Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB, 70542-70544 [2019-27600]

Download as PDF 70542 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Notices Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 17, 2019. Michele Taylor Fennell, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–27597 Filed 12–20–19; 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. AGENCY: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is adopting a proposal to extend for three years, without revision, the Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form (Form TA–1; OMB No. 7100– 0099). SUMMARY: 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. A copy of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) OMB submission, including the reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB’s public docket files. These documents also are available on the Federal Reserve 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 above. On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board authority under the PRA to approve and assign OMB control numbers to collections of information conducted or sponsored by the Board. Boardapproved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the PRA Submission, supporting statements, and approved collection of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB’s public docket files. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for Three Years, Without Revision, of the Following Information Collection Report title: Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form. Agency form number: Form TA–1. OMB control number: 7100–0099. Frequency: On occasion. Respondents: State member banks (SMBs) and subsidiaries thereof, bank holding companies (BHCs) and covered subsidiaries thereof, and savings and loan holding companies (SLHCs). Estimated number of respondents: Registrations, 1; amendments, 2; deregistrations, 1. Estimated average time per response: Registrations, 1.25 hours; amendments, 10 minutes (0.16 hours); de-registrations 30 minutes (0.5 hours). Estimated annual burden hours: Registrations, 1.25 hours; amendments, 0.33 hours; de-registrations, 0.5 hours. General description of report: The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) requires any person acting as a transfer agent 1 to register as such with the appropriate regulatory agency (ARA). The Board is the ARA for the respondents listed above. Transfer agents for which the Board is the ARA must register with the Board using Form TA–1. Legal authorization and confidentiality: Section 17A(c) of the Exchange Act 2 requires all transfer agents for securities registered under section 12 of the Exchange Act to register ‘‘by filing with the appropriate regulatory agency . . . an application for registration in such form and containing such information and documents . . . as such appropriate regulatory agency may prescribe as necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of this section.’’ 3 Under section 3(a)(34)(B)(ii) of the Exchange Act,4 the Board is the appropriate regulatory agency with respect to any transfer agent that is a state member bank or a subsidiary thereof, a BHC or a covered subsidiary thereof, or a SLHC (together, ‘‘Board-Registered Transfer Agents’’). In addition, the Form TA–1 is authorized pursuant to sections 2, 17(a)(3), and 23(a) of the Exchange Act,5 which, among other things, authorize the Board to promulgate regulations and establish recordkeeping and reporting 1 Transfer agents are institutions that provide securities transfer, registration, monitoring, and other specified services on behalf of securities issuers. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(25) (defining ‘‘transfer agent’’). 2 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(c). 3 See 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(c)(1). 4 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(34)(B)(ii). 5 15 U.S.C. 78b, 78q(a)(3), and 78w(a). PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 requirements with respect to BoardRegistered Transfer Agents. Additionally, the Board also has broad authority to require reports from BHCs, SLHCs, and SMBs.6 The Form TA–1 is mandatory. The information collected in the Form TA– 1 is available to the public upon request and is not considered confidential. Current actions: On September 10, 2019, the Board published an initial notice in the Federal Register (84 FR 47512) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, without revision, of the Form TA–1. The comment period for this notice expired on November 12, 2019. The Board did not receive any comments. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 17, 2019. Michele Taylor Fennell, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–27598 Filed 12–20–19; 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 Notice by Financial Institutions of Government Securities Broker or Government Securities Dealer Activities and the Notice by Financial Institutions of Termination of Activities as a Government Securities Broker or Government Securities Dealer (Form G– FIN and Form G–FINW; OMB No. 7100– 0224). The revisions are effective immediately. AGENCY: 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. 6 See 12 U.S.C. 1844(c), 12 U.S.C. 1467a(b) and (g), and 12 U.S.C. 248(a) and 324. E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Notices A copy of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) OMB submission, including the reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB’s public docket files. These documents also are available on the Federal Reserve 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 above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board authority under the PRA to approve and assign OMB control numbers to collections of information conducted or sponsored by the Board. Boardapproved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the PRA Submission, supporting statements, and approved collection of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB’s public docket files. Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for Three Years, With Revision, of the Following Information Collections: Report title: Notice by Financial Institutions of Government Securities Broker or Government Securities Dealer Activities. Agency form number: Form G–FIN. OMB control number: 7100–0224. Effective Date: The revisions are effectively immediately. Frequency: On occasion. Respondents: State member banks, foreign banks, uninsured state branches or state agencies of foreign banks, commercial lending companies owned or controlled by foreign banks, and Edge corporations. Estimated number of respondents: Reporting, 34; Recordkeeping, 2. Estimated average hours per response: Reporting, 1; Recordkeeping, 0.25. Estimated annual burden hours: 35. General description of report: The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Act),1 requires financial institutions to notify their appropriate regulatory agency (ARA) prior to using the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce to engage in government securities broker or dealer activities. The Board is the ARA for state member banks, foreign banks, uninsured state branches or state agencies of foreign banks, commercial lending companies owned or controlled by foreign banks, and Edge corporations (collectively, ‘‘Board regulated financial institutions’’). A Board regulated financial institution must use Form G– 1 15 U.S.C 78o–5. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 FIN to register as a government securities broker or dealer or to amend a previously submitted G–FIN. Form G–FIN collects such information as the company name, all business addresses, names and titles of managers of government securities activities, and the names of any persons involved in disciplinary proceedings related to the sale of securities. The Board uses the information collected by Form G–FIN to measure compliance with the Act. An important function of the Form G– FIN is to help financial institutions determine whether they must file notices pursuant to the Act. The definitions of government securities broker and government securities dealer in the Act are very broad and, if read literally, would encompass most banks and many thrift institutions. The Treasury has the authority to exempt institutions from this requirement if it is consistent with the intent of the Act. When the Treasury regulations were first drafted to implement the reporting requirements of the Act, the ARAs worked closely to narrow the class of financial institution required to file the Form G–FIN (reflected in Part B of the instructions, Who Must File). In addition to incorporating the Treasury’s exemptions from the notice requirement in the reporting instructions, these exemptions are prominently summarized on the cover sheet of the Form G–FIN in order to provide a simpler and easier means for financial institutions to determine if they are exempt. Report title: Notice by Financial Institutions of Termination of Activities as a Government Securities Broker or Government Securities Dealer. Agency form number: Form G–FINW. OMB control number: 7100–0224. Effective Date: The revisions are effectively immediately. Frequency: On occasion. Respondents: State member banks, foreign banks, uninsured state branches or state agencies of foreign banks, commercial lending companies owned or controlled by foreign banks, and Edge corporations. Estimated number of respondents: Reporting, 2; Recordkeeping, 1. Estimated average hours per response: Reporting, 0.25; Recordkeeping, 0.25. Estimated annual burden hours: 1. General description of report: The Act requires financial institutions to notify their ARA upon terminating government securities broker or dealer activities. A Board regulated financial institution must use Form G–FINW to notify the Board of its termination of such activities. Form G–FINW collects information such as the company name, PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70543 address, and contact person responsible for the records associated with the government securities broker or dealer activities. The Board uses the information collected by Form G–FINW to measure compliance with the Act. The information collected by Form G– FINW is not available from other sources. The instructions for Form G–FINW state that a notificant should retain one exact copy of each completed Form G– FINW for the notificant’s records. These records must be kept until at least three years after the financial institution has notified the Board that it has ceased to function as a government securities broker or dealer. Legal authorization and confidentiality: Forms G–FIN and G– FINW are authorized under the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78o–5(a)(l)(B)(i), which requires a financial institution that is a broker or dealer of government securities to submit a written notice advising its ARA that it is a government securities broker or a government securities dealer or that it has ceased to act as such. The Act also directs the Board, in consultation with the other ARAs (the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency),2 as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to prescribe the form of and the information collected in these notices (15 U.S.C. 78o–5(a)(l)(B)(ii)). Further support for the creation and collection of these notices by the Board is found in the Treasury regulations, authorized by 15 U.S.C. 78o–5(b)(l), which instruct that the Form G–FIN and Form G–FINW are promulgated by the Board and that such forms are to be used by nonexempt 3 financial institutions to notify the ARA of their status as government securities brokers or dealers or the termination of such status.4 Section 15C of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78o– 5(b)(1)(C), also instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to promulgate recordkeeping requirements regarding the forms and records to be retained by government securities brokers and dealers and to specify the time period for which such records shall be 2 A copy of the form filed with each ARA is also made available by the ARA to the SEC under the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o–5(a)(1)(B)(iii)). 3 The Act permits the Secretary of the Treasury to exempt certain government securities brokers or dealers, 15 U.S.C. 78o–5(a)(5), and the Secretary of the Treasury has promulgated regulations exempting certain types of firms. See 17 CFR part 401. 4 See 17 CFR 400.1(d), 449.1, and 449.2; see also 17 CFR 400.5(b) (requiring that any amendments or corrections to the notice of status of government securities broker or dealer be filed by the financial institution on Form G–FIN within 30 days). E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES 70544 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Notices preserved. Accordingly, the recordkeeping requirement associated with these forms is contained in 17 CFR 404.4, which requires state member banks and uninsured state branches or state agencies of foreign banks, as well as other institutions, to retain these forms for three years after the financial institution notifies its ARA that it has ceased to function as a government securities broker or dealer. Although Treasury’s recordkeeping requirement does not explicitly apply to foreign banks, Edge corporations, or commercial lending companies that are owned or controlled by foreign banks, the Board has the authority to ‘‘issue such rules and regulations with respect to transactions in government securities as may be necessary to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices and to promote just and equitable principles of trade’’ (15 U.S.C. 78o–5(b)(3)(A)). Imposing a recordkeeping requirement on foreign banks, Edge corporations, and commercial lending companies owned or controlled by foreign banks is necessary for the public interest and protection of investors in order to ensure that the proper notification has been provided when these institutions are transacting in government securities (15 U.S.C. 78o–5(a)(1)(B)). In addition, the Board is authorized to impose a recordkeeping requirement on foreign banking organizations 5 (12 U.S.C. 3108), on Edge corporations (12 U.S.C. 625), and on commercial lending companies that are owned or controlled by foreign banks (12 U.S.C. 3106, as applied through 12 U.S.C. 1844(c)). The obligation to file the Form G–FIN and Form G–FINW with the Board, and the obligation for the government securities broker or dealer to retain a copy of the Form G–FIN and Form G– FINW, is mandatory for those financial institutions for which the Board serves as the ARA, unless the financial institution is exempt from the reporting requirement under Treasury’s regulations. The filing of these forms and the records retention period is event-generated. Under the Act, each ARA is instructed to make these forms available to the SEC, and the SEC is instructed to make the notices available to the public (15 U.S.C. 78o-5(a)(l)(B)(iii)). Thus, the information collected on Form G–FIN and Form G–FINW is ordinarily not treated as confidential. However, given 5 A foreign banking organization is a foreign bank that operates a branch, agency, or commercial lending company subsidiary in the United States; controls a bank in the United States; or controls an Edge corporation acquired after March 5, 1987; and any company of which the foreign bank is a subsidiary. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 that Item 6 of Form G–FIN instructs the filer to attach copies of the confidential Form G–FIN–4, or if applicable, to attach copies of any previously filed confidential Form MSD–4 or confidential Form U–4, these attachments may be treated as confidential under exemptions 4 and/or 6 of the Freedom of Information Act, which protect, respectively, ‘‘trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person [that is] privileged or confidential’’ and information about individuals in ‘‘personnel and medical files and similar files’’ when the disclosure of such information ‘‘would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy’’ (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) and 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6)). Current actions: On August 29, 2019, the Board published a notice in the Federal Register (84 FR 45491) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, with revision, of the Notice by Financial Institutions of Government Securities Broker or Government Securities Dealer Activities and the Notice by Financial Institutions of Termination of Activities as a Government Securities Broker or Government Securities Dealer (Form G– FIN and Form G–FINW). The changes proposed include revising the Form G– FIN and Form G–FINW to (1) require respondents to submit PDF versions of the forms and any attachments to a designated email address, and (2) to correct cross-references on the following forms: G–FIN–4, Form MSD–4, and Form U–4, which are incorporated by reference in Item 7 of the Form G–FIN. The comment period for this notice expired on October 28, 2019. One public comment was received, but it was outside the scope of the Board’s review under the PRA. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 17, 2019. Michele Taylor Fennell, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2019–27600 Filed 12–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry [30Day–20–19ACF] Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Agency for PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has submitted the information collection request titled ‘‘Human Health Effects of Drinking Water Exposures to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): A Multi-site Cross-sectional Study (The Multi-site Study)’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. ATSDR previously published a ‘‘Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations’’ notice on April 23, 2019 to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. ATSDR received two comments related to the previous notice. This notice serves to allow an additional 30 days for public and affected agency comments. ATSDR will accept all comments for this proposed information collection project. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments that: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including, through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses; and (e) Assess information collection costs. To request additional information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, call (404) 639–7570 or send an email to omb@cdc.gov. Direct written comments and/or suggestions regarding the items contained in this notice to the Attention: CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395–5806. Provide written comments within 30 days of notice publication. Proposed Project Human Health Effects of Drinking Water Exposures to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): A Multi-site Cross-sectional Study (The Multi-site Study)—NEW—Agency for E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 246 (Monday, December 23, 2019)]
[Notices]
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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM


Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board 
Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB

AGENCY: 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 
Notice by Financial Institutions of Government Securities Broker or 
Government Securities Dealer Activities and the Notice by Financial 
Institutions of Termination of Activities as a Government Securities 
Broker or Government Securities Dealer (Form G-FIN and Form G-FINW; OMB 
No. 7100-0224). The revisions are effective 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.

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    A copy of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) OMB submission, 
including the reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, 
and other documentation will be placed into OMB's public docket files. 
These documents also are available on the Federal Reserve 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 above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board 
authority under the PRA to approve and assign OMB control numbers to 
collections of information 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, and approved collection 
of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB's public docket files.
    Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for 
Three Years, With Revision, of the Following Information Collections:
    Report title: Notice by Financial Institutions of Government 
Securities Broker or Government Securities Dealer Activities.
    Agency form number: Form G-FIN.
    OMB control number: 7100-0224.
    Effective Date: The revisions are effectively immediately.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondents: State member banks, foreign banks, uninsured state 
branches or state agencies of foreign banks, commercial lending 
companies owned or controlled by foreign banks, and Edge corporations.
    Estimated number of respondents: Reporting, 34; Recordkeeping, 2.
    Estimated average hours per response: Reporting, 1; Recordkeeping, 
0.25.
    Estimated annual burden hours: 35.
    General description of report: The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 
as amended (the Act),\1\ requires financial institutions to notify 
their appropriate regulatory agency (ARA) prior to using the mails or 
any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce to engage in 
government securities broker or dealer activities. The Board is the ARA 
for state member banks, foreign banks, uninsured state branches or 
state agencies of foreign banks, commercial lending companies owned or 
controlled by foreign banks, and Edge corporations (collectively, 
``Board regulated financial institutions''). A Board regulated 
financial institution must use Form G-FIN to register as a government 
securities broker or dealer or to amend a previously submitted G-FIN.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C 78o-5.
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    Form G-FIN collects such information as the company name, all 
business addresses, names and titles of managers of government 
securities activities, and the names of any persons involved in 
disciplinary proceedings related to the sale of securities. The Board 
uses the information collected by Form G-FIN to measure compliance with 
the Act.
    An important function of the Form G-FIN is to help financial 
institutions determine whether they must file notices pursuant to the 
Act. The definitions of government securities broker and government 
securities dealer in the Act are very broad and, if read literally, 
would encompass most banks and many thrift institutions. The Treasury 
has the authority to exempt institutions from this requirement if it is 
consistent with the intent of the Act. When the Treasury regulations 
were first drafted to implement the reporting requirements of the Act, 
the ARAs worked closely to narrow the class of financial institution 
required to file the Form G-FIN (reflected in Part B of the 
instructions, Who Must File).
    In addition to incorporating the Treasury's exemptions from the 
notice requirement in the reporting instructions, these exemptions are 
prominently summarized on the cover sheet of the Form G-FIN in order to 
provide a simpler and easier means for financial institutions to 
determine if they are exempt.
    Report title: Notice by Financial Institutions of Termination of 
Activities as a Government Securities Broker or Government Securities 
Dealer.
    Agency form number: Form G-FINW.
    OMB control number: 7100-0224.
    Effective Date: The revisions are effectively immediately.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondents: State member banks, foreign banks, uninsured state 
branches or state agencies of foreign banks, commercial lending 
companies owned or controlled by foreign banks, and Edge corporations.
    Estimated number of respondents: Reporting, 2; Recordkeeping, 1.
    Estimated average hours per response: Reporting, 0.25; 
Recordkeeping, 0.25.
    Estimated annual burden hours: 1.
    General description of report: The Act requires financial 
institutions to notify their ARA upon terminating government securities 
broker or dealer activities. A Board regulated financial institution 
must use Form G-FINW to notify the Board of its termination of such 
activities. Form G-FINW collects information such as the company name, 
address, and contact person responsible for the records associated with 
the government securities broker or dealer activities. The Board uses 
the information collected by Form G-FINW to measure compliance with the 
Act. The information collected by Form G-FINW is not available from 
other sources.
    The instructions for Form G-FINW state that a notificant should 
retain one exact copy of each completed Form G-FINW for the 
notificant's records. These records must be kept until at least three 
years after the financial institution has notified the Board that it 
has ceased to function as a government securities broker or dealer.
    Legal authorization and confidentiality: Forms G-FIN and G-FINW are 
authorized under the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78o-5(a)(l)(B)(i), which requires a 
financial institution that is a broker or dealer of government 
securities to submit a written notice advising its ARA that it is a 
government securities broker or a government securities dealer or that 
it has ceased to act as such. The Act also directs the Board, in 
consultation with the other ARAs (the Federal Deposit Insurance 
Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency),\2\ as 
well as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to prescribe the 
form of and the information collected in these notices (15 U.S.C. 78o-
5(a)(l)(B)(ii)). Further support for the creation and collection of 
these notices by the Board is found in the Treasury regulations, 
authorized by 15 U.S.C. 78o-5(b)(l), which instruct that the Form G-FIN 
and Form G-FINW are promulgated by the Board and that such forms are to 
be used by non-exempt \3\ financial institutions to notify the ARA of 
their status as government securities brokers or dealers or the 
termination of such status.\4\
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    \2\ A copy of the form filed with each ARA is also made 
available by the ARA to the SEC under the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o-
5(a)(1)(B)(iii)).
    \3\ The Act permits the Secretary of the Treasury to exempt 
certain government securities brokers or dealers, 15 U.S.C. 78o-
5(a)(5), and the Secretary of the Treasury has promulgated 
regulations exempting certain types of firms. See 17 CFR part 401.
    \4\ See 17 CFR 400.1(d), 449.1, and 449.2; see also 17 CFR 
400.5(b) (requiring that any amendments or corrections to the notice 
of status of government securities broker or dealer be filed by the 
financial institution on Form G-FIN within 30 days).
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    Section 15C of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78o-5(b)(1)(C), also instructs 
the Secretary of the Treasury to promulgate recordkeeping requirements 
regarding the forms and records to be retained by government securities 
brokers and dealers and to specify the time period for which such 
records shall be

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preserved. Accordingly, the recordkeeping requirement associated with 
these forms is contained in 17 CFR 404.4, which requires state member 
banks and uninsured state branches or state agencies of foreign banks, 
as well as other institutions, to retain these forms for three years 
after the financial institution notifies its ARA that it has ceased to 
function as a government securities broker or dealer. Although 
Treasury's recordkeeping requirement does not explicitly apply to 
foreign banks, Edge corporations, or commercial lending companies that 
are owned or controlled by foreign banks, the Board has the authority 
to ``issue such rules and regulations with respect to transactions in 
government securities as may be necessary to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices and to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade'' (15 U.S.C. 78o-5(b)(3)(A)). Imposing a 
recordkeeping requirement on foreign banks, Edge corporations, and 
commercial lending companies owned or controlled by foreign banks is 
necessary for the public interest and protection of investors in order 
to ensure that the proper notification has been provided when these 
institutions are transacting in government securities (15 U.S.C. 78o-
5(a)(1)(B)). In addition, the Board is authorized to impose a 
recordkeeping requirement on foreign banking organizations \5\ (12 
U.S.C. 3108), on Edge corporations (12 U.S.C. 625), and on commercial 
lending companies that are owned or controlled by foreign banks (12 
U.S.C. 3106, as applied through 12 U.S.C. 1844(c)).
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    \5\ A foreign banking organization is a foreign bank that 
operates a branch, agency, or commercial lending company subsidiary 
in the United States; controls a bank in the United States; or 
controls an Edge corporation acquired after March 5, 1987; and any 
company of which the foreign bank is a subsidiary.
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    The obligation to file the Form G-FIN and Form G-FINW with the 
Board, and the obligation for the government securities broker or 
dealer to retain a copy of the Form G-FIN and Form G-FINW, is mandatory 
for those financial institutions for which the Board serves as the ARA, 
unless the financial institution is exempt from the reporting 
requirement under Treasury's regulations. The filing of these forms and 
the records retention period is event-generated.
    Under the Act, each ARA is instructed to make these forms available 
to the SEC, and the SEC is instructed to make the notices available to 
the public (15 U.S.C. 78o-5(a)(l)(B)(iii)). Thus, the information 
collected on Form G-FIN and Form G-FINW is ordinarily not treated as 
confidential. However, given that Item 6 of Form G-FIN instructs the 
filer to attach copies of the confidential Form G-FIN-4, or if 
applicable, to attach copies of any previously filed confidential Form 
MSD-4 or confidential Form U-4, these attachments may be treated as 
confidential under exemptions 4 and/or 6 of the Freedom of Information 
Act, which protect, respectively, ``trade secrets and commercial or 
financial information obtained from a person [that is] privileged or 
confidential'' and information about individuals in ``personnel and 
medical files and similar files'' when the disclosure of such 
information ``would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of 
personal privacy'' (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) and 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6)).
    Current actions: On August 29, 2019, the Board published a notice 
in the Federal Register (84 FR 45491) requesting public comment for 60 
days on the extension, with revision, of the Notice by Financial 
Institutions of Government Securities Broker or Government Securities 
Dealer Activities and the Notice by Financial Institutions of 
Termination of Activities as a Government Securities Broker or 
Government Securities Dealer (Form G-FIN and Form G-FINW). The changes 
proposed include revising the Form G-FIN and Form G-FINW to (1) require 
respondents to submit PDF versions of the forms and any attachments to 
a designated email address, and (2) to correct cross-references on the 
following forms: G-FIN-4, Form MSD-4, and Form U-4, which are 
incorporated by reference in Item 7 of the Form G-FIN. The comment 
period for this notice expired on October 28, 2019. One public comment 
was received, but it was outside the scope of the Board's review under 
the PRA.


Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 17, 2019.
Michele Taylor Fennell,
Assistant Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 2019-27600 Filed 12-20-19; 8:45 am]
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