Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted for Public Comment, 47581-47582 [2017-22043]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices 4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Affected public: Business or other forprofit. Abstract: Section 307 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 827) requires controlled substance manufacturers and distributors to make periodic reports to the DEA regarding the sale, delivery, and other disposal of certain controlled substances. These reports help ensure a closed system of distribution for controlled substances, and are used to comply with international treaty obligations. Number of annual respondents 47581 5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The below table presents information regarding the number of respondents, responses and associated burden hours. Number of annual responses Average time per response (hours) Total annual hours DEA–333 (paper) ............................................................................................. DEA–333 (electronic) ....................................................................................... 70 1,552 379 11,777 1 * 0.1667 379 1,963 Total .......................................................................................................... 1,622 12,156 ........................ 2,342 *10 Minutes. 6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the proposed collection: The DEA estimates that this collection takes 2,342 annual burden hours. If additional information is required please contact: Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Suite 3E.405B, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: October 5, 2017. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2017–21966 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–09–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted for Public Comment Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 This notice requests public comment on the Department’s request for extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of ICRs contained in the rules and prohibited transaction exemptions described below. The Department is not proposing any changes to the existing ICRs at this time. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. A summary of the ICRs and the current burden estimates follows: Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Consent to Receive Employee Benefit Plan Disclosures Electronically. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information collection. OMB Number: 1210–0121. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Respondents: 35,000. Responses: 4,305,000. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Employee Benefits Security Administration VerDate Sep<11>2014 comments on the proposed extension of the information collection requests (ICRs) contained in the documents described below. A copy of the ICRs may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. ICRs also are available at reginfo.gov (http://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain). DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the ADDRESSES section on or before December 11, 2017. ADDRESSES: G. Christopher Cosby, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N– 5718, Washington, DC 20210, ebsa.opr@ dol.gov, (202) 693–8410, FAX (202) 693–4745 (these are not toll-free numbers). Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimated Total Burden Hours: 15,000. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $215,000. Description: The Department established a safe harbor pursuant to which all pension and welfare benefit plans covered by Title I of ERISA may use electronic media to satisfy disclosure obligations under Title I of ERISA (29 CFR 2520.104b–1). Employee benefit plan administrators will be deemed to satisfy their disclosure obligations when furnishing documents electronically only if a participant who does not have access to the employer’s electronic information system in the normal course of his duties, or a beneficiary or other person entitled to documents, has affirmatively consented to receive disclosure documents. Prior to consenting, the participant or beneficiary must also be provided with a clear and conspicuous statement indicating the types of documents to which the consent would apply, that consent may be withdrawn at any time, procedures for withdrawing consent and updating necessary information, the right to obtain a paper copy, and any hardware and software requirements. In the event of a hardware or software change that creates a material risk that the individual will be unable to access or retain documents that were the subject of the initial consent, the individual must be provided with information concerning the revised hardware or software, and an opportunity to withdraw a prior consent. The ICR was approved by OMB under OMB Control Number 1210–0121, which is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2018. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Furnishing Documents to the Secretary of Labor on Request Under ERISA 104(a)(6). E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 47582 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0112. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 558. Responses: 558. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 41. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $2,732. Description: As a result of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (TRA 97), the plan administrators of ERISAcovered employee benefit plans no longer need to file copies of the summary plan descriptions and summaries of material modifications that are publicly available. TRA 97 added paragraph (6) to section 104(a) of ERISA. Prior to the TRA 97 amendments, ERISA required certain documents be filed with the Department so that plan participants and beneficiaries could obtain the documents without having to turn to the plan administrator. The new section 104(a)(6) authorizes the Department to request these documents on behalf of plan participants and beneficiaries. The Department issued a final implementing guidance on this matter on January 7, 2002 (67 FR 772). The ICR was approved by OMB under OMB Control Number 1210–0112, which is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2018. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Annual Funding Notice for Defined Benefit Pension Plans. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0126. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 39,061. Responses: 77,100,000. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 576,000. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $29,600,000. Description: Section 101(f) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) sets forth requirements applicable to furnishing annual funding notices. Before the enactment of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), section 101(f) applied only to multiemployer defined benefit plans. The Department has issued multiple final regulations with regard to this provision, most recently on February 2, 2015 (80 FR 5625). Section 501(a) of the PPA amended section 101(f) of ERISA and made significant changes to the annual VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 funding notice requirements. These amendments require administrators of all defined benefit plans that are subject to title IV of ERISA, not only multiemployer plans, to provide an annual funding notice to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), to each plan participant and beneficiary, to each labor organization representing such participants or beneficiaries, and, in the case of a multiemployer plan, to each employer that has an obligation to contribute to the plan. An annual funding notice must include, among other things, the plan’s funding percentage, a statement of the value of the plan’s assets and liabilities and a description of how the plan’s assets are invested as of specific dates, and a description of the benefits under the plan that are eligible to be guaranteed by the PBGC. The ICR was approved by OMB under OMB Control Number 1210–0126, which is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2018. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: ERISA Section 408(b)(2) Regulation. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0133. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Respondents: 51,000. Responses: 1,472,000. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,040,000. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $1,336,000. Description: On February 3, 2012, the Department published a final regulation under ERISA section 408(b)(2) (the ‘‘408(b)(2) regulation’’), requiring that certain service providers to pension plans disclose information about the service providers’ compensation and potential conflicts of interest. The disclosed information is intended to assist plan fiduciaries in assessing the reasonableness of contracts or arrangements, including the reasonableness of the service providers’ compensation and potential conflicts of interest that may affect the service providers’ performance. These disclosure requirements were established to provide guidance for compliance with a statutory exemption from ERISA’s prohibited transaction provisions. If the disclosure requirements of the 408(b)(2) regulation are not satisfied, a prohibited provision of services under ERISA section 406(a)(1)(C) will occur, with PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 consequences for both the responsible plan fiduciary and the covered service provider. The ICR was approved by OMB under OMB Control Number 1210–0133, which is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2018. Focus of Comments The Department is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the collections of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • 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., by permitting electronic submissions of responses. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the ICRs for OMB approval of the extension of the information collection; they will also become a matter of public record. Joseph S. Piacentini, Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–22043 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Notice (17–074)] Applied Sciences Advisory Committee; Meeting National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Applied Sciences Advisory Committee (ASAC). This Committee functions in an advisory capacity to the Director, Earth Science Division, in the NASA Science Mission Directorate. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 196 (Thursday, October 12, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22043]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted 
for Public Comment

AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95), provides the general 
public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed 
and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department 
assess the impact of its information collection requirements and 
minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public 
understand the Department's information collection requirements and 
provide the requested data in the desired format. The Employee Benefits 
Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the proposed 
extension of the information collection requests (ICRs) contained in 
the documents described below. A copy of the ICRs may be obtained by 
contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. 
ICRs also are available at reginfo.gov (http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the 
ADDRESSES section on or before December 11, 2017.

ADDRESSES: G. Christopher Cosby, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits 
Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-5718, 
Washington, DC 20210, ebsa.opr@dol.gov, (202) 693-8410, FAX (202) 693-
4745 (these are not toll-free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice requests public comment on the 
Department's request for extension of the Office of Management and 
Budget's (OMB) approval of ICRs contained in the rules and prohibited 
transaction exemptions described below. The Department is not proposing 
any changes to the existing ICRs at this time. An agency may not 
conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, an 
information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. A 
summary of the ICRs and the current burden estimates follows:

    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Consent to Receive Employee Benefit Plan Disclosures 
Electronically.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    OMB Number: 1210-0121.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Respondents: 35,000.
    Responses: 4,305,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 15,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $215,000.
    Description: The Department established a safe harbor pursuant to 
which all pension and welfare benefit plans covered by Title I of ERISA 
may use electronic media to satisfy disclosure obligations under Title 
I of ERISA (29 CFR 2520.104b-1). Employee benefit plan administrators 
will be deemed to satisfy their disclosure obligations when furnishing 
documents electronically only if a participant who does not have access 
to the employer's electronic information system in the normal course of 
his duties, or a beneficiary or other person entitled to documents, has 
affirmatively consented to receive disclosure documents. Prior to 
consenting, the participant or beneficiary must also be provided with a 
clear and conspicuous statement indicating the types of documents to 
which the consent would apply, that consent may be withdrawn at any 
time, procedures for withdrawing consent and updating necessary 
information, the right to obtain a paper copy, and any hardware and 
software requirements. In the event of a hardware or software change 
that creates a material risk that the individual will be unable to 
access or retain documents that were the subject of the initial 
consent, the individual must be provided with information concerning 
the revised hardware or software, and an opportunity to withdraw a 
prior consent. The ICR was approved by OMB under OMB Control Number 
1210-0121, which is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2018.

    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Furnishing Documents to the Secretary of Labor on Request 
Under ERISA 104(a)(6).

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    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0112.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 558.
    Responses: 558.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 41.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $2,732.
    Description: As a result of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (TRA 
97), the plan administrators of ERISA-covered employee benefit plans no 
longer need to file copies of the summary plan descriptions and 
summaries of material modifications that are publicly available. TRA 97 
added paragraph (6) to section 104(a) of ERISA. Prior to the TRA 97 
amendments, ERISA required certain documents be filed with the 
Department so that plan participants and beneficiaries could obtain the 
documents without having to turn to the plan administrator. The new 
section 104(a)(6) authorizes the Department to request these documents 
on behalf of plan participants and beneficiaries. The Department issued 
a final implementing guidance on this matter on January 7, 2002 (67 FR 
772). The ICR was approved by OMB under OMB Control Number 1210-0112, 
which is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2018.

    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Annual Funding Notice for Defined Benefit Pension Plans.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0126.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 39,061.
    Responses: 77,100,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 576,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): 
$29,600,000.
    Description: Section 101(f) of the Employee Retirement Income 
Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) sets forth requirements applicable to 
furnishing annual funding notices. Before the enactment of the Pension 
Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), section 101(f) applied only to 
multiemployer defined benefit plans. The Department has issued multiple 
final regulations with regard to this provision, most recently on 
February 2, 2015 (80 FR 5625).
    Section 501(a) of the PPA amended section 101(f) of ERISA and made 
significant changes to the annual funding notice requirements. These 
amendments require administrators of all defined benefit plans that are 
subject to title IV of ERISA, not only multiemployer plans, to provide 
an annual funding notice to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 
(PBGC), to each plan participant and beneficiary, to each labor 
organization representing such participants or beneficiaries, and, in 
the case of a multiemployer plan, to each employer that has an 
obligation to contribute to the plan. An annual funding notice must 
include, among other things, the plan's funding percentage, a statement 
of the value of the plan's assets and liabilities and a description of 
how the plan's assets are invested as of specific dates, and a 
description of the benefits under the plan that are eligible to be 
guaranteed by the PBGC.
    The ICR was approved by OMB under OMB Control Number 1210-0126, 
which is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2018.

    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: ERISA Section 408(b)(2) Regulation.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0133.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Respondents: 51,000.
    Responses: 1,472,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,040,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): 
$1,336,000.
    Description: On February 3, 2012, the Department published a final 
regulation under ERISA section 408(b)(2) (the ``408(b)(2) 
regulation''), requiring that certain service providers to pension 
plans disclose information about the service providers' compensation 
and potential conflicts of interest. The disclosed information is 
intended to assist plan fiduciaries in assessing the reasonableness of 
contracts or arrangements, including the reasonableness of the service 
providers' compensation and potential conflicts of interest that may 
affect the service providers' performance. These disclosure 
requirements were established to provide guidance for compliance with a 
statutory exemption from ERISA's prohibited transaction provisions. If 
the disclosure requirements of the 408(b)(2) regulation are not 
satisfied, a prohibited provision of services under ERISA section 
406(a)(1)(C) will occur, with consequences for both the responsible 
plan fiduciary and the covered service provider. The ICR was approved 
by OMB under OMB Control Number 1210-0133, which is scheduled to expire 
on May 31, 2018.

Focus of Comments

    The Department is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the collections of information are 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
collections of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     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., by 
permitting electronic submissions of responses.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the ICRs for OMB approval of the extension of the 
information collection; they will also become a matter of public 
record.

Joseph S. Piacentini,
Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-22043 Filed 10-11-17; 8:45 am]
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