Government Securities Act Regulations: Large Position Reporting Rules, 52767-52768 [2018-22732]

Download as PDF khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 202 / Thursday, October 18, 2018 / Rules and Regulations (ii) An Application for Eligibility is not required for a CDQ group. * * * * * (g) * * * (1) Except as provided in paragraph (f), paragraph (g)(2), paragraph (l), paragraph (n) or paragraph (o) of this section, only persons who are IFQ crew members, or who were initially issued QS assigned to vessel categories B, C, or D, and meet the eligibility requirements in this section, may receive by transfer QS assigned to vessel categories B, C, or D, or the IFQ resulting from it. * * * * * (h) * * * (2) IFQ resulting from categories B, C, or D QS may not be transferred separately from its originating QS, except as provided in paragraph (d), paragraph (f), paragraph (k), paragraph (l), paragraph (m), or paragraph (o) of this section. * * * * * (o) Transfer of IFQ to CDQ groups. (1) A QS holder who holds fewer than 76,355 units of halibut QS in IFQ regulatory area 4B may transfer halibut IFQ assigned to vessel categories B, C, or D in IFQ regulatory area 4B to a CDQ group that receives an allocation of IFQ regulatory area 4B halibut CDQ if the annual commercial halibut catch limit, as defined in § 300.61 of this title, for Area 4B is less than 1 million pounds in that calendar year. (2) A QS holder in IFQ regulatory areas 4C or 4D may transfer halibut IFQ assigned to vessel categories B, C, or D in IFQ regulatory areas 4C or 4D to a CDQ group that receives an allocation of halibut CDQ in that IFQ regulatory area if the annual commercial halibut catch limit, as defined in § 300.61 of this title, for Area 4CDE is less than 1.5 million pounds in that calendar year. (3) A QS holder must meet the requirements in paragraph (c)(13) of this section to transfer halibut IFQ assigned to vessel categories B, C, or D in IFQ regulatory areas 4B, 4C, or 4D to a CDQ group. (4) A CDQ group that receives halibut IFQ by transfer may not transfer that halibut IFQ to any other person. ■ 8. In § 679.42, ■ a. Revise paragraph (a)(1); ■ b. Remove paragraph (a)(2)(i); ■ c. Redesignate paragraphs (a)(2)(ii) through (iv) as paragraphs (a)(2)(i) through (iii); ■ d. Add new paragraph (a)(2)(iv); and ■ e. Revise paragraphs (h)(1) introductory text and (h)(2) introductory text. The revisions and additions read as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:53 Oct 17, 2018 Jkt 247001 § 679.42 Limitations on use of QS and IFQ. (a) * * * (1) The QS or IFQ specified for one IFQ regulatory area must not be used in a different IFQ regulatory area, except for the following: (i) All or part of the QS and IFQ specified for regulatory area 4C may be harvested in either Area 4C or Area 4D. (ii) All or part of the halibut CDQ specified for regulatory area 4D may be harvested in either Area 4D or Area 4E. (iii) If a CDQ group is authorized to receive a transfer of halibut IFQ assigned to vessel categories B, C, or D in IFQ regulatory area 4D as specified in § 679.41(o) of this part, all or part of the halibut IFQ specified for regulatory area 4D that is held by or transferred to a CDQ group may be harvested in either Area 4D or Area 4E. (2) * * * * * * * * (iv) Halibut IFQ assigned to vessel category B, C, or D held by a CDQ group may not be used on a vessel over 51 feet LOA, irrespective of the vessel category assigned to the IFQ. * * * * * (h) * * * (1) Halibut. No vessel may be used, during any fishing year, to harvest more IFQ halibut than one-half percent of the combined total catch limits of halibut for IFQ regulatory areas 2C, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, and 4E, except that: * * * * * (2) Sablefish. No vessel may be used, during any fishing year, to harvest more IFQ sablefish than one percent of the combined fixed gear TAC of sablefish for the GOA and BSAI IFQ regulatory areas, except that: * * * * * [FR Doc. 2018–22687 Filed 10–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P 52767 additional flexibility to specify in its notice requesting large position reports where and how reports are to be filed. Accordingly, Treasury will provide notice by issuing a public announcement and subsequently publishing the notice in the Federal Register. Treasury believes these amendments may also minimize the costs and burden on reporting entities. DATES: The amendments are effective November 17, 2018. ADDRESSES: This final rule is available at http://www.treasurydirect.gov and http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lori Santamorena, Kurt Eidemiller, Kevin Hawkins, or John Garrison, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Government Securities Regulations Staff, (202) 504–3632 or email us at govsecreg@ fiscal.treasury.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background A. Treasury’s Large Position Reporting Rules The LPR Rules 1 are issued under the Government Securities Act (GSA),2 as amended, for the purposes of monitoring the impact of large positions in Treasury securities in the Treasury securities market and otherwise assisting the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in enforcing the GSA.3 The LPR Rules provide an ondemand reporting system 4 that requires reports to be filed by entities that control 10 percent or more in a particular Treasury security (or securities) as of a particular date. The reports provide information on large positions in Treasury securities held by market participants and additional insight into the supply and demand dynamics in certain Treasury securities.5 This information allows DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY 1 78 17 CFR Part 420 Government Securities Act Regulations: Large Position Reporting Rules Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, Treasury. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is issuing a final rule to amend its Large Position Reporting rules (LPR Rules). These technical amendments make no substantive changes to the rules but are designed to provide Treasury with SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 FR 73414 December 10, 2014. Law 103–202, 107 Stat. 2344 (1993) [15 U.S.C. 78o–5(f)]. 3 Treasury does not believe that large positions in Treasury securities are inherently problematic and there is no presumption of manipulative or illegal intent merely because a reporting entity’s position is large enough to be subject to Treasury’s LPR Rules. 4 An ‘‘on-demand’’ reporting system, rather than a regular, ongoing system of reporting, provides Treasury with the information necessary to understand supply and demand dynamics in the Treasury securities market, while minimizing the potential impact on the market’s efficiency and liquidity and the cost to taxpayers of funding the federal debt. It also minimizes the cost and burden to those reporting entities affected by the LPR Rules. 5 The GSA specifically provides that Treasury shall not be compelled to disclose publicly any 2 Public Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\18OCR1.SGM Continued 18OCR1 52768 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 202 / Thursday, October 18, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Treasury to monitor the impact of concentrations of positions.6 Since the rules became effective in 1997, Treasury has conducted 16 large position report calls. B. Who Is Subject to the LPR Rules Treasury’s LPR Rules apply to all foreign and domestic persons and entities that control a reportable position in a Treasury security, including but not limited to: Government securities brokers and dealers; registered investment companies; registered investment advisers; custodians, including depository institutions that exercise investment discretion; hedge funds; pension funds; insurance companies; and foreign affiliates of U.S. entities. Central banks (including U.S. Federal Reserve Banks for their own account), foreign governments, and international monetary authorities may voluntarily submit large position reports when they meet or exceed a reporting threshold. C. The Existing Large Position Report Submission Process Under the current LPR Rules, reports are required to be filed by facsimile (fax) or delivered by hardcopy to FRBNY. A report is considered filed when received by FRBNY. Reporting entities typically have three and one-half business days to submit reports, and most reports are filed by fax with FRBNY. Following previous calls for large position reports, many reporting entities have commented that it is difficult to find functional fax machines and would prefer an alternate means of submission. In response to this feedback, Treasury is currently exploring alternate options for the submission of reports. khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES II. Technical Amendments to the LPR Rules These technical amendments make no substantive changes to the LPR Rules. They are designed to provide Treasury with the flexibility to specify in its notice requesting large position reports where and how reports are to be filed. These amendments will also provide Treasury with the added flexibility to consider alternate means of submission, which may further reduce the burden on reporting entities. Treasury will provide notice of a request for reports, and how the reports are to be delivered, by information required to be kept or reported for large position reporting. In particular, the GSA exempts such information from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. See 15 U.S.C. 78o– 5(f)(6). 6 Under current rules, this information is also made available to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), as Treasury’s agent, and the SEC. See 15 U.S.C. 78o–5(f)(1). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:53 Oct 17, 2018 Jkt 247001 issuing a public announcement and subsequently publishing the notice in the Federal Register. Specifically, the technical amendments replace references to ‘‘press release’’ with ‘‘public announcement;’’ provide the option for Treasury to specify in its public announcement that reports can be submitted to Treasury directly; and provide the option for Treasury to specify in its public announcement how reports are to be submitted by removing references to ‘‘facsimile’’ and ‘‘delivered hard copy.’’ III. Special Analyses Executive Orders 13563 and 12866 direct agencies to assess costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This rule is not a significant regulatory action for purposes of Executive Order 12866. This final rule is procedural in nature under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A) and therefore prior notice and comment procedures are not required. In addition, because the final rule makes no substantive change to the existing rules and imposes no additional requirements, we find under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) that there is good cause that notice and public procedures are unnecessary, and that the rule can be issued in final form. Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the provisions of the Regulatory Flexiblity Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do not apply. These amendments reflect Treasury’s continuing interest in meeting its informational needs while minimizing the cost and burden on those entities affected by the regulations. List of Subjects in 17 CFR Part 420 Banks, Banking, Brokers, Government securities, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For the reasons stated in the preamble, 17 CFR part 420 is amended as follows: PART 420—LARGE POSITION REPORTING 1. The authority citation for part 420 continues to read as follows; ■ Authority: 15 U.S.C. 78o–5(f). PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2. Amend § 420.3 by revising the second sentence of paragraph (a) and revising paragrphs (h), (i), and (j) to read as follows: ■ § 420.3 Reporting. (a) * * * Treasury will provide notice of the large position thresholds by issuing a public announcement and subsequently publishing the notice in the Federal Register. * * * * * * * * (h) The report must be filed before noon Eastern Time on the fourth business day following issuance of a public announcement. (i) A report to be filed pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section will be considered filed when received by Treasury or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York according to the instructions provided in the public announcement. (j) A reporting entity that has filed a report pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section shall, at the request of Treasury, or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at the direction of Treasury, timely provide any supplemental information pertaining to such report. * * * * * Brian Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance. [FR Doc. 2018–22732 Filed 10–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–AS–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy 32 CFR Part 706 Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 Department of the Navy (DoN), Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Department of the Navy (DoN) is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (DAJAG) (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS BILLINGS (LCS 15) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18OCR1.SGM 18OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 202 (Thursday, October 18, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 52767-52768]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-22732]



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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY



17 CFR Part 420




Government Securities Act Regulations: Large Position Reporting 

Rules



AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, 

Treasury.



ACTION: Final rule.



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SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is issuing a final 

rule to amend its Large Position Reporting rules (LPR Rules). These 

technical amendments make no substantive changes to the rules but are 

designed to provide Treasury with additional flexibility to specify in 

its notice requesting large position reports where and how reports are 

to be filed. Accordingly, Treasury will provide notice by issuing a 

public announcement and subsequently publishing the notice in the 

Federal Register. Treasury believes these amendments may also minimize 

the costs and burden on reporting entities.



DATES: The amendments are effective November 17, 2018.



ADDRESSES: This final rule is available at http://www.treasurydirect.gov and http://www.regulations.gov.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lori Santamorena, Kurt Eidemiller, 

Kevin Hawkins, or John Garrison, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of 

the Fiscal Service, Government Securities Regulations Staff, (202) 504-

3632 or email us at [email protected].



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 



I. Background



A. Treasury's Large Position Reporting Rules



    The LPR Rules \1\ are issued under the Government Securities Act 

(GSA),\2\ as amended, for the purposes of monitoring the impact of 

large positions in Treasury securities in the Treasury securities 

market and otherwise assisting the Securities and Exchange Commission 

(SEC) in enforcing the GSA.\3\ The LPR Rules provide an on-demand 

reporting system \4\ that requires reports to be filed by entities that 

control 10 percent or more in a particular Treasury security (or 

securities) as of a particular date. The reports provide information on 

large positions in Treasury securities held by market participants and 

additional insight into the supply and demand dynamics in certain 

Treasury securities.\5\ This information allows



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Treasury to monitor the impact of concentrations of positions.\6\ Since 

the rules became effective in 1997, Treasury has conducted 16 large 

position report calls.

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    \1\ 78 FR 73414 December 10, 2014.

    \2\ Public Law 103-202, 107 Stat. 2344 (1993) [15 U.S.C. 78o-

5(f)].

    \3\ Treasury does not believe that large positions in Treasury 

securities are inherently problematic and there is no presumption of 

manipulative or illegal intent merely because a reporting entity's 

position is large enough to be subject to Treasury's LPR Rules.

    \4\ An ``on-demand'' reporting system, rather than a regular, 

ongoing system of reporting, provides Treasury with the information 

necessary to understand supply and demand dynamics in the Treasury 

securities market, while minimizing the potential impact on the 

market's efficiency and liquidity and the cost to taxpayers of 

funding the federal debt. It also minimizes the cost and burden to 

those reporting entities affected by the LPR Rules.

    \5\ The GSA specifically provides that Treasury shall not be 

compelled to disclose publicly any information required to be kept 

or reported for large position reporting. In particular, the GSA 

exempts such information from disclosure under the Freedom of 

Information Act. See 15 U.S.C. 78o-5(f)(6).

    \6\ Under current rules, this information is also made available 

to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), as Treasury's 

agent, and the SEC. See 15 U.S.C. 78o-5(f)(1).

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B. Who Is Subject to the LPR Rules



    Treasury's LPR Rules apply to all foreign and domestic persons and 

entities that control a reportable position in a Treasury security, 

including but not limited to: Government securities brokers and 

dealers; registered investment companies; registered investment 

advisers; custodians, including depository institutions that exercise 

investment discretion; hedge funds; pension funds; insurance companies; 

and foreign affiliates of U.S. entities. Central banks (including U.S. 

Federal Reserve Banks for their own account), foreign governments, and 

international monetary authorities may voluntarily submit large 

position reports when they meet or exceed a reporting threshold.



C. The Existing Large Position Report Submission Process



    Under the current LPR Rules, reports are required to be filed by 

facsimile (fax) or delivered by hardcopy to FRBNY. A report is 

considered filed when received by FRBNY. Reporting entities typically 

have three and one-half business days to submit reports, and most 

reports are filed by fax with FRBNY. Following previous calls for large 

position reports, many reporting entities have commented that it is 

difficult to find functional fax machines and would prefer an alternate 

means of submission. In response to this feedback, Treasury is 

currently exploring alternate options for the submission of reports.



II. Technical Amendments to the LPR Rules



    These technical amendments make no substantive changes to the LPR 

Rules. They are designed to provide Treasury with the flexibility to 

specify in its notice requesting large position reports where and how 

reports are to be filed. These amendments will also provide Treasury 

with the added flexibility to consider alternate means of submission, 

which may further reduce the burden on reporting entities. Treasury 

will provide notice of a request for reports, and how the reports are 

to be delivered, by issuing a public announcement and subsequently 

publishing the notice in the Federal Register.

    Specifically, the technical amendments replace references to 

``press release'' with ``public announcement;'' provide the option for 

Treasury to specify in its public announcement that reports can be 

submitted to Treasury directly; and provide the option for Treasury to 

specify in its public announcement how reports are to be submitted by 

removing references to ``facsimile'' and ``delivered hard copy.''



III. Special Analyses



    Executive Orders 13563 and 12866 direct agencies to assess costs 

and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is 

necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits 

(including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety 

effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 

emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of 

reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 

This rule is not a significant regulatory action for purposes of 

Executive Order 12866.

    This final rule is procedural in nature under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A) 

and therefore prior notice and comment procedures are not required. In 

addition, because the final rule makes no substantive change to the 

existing rules and imposes no additional requirements, we find under 5 

U.S.C. 553(b)(B) that there is good cause that notice and public 

procedures are unnecessary, and that the rule can be issued in final 

form.

    Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the 

provisions of the Regulatory Flexiblity Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do 

not apply. These amendments reflect Treasury's continuing interest in 

meeting its informational needs while minimizing the cost and burden on 

those entities affected by the regulations.



List of Subjects in 17 CFR Part 420



    Banks, Banking, Brokers, Government securities, Reporting and 

recordkeeping requirements.



    For the reasons stated in the preamble, 17 CFR part 420 is amended 

as follows:



PART 420--LARGE POSITION REPORTING



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1. The authority citation for part 420 continues to read as follows;



    Authority:  15 U.S.C. 78o-5(f).





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2. Amend Sec.  420.3 by revising the second sentence of paragraph (a) 

and revising paragrphs (h), (i), and (j) to read as follows:





Sec.  420.3  Reporting.



    (a) * * * Treasury will provide notice of the large position 

thresholds by issuing a public announcement and subsequently publishing 

the notice in the Federal Register. * * *

* * * * *

    (h) The report must be filed before noon Eastern Time on the fourth 

business day following issuance of a public announcement.

    (i) A report to be filed pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section 

will be considered filed when received by Treasury or the Federal 

Reserve Bank of New York according to the instructions provided in the 

public announcement.

    (j) A reporting entity that has filed a report pursuant to 

paragraph (c) of this section shall, at the request of Treasury, or the 

Federal Reserve Bank of New York at the direction of Treasury, timely 

provide any supplemental information pertaining to such report.

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Brian Smith,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance.

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