Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions, 19227-19228 [2020-07125]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 66 / Monday, April 6, 2020 / Notices 31315(b), the following seven individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (85 FR 4760): Thomas DeAngelo (IL) Nathan Dermer (AK) Toriano Mitchell (OH) Tyler Schaefer (ME) Stephen Stawinsky (PA) Alvin Strite (PA) Thomas Vivirito (PA) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2013–0107; FMCSA– 2015–0119; and FMCSA–2015–0320. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 21, 2020, and will expire on January 21, 2022. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid for 2 years from the effective date unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b). Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–07123 Filed 4–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the renewal of an information collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OCC is soliciting comment concerning renewal jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Apr 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 of an information collection titled, ‘‘Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions,’’ which is currently an approved collection. The OCC also is giving notice that it has sent the collection to OMB for review. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before May 6, 2020. ADDRESSES: Commenters are encouraged to submit comments by email, if possible. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: prainfo@occ.treas.gov. • Mail: Chief Counsel’s Office, Attention: Comment Processing, 1557– 0250, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E– 218, Washington, DC 20219. • Hand Delivery/Courier: 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E–218, Washington, DC 20219. • Fax: (571) 465–4326. Instructions: You must include ‘‘OCC’’ as the agency name and ‘‘1557– 0250’’ in your comment. In general, the OCC will publish comments on www.reginfo.gov without change, including any business or personal information provided, such as name and address information, email addresses, or phone numbers. Comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Do not include any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. You may review comments and other related materials that pertain to this information collection 1 following the close of the 30-day comment period for this notice by any of the following methods: • Viewing Comments Electronically: Go to www.reginfo.gov. Click on the ‘‘Information Collection Review’’ tab. Underneath the ‘‘Currently under Review’’ section heading, from the dropdown menu select ‘‘Department of Treasury’’ and then click ‘‘submit.’’ This information collection can be located by searching by OMB control number ‘‘1557–0250’’ or ‘‘Retail Foreign 1 On January 10, 2020 the OCC published a 60day notice for this information collection, 85 FR 1373. PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19227 Exchange Transactions.’’ Upon finding the appropriate information collection, click on the related ‘‘ICR Reference Number.’’ On the next screen, select ‘‘View Supporting Statement and Other Documents’’ and then click on the link to any comment listed at the bottom of the screen. • For assistance in navigating www.reginfo.gov, please contact the Regulatory Information Service Center at (202) 482–7340. • Viewing Comments Personally: You may personally inspect comments at the OCC, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC. For security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 649–6700 or, for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, TTY, (202) 649–5597. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and submit to security screening in order to inspect comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shaquita Merritt, OCC Clearance Officer, (202) 649–5490 or, for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, TTY, (202) 649–5597, Chief Counsel’s Office, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20219. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), Federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of information that they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) to include agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. The OCC asks that OMB extend its approval of the collection in this notice. Title: Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions. OMB Control No.: 1557–0250. Type of Review: Regular. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 15. Total Annual Burden: 22,418 hours. Description: Background The OCC’s retail forex rule (12 CFR part 48) allows national banks and Federal savings associations to offer or enter into retail foreign exchange transactions. In order to engage in these transactions, institutions must comply with various reporting, disclosure, and recordkeeping requirements included in that rule. E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 19228 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 66 / Monday, April 6, 2020 / Notices Reporting Requirements The reporting requirements in 12 CFR 48.4 state that, prior to initiating a retail forex business, a national bank or Federal savings association must provide the OCC with prior notice and obtain a written supervisory noobjection letter. In order to obtain a supervisory no-objection letter, a national bank or Federal savings association must have written policies, procedures, and risk measurement and management systems and controls in place to ensure that retail forex transactions are conducted in a safe and sound manner. The national bank or Federal savings association also must provide other information required by the OCC, such as documentation of customer due diligence, new product approvals, and haircuts applied to noncash margins. Disclosure Requirements jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Under 12 CFR 48.5, a national bank or Federal savings association must promptly provide the customer with a statement reflecting the financial result of the transactions and the name of any introducing broker to the account. The institution must follow the customer’s specific instructions on how the offsetting transaction should be applied. Twelve CFR 48.6 requires that a national bank or Federal savings association furnish a retail forex customer with a written disclosure before opening an account through which the customer will engage in retail forex transactions. It further requires a national bank or Federal savings association to secure an acknowledgment from the customer that the disclosure was received and understood. Finally, the section requires the disclosure by a national bank or Federal savings association of its profitable accounts ratio and its fees and other charges. Twelve CFR 48.10 requires a national bank or Federal savings association to issue monthly statements to each retail VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Apr 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 forex customer and send confirmation statements following transactions. Twelve CFR 48.13(c) prohibits a national bank or Federal savings association engaging in retail forex transactions from knowingly handling the account of any related person of another retail forex counterparty unless it receives proper written authorization, promptly prepares a written record of the order, and transmits to the counterparty copies of all statements and written records. Twelve CFR 48.13(d) prohibits a related person of a national bank or Federal savings association engaging in retail forex transactions from having an account with another retail forex counterparty unless it receives proper written authorization and copies of all statements and written records for such accounts are transmitted to the counterparty. Twelve CFR 48.15 requires a national bank or Federal savings association to provide a retail forex customer with 30 days prior notice of any assignment of any position or transfer of any account of the retail forex customer. It also requires a national bank or Federal savings association to which retail forex accounts or positions are assigned or transferred to provide the affected customers with risk disclosure statements and forms of acknowledgment and obtain the signed acknowledgments within 60 days. The customer dispute resolution provisions in 12 CFR 48.16 require certain endorsements, acknowledgments, and signatures. The section also requires that a national bank or Federal savings association, within 10 days after receipt of notice from the retail forex customer that the customer intends to submit a claim to arbitration, provide the customer with a list of persons qualified in the dispute resolution. Policies and Procedures; Recordkeeping Twelve CFR 48.7 and 48.13 require that a national bank or Federal savings PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 association engaging in retail forex transactions keep full, complete, and systematic records and to establish and implement internal rules, procedures, and controls. Section 48.7 also requires that a national bank or Federal savings association keep account, financial ledger, transaction, and daily records, as well as memorandum orders, postexecution allocation of bunched orders, records regarding its ratio of profitable accounts, possible violations of law, records for noncash margin, and monthly statements and confirmations. Twelve CFR 48.9 requires policies and procedures for haircuts for noncash margin collected under the rule’s margin requirements and annual evaluations and modifications of the haircuts. On January 10, 2020, the OCC issued a notice for 60 days of comment concerning this collection, 85 FR 1373. No comments were received. Comments continue to be invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the OCC, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the OCC’s estimate of the burden of the information collection; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection 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. Theodore J. Dowd, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. [FR Doc. 2020–07125 Filed 4–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 66 (Monday, April 6, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19227-19228]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-07125]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection 
Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Retail Foreign Exchange 
Transactions

AGENCY: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork 
and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal 
agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the renewal of an 
information collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (PRA). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is 
not required to respond to, an information collection unless it 
displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
control number. The OCC is soliciting comment concerning renewal of an 
information collection titled, ``Retail Foreign Exchange 
Transactions,'' which is currently an approved collection. The OCC also 
is giving notice that it has sent the collection to OMB for review.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before May 6, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Commenters are encouraged to submit comments by email, if 
possible. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected].
     Mail: Chief Counsel's Office, Attention: Comment 
Processing, 1557-0250, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 
7th Street SW, Suite 3E-218, Washington, DC 20219.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E-218, 
Washington, DC 20219.
     Fax: (571) 465-4326.
    Instructions: You must include ``OCC'' as the agency name and 
``1557-0250'' in your comment. In general, the OCC will publish 
comments on www.reginfo.gov without change, including any business or 
personal information provided, such as name and address information, 
email addresses, or phone numbers. Comments received, including 
attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public 
record and subject to public disclosure. Do not include any information 
in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential 
or inappropriate for public disclosure.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information 
collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--Open for 
Public Comments'' or by using the search function.
    You may review comments and other related materials that pertain to 
this information collection \1\ following the close of the 30-day 
comment period for this notice by any of the following methods:
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    \1\ On January 10, 2020 the OCC published a 60-day notice for 
this information collection, 85 FR 1373.
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     Viewing Comments Electronically: Go to www.reginfo.gov. 
Click on the ``Information Collection Review'' tab. Underneath the 
``Currently under Review'' section heading, from the drop-down menu 
select ``Department of Treasury'' and then click ``submit.'' This 
information collection can be located by searching by OMB control 
number ``1557-0250'' or ``Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions.'' Upon 
finding the appropriate information collection, click on the related 
``ICR Reference Number.'' On the next screen, select ``View Supporting 
Statement and Other Documents'' and then click on the link to any 
comment listed at the bottom of the screen.
     For assistance in navigating www.reginfo.gov, please 
contact the Regulatory Information Service Center at (202) 482-7340.
     Viewing Comments Personally: You may personally inspect 
comments at the OCC, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC. For security 
reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect 
comments. You may do so by calling (202) 649-6700 or, for persons who 
are deaf or hearing impaired, TTY, (202) 649-5597. Upon arrival, 
visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo 
identification and submit to security screening in order to inspect 
comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shaquita Merritt, OCC Clearance 
Officer, (202) 649-5490 or, for persons who are deaf or hearing 
impaired, TTY, (202) 649-5597, Chief Counsel's Office, Office of the 
Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20219.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), 
Federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of 
information that they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of information'' 
is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) to include agency 
requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, 
keep records, or provide information to a third party. The OCC asks 
that OMB extend its approval of the collection in this notice.
    Title: Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions.
    OMB Control No.: 1557-0250.
    Type of Review: Regular.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 15.
    Total Annual Burden: 22,418 hours.
    Description:

Background

    The OCC's retail forex rule (12 CFR part 48) allows national banks 
and Federal savings associations to offer or enter into retail foreign 
exchange transactions. In order to engage in these transactions, 
institutions must comply with various reporting, disclosure, and 
recordkeeping requirements included in that rule.

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Reporting Requirements

    The reporting requirements in 12 CFR 48.4 state that, prior to 
initiating a retail forex business, a national bank or Federal savings 
association must provide the OCC with prior notice and obtain a written 
supervisory no-objection letter. In order to obtain a supervisory no-
objection letter, a national bank or Federal savings association must 
have written policies, procedures, and risk measurement and management 
systems and controls in place to ensure that retail forex transactions 
are conducted in a safe and sound manner. The national bank or Federal 
savings association also must provide other information required by the 
OCC, such as documentation of customer due diligence, new product 
approvals, and haircuts applied to noncash margins.

Disclosure Requirements

    Under 12 CFR 48.5, a national bank or Federal savings association 
must promptly provide the customer with a statement reflecting the 
financial result of the transactions and the name of any introducing 
broker to the account. The institution must follow the customer's 
specific instructions on how the offsetting transaction should be 
applied.
    Twelve CFR 48.6 requires that a national bank or Federal savings 
association furnish a retail forex customer with a written disclosure 
before opening an account through which the customer will engage in 
retail forex transactions. It further requires a national bank or 
Federal savings association to secure an acknowledgment from the 
customer that the disclosure was received and understood. Finally, the 
section requires the disclosure by a national bank or Federal savings 
association of its profitable accounts ratio and its fees and other 
charges.
    Twelve CFR 48.10 requires a national bank or Federal savings 
association to issue monthly statements to each retail forex customer 
and send confirmation statements following transactions.
    Twelve CFR 48.13(c) prohibits a national bank or Federal savings 
association engaging in retail forex transactions from knowingly 
handling the account of any related person of another retail forex 
counterparty unless it receives proper written authorization, promptly 
prepares a written record of the order, and transmits to the 
counterparty copies of all statements and written records. Twelve CFR 
48.13(d) prohibits a related person of a national bank or Federal 
savings association engaging in retail forex transactions from having 
an account with another retail forex counterparty unless it receives 
proper written authorization and copies of all statements and written 
records for such accounts are transmitted to the counterparty.
    Twelve CFR 48.15 requires a national bank or Federal savings 
association to provide a retail forex customer with 30 days prior 
notice of any assignment of any position or transfer of any account of 
the retail forex customer. It also requires a national bank or Federal 
savings association to which retail forex accounts or positions are 
assigned or transferred to provide the affected customers with risk 
disclosure statements and forms of acknowledgment and obtain the signed 
acknowledgments within 60 days.
    The customer dispute resolution provisions in 12 CFR 48.16 require 
certain endorsements, acknowledgments, and signatures. The section also 
requires that a national bank or Federal savings association, within 10 
days after receipt of notice from the retail forex customer that the 
customer intends to submit a claim to arbitration, provide the customer 
with a list of persons qualified in the dispute resolution.

Policies and Procedures; Recordkeeping

    Twelve CFR 48.7 and 48.13 require that a national bank or Federal 
savings association engaging in retail forex transactions keep full, 
complete, and systematic records and to establish and implement 
internal rules, procedures, and controls. Section 48.7 also requires 
that a national bank or Federal savings association keep account, 
financial ledger, transaction, and daily records, as well as memorandum 
orders, post-execution allocation of bunched orders, records regarding 
its ratio of profitable accounts, possible violations of law, records 
for noncash margin, and monthly statements and confirmations. Twelve 
CFR 48.9 requires policies and procedures for haircuts for noncash 
margin collected under the rule's margin requirements and annual 
evaluations and modifications of the haircuts.
    On January 10, 2020, the OCC issued a notice for 60 days of comment 
concerning this collection, 85 FR 1373. No comments were received. 
Comments continue to be invited on:
    (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the OCC, including whether the 
information has practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the OCC's estimate of the burden of the 
information collection;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected;
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection 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.

Theodore J. Dowd,
Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
[FR Doc. 2020-07125 Filed 4-3-20; 8:45 am]
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