Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 2988-2992 [2018-00972]

Download as PDF 2988 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 / Notices 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 February 15, 2018. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (William Spaniel, Senior Vice President) 100 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19105– 1521. Comments can also be sent electronically to Comments.applications@phil.frb.org: 1. William Penn Mutual Holding Company and William Penn Bancorp, Levittown, Pennsylvania; to acquire voting shares of Audubon Savings Bank, Audubon, New Jersey, and thereby merge it with William Penn Bank, Levittown, Pennsylvania. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, January 16, 2018. Ann E. Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2018–00947 Filed 1–19–18; 8:45 am] 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 February 14, 2018. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Robert L. Triplett III, Senior Vice President) 2200 North Pearl Street, Dallas, Texas 75201–2272: 1. Independent Bank Group, Inc., McKinney, Texas; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Integrity Bancshares, Inc., and indirectly acquire shares of Integrity Bank, SSB, both of Houston, Texas. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, January 16, 2018. Ann E. Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2018–00948 Filed 1–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT Board Member Meeting 77 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, January 22, 2018, 8:30 a.m. (InPerson) BILLING CODE P Open Session Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 1. Approval of the minutes for the December 18, 2017 Board Meeting 2. Monthly Reports (a) Participant Activity Report (b) Legislative Report 3. Quarterly Reports (c) Investment Policy (d) Budget Review (e) Audit Status 4. IT Update 5. Annual Expense Ratio Review 6. Blended Retirement Update 7. Vendor Financials 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.) (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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Jan 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Closed Session Information covered under 5 U.S.C. 552b (c)(4) and (c)(9)(B). CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kimberly Weaver, Director, Office of External Affairs, (202) 942–1640. Dated: January 16, 2018. Kimberly Weaver, Director, Office of External Affairs. Megan Grumbine, General Counsel, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. [FR Doc. 2018–01050 Filed 1–19–18; 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 information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public comments on its proposal to extend for three years the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements pertaining to the Commission’s administrative activities. That clearance expires on April 30, 2018, and consists of: (a) Applications to the Commission, including applications and notices contained in the Commission’s Rules of Practice (primarily Parts I, II, and IV); (b) the FTC’s consumer complaint systems; and (c) the FTC’s program evaluation activities. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 23, 2018. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by following the instructions in the Request for Comments part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act: FTC File No. P072108’’ on your comment, and file your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ ftc/adminactivitiespra 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, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 / Notices Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For purposes specific to this Federal Register Notice: (a) Applications to the Commission: Gary Greenfield (Office of the General Counsel), 202–326–2753; (b) Complaint Systems: Nicholas Mastrocinque (Nick M.) and Ami Dziekan (Ami D.) (Bureau of Consumer Protection); Nick M., 202–326–3188 and Ami D., 202–326–2648; and (c) Program Evaluations: Jennifer Lee (Divestiture Orders), 202–326–2246; Katherine Ambrogi (Review of Competition Advocacy Program), 202–326–2205. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Proposed Information Collection Activities Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, federal agencies must get OMB approval for each collection of information they conduct, sponsor, or require. ‘‘Collection of information’’ means agency requests or requirements to 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 PRA clearance for the information collection requirements pertaining to the Commission’s administrative activities (OMB Control Number 3084–0047). 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. Estimated annual hours burden: 1,167,181 hours (110 + 1,166,994 + 72 + 5). Estimated annual labor cost: $25,240 ($14,300 + $0 + $10,440 + $500). Estimated annual non-labor/capital cost: $0. (a) Applications to the Commission, including applications and notices supported pursuant to the Commission’s Rules of Practice: 110 hours. Most applications to the Commission generally fall within the ‘‘law enforcement’’ exception to the PRA and are mostly found in Part III (Rules of VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Jan 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 Practice for Adjudicative Proceedings) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice. See 16 CFR 3.1–3.83. Nonetheless, there are various applications and notices to the Commission contained in other rules (generally in Parts I, II, and IV of the Commission’s Rule of Practice). For example, based on an averaging of results in recent years, staff estimates that the FTC annually receives approximately 30 requests for clearance submitted by former FTC employees in order to participate in certain matters and screening affidavits submitted by partners or legal or business associates of former employees pursuant to Rule 4.1, 16 CFR 4.1. There are also procedures set out in Rule 4.11(e) for agency review of outside requests for Commission employee testimony, through compulsory process or otherwise, in cases or matters to which the agency is not a party. Rule 4.11(e) requires that a person who seeks such testimony submit a statement in support of the request. Staff estimates that agency personnel receive approximately 15 requests per year. Cumulatively, the above, along with various sundry additional requests of sporadic nature for which the Commission also specifies particular information required of the applicant or requester, amount to about 55 applications or notices per year. Staff estimates each respondent will incur, on average, approximately 2 hours of burden to submit an application or notice, resulting in a cumulative 110 burden hours per year (55 applications or notices × 2 burden hours). Annual labor cost burden: Using the burden hours estimated above, staff estimates that the total annual labor cost, based on an estimated average of $130/hour for executives’ and attorneys’ wages, would be approximately $14,300 (110 hours × $130).1 There are no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs to respondents. (b) Complaint Systems: 1,166,994 annual hours. Consumer Response Center Consumers can submit complaints about fraud and other practices to the FTC’s Consumer Response Center (CRC) by telephone or through the FTC’s website. Telephone complaints and inquiries to the FTC are answered both by FTC staff and contractors. These telephone counselors ask for the same information that consumers would enter 1 Figures based on national median salaries, including bonuses and benefits, divided by a 2,080 hour work year (52 weeks × 40 hours/week), for a ‘‘Managing Attorney ($145,’’ ‘‘Attorney II,’’ ‘‘Attorney III,’’ ‘‘Attorney IV,’’ and Attorney V’’ at www.salary.com. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2989 on the applicable forms available on the FTC’s website. For telephone inquiries and complaints, the FTC staff estimates that it takes 6.1 minutes per call to gather information, and an estimated 4.8 minutes for consumers to enter a complaint online. The burden estimate conservatively assumes that all of the phone call is devoted to collecting information from consumers, although frequently telephone counselors devote a small portion of the call to providing requested information to consumers. Complaints Concerning the National Do Not Call Registry To receive complaints from consumers of possible violations of the rules governing the National Do Not Call Registry, 16 CFR 310.4(b), the FTC maintains both an online form and a toll free hotline with automated voice response system. Consumer complainants must provide the phone number that was called, whether the call was prerecorded, and the date and time of the call. They may also provide either the name or telephone number of the company about which they are complaining, their name and address so they can be contacted for additional information, as well as for a brief comment regarding their complaint. In addition, complainants have the option of answering three yes-or-no questions to help law enforcement investigating complaints. The FTC staff estimates that the time required of consumer complainants is 3.0 minutes for phone complaints and 2.5 minutes for online complaints. Identity Theft To handle complaints about identity theft, the FTC must obtain more detailed information than is required of other complainants. Identity theft complaints generally require more information (such as a description of actions complainants have taken with credit bureaus, companies, and law enforcement, and the identification of multiple suspects) than general consumer complaints and fraud complaints.2 Moreover, since January 2016, with the rollout of enhanced features within the FTC’s IdentityTheft.gov website, consumers can create a personal recovery plan and review various steps to implement it. For those that do, FTC staff estimates, based on contractor-provided information, that consumers will need 15 minutes, on average, to complete the 2 The FTC received a mandate from a presidential executive order entitled ‘‘Improving the security of Consumer Financial Transactions’’ on October 17, 2014 to create a complete service and complaint form for Identity Theft victims. E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1 2990 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 / Notices complaint form, create an IdentityTheft.gov account, and to review their personalized recovery plan. For those that do not, and based on contractor-provided information, FTC staff estimates that consumers will need 8.5 minutes, on average, to complete the online complaint form.3 For consumers who call the CRC with an identity theft complaint, staff estimates that it will take 6 minutes per call to obtain identity theft-related information. A substantial portion of identity theft-related calls typically consists of counseling consumers on other steps they should consider taking to obtain relief (which may include directing consumers to a revised online complaint form). The time needed for counseling is excluded from the estimate. CRC Surveys Consumer customer satisfaction surveys give the agency information about the overall effectiveness and timeliness of the CRC. Subsets of consumers contacted throughout the year are questioned about specific aspects of CRC customer service. Each consumer surveyed is asked several questions chosen from a list prepared by staff. The questions are designed to elicit information from consumers about the overall effectiveness of the call center and online complaint intake. For the online survey, half of the questions ask consumers to rate CRC performance on a scale or require a yes-or-no response. The second half of the online survey asks more open-ended questions seeking a short answer. In addition, the CRC may survey a sample of consumers immediately after they file their complaints regarding the services they received. Staff estimates that each respondent will require 4.3 minutes to answer the questions during the phone survey and about 3.1 minutes for the online survey (approximately 20–30 seconds per question). In addition, the FTC currently uses ForeSee, Inc. for online customer satisfaction surveys on www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov. It randomly selects consumers to take part in a brief survey to provide feedback about the website. Staff estimates the brief survey will require 6.5 minutes per respondent. This estimate and others relating to ForeSee surveys are included under ‘‘Misc. and fraud-related consumer complaints (Web chat)’’ in the table below. Consumer Sentinel Network Survey The FTC might conduct a brief survey of Consumer Sentinel Network satisfaction within the next three years. It will likely be an online survey with ten-minute duration. If so, estimated maximum burden would be 417 hours if every member completed it, given that the maximum possible Sentinel user base is 2,500 users. What follows is a tabular presentation of staff’s estimates of burden for these various collections of information, including the surveys. The figures for the online forms and consumer hotlines are an average of annualized volume for the respective programs, including both current and projected volumes over the 3-year clearance period sought. The number of respondents for each activity has been rounded to the nearest thousand. The vast increase from the last estimate, 186,884 hours, to the current estimate, 1,166,994 hours, reflects strong consumer participation in the agency’s complaint collection process.4 Number of respondents Activity Number of minutes/ activity Total hours 973,690 1,228,635 175,926 1,795,155 13,800,657 1,183,533 589,209 6.1 4.8 6.5 3.0 2.5 6.0 15.0 98,992 98,291 19,058 89,758 575,027 118,353 147,302 112,230 20,084 47,572 2,500 8.5 4.3 3.1 10 15,899 1,439 2,458 417 Totals .................................................................................................................................... ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Misc. and fraud-related consumer complaints (phone) ............................................................... Misc. and fraud-related consumer complaints (online) ............................................................... Misc. and fraud-related consumer complaints (web chat) .......................................................... Do-Not-Call related consumer complaints (phone) ..................................................................... Do-Not-Call related consumer complaints (online) ..................................................................... Identity theft complaints (phone) ................................................................................................. Identity theft complaints (online) (those who create a personal recovery plan) ......................... Identity theft complaints (online) (those who complete online form but do not create a personal recovery plan) ................................................................................................................. CRC Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire(phone) ..................................................................... CRC Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire (online) .................................................................... Consumer Sentinel Network Survey ........................................................................................... 19,929,191 ........................ 1,166,994 Annual Labor Cost Burden: The cost per respondent should be negligible. Participation is voluntary and will not require any labor expenditures by respondents. There are no capital, startup, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs to the respondents. (c) Program Evaluations: 77 hours. Review of Divestiture Orders—72 hours. The Commission issues, on average, approximately 15–17 orders in merger cases per year that require divestitures or other remedies. As a result of a 1999 divestiture study and a more recent 2015 remedy study authorized by OMB and conducted by the staffs of the Bureau of Competition (BC) and the Bureau of Economics, as well as ongoing experience, BC monitors these required remedies by interviewing representatives of the Commissionapproved buyers of the divested assets or other affected market participants within the first year after the divestiture is completed. BC staff interviews representatives of the buyers to ask whether all assets required to be divested were, in fact, divested; whether the buyer has used the divested assets to enter the market of concern to the Commission and, if so, the extent to which the buyer is participating in the market; whether the divestiture met the buyer’s expectations; and whether the buyer believes the 3 According to system-generated results, 84% of complainants using IdentityTheft.gov opt to create a personalized recovery plan. By extension, 16% do not. These apportionments inform the associated population figures that appear in the table below regarding identity theft complaints online. 4 The population estimates generally present marked increases from prior submissions for OMB clearance regarding information collected through these activities. While the FTC cannot definitively explain such pronounced increase in consumer visits to the FTC complaint site, the following are several possible factors: (1) A sharp rise in Do-NotCall violations (by extension, an associated increase in consumer complaints); (2) increased media coverage regarding the Do-Not-Call and identity theft portals; and (3) expanded FTC outreach regarding its ftccomplaintassistant.gov website. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Jan 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1 ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 / Notices divestiture has been successful. In a few cases, BC staff may also interview monitors, if appropriate. In cases in which a remedy other than a divestiture is required, staff will interview market participants such as competitors or customers to monitor the effectiveness of the remedy. In all these interviews, staff seeks to learn about pricing and other basic facts regarding competition in the markets of concern to the FTC. Participation by the buyers or other market participants is voluntary. Each responding company designates the company representative most likely to have the necessary information; typically, a company executive and an attorney represent the company. Each interview takes less than one hour to complete. BC staff further estimates that it takes each participant no more than one hour to prepare for the interview. Staff conservatively estimates that, for each interview of the responding company, two individuals (a company executive and an attorney) will devote two hours (one hour preparing and one hour participating) each to responding to questions for a total of four hours. Interviews of monitors typically involve only the monitor and take approximately one hour to complete with no more than one hour to prepare for the interview. Assuming that staff evaluates approximately 17 divestitures per year during the three-year clearance period, the total hours burden for the responding companies will be approximately 68 hours per year (17 divestiture reviews × 4 hours for preparing and participating). Staff may include approximately 2 monitor interviews a year, which would add at most 4 hours (2 interviews × 2 hours for preparing and participating). Annual Labor Cost Burden: Using the burden hours estimated above, staff estimates that the total annual labor cost, based on a conservative estimated average of $145/hour for executives’ and attorneys’ wages, would be approximately $10,440 (72 hours × $145).5 There are no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs to respondents. Review of Competition Advocacy Program—5 hours. The FTC’s competition advocacy program draws on the Commission’s expertise in competition and consumer protection matters to encourage state and federal legislators, agencies and regulatory officials, and courts to consider the effects of their decisions on competition and consumer welfare. The Commission and staff send 5 See supra note 1 (attorney salary source data for ‘‘Managing Attorney’’). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Jan 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 approximately 20 letters to such decision makers annually regarding the likely effects of various bills and regulations. In the past, the Office of Policy Planning (‘‘OPP’’) has evaluated the effectiveness of these advocacy comments by surveying comment recipients and other relevant decision makers. OPP intends to continue this evaluation by sending a paper or electronic questionnaire to relevant parties within a year after sending an advocacy. Most survey questions ask the respondent to agree or disagree with a statement concerning the advocacy comment that they received. Specifically, these questions ask about the consideration, content, influence, and public effect of our comments. The questionnaire also provides respondents with an opportunity to provide additional remarks regarding the comments they received, advocacy comments in general, and the outcome of the matter. These survey results are also included in the FTC’s internal performance management indicators, and are used to guide the FTC’s selection and prioritization of future competition advocacy opportunities. OPP staff estimates that, on average, respondents will each require 15 minutes or less to complete the questionnaire. Thus, staff estimates a cumulative total of 5 burden hours per year (15 minutes of burden per respondent × 20 respondents per year). OPP staff does not intend to conduct any follow-up activities that would involve the respondents’ participation. Annual Labor Cost Burden: OPP staff estimates a conservative hourly labor cost of $100 for the time of the survey participants (primarily state representatives and senators). Thus, staff estimates a total labor cost of $25 for each response (15 minutes of burden at $100 per hour). Assuming 20 respondents will complete the questionnaire on an annual basis, staff estimates cumulative yearly labor costs will approximate $500. There are no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs to respondents. Request for Comments You can file a comment online or on paper. For the FTC to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before March 23, 2018. Write ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act: FTC File No. P072108’’ 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 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2991 Commission website, 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 website. 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 Commission considers your online comment, you must file it at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ adminactivitiespra 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 website. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act: FTC File No. P072108’’ 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 (Annex J), 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 website 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, E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1 2992 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 / Notices 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 website—as legally required by FTC Rule 4.9(b)—we cannot redact or remove your comment from the FTC website, 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 March 23, 2018. 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. 2018–00972 Filed 1–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public comments on its proposal to extend for three years the current PRA clearances for information collection requirements contained in the Commission’s rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Jan 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 Rules). The clearance expires on April 30, 2018. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 23, 2018. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by following the instructions in the Request for Comments part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘Textile Rules: FTC File No. P072108’’ on your comment, and file your comment online at https:// ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/ textilerulespra1 by following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail or deliver 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 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for copies of the collection of information and supporting documentation should be addressed to Jock K. Chung, Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Mail Code CC–9528, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326–2984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Information Collection Activities Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520, federal agencies must get OMB approval for each collection of information they conduct, sponsor, or require. ‘‘Collection of information’’ means agency requests or requirements to 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 PRA clearance for the information collection requirements associated with the Commission’s rules and regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules), 16 CFR part 303 (OMB Control Number 3084–0101). 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; PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (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. All comments must be received on or before March 23, 2018. Burden Estimates Staff’s burden estimates are based on data from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census, the International Trade Commission, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and data or other input from the main industry association, the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), and from SICCode.com, which specializes in the business classification of SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) and NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes for business identification, verification, and targeting. The AAFA, a national trade association which represents U.S. apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies and their suppliers, has stated that ‘‘[t]he use of labels on textiles and apparels is beneficial to consumers, manufacturers, and business in general as it allows for the necessary flow of information along the supply chain.’’ 1 The relevant information collection requirements in these rules and staff’s corresponding burden estimates follow. The estimates address the number of hours needed and the labor costs incurred to comply with the requirements. Staff believes that a significant portion of hours and labor costs currently attributable to burden below are time and financial resources usually and customarily incurred by persons in the course of their regular activity (e.g., industry participants already have and/or would have fiber content labels regardless of the rule(s)) and could be excluded from PRArelated burden.2 The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (‘‘Textile Act’’) 3 prohibits the misbranding and false advertising of textile fiber products. The Textile Rules establish disclosure requirements that assist consumers in making informed purchasing decisions, 1 Page one from comment by Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association, March 26, 2012, Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Request for Public Comment; Rules and Regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939; 77 FR 4498 (Jan. 30, 2012). 2 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). 3 15 U.S.C. 70 et seq. E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM 22JAN1

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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 information collection requirements described below will 
be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, 
as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public 
comments on its proposal to extend for three years the current PRA 
clearance for information collection requirements pertaining to the 
Commission's administrative activities. That clearance expires on April 
30, 2018, and consists of: (a) Applications to the Commission, 
including applications and notices contained in the Commission's Rules 
of Practice (primarily Parts I, II, and IV); (b) the FTC's consumer 
complaint systems; and (c) the FTC's program evaluation activities.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 23, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comments part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``Paperwork Reduction 
Act: FTC File No. P072108'' on your comment, and file your comment 
online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/adminactivitiespra 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,

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Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex 
J), Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For purposes specific to this Federal 
Register Notice: (a) Applications to the Commission: Gary Greenfield 
(Office of the General Counsel), 202-326-2753; (b) Complaint Systems: 
Nicholas Mastrocinque (Nick M.) and Ami Dziekan (Ami D.) (Bureau of 
Consumer Protection); Nick M., 202-326-3188 and Ami D., 202-326-2648; 
and (c) Program Evaluations: Jennifer Lee (Divestiture Orders), 202-
326-2246; Katherine Ambrogi (Review of Competition Advocacy Program), 
202-326-2205.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Proposed Information Collection Activities

    Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, federal agencies must get OMB 
approval for each collection of information they conduct, sponsor, or 
require. ``Collection of information'' means agency requests or 
requirements to 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 PRA 
clearance for the information collection requirements pertaining to the 
Commission's administrative activities (OMB Control Number 3084-0047).
    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.
    Estimated annual hours burden: 1,167,181 hours (110 + 1,166,994 + 
72 + 5).
    Estimated annual labor cost: $25,240 ($14,300 + $0 + $10,440 + 
$500).
    Estimated annual non-labor/capital cost: $0.
    (a) Applications to the Commission, including applications and 
notices supported pursuant to the Commission's Rules of Practice: 110 
hours.
    Most applications to the Commission generally fall within the ``law 
enforcement'' exception to the PRA and are mostly found in Part III 
(Rules of Practice for Adjudicative Proceedings) of the Commission's 
Rules of Practice. See 16 CFR 3.1-3.83. Nonetheless, there are various 
applications and notices to the Commission contained in other rules 
(generally in Parts I, II, and IV of the Commission's Rule of 
Practice). For example, based on an averaging of results in recent 
years, staff estimates that the FTC annually receives approximately 30 
requests for clearance submitted by former FTC employees in order to 
participate in certain matters and screening affidavits submitted by 
partners or legal or business associates of former employees pursuant 
to Rule 4.1, 16 CFR 4.1. There are also procedures set out in Rule 
4.11(e) for agency review of outside requests for Commission employee 
testimony, through compulsory process or otherwise, in cases or matters 
to which the agency is not a party. Rule 4.11(e) requires that a person 
who seeks such testimony submit a statement in support of the request. 
Staff estimates that agency personnel receive approximately 15 requests 
per year. Cumulatively, the above, along with various sundry additional 
requests of sporadic nature for which the Commission also specifies 
particular information required of the applicant or requester, amount 
to about 55 applications or notices per year. Staff estimates each 
respondent will incur, on average, approximately 2 hours of burden to 
submit an application or notice, resulting in a cumulative 110 burden 
hours per year (55 applications or notices x 2 burden hours).
    Annual labor cost burden: Using the burden hours estimated above, 
staff estimates that the total annual labor cost, based on an estimated 
average of $130/hour for executives' and attorneys' wages, would be 
approximately $14,300 (110 hours x $130).\1\ There are no capital, 
start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs to 
respondents.
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    \1\ Figures based on national median salaries, including bonuses 
and benefits, divided by a 2,080 hour work year (52 weeks x 40 
hours/week), for a ``Managing Attorney ($145,'' ``Attorney II,'' 
``Attorney III,'' ``Attorney IV,'' and Attorney V'' at 
www.salary.com.
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    (b) Complaint Systems: 1,166,994 annual hours.

Consumer Response Center

    Consumers can submit complaints about fraud and other practices to 
the FTC's Consumer Response Center (CRC) by telephone or through the 
FTC's website. Telephone complaints and inquiries to the FTC are 
answered both by FTC staff and contractors. These telephone counselors 
ask for the same information that consumers would enter on the 
applicable forms available on the FTC's website. For telephone 
inquiries and complaints, the FTC staff estimates that it takes 6.1 
minutes per call to gather information, and an estimated 4.8 minutes 
for consumers to enter a complaint online. The burden estimate 
conservatively assumes that all of the phone call is devoted to 
collecting information from consumers, although frequently telephone 
counselors devote a small portion of the call to providing requested 
information to consumers.

Complaints Concerning the National Do Not Call Registry

    To receive complaints from consumers of possible violations of the 
rules governing the National Do Not Call Registry, 16 CFR 310.4(b), the 
FTC maintains both an online form and a toll free hotline with 
automated voice response system. Consumer complainants must provide the 
phone number that was called, whether the call was prerecorded, and the 
date and time of the call. They may also provide either the name or 
telephone number of the company about which they are complaining, their 
name and address so they can be contacted for additional information, 
as well as for a brief comment regarding their complaint. In addition, 
complainants have the option of answering three yes-or-no questions to 
help law enforcement investigating complaints. The FTC staff estimates 
that the time required of consumer complainants is 3.0 minutes for 
phone complaints and 2.5 minutes for online complaints.

Identity Theft

    To handle complaints about identity theft, the FTC must obtain more 
detailed information than is required of other complainants. Identity 
theft complaints generally require more information (such as a 
description of actions complainants have taken with credit bureaus, 
companies, and law enforcement, and the identification of multiple 
suspects) than general consumer complaints and fraud complaints.\2\ 
Moreover, since January 2016, with the rollout of enhanced features 
within the FTC's IdentityTheft.gov website, consumers can create a 
personal recovery plan and review various steps to implement it. For 
those that do, FTC staff estimates, based on contractor-provided 
information, that consumers will need 15 minutes, on average, to 
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complaint form, create an IdentityTheft.gov account, and to review 
their personalized recovery plan. For those that do not, and based on 
contractor-provided information, FTC staff estimates that consumers 
will need 8.5 minutes, on average, to complete the online complaint 
form.\3\
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    \2\ The FTC received a mandate from a presidential executive 
order entitled ``Improving the security of Consumer Financial 
Transactions'' on October 17, 2014 to create a complete service and 
complaint form for Identity Theft victims.
    \3\ According to system-generated results, 84% of complainants 
using IdentityTheft.gov opt to create a personalized recovery plan. 
By extension, 16% do not. These apportionments inform the associated 
population figures that appear in the table below regarding identity 
theft complaints online.
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    For consumers who call the CRC with an identity theft complaint, 
staff estimates that it will take 6 minutes per call to obtain identity 
theft-related information. A substantial portion of identity theft-
related calls typically consists of counseling consumers on other steps 
they should consider taking to obtain relief (which may include 
directing consumers to a revised online complaint form). The time 
needed for counseling is excluded from the estimate.

CRC Surveys

    Consumer customer satisfaction surveys give the agency information 
about the overall effectiveness and timeliness of the CRC. Subsets of 
consumers contacted throughout the year are questioned about specific 
aspects of CRC customer service. Each consumer surveyed is asked 
several questions chosen from a list prepared by staff. The questions 
are designed to elicit information from consumers about the overall 
effectiveness of the call center and online complaint intake. For the 
online survey, half of the questions ask consumers to rate CRC 
performance on a scale or require a yes-or-no response. The second half 
of the online survey asks more open-ended questions seeking a short 
answer. In addition, the CRC may survey a sample of consumers 
immediately after they file their complaints regarding the services 
they received. Staff estimates that each respondent will require 4.3 
minutes to answer the questions during the phone survey and about 3.1 
minutes for the online survey (approximately 20-30 seconds per 
question).
    In addition, the FTC currently uses ForeSee, Inc. for online 
customer satisfaction surveys on www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov. It 
randomly selects consumers to take part in a brief survey to provide 
feedback about the website. Staff estimates the brief survey will 
require 6.5 minutes per respondent. This estimate and others relating 
to ForeSee surveys are included under ``Misc. and fraud-related 
consumer complaints (Web chat)'' in the table below.

Consumer Sentinel Network Survey

    The FTC might conduct a brief survey of Consumer Sentinel Network 
satisfaction within the next three years. It will likely be an online 
survey with ten-minute duration. If so, estimated maximum burden would 
be 417 hours if every member completed it, given that the maximum 
possible Sentinel user base is 2,500 users.
    What follows is a tabular presentation of staff's estimates of 
burden for these various collections of information, including the 
surveys. The figures for the online forms and consumer hotlines are an 
average of annualized volume for the respective programs, including 
both current and projected volumes over the 3-year clearance period 
sought. The number of respondents for each activity has been rounded to 
the nearest thousand. The vast increase from the last estimate, 186,884 
hours, to the current estimate, 1,166,994 hours, reflects strong 
consumer participation in the agency's complaint collection process.\4\
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    \4\ The population estimates generally present marked increases 
from prior submissions for OMB clearance regarding information 
collected through these activities. While the FTC cannot 
definitively explain such pronounced increase in consumer visits to 
the FTC complaint site, the following are several possible factors: 
(1) A sharp rise in Do-Not-Call violations (by extension, an 
associated increase in consumer complaints); (2) increased media 
coverage regarding the Do-Not-Call and identity theft portals; and 
(3) expanded FTC outreach regarding its ftccomplaintassistant.gov 
website.

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                                                                                     Number of
                            Activity                                 Number of       minutes/       Total hours
                                                                    respondents      activity
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Misc. and fraud-related consumer complaints (phone).............         973,690             6.1          98,992
Misc. and fraud-related consumer complaints (online)............       1,228,635             4.8          98,291
Misc. and fraud-related consumer complaints (web chat)..........         175,926             6.5          19,058
Do-Not-Call related consumer complaints (phone).................       1,795,155             3.0          89,758
Do-Not-Call related consumer complaints (online)................      13,800,657             2.5         575,027
Identity theft complaints (phone)...............................       1,183,533             6.0         118,353
Identity theft complaints (online) (those who create a personal          589,209            15.0         147,302
 recovery plan).................................................
Identity theft complaints (online) (those who complete online            112,230             8.5          15,899
 form but do not create a personal recovery plan)...............
CRC Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire(phone)..................          20,084             4.3           1,439
CRC Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire (online)................          47,572             3.1           2,458
Consumer Sentinel Network Survey................................           2,500              10             417
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    Totals......................................................      19,929,191  ..............       1,166,994
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    Annual Labor Cost Burden: The cost per respondent should be 
negligible. Participation is voluntary and will not require any labor 
expenditures by respondents. There are no capital, start-up, operation, 
maintenance, or other similar costs to the respondents.
    (c) Program Evaluations: 77 hours.
    Review of Divestiture Orders--72 hours.
    The Commission issues, on average, approximately 15-17 orders in 
merger cases per year that require divestitures or other remedies. As a 
result of a 1999 divestiture study and a more recent 2015 remedy study 
authorized by OMB and conducted by the staffs of the Bureau of 
Competition (BC) and the Bureau of Economics, as well as ongoing 
experience, BC monitors these required remedies by interviewing 
representatives of the Commission-approved buyers of the divested 
assets or other affected market participants within the first year 
after the divestiture is completed.
    BC staff interviews representatives of the buyers to ask whether 
all assets required to be divested were, in fact, divested; whether the 
buyer has used the divested assets to enter the market of concern to 
the Commission and, if so, the extent to which the buyer is 
participating in the market; whether the divestiture met the buyer's 
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divestiture has been successful. In a few cases, BC staff may also 
interview monitors, if appropriate. In cases in which a remedy other 
than a divestiture is required, staff will interview market 
participants such as competitors or customers to monitor the 
effectiveness of the remedy. In all these interviews, staff seeks to 
learn about pricing and other basic facts regarding competition in the 
markets of concern to the FTC.
    Participation by the buyers or other market participants is 
voluntary. Each responding company designates the company 
representative most likely to have the necessary information; 
typically, a company executive and an attorney represent the company. 
Each interview takes less than one hour to complete. BC staff further 
estimates that it takes each participant no more than one hour to 
prepare for the interview. Staff conservatively estimates that, for 
each interview of the responding company, two individuals (a company 
executive and an attorney) will devote two hours (one hour preparing 
and one hour participating) each to responding to questions for a total 
of four hours. Interviews of monitors typically involve only the 
monitor and take approximately one hour to complete with no more than 
one hour to prepare for the interview. Assuming that staff evaluates 
approximately 17 divestitures per year during the three-year clearance 
period, the total hours burden for the responding companies will be 
approximately 68 hours per year (17 divestiture reviews x 4 hours for 
preparing and participating). Staff may include approximately 2 monitor 
interviews a year, which would add at most 4 hours (2 interviews x 2 
hours for preparing and participating).
    Annual Labor Cost Burden: Using the burden hours estimated above, 
staff estimates that the total annual labor cost, based on a 
conservative estimated average of $145/hour for executives' and 
attorneys' wages, would be approximately $10,440 (72 hours x $145).\5\ 
There are no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or other 
similar costs to respondents.
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    Review of Competition Advocacy Program--5 hours.
    The FTC's competition advocacy program draws on the Commission's 
expertise in competition and consumer protection matters to encourage 
state and federal legislators, agencies and regulatory officials, and 
courts to consider the effects of their decisions on competition and 
consumer welfare. The Commission and staff send approximately 20 
letters to such decision makers annually regarding the likely effects 
of various bills and regulations.
    In the past, the Office of Policy Planning (``OPP'') has evaluated 
the effectiveness of these advocacy comments by surveying comment 
recipients and other relevant decision makers. OPP intends to continue 
this evaluation by sending a paper or electronic questionnaire to 
relevant parties within a year after sending an advocacy.
    Most survey questions ask the respondent to agree or disagree with 
a statement concerning the advocacy comment that they received. 
Specifically, these questions ask about the consideration, content, 
influence, and public effect of our comments. The questionnaire also 
provides respondents with an opportunity to provide additional remarks 
regarding the comments they received, advocacy comments in general, and 
the outcome of the matter. These survey results are also included in 
the FTC's internal performance management indicators, and are used to 
guide the FTC's selection and prioritization of future competition 
advocacy opportunities.
    OPP staff estimates that, on average, respondents will each require 
15 minutes or less to complete the questionnaire. Thus, staff estimates 
a cumulative total of 5 burden hours per year (15 minutes of burden per 
respondent x 20 respondents per year). OPP staff does not intend to 
conduct any follow-up activities that would involve the respondents' 
participation.
    Annual Labor Cost Burden: OPP staff estimates a conservative hourly 
labor cost of $100 for the time of the survey participants (primarily 
state representatives and senators). Thus, staff estimates a total 
labor cost of $25 for each response (15 minutes of burden at $100 per 
hour). Assuming 20 respondents will complete the questionnaire on an 
annual basis, staff estimates cumulative yearly labor costs will 
approximate $500. There are no capital, start-up, operation, 
maintenance, or other similar costs to respondents.

Request for Comments

    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the FTC to consider 
your comment, we must receive it on or before March 23, 2018. Write 
``Paperwork Reduction Act: FTC File No. P072108'' 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 website, 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 website.
    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 Commission considers your 
online comment, you must file it at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/adminactivitiespra 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 website.
    If you file your comment on paper, write ``Paperwork Reduction Act: 
FTC File No. P072108'' 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 (Annex J), 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 
website 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 
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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 website--as legally required by FTC Rule 
4.9(b)--we cannot redact or remove your comment from the FTC website, 
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 March 23, 
2018. 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. 2018-00972 Filed 1-19-18; 8:45 am]
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