Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension, 1971-1973 [2021-00214]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2021 / Notices www.fec.gov and click on the banner to be taken to the meeting page. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Welcoming Remarks Draft Advisory Opinion 2020–02: Bertrand Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Mississippi Republican Party (A17–05) Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on Van Drew for Congress (A19–04) Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) Committee for a Strong Economy (A19–10) Proposed Final Audit Report on the Democratic Foundation of Orange County (A19–23) Management and Administrative Matters CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Judith Ingram, Press Officer, Telephone: (202) 694–1220. Authority: Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b Laura E. Sinram, Acting Secretary and Clerk of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2021–00463 Filed 1–7–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6715–01–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The public portions of the applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, if any, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank(s) indicated below and at the offices of the Board of Governors. This information may also be obtained on an expedited basis, upon request, by contacting the appropriate Federal Reserve Bank and from the Board’s Freedom of Information Office at https://www.federalreserve.gov/foia/ request.htm. Interested persons may VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:36 Jan 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). Comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors, Ann E. Misback, Secretary of the Board, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20551–0001, not later than February 10, 2021. A. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (David L. Hubbard, Senior Manager) P.O. Box 442, St. Louis, Missouri 63166–2034. Comments can also be sent electronically to Comments.applications@stls.frb.org: 1. The R. Dean Phillips Bank Trust, Las Vegas Nevada; to become a bank holding company and acquire voting shares of (i) Great River Bancshares, Inc., Quincy, Illinois, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of The Hill-Dodge Banking Company, Warsaw, Illinois; (ii) T&C Bancorp, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Town & Country Bank Midwest, both of Quincy, Illinois, and North Missouri Bancorp, Inc., and The Citizens Bank of Edina, both of Edina, Missouri; (iii) Ambage, Inc., West Point, Nebraska, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of F&M Bank, Falls City, Nebraska; (iv) West Point Bancorp, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of F&M Bank, both of West Point, Nebraska, and Town & Country Bank, Las Vegas, Nevada; (v) Topeka Bancorp, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Kaw Valley Bank, both of Topeka, Kansas; and (vi) HNB National Bank, Hannibal, Missouri. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, January 6, 2021. Michele Taylor Fennell, Deputy Associate Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2021–00288 Filed 1–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension Federal Trade Commission. Notice. 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 pertaining to the Commission’s SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1971 administrative activities, consisting of: (a) Responding to applications to the Commission pursuant to the Commission’s Rules of Practice (Parts 1 and 4); (b) the FTC’s consumer reporting systems; and (c) the FTC’s program evaluation activities. The current clearance expires on May 31, 2021. DATES: Comments must be filed by March 12, 2021. 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 ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act: FTC File No. P072108,’’ on your comment and file your comment online at https://www.regulations.gov, by following the instructions on the webbased 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: Kenny Wright, Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, (202) 326–2907, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: FTC Administrative Activities. OMB Control Number: 3084–0169. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses and other for-profit entities. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 452,318 hours. Estimated Annual Labor Costs: $26,890. Discussion Pursuant to its Rules of Practice, the Commission collects information to carry out its administrative responsibilities. Any person, partnership, or corporation may request advice from the Commission or FTC staff regarding a course of action the requester contemplates. The Commission’s rules require requesters to provide the information necessary to facilitate resolution of the requests, including information on the question to be resolved, the identity of the companies or persons involved, and other material facts. See FTC Rule 1.2, 16 CFR 1.2. The FTC’s ethics regulations require former employees who are seeking ethical clearance to participate E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 1972 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2021 / Notices in FTC matters to submit screening affidavits to facilitate resolution of their requests. See FTC Rule 4.1(b), 16 CFR 4.1(b). Requests to participate must include, among other things, a description of the proceeding in which participation is contemplated; the name of the Commission office or division in which the former employee was employed and the position the employee occupied; and a statement whether, while employed by the Commission, the former employee participated in any proceeding or investigation concerning the same company, individual, or industry currently involved in the matter in question. These requirements prevent the improper use of confidential nonpublic information acquired while working at the FTC. The Commission’s Rules of Practice also authorize outside parties to request employee testimony, through compulsory process or otherwise, and to request documentary material through compulsory process in cases or matters to which the agency is not a party. See FTC Rule 4.11(e), 16 CFR 4.11(e). These rules require persons seeking testimony or material from the Commission to submit a statement in support of the request setting forth the party’s interest in the case or matter, the relevance of the desired testimony or material, and a discussion of whether it is reasonably available from other sources. The Commission receives approximately 55 such requests annually. Staff estimates respondents will incur, on average, approximately 2 hours of burden to submit a request, resulting in a cumulative 110 burden hours per year (55 requests × 2 burden hours). Based on an estimated average wage of $145/hour for executive and attorney wages, staff estimates a total annual cost burden of $15,950 (110 hours × $145). Staff estimates that requesters would incur no capital, startup, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs associated with submitting covered requests. The FTC also allows consumers to report fraud, identity theft, National Do Not Call Registry violations, and other violations of law through telephone hotlines and three online consumer report forms. Consumers may call a hotline phone number or log on to the FTC’s website to report violations using the applicable reporting forms. The provision of this information is voluntary. The FTC also conducts customer satisfaction surveys regarding the support that the Commission’s Consumer Response Center provides to consumers to obtain information about the overall effectiveness of the call VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:36 Jan 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 center and online complaint intake forms. This information assists Bureau of Consumer Protection staff in carrying out the agency’s consumer protection mission. The FTC is also mandated by Congress under the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998, 18 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., to serve as the central clearinghouse for identity theft complaints. The time necessary to file a consumer report or participate in related customer satisfaction surveys will vary. FTC staff estimates that approximately 7,750,841 respondents will submit information pursuant to these processes and that the associated burden will be 452,131 hours per year over the course of the threeyear clearance. The cost per respondent to file a complaint is negligible. Participation is voluntary and will not require any labor expenditures by respondents. In addition, there are no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs for respondents. The FTC also conducts evaluations of its competition advocacy program and the effectiveness of its merger divestiture orders. The FTC’s Competition Advocacy Program draws on the Commission’s expertise in competition and consumer protection matters to encourage federal and state legislatures, courts, and other state and federal agencies to consider the effects of proposed actions on consumers and competition. Statutory authority for the advocacy program is found in part in sections 6(a) and (f) of the FTC Act. 15 U.S.C. 46(a) and (f). The FTC’s Office of Policy and Planning evaluates the effectiveness of these advocacy comments by sending questionnaires to selected comment recipients. FTC staff sends questionnaires to approximately 20 respondents per year. FTC staff estimates that, on average, respondents will need 15 minutes or less to complete a questionnaire, yielding a cumulative burden of 5 burden hours (20 respondents per year × 15 minutes per respondent). FTC staff estimates an hourly labor cost of $100 for the time spent by survey participants (primarily, staff at state and federal agencies or members of federal and state legislatures and their staff). Thus, staff estimates a total labor cost of $25 for each response (15 minutes × $100 per hour). This yields a cumulative yearly labor costs will be approximately $500 (20 respondents × $25 per response). FTC staff estimates that respondents would incur no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs for respondent to these questionnaires. Following an order of divestiture in a merger matter, the FTC’s Bureau of PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Competition’s Compliance Division conducts brief calls with acquirers of divested assets to assess the effectiveness of these divestitures. The Commission issues, on average, 15–17 orders in merger cases per year that require divestitures or other remedies. For interviews with purchasers of divested assets, each interview typically takes less than one hour to complete. FTC staff estimates that it takes each participant no more than one hour to prepare for the interview. Accordingly, staff estimates that, for each interview, two individuals (typically a company executive and an attorney) will devote two hours each (one hour preparing and one hour participating) to responding to questions for a total of four hours. Assuming that staff evaluates approximately 17 divestitures per year during the three-year clearance period, staff estimates that the total hours burden will be 68 hours per year (17 divestiture reviews × 4 hours for preparing and participating). Staff may include approximately two monitor interviews a year, which would add at most 4 hours (2 interviews × 2 hours for preparing and participating). Interviews of monitors typically involve only the monitor and take approximately one hour to complete with no more than one hour to prepare for the interview. This yields a total burden of 72 burden hours per year. Staff estimates that the total annual labor cost, based on an estimated average of $145/hour for executive and attorney wages, would be $10,440 (72 hours × $145). There are no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs to respondents. Request for Comment Pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC invites comments on: (1) Whether the disclosure requirements are necessary, including whether the information will be practically useful; (2) the accuracy of our burden estimates, including whether the methodology and assumptions used are valid; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of providing the required information to consumers. All comments should be filed as prescribed in the ADDRESSES section above, and must be received on or before March 12, 2021. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before March 12, 2021. Write ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act: FTC File No. P072108’’ on your comment. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2021 / Notices 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 ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act: FTC File No. P072108’’ 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:36 Jan 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 public website— as legally required by FTC Rule 4.9(b)— we cannot redact or remove your comment from the website, 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 March 12, 2021. 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. 2021–00214 Filed 1–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 1973 www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. Additionally, submit a copy to GSA through http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions on the site. This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field or attach a file for lengthier comments. Instructions: All items submitted must cite OMB Control No. 9000–0013, Certified Cost or Pricing Data and Data Other Than Certified Cost or Pricing Data. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two-to-three days after submission to verify posting. If there are difficulties submitting comments, contact the GSA Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202–501–4755 or GSARegSec@gsa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, at telephone 202–969–7207, or zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION A. OMB Control Number, Title, and Any Associated Form(s) NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 9000–0013, Certified Cost or Pricing Data and Data Other Than Certified Cost or Pricing Data. [OMB Control No. 9000–0013; Docket No. 2020–0053; Sequence No. 16] Submission for OMB Review; Certified Cost or Pricing Data and Data Other Than Certified Cost or Pricing Data Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat Division has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a revision and renewal of a previously approved information collection requirement regarding certified cost or pricing data and data other than certified cost or pricing data. DATES: Submit comments on or before February 10, 2021. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for this information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 B. Need and Uses The Truth in Negotiations Act, 10 U.S.C. 2306a and 41 U.S.C. 3502, requires the Government to obtain certified cost or pricing data from contractors prior to the award of certain contract actions. Contractors may be exempt from this requirement under certain conditions. This clearance covers the information that contractors must submit to comply with the following Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements: a. 52.214–28, Subcontractor Certified Cost or Pricing Data—Modifications— Sealed Bidding. When contracting by sealed bidding, this clause requires contractors to require subcontractors to submit certified cost or pricing data for a modification involving aggregate increases and/or decreases in costs, plus applicable profits, expected to exceed the threshold for submission of certified cost or pricing data at FAR 15.403– 4(a)(1). b. 52.215–12, Subcontractor Certified Cost or Pricing Data. When contracting E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Extension

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 pertaining to the Commission's
    administrative activities, consisting of: (a) Responding to 
applications to the Commission pursuant to the Commission's Rules of 
Practice (Parts 1 and 4); (b) the FTC's consumer reporting systems; and 
(c) the FTC's program evaluation activities. The current clearance 
expires on May 31, 2021.

DATES: Comments must be filed by March 12, 2021.

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 ``Paperwork Reduction 
Act: FTC File No. P072108,'' 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: Kenny Wright, Attorney, Office of the 
General Counsel, (202) 326-2907, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, 
DC 20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: FTC Administrative 
Activities.
    OMB Control Number: 3084-0169.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses and other for-profit 
entities.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 452,318 hours.
    Estimated Annual Labor Costs: $26,890.
    Discussion
    Pursuant to its Rules of Practice, the Commission collects 
information to carry out its administrative responsibilities. Any 
person, partnership, or corporation may request advice from the 
Commission or FTC staff regarding a course of action the requester 
contemplates. The Commission's rules require requesters to provide the 
information necessary to facilitate resolution of the requests, 
including information on the question to be resolved, the identity of 
the companies or persons involved, and other material facts. See FTC 
Rule 1.2, 16 CFR 1.2. The FTC's ethics regulations require former 
employees who are seeking ethical clearance to participate

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in FTC matters to submit screening affidavits to facilitate resolution 
of their requests. See FTC Rule 4.1(b), 16 CFR 4.1(b). Requests to 
participate must include, among other things, a description of the 
proceeding in which participation is contemplated; the name of the 
Commission office or division in which the former employee was employed 
and the position the employee occupied; and a statement whether, while 
employed by the Commission, the former employee participated in any 
proceeding or investigation concerning the same company, individual, or 
industry currently involved in the matter in question. These 
requirements prevent the improper use of confidential nonpublic 
information acquired while working at the FTC. The Commission's Rules 
of Practice also authorize outside parties to request employee 
testimony, through compulsory process or otherwise, and to request 
documentary material through compulsory process in cases or matters to 
which the agency is not a party. See FTC Rule 4.11(e), 16 CFR 4.11(e). 
These rules require persons seeking testimony or material from the 
Commission to submit a statement in support of the request setting 
forth the party's interest in the case or matter, the relevance of the 
desired testimony or material, and a discussion of whether it is 
reasonably available from other sources.
    The Commission receives approximately 55 such requests annually. 
Staff estimates respondents will incur, on average, approximately 2 
hours of burden to submit a request, resulting in a cumulative 110 
burden hours per year (55 requests x 2 burden hours). Based on an 
estimated average wage of $145/hour for executive and attorney wages, 
staff estimates a total annual cost burden of $15,950 (110 hours x 
$145). Staff estimates that requesters would incur no capital, start-
up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs associated with 
submitting covered requests.
    The FTC also allows consumers to report fraud, identity theft, 
National Do Not Call Registry violations, and other violations of law 
through telephone hotlines and three online consumer report forms. 
Consumers may call a hotline phone number or log on to the FTC's 
website to report violations using the applicable reporting forms. The 
provision of this information is voluntary. The FTC also conducts 
customer satisfaction surveys regarding the support that the 
Commission's Consumer Response Center provides to consumers to obtain 
information about the overall effectiveness of the call center and 
online complaint intake forms. This information assists Bureau of 
Consumer Protection staff in carrying out the agency's consumer 
protection mission. The FTC is also mandated by Congress under the 
Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998, 18 U.S.C. 1001 et 
seq., to serve as the central clearinghouse for identity theft 
complaints.
    The time necessary to file a consumer report or participate in 
related customer satisfaction surveys will vary. FTC staff estimates 
that approximately 7,750,841 respondents will submit information 
pursuant to these processes and that the associated burden will be 
452,131 hours per year over the course of the three-year clearance. The 
cost per respondent to file a complaint is negligible. Participation is 
voluntary and will not require any labor expenditures by respondents. 
In addition, there are no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or 
other similar costs for respondents.
    The FTC also conducts evaluations of its competition advocacy 
program and the effectiveness of its merger divestiture orders. The 
FTC's Competition Advocacy Program draws on the Commission's expertise 
in competition and consumer protection matters to encourage federal and 
state legislatures, courts, and other state and federal agencies to 
consider the effects of proposed actions on consumers and competition. 
Statutory authority for the advocacy program is found in part in 
sections 6(a) and (f) of the FTC Act. 15 U.S.C. 46(a) and (f). The 
FTC's Office of Policy and Planning evaluates the effectiveness of 
these advocacy comments by sending questionnaires to selected comment 
recipients. FTC staff sends questionnaires to approximately 20 
respondents per year. FTC staff estimates that, on average, respondents 
will need 15 minutes or less to complete a questionnaire, yielding a 
cumulative burden of 5 burden hours (20 respondents per year x 15 
minutes per respondent). FTC staff estimates an hourly labor cost of 
$100 for the time spent by survey participants (primarily, staff at 
state and federal agencies or members of federal and state legislatures 
and their staff). Thus, staff estimates a total labor cost of $25 for 
each response (15 minutes x $100 per hour). This yields a cumulative 
yearly labor costs will be approximately $500 (20 respondents x $25 per 
response). FTC staff estimates that respondents would incur no capital, 
start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar costs for respondent 
to these questionnaires.
    Following an order of divestiture in a merger matter, the FTC's 
Bureau of Competition's Compliance Division conducts brief calls with 
acquirers of divested assets to assess the effectiveness of these 
divestitures. The Commission issues, on average, 15-17 orders in merger 
cases per year that require divestitures or other remedies. For 
interviews with purchasers of divested assets, each interview typically 
takes less than one hour to complete. FTC staff estimates that it takes 
each participant no more than one hour to prepare for the interview. 
Accordingly, staff estimates that, for each interview, two individuals 
(typically a company executive and an attorney) will devote two hours 
each (one hour preparing and one hour participating) to responding to 
questions for a total of four hours. Assuming that staff evaluates 
approximately 17 divestitures per year during the three-year clearance 
period, staff estimates that the total hours burden will be 68 hours 
per year (17 divestiture reviews x 4 hours for preparing and 
participating). Staff may include approximately two monitor interviews 
a year, which would add at most 4 hours (2 interviews x 2 hours for 
preparing and participating). Interviews of monitors typically involve 
only the monitor and take approximately one hour to complete with no 
more than one hour to prepare for the interview. This yields a total 
burden of 72 burden hours per year. Staff estimates that the total 
annual labor cost, based on an estimated average of $145/hour for 
executive and attorney wages, would be $10,440 (72 hours x $145). There 
are no capital, start-up, operation, maintenance, or other similar 
costs to respondents.

Request for Comment

    Pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the FTC invites 
comments on: (1) Whether the disclosure requirements are necessary, 
including whether the information will be practically useful; (2) the 
accuracy of our burden estimates, including whether the methodology and 
assumptions used are valid; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to 
minimize the burden of providing the required information to consumers. 
All comments should be filed as prescribed in the ADDRESSES section 
above, and must be received on or before March 12, 2021.
    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to 
consider your comment, we must receive it on or before March 12, 2021. 
Write ``Paperwork Reduction Act: FTC File No. P072108'' on your 
comment. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay 
due to heightened security screening. As a result, we

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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 ``Paperwork Reduction Act: 
FTC File No. P072108'' 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 public website--as legally required by FTC Rule 
4.9(b)--we cannot redact or remove your comment from the website, 
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 March 12, 
2021. 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. 2021-00214 Filed 1-8-21; 8:45 am]
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