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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 155 / Monday, August 12, 2019 / Notices 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’’) certifying that it qualifies as a lowvolume 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 Securities 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. Current actions: On April 30, 2019, the Board published a notice in the Federal Register (84 FR 18285) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, with revision, of the Notice Claiming Status as an Exempt Transfer Agent. The FR 4013 is being revised to account for the existing regulatory requirement to file an exemption disqualification notice under certain circumstances. The comment period for this notice expired on July 1, 2019. The Board did not receive any comments. The revisions will be implemented as proposed. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 7, 2019. Michele Taylor Fennell, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–17189 Filed 8–9–19; 8:45 am] jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6210–01–P 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Aug 09, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 Reporting and Disclosure Requirements Related to Securities of State Member Banks as Required by Regulation H (FR H–1; OMB No. 7100–0091). DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before October 11, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR H–1, by any of the following methods: • Agency Website: https:// www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at https://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/ foia/proposedregs.aspx. • Email: regs.comments@ federalreserve.gov. Include 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 on the Board’s website at https:// 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 Office of Management and Budget (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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39845 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 https://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 Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551, (202) 452–3829. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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. E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 39846 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 155 / Monday, August 12, 2019 / Notices jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Proposal Under OMB Delegated Authority To Extend for Three Years, With Revision, the Following Information Collection Report title: Reporting and Disclosure Requirements Related to Securities of State Member Banks as Required by Regulation H. Agency form number: FR H–1. OMB control number: 7100–0091. Frequency: Annually, Quarterly, and on occasion. Respondents: State member banks (SMBs). Estimated number of respondents: 2. Estimated average hours per response: Reporting requirements: Form 8–A, 3.0 hours; Form 10, 218 hours; Regulation 12B, 1 hour; Rule 13e–1, 13.0 hours; Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C, 98.2 hours; Regulation 14D and Schedule 14D, 65.14 hours; Rule 14f–l, 2.0 hours; Form 10–K, 2395.73 hours; Form 10–Q, 190.42 hours; and Form 8–K, 7.71 hours; Disclosure requirements: Form 3, 0.16 hours; Form 4, 0.16 hours; and Form 5, 0.16 hours; Reporting and Disclosure requirements: Regulation 14A and Schedule 14A, 12.75 hours; Rule 12b–25 and Form 12b–25, 2.50 hours; Rule 13e–3 and Schedule 13E–3, 34.36 hours; and Form 15, 1.50 hours. Estimated annual burden hours: Reporting requirements: Form 8–A, 6 hours; Form 10, 436 hours; Regulation 12B, 2 hours; Rule 13e–1, 26 hours; Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C, 196 hours; Regulation 14D and Schedule 14D, 130 hours; Rule 14f–l, 4 hours; Form 10–K, 4,791 hours; Form 10–Q, 1,143 hours; and Form 8–K, 15 hours; Disclosure requirements: Form 3, 0.32 hours; Form 4, 11 hours; and Form 5, 3 hours; Reporting and Disclosure requirements: Regulation 14A and Schedule 14A, 26 hours; Rule 12b–25 and Form 12b–25, 5 hours; Rule 13e–3 and Schedule 13E–3, 69 hours; and Form 15, 3 hours. General description of report: The Board’s Regulation H requires SMBs whose securities are subject to registration pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) 1 to disclose certain information to shareholders and securities exchanges and to report information relating to their securities to the Board using forms adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and in compliance with certain rules and regulations adopted by the SEC. Proposed revisions: The Board proposes to revise the FR H–1 to account for certain collections of information in SEC regulations that 1 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Aug 09, 2019 Jkt 247001 apply to SMBs with registered securities (that have not previously been accounted for) and the following relevant revisions to disclosure and reporting requirements associated with the FR H–1: • In August 2015, the SEC adopted amendments to Item 402 of Regulation S–K and Form 8–K under the Exchange Act to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act by requiring disclosure of the median of the annual total compensation of all employees of a registrant (excluding the chief executive officer), the annual total compensation of that registrant’s chief executive officer, and the ratio of the median of the annual total compensation of all employees to the annual total compensation of the chief executive officer.2 These revisions affect the collections associated with Regulation S–K, Regulation 14A and Schedule 14A, Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C, Form 8–K, and Form 10–K. • In March 2017, the SEC adopted rule and form amendments that require registrants to include a hyperlink to the exhibits in their filings.3 These revisions affect the collections associated with Regulation S–K, Regulation S–T, Form 10, Form 8–K, Form 10–Q, and Form 10–K. • In June 2018, the SEC adopted amendments to the definition of ‘‘smaller reporting company’’ to expand the number of registrants that qualify as smaller reporting companies and thereby are eligible to rely on the scaled disclosure requirements.4 These revisions affect the collections associated with Regulation S–K, Regulation 12B, Regulation 14A and Schedule 14A, Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C, Form 10, Form 10–Q, and Form 10–K. • In October 2018, the SEC adopted rule and form amendments to address disclosure requirements that have become redundant, duplicative, overlapping, outdated, or superseded as a result of other SEC disclosure requirements, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, International Financial Reporting Standards, or changes in the information environment.5 These revisions affect the collections associated with Regulation S–X, Form 10–Q, Form 10–K, and Form 10. • In December 2018, the SEC adopted amendments to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which require a company to describe any practices or 80 FR 50103 (August 8, 2015). 82 FR 14130 (March 3, 2017). 4 See 83 FR 31992 (July 10, 2018). 5 See 83 FR 50148 (October 4, 2018). policies it has adopted regarding the ability of its employees (including officers) or directors to purchase financial instruments, or otherwise engage in transactions, that hedge or offset, or are designed to hedge or offset, any decrease in the market value of equity securities granted as compensation, or held directly or indirectly by the employee or director.6 These revisions affect the collections associated with Regulation S–K, Regulation 14A and Schedule 14A, and Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C. • In December 2018, the SEC adopted rule and form revisions that would modernize the property disclosure requirements for mining registrants.7 These revisions affect the collections associated with Regulation S–K, Form 10, and Form 10–K. • In March 2019, the SEC adopted rule amendments based on the recommendations made in the staff’s Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S–K, as required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.8 These amendments were designed to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisers, and investment companies. These revisions affect the collections associated with Regulation S–K, Regulation S–T, Regulation 12B, Form 10, Form 8–K, Form 10–Q, and Form 10–K. Legal authorization and confidentiality: Various provisions of the Exchange Act require issuers to file reports with the SEC and make certain disclosures, and sections 12(i) and 23(a)(1) of the Exchange Act authorize the Board to adopt rules and regulations requiring qualifying SMBs to file those reports with the Board (15 U.S.C. 78l(i) and 78w(a)(1)). The FR H–1 is mandatory. Reports filed with the Board pursuant to this collection are not considered confidential and must be disclosed publically under Regulation H (12 CFR 208.36(c)(3)). However, a SMB may request that a report or document not be disclosed to the public (12 CFR 208.36(d)). Should a SMB request confidential treatment of such information, the question of whether the information is entitled to confidential treatment would be determined on a case-by-case basis. Information may be kept confidential under exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, which protects privileged or confidential commercial or financial information (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)). 2 See 3 See PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6 See 84 FR 2402 (February 6, 2019). 83 FR 66344 (December 26, 2018). 8 See 84 FR 12674 (April 2, 2019). 7 See E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 155 / Monday, August 12, 2019 / Notices Consultation outside the agency: The reporting and disclosure requirements discussed in this supporting statement were promulgated by the SEC. The Board has not consulted with the SEC or any other parties with regard to the proposed extension for three years, with revision, of the FR H–1. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 7, 2019. Michele Taylor Fennell, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–17185 Filed 8–9–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. SUMMARY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is adopting a proposal to extend for three years, with revision, the Reporting Requirements Associated with Supervision and Regulation Assessments of Fees (Regulation TT) (FR TT; 1 OMB No. 7100–0369). DATES: The revisions are applicable immediately. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202) 452–3829. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed— Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395–6974. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to approve and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. Board-approved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the PRA Submission, supporting statements jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: and approved collection of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB’s public docket files. The Board may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for Three Years, With Revision, of the Following Information Collection Report title: Reporting Requirements Associated with Supervision and Regulation Assessments of Fees (Regulation TT). Agency form number: FR TT. OMB control number: 7100–0369. Effective date: Immediately. Frequency: On occasion. Respondents: Bank holding companies (BHCs) and savings and loan holding companies (SLHCs) and all nonbank financial companies designated for Board supervision by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). Estimated number of respondents: 3. Estimated average hours per response: 40. Estimated annual burden hours: 120. General description of report: The Board’s Regulation TT 2 implements section 11(s) of the Federal Reserve Act (FRA),3 which directs the Board to collect assessments, fees, or other charges (collectively, ‘‘assessments’’) from BHCs and SLHCs that meet a statutory size threshold and from all nonbank financial companies designated for Board supervision by FSOC (collectively, ‘‘assessed companies’’) in an amount equal to the total expenses the Board estimates are necessary or appropriate to carry out its supervisory and regulatory responsibilities with respect to such companies. Pursuant to Regulation TT, the Board issues an annual notice of assessment to each assessed company. Assessed companies may file a written appeal with the Board regarding the assessment.4 Legal authorization and confidentiality: The FR TT is authorized pursuant to section 11(i) of the FRA (12 U.S.C. 248(i)), which provides that the Board shall make all rules and regulations necessary to enable the Board to effectively perform the duties, 2 12 1 The internal Agency Tracking Number previously assigned by the Board to this information collection was Reg TT. The Board is changing the internal Agency Tracking Number for the purpose of consistency. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Aug 09, 2019 Jkt 247001 CFR part 246. U.S.C. 248(s). Section 11(s) of the Federal Reserve Act was added by section 318 of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. 4 12 CFR 246.5(b). 3 12 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39847 functions, or services specified in the FRA. The FR TT is voluntary. An assessed company may request confidential treatment of its appeal if it believes that disclosure of specific commercial or financial information in the statement would likely result in substantial harm to its competitive position. The determination that such information is confidential and not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), would need to be made on a caseby-case basis, consistent with FOIA exemption 4 (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)). Current actions: On April 8, 2019, the Board published an initial notice in the Federal Register (84 FR 13918) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, with revision, of Reporting Requirements Associated with Supervision and Regulation Assessments of Fees (Regulation TT). The comment period for this notice expired on June 7, 2019. The Board did not receive any comments. The revisions will be implemented as proposed. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 7, 2019. Michele Taylor Fennell, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–17187 Filed 8–9–19; 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 Interchange Transaction Fees Survey (FR 3064; OMB No. 7100–0344). DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before October 11, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR 3064, by any of the following methods: • Agency Website: https:// www.federalreserve.gov/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at https://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/ foia/proposedregs.aspx. • Email: regs.comments@ federalreserve.gov. Include the OMB number in the subject line of the message. • FAX: (202) 452–3819 or (202) 452– 3102. 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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 Reporting and Disclosure Requirements Related to Securities of 
State Member Banks as Required by Regulation H (FR H-1; OMB No. 7100-
0091).

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before October 11, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FR H-1, by any of the 
following methods:
     Agency Website: https://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments at https://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx.
     Email: [email protected]. Include 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 on the Board's website at https://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 
Office of Management and Budget (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 https://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 Governors of the Federal Reserve 
System, Washington, DC 20551, (202) 452-3829.

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.

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

    Report title: Reporting and Disclosure Requirements Related to 
Securities of State Member Banks as Required by Regulation H.
    Agency form number: FR H-1.
    OMB control number: 7100-0091.
    Frequency: Annually, Quarterly, and on occasion.
    Respondents: State member banks (SMBs).
    Estimated number of respondents: 2.
    Estimated average hours per response: Reporting requirements: Form 
8-A, 3.0 hours; Form 10, 218 hours; Regulation 12B, 1 hour; Rule 13e-1, 
13.0 hours; Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C, 98.2 hours; Regulation 14D 
and Schedule 14D, 65.14 hours; Rule 14f-l, 2.0 hours; Form 10-K, 
2395.73 hours; Form 10-Q, 190.42 hours; and Form 8-K, 7.71 hours; 
Disclosure requirements: Form 3, 0.16 hours; Form 4, 0.16 hours; and 
Form 5, 0.16 hours; Reporting and Disclosure requirements: Regulation 
14A and Schedule 14A, 12.75 hours; Rule 12b-25 and Form 12b-25, 2.50 
hours; Rule 13e-3 and Schedule 13E-3, 34.36 hours; and Form 15, 1.50 
hours.
    Estimated annual burden hours: Reporting requirements: Form 8-A, 6 
hours; Form 10, 436 hours; Regulation 12B, 2 hours; Rule 13e-1, 26 
hours; Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C, 196 hours; Regulation 14D and 
Schedule 14D, 130 hours; Rule 14f-l, 4 hours; Form 10-K, 4,791 hours; 
Form 10-Q, 1,143 hours; and Form 8-K, 15 hours; Disclosure 
requirements: Form 3, 0.32 hours; Form 4, 11 hours; and Form 5, 3 
hours; Reporting and Disclosure requirements: Regulation 14A and 
Schedule 14A, 26 hours; Rule 12b-25 and Form 12b-25, 5 hours; Rule 13e-
3 and Schedule 13E-3, 69 hours; and Form 15, 3 hours.
    General description of report: The Board's Regulation H requires 
SMBs whose securities are subject to registration pursuant to the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) \1\ to disclose certain 
information to shareholders and securities exchanges and to report 
information relating to their securities to the Board using forms 
adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and in 
compliance with certain rules and regulations adopted by the SEC.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.
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    Proposed revisions: The Board proposes to revise the FR H-1 to 
account for certain collections of information in SEC regulations that 
apply to SMBs with registered securities (that have not previously been 
accounted for) and the following relevant revisions to disclosure and 
reporting requirements associated with the FR H-1:
     In August 2015, the SEC adopted amendments to Item 402 of 
Regulation S-K and Form 8-K under the Exchange Act to implement Section 
953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act by requiring disclosure of the median of 
the annual total compensation of all employees of a registrant 
(excluding the chief executive officer), the annual total compensation 
of that registrant's chief executive officer, and the ratio of the 
median of the annual total compensation of all employees to the annual 
total compensation of the chief executive officer.\2\ These revisions 
affect the collections associated with Regulation S-K, Regulation 14A 
and Schedule 14A, Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C, Form 8-K, and Form 
10-K.
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    \2\ See 80 FR 50103 (August 8, 2015).
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     In March 2017, the SEC adopted rule and form amendments 
that require registrants to include a hyperlink to the exhibits in 
their filings.\3\ These revisions affect the collections associated 
with Regulation S-K, Regulation S-T, Form 10, Form 8-K, Form 10-Q, and 
Form 10-K.
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    \3\ See 82 FR 14130 (March 3, 2017).
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     In June 2018, the SEC adopted amendments to the definition 
of ``smaller reporting company'' to expand the number of registrants 
that qualify as smaller reporting companies and thereby are eligible to 
rely on the scaled disclosure requirements.\4\ These revisions affect 
the collections associated with Regulation S-K, Regulation 12B, 
Regulation 14A and Schedule 14A, Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C, Form 
10, Form 10-Q, and Form 10-K.
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    \4\ See 83 FR 31992 (July 10, 2018).
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     In October 2018, the SEC adopted rule and form amendments 
to address disclosure requirements that have become redundant, 
duplicative, overlapping, outdated, or superseded as a result of other 
SEC disclosure requirements, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting 
Principles, International Financial Reporting Standards, or changes in 
the information environment.\5\ These revisions affect the collections 
associated with Regulation S-X, Form 10-Q, Form 10-K, and Form 10.
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    \5\ See 83 FR 50148 (October 4, 2018).
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     In December 2018, the SEC adopted amendments to implement 
Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which require a company to describe 
any practices or policies it has adopted regarding the ability of its 
employees (including officers) or directors to purchase financial 
instruments, or otherwise engage in transactions, that hedge or offset, 
or are designed to hedge or offset, any decrease in the market value of 
equity securities granted as compensation, or held directly or 
indirectly by the employee or director.\6\ These revisions affect the 
collections associated with Regulation S-K, Regulation 14A and Schedule 
14A, and Regulation 14C and Schedule 14C.
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    \6\ See 84 FR 2402 (February 6, 2019).
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     In December 2018, the SEC adopted rule and form revisions 
that would modernize the property disclosure requirements for mining 
registrants.\7\ These revisions affect the collections associated with 
Regulation S-K, Form 10, and Form 10-K.
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    \7\ See 83 FR 66344 (December 26, 2018).
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     In March 2019, the SEC adopted rule amendments based on 
the recommendations made in the staff's Report on Modernization and 
Simplification of Regulation S-K, as required by Section 72003 of the 
Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act.\8\ These amendments were 
designed to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public 
companies, investment advisers, and investment companies. These 
revisions affect the collections associated with Regulation S-K, 
Regulation S-T, Regulation 12B, Form 10, Form 8-K, Form 10-Q, and Form 
10-K.
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    \8\ See 84 FR 12674 (April 2, 2019).
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    Legal authorization and confidentiality: Various provisions of the 
Exchange Act require issuers to file reports with the SEC and make 
certain disclosures, and sections 12(i) and 23(a)(1) of the Exchange 
Act authorize the Board to adopt rules and regulations requiring 
qualifying SMBs to file those reports with the Board (15 U.S.C. 78l(i) 
and 78w(a)(1)). The FR H-1 is mandatory. Reports filed with the Board 
pursuant to this collection are not considered confidential and must be 
disclosed publically under Regulation H (12 CFR 208.36(c)(3)). However, 
a SMB may request that a report or document not be disclosed to the 
public (12 CFR 208.36(d)). Should a SMB request confidential treatment 
of such information, the question of whether the information is 
entitled to confidential treatment would be determined on a case-by-
case basis. Information may be kept confidential under exemption 4 of 
the Freedom of Information Act, which protects privileged or 
confidential commercial or financial information (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)).

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    Consultation outside the agency: The reporting and disclosure 
requirements discussed in this supporting statement were promulgated by 
the SEC. The Board has not consulted with the SEC or any other parties 
with regard to the proposed extension for three years, with revision, 
of the FR H-1.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 7, 
2019.
Michele Taylor Fennell,
Assistant Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2019-17185 Filed 8-9-19; 8:45 am]
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