Policy Statement Regarding a Program for Requesting Consideration of Legal Questions by the Commission, 36602-36603 [2019-15988]

Download as PDF 36602 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 145 / Monday, July 29, 2019 / Notices Federal Communications Commission. Marlene Dortch, Secretary, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–16029 Filed 7–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION [Notice 2019–10] Policy Statement Regarding a Program for Requesting Consideration of Legal Questions by the Commission Federal Election Commission. Policy statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Federal Election Commission (‘‘Commission’’) adopted a program on August 1, 2011, providing for a means by which persons and entities may have a legal question considered by the Commission earlier in both the report review process and the audit process. On October 23, 2013, the Commission revised this policy to provide an alternative electronic means to file a request with the Commission. On May 13, 2016, the Commission further revised this policy to clarify that requests for consideration must be submitted to the Commission Secretary to ensure that such requests are processed in a timely manner, and to build five business days into the program to allow time for the informal resolution of matters. The Commission is now republishing the policy to reflect the Commission’s new mailing address. The Commission, however, is not making any substantive changes to the policy published on May 13, 2016. DATES: This address change is effective July 29, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Lorenzo Holloway, Assistant General Counsel, or Margaret Forman, Attorney, 1050 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20463, (202) 694–1650 or (800) 424– 9530. SUMMARY: On August 1, 2011, the Commission adopted a program providing for a means by which persons and entities may have a legal question considered by the Commission earlier in both the report review process and the audit process. Specifically, when the Office of Compliance (‘‘OC’’) (which includes the Reports Analysis Division and the Audit Division) requests that a person or entity take corrective action during the report review or audit process, if the person or entity disagrees with the request based upon a material dispute on a question of law, the person or entity may seek Commission consideration of the issue khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:54 Jul 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 pursuant to this procedure. The October 23, 2013 revision of the program was identical to that August 1, 2011 program, except that it provided alternative means to file a request with the Commission. This change was made to address and clarify timeliness issues due to delays in the processing and receipt of requests mailed to the Commission, by encouraging requests to be filed electronically by email. The May 13, 2016 program revised the October 23, 2013 program by clarifying that requests for consideration must be submitted to the Commission Secretary to ensure that such requests are processed in a timely manner, and building five business days into the program to allow time for the informal resolution of matters. The Commission is now republishing the policy in order to update the Commission’s address following its move to a new location in March 2018. The new address is 1050 First Street NE, Washington DC 20463. The policy statement regarding this program is reprinted in its entirety, below. I. Procedures Within 15 business days of a determination by the Reports Analysis Division or Audit Division that a person or entity remains obligated to take corrective action to resolve an issue that has arisen during the report review or audit process, the person or entity may seek Commission consideration if a material dispute on a question of law exists with respect to the recommended corrective action.1 A ‘‘determination’’ for purposes of triggering the 15 business days is either: (1) Notification to the person or entity of legal guidance prepared by the Office of General Counsel (‘‘OGC’’) at the request of the Reports Analysis Division recommending the corrective action; or (2) the end of the Committee’s Audit Exit Conference response period. Any request for consideration by a Committee during the report review process or the audit process shall be limited to questions of law on material issues, when: (1) The legal issue is novel, complex, or pertains to an unsettled question of law; (2) there has been intervening legislation, rulemaking, or litigation since the Commission last considered the issue; or (3) the request to take corrective action is contrary to or otherwise inconsistent with prior Commission matters dealing with the same issue. 1 Many disputes involving corrective action requests hinge on questions of fact rather than questions of law, and thus are not appropriate for this procedure. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The request must specify the question of law at issue and why it is subject to Commission consideration. It should discuss, when appropriate, prior Commission matters raising the same issue, relevant court decisions, and any other analysis of the issue that may assist the Commission in its decision making. The Commission will not consider factual disputes under this procedure, and any requests for consideration other than on questions of law on material issues will not be granted. All requests, including any extension requests, must be received by the Commission within 15 business days of the determination of corrective action. All requests must be directed to the attention of the Commission Secretary. Requestors may submit requests electronically via email. If a Requestor chooses to submit a request electronically via email, the email must be sent to LegalRequestProgram@ fec.gov. Requestors are encouraged to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt and consideration. Alternatively, requests may be submitted in paper form. Paper requests must be sent to the Federal Election Commission, Attn.: Commission Secretary, 1050 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20463. Requestors are advised that if they submit a request, electronically or otherwise, to a different address than designated in this Policy, the processing of the request may be delayed. Upon receipt of a request, the Commission Secretary shall forward a copy of any request to each Commissioner, the General Counsel, and the Staff Director. Any request for an extension of time to file will be considered on a case-bycase basis and will only be granted if good cause is shown, and the Commission approves the extension request by four affirmative votes within five business days of receipt of the extension request. Within five business days of notification to the Commissioners of a request for consideration of a legal question, if two or more Commissioners agree that the Commission should consider the request, OGC may, at that time, attempt to resolve the matter informally over the course of five business days. Within 15 business days from the date upon which OC and OGC conclude that the matter cannot be resolved informally, or from the expiration of the five business day period, whichever occurs first, OGC will prepare and circulate a recommendation in accordance with all applicable Commission Directives. If the matter is resolved informally, OC and OGC will notify the Commission that the matter E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 145 / Monday, July 29, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES has been resolved, and notify the Requestor in writing of the notification to the Commission. Informal resolution of a matter does not prevent the Requestor from seeking Commission consideration, in an additional or subsequent determination, subject to the requirements of this program. After the recommendation is circulated for a Commission vote, in the event of an objection, the matter shall be automatically placed on the next meeting agenda consistent with the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(g), and applicable Commission regulations, 11 CFR part 2. However, if within 60 business days of the filing of a request for consideration, the Commission has not resolved the issue or provided guidance on how to proceed with the matter by the affirmative vote of four or more Commissioners, the OC may proceed with the matter. After the 60 business days has elapsed, any requestor will be provided a copy of OGC’s recommendation memorandum and an accompanying vote certification, or if no such certification exists, a cover page stating the disposition of the memoranda. Confidential information will be redacted as necessary. After the request review process has concluded, or a Final Audit Report has been approved, a copy of the request for consideration, as well as the recommendation memorandum and accompanying vote certification or disposition memorandum, will be placed with the Committee’s filings or audit documents on the Commission’s website within 30 days. These materials will also be placed on the Commission’s web page dedicated to legal questions considered by the Commission under this program. This procedure is not intended to circumvent or supplant the Advisory Opinion process provided under 52 U.S.C. 30108 and 11 CFR part 112. Accordingly, any legal issues that qualify for consideration under the Advisory Opinion process are not appropriate for consideration under this new procedure. Additionally, this policy statement does not supersede the procedures regarding eligibility and entitlement to public funds set forth in Commission Directive 24 and 11 CFR 9005.1, 9033.4, 9033.6 or 9033.10. II. Annual Review No later than July 1 of each year, the OC and OGC shall jointly prepare and distribute to the Commission a written report containing a summary of the requests made under the program over the previous year and a summary of the Commission’s consideration of those VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:54 Jul 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 requests and any action taken thereon. The annual report shall also include the Chief Compliance Officer’s and the General Counsel’s assessment of whether, and to what extent, the program has promoted efficiency and fairness in both the Commission’s report review process and in the audit process, as well as their recommendations, if any, for modifications to the program. The Commission may terminate or modify this program through additional policy statements at any time by an affirmative vote of four of its members. Dated: July 23, 2019. On behalf of the Commission. Ellen Weintraub, Chair, Federal Election Commission. [FR Doc. 2019–15988 Filed 7–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6715–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than August 22, 2019. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Mark A. Rauzi, Vice PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36603 President), 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480–0291: 1. Frandsen Financial Corporation, Arden Hills, Minnesota; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Peoples Bank Midwest, Hayward, Wisconsin. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, July 23, 2019. Yao-Chin Chao, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–15976 Filed 7–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project ‘‘Evaluating and Implementing the Six Building Blocks Team Approach to Improve Opioid Management in Primary Care.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on April 12, 2019, and allowed 60 days for public comment. AHRQ did not receive any substantive comments. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by 30 days after date of publication. DATES: Written comments should be submitted to: AHRQ’s OMB Desk Officer by fax at (202) 395–6974 (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer) or by email at OIRA_submission@ omb.eop.gov (attention: AHRQ’s desk officer). ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 145 (Monday, July 29, 2019)]
[Notices]
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FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

[Notice 2019-10]


Policy Statement Regarding a Program for Requesting Consideration 
of Legal Questions by the Commission

AGENCY: Federal Election Commission.

ACTION: Policy statement.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') adopted a 
program on August 1, 2011, providing for a means by which persons and 
entities may have a legal question considered by the Commission earlier 
in both the report review process and the audit process. On October 23, 
2013, the Commission revised this policy to provide an alternative 
electronic means to file a request with the Commission. On May 13, 
2016, the Commission further revised this policy to clarify that 
requests for consideration must be submitted to the Commission 
Secretary to ensure that such requests are processed in a timely 
manner, and to build five business days into the program to allow time 
for the informal resolution of matters. The Commission is now 
republishing the policy to reflect the Commission's new mailing 
address. The Commission, however, is not making any substantive changes 
to the policy published on May 13, 2016.

DATES: This address change is effective July 29, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Lorenzo Holloway, Assistant 
General Counsel, or Margaret Forman, Attorney, 1050 First Street NE, 
Washington, DC 20463, (202) 694-1650 or (800) 424-9530.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 1, 2011, the Commission adopted a 
program providing for a means by which persons and entities may have a 
legal question considered by the Commission earlier in both the report 
review process and the audit process. Specifically, when the Office of 
Compliance (``OC'') (which includes the Reports Analysis Division and 
the Audit Division) requests that a person or entity take corrective 
action during the report review or audit process, if the person or 
entity disagrees with the request based upon a material dispute on a 
question of law, the person or entity may seek Commission consideration 
of the issue pursuant to this procedure. The October 23, 2013 revision 
of the program was identical to that August 1, 2011 program, except 
that it provided alternative means to file a request with the 
Commission. This change was made to address and clarify timeliness 
issues due to delays in the processing and receipt of requests mailed 
to the Commission, by encouraging requests to be filed electronically 
by email. The May 13, 2016 program revised the October 23, 2013 program 
by clarifying that requests for consideration must be submitted to the 
Commission Secretary to ensure that such requests are processed in a 
timely manner, and building five business days into the program to 
allow time for the informal resolution of matters. The Commission is 
now republishing the policy in order to update the Commission's address 
following its move to a new location in March 2018. The new address is 
1050 First Street NE, Washington DC 20463. The policy statement 
regarding this program is reprinted in its entirety, below.

I. Procedures

    Within 15 business days of a determination by the Reports Analysis 
Division or Audit Division that a person or entity remains obligated to 
take corrective action to resolve an issue that has arisen during the 
report review or audit process, the person or entity may seek 
Commission consideration if a material dispute on a question of law 
exists with respect to the recommended corrective action.\1\ A 
``determination'' for purposes of triggering the 15 business days is 
either: (1) Notification to the person or entity of legal guidance 
prepared by the Office of General Counsel (``OGC'') at the request of 
the Reports Analysis Division recommending the corrective action; or 
(2) the end of the Committee's Audit Exit Conference response period.
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    \1\ Many disputes involving corrective action requests hinge on 
questions of fact rather than questions of law, and thus are not 
appropriate for this procedure.
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    Any request for consideration by a Committee during the report 
review process or the audit process shall be limited to questions of 
law on material issues, when: (1) The legal issue is novel, complex, or 
pertains to an unsettled question of law; (2) there has been 
intervening legislation, rulemaking, or litigation since the Commission 
last considered the issue; or (3) the request to take corrective action 
is contrary to or otherwise inconsistent with prior Commission matters 
dealing with the same issue. The request must specify the question of 
law at issue and why it is subject to Commission consideration. It 
should discuss, when appropriate, prior Commission matters raising the 
same issue, relevant court decisions, and any other analysis of the 
issue that may assist the Commission in its decision making. The 
Commission will not consider factual disputes under this procedure, and 
any requests for consideration other than on questions of law on 
material issues will not be granted.
    All requests, including any extension requests, must be received by 
the Commission within 15 business days of the determination of 
corrective action. All requests must be directed to the attention of 
the Commission Secretary. Requestors may submit requests electronically 
via email. If a Requestor chooses to submit a request electronically 
via email, the email must be sent to [email protected]. 
Requestors are encouraged to submit comments electronically to ensure 
timely receipt and consideration. Alternatively, requests may be 
submitted in paper form. Paper requests must be sent to the Federal 
Election Commission, Attn.: Commission Secretary, 1050 First Street NE, 
Washington, DC 20463. Requestors are advised that if they submit a 
request, electronically or otherwise, to a different address than 
designated in this Policy, the processing of the request may be 
delayed. Upon receipt of a request, the Commission Secretary shall 
forward a copy of any request to each Commissioner, the General 
Counsel, and the Staff Director.
    Any request for an extension of time to file will be considered on 
a case-by-case basis and will only be granted if good cause is shown, 
and the Commission approves the extension request by four affirmative 
votes within five business days of receipt of the extension request. 
Within five business days of notification to the Commissioners of a 
request for consideration of a legal question, if two or more 
Commissioners agree that the Commission should consider the request, 
OGC may, at that time, attempt to resolve the matter informally over 
the course of five business days. Within 15 business days from the date 
upon which OC and OGC conclude that the matter cannot be resolved 
informally, or from the expiration of the five business day period, 
whichever occurs first, OGC will prepare and circulate a recommendation 
in accordance with all applicable Commission Directives. If the matter 
is resolved informally, OC and OGC will notify the Commission that the 
matter

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has been resolved, and notify the Requestor in writing of the 
notification to the Commission. Informal resolution of a matter does 
not prevent the Requestor from seeking Commission consideration, in an 
additional or subsequent determination, subject to the requirements of 
this program.
    After the recommendation is circulated for a Commission vote, in 
the event of an objection, the matter shall be automatically placed on 
the next meeting agenda consistent with the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 
552b(g), and applicable Commission regulations, 11 CFR part 2. However, 
if within 60 business days of the filing of a request for 
consideration, the Commission has not resolved the issue or provided 
guidance on how to proceed with the matter by the affirmative vote of 
four or more Commissioners, the OC may proceed with the matter. After 
the 60 business days has elapsed, any requestor will be provided a copy 
of OGC's recommendation memorandum and an accompanying vote 
certification, or if no such certification exists, a cover page stating 
the disposition of the memoranda. Confidential information will be 
redacted as necessary.
    After the request review process has concluded, or a Final Audit 
Report has been approved, a copy of the request for consideration, as 
well as the recommendation memorandum and accompanying vote 
certification or disposition memorandum, will be placed with the 
Committee's filings or audit documents on the Commission's website 
within 30 days. These materials will also be placed on the Commission's 
web page dedicated to legal questions considered by the Commission 
under this program.
    This procedure is not intended to circumvent or supplant the 
Advisory Opinion process provided under 52 U.S.C. 30108 and 11 CFR part 
112. Accordingly, any legal issues that qualify for consideration under 
the Advisory Opinion process are not appropriate for consideration 
under this new procedure. Additionally, this policy statement does not 
supersede the procedures regarding eligibility and entitlement to 
public funds set forth in Commission Directive 24 and 11 CFR 9005.1, 
9033.4, 9033.6 or 9033.10.

II. Annual Review

    No later than July 1 of each year, the OC and OGC shall jointly 
prepare and distribute to the Commission a written report containing a 
summary of the requests made under the program over the previous year 
and a summary of the Commission's consideration of those requests and 
any action taken thereon. The annual report shall also include the 
Chief Compliance Officer's and the General Counsel's assessment of 
whether, and to what extent, the program has promoted efficiency and 
fairness in both the Commission's report review process and in the 
audit process, as well as their recommendations, if any, for 
modifications to the program.
    The Commission may terminate or modify this program through 
additional policy statements at any time by an affirmative vote of four 
of its members.

    Dated: July 23, 2019.

    On behalf of the Commission.
Ellen Weintraub,
Chair, Federal Election Commission.
[FR Doc. 2019-15988 Filed 7-26-19; 8:45 am]
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