Request for Nominations for a Subcommittee Under the Agricultural Advisory Committee, 60980-60981 [2020-21396]

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[FR Doc. 2020–21483 Filed 9–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Request for Nominations for a Subcommittee Under the Agricultural Advisory Committee Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) is requesting nominations for membership on the Subcommittee to Evaluate Commission Policy with Respect to Implementation of Amendments to Enumerated Agricultural Futures Contracts with Open Interest (Subcommittee) under the Agricultural Advisory Committee SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 189 / Tuesday, September 29, 2020 / Notices (AAC). The AAC is a discretionary advisory committee established by the Commission in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. DATES: The deadline for the submission of nominations is October 29, 2020. ADDRESSES: Nominations should be emailed to AAC@cftc.gov or sent by post to Summer Mersinger, AAC Designated Federal Officer, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581. Please use the title ‘‘AAC Subcommittee’’ for any nominations you submit. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Summer Mersinger, AAC Designated Federal Officer at (202) 418–6074 or email: AAC@cftc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Subcommittee was established to provide a report to the AAC that will make recommendations to the Commission on policy related to its evaluation of implementation plans for amendments to agricultural futures contracts with open interest. Within this charge, the Subcommittee may consider, but is not limited to, the following issues and topics: • The Commodity Exchange Act, regulations, and guidance pertaining to Designated Contract Market (DCM) requests for Commission approval of amendments to enumerated agricultural futures contracts with open interest; • Recent history of Commissionapproved amendments to futures contracts, including the term or condition amended, ability of that term or condition to impact the economic value of futures positions, rationale provided by the DCM, date announced, and date implemented; • Terms and conditions that could impact the economic value of futures positions, what the Commission should consider in terms of evaluating the implementation plans for those amendments, and whether there could be best practices developed for implementation of any amendments to those terms or conditions; and • Appropriate methods to make market participants and the public aware of the potential for an enumerated agricultural futures contract with open interest to be amended. The Subcommittee will provide its report directly to the AAC and will not provide reports and/or recommendations directly to the Commission. The Subcommittee has no authority to make decisions on behalf of the AAC, and no determination of fact or policy will be made by the Subcommittee on behalf of the Commission. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Sep 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 Subcommittee members will generally serve as representatives and provide advice reflecting the views of stakeholder organizations and entities throughout the derivatives and financial markets. The Subcommittee may also include regular government employees when doing so furthers its purpose. It is anticipated that the Subcommittee will hold at least three in-person or telephonic meetings. Subcommittee members serve at the pleasure of the Commission. Subcommittee members do not receive compensation or honoraria for their services, and they are not reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses. The Subcommittee members will include individuals who are members of the AAC and/or other individuals. For these other individuals who are not serving on the AAC currently, the Commission seeks nominations of individuals from a wide range of perspectives, including from industry, academia, the government, and public interest. To advise the AAC effectively, Subcommittee members must have a high level of expertise and experience with: Hedging practices in the agricultural sector and/or trading in agricultural futures contracts, including a familiarity with the terms and conditions of agricultural futures contracts; the Commodity Exchange Act, Commission regulations, and guidance thereunder. To the extent practicable, the Commission will strive to select members reflecting wide ethnic, racial, gender, and age representation. The Commission invites the submission of nominations for Subcommittee membership. Each nomination submission should include the proposed member’s name, title, organization affiliation and address, email address and telephone number, as well as information that supports the individual’s qualifications to serve on the Subcommittee. The submission should also include the name, email address, and telephone number of the person nominating the proposed Subcommittee member. Selfnominations are acceptable. Submission of a nomination is not a guarantee of selection as a member of the Subcommittee. As noted in the AAC’s Membership Balance Plan, the Commission seeks to ensure that the membership of a subcommittee is balanced relative to the particular issues addressed by the subcommittee in question. The AAC Sponsor, with the assistance of the AAC Designated Federal Officer (DFO), identifies candidates for Subcommittee membership. Following the identification, the candidates who are PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60981 not already serving on the AAC are submitted by the DFO to appropriate CFTC Staff for review and then to the Commission for approval. (Authority: 5 U.S.C. App. II) Dated: September 23, 2020. Robert Sidman, Deputy Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–21396 Filed 9–28–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6351–01–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Notice of a New System of Records. AGENCY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) is establishing CFTC– 54, Ensuring Workplace Health and Safety in Response to a Public Health Emergency, a system of records under the Privacy Act of 1974. This system of records maintains information collected in response to a public health emergency, such as a pandemic or epidemic, from CFTC staff (including political appointees, employees, detailees, contractors, consultants, interns, and volunteers) and visitors to CFTC facilities that is necessary to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. DATES: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(e)(4) and (11), this System of Records will go in to effect without further notice on September 29, 2020 unless otherwise revised pursuant to comments received. New routine uses will go in to effect on October 29, 2020. Comments must be received on or before October 29, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified as pertaining to ‘‘Ensuring Workplace Health and Safety in Response to a Public Health Emergency’’ by any of the following methods: • CFTC Website: https:// comments.cftc.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments through the Comments Online process on the website. • Mail: Christopher Kirkpatrick, Secretary of the Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as Mail, above. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 189 (Tuesday, September 29, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60980-60981]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-21396]


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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION


Request for Nominations for a Subcommittee Under the Agricultural 
Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) 
is requesting nominations for membership on the Subcommittee to 
Evaluate Commission Policy with Respect to Implementation of Amendments 
to Enumerated Agricultural Futures Contracts with Open Interest 
(Subcommittee) under the Agricultural Advisory Committee

[[Page 60981]]

(AAC). The AAC is a discretionary advisory committee established by the 
Commission in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

DATES: The deadline for the submission of nominations is October 29, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be emailed to [email protected] or sent by 
post to Summer Mersinger, AAC Designated Federal Officer, Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street 
NW, Washington, DC 20581. Please use the title ``AAC Subcommittee'' for 
any nominations you submit.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Summer Mersinger, AAC Designated 
Federal Officer at (202) 418-6074 or email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Subcommittee was established to provide 
a report to the AAC that will make recommendations to the Commission on 
policy related to its evaluation of implementation plans for amendments 
to agricultural futures contracts with open interest. Within this 
charge, the Subcommittee may consider, but is not limited to, the 
following issues and topics:
     The Commodity Exchange Act, regulations, and guidance 
pertaining to Designated Contract Market (DCM) requests for Commission 
approval of amendments to enumerated agricultural futures contracts 
with open interest;
     Recent history of Commission-approved amendments to 
futures contracts, including the term or condition amended, ability of 
that term or condition to impact the economic value of futures 
positions, rationale provided by the DCM, date announced, and date 
implemented;
     Terms and conditions that could impact the economic value 
of futures positions, what the Commission should consider in terms of 
evaluating the implementation plans for those amendments, and whether 
there could be best practices developed for implementation of any 
amendments to those terms or conditions; and
     Appropriate methods to make market participants and the 
public aware of the potential for an enumerated agricultural futures 
contract with open interest to be amended.
    The Subcommittee will provide its report directly to the AAC and 
will not provide reports and/or recommendations directly to the 
Commission. The Subcommittee has no authority to make decisions on 
behalf of the AAC, and no determination of fact or policy will be made 
by the Subcommittee on behalf of the Commission.
    Subcommittee members will generally serve as representatives and 
provide advice reflecting the views of stakeholder organizations and 
entities throughout the derivatives and financial markets. The 
Subcommittee may also include regular government employees when doing 
so furthers its purpose. It is anticipated that the Subcommittee will 
hold at least three in-person or telephonic meetings. Subcommittee 
members serve at the pleasure of the Commission. Subcommittee members 
do not receive compensation or honoraria for their services, and they 
are not reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses.
    The Subcommittee members will include individuals who are members 
of the AAC and/or other individuals. For these other individuals who 
are not serving on the AAC currently, the Commission seeks nominations 
of individuals from a wide range of perspectives, including from 
industry, academia, the government, and public interest. To advise the 
AAC effectively, Subcommittee members must have a high level of 
expertise and experience with: Hedging practices in the agricultural 
sector and/or trading in agricultural futures contracts, including a 
familiarity with the terms and conditions of agricultural futures 
contracts; the Commodity Exchange Act, Commission regulations, and 
guidance thereunder. To the extent practicable, the Commission will 
strive to select members reflecting wide ethnic, racial, gender, and 
age representation.
    The Commission invites the submission of nominations for 
Subcommittee membership. Each nomination submission should include the 
proposed member's name, title, organization affiliation and address, 
email address and telephone number, as well as information that 
supports the individual's qualifications to serve on the Subcommittee. 
The submission should also include the name, email address, and 
telephone number of the person nominating the proposed Subcommittee 
member. Self-nominations are acceptable.
    Submission of a nomination is not a guarantee of selection as a 
member of the Subcommittee. As noted in the AAC's Membership Balance 
Plan, the Commission seeks to ensure that the membership of a 
subcommittee is balanced relative to the particular issues addressed by 
the subcommittee in question. The AAC Sponsor, with the assistance of 
the AAC Designated Federal Officer (DFO), identifies candidates for 
Subcommittee membership. Following the identification, the candidates 
who are not already serving on the AAC are submitted by the DFO to 
appropriate CFTC Staff for review and then to the Commission for 
approval.

(Authority: 5 U.S.C. App. II)

    Dated: September 23, 2020.
Robert Sidman,
Deputy Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2020-21396 Filed 9-28-20; 8:45 am]
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