be approximately $849 [10 sellers x (17.5 cents \3\ per 
word x 485 words)].
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    \3\ Staff estimates that it will cost approximately 17.5 cents 
to translate each word into the language the sellers use to market 
the opportunities.
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    For purposes of this PRA analysis, staff assumes that both new and 
existing business opportunity sellers marketing business opportunities 
in languages other than English [260 sellers]: (1) Are marketing in 
both English and another language; (2) are not incorporating any 
existing materials into their disclosure document; (3) have been the 
subject of civil or criminal legal actions; (4) are making earnings 
claims; (5) have a refund or cancellation policy; and (6) because of 
all of the above assumptions, require approximately 250 words 
(approximately one standard, double-spaced page) to translate their 
updates, in the case of existing business opportunity sellers, or 
supply and translate their initial disclosures, in the case of new 
business opportunity sellers. Therefore, the total cost to translate 
the updates or to translate from English the initial disclosures is 
approximately $11,375 [260 sellers x (17.5 cents per word x 250 
words)].
    Thus, cumulative estimated non-labor costs are $3,062,224 
($3,050,000 + $849 + $11,375).

Request for Comment

    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the FTC to consider 
your comment, we must receive it on or before November 27, 2017. Write 
``Business Opportunity Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408'' 
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 http://www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. As a matter of discretion, the 
Commission tries to remove individuals' home contact information from 
comments before placing them on the Commission Web site.
    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, or to send them to the Commission by courier or 
overnight service. To make sure that the

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Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/BusinessOpportunityRulePRA_by following 
the instructions on the web-based form. When 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 ``Business Opportunity 
Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408'' on your comment and on 
the envelope, and mail it 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, submit your paper comment to the 
Commission by courier or overnight service.
    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). 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.
    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 November 27, 
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. 2017-20846 Filed 9-27-17; 8:45 am]
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