Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Intent To Renew Collection 3038-0013, Exemptions From Speculative Limits
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on exemptions from speculative limits.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected costs and burden; it includes the actual data collection instruments (if any).
Delegation of Authority to Director of the Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight; Correction
This document contains technical amendments to the final rule amendments that were published on October 7, 2002 (67 FR 62350). This rule relates to delegations of authority from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) to its staff.
Performance of Certain Functions by National Futures Association With Respect to Those Foreign Firms Acting in the Capacity of a Futures Commission Merchant
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'') is authorizing the National Futures Association (``NFA'') to confirm exemptive relief to certain firms acting in the capacity of a futures commission merchant (``FCM'') that are subject to regulation by a foreign futures authority or that are members of a foreign self- regulatory organization (``SRO'') in a particular jurisdiction to which an order under Commission Rule 30.10 has been issued, notwithstanding that such firms may be subject, in part, to joint regulation by a second regulator or SRO in another jurisdiction. The Commission previously authorized NFA to confirm exemptive relief solely to firms subject to regulation by a single foreign futures authority or that are members of a foreign SRO. This Order extends the scope of that authority. The Commission also is authorizing NFA to maintain records pertaining to the functions described in this Order and to serve as the official custodian of those Commission records.
Rules Relating to Review of National Futures Association Decisions in Disciplinary, Membership Denial, Registration and Member Responsibility Actions
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or ``CFTC'') hereby amends its rules relating to the scope of Commission review of National Futures Association (``NFA'') decisions in disciplinary, membership denial, registration and member responsibility actions. First, the Commission makes a technical amendment to add the NFA's Hearing Committee to the list of committees covered by that section. This change conforms Rule 171.1(b)(4) to changes in NFA's committee structure since part 171 was first adopted in October 1990. Secondly, the Commission adds a new provision to exclude from Commission review any appeal concerning NFA suspension of a member for failing to pay settlement or arbitration award (``award suspension cases'') unless there are extraordinary circumstances that would otherwise warrant Commission review.