Advisory Committees Solicitation of Applications for Membership, 1952-1953 [2020-27400]

Download as PDF 1952 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2021 / Notices interested members of the public additional time to submit comments. All other information and instructions to commenters provided in the November 13, 2020, notice remain unchanged. Previously submitted comments do not need to be resubmitted. Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [FR Doc. 2021–00216 Filed 1–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION Advisory Committees Solicitation of Applications for Membership Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Pursuant to the authorities given to the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) under the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) Director Kraninger invites the public to apply for membership for appointment to its Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC), Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC), and Academic Research Council (ARC), (collectively, advisory committees). Membership of the advisory committees includes representatives of consumers, diverse communities, the financial services industry, academics, and economists. Appointments to the committees are generally for two years. However, the Director may amend the respective committee charters from time to time during the charter terms, as the Director deems necessary to accomplish the purpose of the committees. The Bureau expects to announce the selection of new members in latesummer 2021. DATES: The application will be available on January 11, 2021, here: https:// www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/ advisory-committees/apply/. Complete application packets received on or before 11:59 p.m. EST on February 24, 2021, will be given consideration for membership on the committees. ADDRESSES: If an applicant requires a reasonable accommodation to complete the application, please contact Kimberley Medrano, Program Manager, CFPB_BoardandCouncilApps@cfpb.gov. All applications for membership on the advisory committees should be sent: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:36 Jan 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 • Electronically: https:// www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/ advisory-committees/apply/. • Mail: Kimberley Medrano, Program Manager, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552. Submissions must be postmarked on or before February 27, 2021. • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Kimberley Medrano, Program Manager, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552. Submissions must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on February 25, 2021. Please note that due to circumstances associated with the COVID–19 pandemic, the Bureau discourages the submission of comments by mail, hand delivery, or courier. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kimberley Medrano, Program Manager, 202–435–9623, CFPB_ BoardandCouncilApps@cfpb.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Bureau is charged with regulating ‘‘the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the Federal consumer financial laws,’’ so as to ensure that ‘‘all consumers have access to markets for consumer financial products and services and that markets for consumer financial products and services are fair, transparent, and competitive.’’ Pursuant to section 1021(c) of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Public Law 111–203, Dodd-Frank Act, the Bureau’s primary functions are: 1. Conducting financial education programs; 2. Collecting, investigating, and responding to consumer complaints; 3. Collecting, researching, monitoring, and publishing information relevant to the function of markets for consumer financial products and services to identify risks to consumers and the proper functioning of such markets; 4. Supervising persons covered under the Dodd-Frank Act for compliance with Federal consumer financial law, and taking appropriate enforcement action to address violations of Federal consumer financial law; 5. Issuing rules, orders, and guidance implementing Federal consumer financial law; and 6. Performing such support activities as may be needed or useful to facilitate the other functions of the Bureau. As described in more detail below, section 1014 of the Dodd-Frank Act calls for the Director of the Bureau to PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 establish a Consumer Advisory Board to advise and consult with the Bureau regarding its functions, and to provide information on emerging trends and practices in the consumer financial markets. Pursuant to the executive and administrative powers conferred on the Bureau by section 1012 of the DoddFrank Act, the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection established the discretionary committees, CBAC, CUAC, and ARC, under agency authority in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. 2. III. Qualifications Pursuant to section 1014(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act, in appointing members to the Consumer Advisory Board, ‘‘the Director shall seek to assemble experts in consumer protection, financial services, community development, fair lending and civil rights, and consumer financial products or services and representatives of depository institutions that primarily serve underserved communities, and representatives of communities that have been significantly impacted by higher-priced mortgage loans, and seek representation of the interests of covered persons and consumers, without regard to party affiliation.’’ The determinants of ‘‘expertise’’ shall depend, in part, on the constituency, interests, or industry sector the nominee seeks to represent, and where appropriate, shall include significant experience as a direct service provider to consumers. Pursuant to section 12 of the Community Bank Advisory Council Charter, in appointing members to the committee the Director shall seek to assemble members with diverse points of view, institution asset sizes, and geographical backgrounds. Only bank or thrift employees (CEOs, compliance officers, government relations officials, etc.) will be considered for membership. Membership is limited to employees of banks and thrifts with total assets of $10 billion or less that are not affiliates of depository institutions or community banks with total assets of more than $10 billion. Pursuant to section 12 of the Credit Union Advisory Council Charter, in appointing members to the committee the Director shall seek to assemble members with diverse points of view, institution asset sizes, and geographical backgrounds. Only credit union employees (CEOs, compliance officers, government relations officials, etc.) will be considered for membership. E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2021 / Notices Membership is limited to employees of credit unions with total assets of $10 billion or less that are not affiliates of depository institutions or credit unions with total assets of more than $10 billion. Pursuant to section 12 of the Academic Research Council Charter, in appointing members to the committee the Director shall seek to assemble members who are economic experts and academics with diverse points of view; such as experienced economists with a strong research and publishing background, and a record of involvement in research and public policy, including public or academic service. Additionally, members should be prominent experts who are recognized for their professional achievements and rigorous economic analysis including those specializing in household finance, finance, financial education, labor economics, industrial organization, public economics, and law and economics; and experts from related social sciences related to the Bureau’s mission. In particular, the Director will seek to identify academics with strong methodological and technical expertise in structural or reduced form econometrics; modeling of consumer decision-making; survey and random controlled trial methods; benefit cost analysis, welfare economics and program evaluation; or marketing. The Bureau has a special interest in ensuring that the perspectives of women and men, all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities are adequately represented on the advisory committees, and therefore, encourages applications from qualified candidates from these groups. The Bureau also has a special interest in establishing advisory committees that are represented by a diversity of viewpoints and constituencies, and therefore encourages applications from qualified candidates who: 1. Represent the United States’ geographic diversity; and 2. Represent the interests of special populations identified in the DoddFrank Act, including service members, older Americans, students, and traditionally underserved consumers and communities. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES IV. Application Procedures Any interested person may apply for membership on the committees. A complete application (https:// www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/ advisory-committees/apply/) must include: 1. A one-page cover letter, which summarizes the applicant’s expertise VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:35 Jan 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 and provides reason(s) why he or she would like to join the committee 2. A complete re´sume´ or curriculum vitae for the applicant; 3. A recommendation letter from a third party describing the applicant’s interests and qualifications to serve on the committee; and 4. A complete questionnaire. To evaluate potential sources of conflicts of interest, the Bureau will ask potential candidates to provide information related to financial holdings and/or professional affiliations, and to allow the Bureau to perform a background check. The Bureau will not review applications and will not answer questions from internal or external parties regarding applications until the application period has closed. The Bureau does not accept applications from federally registered lobbyists, convicted felons or current elected officials for a position on the advisory committees. Only complete applications will be given consideration for membership on the advisory committees. Dated: December 8, 2020. Karla Carnemark, Acting Chief of Staff, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. [FR Doc. 2020–27400 Filed 1–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–AM–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2021–SCC–0001] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Third Party Perjury Form Office of Secretary (OS), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of a currently approved information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 12, 2021. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2021–SCC–0001. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1953 available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please include the docket ID number and the title of the information collection request when requesting documents or submitting comments. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the PRA Coordinator of the Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, LBJ, Room 6W208B Washington, DC 20202–8240. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Elise Cook, (202) 401–3769. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Third Party Perjury Form. OMB Control Number: 1880–0545. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households. E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 6 (Monday, January 11, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1952-1953]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-27400]


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BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION


Advisory Committees Solicitation of Applications for Membership

AGENCY: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities given to the Director of the 
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) under the Wall Street 
Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) Director Kraninger 
invites the public to apply for membership for appointment to its 
Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC), 
Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC), and Academic Research Council 
(ARC), (collectively, advisory committees). Membership of the advisory 
committees includes representatives of consumers, diverse communities, 
the financial services industry, academics, and economists. 
Appointments to the committees are generally for two years. However, 
the Director may amend the respective committee charters from time to 
time during the charter terms, as the Director deems necessary to 
accomplish the purpose of the committees. The Bureau expects to 
announce the selection of new members in late-summer 2021.

DATES: The application will be available on January 11, 2021, here: 
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/advisory-committees/apply/. 
Complete application packets received on or before 11:59 p.m. EST on 
February 24, 2021, will be given consideration for membership on the 
committees.

ADDRESSES: If an applicant requires a reasonable accommodation to 
complete the application, please contact Kimberley Medrano, Program 
Manager, [email protected].
    All applications for membership on the advisory committees should 
be sent:
     Electronically: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/advisory-committees/apply/.
     Mail: Kimberley Medrano, Program Manager, Bureau of 
Consumer Financial Protection, 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552. 
Submissions must be postmarked on or before February 27, 2021.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Kimberley Medrano, Program 
Manager, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 1700 G Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20552. Submissions must be received on or before 5:00 
p.m. eastern standard time on February 25, 2021. Please note that due 
to circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau 
discourages the submission of comments by mail, hand delivery, or 
courier.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kimberley Medrano, Program Manager, 
202-435-9623, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Bureau is charged with regulating ``the offering and provision 
of consumer financial products or services under the Federal consumer 
financial laws,'' so as to ensure that ``all consumers have access to 
markets for consumer financial products and services and that markets 
for consumer financial products and services are fair, transparent, and 
competitive.'' Pursuant to section 1021(c) of the Wall Street Reform 
and Consumer Protection Act, Public Law 111-203, Dodd-Frank Act, the 
Bureau's primary functions are:
    1. Conducting financial education programs;
    2. Collecting, investigating, and responding to consumer 
complaints;
    3. Collecting, researching, monitoring, and publishing information 
relevant to the function of markets for consumer financial products and 
services to identify risks to consumers and the proper functioning of 
such markets;
    4. Supervising persons covered under the Dodd-Frank Act for 
compliance with Federal consumer financial law, and taking appropriate 
enforcement action to address violations of Federal consumer financial 
law;
    5. Issuing rules, orders, and guidance implementing Federal 
consumer financial law; and
    6. Performing such support activities as may be needed or useful to 
facilitate the other functions of the Bureau.
    As described in more detail below, section 1014 of the Dodd-Frank 
Act calls for the Director of the Bureau to establish a Consumer 
Advisory Board to advise and consult with the Bureau regarding its 
functions, and to provide information on emerging trends and practices 
in the consumer financial markets.
    Pursuant to the executive and administrative powers conferred on 
the Bureau by section 1012 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Director of the 
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection established the discretionary 
committees, CBAC, CUAC, and ARC, under agency authority in accordance 
with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 
5 U.S.C., App. 2.

III. Qualifications

    Pursuant to section 1014(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act, in appointing 
members to the Consumer Advisory Board, ``the Director shall seek to 
assemble experts in consumer protection, financial services, community 
development, fair lending and civil rights, and consumer financial 
products or services and representatives of depository institutions 
that primarily serve underserved communities, and representatives of 
communities that have been significantly impacted by higher-priced 
mortgage loans, and seek representation of the interests of covered 
persons and consumers, without regard to party affiliation.'' The 
determinants of ``expertise'' shall depend, in part, on the 
constituency, interests, or industry sector the nominee seeks to 
represent, and where appropriate, shall include significant experience 
as a direct service provider to consumers.
    Pursuant to section 12 of the Community Bank Advisory Council 
Charter, in appointing members to the committee the Director shall seek 
to assemble members with diverse points of view, institution asset 
sizes, and geographical backgrounds. Only bank or thrift employees 
(CEOs, compliance officers, government relations officials, etc.) will 
be considered for membership. Membership is limited to employees of 
banks and thrifts with total assets of $10 billion or less that are not 
affiliates of depository institutions or community banks with total 
assets of more than $10 billion.
    Pursuant to section 12 of the Credit Union Advisory Council 
Charter, in appointing members to the committee the Director shall seek 
to assemble members with diverse points of view, institution asset 
sizes, and geographical backgrounds. Only credit union employees (CEOs, 
compliance officers, government relations officials, etc.) will be 
considered for membership.

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Membership is limited to employees of credit unions with total assets 
of $10 billion or less that are not affiliates of depository 
institutions or credit unions with total assets of more than $10 
billion.
    Pursuant to section 12 of the Academic Research Council Charter, in 
appointing members to the committee the Director shall seek to assemble 
members who are economic experts and academics with diverse points of 
view; such as experienced economists with a strong research and 
publishing background, and a record of involvement in research and 
public policy, including public or academic service. Additionally, 
members should be prominent experts who are recognized for their 
professional achievements and rigorous economic analysis including 
those specializing in household finance, finance, financial education, 
labor economics, industrial organization, public economics, and law and 
economics; and experts from related social sciences related to the 
Bureau's mission. In particular, the Director will seek to identify 
academics with strong methodological and technical expertise in 
structural or reduced form econometrics; modeling of consumer decision-
making; survey and random controlled trial methods; benefit cost 
analysis, welfare economics and program evaluation; or marketing.
    The Bureau has a special interest in ensuring that the perspectives 
of women and men, all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with 
disabilities are adequately represented on the advisory committees, and 
therefore, encourages applications from qualified candidates from these 
groups. The Bureau also has a special interest in establishing advisory 
committees that are represented by a diversity of viewpoints and 
constituencies, and therefore encourages applications from qualified 
candidates who:
    1. Represent the United States' geographic diversity; and
    2. Represent the interests of special populations identified in the 
Dodd-Frank Act, including service members, older Americans, students, 
and traditionally underserved consumers and communities.

IV. Application Procedures

    Any interested person may apply for membership on the committees.
    A complete application (https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/advisory-committees/apply/) must include:
    1. A one-page cover letter, which summarizes the applicant's 
expertise and provides reason(s) why he or she would like to join the 
committee
    2. A complete r[eacute]sum[eacute] or curriculum vitae for the 
applicant;
    3. A recommendation letter from a third party describing the 
applicant's interests and qualifications to serve on the committee; and
    4. A complete questionnaire.
    To evaluate potential sources of conflicts of interest, the Bureau 
will ask potential candidates to provide information related to 
financial holdings and/or professional affiliations, and to allow the 
Bureau to perform a background check. The Bureau will not review 
applications and will not answer questions from internal or external 
parties regarding applications until the application period has closed.
    The Bureau does not accept applications from federally registered 
lobbyists, convicted felons or current elected officials for a position 
on the advisory committees.
    Only complete applications will be given consideration for 
membership on the advisory committees.

    Dated: December 8, 2020.
Karla Carnemark,
Acting Chief of Staff, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
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