Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal; Comment Request; Renewal Without Change of the Beneficial Ownership Requirements for Legal Entity Customers, 72137-72138 [2019-28037]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices Issued this 19th day of December, 2019, in Washington, DC. Blane A. Workie, Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, U.S. Department of Transportation. [FR Doc. 2019–27943 Filed 12–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P matter of public record. Therefore, you should submit only information that you wish to make publicly available. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FinCEN Resource Center at 1–800–767– 2825 or electronically at frc@fincen.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Statutory and Regulatory Provisions DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal; Comment Request; Renewal Without Change of the Beneficial Ownership Requirements for Legal Entity Customers Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (‘‘FinCEN’’), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, FinCEN invites comment on the proposed renewal, without change, to a currently approved information collection relating to beneficial ownership requirements for legal entity customers of covered financial institutions. Under Bank Secrecy Act regulations, covered financial institutions are required to collect, and to maintain records of, the information used to identify and verify the identity of the names of the beneficial owners of their legal entity customers, subject to certain exclusions and exemptions. This request for comment is made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments are welcome and must be received on or before February 28, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Federal E-rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Refer to Docket Number FINCEN–2019– 0007 and the specific Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) control number 1506–0070. • Mail: Policy Division, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, P.O. Box 39, Vienna, VA 22183. Refer to Docket Number FINCEN–2019–0007 and OMB control number 1506–0070. Please submit comments by one method only. Comments will also be incorporated into FinCEN’s retrospective regulatory review process, as mandated by Executive Orders 12866 and 13563. All comments submitted in response to this notice will become a khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 FinCEN exercises regulatory functions primarily under the Currency and Financial Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and other legislation. This legislative framework is commonly referred to as the ‘‘Bank Secrecy Act’’ (‘‘BSA’’).1 The Secretary of the Treasury has delegated to the Director of FinCEN the authority to implement, administer, and enforce compliance with the BSA and associated regulations.2 Pursuant to this authority, FinCEN may issue regulations requiring financial institutions to keep records and file reports that ‘‘have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, or regulatory investigations or proceedings, or in the conduct of intelligence or counterintelligence activities, including analysis, to protect against international terrorism.’’ 3 Additionally, FinCEN is authorized to impose regulations to maintain procedures to ensure compliance with the BSA and FinCEN’s implementing regulations, and to guard against money laundering, which includes imposing on financial institutions customer due diligence requirements within the anti-money laundering (‘‘AML’’) program requirements.4 Under 31 CFR 1010.230 covered financial institutions 5 are required to establish and maintain written procedures that are reasonably designed to identify and verify beneficial owners of new accounts opened by legal entity customers and to include such procedures in their AML programs. Covered financial institutions may obtain the required identifying information by either obtaining a prescribed certification form from the individual opening the account on behalf of a legal entity customer, or by obtaining from the individual the 1 The BSA is codified at 12 U.S.C. 1829b, 12 U.S.C. 1951–1959, 31 U.S.C. 5311–5314 and 5316– 5332 and notes thereto, with implementing regulations at 31 CFR Chapter X. See 31 CFR 1010.100(e). 2 Treasury Order 180–01 (Jul. 1, 2014). 3 31 U.S.C. 5311. 4 31 U.S.C. 5318(a) and (h). 5 Covered financial institutions include banks, brokers or dealers in securities, mutual funds, and futures commission merchants and introducing brokers in commodities. See 31 CFR 1010.230(f) and 31 CFR 1010.605(e)(1). PO 00000 Frm 00248 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72137 information required by the form by another means, provided the individual certifies the accuracy of the information. Covered financial institutions must also maintain a record of the identifying information obtained, and a description of any document relied on, of any nondocumentary methods and results of any measures undertaken, and the resolutions of substantive discrepancies. These requirements will assist law enforcement in financial investigations, advance counterterrorism and broader national security interests, improve financial institutions’ ability to assess and mitigate risk, help prevent evasion of targeted financial sanctions, facilitate tax compliance, enhance financial transparency of legal entities, and advance U.S. compliance with international standards and commitments. II. Paperwork Reduction Act (‘‘PRA’’) 6 Title: 31 CFR 1010.230—Beneficial Ownership Requirements for Legal Entity Customers. OMB Control Number: 1506–0070. Form Number: Appendix A to § 1010.230—Certification Regarding Beneficial Owners of Legal Entity Customers. Abstract: FinCEN is issuing this notice to renew the OMB control number for the regulations contained in 31 CFR 1010.230 that require covered financial institutions to collect, and to maintain records of, the information used to identify and verify the identity of the names of the beneficial owners of their legal entity customers. Type of Review: Renewal without change of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Business and other for-profit institutions and non-profit institutions. Frequency: As required. Burden: a. Update and maintain beneficial ownership identification procedures: 20 minutes.7 b. Customer identification, verification, and review and recordkeeping of the beneficial ownership information: A range of 20 to 40 minutes per legal entity customer (an average of 30 minutes per legal entity customer). 6 Public Law 104–13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). final rule recognized a burden of 56 hours to develop the initial procedures (40 hours for small entities). (See 81 FR 29398, May 11, 2016). Once procedures are developed, an annual burden of 20 minutes is recognized for revisions to and maintenance of such procedures. Covered financial institutions were required to comply with this rule by May 11, 2018, so no burden hours are included in this analysis for the initial development of procedure. 7 The E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 72138 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Estimated Number of Respondents: 23,615.8 Estimated Total Annual Responses: 8,855,625.9 Estimated Recordkeeping Burden: 4,435,685 hours.10 An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid control number assigned by OMB. Records required to be retained under the BSA must be retained for five years. Generally, information collected pursuant to the BSA is confidential but may be shared as provided by law with regulatory and law enforcement authorities. Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 8 The above Estimated Number of Respondents is based on sum of the following numbers: • 5,358 banks [Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Key Statistics web page, April 25, 2019]; • 5,375 federally-insured credit unions [National Credit Union Administration, Quarterly Credit Union Data Summary, December 31, 2018]; • 125 privately-insured credit unions [General Accountability Office, PRIVATE DEPOSIT INUSRANCE: Credit Unions Largely Complied with Disclosure Rules, but Rules Should Be Clarified, March 2017]; • 1,130 introducing brokers [National Futures Association website, March 31, 2019]; • 64 futures commission merchants [National Futures Association website, March 31, 2019]; • 3,607 securities firms [Financial Industry Regulatory Authority website, December 31, 2018]; and, • 7,956 U.S. mutual funds [Investment Company Institute, 2018 Factbook, 2018]. 9 Based on research conducted to publish the final rule in 2016, it is estimated that each covered financial institution will open, on average, 1.5 new legal entity accounts per business day. There are 250 business days per year. (23,615 financial institutions × 1.5 accounts per day × 250 business days per year = 8,855,625 new legal entity accounts opened per year). 10 8,855,625 new legal entity accounts × 30 minutes per account established ÷ 60 minutes per hour = 4,427,813 burden hours to identify and verify beneficial owners of new legal entity accounts per year. 20 minutes to update and maintain beneficial ownership identification and verification procedures within a financial institution’s AML program multiplied by 23,615 covered financial institutions and divided by 60 minutes = 7,872 burden hours annually. The total annual burden hours estimate for this information collection is (4,427,813 + 7,872) 4,435,685. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance and purchase of services to provide information. Jamal El Hindi, Deputy Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. [FR Doc. 2019–28037 Filed 12–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–02–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Fiscal Service [FISCAL–2019–0002] RIN 1530–AA20 Surety Companies Doing Business With the United States; Request for Information Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Treasury. ACTION: Notice of request for information; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) administers the corporate federal surety bond program (‘‘the program’’), under which Fiscal Service processes and evaluates applications from companies seeking to underwrite or reinsure federal surety bonds. Fiscal Service is considering modernizing and improving the program. To support this effort, Fiscal Service requests information from stakeholders on these topics, including views regarding the application process for certificates of authority, the data that Fiscal Service should consider, and the analytical methods it should use when evaluating an applicant’s financial condition. DATES: Submit written comments on or before February 13, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket FISCAL–2019– 0002, using the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: (http:// www.regulations.gov). Follow the instructions on the website for submitting comments. • Email: surety.bonds@ fiscal.treasury.gov. Include docket FISCAL–2019–0002 in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Surety Bond Branch, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, 3201 Pennsy Drive, Building E, Landover, MD 20785. Instructions: All submissions received must refer to Fiscal Service and docket SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00249 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 number FISCAL–2019–0002. In general, comments received will be published on www.regulations.gov without change, including any business or personal information provided. Do not disclose any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. Comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melvin Saunders, at (202) 874–5283 or melvin.saunders@fiscal.treasury.gov; or Dwayne Boothe, at (304) 480–5244 or dwayne.boothe@fiscal.treasury.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Congress authorized the Secretary of the Treasury (the Secretary) in 31 U.S.C. 9304–9305 to certify a surety company to do business with the United States if the Secretary determines that the company meets certain conditions and is able to carry out its contracts. The Secretary has delegated authority to Fiscal Service to administer the program. Fiscal Service evaluates the financial condition of companies applying to be certified as a surety or as a reinsurer of federal surety bonds. Fiscal Service issues a ‘‘certificate of authority’’ to approved companies. Under the program, Fiscal Service also evaluates companies applying for recognition as admitted reinsurers for excess risk that does not run to the United States. Fiscal Service has published its requirements for companies applying to underwrite or reinsure federal surety bonds and for companies applying to be recognized as admitted reinsurers at 31 CFR part 223, and in annual letters posted to its website at fiscal.treasury.gov/suretybonds. Fiscal Service publishes lists of companies receiving certificates of authority to underwrite or reinsure federal surety bonds, and of those companies recognized as admitted reinsurers, on its website annually. Once a company is certified to underwrite or reinsure federal surety bonds, it must submit quarterly financial reports to Fiscal Service demonstrating that the company remains in good financial standing. Fiscal Service is exploring ways to modernize and improve how it evaluates the financial condition of companies seeking to underwrite and reinsure federal surety bonds or to act as admitted reinsurers, as well as its requirements for the application or renewal of certificates of authority. A number of changes in the regulation of the insurance industry that have an indirect effect on the program and companies applying for certification (or to be recognized as an admitted E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal; 
Comment Request; Renewal Without Change of the Beneficial Ownership 
Requirements for Legal Entity Customers

AGENCY: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (``FinCEN''), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and 
respondent burden, FinCEN invites comment on the proposed renewal, 
without change, to a currently approved information collection relating 
to beneficial ownership requirements for legal entity customers of 
covered financial institutions. Under Bank Secrecy Act regulations, 
covered financial institutions are required to collect, and to maintain 
records of, the information used to identify and verify the identity of 
the names of the beneficial owners of their legal entity customers, 
subject to certain exclusions and exemptions. This request for comment 
is made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments are welcome and must be received on or before 
February 28, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Federal E-rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Refer to Docket Number 
FINCEN-2019-0007 and the specific Office of Management and Budget 
(``OMB'') control number 1506-0070.
     Mail: Policy Division, Financial Crimes Enforcement 
Network, P.O. Box 39, Vienna, VA 22183. Refer to Docket Number FINCEN-
2019-0007 and OMB control number 1506-0070.
    Please submit comments by one method only. Comments will also be 
incorporated into FinCEN's retrospective regulatory review process, as 
mandated by Executive Orders 12866 and 13563. All comments submitted in 
response to this notice will become a matter of public record. 
Therefore, you should submit only information that you wish to make 
publicly available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FinCEN Resource Center at 1-800-
767-2825 or electronically at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Statutory and Regulatory Provisions

    FinCEN exercises regulatory functions primarily under the Currency 
and Financial Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended by the USA 
PATRIOT Act of 2001 and other legislation. This legislative framework 
is commonly referred to as the ``Bank Secrecy Act'' (``BSA'').\1\ The 
Secretary of the Treasury has delegated to the Director of FinCEN the 
authority to implement, administer, and enforce compliance with the BSA 
and associated regulations.\2\ Pursuant to this authority, FinCEN may 
issue regulations requiring financial institutions to keep records and 
file reports that ``have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, 
or regulatory investigations or proceedings, or in the conduct of 
intelligence or counterintelligence activities, including analysis, to 
protect against international terrorism.'' \3\ Additionally, FinCEN is 
authorized to impose regulations to maintain procedures to ensure 
compliance with the BSA and FinCEN's implementing regulations, and to 
guard against money laundering, which includes imposing on financial 
institutions customer due diligence requirements within the anti-money 
laundering (``AML'') program requirements.\4\
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    \1\ The BSA is codified at 12 U.S.C. 1829b, 12 U.S.C. 1951-1959, 
31 U.S.C. 5311-5314 and 5316-5332 and notes thereto, with 
implementing regulations at 31 CFR Chapter X. See 31 CFR 
1010.100(e).
    \2\ Treasury Order 180-01 (Jul. 1, 2014).
    \3\ 31 U.S.C. 5311.
    \4\ 31 U.S.C. 5318(a) and (h).
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    Under 31 CFR 1010.230 covered financial institutions \5\ are 
required to establish and maintain written procedures that are 
reasonably designed to identify and verify beneficial owners of new 
accounts opened by legal entity customers and to include such 
procedures in their AML programs. Covered financial institutions may 
obtain the required identifying information by either obtaining a 
prescribed certification form from the individual opening the account 
on behalf of a legal entity customer, or by obtaining from the 
individual the information required by the form by another means, 
provided the individual certifies the accuracy of the information. 
Covered financial institutions must also maintain a record of the 
identifying information obtained, and a description of any document 
relied on, of any non-documentary methods and results of any measures 
undertaken, and the resolutions of substantive discrepancies.
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    \5\ Covered financial institutions include banks, brokers or 
dealers in securities, mutual funds, and futures commission 
merchants and introducing brokers in commodities. See 31 CFR 
1010.230(f) and 31 CFR 1010.605(e)(1).
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    These requirements will assist law enforcement in financial 
investigations, advance counterterrorism and broader national security 
interests, improve financial institutions' ability to assess and 
mitigate risk, help prevent evasion of targeted financial sanctions, 
facilitate tax compliance, enhance financial transparency of legal 
entities, and advance U.S. compliance with international standards and 
commitments.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') \6\
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    \6\ Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A).
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    Title: 31 CFR 1010.230--Beneficial Ownership Requirements for Legal 
Entity Customers.
    OMB Control Number: 1506-0070. Form Number: Appendix A to Sec.  
1010.230--Certification Regarding Beneficial Owners of Legal Entity 
Customers.
    Abstract: FinCEN is issuing this notice to renew the OMB control 
number for the regulations contained in 31 CFR 1010.230 that require 
covered financial institutions to collect, and to maintain records of, 
the information used to identify and verify the identity of the names 
of the beneficial owners of their legal entity customers.
    Type of Review: Renewal without change of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Affected Public: Business and other for-profit institutions and 
non-profit institutions.
    Frequency: As required.
    Burden:
    a. Update and maintain beneficial ownership identification 
procedures: 20 minutes.\7\
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    \7\ The final rule recognized a burden of 56 hours to develop 
the initial procedures (40 hours for small entities). (See 81 FR 
29398, May 11, 2016). Once procedures are developed, an annual 
burden of 20 minutes is recognized for revisions to and maintenance 
of such procedures. Covered financial institutions were required to 
comply with this rule by May 11, 2018, so no burden hours are 
included in this analysis for the initial development of procedure.
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    b. Customer identification, verification, and review and 
recordkeeping of the beneficial ownership information: A range of 20 to 
40 minutes per legal entity customer (an average of 30 minutes per 
legal entity customer).

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    Estimated Number of Respondents: 23,615.\8\
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    \8\ The above Estimated Number of Respondents is based on sum of 
the following numbers:
     5,358 banks [Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Key 
Statistics web page, April 25, 2019];
     5,375 federally-insured credit unions [National Credit 
Union Administration, Quarterly Credit Union Data Summary, December 
31, 2018];
     125 privately-insured credit unions [General 
Accountability Office, PRIVATE DEPOSIT INUSRANCE: Credit Unions 
Largely Complied with Disclosure Rules, but Rules Should Be 
Clarified, March 2017];
     1,130 introducing brokers [National Futures Association 
website, March 31, 2019];
     64 futures commission merchants [National Futures 
Association website, March 31, 2019];
     3,607 securities firms [Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority website, December 31, 2018]; and,
     7,956 U.S. mutual funds [Investment Company Institute, 
2018 Factbook, 2018].
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    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 8,855,625.\9\
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    \9\ Based on research conducted to publish the final rule in 
2016, it is estimated that each covered financial institution will 
open, on average, 1.5 new legal entity accounts per business day. 
There are 250 business days per year. (23,615 financial institutions 
x 1.5 accounts per day x 250 business days per year = 8,855,625 new 
legal entity accounts opened per year).
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    Estimated Recordkeeping Burden: 4,435,685 hours.\10\
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    \10\ 8,855,625 new legal entity accounts x 30 minutes per 
account established / 60 minutes per hour = 4,427,813 burden hours 
to identify and verify beneficial owners of new legal entity 
accounts per year. 20 minutes to update and maintain beneficial 
ownership identification and verification procedures within a 
financial institution's AML program multiplied by 23,615 covered 
financial institutions and divided by 60 minutes = 7,872 burden 
hours annually. The total annual burden hours estimate for this 
information collection is (4,427,813 + 7,872) 4,435,685.
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    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid 
control number assigned by OMB. Records required to be retained under 
the BSA must be retained for five years. Generally, information 
collected pursuant to the BSA is confidential but may be shared as 
provided by law with regulatory and law enforcement authorities.
    Request for Comments:
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will 
become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether 
the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance 
of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates 
of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance and 
purchase of services to provide information.

Jamal El Hindi,
Deputy Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
[FR Doc. 2019-28037 Filed 12-27-19; 8:45 am]
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