Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension, 29581-29583 [2021-11596]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 104 / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 / Notices Dated: May 28, 2021. Dale Aultman, Secretary, Farm Credit Administration Board. [FR Doc. 2021–11705 Filed 5–28–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6705–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension Federal Trade Commission. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (Act) (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and § 225.41 of the Board’s Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the applications are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)). 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 express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in paragraph 7 of the Act. 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 June 17, 2021. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690–1414: 1. WaterStone Bank SSB 2015 Amended and Restated Employee Stock Ownership Plan and Waterstone Bank SSB 401(K) Plan; to acquire voting shares of WaterStone Financial, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of WaterStone Bank, all of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 27, 2021. Michele Taylor Fennell, Deputy Associate Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2021–11588 Filed 6–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Jun 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 (OMB) clearance for information collection requirements contained in the rules and regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (Fur Rules or Rules). That clearance expires on August 31, 2021. DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 2, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by following the instructions in the Request for Comments part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ‘‘Fur Rules; PRA Comment: 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: Jock K. Chung, Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Mail Code CC–9528, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326–2984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Rules and regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act, 16 CFR part 301. OMB Control Number: 3084–0099. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Likely Respondents: Retailers, manufacturers, processors, and importers of furs and fur products. Frequency of Response: Third party disclosure; recordkeeping requirement. Estimated Annual Hours Burden: 303,001 hours (50,100 hours for recordkeeping + 252,901 hours for disclosure). Recordkeeping: 50,100 hours [950 retailers incur an average recordkeeping SUMMARY: FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29581 burden of about 18 hours per year (17,100 hours total); 75 manufacturers incur an average recordkeeping burden of about 60 hours per year (4,500 hours total); and 950 importers of furs and fur products incur an average recordkeeping burden of 30 hours per year (28,500 hours total)]. Disclosure: 252,901 hours [(214,834 hours for labeling + 67 hours for invoices + 38,000 hours for advertising)]. Estimated annual cost burden: $5,194,259 (solely relating to labor costs). Abstract: The Fur Products Labeling Act (Fur Act) 1 prohibits the misbranding and false advertising of fur products. The Fur Rules establish disclosure requirements that assist consumers in making informed purchasing decisions, and recordkeeping requirements that assist the Commission in enforcing the Rules. The Rules also provide a procedure for exemption from certain disclosure provisions under the Fur Act. As required by section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), 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 Commission’s Fur Rules. Burden Statement Staff’s burden estimates are based on data from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and data or other input from the Fur Industry Council of America. The relevant information collection requirements in these rules and staff’s corresponding burden estimates follow. The estimates address the number of hours needed and the labor costs incurred to comply with the requirements. The Fur Products Labeling Act (Fur Act) 2 prohibits the misbranding and false advertising of fur products. The Fur Rules establish disclosure requirements that assist consumers in making informed purchasing decisions, and recordkeeping requirements that assist the Commission in enforcing the Rules. The Rules also provide a procedure for exemption from certain disclosure provisions under the Fur Act. Estimated annual hours burden: 303,001 hours (50,100 hours for recordkeeping + 252,901 hours for disclosure). Recordkeeping: The Fur Rules require that retailers, manufacturers, processors, 1 15 2 15 E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM U.S.C. 69 et seq. U.S.C. 69 et seq. 02JNN1 29582 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 104 / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 / Notices and importers of furs and fur products keep certain records in addition to those they may keep in the ordinary course of business. Staff estimates that 950 retailers incur an average recordkeeping burden of about 18 hours per year (17,100 hours total); 75 manufacturers incur an average recordkeeping burden of about 60 hours per year (4,500 hours total); and 950 importers of furs and fur products incur an average recordkeeping burden of 30 hours per year (28,500 hours total). The combined recordkeeping burden for the industry is approximately 50,100 hours annually. Disclosure: Staff estimates that 1,025 respondents (75 manufacturers + 950 retail sellers of fur garments) each require an average of 30 hours per year to determine label content (30,750 hours total), and an average of 30 hours per year to draft and order labels (30,750 hours total). Staff estimates that the total number of garments subject to the fur labeling requirements annually is approximately 3,680,000.3 Staff estimates that for approximately 50 percent of these garments (1,840,000) labels are attached manually, requiring approximately four minutes per garment for a total of 122,667 hours annually. For the remaining 1,840,000, the process of attaching labels is semi-automated and requires an average of approximately one minute per item, for a total of 30,667 hours. Thus, the total burden for attaching labels is 153,334 hours, and the total burden for labeling garments is 61,500 hours per year (30,750 hours to determine label content + 30,750 hours to draft and order labels). Staff estimates that the incremental burden associated with the Fur Rules’ invoice disclosure requirement, beyond the time that would be devoted to preparing invoices in the absence of the Rules, is approximately one minute per Task Hourly rate Burden hours Labor cost Determine label content ............................................................................................................... Draft and order labels .................................................................................................................. Attach labels ................................................................................................................................ Invoice disclosures ...................................................................................................................... Prepare advertising disclosures .................................................................................................. Recordkeeping ............................................................................................................................. $30.00 19.00 5 13.00 14.00 30.00 18.00 30,750 30,750 122,667 67 38,000 50,100 $922,500 584,250 1,594,671 938 1,140,000 951,900 Total ...................................................................................................................................... ........................ ........................ 5,194,259 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 maintaining records and providing disclosures to consumers. All comments must be received on or before August 2, 2021. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the FTC to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before August 2, 2021. Write ‘‘Fur Rules; PRA Comment: FTC File No. P072108’’ on your comment. 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. Due to the public health emergency in response to the COVID–19 outbreak and the agency’s heightened security screening, postal mail addressed to the Commission will be subject to delay. We encourage you to submit your comments online through the https:// www.regulations.gov website. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Fur Rules; PRA Comment: 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 (Annex J), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. Because your comment will become publicly available at https:// www.regulations.gov, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive or confidential information. In 3 The total number of imported fur garments, furtrimmed garments, and fur accessories is estimated to be approximately 3,500,000 based on industry data. Estimated domestic production totals 180,000. 4 The invoice disclosure burden for PRA purposes excludes the time that respondents would spend for invoicing, apart from the Fur Rules, in the ordinary course of business. See 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2). 5 Per industry sources, most fur labeling is done in the United States. This rate is reflective of an average domestic hourly wage for such tasks performed in the United States, which is derived from recent BLS statistics. Staff believes that there are no current start-up costs or other capital costs associated with the Fur Rules. Because the labeling of fur products has been an integral part of the manufacturing process for decades, manufacturers have in place the capital equipment necessary to comply with the Rules’ labeling requirements. Industry sources indicate that much of the information required by the Fur Act and Rules would be included on the product label even absent the Rules. Similarly, invoicing, recordkeeping, and advertising disclosures are tasks performed in the ordinary course of business so that covered firms would incur no additional capital or other nonlabor costs as a result of the Act or the Rules. Request for Comments jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES invoice for pelts.4 The invoice disclosure requirement applies to fur pelts, which are generally sold in groups of at least 1100, on average. Based on information from the Fur Industry Council of America, staff estimates total sales of 4,450,000 pelts annually. Thus, the invoice disclosure requirement entails an estimated total burden of 67 hours (4,046 total invoices × one minute). Staff estimates that the Fur Rules’ advertising disclosure requirements impose an average burden of 40 hours per year for each of the approximately 950 domestic fur retailers, or a total of 38,000 hours. Thus, staff estimates the total disclosure burden to be approximately 252,901 hours. Estimated annual cost burden: $5,194,259 (solely relating to labor costs). The chart below summarizes the total estimated costs. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Jun 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 104 / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 / Notices 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 publicly at www.regulations.gov, 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 August 2, 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. 2021–11596 Filed 6–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Jun 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 29583 completed by individuals who are nominated by the President for highAgency Information Collection level executive branch positions Activities; Information Collection requiring Senate confirmation and Renewal; Comment Request for OGE individuals entering into and departing Form 278e Executive Branch from other public reporting positions in Personnel Public Financial Disclosure the executive branch. The financial Report information collected relates to: Assets and income; transactions; gifts, AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics reimbursements and travel expenses; (OGE). liabilities; agreements or arrangements; ACTION: Notice and request for outside positions; and compensation comments. over $5,000 paid by a source—all subject to various reporting thresholds SUMMARY: After this first round notice and exclusions. The information is and public comment period, the Office collected in accordance with section of Government Ethics (OGE) intends to 102 of the Ethics in Government Act, 5 request that the Office of Management U.S.C. app. sec. 102, as amended by the and Budget (OMB) renew its approval Representative Louise McIntosh under the Paperwork Reduction Act for Slaughter Stop Trading on an existing information collection, Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 entitled the OGE Form 278e Executive (Pub. L. 112–105) (STOCK Act) and Branch Personnel Public Financial OGE’s implementing financial Disclosure Report. disclosure regulations at 5 CFR part DATES: Written comments by the public 2634. and agencies on this proposed extension In 2013, OGE sought and received are invited and must be received by approval for the OGE Form 278e, an August 2, 2021. electronic version of the Form 278, ADDRESSES: Comments may be implemented pursuant to the e-filing submitted to OGE by any of the system mandated under section 11(b) of following methods: the STOCK Act. The OGE Form 278e Email: usoge@oge.gov (Include collects the same information as the reference to ‘‘OGE Form 278e OGE Form 278. In 2014, OGE sought paperwork comment’’ in the subject line and received approval to incorporate the of the message.) OGE Form 278e into its Integrity e-filing Mail, Hand Delivery/Courier: Office of application. Integrity has been in use Government Ethics, 1201 New York since January 1, 2015, and OGE now Avenue NW, Suite 500, Attention: Grant requires filers to use a version of the Anderson, Assistant Counsel, OGE Form 278e rather than the old OGE Washington, DC 20005–3917. Form 278. The version of the Form 278e Instructions: Comments may be that is produced by Integrity is a posted on OGE’s website, www.oge.gov. streamlined output report format that Sensitive personal information, such as presents only the filer’s inputs in given account numbers or Social Security categories and does not report other numbers, should not be included. categories not selected by the filer. OGE Comments generally will not be edited also continues to maintain an Excel to remove any identifying or contact version of the form and a 508 compliant information. PDF version on its website. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OMB Control Number: 3209–0001. Grant Anderson at the U.S. Office of Type of Information Collection: Government Ethics; telephone: 202– Extension of a currently approved 482–9318; TTY: 800–877–8339; Email: collection. ganderso@oge.gov. An electronic copy Type of Review Request: Regular. of the OGE Form 278e is available on Affected Public: Private citizen OGE’s website at https://www.oge.gov. A Presidential nominees to executive paper copy may also be obtained, branch positions subject to Senate without charge, by contacting Mr. confirmation; other private citizens who Anderson. are potential (incoming) Federal employees whose positions are SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: designated for public disclosure filing; Title: Executive Branch Personnel those who file termination reports from Public Financial Disclosure Report. such positions after their Government Agency Form Number: OGE Form service ends; and Presidential and Vice278e. Presidential candidates. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 104 (Wednesday, June 2, 2021)]
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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 (OMB) clearance for information 
collection requirements contained in the rules and regulations under 
the Fur Products Labeling Act (Fur Rules or Rules). That clearance 
expires on August 31, 2021.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 2, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comments part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``Fur Rules; PRA 
Comment: 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: Jock K. Chung, Attorney, Division of 
Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 
Mail Code CC-9528, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20580, 
(202) 326-2984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Rules and regulations under the Fur 
Products Labeling Act, 16 CFR part 301.
    OMB Control Number: 3084-0099.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Likely Respondents: Retailers, manufacturers, processors, and 
importers of furs and fur products.
    Frequency of Response: Third party disclosure; recordkeeping 
requirement.
    Estimated Annual Hours Burden: 303,001 hours (50,100 hours for 
recordkeeping + 252,901 hours for disclosure).
    Recordkeeping: 50,100 hours [950 retailers incur an average 
recordkeeping burden of about 18 hours per year (17,100 hours total); 
75 manufacturers incur an average recordkeeping burden of about 60 
hours per year (4,500 hours total); and 950 importers of furs and fur 
products incur an average recordkeeping burden of 30 hours per year 
(28,500 hours total)].
    Disclosure: 252,901 hours [(214,834 hours for labeling + 67 hours 
for invoices + 38,000 hours for advertising)].
    Estimated annual cost burden: $5,194,259 (solely relating to labor 
costs).
    Abstract: The Fur Products Labeling Act (Fur Act) \1\ prohibits the 
misbranding and false advertising of fur products. The Fur Rules 
establish disclosure requirements that assist consumers in making 
informed purchasing decisions, and recordkeeping requirements that 
assist the Commission in enforcing the Rules. The Rules also provide a 
procedure for exemption from certain disclosure provisions under the 
Fur Act.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 69 et seq.
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    As required by section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A), 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 Commission's Fur 
Rules.

Burden Statement

    Staff's burden estimates are based on data from the Department of 
Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and data or other input from 
the Fur Industry Council of America. The relevant information 
collection requirements in these rules and staff's corresponding burden 
estimates follow. The estimates address the number of hours needed and 
the labor costs incurred to comply with the requirements.
    The Fur Products Labeling Act (Fur Act) \2\ prohibits the 
misbranding and false advertising of fur products. The Fur Rules 
establish disclosure requirements that assist consumers in making 
informed purchasing decisions, and recordkeeping requirements that 
assist the Commission in enforcing the Rules. The Rules also provide a 
procedure for exemption from certain disclosure provisions under the 
Fur Act.
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    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 69 et seq.
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    Estimated annual hours burden: 303,001 hours (50,100 hours for 
recordkeeping + 252,901 hours for disclosure).
    Recordkeeping: The Fur Rules require that retailers, manufacturers, 
processors,

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and importers of furs and fur products keep certain records in addition 
to those they may keep in the ordinary course of business. Staff 
estimates that 950 retailers incur an average recordkeeping burden of 
about 18 hours per year (17,100 hours total); 75 manufacturers incur an 
average recordkeeping burden of about 60 hours per year (4,500 hours 
total); and 950 importers of furs and fur products incur an average 
recordkeeping burden of 30 hours per year (28,500 hours total). The 
combined recordkeeping burden for the industry is approximately 50,100 
hours annually.
    Disclosure: Staff estimates that 1,025 respondents (75 
manufacturers + 950 retail sellers of fur garments) each require an 
average of 30 hours per year to determine label content (30,750 hours 
total), and an average of 30 hours per year to draft and order labels 
(30,750 hours total). Staff estimates that the total number of garments 
subject to the fur labeling requirements annually is approximately 
3,680,000.\3\ Staff estimates that for approximately 50 percent of 
these garments (1,840,000) labels are attached manually, requiring 
approximately four minutes per garment for a total of 122,667 hours 
annually. For the remaining 1,840,000, the process of attaching labels 
is semi-automated and requires an average of approximately one minute 
per item, for a total of 30,667 hours. Thus, the total burden for 
attaching labels is 153,334 hours, and the total burden for labeling 
garments is 61,500 hours per year (30,750 hours to determine label 
content + 30,750 hours to draft and order labels).
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    \3\ The total number of imported fur garments, fur-trimmed 
garments, and fur accessories is estimated to be approximately 
3,500,000 based on industry data. Estimated domestic production 
totals 180,000.
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    Staff estimates that the incremental burden associated with the Fur 
Rules' invoice disclosure requirement, beyond the time that would be 
devoted to preparing invoices in the absence of the Rules, is 
approximately one minute per invoice for pelts.\4\ The invoice 
disclosure requirement applies to fur pelts, which are generally sold 
in groups of at least 1100, on average. Based on information from the 
Fur Industry Council of America, staff estimates total sales of 
4,450,000 pelts annually. Thus, the invoice disclosure requirement 
entails an estimated total burden of 67 hours (4,046 total invoices x 
one minute).
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    \4\ The invoice disclosure burden for PRA purposes excludes the 
time that respondents would spend for invoicing, apart from the Fur 
Rules, in the ordinary course of business. See 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2).
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    Staff estimates that the Fur Rules' advertising disclosure 
requirements impose an average burden of 40 hours per year for each of 
the approximately 950 domestic fur retailers, or a total of 38,000 
hours.
    Thus, staff estimates the total disclosure burden to be 
approximately 252,901 hours.
    Estimated annual cost burden: $5,194,259 (solely relating to labor 
costs). The chart below summarizes the total estimated costs.

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                              Task                                  Hourly rate    Burden hours     Labor cost
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Determine label content.........................................          $30.00          30,750        $922,500
Draft and order labels..........................................           19.00          30,750         584,250
Attach labels...................................................       \5\ 13.00         122,667       1,594,671
Invoice disclosures.............................................           14.00              67             938
Prepare advertising disclosures.................................           30.00          38,000       1,140,000
Recordkeeping...................................................           18.00          50,100         951,900
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    Total.......................................................  ..............  ..............       5,194,259
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    Staff believes that there are no current start-up costs or other 
capital costs associated with the Fur Rules. Because the labeling of 
fur products has been an integral part of the manufacturing process for 
decades, manufacturers have in place the capital equipment necessary to 
comply with the Rules' labeling requirements. Industry sources indicate 
that much of the information required by the Fur Act and Rules would be 
included on the product label even absent the Rules. Similarly, 
invoicing, recordkeeping, and advertising disclosures are tasks 
performed in the ordinary course of business so that covered firms 
would incur no additional capital or other non-labor costs as a result 
of the Act or the Rules.
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    \5\ Per industry sources, most fur labeling is done in the 
United States. This rate is reflective of an average domestic hourly 
wage for such tasks performed in the United States, which is derived 
from recent BLS statistics.
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Request for Comments

    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 maintaining records and providing disclosures to 
consumers. All comments must be received on or before August 2, 2021.
    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the FTC to consider 
your comment, we must receive it on or before August 2, 2021. Write 
``Fur Rules; PRA Comment: FTC File No. P072108'' on your comment. 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.
    Due to the public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 
outbreak and the agency's heightened security screening, postal mail 
addressed to the Commission will be subject to delay. We encourage you 
to submit your comments online through the https://www.regulations.gov 
website.
    If you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ``Fur Rules; PRA 
Comment: 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 (Annex 
J), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the 
Commission by courier or overnight service.
    Because your comment will become publicly available at https://www.regulations.gov, you are solely responsible for making sure that 
your comment does not include any sensitive or confidential 
information. In

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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 publicly at www.regulations.gov, 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 August 2, 
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. 2021-11596 Filed 6-1-21; 8:45 am]
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