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AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (‘‘PRA’’), the Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) is seeking public comment on its proposal to extend for an additional three years the Office of Management and Budget clearance for information collection requirements in the Business Opportunity Rule (‘‘Rule’’). That clearance expires on January 31, 2021. DATES: Comments must be submitted by September 28, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘Business Opportunity Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408’’ on your comment and file your comment online at https:// www.regulations.gov, by following the khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Jul 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite CC–5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine M. Todaro, Attorney, Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, CC–8528, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326–3711. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Disclosure Requirements Concerning Business Opportunities, 16 CFR part 437. OMB Control Number: 3084–0142. Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection. Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses and other for-profit entities. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 10,065. Estimated Annual Labor Costs: $703,141. Estimated Annual Non-Labor Costs: $3,056,503. Abstract: The Business Opportunity Rule requires business opportunity sellers to furnish prospective purchasers a disclosure document that provides information regarding the seller, the seller’s business, and the nature of the proposed business opportunity, as well as additional information to substantiate any claims about actual or potential sales, income, or profits for a prospective business opportunity PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 purchaser. The seller must also preserve information that forms a reasonable basis for such claims. The Rule is designed to ensure that prospective purchasers receive information to help them evaluate business opportunities. Sellers must disclose five key items of information in a simple, one-page document: (1) The seller’s identifying information; (2) whether the seller makes a claim about the purchaser’s likely earnings (and, if yes, the seller must provide information supporting any such claims); (3) whether the seller, its affiliates, or key personnel have been involved in certain legal actions (and, if yes, the seller must provide a separate list of those actions); (4) whether the seller has a cancellation or refund policy (and, if yes, the seller must provide a separate document stating the material terms of such policies); and (5) a list of persons who have purchased the business opportunity within the previous three years. Misrepresentations and omissions are prohibited under the Rule, and for sales conducted in languages other than English, all disclosures must be provided in the language in which the sale is conducted. Burden Estimates FTC staff estimates there are approximately 3,050 business opportunity sellers covered by the Rule, including vending machine, rack display, work-at-home, and other opportunity sellers. Of this total, staff estimates that on an annual basis approximately 90% are established sellers and the remaining 10% are new entrants (i.e., 2,745 existing business opportunity sellers plus 305 new entrants). In addition, staff estimates that approximately 92 business E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 45428 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 145 / Tuesday, July 28, 2020 / Notices opportunity sellers market business opportunities in Spanish (in addition to English) and another 61 sellers market in languages other than English or Spanish (in addition to English).1 A. Estimated Hours Burden Compliance burdens will vary depending on a business opportunity seller’s prior experience with the Rule. Appendices A and B to the Rule provide models of the required disclosure documents in both English and Spanish, reducing the potential burden that sellers may incur to provide the required disclosures. Commission staff estimates that 2,745 existing business opportunity sellers will require approximately two hours to update their disclosure documents annually. This yields a total annual burden of 5,490 hours for established sellers. Staff also projects that 305 new business opportunity sellers will require approximately five hours to develop their initial disclosure documents. This yields a total annual burden of approximately 1,525 hours. In addition, staff estimates that all business opportunity sellers will require approximately one hour to file and store required records for a total of 3,050 hours. This yields a cumulative total of 10,065 hours. B. Estimated Labor Cost khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES The Commission determines estimated labor costs by applying applicable wage rates to the burden hours discussed above. Commission staff assumes that an attorney likely would prepare or update required disclosure documents at an approximate hourly rate of $69.86.2 Accordingly, staff estimates that cumulative labor costs are $703,141 (10,065 hours × $69.86 per hour). 1 FTC bases these estimates on census data. See American Community Survey, Household Language Table K201601 (2018), at https://data.census.gov/ cedsci/. The census data indicates that approximately 3% of Spanish-speaking U.S. households are classified as limited English speaking households. In addition, the data indicates that approximately 2% of the United States population speaks a language other than Spanish or English at home and are classified as limited English speaking households. Staff estimates that approximately 3% of all entities selling business opportunities market in Spanish and 2% of all such entities market in languages other than English or Spanish. 2 This figure is derived from the mean hourly wage for Lawyers. See ‘‘Occupational Employment and Wages—May 2019,’’ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (March 31, 2020), Table 1 (‘‘National employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey by occupation, May 2019’’), available at https:// www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Jul 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 C. Estimated Non-Labor Costs 1. Printing and Mailing of the Disclosure Document Business opportunity sellers may also incur costs to print and distribute the single-page disclosure document, plus any attachments. These costs vary based upon the length of the attachments and the number of copies produced to meet the expected demand. Commission staff estimates that 3,050 business opportunity sellers will print and mail approximately 1,000 disclosure documents per year at a cost of $1.00 per document, for a total cost of $3,050,000. Conceivably, many business opportunity sellers will elect to furnish disclosures electronically; thus, the total cost could be much less. 2. Translating the Required Disclosures Into a Language Other Than English The costs associated with translating the disclosures will vary depending upon a business opportunity seller’s prior experience and the language the seller uses to market business opportunities. Because Appendices A and B to the Rule provide illustrations of the required disclosure documents in both English and Spanish, business opportunity sellers marketing in Spanish will not incur costs to translate their disclosure documents. Existing sellers who market business opportunities in either Spanish or another non-English language may incur translation costs to update their disclosures over time. New entrants that market business opportunities in languages other than English or Spanish will incur costs to translate Appendix A into other languages. Informed by Census data, FTC staff estimates that 92 sellers market business opportunities in Spanish and an additional 61 sellers market in languages other than English or Spanish. This includes an estimated 9 new entrants annually that market business opportunities in Spanish and 6 new entrants that market business opportunities in languages other than English or Spanish. FTC staff estimates that approximately 137 existing business opportunity sellers are marketing business opportunities in languages other than English. Staff estimates these sellers will require on average approximately 250 words (about one standard, double-spaced page) to update initial disclosures. Therefore, staff estimates the total cost to translate the updates to sellers’ initial disclosures is PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 approximately $5,994 [137 sellers × (17.5 3 cents per word × 250 words)]. In addition, staff estimates that new entrant business opportunity sellers marketing in languages other than English or Spanish will incur burden to translate the required disclosures. There are 485 words in Appendix A to the Rule. Therefore, staff estimates that the average annual cost burden for new business opportunity sellers to translate the required disclosures into a language other than English or Spanish will be approximately $509 [6 sellers × (17.5 cents per word × 485 words)]. Thus, cumulative estimated non-labor costs are $3,056,503 ($3,050,000 + $5,994 + $509). Request for Comment Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, federal agencies must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ means agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. 3502(3); 5 CFR 1320.3(c). As required by section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC is providing this opportunity for public comment before requesting that OMB extend the existing clearance for the information collection requirements contained in the Business Opportunity Rule, 16 CFR part 437 (OMB Control Number 3084–0142). Pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC invites comments on: (1) 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; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to 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. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before September 28, 2020. Write 3 Staff estimates that this represents the current market rate per word to translate the disclosure documents into the language the sellers use to market business opportunities. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 145 / Tuesday, July 28, 2020 / Notices ‘‘Business Opportunity Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408’’ on your comment. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments online. To make sure that the Commission considers your online comment, you must file it through the https://www.regulations.gov website by following the instructions on the webbased form provided. Your comment, including your name and your state— will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including the https:// www.regulations.gov website. If you file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Business Opportunity Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite CC–5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610, Washington, DC 20024. If possible, please submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. Because your comment will be placed on the public record, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive or confidential information. In particular, your comment should not include any sensitive personal information, such as your or anyone else’s Social Security number; date of birth; driver’s license number or other state identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, such as medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, your comment should not include any ‘‘trade secret or any commercial or financial information which . . . is privileged or confidential’’—as provided by Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2)— including in particular competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled ‘‘Confidential,’’ and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Jul 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c). Your comment will be kept confidential only if the General Counsel grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Once your comment has been posted on the https:// www.regulations.gov website—as legally required by FTC Rule 4.9(b)—we cannot redact or remove your comment, unless you submit a confidentiality request that meets the requirements for such treatment under FTC Rule 4.9(c), and the General Counsel grants that request. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before September 28, 2020. For information on the Commission’s privacy policy, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see https://www.ftc.gov/site-information/ privacy-policy. Josephine Liu, Assistant General Counsel for Legal Counsel. [FR Doc. 2020–16301 Filed 7–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project ‘‘AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery.’’ DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by 60 days after date of publication of this Notice. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45429 Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery This is a quality improvement project that aims to provide technical assistance to hospitals to help them implement evidence-based practices to improve outcomes and prevent complications among patients who undergo surgery. Enhanced recovery pathways are a constellation of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative practices that decrease complications and accelerate recovery. A number of studies and meta-analyses have demonstrated successful results. In order to facilitate broader adoption of these evidence-based practices among U.S. hospitals, this AHRQ project will adapt the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), which has been demonstrated to be an effective approach to reducing other patient harms, to enhanced recovery of surgical patients. The approach uses a combination of clinical and cultural (i.e., technical and adaptive) intervention components. The adaptive elements include promoting leadership and frontline staff engagement, close teamwork among surgeons, anesthesia providers, and nurses, as well as enhancing patient communication and engagement. Interested hospitals will voluntarily participate. This project has the following goals: • Improve outcomes of surgical patients by disseminating and supporting implementation of evidence-based enhanced recovery practices within the CUSP framework • Develop a bundle of technical and adaptive interventions and associated tools and educational materials to support implementation • Provide technical assistance and training to hospitals for implementing enhanced recovery practices • Assess the adoption and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention among the participating hospitals This project is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (JHU), with subcontractors, University of California, E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(``PRA''), the Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is 
seeking public comment on its proposal to extend for an additional 
three years the Office of Management and Budget clearance for 
information collection requirements in the Business Opportunity Rule 
(``Rule''). That clearance expires on January 31, 2021.

DATES: Comments must be submitted by September 28, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``Business Opportunity 
Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408'' on your comment and file 
your comment online at https://www.regulations.gov, by following the 
instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment 
on paper, mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 
CC-5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the 
following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex 
J), Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine M. Todaro, Attorney, 
Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal 
Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, CC-8528, Washington, DC 
20580, (202) 326-3711.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title of Collection: Disclosure Requirements Concerning Business 
Opportunities, 16 CFR part 437.
    OMB Control Number: 3084-0142.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved 
collection.
    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses and other for-profit 
entities.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 10,065.
    Estimated Annual Labor Costs: $703,141.
    Estimated Annual Non-Labor Costs: $3,056,503.
    Abstract: The Business Opportunity Rule requires business 
opportunity sellers to furnish prospective purchasers a disclosure 
document that provides information regarding the seller, the seller's 
business, and the nature of the proposed business opportunity, as well 
as additional information to substantiate any claims about actual or 
potential sales, income, or profits for a prospective business 
opportunity purchaser. The seller must also preserve information that 
forms a reasonable basis for such claims.
    The Rule is designed to ensure that prospective purchasers receive 
information to help them evaluate business opportunities. Sellers must 
disclose five key items of information in a simple, one-page document: 
(1) The seller's identifying information; (2) whether the seller makes 
a claim about the purchaser's likely earnings (and, if yes, the seller 
must provide information supporting any such claims); (3) whether the 
seller, its affiliates, or key personnel have been involved in certain 
legal actions (and, if yes, the seller must provide a separate list of 
those actions); (4) whether the seller has a cancellation or refund 
policy (and, if yes, the seller must provide a separate document 
stating the material terms of such policies); and (5) a list of persons 
who have purchased the business opportunity within the previous three 
years. Misrepresentations and omissions are prohibited under the Rule, 
and for sales conducted in languages other than English, all 
disclosures must be provided in the language in which the sale is 
conducted.

Burden Estimates

    FTC staff estimates there are approximately 3,050 business 
opportunity sellers covered by the Rule, including vending machine, 
rack display, work-at-home, and other opportunity sellers. Of this 
total, staff estimates that on an annual basis approximately 90% are 
established sellers and the remaining 10% are new entrants (i.e., 2,745 
existing business opportunity sellers plus 305 new entrants). In 
addition, staff estimates that approximately 92 business

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opportunity sellers market business opportunities in Spanish (in 
addition to English) and another 61 sellers market in languages other 
than English or Spanish (in addition to English).\1\
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    \1\ FTC bases these estimates on census data. See American 
Community Survey, Household Language Table K201601 (2018), at 
https://data.census.gov/cedsci/. The census data indicates that 
approximately 3% of Spanish-speaking U.S. households are classified 
as limited English speaking households. In addition, the data 
indicates that approximately 2% of the United States population 
speaks a language other than Spanish or English at home and are 
classified as limited English speaking households. Staff estimates 
that approximately 3% of all entities selling business opportunities 
market in Spanish and 2% of all such entities market in languages 
other than English or Spanish.
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A. Estimated Hours Burden

    Compliance burdens will vary depending on a business opportunity 
seller's prior experience with the Rule. Appendices A and B to the Rule 
provide models of the required disclosure documents in both English and 
Spanish, reducing the potential burden that sellers may incur to 
provide the required disclosures. Commission staff estimates that 2,745 
existing business opportunity sellers will require approximately two 
hours to update their disclosure documents annually. This yields a 
total annual burden of 5,490 hours for established sellers. Staff also 
projects that 305 new business opportunity sellers will require 
approximately five hours to develop their initial disclosure documents. 
This yields a total annual burden of approximately 1,525 hours. In 
addition, staff estimates that all business opportunity sellers will 
require approximately one hour to file and store required records for a 
total of 3,050 hours. This yields a cumulative total of 10,065 hours.

B. Estimated Labor Cost

    The Commission determines estimated labor costs by applying 
applicable wage rates to the burden hours discussed above. Commission 
staff assumes that an attorney likely would prepare or update required 
disclosure documents at an approximate hourly rate of $69.86.\2\ 
Accordingly, staff estimates that cumulative labor costs are $703,141 
(10,065 hours x $69.86 per hour).
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    \2\ This figure is derived from the mean hourly wage for 
Lawyers. See ``Occupational Employment and Wages--May 2019,'' Bureau 
of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (March 31, 2020), 
Table 1 (``National employment and wage data from the Occupational 
Employment Statistics survey by occupation, May 2019''), available 
at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf.
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C. Estimated Non-Labor Costs

1. Printing and Mailing of the Disclosure Document
    Business opportunity sellers may also incur costs to print and 
distribute the single-page disclosure document, plus any attachments. 
These costs vary based upon the length of the attachments and the 
number of copies produced to meet the expected demand. Commission staff 
estimates that 3,050 business opportunity sellers will print and mail 
approximately 1,000 disclosure documents per year at a cost of $1.00 
per document, for a total cost of $3,050,000. Conceivably, many 
business opportunity sellers will elect to furnish disclosures 
electronically; thus, the total cost could be much less.

2. Translating the Required Disclosures Into a Language Other Than 
English

    The costs associated with translating the disclosures will vary 
depending upon a business opportunity seller's prior experience and the 
language the seller uses to market business opportunities. Because 
Appendices A and B to the Rule provide illustrations of the required 
disclosure documents in both English and Spanish, business opportunity 
sellers marketing in Spanish will not incur costs to translate their 
disclosure documents. Existing sellers who market business 
opportunities in either Spanish or another non-English language may 
incur translation costs to update their disclosures over time. New 
entrants that market business opportunities in languages other than 
English or Spanish will incur costs to translate Appendix A into other 
languages.
    Informed by Census data, FTC staff estimates that 92 sellers market 
business opportunities in Spanish and an additional 61 sellers market 
in languages other than English or Spanish. This includes an estimated 
9 new entrants annually that market business opportunities in Spanish 
and 6 new entrants that market business opportunities in languages 
other than English or Spanish.
    FTC staff estimates that approximately 137 existing business 
opportunity sellers are marketing business opportunities in languages 
other than English. Staff estimates these sellers will require on 
average approximately 250 words (about one standard, double-spaced 
page) to update initial disclosures. Therefore, staff estimates the 
total cost to translate the updates to sellers' initial disclosures is 
approximately $5,994 [137 sellers x (17.5 \3\ cents per word x 250 
words)].
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    \3\ Staff estimates that this represents the current market rate 
per word to translate the disclosure documents into the language the 
sellers use to market business opportunities.
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    In addition, staff estimates that new entrant business opportunity 
sellers marketing in languages other than English or Spanish will incur 
burden to translate the required disclosures. There are 485 words in 
Appendix A to the Rule. Therefore, staff estimates that the average 
annual cost burden for new business opportunity sellers to translate 
the required disclosures into a language other than English or Spanish 
will be approximately $509 [6 sellers x (17.5 cents per word x 485 
words)].
    Thus, cumulative estimated non-labor costs are $3,056,503 
($3,050,000 + $5,994 + $509).

Request for Comment

    Under the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, federal agencies must obtain 
approval from OMB for each collection of information they conduct or 
sponsor. ``Collection of information'' means agency requests or 
requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, 
or provide information to a third party. 44 U.S.C. 3502(3); 5 CFR 
1320.3(c). As required by section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC is 
providing this opportunity for public comment before requesting that 
OMB extend the existing clearance for the information collection 
requirements contained in the Business Opportunity Rule, 16 CFR part 
437 (OMB Control Number 3084-0142).
    Pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC invites 
comments on: (1) 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; (2) the 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to 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.
    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to 
consider your comment, we must receive it on or before September 28, 
2020. Write

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``Business Opportunity Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408'' 
on your comment. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to 
delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage 
you to submit your comments online. To make sure that the Commission 
considers your online comment, you must file it through the https://www.regulations.gov website by following the instructions on the web-
based form provided. Your comment, including your name and your state--
will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including the 
https://www.regulations.gov website.
    If you file your comment on paper, write ``Business Opportunity 
Rule Paperwork Comment, FTC File No. P114408'' on your comment and on 
the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal 
Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 
Suite CC-5610 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment 
to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the 
Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 
5610, Washington, DC 20024. If possible, please submit your paper 
comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service.
    Because your comment will be placed on the public record, you are 
solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include 
any sensitive or confidential information. In particular, your comment 
should not include any sensitive personal information, such as your or 
anyone else's Social Security number; date of birth; driver's license 
number or other state identification number, or foreign country 
equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or 
debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that 
your comment does not include any sensitive health information, such as 
medical records or other individually identifiable health information. 
In addition, your comment should not include any ``trade secret or any 
commercial or financial information which . . . is privileged or 
confidential''--as provided by Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 
46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2)--including in 
particular competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales 
statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing 
processes, or customer names.
    Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is 
requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled 
``Confidential,'' and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c). In particular, 
the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the 
comment must include the factual and legal basis for the request, and 
must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from 
the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c). Your comment will be kept 
confidential only if the General Counsel grants your request in 
accordance with the law and the public interest. Once your comment has 
been posted on the https://www.regulations.gov website--as legally 
required by FTC Rule 4.9(b)--we cannot redact or remove your comment, 
unless you submit a confidentiality request that meets the requirements 
for such treatment under FTC Rule 4.9(c), and the General Counsel 
grants that request.
    The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit 
the collection of public comments to consider and use in this 
proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and 
responsive public comments that it receives on or before September 28, 
2020. For information on the Commission's privacy policy, including 
routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see https://www.ftc.gov/site-information/privacy-policy.

Josephine Liu,
Assistant General Counsel for Legal Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2020-16301 Filed 7-27-20; 8:45 am]
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