Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB, 42296-42298 [2018-17964]

Download as PDF 42296 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 21, 2018 / Notices In this document, the Commission released a public notice announcing the next meeting of the North American Numbering Council (NANC). At this meeting, the NANC will consider a report from its Numbering Administration Oversight Working Group on the technical requirements to consolidate the services of the North American Numbering Plan Administrator and the Pooling Administrator. In addition, the FCC will provide more information on the new Interoperable Video Calling Working Group. The NANC will also continue its discussions on how to modernize and foster more efficient number administration in the United States. DATES: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: Requests to make an oral statement or provide written comments to the NANC should be sent to Darlene Biddy, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW, Room 5–C150, Washington, DC 20554. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darlene Biddy at (202) 418–1585 or Darlene.Biddy@fcc.gov. The fax number is: (202) 418–1413. The TTY number is: (202) 418–0484. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NANC meeting is open to the public. The FCC will accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will be limited to seating availability. The Commission will also provide audio coverage of the meeting. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Request for such accommodations should be submitted via email to fcc504@fcc.gov or by calling the Consumer and governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (TTY). Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. In addition, please allow at least five days advance notice for accommodation requests; last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to accommodate. Members of the public may submit comments to the NANC in the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System, ECFS, at www.fcc.gov/ecfs. Comments to the NANC should be filed in CC Docket No. 92–237. More information about the NANC is available at https://www.fcc.gov/aboutfcc/advisory-committees/general/northamerican-numbering-council. You may also contact Marilyn Jones, DFO of the NANC, at Marilyn.jones@fcc.gov, or (202) 418–2357, Michelle Sclater, sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Aug 20, 2018 Jkt 244001 Alternate DFO, at michelle.sclater@ fcc.gov, or (202) 418–0388. This is a summary of the Commission’s document in CC Docket No. 92–237, DA 18–815 released August 6, 2018. The complete text in this document is available for public inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW, Room CY–A257, Washington, DC 20554. The document may also be purchased from the Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street SW, Room CY–B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone (800) 378–3160 or (202) 863–2893, facsimile (202) 863– 2898, or via the internet at http:// www.bcpiweb.com. It is available on the Commission’s website at http:// www.fcc.gov. * The Agenda may be modified at the discretion of the NANC Chairman with the approval of the Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Federal Communications Commission. Marilyn Jones, Senior Counsel for Number Administration, Wireline Competition Bureau. [FR Doc. 2018–17880 Filed 8–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is adopting a proposal to extend, with revision, the mandatory Reporting Requirements Associated with Regulation QQ (OMB No. 7100–0346). The revisions are applicable as of July 31, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202) 452–3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263–4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551. OMB Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395–6974. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. Board-approved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB’s public docket files. The Federal Reserve may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for Three Years, With Revision, of the Following Report: Report title: Reporting Requirements Associated with Regulation QQ. Agency form number: Reg QQ. OMB control number: 7100–0346. Frequency: Annually. Respondents: Bank holding companies 1 with assets of $50 billion or more and nonbank financial firms designated by the Financial Stability Oversight Council for supervision by the Board. Estimated number of respondents: Reduced Reporters: 72; Tailored Domestic Reporters: 11; Tailored Foreign Reporters: 6; Full Domestic Reporters: 3; Full Foreign Reporters: 6; Complex, Domestic Filers: 9; Complex, Foreign Filers: 4. Estimated average hours per response: Reduced Reporters: 60 hours; Tailored Domestic Reporters: 9,000 hours; Tailored Foreign Reporters: 1,130 hours; Full Domestic Reporters: 26,000 hours; Full Foreign Reporters: 2,000 hours; Complex, Domestic Filers: 79,522 hours;2 Complex, Foreign Filers: 55,500 hours. Estimated annual burden hours: Reduced Reporters: 4,320 hours; 1 This includes any foreign bank or company that is, or is treated as, a bank holding company under section 8(a) of the International Banking Act of 1978, and that has $50 billion or more in total consolidated assets. 2 This estimate captures the annual time that complex, domestic filers will spend complying with this collection, given that eight of these filers will only submit two resolution plans over the period covered by this notice. The estimate therefore represents two-thirds of the time these eight firms are estimated to spend on each resolution plan submission. E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 21, 2018 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Tailored Domestic Reporters: 99,000 hours; Tailored Foreign Reporters: 6,780 hours; Full Domestic Reporters: 78,000 hours; Full Foreign Reporters: 12,000 hours; Complex, Domestic Filers: 715,697 hours; Complex Foreign Filers: 222,000 hours. Total estimated annual burden: 1,137,797. General description of report: Regulation QQ (12 CFR part 243) requires each bank holding company (BHC) with assets of $50 billion or more and nonbank financial firms designated by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) for supervision by the Board (collectively, covered companies) to report annually to the Board and the FDIC the plan of such company for rapid and orderly resolution under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the event of the company’s material financial distress or failure. The plans submitted pursuant to Regulation QQ, and identified in this information collection, are reviewed jointly by the Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) (collectively, the Agencies). On May 24, 2018, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Reform, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA) 3 amended provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) as well as other statutes administered by the Board. The amendments made by EGRRCPA provide for additional tailoring of various provisions of Federal banking laws, including an increase in the $50 billion asset threshold 4 in section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which provides the statutory basis for Regulation QQ. On September 28, 2017, the Board and the FDIC announced the postponement of the next plan submission of the largest and most complex, domestic 3 Public Law 115–174, 132 Stat. 1296 (2018). EGRRCPA increases the $50 billion asset threshold in section 165 in two stages. Immediately on the date of enactment, bank holding companies with total consolidated assets of less than $100 billion were no longer subject to section 165. Eighteen months after the date of enactment, the threshold is raised to $250 billion. EGRRCPA also provides that the Board may apply any enhanced prudential standard to bank holding companies between $100 billion and $250 billion in total consolidated assets. 4 The total estimated annual burden reflects that the Board and FDIC will not enforce the final rules establishing resolution planning requirements in a manner inconsistent with the amendments made by EGRRCPA by removing the approximately 20 smaller and less complex firms with global total consolidated assets of less than $100 billion and reflecting a corresponding reduction in the estimated annual burden hours associated with the notice of approximately 29,330 (two percent). Firms with between $100 billion and $250 billion in total consolidated assets continue to be reflected in the burden estimates, as EGRRCPA provides that the threshold is not raised to $250 billion for eighteen months and that the Board may determine to continue to apply enhanced prudential standards to these firms beyond that period. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Aug 20, 2018 Jkt 244001 BHCs 5 from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, to permit the agencies to provide meaningful feedback on the July 2017 plans and provide the BHCs with sufficient time to incorporate the feedback into their next plans. If these firms were filing each year covered by this notice, instead of only twice, the total estimated annual burden for the reporting of this information collection would be 1,439,100 hours instead of the aforementioned 1,137,797. The Board is exploring ways to improve the resolution planning process. Such improvements could include, for example, extending the cycle for plan submissions; focusing certain filings on key topics of interest and material changes; or reducing the submission requirements for firms with small, simple, and domestically focused activities. The Board will solicit comments on the effects that any such changes would have on paperwork burden if and when the changes are proposed. Legal authorization and confidentiality: This information collection is mandatory pursuant to section 165(d)(8) of the Dodd-Frank Act (Pub. L. 111–203, 124 Stat. 1376, 1426– 1427), 12 U.S.C. 5365(d)(8), which requires the Board and the FDIC to jointly issue rules implementing the provisions of section 165(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act. The Board’s Legal Division has determined that under section 112(d)(5)(A) of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Board and the FDIC ‘‘shall maintain the confidentiality of any data, information, and reports submitted under’’ Title I (which includes section 165(d), the authority this regulation is promulgated under) of the Dodd-Frank Act. The Board and the FDIC will assess the confidentiality of resolution plans and related material in accordance with FOIA and the Board’s and the FDIC’s implementing regulations (12 CFR part 261 (Board); 12 CFR part 309 (FDIC)). The Board and the FDIC expect that large portions of the submissions will contain or consist of ‘‘trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential’’ and information that is ‘‘contained in or related to examination, operating, or condition reports prepared by, on behalf of, or for the use of an agency responsible for the regulation or supervision of financial institutions.’’ This information is subject to withholding under exemptions 4 and 8 5 This group currently consists of Bank of America Corporation; Bank of New York Mellon Corporation; Citigroup, Inc.; Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Morgan Stanley; State Street Corporation; and Wells Fargo & Company. PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42297 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) and 552(b)(8).6 The Board and the FDIC also recognize, however, that the regulation calls for the submission of details regarding covered companies that are publicly available or otherwise are not sensitive and should be made public. In order to address this, the regulation requires resolution plans to be divided into two portions: A public section and a confidential section. In addition to any responses to guidance from the Agencies, the public section of the resolution plan should consist of an executive summary of the resolution plan that describes the business of the covered company and includes, to the extent material to an understanding of the covered company: (i) The names of material entities; (ii) a description of core business lines; (iii) consolidated or segment financial information regarding assets, liabilities, capital and major funding sources; (iv) a description of derivative activities and hedging activities; (v) a list of memberships in material payment, clearing, and settlement systems; (vi) a description of foreign operations; (vii) the identities of material supervisory authorities; (viii) the identities of the principal officers; (ix) a description of the corporate governance structure and processes related to resolution planning; (x) a description of material management information systems; and (xi) a description, at a high level, of the covered company’s resolution strategy, covering such items as the range of potential purchasers of the covered company, its material entities and core business lines. While the information in the public section of a resolution plan should be sufficiently detailed to allow the public to understand the business of the covered company, such information can be high level in nature and based on publicly available information. The public section will be made available to the public exactly as submitted by the covered companies as soon as possible following receipt by the agencies. A covered company should submit a properly substantiated request for confidential treatment of any details in the confidential section that it believes are subject to withholding under exemption 4 of the FOIA. In addition, the Board and the FDIC will make formal exemption and segregability determinations if and when a plan is requested under the FOIA. 6 Depending upon the circumstances of any specific FOIA request, other exemptions may also apply. E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1 42298 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 21, 2018 / Notices Current actions: On January 22, 2018 the Board published a notice in the Federal Register (83 FR 2983) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, with revision, of the Reporting Requirements Associated with Resolution Plans (Regulation QQ). The revision to the clearance is burden increase due to a reassessment of the burden hours associated with responding to the informational requirements of Regulation QQ and to guidance, feedback, and additional requests for information by the agencies as part of the iterative resolution planning process. The increase in burden is mitigated by the postponement of the July 2018 submission date for the resolution plans of the complex domestic filers, which account for the largest percentage of overall burden hours. The comment period for this notice expired on March 23, 2018. The Board received one comment on the proposal. The commenter recommended a number of potential changes to Regulation QQ intended to enhance the quality of the information collected pursuant to the regulation and reduce the burden of the information collection requirements.7 The Board is not adopting any of the recommended changes at this time. Either a revision to the Board’s Regulation QQ or joint action with the FDIC would be necessary to implement each of the recommended changes. Most of the recommendations would require changes to the Board’s Regulation QQ, which could only be accomplished sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 7 These recommended changes include: (i) Extending the annual resolution plan filing cycle to a two-year cycle; (ii) providing additional clarity on filing deadlines; (iii) requiring that any agency guidance be provided more than 12 months in advance of each filing deadline; (iv) allowing firms to satisfy some of their Regulation QQ requirements by incorporating their IDI plans by reference; (v) providing for further tailoring based on the systemic risk posed by each firm, (vi) further reducing the need for duplicative reporting; (vii) adjusting the forecasting expected from the firms; (viii) providing greater guidance regarding regulatory expectations related to the resolution of financial market utilities; (ix) eliminating the strategic analysis section from tailored plans; (x) providing an opportunity for notice and comment on any new information requirements, the framework used for assessing resolution plans, and the procedures related to remediation; (xi) requiring the agencies to provide feedback on plans within six months of plan submission; (xii) refraining from making feedback provided to the firms public or providing firms more time to consider the feedback before it is made public; and (xiii) reconsidering the procedures the Board and FDIC undertake to engage with firms. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Aug 20, 2018 Jkt 244001 pursuant to a rulemaking. In addition, the Board could not unilaterally take the actions requested by these comments, even those that would not require a rulemaking, as they fall under the purview of a rule that the Board proposed jointly with the FDIC and a process that is jointly administered by the two agencies.8 However, the Board will consider the recommended changes in due course as it determines, in consultation with the FDIC, whether to conduct a joint rulemaking. The revisions will be implemented as proposed. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 15, 2018. Ann Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2018–17964 Filed 8–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Notice of Proposals To Engage in or To Acquire Companies Engaged in Permissible Nonbanking Activities The companies listed in this notice have given notice under section 10 of the Home Owners’ Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1467a) (HOLA) and Regulation LL, (12 CFR part 238) to engage de novo, or to acquire or control voting securities or assets of a company, including the companies listed below, that engages either directly or through a subsidiary or other company, in a nonbanking activity that is listed in § 238.53 of Regulation LL (12 CFR 225.53). Unless otherwise noted, these activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Each notice is available for inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notice also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the question whether the proposal complies with the standards of section 10(c)(4)(B) of the HOLA 12 U.S.C. 1467a(c)(4)(B). Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding the notices must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than September 4, 2018. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice 8 See 12 U.S.C. 5365(d)(8) (requiring the Board and FDIC to issue joint rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Act’s resolution planning requirements), 12 CFR. Part 243 (the Board’s resolution planning rule), and 12 CFR. Part 381 (the FDIC’s resolution planning rule). Aspects of the statute and regulations require joint actions or determinations by the Board and FDIC and therefore the agencies have jointly developed a coordinated resolution plan review process. PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690–1414: 1. McHenry Bancorp, Inc., McHenry, Illinois; to engage de novo in purchasing and servicing loans, and holding and managing improved real estate, pursuant to sections 238.53(b)(1) and (8) of Regulation LL. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 16, 2018. Ann Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2018–17975 Filed 8–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than September 18, 2018. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Robert L. Triplett III, Senior Vice President) 2200 North Pearl Street, Dallas, Texas 75201–2272: 1. Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan, The Woodlands, Texas; and Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Trust, Spring, Texas; to acquire up to an additional 28 percent E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 162 (Tuesday, August 21, 2018)]
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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM


Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board 
Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) 
is adopting a proposal to extend, with revision, the mandatory 
Reporting Requirements Associated with Regulation QQ (OMB No. 7100-
0346). The revisions are applicable as of July 31, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Federal Reserve Board Clearance 
Officer--Nuha Elmaghrabi--Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202) 
452-3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may 
contact (202) 263-4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, Washington, DC 20551.
    OMB Desk Officer--Shagufta Ahmed--Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive 
Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503 
or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (PRA) to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to 
collection of information requests and requirements conducted or 
sponsored by the Board. Board-approved collections of information are 
incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved 
collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of 
information instrument(s) are placed into OMB's public docket files. 
The Federal Reserve may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is 
not required to respond to, an information collection that has been 
extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless 
it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for Three 
Years, With Revision, of the Following Report:

    Report title: Reporting Requirements Associated with Regulation QQ.
    Agency form number: Reg QQ.
    OMB control number: 7100-0346.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondents: Bank holding companies \1\ with assets of $50 billion 
or more and nonbank financial firms designated by the Financial 
Stability Oversight Council for supervision by the Board.
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    \1\ This includes any foreign bank or company that is, or is 
treated as, a bank holding company under section 8(a) of the 
International Banking Act of 1978, and that has $50 billion or more 
in total consolidated assets.
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    Estimated number of respondents: Reduced Reporters: 72; Tailored 
Domestic Reporters: 11; Tailored Foreign Reporters: 6; Full Domestic 
Reporters: 3; Full Foreign Reporters: 6; Complex, Domestic Filers: 9; 
Complex, Foreign Filers: 4.
    Estimated average hours per response: Reduced Reporters: 60 hours; 
Tailored Domestic Reporters: 9,000 hours; Tailored Foreign Reporters: 
1,130 hours; Full Domestic Reporters: 26,000 hours; Full Foreign 
Reporters: 2,000 hours; Complex, Domestic Filers: 79,522 hours;\2\ 
Complex, Foreign Filers: 55,500 hours.
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    \2\ This estimate captures the annual time that complex, 
domestic filers will spend complying with this collection, given 
that eight of these filers will only submit two resolution plans 
over the period covered by this notice. The estimate therefore 
represents two-thirds of the time these eight firms are estimated to 
spend on each resolution plan submission.
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    Estimated annual burden hours: Reduced Reporters: 4,320 hours;

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Tailored Domestic Reporters: 99,000 hours; Tailored Foreign Reporters: 
6,780 hours; Full Domestic Reporters: 78,000 hours; Full Foreign 
Reporters: 12,000 hours; Complex, Domestic Filers: 715,697 hours; 
Complex Foreign Filers: 222,000 hours. Total estimated annual burden: 
1,137,797.
    General description of report: Regulation QQ (12 CFR part 243) 
requires each bank holding company (BHC) with assets of $50 billion or 
more and nonbank financial firms designated by the Financial Stability 
Oversight Council (FSOC) for supervision by the Board (collectively, 
covered companies) to report annually to the Board and the FDIC the 
plan of such company for rapid and orderly resolution under the U.S. 
Bankruptcy Code in the event of the company's material financial 
distress or failure. The plans submitted pursuant to Regulation QQ, and 
identified in this information collection, are reviewed jointly by the 
Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) (collectively, 
the Agencies). On May 24, 2018, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Reform, 
and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA) \3\ amended provisions in the 
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank 
Act) as well as other statutes administered by the Board. The 
amendments made by EGRRCPA provide for additional tailoring of various 
provisions of Federal banking laws, including an increase in the $50 
billion asset threshold \4\ in section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which 
provides the statutory basis for Regulation QQ. On September 28, 2017, 
the Board and the FDIC announced the postponement of the next plan 
submission of the largest and most complex, domestic BHCs \5\ from July 
1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, to permit the agencies to provide meaningful 
feedback on the July 2017 plans and provide the BHCs with sufficient 
time to incorporate the feedback into their next plans. If these firms 
were filing each year covered by this notice, instead of only twice, 
the total estimated annual burden for the reporting of this information 
collection would be 1,439,100 hours instead of the aforementioned 
1,137,797.
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    \3\ Public Law 115-174, 132 Stat. 1296 (2018). EGRRCPA increases 
the $50 billion asset threshold in section 165 in two stages. 
Immediately on the date of enactment, bank holding companies with 
total consolidated assets of less than $100 billion were no longer 
subject to section 165. Eighteen months after the date of enactment, 
the threshold is raised to $250 billion. EGRRCPA also provides that 
the Board may apply any enhanced prudential standard to bank holding 
companies between $100 billion and $250 billion in total 
consolidated assets.
    \4\ The total estimated annual burden reflects that the Board 
and FDIC will not enforce the final rules establishing resolution 
planning requirements in a manner inconsistent with the amendments 
made by EGRRCPA by removing the approximately 20 smaller and less 
complex firms with global total consolidated assets of less than 
$100 billion and reflecting a corresponding reduction in the 
estimated annual burden hours associated with the notice of 
approximately 29,330 (two percent). Firms with between $100 billion 
and $250 billion in total consolidated assets continue to be 
reflected in the burden estimates, as EGRRCPA provides that the 
threshold is not raised to $250 billion for eighteen months and that 
the Board may determine to continue to apply enhanced prudential 
standards to these firms beyond that period.
    \5\ This group currently consists of Bank of America 
Corporation; Bank of New York Mellon Corporation; Citigroup, Inc.; 
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Morgan Stanley; 
State Street Corporation; and Wells Fargo & Company.
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    The Board is exploring ways to improve the resolution planning 
process. Such improvements could include, for example, extending the 
cycle for plan submissions; focusing certain filings on key topics of 
interest and material changes; or reducing the submission requirements 
for firms with small, simple, and domestically focused activities. The 
Board will solicit comments on the effects that any such changes would 
have on paperwork burden if and when the changes are proposed.
    Legal authorization and confidentiality: This information 
collection is mandatory pursuant to section 165(d)(8) of the Dodd-Frank 
Act (Pub. L. 111-203, 124 Stat. 1376, 1426-1427), 12 U.S.C. 5365(d)(8), 
which requires the Board and the FDIC to jointly issue rules 
implementing the provisions of section 165(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act. 
The Board's Legal Division has determined that under section 
112(d)(5)(A) of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Board and the FDIC ``shall 
maintain the confidentiality of any data, information, and reports 
submitted under'' Title I (which includes section 165(d), the authority 
this regulation is promulgated under) of the Dodd-Frank Act.
    The Board and the FDIC will assess the confidentiality of 
resolution plans and related material in accordance with FOIA and the 
Board's and the FDIC's implementing regulations (12 CFR part 261 
(Board); 12 CFR part 309 (FDIC)). The Board and the FDIC expect that 
large portions of the submissions will contain or consist of ``trade 
secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person 
and privileged or confidential'' and information that is ``contained in 
or related to examination, operating, or condition reports prepared by, 
on behalf of, or for the use of an agency responsible for the 
regulation or supervision of financial institutions.'' This information 
is subject to withholding under exemptions 4 and 8 of the Freedom of 
Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) and 552(b)(8).\6\ The Board 
and the FDIC also recognize, however, that the regulation calls for the 
submission of details regarding covered companies that are publicly 
available or otherwise are not sensitive and should be made public. In 
order to address this, the regulation requires resolution plans to be 
divided into two portions: A public section and a confidential section.
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    \6\ Depending upon the circumstances of any specific FOIA 
request, other exemptions may also apply.
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    In addition to any responses to guidance from the Agencies, the 
public section of the resolution plan should consist of an executive 
summary of the resolution plan that describes the business of the 
covered company and includes, to the extent material to an 
understanding of the covered company: (i) The names of material 
entities; (ii) a description of core business lines; (iii) consolidated 
or segment financial information regarding assets, liabilities, capital 
and major funding sources; (iv) a description of derivative activities 
and hedging activities; (v) a list of memberships in material payment, 
clearing, and settlement systems; (vi) a description of foreign 
operations; (vii) the identities of material supervisory authorities; 
(viii) the identities of the principal officers; (ix) a description of 
the corporate governance structure and processes related to resolution 
planning; (x) a description of material management information systems; 
and (xi) a description, at a high level, of the covered company's 
resolution strategy, covering such items as the range of potential 
purchasers of the covered company, its material entities and core 
business lines.
    While the information in the public section of a resolution plan 
should be sufficiently detailed to allow the public to understand the 
business of the covered company, such information can be high level in 
nature and based on publicly available information. The public section 
will be made available to the public exactly as submitted by the 
covered companies as soon as possible following receipt by the 
agencies. A covered company should submit a properly substantiated 
request for confidential treatment of any details in the confidential 
section that it believes are subject to withholding under exemption 4 
of the FOIA. In addition, the Board and the FDIC will make formal 
exemption and segregability determinations if and when a plan is 
requested under the FOIA.

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    Current actions: On January 22, 2018 the Board published a notice 
in the Federal Register (83 FR 2983) requesting public comment for 60 
days on the extension, with revision, of the Reporting Requirements 
Associated with Resolution Plans (Regulation QQ). The revision to the 
clearance is burden increase due to a reassessment of the burden hours 
associated with responding to the informational requirements of 
Regulation QQ and to guidance, feedback, and additional requests for 
information by the agencies as part of the iterative resolution 
planning process. The increase in burden is mitigated by the 
postponement of the July 2018 submission date for the resolution plans 
of the complex domestic filers, which account for the largest 
percentage of overall burden hours. The comment period for this notice 
expired on March 23, 2018. The Board received one comment on the 
proposal. The commenter recommended a number of potential changes to 
Regulation QQ intended to enhance the quality of the information 
collected pursuant to the regulation and reduce the burden of the 
information collection requirements.\7\
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    \7\ These recommended changes include:
    (i) Extending the annual resolution plan filing cycle to a two-
year cycle;
    (ii) providing additional clarity on filing deadlines;
    (iii) requiring that any agency guidance be provided more than 
12 months in advance of each filing deadline;
    (iv) allowing firms to satisfy some of their Regulation QQ 
requirements by incorporating their IDI plans by reference;
    (v) providing for further tailoring based on the systemic risk 
posed by each firm,
    (vi) further reducing the need for duplicative reporting;
    (vii) adjusting the forecasting expected from the firms;
    (viii) providing greater guidance regarding regulatory 
expectations related to the resolution of financial market 
utilities;
    (ix) eliminating the strategic analysis section from tailored 
plans;
    (x) providing an opportunity for notice and comment on any new 
information requirements, the framework used for assessing 
resolution plans, and the procedures related to remediation;
    (xi) requiring the agencies to provide feedback on plans within 
six months of plan submission;
    (xii) refraining from making feedback provided to the firms 
public or providing firms more time to consider the feedback before 
it is made public; and
    (xiii) reconsidering the procedures the Board and FDIC undertake 
to engage with firms.
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    The Board is not adopting any of the recommended changes at this 
time. Either a revision to the Board's Regulation QQ or joint action 
with the FDIC would be necessary to implement each of the recommended 
changes. Most of the recommendations would require changes to the 
Board's Regulation QQ, which could only be accomplished pursuant to a 
rulemaking. In addition, the Board could not unilaterally take the 
actions requested by these comments, even those that would not require 
a rulemaking, as they fall under the purview of a rule that the Board 
proposed jointly with the FDIC and a process that is jointly 
administered by the two agencies.\8\ However, the Board will consider 
the recommended changes in due course as it determines, in consultation 
with the FDIC, whether to conduct a joint rulemaking. The revisions 
will be implemented as proposed.
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    \8\ See 12 U.S.C. 5365(d)(8) (requiring the Board and FDIC to 
issue joint rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Act's resolution 
planning requirements), 12 CFR. Part 243 (the Board's resolution 
planning rule), and 12 CFR. Part 381 (the FDIC's resolution planning 
rule). Aspects of the statute and regulations require joint actions 
or determinations by the Board and FDIC and therefore the agencies 
have jointly developed a coordinated resolution plan review process.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 15, 
2018.
Ann Misback,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2018-17964 Filed 8-20-18; 8:45 am]
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