Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 18286-18289 [2019-08714]

Download as PDF 18286 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 83 / Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / Notices including whether the information has practical utility; b. The accuracy of the Board’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and e. Estimates of capital or startup costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the Board should modify the proposal. Proposal Under OMB Delegated Authority To Extend for Three Years, With Revision, the Following Information Collection: amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Report title: Notice Claiming Status as an Exempt Transfer Agent. Agency form number: FR 4013. OMB control number: 7100–0137. Frequency: On occasion. Respondents: Banks, bank holding companies (BHCs), savings and loan holding companies (SLHCs), and certain trust companies. Estimated number of respondents: 2. Estimated average hours per response: 2 hours. Estimated annual burden hours: 4 hours. General description of report: Transfer agents, which are institutions that provide securities transfer, registration, monitoring, and other specified services on behalf of securities issuers,1 are generally subject to certain Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations. A transfer agent is Boardregulated if it is a state member bank or a subsidiary thereof, a BHC, or an SLHC. Certain transfer agent subsidiaries of BHCs are also Board-regulated.2 A Board-regulated transfer agent that transfers and processes a low volume of securities (a ‘‘low-volume transfer agent’’) may request an exemption from those regulations by filing with the Board a notice (an ‘‘exemption notice’’) 1 See 15 U.S.C. 78c(25) (defining ‘‘transfer agent’’). 2 A transfer agent subsidiary of a BHC is Boardregulated if the subsidiary is, or is a subsidiary of, a bank, as defined by 15 U.S.C. 78c(6), that is not a national bank, Federal savings association, a bank insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or a state savings association. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Apr 29, 2019 Jkt 247001 certifying that it qualifies as a lowvolume transfer agent. Proposed revisions: The Board proposes to revise the FR 4013 to account for the notice that a Boardregulated transfer agent that has previously filed an exemption notice must file with the Board if it no longer qualifies as a low-volume transfer agent. Legal authorization and confidentiality: The FR 4013 is authorized pursuant to sections 2, 17(a)(3), 17A(c), and 23(a) of the Exchange Act 3, which, among other things, authorize the Board to promulgate regulations and establish recordkeeping and reporting requirements with respect to Boardregistered transfer agents.4 The exemption notice is mandatory for Board-registered transfer agents seeking the low-volume exemption. The obligation to respond for the exemption notice, therefore, is required to obtain a benefit. The exemption disqualification notice is mandatory for a transfer agent that no longer qualifies for the exemption. The information collected in the FR 4013 regarding a Boardregistered transfer agent’s volume of transactions is public information through the filing and publication of the transfer agents’ Form TA–2 with the SEC. Therefore, individual respondent data collected by the FR 4013 are not confidential. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 25, 2019. Michele Taylor Fennell, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–08716 Filed 4–29–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. ACTION: Notice, request for comment. AGENCY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) invites comment on a proposal to extend for three years, with revision, the Recordkeeping and Disclosure Requirements Associated with the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s (Bureau) Regulation E SUMMARY: 3 15 U.S.C. 78b, 78q(a)(3), 78q–1(c), and 78w(a). the Board also has the authority to require reports from bank holding companies (12 U.S.C. 1844(c)), savings and loan holding companies (12 U.S.C. 1467a(b) and (g)), and state member banks (12 U.S.C. 248(a) and 324). 4 Additionally, PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (Electronic Fund Transfers) (FR E; OMB No. 7100–0200). DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before July 1, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR E, by any of the following methods: • Agency website: http:// www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/ foia/proposedregs.aspx. • Email: regs.comments@ federalreserve.gov. Include Office of Management and Budget (OMB) number in the subject line of the message. • Fax: (202) 452–3819 or (202) 452– 3102. • Mail: Ann E. Misback, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20551. All public comments are available from the Board’s website at http:// www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/ proposedregs.aspx as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room 146, 1709 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. For security reasons, the Board requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 452–3684. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and to submit to security screening in order to inspect and photocopy comments. Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) OMB submission, including the proposed reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB’s public docket files, if approved. These documents will also be made available on the Board’s public website at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/ reportforms/review.aspx or may be requested from the agency clearance officer, whose name appears below. Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 83 / Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / Notices 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board authority under the PRA to approve and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. In exercising this delegated authority, the Board is directed to take every reasonable step to solicit comment. In determining whether to approve a collection of information, the Board will consider all comments received from the public and other agencies. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal The Board invites public comment on the following information collection, which is being reviewed under authority delegated by the OMB under the PRA. Comments are invited on the following: a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Board’s functions, including whether the information has practical utility; b. The accuracy of the Board’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and e. Estimates of capital or startup costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the Board should modify the proposal. Proposal Under OMB Delegated Authority To Extend for Three Years, With Revision, the Following Information Collection Report title: Recordkeeping and Disclosure Requirements Associated with the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s (Bureau) Regulation E (Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT)). Agency form number: FR E. OMB control number: 7100–0200. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Apr 29, 2019 Jkt 247001 Frequency: Event-generated. Respondents: State member banks (SMBs) and their subsidiaries, subsidiaries of bank holding companies, U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks (other than federal branches, federal agencies, and insured state branches of foreign banks), commercial lending companies owned or controlled by foreign banks, and organizations operating under section 25 or 25A of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 601– 604a; 611–631). Estimated number of respondents: Gift card exclusion policies and procedures, Gift card policy and procedures, Transmitter error resolution standards and recordkeeping requirements, Acts of agents, Initial disclosures, Change-in-terms, Error resolution, Remittance transfer disclosures, and Time limits and extent of investigations, 970 respondents; Periodic statements, 71 respondents; Pre-acquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)—one time, Pre-acquisition disclosures (long form disclosure)—one time, Periodic statement alternative— one time, and Pre-acquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)— ongoing, 5 respondents; and internet posting and submission of prepaid account agreements—one time and internet posting and submission of prepaid account agreements—ongoing, 6 respondents. Estimated average hours per response: Gift card exclusion policies and procedures, Gift card policy and procedures, Transmitter error resolution standards and recordkeeping requirements, Acts of agents, Remittance transfer disclosures, and Pre-acquisition disclosures (long form disclosure)—one time, 8 hours; Initial disclosures, 0.03 hours; Change-interms, 0.02 hours; Periodic statements, 7 hours; Error resolution, 0.5 hours; Time limits and extent of investigation, 4.5 hours; Pre-acquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)—one time, 40 hours; Periodic statement alternative—one time, 24 hours; internet posting and submission of prepaid account agreements—one time, 1 hour; Preacquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)—ongoing, 4 hours; and internet posting and submission of prepaid account agreements—ongoing, 0.08 hours. Estimated annual burden hours: Gift card exclusion policies and procedures, Gift card policy and procedures, Transmitter error resolution standards and recordkeeping requirements, and Acts of agents, 7,760 hours; Initial disclosures, 7,275 hours; Change-interms, 6,596 hours; Periodic statements, 5,964 hours; Error resolution, 14,550 PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18287 hours; Remittance transfer disclosures, 93,120 hours; Time limits and extent of investigations, 52,380 hours; Preacquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)—one time, 1,914 hours, Preacquisition disclosures (long form disclosure)—one time, 383 hours; internet posting and submission of prepaid account agreements—one time, 6 hours, Pre-acquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)—ongoing, 191 hours; Periodic statement alternative— one time, 1,148 hours, and internet posting and submission of prepaid account agreements—ongoing, 2 hours. General description of report: The Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) requires consumers be provided meaningful disclosures about the basic terms, costs, and rights relating to electronic fund transfer (EFT) services involving a consumer’s account. The disclosures required by the EFTA are triggered by specific events. The disclosures inform consumers, for example, about the terms of the EFT service, activity on the account, potential liability for unauthorized transfers, and the process for resolving errors. Proposed revisions: Beginning April 1, 2019, entities subject to the Bureau’s Regulation E will be required to comply with the following recordkeeping and disclosure requirements related to prepaid accounts in accordance with the Bureau’s new final rule. Pre-Acquisition Disclosures (Section 1005.18(b)) Before a consumer acquires a prepaid account, a financial institution would be required to provide a consumer with a short form disclosure and a long form disclosure. The short form disclosure would be required to include: Certain fee information—including any periodic fee, per purchase fee, ATM withdrawal fee, cash reload fee, ATM balance inquiry fee, customer service fee, and inactivity fee (collectively, ‘‘static fees’’); the number of fee types in addition to the static fees; two additional fee types that generated the highest revenue from consumers during the previous 24 months; statements regarding linked overdraft credit features, registration, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)/ National Credit Union Association (NCUA) insurance; a reference to the Bureau’s website containing information on prepaid accounts; and information on where the consumer can find the long form disclosure. For payroll card accounts, the short form disclosure would be required to include a statement regarding options to receive wages or salary from the employer. For E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 18288 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 83 / Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / Notices government benefit accounts, the short form disclosure would be required to include a statement regarding options to receive government benefits. Furthermore, the Bureau requires a financial institution to disclose, in conjunction with the short form disclosure, its name, the name of the prepaid account program, any purchase price for the prepaid account, and any fee for activating the prepaid account. The long form disclosure would be required to include: A title, including the name of the prepaid account program; information about all fees and the conditions under which they may be imposed; a statement regarding registration and FDIC/NCUA insurance; a statement regarding linked overdraft credit features; a statement containing the financial institution’s contact information; a reference to the Bureau’s website containing information on prepaid accounts; and a reference to the Bureau’s website and telephone number to submit complaints. Generally, these disclosures would be required to be provided before a consumer acquires a prepaid account, though there are certain exceptions. For prepaid accounts sold at retail locations, however, a financial institution may provide the long form disclosure after acquisition if the short form disclosure contains information enabling the consumer to access the long form disclosure by telephone or on a website and other requirements are met. A similar accommodation is made for prepaid accounts acquired orally by telephone. The pre-acquisition disclosures would be required to follow specific formatting rules, and, for the short form disclosures, be substantially similar to model forms. If the financial institution uses a foreign language in connection with a consumer’s acquisition of a prepaid account, a financial institution would generally be required to provide the pre-acquisition disclosures in that foreign language. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Periodic Statement Alternative (Section 1005.18(c)) Financial institutions will be required to provide periodic statements for prepaid accounts either by providing a periodic statement that complies with section 1005.9(b) or, as an alternative, by making transaction information available to the consumer by telephone, electronically, and in writing upon the consumer’s request pursuant to section 1005.18(c). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Apr 29, 2019 Jkt 247001 Initial Disclosures (Sections 1005.18(d)(1)(i) and 1005.18(f)(1)) Financial institutions will be required to include in the initial disclosure required by section 1005.7 all the information required to be disclosed in the pre-acquisition long form disclosure. If a financial institution chooses to provide the alternative disclosures instead of a regular periodic statement, it must modify some of the disclosures included in the initial disclosures. The Bureau determined and the Board agrees that financial institutions already engage in these activities as usual and customary activities, as defined under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). Therefore, under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2), there is no additional burden for these provisions. Error Resolution Notice and Procedures for Resolving Errors (Sections 1005.18(d)(1)(ii), 1005.18(d)(2), and 1005.18(e)) Prepaid accounts will be required to comply with the limited liability error resolution requirements applicable to other accounts subject to Regulation E. For prepaid accounts where the financial institution provides alternative disclosures to regular periodic statements, the timing requirements for the error resolution procedures are modified. For prepaid accounts that are not payroll card accounts or government benefit accounts, a financial institution will generally not be required to comply with the liability limits for unauthorized transactions and error resolution requirements for any prepaid account for which it has not successfully completed its consumer identification and verification process. A notice concerning error resolution, provided with the initial disclosures and substantially similar to the Bureau’s model form for prepaid accounts, will be required to be provided in place of the notice required by section 1005.7(b)(10). Alternatively, for prepaid account programs for which the financial institution does not have a consumer identification and verification process, the financial institution will be required to describe its error resolution process and limitations on consumers’ liability for unauthorized transfers or, if none, state that there are no such protections. An annual error resolution notice substantially similar to the model form for prepaid accounts would be required to be provided in place of the notice required by section 1005.8(b). Alternatively, a financial institution may include on or with each electronic and written account transaction history, a notice substantially similar to the PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 abbreviated notice for periodic statements contained in the model forms, modified as necessary to reflect the error resolution procedures the financial institution is required to follow. The Bureau determined and the Board agrees that financial institutions already engage in these activities as usual and customary activities, as defined under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). Therefore, under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2), there is no additional burden for these provisions. Change-In-Terms Notice (Section 1005.18(f)(2)) The change-in-terms notice provisions in section 1005.8(a) apply to any change in a term or condition that is required to be disclosed under 1005.7 or 1005.18(f)(1) for a prepaid account. The Board believes that financial institutions already engage in these activities as usual and customary activities, as defined under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). Therefore, under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2), there is no additional burden for these provisions. Disclosures on Device or Entry Point (Section 1005.18(f)(3)) Financial institutions will be required to disclose on the prepaid account access device the name of the financial institution and the website and telephone number a consumer can use to contact the financial institution about the prepaid account. If a financial institution does not provide a physical access device in connection with a prepaid account, the disclosure will be required to appear on the website, mobile application, or other entry point a consumer must visit to access the prepaid account electronically. The Bureau determined and the Board agrees that financial institutions already engage in these activities as usual and customary activities, as defined under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). Therefore, under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2), there is no additional burden for these provisions. Internet Posting and Submission of Prepaid Account Agreements (Section 1005.19) Prepaid account issuers will generally be required to submit to the Bureau new and amended prepaid account agreements and notification of withdrawn agreements no later than 30 days after the issuer offers, amends, or ceases to offer the agreement. The rule will provide a de minimis exception and a limited product testing exception to this requirement. If an issuer is required to submit a prepaid account agreement to the Bureau and the prepaid account E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 83 / Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / Notices agreement is offered to the general public, the issuer will also be required to post the account agreement in a prominent and readily accessible location on its website. If a prepaid account agreement is not posted on the issuer’s website, the issuer must provide a consumer with a copy of the consumer’s prepaid account agreement no later than five business days after the issuer receives the consumer’s request for the agreement. The consumer must be able to request the agreement by phone. Legal authorization and confidentiality: Section 904 of the EFTA (12 U.S.C. 1693b) authorizes the Bureau to issue regulations to carry out the purposes of the EFTA, which establishes the basic rights, liabilities, and responsibilities of consumers who use EFT and remittance transfer services and of financial institutions or other persons that offer these services. The Bureau’s Regulation E, 12 CFR part 1005, implements the EFTA. An institution’s recordkeeping and disclosure obligations under Regulation E are mandatory. Because the Board does not collect any information pursuant to the Bureau’s Regulation E, no issue of confidentiality normally arises. In the event the Board were to obtain information regarding consumer EFT transactions during the course of an examination, such information may be kept confidential under section (b)(8) of the Freedom of Information Act, which protects information contained in or related to an examination of a financial institution (5 U.S.C. 522 (b)(8)). Consultation outside the agency: The Board consulted with Bureau staff regarding the estimated burden of this information collection. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 25, 2019. Michele Taylor Fennell, Assistant Secretary of the Board. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2019–08714 Filed 4–29–19; 8:45 am] 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 May 28, 2019. A. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (David L. Hubbard, Senior Manager) P.O. Box 442, St. Louis, Missouri 63166–2034. Comments can also be sent electronically to Comments.applications@stls.frb.org: 1. M&P Community Bancshares, Inc., 401(k) Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Newport, Arkansas; to acquire additional shares of M&P Community Bancshares, Inc., Newport, Arkansas, for a total of ownership of up to 38 percent, and thereby indirectly acquire shares of Merchants & Planters Bank, Newport, Arkansas. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 25, 2019. Yao-Chin Chao, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–08754 Filed 4–29–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P BILLING CODE 6210–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies [Document Identifier CMS–10415] 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Apr 29, 2019 Jkt 247001 Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS’ intention to collect SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18289 information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. DATES: Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by May 30, 2019. ADDRESSES: When commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be received by the OMB desk officer via one of the following transmissions: OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395–5806 OR, Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following: 1. Access CMS’ website address at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-andGuidance/Legislation/ PaperworkReductionActof1995/PRAListing.html. 1. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov. 2. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786–1326. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Parham at (410) 786–4669. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term ‘‘collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1

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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Notice, request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) 
invites comment on a proposal to extend for three years, with revision, 
the Recordkeeping and Disclosure Requirements Associated with the 
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's (Bureau) Regulation E 
(Electronic Fund Transfers) (FR E; OMB No. 7100-0200).

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before July 1, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR E, by any of the 
following methods:
     Agency website: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx.
     Email: [email protected]. Include Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) number in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.
     Mail: Ann E. Misback, Secretary, Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20551.
    All public comments are available from the Board's website at 
http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx as submitted, 
unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will 
not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public 
comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room 
146, 1709 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006, between 9:00 a.m. 
and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. For security reasons, the Board requires 
that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by 
calling (202) 452-3684. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to 
present valid government-issued photo identification and to submit to 
security screening in order to inspect and photocopy comments.
    Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the 
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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
(PRA) OMB submission, including the proposed reporting form and 
instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be 
placed into OMB's public docket files, if approved. These documents 
will also be made available on the Board's public website at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/reportforms/review.aspx or may be requested 
from the agency clearance officer, whose name appears below.
    Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer--Nuha Elmaghrabi--Office of 
the Chief Data Officer, Board of

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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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board 
authority under the PRA to approve and assign OMB control numbers to 
collection of information requests and requirements conducted or 
sponsored by the Board. In exercising this delegated authority, the 
Board is directed to take every reasonable step to solicit comment. In 
determining whether to approve a collection of information, the Board 
will consider all comments received from the public and other agencies.

Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal

    The Board invites public comment on the following information 
collection, which is being reviewed under authority delegated by the 
OMB under the PRA. Comments are invited on the following:
    a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the Board's functions, including whether the 
information has practical utility;
    b. The accuracy of the Board's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and
    e. Estimates of capital or startup costs and costs of operation, 
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.
    At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations 
received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the Board 
should modify the proposal.

Proposal Under OMB Delegated Authority To Extend for Three Years, With 
Revision, the Following Information Collection

    Report title: Recordkeeping and Disclosure Requirements Associated 
with the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's (Bureau) Regulation 
E (Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT)).
    Agency form number: FR E.
    OMB control number: 7100-0200.
    Frequency: Event-generated.
    Respondents: State member banks (SMBs) and their subsidiaries, 
subsidiaries of bank holding companies, U.S. branches and agencies of 
foreign banks (other than federal branches, federal agencies, and 
insured state branches of foreign banks), commercial lending companies 
owned or controlled by foreign banks, and organizations operating under 
section 25 or 25A of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 601-604a; 611-
631).
    Estimated number of respondents: Gift card exclusion policies and 
procedures, Gift card policy and procedures, Transmitter error 
resolution standards and recordkeeping requirements, Acts of agents, 
Initial disclosures, Change-in-terms, Error resolution, Remittance 
transfer disclosures, and Time limits and extent of investigations, 970 
respondents; Periodic statements, 71 respondents; Pre-acquisition 
disclosures (short form disclosure)--one time, Pre-acquisition 
disclosures (long form disclosure)--one time, Periodic statement 
alternative--one time, and Pre-acquisition disclosures (short form 
disclosure)--ongoing, 5 respondents; and internet posting and 
submission of prepaid account agreements--one time and internet posting 
and submission of prepaid account agreements--ongoing, 6 respondents.
    Estimated average hours per response: Gift card exclusion policies 
and procedures, Gift card policy and procedures, Transmitter error 
resolution standards and recordkeeping requirements, Acts of agents, 
Remittance transfer disclosures, and Pre-acquisition disclosures (long 
form disclosure)--one time, 8 hours; Initial disclosures, 0.03 hours; 
Change-in-terms, 0.02 hours; Periodic statements, 7 hours; Error 
resolution, 0.5 hours; Time limits and extent of investigation, 4.5 
hours; Pre-acquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)--one time, 
40 hours; Periodic statement alternative--one time, 24 hours; internet 
posting and submission of prepaid account agreements--one time, 1 hour; 
Pre-acquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)--ongoing, 4 hours; 
and internet posting and submission of prepaid account agreements--
ongoing, 0.08 hours.
    Estimated annual burden hours: Gift card exclusion policies and 
procedures, Gift card policy and procedures, Transmitter error 
resolution standards and recordkeeping requirements, and Acts of 
agents, 7,760 hours; Initial disclosures, 7,275 hours; Change-in-terms, 
6,596 hours; Periodic statements, 5,964 hours; Error resolution, 14,550 
hours; Remittance transfer disclosures, 93,120 hours; Time limits and 
extent of investigations, 52,380 hours; Pre-acquisition disclosures 
(short form disclosure)--one time, 1,914 hours, Pre-acquisition 
disclosures (long form disclosure)--one time, 383 hours; internet 
posting and submission of prepaid account agreements--one time, 6 
hours, Pre-acquisition disclosures (short form disclosure)--ongoing, 
191 hours; Periodic statement alternative--one time, 1,148 hours, and 
internet posting and submission of prepaid account agreements--ongoing, 
2 hours.
    General description of report: The Electronic Funds Transfer Act 
(EFTA) requires consumers be provided meaningful disclosures about the 
basic terms, costs, and rights relating to electronic fund transfer 
(EFT) services involving a consumer's account. The disclosures required 
by the EFTA are triggered by specific events. The disclosures inform 
consumers, for example, about the terms of the EFT service, activity on 
the account, potential liability for unauthorized transfers, and the 
process for resolving errors.
    Proposed revisions: Beginning April 1, 2019, entities subject to 
the Bureau's Regulation E will be required to comply with the following 
recordkeeping and disclosure requirements related to prepaid accounts 
in accordance with the Bureau's new final rule.

Pre-Acquisition Disclosures (Section 1005.18(b))

    Before a consumer acquires a prepaid account, a financial 
institution would be required to provide a consumer with a short form 
disclosure and a long form disclosure. The short form disclosure would 
be required to include: Certain fee information--including any periodic 
fee, per purchase fee, ATM withdrawal fee, cash reload fee, ATM balance 
inquiry fee, customer service fee, and inactivity fee (collectively, 
``static fees''); the number of fee types in addition to the static 
fees; two additional fee types that generated the highest revenue from 
consumers during the previous 24 months; statements regarding linked 
overdraft credit features, registration, and Federal Deposit Insurance 
Corporation (FDIC)/National Credit Union Association (NCUA) insurance; 
a reference to the Bureau's website containing information on prepaid 
accounts; and information on where the consumer can find the long form 
disclosure. For payroll card accounts, the short form disclosure would 
be required to include a statement regarding options to receive wages 
or salary from the employer. For

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government benefit accounts, the short form disclosure would be 
required to include a statement regarding options to receive government 
benefits. Furthermore, the Bureau requires a financial institution to 
disclose, in conjunction with the short form disclosure, its name, the 
name of the prepaid account program, any purchase price for the prepaid 
account, and any fee for activating the prepaid account.
    The long form disclosure would be required to include: A title, 
including the name of the prepaid account program; information about 
all fees and the conditions under which they may be imposed; a 
statement regarding registration and FDIC/NCUA insurance; a statement 
regarding linked overdraft credit features; a statement containing the 
financial institution's contact information; a reference to the 
Bureau's website containing information on prepaid accounts; and a 
reference to the Bureau's website and telephone number to submit 
complaints.
    Generally, these disclosures would be required to be provided 
before a consumer acquires a prepaid account, though there are certain 
exceptions. For prepaid accounts sold at retail locations, however, a 
financial institution may provide the long form disclosure after 
acquisition if the short form disclosure contains information enabling 
the consumer to access the long form disclosure by telephone or on a 
website and other requirements are met. A similar accommodation is made 
for prepaid accounts acquired orally by telephone.
    The pre-acquisition disclosures would be required to follow 
specific formatting rules, and, for the short form disclosures, be 
substantially similar to model forms. If the financial institution uses 
a foreign language in connection with a consumer's acquisition of a 
prepaid account, a financial institution would generally be required to 
provide the pre-acquisition disclosures in that foreign language.

Periodic Statement Alternative (Section 1005.18(c))

    Financial institutions will be required to provide periodic 
statements for prepaid accounts either by providing a periodic 
statement that complies with section 1005.9(b) or, as an alternative, 
by making transaction information available to the consumer by 
telephone, electronically, and in writing upon the consumer's request 
pursuant to section 1005.18(c).

Initial Disclosures (Sections 1005.18(d)(1)(i) and 1005.18(f)(1))

    Financial institutions will be required to include in the initial 
disclosure required by section 1005.7 all the information required to 
be disclosed in the pre-acquisition long form disclosure. If a 
financial institution chooses to provide the alternative disclosures 
instead of a regular periodic statement, it must modify some of the 
disclosures included in the initial disclosures.
    The Bureau determined and the Board agrees that financial 
institutions already engage in these activities as usual and customary 
activities, as defined under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). Therefore, under 5 CFR 
1320.3(b)(2), there is no additional burden for these provisions.

Error Resolution Notice and Procedures for Resolving Errors (Sections 
1005.18(d)(1)(ii), 1005.18(d)(2), and 1005.18(e))

    Prepaid accounts will be required to comply with the limited 
liability error resolution requirements applicable to other accounts 
subject to Regulation E. For prepaid accounts where the financial 
institution provides alternative disclosures to regular periodic 
statements, the timing requirements for the error resolution procedures 
are modified. For prepaid accounts that are not payroll card accounts 
or government benefit accounts, a financial institution will generally 
not be required to comply with the liability limits for unauthorized 
transactions and error resolution requirements for any prepaid account 
for which it has not successfully completed its consumer identification 
and verification process.
    A notice concerning error resolution, provided with the initial 
disclosures and substantially similar to the Bureau's model form for 
prepaid accounts, will be required to be provided in place of the 
notice required by section 1005.7(b)(10). Alternatively, for prepaid 
account programs for which the financial institution does not have a 
consumer identification and verification process, the financial 
institution will be required to describe its error resolution process 
and limitations on consumers' liability for unauthorized transfers or, 
if none, state that there are no such protections.
    An annual error resolution notice substantially similar to the 
model form for prepaid accounts would be required to be provided in 
place of the notice required by section 1005.8(b). Alternatively, a 
financial institution may include on or with each electronic and 
written account transaction history, a notice substantially similar to 
the abbreviated notice for periodic statements contained in the model 
forms, modified as necessary to reflect the error resolution procedures 
the financial institution is required to follow.
    The Bureau determined and the Board agrees that financial 
institutions already engage in these activities as usual and customary 
activities, as defined under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). Therefore, under 5 CFR 
1320.3(b)(2), there is no additional burden for these provisions.

Change-In-Terms Notice (Section 1005.18(f)(2))

    The change-in-terms notice provisions in section 1005.8(a) apply to 
any change in a term or condition that is required to be disclosed 
under 1005.7 or 1005.18(f)(1) for a prepaid account.
    The Board believes that financial institutions already engage in 
these activities as usual and customary activities, as defined under 5 
CFR 1320.3(b)(2). Therefore, under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2), there is no 
additional burden for these provisions.

Disclosures on Device or Entry Point (Section 1005.18(f)(3))

    Financial institutions will be required to disclose on the prepaid 
account access device the name of the financial institution and the 
website and telephone number a consumer can use to contact the 
financial institution about the prepaid account. If a financial 
institution does not provide a physical access device in connection 
with a prepaid account, the disclosure will be required to appear on 
the website, mobile application, or other entry point a consumer must 
visit to access the prepaid account electronically.
    The Bureau determined and the Board agrees that financial 
institutions already engage in these activities as usual and customary 
activities, as defined under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). Therefore, under 5 CFR 
1320.3(b)(2), there is no additional burden for these provisions.

Internet Posting and Submission of Prepaid Account Agreements (Section 
1005.19)

    Prepaid account issuers will generally be required to submit to the 
Bureau new and amended prepaid account agreements and notification of 
withdrawn agreements no later than 30 days after the issuer offers, 
amends, or ceases to offer the agreement. The rule will provide a de 
minimis exception and a limited product testing exception to this 
requirement.
    If an issuer is required to submit a prepaid account agreement to 
the Bureau and the prepaid account

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agreement is offered to the general public, the issuer will also be 
required to post the account agreement in a prominent and readily 
accessible location on its website. If a prepaid account agreement is 
not posted on the issuer's website, the issuer must provide a consumer 
with a copy of the consumer's prepaid account agreement no later than 
five business days after the issuer receives the consumer's request for 
the agreement. The consumer must be able to request the agreement by 
phone.
    Legal authorization and confidentiality: Section 904 of the EFTA 
(12 U.S.C. 1693b) authorizes the Bureau to issue regulations to carry 
out the purposes of the EFTA, which establishes the basic rights, 
liabilities, and responsibilities of consumers who use EFT and 
remittance transfer services and of financial institutions or other 
persons that offer these services. The Bureau's Regulation E, 12 CFR 
part 1005, implements the EFTA. An institution's recordkeeping and 
disclosure obligations under Regulation E are mandatory. Because the 
Board does not collect any information pursuant to the Bureau's 
Regulation E, no issue of confidentiality normally arises. In the event 
the Board were to obtain information regarding consumer EFT 
transactions during the course of an examination, such information may 
be kept confidential under section (b)(8) of the Freedom of Information 
Act, which protects information contained in or related to an 
examination of a financial institution (5 U.S.C. 522 (b)(8)).
    Consultation outside the agency: The Board consulted with Bureau 
staff regarding the estimated burden of this information collection.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 25, 
2019.
Michele Taylor Fennell,
Assistant Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2019-08714 Filed 4-29-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6210-01-P