Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted for Public Comment, 11573-11577 [2019-05818]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / Notices Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE, 3E.405A, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: March 22, 2019. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2019–05829 Filed 3–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–14–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [OMB Number 1140–0043] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Extension With Change of a Currently Approved Collection; National Tracing Center Trace Request/Solicitud de Rastreo del Centro Nacional de Rastreo—ATF Form 3312.1/3312.1 (S) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Justice. ACTION: 60-Day notice. AGENCY: The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until May 28, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have additional comments, regarding the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information, please contact: Neil Troppman, ATF National Tracing Center, Law Enforcement Support Branch, either by mail at 244 Needy Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405, by email at neil.troppman@atf.gov, or by telephone at 304–260–3643. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: —Evaluate 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; SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:13 Mar 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 —Evaluate 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; —Evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced; and —Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of This Information Collection 1. Type of Information Collection (check justification or form 83): Extension, with change, of a currently approved collection. 2. The Title of the Form/Collection: National Tracing Center Trace Request/ Solicitud de Rastreo del Centro Nacional de Rastreo. 3. The agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: Form number (if applicable): ATF Form 3312.1/3312.1 (S). Component: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice. 4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Federal Government. Other (if applicable): State, Local, or Tribal Government. Abstract: ATF Form 3312.1/3312.1 (S) is used by Federal, State, local and certain foreign law enforcement officials to request that ATF trace firearms used or suspected to have been used in crimes. 5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: An estimated 6,103 respondents will utilize this form approximately 56.4439 times, and it will take each respondent approximately 6 minutes to complete the form. 6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The estimated annual public burden associated with this collection is 34,448 hours, which is equal to 6,103 (# of respondents) * 56.4439 (# of responses per respondents) * .1 (6 minutes). If additional information is required contact: Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11573 Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE, 3E.405A, Washington, DC 20530. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2019–05785 Filed 3–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–FY–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted for Public Comment Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the proposed extension of the information collection requests (ICRs) contained in the documents described below. A copy of the ICRs may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. ICRs also are available at reginfo.gov (http://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain). DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the Addresses section on or before May 28, 2019. ADDRESSES: G. Christopher Cosby, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N– 5718, Washington, DC 20210, ebsa.opr@ dol.gov, (202) 693–8410, FAX (202) 219–4745 (these are not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice requests public comment on the Department’s request for extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of ICRs contained in the rules and prohibited transaction exemptions described below. The SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 11574 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / Notices Department is not proposing any changes to the existing ICRs at this time. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. A summary of the ICRs and the current burden estimates follows: Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Access to Multiemployer Plan Information. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0131. Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions, Businesses or other forprofits. Respondents: 2,720. Responses: 242,000. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 31,000. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $537,000. Description: Section 101(k) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) requires the administrator of a multiemployer plan to provide copies of certain actuarial and financial documents about the plan to participants, beneficiaries, employee representatives and contributing employers upon request. The rule affects plan administrators, participants and beneficiaries and contributing employers of multiemployer plans. The Department previously submitted an ICR to OMB for approval of this information collection and received OMB approval under OMB Control No. 1210–0131. The current approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Summary Plan Description Requirements Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as Amended. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0039. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 2,981,000. Responses: 108,466,000. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 279,000. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $172,736,000. Description: Section 104(b) of ERISA requires the administrator of an employee benefit plan to furnish plan participants and certain beneficiaries with a Summary Plan Description (SPD) VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:13 Mar 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 that describes, in language understandable to an average plan participant, the benefits, rights, and obligations of participants in the plan. The information required to be contained in the SPD is set forth in section 102(b) of ERISA. To the extent there is a material modification in the terms of the plan or a change in the required content of the SPD, section 104(b)(1) of ERISA requires the plan administrator to furnish participants and specified beneficiaries with a summary of material modifications (SMM) or summary of material reductions (SMR). The Department has issued regulations providing guidance on compliance with the requirements to furnish SPDs, SMMs, and SMRs. These regulations, which are codified at 29 CFR 2520.102–2, 102–3, and 29 CFR 104b–2 and 104b–3, contain information collections for which the Department has obtained OMB approval under OMB Control No. 1210–0039. The current approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Securities Lending by Employee Benefit Plans, Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2006–16. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0065. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 100. Responses: 1,000. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 192. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $7,200. Description: This ICR covers information collections contained in PTE 2006–16. In 1981 and 1982, the Department issued two related prohibited transaction class exemptions, PTE 81–6 and PTE 82–63, that permit employee benefit plans to lend securities owned by the plans as investments to banks and broker-dealers and to make compensation arrangements for lending services provided by a plan fiduciary in connection with securities loans. In 2006, the Department promulgated PTE 2006–16, which combines and amends the exemptions previously provided under PTE 81–6 and PTE 82–63. The new exemption expands the categories of exempted transactions to include securities lending to foreign banks and broker-dealers that are domiciled in specified countries and to allow the use of additional forms of collateral, all subject to specified conditions. Among other conditions, the class exemption requires a bank or broker- PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 dealer that borrows securities from a plan to provide the plan with its most recent audited financial statement. The borrower must also affirm, when the loan is negotiated, that there has been no material adverse change in its financial condition since the previously audited statement. The exemption also requires the agreements regarding the securities loan transaction or transactions and the compensation arrangement for the lending fiduciary to be contained in written documents. Individual agreements are not required for each transaction; rather the compensation agreement may be made in the form of a master agreement covering a series of transactions. The ICRs contained in PTE 2006–16 were approved by OMB under OMB Control No. 1210–0065. The current approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 Investment Manager Electronic Registration. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0125. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 4. Responses: 4. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 4. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $270. Description: Section 3(38)(B) of ERISA imposes certain registration requirements on an investment adviser that wishes to be considered an investment manager under ERISA. In 1997, section 3(38) was amended to permit advisers to satisfy the registration requirements by registering electronically with the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD) established and maintained by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). The Department promulgated a final regulation to implement the statutory change. The final regulation is codified at 29 CFR 2510.3–38. EBSA submitted an ICR requesting OMB approval of the information collection contained in 29 CFR 2510.3–38, and OMB approved the information collection under OMB control number 1210–0125. The current approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 88–59, Residential Mortgage Financing Arrangements Involving Employee Benefit Plans. E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / Notices Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0095. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 50. Responses: 11,000. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 900. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $0. Description: PTE 88–59 provides an exemption from certain prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and from certain taxes imposed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Code) for transactions in which an employee benefit plan provides mortgage financing to purchasers of residential dwelling units, provided specified conditions are met. Among other conditions, PTE 88–59 requires that adequate records pertaining to exempted transactions be maintained for the duration of the pertinent loan. This recordkeeping requirement constitutes an information collection within the meaning of the PRA, for which the Department has obtained approval from OMB under OMB Control No. 1210–0095. The current approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: National Medical Support Notice—Part B. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0113. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit. Respondents: 370,000. Responses: 8,700,000. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 727,000. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $4,700,000. Description: Section 609(a) of ERISA, requires each group health plan, as defined in ERISA section 607(1), to provide benefits in accordance with the applicable requirements of any ‘‘qualified medical child support order’’ (QMCSO). A QMCSO is, generally, an order issued by a state court or other competent state authority that requires a group health plan to provide group health coverage to a child or children of an employee eligible for coverage under the plan. In accordance with Congressional directives contained in the Child Support Performance and Incentive Act of 1998 (CSPIA), EBSA and the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cooperated in the development of VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:13 Mar 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 regulations to create a National Medical Support Notice (NMSN or Notice). The Notice simplifies the issuance and processing of qualified medical child support orders issued by state child support enforcement agencies, provides for standardized communication between state agencies, employers, and plan administrators, and creates a uniform and streamlined process for enforcement of medical child support obligations ordered by state child support enforcement agencies. The NMSN comprises two parts: Part A was promulgated by HHS and pertains to state child support enforcement agencies and employers; Part B was promulgated by the Department and pertains to plan administrators pursuant to ERISA. This solicitation of public comment relates only to Part B of the NMSN, which was promulgated by the Department. In connection with promulgation of Part B of the NMSN, the Department submitted an ICR to OMB for review, and OMB approved the information collections contained in Part B under OMB control number 1210–0113. The current approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: PTE 80–83—Sale of Securities To Reduce Indebtedness of Party in Interest. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0064. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Respondents: 25. Responses: 25. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 15. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $0. Description: PTE 80–83 provides an exemption from certain prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and from certain taxes imposed by the Code for transactions in which an employee benefit plan purchases securities when the proceeds from such purchase may be used to reduce or retire a debt owed by a party in interest with respect to such plan, provided that specified conditions are met. Among other conditions, PTE 80–83 requires that adequate records pertaining to an exempted transaction be maintained for six years. The Department has received approval from OMB for this ICR under OMB Control No. 1210–0064. The current approval is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Statutory Exemption for CrossTrading of Securities. PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11575 Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0130. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 319. Responses: 2,870. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 3,333. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $14,000. Description: The Interim Final Rule on Statutory Exemption for CrossTrading of Securities implements the content requirements for the written cross-trading policies and procedures required under section 408(b)(19)(H) of ERISA, as added by section 611(g) of the PPA. Section 611(g)(1) of the PPA created a new statutory exemption, added to section 408(b) of ERISA as subsection 408(b)(19), that exempts from the prohibitions of sections 406(a)(1)(A) and 406(b)(2) of ERISA those cross-trading transactions involving the purchase and sale of a security between an account holding assets of a pension plan and any other account managed by the same investment manager, provided that certain conditions are satisfied. Section 611(g)(3) of the PPA further directed the Secretary to issue regulations, within 180 days after enactment, regarding the content of the policies and procedures to be adopted by an investment manager to satisfy the conditions of the new statutory exemption. The Department issued a final crosstrading regulation on October 7, 2008. The recordkeeping requirement in the regulation constitutes an information collection within the meaning of the PRA, for which the Department has obtained approval from OMB under OMB Control No. 1210–0130. The current approval is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Plan Asset Transactions Determined by In-House Asset Managers under Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 96–23. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0145. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Respondents: 20. Responses: 20. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 940. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $400,000. Description: PTE 96–23, a class exemption, permits various transactions involving employee benefit plans whose assets are managed by in-house asset E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 11576 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / Notices managers (INHAMs), provided the conditions of the exemption are met. The Department submitted the ICR included in the Proposed Amendment to PTE 96–23 for Plan Asset Transactions Determined by In-House Asset Managers to OMB for review and clearance at the time the Notice of the proposed exemption was published in the Federal Register (June 14, 2010, 75 FR 33642). OMB approved the amendment under OMB control number 1210–0145. The current approval will expire on November 30, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Petition for Finding Under Employee Retirement Income Security Act Section 3(40). Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0119. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 41,386. Responses: 10. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 50. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $41,000. Description: Rules codified beginning at 29 CFR 2570.150 set forth an administrative procedure (‘‘procedural rules’’) for obtaining a determination by the Department as to whether a particular employee benefit plan is established or maintained under or pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements for purposes of section 3(40) of ERISA. These procedural rules concern specific criteria set forth in 29 CFR 2510.3–40 (‘‘criteria rules’’), which, if met, constitute a finding by the Department that a plan is collectively bargained. Plans that meet the requirements of the criteria rules are not subject to state law. Among other requirements, the procedural rules require submission of a petition and affidavits by parties seeking a finding. The Department has obtained approval from OMB, under OMB Control No. 1210–0119, for the information collections contained in its rules for a finding under section 3(40). The current approval is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Plan Asset Transactions Determined by Independent Qualified Professional Asset Managers under Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84– 14. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0128. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:13 Mar 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Respondents: 721,000. Responses: 4,620. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 111,000. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $46,200,000. Description: PTE 84–14, a class exemption that permits various parties that are related to employee benefit plans to engage in transactions involving plan assets if, among other conditions, the assets are managed by ‘‘qualified professional asset managers’’ (QPAMs) that are independent of the parties in interest and which meet specified financial standards. The exemption provides additional exemptive relief for employers to furnish limited amounts of goods and services to a managed fund in the ordinary course of business. Limited relief also is provided for leases of office or commercial space between managed funds and QPAMs or contributing employers. Finally, relief is provided for transactions involving places of public accommodation owned by a managed fund. QPAMs are permitted to manage an investment fund containing the assets of the QPAM’s own plan or an affiliate’s plan. The Department has obtained approval for the information collections from OMB under OMB Control No. 1210–0128. The current approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption for Certain Transactions Between Investment Companies and Employee Benefit Plans (PTE 77–4). Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0049. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 873. Responses: 271,238. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 23,040. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $117,069. Description: Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) 77–4 provides relief from the restrictions of section 406 of ERISA and from the sanctions resulting from the application of section 4975 of the Code, for an employee benefit plan’s purchase or sale of shares of an openend investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (mutual fund) when an investment advisor for the mutual fund or its affiliate is: (1) A plan fiduciary; and (2) PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 not an employer of employees covered by the plan. Section II(d) of PTE 77–4 contains certain conditions for the exemptive relief and provides, in pertinent part, that: A second fiduciary with respect to the plan, who is independent of and unrelated to the fiduciary/investment adviser or any affiliate thereof, receives a current prospectus issued by the investment company, and full and detailed written disclosure of the investment advisory and other fees charged to or paid by the plan and the investment company, including the nature and extent of any differential between the rates of such fees, the reasons why the fiduciary/investment adviser may consider such purchases to be appropriate for the plan, and whether there are any limitations on the fiduciary/investment adviser with respect to which plan assets may be invested in shares of the investment company and, if so, the nature of such limitations. Delivery of a ‘‘summary prospectus’’ may be used to satisfy the condition in section II(d) of PTE 77–4 requiring the delivery of a mutual fund’s prospectus to the second fiduciary if the summary prospectus meets the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) revised disclosure provisions for mutual funds including a summary prospectus rule that were published in 2009. Pursuant to the SEC’s revised disclosure provisions, mutual funds also are required to send the full prospectus to the investor upon an investor’s request and to provide the full prospectus on-line at a specified internet site. The Department previously submitted an ICR to OMB for approval of the information collections in PTE 77–4 and received OMB approval under OMB Control No. 1210–0049. The current approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Notice Requirements of the Health Care Continuation Coverage Provisions. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0123. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits. Respondents: 605,869. Responses: 16,052,495. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 0. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $30,490,898. Description:The continuation coverage provisions of section 601 through 608 of ERISA (and parallel E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / Notices provisions of the Code) generally require group health plans to offer qualified beneficiaries the opportunity to elect continuation coverage following certain events that would otherwise result in the loss of coverage. Continuation coverage is a temporary extension of the qualified beneficiary’s previous group health coverage. The right to elect continuation coverage allows individuals to maintain group health coverage under adverse circumstances and to bridge gaps in health coverage that otherwise could limit their access to health care. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provides the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) with authority under section 608 of ERISA to carry out the continuation coverage provisions. The Conference Report that accompanied COBRA divided interpretive authority over the COBRA provisions between the Secretary and the Secretary of the Treasury (the Treasury) by providing that the Secretary has the authority to issue regulations implementing the notice and disclosure requirements of COBRA, while the Treasury is authorized to issue regulations defining the required continuation coverage. The ICR contained in these rules was approved by OMB under OMB Control No. 1210–0123. The current approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019. Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor. Title: Model Employer Children’s Health Insurance Program Notice. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0137. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Farms, Not-for-profit institutions. Respondents: 5,897,699. Responses: 175,973,641. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 706,828. Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $16,963,859. Description: The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA, Pub. L. 111–3) was signed into law on February 4, 2009. Under ERISA section 701(f)(3)(B)(i)(I), PHS Act section 2701(f)(3)(B)(i)(I), and section 9801(f)(3)(B)(i)(I) of the Code, as added by CHIPRA, an employer that maintains a group health plan in a State that provides medical assistance under a State Medicaid plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (SSA), or child health assistance under a State child health plan under title XXI of the SSA, VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:13 Mar 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 in the form of premium assistance for the purchase of coverage under a group health plan, is required to make certain disclosures. Specifically, the employer is required to notify each employee of potential opportunities currently available in the State in which the employee resides for premium assistance under Medicaid and CHIP for health coverage of the employee or the employee’s dependents. ERISA section 701(f)(3)(B)(i)(II) requires the Department of Labor to provide employers with model language for the Employer CHIP Notices to enable them to timely comply with this requirement. This ICR relates to the Model Employer CHIP Notice, which was approved by OMB under OMB Control No. 1210– 0137. The current approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019. Focus of Comments The Department is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the collections of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., by permitting electronic submissions of responses. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the ICRs for OMB approval of the extension of the information collection; they will also become a matter of public record. Joseph S. Piacentini, Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2019–05818 Filed 3–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Notice (19–007)] Notice of Intent To Grant Partially Exclusive License National Aeronautics and Space Administration. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11577 Notice of intent to grant partially exclusive patent license. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 59 (Wednesday, March 27, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted 
for Public Comment

AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the 
Addresses section on or before May 28, 2019.

ADDRESSES: G. Christopher Cosby, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits 
Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-5718, 
Washington, DC 20210, ebsa.opr@dol.gov, (202) 693-8410, FAX (202) 219-
4745 (these are not toll-free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice requests public comment on the 
Department's request for extension of the Office of Management and 
Budget's (OMB) approval of ICRs contained in the rules and prohibited 
transaction exemptions described below. The

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Department is not proposing any changes to the existing ICRs at this 
time. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a 
valid OMB control number. A summary of the ICRs and the current burden 
estimates follows:
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Access to Multiemployer Plan Information.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0131.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions, Businesses or other 
for-profits.
    Respondents: 2,720.
    Responses: 242,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 31,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $537,000.
    Description: Section 101(k) of the Employee Retirement Income 
Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended by the Pension Protection Act 
of 2006 (PPA) requires the administrator of a multiemployer plan to 
provide copies of certain actuarial and financial documents about the 
plan to participants, beneficiaries, employee representatives and 
contributing employers upon request. The rule affects plan 
administrators, participants and beneficiaries and contributing 
employers of multiemployer plans. The Department previously submitted 
an ICR to OMB for approval of this information collection and received 
OMB approval under OMB Control No. 1210-0131. The current approval is 
scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Summary Plan Description Requirements Under the Employee 
Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as Amended.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0039.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 2,981,000.
    Responses: 108,466,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 279,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): 
$172,736,000.
    Description: Section 104(b) of ERISA requires the administrator of 
an employee benefit plan to furnish plan participants and certain 
beneficiaries with a Summary Plan Description (SPD) that describes, in 
language understandable to an average plan participant, the benefits, 
rights, and obligations of participants in the plan. The information 
required to be contained in the SPD is set forth in section 102(b) of 
ERISA. To the extent there is a material modification in the terms of 
the plan or a change in the required content of the SPD, section 
104(b)(1) of ERISA requires the plan administrator to furnish 
participants and specified beneficiaries with a summary of material 
modifications (SMM) or summary of material reductions (SMR). The 
Department has issued regulations providing guidance on compliance with 
the requirements to furnish SPDs, SMMs, and SMRs. These regulations, 
which are codified at 29 CFR 2520.102-2, 102-3, and 29 CFR 104b-2 and 
104b-3, contain information collections for which the Department has 
obtained OMB approval under OMB Control No. 1210-0039. The current 
approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Securities Lending by Employee Benefit Plans, Prohibited 
Transaction Exemption 2006-16.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0065.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 100.
    Responses: 1,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 192.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $7,200.
    Description: This ICR covers information collections contained in 
PTE 2006-16. In 1981 and 1982, the Department issued two related 
prohibited transaction class exemptions, PTE 81-6 and PTE 82-63, that 
permit employee benefit plans to lend securities owned by the plans as 
investments to banks and broker-dealers and to make compensation 
arrangements for lending services provided by a plan fiduciary in 
connection with securities loans. In 2006, the Department promulgated 
PTE 2006-16, which combines and amends the exemptions previously 
provided under PTE 81-6 and PTE 82-63. The new exemption expands the 
categories of exempted transactions to include securities lending to 
foreign banks and broker-dealers that are domiciled in specified 
countries and to allow the use of additional forms of collateral, all 
subject to specified conditions.
    Among other conditions, the class exemption requires a bank or 
broker-dealer that borrows securities from a plan to provide the plan 
with its most recent audited financial statement. The borrower must 
also affirm, when the loan is negotiated, that there has been no 
material adverse change in its financial condition since the previously 
audited statement.
    The exemption also requires the agreements regarding the securities 
loan transaction or transactions and the compensation arrangement for 
the lending fiduciary to be contained in written documents. Individual 
agreements are not required for each transaction; rather the 
compensation agreement may be made in the form of a master agreement 
covering a series of transactions. The ICRs contained in PTE 2006-16 
were approved by OMB under OMB Control No. 1210-0065. The current 
approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 Investment 
Manager Electronic Registration.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0125.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 4.
    Responses: 4.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 4.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $270.
    Description: Section 3(38)(B) of ERISA imposes certain registration 
requirements on an investment adviser that wishes to be considered an 
investment manager under ERISA. In 1997, section 3(38) was amended to 
permit advisers to satisfy the registration requirements by registering 
electronically with the Investment Adviser Registration Depository 
(IARD) established and maintained by the Securities Exchange Commission 
(SEC). The Department promulgated a final regulation to implement the 
statutory change. The final regulation is codified at 29 CFR 2510.3-38. 
EBSA submitted an ICR requesting OMB approval of the information 
collection contained in 29 CFR 2510.3-38, and OMB approved the 
information collection under OMB control number 1210-0125. The current 
approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 88-59, Residential 
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    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0095.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 50.
    Responses: 11,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 900.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $0.
    Description: PTE 88-59 provides an exemption from certain 
prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and from certain taxes 
imposed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Code) for transactions in 
which an employee benefit plan provides mortgage financing to 
purchasers of residential dwelling units, provided specified conditions 
are met. Among other conditions, PTE 88-59 requires that adequate 
records pertaining to exempted transactions be maintained for the 
duration of the pertinent loan. This recordkeeping requirement 
constitutes an information collection within the meaning of the PRA, 
for which the Department has obtained approval from OMB under OMB 
Control No. 1210-0095. The current approval is scheduled to expire on 
August 31, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: National Medical Support Notice--Part B.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0113.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit.
    Respondents: 370,000.
    Responses: 8,700,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 727,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): 
$4,700,000.
    Description: Section 609(a) of ERISA, requires each group health 
plan, as defined in ERISA section 607(1), to provide benefits in 
accordance with the applicable requirements of any ``qualified medical 
child support order'' (QMCSO). A QMCSO is, generally, an order issued 
by a state court or other competent state authority that requires a 
group health plan to provide group health coverage to a child or 
children of an employee eligible for coverage under the plan. In 
accordance with Congressional directives contained in the Child Support 
Performance and Incentive Act of 1998 (CSPIA), EBSA and the Federal 
Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in the Department of Health 
and Human Services (HHS) cooperated in the development of regulations 
to create a National Medical Support Notice (NMSN or Notice). The 
Notice simplifies the issuance and processing of qualified medical 
child support orders issued by state child support enforcement 
agencies, provides for standardized communication between state 
agencies, employers, and plan administrators, and creates a uniform and 
streamlined process for enforcement of medical child support 
obligations ordered by state child support enforcement agencies. The 
NMSN comprises two parts: Part A was promulgated by HHS and pertains to 
state child support enforcement agencies and employers; Part B was 
promulgated by the Department and pertains to plan administrators 
pursuant to ERISA. This solicitation of public comment relates only to 
Part B of the NMSN, which was promulgated by the Department. In 
connection with promulgation of Part B of the NMSN, the Department 
submitted an ICR to OMB for review, and OMB approved the information 
collections contained in Part B under OMB control number 1210-0113. The 
current approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: PTE 80-83--Sale of Securities To Reduce Indebtedness of 
Party in Interest.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0064.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Respondents: 25.
    Responses: 25.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 15.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $0.
    Description: PTE 80-83 provides an exemption from certain 
prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and from certain taxes 
imposed by the Code for transactions in which an employee benefit plan 
purchases securities when the proceeds from such purchase may be used 
to reduce or retire a debt owed by a party in interest with respect to 
such plan, provided that specified conditions are met. Among other 
conditions, PTE 80-83 requires that adequate records pertaining to an 
exempted transaction be maintained for six years. The Department has 
received approval from OMB for this ICR under OMB Control No. 1210-
0064. The current approval is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Statutory Exemption for Cross-Trading of Securities.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0130.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 319.
    Responses: 2,870.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 3,333.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $14,000.
    Description: The Interim Final Rule on Statutory Exemption for 
Cross-Trading of Securities implements the content requirements for the 
written cross-trading policies and procedures required under section 
408(b)(19)(H) of ERISA, as added by section 611(g) of the PPA. Section 
611(g)(1) of the PPA created a new statutory exemption, added to 
section 408(b) of ERISA as subsection 408(b)(19), that exempts from the 
prohibitions of sections 406(a)(1)(A) and 406(b)(2) of ERISA those 
cross-trading transactions involving the purchase and sale of a 
security between an account holding assets of a pension plan and any 
other account managed by the same investment manager, provided that 
certain conditions are satisfied. Section 611(g)(3) of the PPA further 
directed the Secretary to issue regulations, within 180 days after 
enactment, regarding the content of the policies and procedures to be 
adopted by an investment manager to satisfy the conditions of the new 
statutory exemption.
    The Department issued a final cross-trading regulation on October 
7, 2008. The recordkeeping requirement in the regulation constitutes an 
information collection within the meaning of the PRA, for which the 
Department has obtained approval from OMB under OMB Control No. 1210-
0130. The current approval is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Plan Asset Transactions Determined by In-House Asset 
Managers under Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 96-23.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0145.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Respondents: 20.
    Responses: 20.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 940.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $400,000.
    Description: PTE 96-23, a class exemption, permits various 
transactions involving employee benefit plans whose assets are managed 
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managers (INHAMs), provided the conditions of the exemption are met. 
The Department submitted the ICR included in the Proposed Amendment to 
PTE 96-23 for Plan Asset Transactions Determined by In-House Asset 
Managers to OMB for review and clearance at the time the Notice of the 
proposed exemption was published in the Federal Register (June 14, 
2010, 75 FR 33642). OMB approved the amendment under OMB control number 
1210-0145. The current approval will expire on November 30, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Petition for Finding Under Employee Retirement Income 
Security Act Section 3(40).
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0119.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 41,386.
    Responses: 10.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 50.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $41,000.
    Description: Rules codified beginning at 29 CFR 2570.150 set forth 
an administrative procedure (``procedural rules'') for obtaining a 
determination by the Department as to whether a particular employee 
benefit plan is established or maintained under or pursuant to one or 
more collective bargaining agreements for purposes of section 3(40) of 
ERISA. These procedural rules concern specific criteria set forth in 29 
CFR 2510.3-40 (``criteria rules''), which, if met, constitute a finding 
by the Department that a plan is collectively bargained. Plans that 
meet the requirements of the criteria rules are not subject to state 
law. Among other requirements, the procedural rules require submission 
of a petition and affidavits by parties seeking a finding. The 
Department has obtained approval from OMB, under OMB Control No. 1210-
0119, for the information collections contained in its rules for a 
finding under section 3(40). The current approval is scheduled to 
expire on November 30, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Plan Asset Transactions Determined by Independent Qualified 
Professional Asset Managers under Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-
14.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0128.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Respondents: 721,000.
    Responses: 4,620.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 111,000.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): 
$46,200,000.
    Description: PTE 84-14, a class exemption that permits various 
parties that are related to employee benefit plans to engage in 
transactions involving plan assets if, among other conditions, the 
assets are managed by ``qualified professional asset managers'' (QPAMs) 
that are independent of the parties in interest and which meet 
specified financial standards. The exemption provides additional 
exemptive relief for employers to furnish limited amounts of goods and 
services to a managed fund in the ordinary course of business. Limited 
relief also is provided for leases of office or commercial space 
between managed funds and QPAMs or contributing employers. Finally, 
relief is provided for transactions involving places of public 
accommodation owned by a managed fund. QPAMs are permitted to manage an 
investment fund containing the assets of the QPAM's own plan or an 
affiliate's plan. The Department has obtained approval for the 
information collections from OMB under OMB Control No. 1210-0128. The 
current approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption for Certain 
Transactions Between Investment Companies and Employee Benefit Plans 
(PTE 77-4).
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0049.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Respondents: 873.
    Responses: 271,238.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 23,040.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $117,069.
    Description: Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) 77-4 provides 
relief from the restrictions of section 406 of ERISA and from the 
sanctions resulting from the application of section 4975 of the Code, 
for an employee benefit plan's purchase or sale of shares of an open-
end investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 
1940 (mutual fund) when an investment advisor for the mutual fund or 
its affiliate is: (1) A plan fiduciary; and (2) not an employer of 
employees covered by the plan.
    Section II(d) of PTE 77-4 contains certain conditions for the 
exemptive relief and provides, in pertinent part, that: A second 
fiduciary with respect to the plan, who is independent of and unrelated 
to the fiduciary/investment adviser or any affiliate thereof, receives 
a current prospectus issued by the investment company, and full and 
detailed written disclosure of the investment advisory and other fees 
charged to or paid by the plan and the investment company, including 
the nature and extent of any differential between the rates of such 
fees, the reasons why the fiduciary/investment adviser may consider 
such purchases to be appropriate for the plan, and whether there are 
any limitations on the fiduciary/investment adviser with respect to 
which plan assets may be invested in shares of the investment company 
and, if so, the nature of such limitations.
    Delivery of a ``summary prospectus'' may be used to satisfy the 
condition in section II(d) of PTE 77-4 requiring the delivery of a 
mutual fund's prospectus to the second fiduciary if the summary 
prospectus meets the requirements of the Securities and Exchange 
Commission's (SEC) revised disclosure provisions for mutual funds 
including a summary prospectus rule that were published in 2009. 
Pursuant to the SEC's revised disclosure provisions, mutual funds also 
are required to send the full prospectus to the investor upon an 
investor's request and to provide the full prospectus on-line at a 
specified internet site. The Department previously submitted an ICR to 
OMB for approval of the information collections in PTE 77-4 and 
received OMB approval under OMB Control No. 1210-0049. The current 
approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Notice Requirements of the Health Care Continuation Coverage 
Provisions.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0123.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits.
    Respondents: 605,869.
    Responses: 16,052,495.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 0.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): 
$30,490,898.
    Description:The continuation coverage provisions of section 601 
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provisions of the Code) generally require group health plans to offer 
qualified beneficiaries the opportunity to elect continuation coverage 
following certain events that would otherwise result in the loss of 
coverage. Continuation coverage is a temporary extension of the 
qualified beneficiary's previous group health coverage. The right to 
elect continuation coverage allows individuals to maintain group health 
coverage under adverse circumstances and to bridge gaps in health 
coverage that otherwise could limit their access to health care. The 
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provides 
the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) with authority under section 608 
of ERISA to carry out the continuation coverage provisions. The 
Conference Report that accompanied COBRA divided interpretive authority 
over the COBRA provisions between the Secretary and the Secretary of 
the Treasury (the Treasury) by providing that the Secretary has the 
authority to issue regulations implementing the notice and disclosure 
requirements of COBRA, while the Treasury is authorized to issue 
regulations defining the required continuation coverage. The ICR 
contained in these rules was approved by OMB under OMB Control No. 
1210-0123. The current approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 
2019.
    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of 
Labor.
    Title: Model Employer Children's Health Insurance Program Notice.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0137.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits, Farms, Not-for-
profit institutions.
    Respondents: 5,897,699.
    Responses: 175,973,641.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 706,828.
    Estimated Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): 
$16,963,859.
    Description: The Children's Health Insurance Program 
Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA, Pub. L. 111-3) was signed into law 
on February 4, 2009. Under ERISA section 701(f)(3)(B)(i)(I), PHS Act 
section 2701(f)(3)(B)(i)(I), and section 9801(f)(3)(B)(i)(I) of the 
Code, as added by CHIPRA, an employer that maintains a group health 
plan in a State that provides medical assistance under a State Medicaid 
plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (SSA), or child health 
assistance under a State child health plan under title XXI of the SSA, 
in the form of premium assistance for the purchase of coverage under a 
group health plan, is required to make certain disclosures. 
Specifically, the employer is required to notify each employee of 
potential opportunities currently available in the State in which the 
employee resides for premium assistance under Medicaid and CHIP for 
health coverage of the employee or the employee's dependents. ERISA 
section 701(f)(3)(B)(i)(II) requires the Department of Labor to provide 
employers with model language for the Employer CHIP Notices to enable 
them to timely comply with this requirement. This ICR relates to the 
Model Employer CHIP Notice, which was approved by OMB under OMB Control 
No. 1210-0137. The current approval is scheduled to expire on December 
31, 2019.

Focus of Comments

    The Department is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the collections of information are 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
collections of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., by 
permitting electronic submissions of responses.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the ICRs for OMB approval of the extension of the 
information collection; they will also become a matter of public 
record.

Joseph S. Piacentini,
Director, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-05818 Filed 3-26-19; 8:45 am]
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