Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 53120-53121 [2021-20652]

Download as PDF 53120 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 183 / Friday, September 24, 2021 / Notices Representative: Kenneth R. Moeller; Comments Due: September 28, 2021. This Notice will be published in the Federal Register. Erica A. Barker, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–20766 Filed 9–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD Proposed Collection; Comment Request In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506 (c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides opportunity for public comment on new or revised data collections, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will publish periodic summaries of proposed data collections. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the RRB’s estimate of the burden of the collection of the information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 1. Title and purpose of information collection: Employee’s Certification; OMB 3220–0140. Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) (45 U.S.C. 231a), provides for the payment of an annuity to the spouse or divorced spouse of a retired railroad employee. For the spouse or divorced spouse to qualify for an annuity, the RRB must determine if any of the employee’s current marriage to the applicant is valid. The requirements for obtaining documentary evidence to determine valid marital relationships are prescribed in 20 CFR 219.30 through 219.35. Section 2(e) of the RRA requires that an employee must relinquish all rights to any railroad employer service before a spouse annuity can be paid. The RRB uses Form G–346, Employee’s Certification, to obtain the information needed to determine whether the employee’s current marriage is valid. Form G–346 is completed by the retired employee who is the husband or wife of the applicant for a spouse annuity. Completion is required to obtain a benefit. One response is requested of each respondent. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G–346. Consistent with 20 CFR 217.17, the RRB uses Form G–346sum, Employee’s Certification Summary, which mirrors the information collected on Form G– 346, when an employee, after being interviewed by an RRB field office representative ‘‘signs’’ the form using an alternative signature method known as ‘‘attestation.’’ Attestation refers to the action taken by the RRB field office representative to confirm and annotate the RRB’s records of the applicant’s affirmation under penalty of perjury that the information provided is correct and the applicant’s agreement to sign the form by proxy. Completion is required to obtain a benefit. One response is requested of each respondent. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G– 346sum. ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Annual responses Form No. Time (minutes) Burden (hours) G–346 .......................................................................................................................................... G–346sum ................................................................................................................................... 3,300 2,260 5 5 300 188 Total ...................................................................................................................................... 5,560 ........................ 488 2. Title and purpose of information collection: Railroad Separation Allowance or Severance Pay Report; OMB 3220–0173. Section 6 of the Railroad Retirement Act (45 U.S.C. 231e) provides for a lump-sum payment to an employee or the employee’s survivors equal to the Tier II taxes paid by the employee on a separation allowance or severance payment for which the employee did not receive credits toward retirement. The lump-sum is not payable until retirement benefits begin to accrue or the employee dies. Also, Section 4 (a– 1) (iii) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act provides that a railroad employee who is paid a separation allowance is disqualified for unemployment and sickness benefits for the period of time the employee would have to work to earn the amount of the allowance. The reporting requirements are specified in 20 CFR 209.14. In order to calculate and provide payments, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) must collect and maintain records of separation allowances and severance payments which were subject to Tier II taxation from railroad employers. The RRB uses Form BA–9, Report of Separation Allowance or Severance Pay, to obtain information from railroad employers concerning the separation allowances and severance payments made to railroad employees and/or the survivors of railroad employees. Employers currently have the option of submitting their reports on paper Form BA–9, (or in like format) on a CD–ROM, or by File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or Secure Email. Completion is mandatory. One response is requested of each respondent. The RRB proposes no changes to the manual, CD–ROM, secure email, or FTP Version of Form BA–9. The RRB proposes the addition of an internet equivalent version of Form BA– 9 to the information collection. ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Annual responses Form No. BA–9 BA–9 BA–9 BA–9 (Paper) ............................................................................................................................... (Internet) ............................................................................................................................ (CD–ROM) ......................................................................................................................... (Secure Email) ................................................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Sep 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 100 215 10 25 24SEN1 Time (minutes) Burden (hours) 76 15 76 76 127 54 13 32 53121 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 183 / Friday, September 24, 2021 / Notices ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN—Continued Annual responses Form No. Time (minutes) Burden (hours) BA–9 (FTP) .................................................................................................................................. 10 76 13 Total ...................................................................................................................................... 360 ........................ 239 Additional Information or Comments: To request more information or to obtain a copy of the information collection justification, forms, and/or supporting material, contact Kennisha Tucker at (312) 469–2591 or Kennisha.Tucker@rrb.gov. Comments regarding the information collection should be addressed to Brian Foster, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611– 1275 or emailed to Brian.Foster@rrb.gov. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice. Brian D. Foster, Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–20652 Filed 9–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7905–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–93069; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2021–074] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Options 3, Section 26, Message Traffic Mitigation September 20, 2021. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on September 14, 2021, The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II, below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend The Nasdaq Options Market LLC (‘‘NOM’’) Rules at Options 3, Section 26, Message 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Sep 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 Traffic Mitigation, and Options 3, Section 27 Limitation of Liability. The Exchange also proposes to amend Options 10, Doing Business With The Public: Section 5, Branch Offices, Section 6, Opening of Accounts, and Section 9, Discretionary Accounts. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website at https://listingcenter.nasdaq.com/ rulebook/nasdaq/rules, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Options 3, Section 26, Message Traffic Mitigation. The Exchange also proposes to amend Options 10, Doing Business With The Public: Section 5, Branch Offices, Section 6, Opening of Accounts, and Section 9, Discretionary Accounts. Each change is described below. Options 3, Section 26 The Exchange proposes to amend Options 3, Section 26, Message Traffic Mitigation, to replace its current rule with a rule identical to Nasdaq Phlx LLC (‘‘Phlx’’) Options 3, Section 26. Currently, NOM Options 3, Section 26 provides, For the purpose of message traffic mitigation, based on NOM’s traffic with respect to target traffic levels and in accordance with NOM’s overall objective of reducing both peak and overall traffic: PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (a) NOM will periodically delist options with an average daily volume (‘‘ADV’’) of less than 100 contracts. Nasdaq will, on a monthly basis, determine the ADV for each series listed on NOM and delist the current series and not list the next series after expiration where the ADV is less than 100 contracts. For options series traded solely on NOM, Nasdaq will delay delisting until there is no open interest in that options series. (b) NOM will implement a process by which an outbound quote message that has not been sent, but is about to be sent, will not be sent if a more current quote message for the same series is available for sending. This replace on queue functionality will be applied to all options series listed on the Nasdaq Options Market in real time and will not delay the sending of any messages. (c) When the size associated with a bid or offer increases by an amount less than or equal to a percentage (never to exceed 20%) of the size associated with the previously disseminated bid or offer, NOM will not disseminate the new bid or offer (d) All message traffic mitigation mechanisms which are used on NOM will be identical for the OPRA ‘‘top of the book’’ broadcast. With this proposal, the Exchange proposes to provide: (a) The Exchange shall disseminate an updated bid and offer price, together with the size associated with such bid and offer, when: (1) the Exchange’s disseminated bid or offer price increases or decreases; (2) the size associated with the Exchange’s disseminated bid or offer decreases; or (3) the size associated with the Exchange’s bid (offer) increases by an amount greater than or equal to a percentage (never to exceed 20%) of the size associated with previously disseminated bid (offer). Such percentage, which shall never exceed 20%, will be determined by the Exchange on an issue-byissue basis and posted on the Exchange’s website. Current NOM Options 3, Section 26(a) describes how NOM would periodically delist options with an average daily volume of less than 100 contracts. Further, pursuant to Options 3, Section 26(a), NOM would determine the ADV for each series listed on NOM and monthly, delist the current series, and not list the next series after expiration where the ADV is less than 100 contracts.3 Options 3, Section 26(a) was 3 For options series traded solely on NOM, the Exchange will delay delisting until there is no open E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM Continued 24SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 183 (Friday, September 24, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 53120-53121]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-20652]


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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

    In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506 (c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides opportunity for public 
comment on new or revised data collections, the Railroad Retirement 
Board (RRB) will publish periodic summaries of proposed data 
collections.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information 
collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; 
(b) the accuracy of the RRB's estimate of the burden of the collection 
of the information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize 
the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    1. Title and purpose of information collection: Employee's 
Certification; OMB 3220-0140. Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act 
(RRA) (45 U.S.C. 231a), provides for the payment of an annuity to the 
spouse or divorced spouse of a retired railroad employee. For the 
spouse or divorced spouse to qualify for an annuity, the RRB must 
determine if any of the employee's current marriage to the applicant is 
valid.
    The requirements for obtaining documentary evidence to determine 
valid marital relationships are prescribed in 20 CFR 219.30 through 
219.35. Section 2(e) of the RRA requires that an employee must 
relinquish all rights to any railroad employer service before a spouse 
annuity can be paid.
    The RRB uses Form G-346, Employee's Certification, to obtain the 
information needed to determine whether the employee's current marriage 
is valid. Form G-346 is completed by the retired employee who is the 
husband or wife of the applicant for a spouse annuity. Completion is 
required to obtain a benefit. One response is requested of each 
respondent. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G-346.
    Consistent with 20 CFR 217.17, the RRB uses Form G-346sum, 
Employee's Certification Summary, which mirrors the information 
collected on Form G-346, when an employee, after being interviewed by 
an RRB field office representative ``signs'' the form using an 
alternative signature method known as ``attestation.'' Attestation 
refers to the action taken by the RRB field office representative to 
confirm and annotate the RRB's records of the applicant's affirmation 
under penalty of perjury that the information provided is correct and 
the applicant's agreement to sign the form by proxy. Completion is 
required to obtain a benefit. One response is requested of each 
respondent. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G-346sum.

                                      Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                                      Annual
                            Form No.                                 responses    Time (minutes)  Burden (hours)
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G-346...........................................................           3,300               5             300
G-346sum........................................................           2,260               5             188
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................................           5,560  ..............             488
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    2. Title and purpose of information collection: Railroad Separation 
Allowance or Severance Pay Report; OMB 3220-0173.
    Section 6 of the Railroad Retirement Act (45 U.S.C. 231e) provides 
for a lump-sum payment to an employee or the employee's survivors equal 
to the Tier II taxes paid by the employee on a separation allowance or 
severance payment for which the employee did not receive credits toward 
retirement. The lump-sum is not payable until retirement benefits begin 
to accrue or the employee dies. Also, Section 4 (a-1) (iii) of the 
Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act provides that a railroad employee 
who is paid a separation allowance is disqualified for unemployment and 
sickness benefits for the period of time the employee would have to 
work to earn the amount of the allowance. The reporting requirements 
are specified in 20 CFR 209.14.
    In order to calculate and provide payments, the Railroad Retirement 
Board (RRB) must collect and maintain records of separation allowances 
and severance payments which were subject to Tier II taxation from 
railroad employers. The RRB uses Form BA-9, Report of Separation 
Allowance or Severance Pay, to obtain information from railroad 
employers concerning the separation allowances and severance payments 
made to railroad employees and/or the survivors of railroad employees. 
Employers currently have the option of submitting their reports on 
paper Form BA-9, (or in like format) on a CD-ROM, or by File Transfer 
Protocol (FTP), or Secure Email. Completion is mandatory. One response 
is requested of each respondent. The RRB proposes no changes to the 
manual, CD-ROM, secure email, or FTP Version of Form BA-9. The RRB 
proposes the addition of an internet equivalent version of Form BA-9 to 
the information collection.

                                      Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                                      Annual
                            Form No.                                 responses    Time (minutes)  Burden (hours)
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BA-9 (Paper)....................................................             100              76             127
BA-9 (Internet).................................................             215              15              54
BA-9 (CD-ROM)...................................................              10              76              13
BA-9 (Secure Email).............................................              25              76              32

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BA-9 (FTP)......................................................              10              76              13
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................................             360  ..............             239
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    Additional Information or Comments: To request more information or 
to obtain a copy of the information collection justification, forms, 
and/or supporting material, contact Kennisha Tucker at (312) 469-2591 
or [email protected]. Comments regarding the information 
collection should be addressed to Brian Foster, Railroad Retirement 
Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-1275 or emailed 
to [email protected]. Written comments should be received within 60 
days of this notice.

Brian D. Foster,
Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-20652 Filed 9-23-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7905-01-P